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Start Your Flippers: Pinball World Championship Comes To Pittsburgh

September 13, 2014
Prone to volatile swings in popularity, pinball is currently on the up. (Lauren Ober/Only A Game)

In mid-August, players from all over the world gathered in Pittsburgh for a world championship that you probably didn’t even know existed. Lauren Ober has the story.

1924: When Washington Ruled Baseball

September 13, 2014
Player-manager Bucky Harris crosses home plate after hitting a home run in Game 7 of the 1924 World Series. (APA/Getty Images)

It’s been 90 years since the Washington Senators won the World Series. Bill Littlefield speaks with Fred Frommer, who introduces us to the characters from the 1924 team from the 27-year-old, player-manager Bucky Harris to the lovable veteran ace, Walter Johnson.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

September 13, 2014
Thursday night's Baltimore Ravens game required some last minute adjustments. At least one fan altered his jersey while CBS made changes to its broadcast. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss former FBI director Robert Mueller’s investigation into the NFL, the Oscar Pistorius murder verdict in South Africa and a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity with the Toledo Mud Hens.

How The NFL Became King: A Look Back At The League’s Evolution

September 13, 2014
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In his new book “NFL Football: A History Of America’s New National Pastime,” Richard Crepeau examines a time when the league was not always front and center in popular cultures. He joins Bill Littlefield to explore the game’s evolution.

Vote Could Open Scotland’s Royal And Ancient Golf Club To Women

September 13, 2014
Women tee off right in front of the Royal and Ancient clubhouse all the time, but cannot enter even as a member of a guest. (Doug Tribou/Only A Game)

Men and women have long played golf together in St. Andrew’s, Scotland, but women have never been allowed to join the prestigious Royal and Ancient Golf Club. That could change when the results of a vote are announced Thursday. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou recently traveled to Scotland and has our story.

1.4 Billion Reasons The Bills Will Stay In Buffalo

September 13, 2014
Fans in Buffalo will be able to hang onto their team thanks to new owners Terry and Kim Pegula.  (Brody Wheeler/Getty Images)

Worries that the Bills might be expatriated have been put to rest. The Pegulas, owners of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, have taken over the team and plan to keep the franchise in place. Jerry Sullivan of The Buffalo News joins Bill Littlefield to give an update.

FCC Decision Looms On NFL’s TV Blackout Rule

September 13, 2014
The FCC plans to take a close look at the NFL's controversial TV blackout rule. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The NFL ‘blackout’ rule prevents games that haven’t been sold out from appearing on local television. But, an upcoming vote by the FCC could change how the league controls its product. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.

Leitch On The NFL: ‘This Is How Empires Fall’

September 13, 2014

Sports on Earth columnist Will Leitch joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice situation and whether the league is reaching a tipping point.

The NFL, Ray Rice And Roger Goodell

September 13, 2014
Ray Rice (left) and Roger Goodell (right). (Handout/Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Bill Littlefield has this week’s developments in the controversy surrounding NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the Ray Rice case.

NFL Brass Channels SNL In Ray Rice Aftermath

September 10, 2014
Roger Goodell had initially suspended Ray Rice for two games, but has since extended the suspension indefinitely. (Elsa/Getty Images)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell claims he did not see the tape of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiance in an elevator before he handed down a two-game suspension. Count Bill Littlefield among the skeptics.

Rice Cut, Suspended Indefinitely After Release Of New Video

September 8, 2014
Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens addresses a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino.

After a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiance in the face was released Monday, the Baltimore Ravens cut their star running back. The NFL then suspended him indefinitely. The news has raised questions about how long the league has known about the video.

Dolphins Dominate 2nd Half, Top Patriots 33-20

September 7, 2014
Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) and free safety Patrick Chung (23) attempt to tackle Miami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno (28) during the second half of an NFL football game, in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday Sept. 7, 2014. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

The Patriots had a 10-point lead at the half, which usually means a Patriot win. New England had prevailed in 16 of its last 17 games where it held a double-digit edge at intermission. But on Sunday, an 89-degree day that felt like 99 degrees when factoring in the humidity, New England wilted.

Preview: Patriots’ Season Opener In Miami

September 7, 2014

The New England Patriots begin their season today at 1 p.m. taking on the Dolphins in Miami.

Buchholz Shines Again As Red Sox Beat Jays, 4-3

September 7, 2014

Clay Buchholz had his third straight solid start and the Boston Red Sox beat Toronto 4-3 Saturday night, damaging the Blue Jays’ fading playoff hopes.

Remembering Kutsher’s, Where Pro Athletes, Vacationers Mingled

September 6, 2014
Red Auerbach (left) became the resort’s athletic director in 1950. Auerbach brought in world-class players like Celtics center David Cowens (center; Mark Kutsher on right). (Courtesy of Mark Kutsher)

Only at Kutsher’s resort could you find Wilt Chamberlain working as a bellhop, Muhammad Ali training and Mickey Mantle dining with guests. With Kutsher’s demolition underway, David Sommerstein looks back at the iconic hotel.

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