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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.

FEATURE
January 2nd, 2016

The 1951 USF Dons: Uninvited From The Orange Bowl?

The University of San Francisco Dons finished the 1951 regular season 9-0. According to members of that team, the Dons had an invitation to the Orange Bowl, but on one condition — they had to leave their two black players behind. Bill Littlefield shares the team’s story.

Feature
December 19th, 2015
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After The Coma: A Basketball Star’s Journey Back To Life

Joe Sharkey has always been a basketball player. In many ways, the sport has come to define him. But after suffering a traumatic brain injury in 2013, it’s no longer all about the game. Intern Sean Gannon shares his friend’s story.

Featured Book
December 12th, 2015

‘Approaching Ali’ Offers Unmatched Personal Account Of Boxer’s Life Beyond The Ring

Writer Davis Miller first noticed boxing legend Muhammad Ali when Ali was heavyweight champion of the world and Miller was a scrawny 11 year old. Decades later, the two became friends. Miller tells this story In His Own Words.

Interview
December 12th, 2015

Recruiting Middle Schoolers? The Case For NCAA Reform

How old should athletes be before college recruiters come calling? Kirsten Kimel, head coach of women’s lacrosse at Duke, joined Bill Littlefield to discuss the need for NCAA recruiting reforms.

Roundtable
December 12th, 2015

3 Stories You Should Know: Youth Football, Coach Salaries, Artificial Turf

Bill Littlefield is joined by USA Today’s Nancy Armour and Vice Sports’ Patrick Hruby to discuss whether or not kids should play football. Also, why do some college football coaches make over $1 million while their schools claim to be too poor to pay the full cost of attendance for their athletes? Plus, how the USWNT stood up against dangerous — and unfair — playing conditions.

Featured Book
December 5th, 2015

‘Leading’ Shares Alex Ferguson’s Stories, Lessons And Regrets

Manchester United has long been a successful club in the world of English soccer. That is, in part, due to the 38-year tenure of manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Bill Littlefield speaks with Ferguson about his new book, “Leading.”

ROUNDTABLE
November 21st, 2015

Sports Mentors Help Kids Take ‘Tiny Steps’ To A Better Life

Sports coaches often times act as mentors to their young athletes. Coaching athletes through the basics of a sport can grow into guiding them through the tough parts of their lives. Bill Littlefield sat down with Lou Bergholz and John McCarthy to discuss their work in promoting sports mentorships.

Commentary
November 14th, 2015

Take Your Pick: Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman Of The Year Candidates

Which athlete, team or horse had the definitive performance of the year? Bill Littlefield picks out his frontrunners for who is most deserving of Sports Illustrated’s annual honor.

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.

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