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November 28th, 2015

The Pilgrims Would Not Have Liked Football…Especially On Thanksgiving

Home, Thanksgiving and Football. For many American families, those three things are being celebrated this week, in varying degrees. But it hasn’t always been that way. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.

In Depth
November 28th, 2015

The History — And Uncertain Future — Of The Jumbotron

There was a time before sports stadiums had Jumbotrons (and the obligatory “kiss cam” to go with them). Will there be a time after as well? SB Nation’s Mary Pilon joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the past, present and future of these giant video boards.

November 14th, 2015

Remembering The ‘Fifth Down Game’ Of 1940

On Nov. 16, 1940, Cornell’s football team beat Dartmouth on a last-second play — on the fifth down. What happened after that error has cemented the “Fifth Down Game’s” place in college football history.

November 14th, 2015

Mike Tollin: Telling Stories Set In Sports

Mike Tollin is a producer/writer/director with a long and varied career. But that career has predominantly focused on one subject. Bill Littlefield spoke with Tollin this week and asked him if he always knew he wanted to tell stories about sports.

Only A Blog
November 4th, 2015

4 For 40: Impressive Performances From Athletes ‘Over The Hill’

Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter recently announced his retirement at the age of 40, bringing an end to his 19-year career. Hunter’s decision prompted Only A Game to take a look back at athletes who had successful careers well into their 40s.

In Depth
October 24th, 2015

The NBA Dress Code: 10 Years Later

It’s been a decade since the NBA implemented a controversial dress code. Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports joins Bill Littlefield to explain the initial opposition to the rule — and to discuss why many players have changed their minds.

In Depth
October 10th, 2015

Doc Adams: 19th Century Ballplayer, 21st Century Hall of Famer?

More than a century after his death, Doc Adams — the inventor of the shortstop position — finally has a shot at the Baseball Hall of Fame. His great-granddaughter Marjorie Adams has spent the past four years working toward this day. “I will live to see Doc Adams get in the Hall of Fame,” she tells Bill Littlefield.

October 3rd, 2015

Basketball Meets The CIA In Uganda

The story of Jay Mullen — CIA agent turned basketball coach — starts at a small women’s college in 1970 and ends up in Uganda at a basketball game during the Cold War. Journalist Shaun Raviv joined Bill Littlefield to help tell Mullen’s story.

3 Stories You Should Know
October 3rd, 2015

SMU’s Brown Suspended, MLB’s First Female Coach And New Olympic Sports?

What should we make of Larry Brown’s suspension? How much should we celebrate the hiring of a female coach in MLB? And should more sports be added to the Summer Olympics? George Vecsey and Shira Springer join Bill Littlefield for this week’s “3 Stories You Should Know.”

In Depth
August 29th, 2015

Is It Time To Put Diver Greg Louganis On The Wheaties Box?

Olympic champion Greg Louganis might be the best diver of all time, but he never appeared on the front of the Wheaties box. Julie Sondgerath has started a petition to change that, and she joins Bill Littlefield.

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