Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:48:45 -0500Bill Littlefield was recently intrigued by the beginning of a book about a father determined to build his young son into a tennis champion.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:07:09 -0500Hall of Famer Charles Haley won five Super Bowls with the Cowboys and 49ers. This week on Only A Game, Haley talks about his lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder. Plus, a Wall Street Journal columnist who donated a kidney to his mother-in-law and then ran the New York City Marathon. And, why would a promising soccer player in the Manchester United academy decide to move to the U.S.? Bill Littlefield tells the story of Jack and Debbie Harrison's journey to the U.S. — and ultimately the MLS. Join us!
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:54:44 -0500Bill Littlefield is thankful for the list of people celebrated this week by President Obama. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Vin Scully were among the 21 recipients of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:52:33 -0500Before he led the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl wins, Steve Young quarterbacked the USFL's Los Angeles Express. This week on Only A Game, Young shares some of his favorite memories from two (occasionally dangerous) years in the now-defunct league. And the story of two former Harvard football players from a century apart — connected by a diary and their roles in making football less dangerous. Plus the story of a wide receiver who's blind in one eye. Join us!
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:58:44 -0500This fall the season ended prematurely for the Harvard men's soccer team when it became know that the men had rated members of the women's team on the basis of their appearance. The wrestling team at Columbia brought similar consequences on themselves when their racist and lewd tests became public. Bill Littlefield has been wondering who's next.
Sat, 12 Nov 2016 04:53:17 -0500Forty years ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered the NFL as an expansion team. They lost their first 26 games. This week on Only A Game, former Bucs players share stories from those early years. Also, basketball sneakers used to just be basketball sneakers. Now they're status symbols. From Oregon to Japan to Chicago, we trace the history of Nike — and meet Stephon Marbury, who's trying to change the sneaker game. And the USC basketball court is named after a former player who never averaged more than 10 points a game. Why? Find out on this week's show!
Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:16:45 -0500"During my five decades as a writer, I also played some basketball," Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes in his latest book.
Sat, 05 Nov 2016 06:50:37 -0400The steel industry once thrived in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Now high school football is the city's main source of hope. This week on Only A Game, S.L. Price traces the diverging histories of steel and football in Aliquippa. Plus, Jose Reza fled Mexico with his mother to escape the violence of cartels. Now he's using running to change his life. And Walker Aurand plays college hockey — after using the sport to overcome the challenges of autism. Join us!
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:52:46 -0400We learned this week that members of Harvard's men's soccer team have been rating their female counterparts according to their appearance since 2012. Six players from the women's team responded with a letter.
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:52:46 -0400In 2012, members of Harvard's men's soccer team rated their female counterparts according to their appearance. Six players from the women's team recently responded with a letter. "The spirit of resistance to oppression is in this letter," Bill Littlefield writes, "but what makes it even more significant is the determination of the women to move beyond outrage."