October 31st, 2015

Are These U.S. Soccer’s Good Ole Days?

The MLS is offering its most exciting games of the year, but those games just can’t compete with the World Series, the start of the NBA season and the ever-popular NFL. Bill Littlefield laments soccer’s predicament in the U.S. and celebrates it at the same time.

October 31st, 2015

3 Stories You Should Know: Golden State, Sepp Blatter and MLB Replay

Golden State Warriors fans are happy now, but how will they feel when the team moves to San Francisco in three years? Also, what will it take to get suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter to stop making things worse? And how does technology help and hurt the game of baseball? Erik Malinowski and Shira Springer join Bill Littlefield.

Rhymes With Bill
October 28th, 2015

Better With Age: Baseball’s Expensive Memories

The greatest moments in baseball often produce sought-after memorabilia. A jersey worn by Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista recently sold at auction for $27,606.01. This transaction has inspired Bill Littlefield to share some rhymes.

October 24th, 2015

3 Stories You Should Know: Cubs, Mets And Bicycle Helmets

Will the Chicago Cubs ever win the World Series? Did the New York Mets recruit a fictional baseball-great or is second baseman Daniel Murphy really just suddenly that good? And how might not requiring bike helmets actually make cycling safer? Rob Neyer and Rachel Bachman join Bill Littlefield.

In Depth
October 17th, 2015

About That Bat Flip: Poor Taste Or Good Fun?

What makes the perfect “bat flip?” Ask Toronto Blue Jays’ Right Fielder Jose Bautista. Bautista hit a three-run homer on Wednesday night to win the ALDS and celebrated by flipping his bat into foul territory. Andrew Keh of the New York Times joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the finer points of bat flipping.

3 Stories You Should Know
October 17th, 2015

Royals’ Playoff Run, NFL As ‘Big Brother’ And Fantasy Sports Gambling

Have the Kansas City Royals lost their charm? Why is the NFL so intent on policing its players’ uniforms and websites that post silly cat videos? And will sports fans still be gambling on FanDuel and DraftKings come 2016? Will Leitch and Nancy Armour join Bill Littlefield.

Only A Blog
October 14th, 2015

Follow-Up: Can Sports Fandom Be Created From Nothing?

Remember our story about Jake Smith and his girlfriend, Susie? They’re the two Chicagoans who spent the 2015 MLB regular season trying to become baseball fans. With the Cubs advancing to the NLCS, we decided to follow up.

Only A Blog
October 13th, 2015

Memorable Press Conference Moments

Inspired by Bill Belichick’s recent “SnapFace” reference, we decided to take a look back at some of the most memorable press conference moments in sports history.

October 10th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joins Bill Littlefield to discuss another bad week for FIFA president Sepp Blatter, a lawsuit filed against fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel and Vladimir Putin’s seven-goal ice hockey performance.

In The News
October 10th, 2015

‘Knock ‘Em Dead:’ Sending Best Wishes To CC Sabathia

New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia shocked the baseball world this week when he announced he was leaving the team to seek treatment for alcohol addiction. Drawing on his own personal experience, Newsday’s Lane Filler explains why he reconsidered his immediate reaction to the news.

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