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January 9th, 2016

Kurt Searvogel Cycles 75,065 Miles In A Year…And Keeps Going

You might think that the Tour de France is cycling’s most grueling feat. Last year’s course included 21 stages over 23 days, covering just over 2,000 miles. But Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story of a cycling challenge that might make you reconsider.

January 9th, 2016

50 Years Of ‘Super Bowl Gold’ With Peter King

Super Bowl 50 is a little less than a month away. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who wrote the foreword for “Super Bowl Gold,” shares some of his favorite Super Bowl stories — including his plane ride with Joe DiMaggio — and explains The Fall Of The Roman Numeral.

January 9th, 2016

The Glasnost Bowl And The Strange History Of American Football In Russia

In 1989, the USC and Illinois football teams were supposed to play a game in Moscow. Bill Littlefield discovers why the ‘Glasnost Bowl,’ as it was to be called, was cancelled — and learns how a group of high school seniors from Oklahoma eventually brought American football to the USSR.

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.

January 2nd, 2016

Meadowlark Lemon, ‘The Heart And Soul Of The Harlem Globetrotters’

Harlem Globetrotters star Meadowlark Lemon died last Sunday at the age of 83. Lemon’s former teammates tell Bill Littlefield about the man who entertained crowds around the world.

December 30th, 2015

Remembering Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon

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.

In Depth
December 26th, 2015

Vince Lombardi’s $43,000 Sweater: Found For $0.58 At Goodwill

When Sean and Rikki McEvoy stopped by a Goodwill in Asheville, N.C. in 2014, they found a sweater across which was written “West Point.” They bought it for $0.58. They later sold it for $43,000. Sean and Rikki joined Bill Littlefield to share their story.

December 26th, 2015

Skiing The Thunderbolt: A Modern Day Sport Tackles A Historic Trail

Before World War II, Adams, Mass. attracted skiers by the thousands until the advent of chair lifts lured the crowds away. Now backcountry enthusiasts who enjoy climbing up a mountain to “earn their turns” on the way down are bringing skiers and riders back to the small town and the historic Thunderbolt Ski Run.

December 19th, 2015

Newly Discovered Naismith Audio Alters Basketball’s Origin Story

It’s been nearly 125 years since Dr. James Naismith invented basketball. In a recently discovered audio recording from 1939, Naismith reveals his “big mistake” and more. Bill Littlefield takes a listen.

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.”

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