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COMMENTARY
January 16th, 2016

Commentary: Let’s All Keep The Retirement Of Athletes In Mind

Retired Blackhawks player Daniel Carcillo tells Only A Game that the transition to life after sports can be jarring. Many athletes don’t think about retirement and the resources they’ll need until it’s too late. Bill Littlefield thinks this is a story worthy of attention.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS
January 16th, 2016

Daniel Carcillo: Adjusting To Life After The NHL

Inspired by the death of a friend and teammate, former Chicago Blackhawks player Daniel Carcillo is now working to help athletes adjust to life after hockey. He tells his story, In His Own Words.

Interview
December 26th, 2015

Former NHL Enforcer On Why Hockey’s Fighters Can’t Find Jobs

Back in the day, every NHL team employed at least one fighting specialist, known as an enforcer. But now the position is becoming extinct. Former Boston Bruins enforcer Terry O’Reilly tells Bill Littlefield why that’s for the best.

In Depth
November 28th, 2015

Panthers Rookie Moves In With Veteran — And His Wife

After Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad made the team as an 18 year old, veteran Willie Mitchell invited the rookie to live with him and his wife, Megan. Last spring, Katie Baker wrote about the trio for Grantland, and she joined Bill Littlefield to share what she learned.

Commentary
November 18th, 2015

Why Fighting Still Thrives In The NHL

When the Nashville Predators played the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night, Mike Fisher knocked out one of Kevin Bieksa’s teeth. And, yes, hockeyfights.com is still in business. Bill Littlefield has always wondered why fighting, which is seriously discouraged in other sports, gets a pass in hockey.

CHARLIE PIERCE
November 14th, 2015

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discusses the NFL’s concussion protocol, activism in college sports and NHL goal scoring. Charlie also shares some candidates — including Ronda Rousey, Lionel Messi and American Pharoah — for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.

ROUNDTABLE
November 7th, 2015

3 Stories You Should Know: Ohio State OUI, Daniel Murphy, Paid Patriotism

Is taking a scholarship away from a student-athlete an appropriate form of punishment? Is it possible to appreciate a player who might not be able to appreciate you? And is it acceptable that professional teams are getting taxpayer dollars from the Pentagon? Bill Littlefield is joined by Patrick Hruby and Kate Fagan.

Commentary
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.

Only A Blog
October 13th, 2015
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Bring Back The Mullet? Jaromir Jagr Says ‘Yes’

Decades ago, the mullet was a popular look. Today, though, you’d be hard pressed to find the classic hairstyle. Might that change this year thanks to one NHL legend?

Interview
September 19th, 2015

The Price Of Entertainment: A Father’s Criticism Of The NHL

This week, fans learned the details of the NHL’s plans to protect players who might have been concussed during games. But Len Boogaard, father of the late Derek Boogaard, thinks the effort is not enough. He joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

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