On Monday, Barcelona star Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or, given to soccer’s top player, for the fifth time in his career. Bill Littlefield is among those good with that.
The NFL’s postseason gets underway this weekend. Over the next month’s worth of weekends, 12 teams will be whittled down to the two that will meet in the Super Bowl, which Bill Littlefield has already begun to consider.
One of the most popular basketball players of all time died on Sunday. Bill Littlefield is one of the many millions of people delighted by Meadowlark Lemon during his long and nearly undefeated career.
Pete Rose had hoped that the fourth MLB commissioner to hear his plea for mercy might let him back into the game. On Monday, commissioner Rob Manfred said no. Bill Littlefield says it’s a case of failure to reconfigure.
Baseball’s winter meetings have seen various players change teams. Aroldis Chapman is not among them, though he was supposed to be. Bill Littlefield has since turned his attention to Chapman’s story, detailing what’s taking place on and off the field for the Cincinnati Reds pitcher.
On Sunday, longtime Lakers star Kobe Bryant announced that this will be his final NBA season. Bryant told the world via a poem titled “Dear Basketball.” Bill Littlefield was intrigued by Bryant’s decision to reveal his plans via verse.
Bill Littlefield is among the many giving thanks for gifts past and present. “Thanks for balls that bounced just right,” he writes, “And games that brightened up dark nights…”
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.
The boycott of football-related activities by members of the University of Missouri team to protest racism on the campus is over, and the president and chancellor of the university have resigned. Bill Littlefield considers the potential impact of the action on athletes at other campuses.
The world of daily fantasy sports may face significant changes as state and federal entities further investigate FanDuel and DraftKings. Even bigger changes to the landscape, however, may result if state lotteries start producing their own versions of the games. Bill Littlefield isn’t convinced that’s a great idea.