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Deflategate To The Supreme Court? Nina Totenberg Weighs In

April 30, 2016
<> at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

A federal appeals court upheld Roger Goodell’s suspension of Tom Brady, but there’s still a chance that the case could be brought before the Supreme Court. And if it did, how would the nation’s highest court rule on the most over-inflated saga in NFL history? Bill Littlefield talks Deflategate with NPR’s Nina Totenberg.

3 Stories You Should Know: NFL Draft Silliness, Painkillers, #MoreThanMean

April 30, 2016
Do former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple's (allegedly) questionable skills in the kitchen impact his ability to cook wide receivers on the field? The Giants didn't seem to think so. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Why is an NFL scout commenting on a prospect’s cooking skills? Is Prince’s death a cautionary tale for NFL players? And, what can be done to change the vitriol received by women in sports? Shira Springer and David Steele join Bill Littlefield.

Littlefield: Derby Day’s Coming

April 27, 2016
Bill Littlefield is ready for the Kentucky Derby and all of the pomp and circumstance that comes with it. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Is it too early to begin thinking about the first Saturday in May and the horse race traditionally run on that day? Bill Littlefield doesn’t think so.

Seeing Home: Baseball Broadcaster Ed Lucas Defies The Odds

April 23, 2016
Throughout his career, baseball broadcaster Ed Lucas has had the opportunity to interview some of the game's greatest players, like Willie Mays. (Courtesy of Ed Lucas)

Friendships between broadcasters and ballplayers aren’t common, but in Ed Lucas, players saw someone who had struggled as hard as they had — if not harder — to get to where he was. Ed and his son, Chris, tell their story, In Their Own Words.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

April 23, 2016
Former Syracuse basketball star Pearl Washington (left) passed away this week at the age of 52. Charlie remembers him as a legend from "the days when legends didn't have logos." (Ray Stubblebine/AP)

After dropping a game to the Rockets, is it time for Golden State to hit the panic button? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce weighs in. Bill and Charlie also review the NHL’s swift suspension of Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw and ESPN’s firing of Curt Schilling. Plus, Charlie shares memories of former Syracuse basketball star Pearl Washington.

David Duchovny On The Magic Of ‘Bucky Bleeping Dent’

April 23, 2016
The New York Yankees celebrate after winning the one-game playoff against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Oct. 2, 1978, sending the Yankees to the post season. Closer Goose Gossage popped up Carl Yastrzemski with two Red Sox on base in the bottom of the ninth, sending the Fenway faithful home stunned. The American League Championship Series started in Kansas City the following day.
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X-Files star David Duchovny, a Yankees fan, first knew Bucky Dent as the guy whose home run sent New York to the 1978 ALCS over Boston. He later discovered from some guys on a New England roof that there was a different side to the story. Duchovny explores that side in a new novel.

What’s In A Name: Horsey McHorseface Becomes A Star

April 23, 2016
Horsey McHorseface. (Courtesy of Bjorn Baker Racing)

Trainer Bjorn Baker was having trouble selling shares in his new horse … until he named him Horsey McHorseface.

3 Stories You Should Know: Steph’s Ankle, Ads On Jerseys, Time 100

April 23, 2016
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry goes down with an injury during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Could Stephen Curry’s ankle injury actually be good for the NBA? Is it a shrewd business move to put ads on NBA jerseys? And which athletes should have been included on Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People? Erik Malinowski and Mina Kimes join Bill Littlefield.

The 48-Year History Of Projectiles Thrown By Philly Fans

April 23, 2016
Ice crew personnel had to clean up promotional bracelets that were thrown onto the ice during the third period of Game 3 between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs, Monday, April 18, 2016, in Philadelphia. Washington won 6-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

As mothers everywhere tell their teenaged kids, once you develop a reputation for something, it’s hard to shake. The same holds true for sports fans, and earlier this week sports fans in Philadelphia lived up to a reputation they earned back in 1968. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.

How The $1B Concussion Settlement Fails Former Players

April 23, 2016
13 Sep 1992:  Defensive lineman Fred Smerlas of the New England Patriots (left) works against the Los Angeles Rams during a game at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Rams won the game, 14-0. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine  /Allsport

Evidence of CTE has turned up in nearly all of the former NFL players whose brains have been examined. Yet many of the players suffering from the symptoms of CTE are unlikely to get relief under the terms of the concussion settlement affirmed by a federal court on Monday. Bill Littlefield has the story.

Concussion Settlement Affirmed, But Fight Must Continue

April 20, 2016
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater lies on the field after suffering a concussion. On Monday, a three-judge panel  (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

On Monday, a settlement to which the NFL and retired players agreed was deemed acceptable by a U.S. court of appeals. The NFL hopes that’s the end of the story that began with thousands of former players suing the league. Bill Littlefield hopes it’s not.

What To Do While Waiting For The Inevitable Spurs-Warriors Matchup

April 20, 2016
Steph Curry and the Warriors' won the regular season series with the Spurs. Will it be more of the same if these two sides meet in the Western Conference Finals? We'll just have to wait and see. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

The regular season series between the Warriors and the Spurs was the highlight of the NBA season. Hoops fans are itching for more — but it will be another four weeks before the teams can meet again in the Western Conference Finals. Don’t fret. Here are some ways you can pass the time.

Flatball Radio: Ultimate Frisbee’s First Live Storytelling Series

April 16, 2016
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Matt Mastrantuono didn’t just set out to mash together two ideas. He set out to mash together two communities. Karen Given has the story of how he combined Ultimate Frisbee and live storytelling to create an unlikely mix. Or maybe it’s not so unlikely.

Meet The Tigers Fan Who Caught Five Foul Balls In One Game

April 16, 2016

If you’re a kid in Detroit, where you want to sit at the ballpark is right next to Bill Dugan. Bill Littlefield shares the story of the Tigers fan who, on Monday, caught five foul balls in one game — and then gave them all away.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

April 16, 2016
Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors had plenty to celebrate Wednesday after they won an NBA-record 73 games. Did Charlie stay up to watch the historic win? (Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Golden State Warriors made history Wednesday night when they won their 73rd game. Did Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce stay up to watch? Bill and Charlie also talk NBA playoff odds and Jordan Spieth’s historic Masters collapse. Plus, is it too early to hop aboard the Cubs’ bandwagon?

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