Arizona Cardinals Off To Surprising Start

November 8, 2014
Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald (right) and the Arizona Cardinals have had plenty of reason to celebrate this season. The Cardinals are off to a 7-1 start. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Who’s in first place in the NFC West? The Seattle Seahawks, winners of last year’s Super Bowl? No. The San Francisco 49ers, who reached the NFC Championship a season ago? Nope. It’s the Arizona Cardinals. The Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the team’s surprising success.

From The OAG Archives: Belt Sander Racing

November 7, 2014
NEBSRA's been racing belt sanders since sometime in the late 1980s. (Courtesy Photo)

In 2002, reporter Sean Cole filed a story that has endured as a favorite here at Only A Game: a look at the New England Belt Sander Association (NEBSRA). In honor of what’s been billed as the final NEBSRA race, we present the full audio from that story.

Jets Fans: The Latest Spending Cash To Send A Message

November 5, 2014
New York Jets fans have had plenty of opportunities to creatively express their displeasure. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

New York Jets fans are raising billboards and flying planes demanding the firing of the team’s general manager. We take a look back at other times sports fans have used advertising to get their message across.

London Calling, Will Tony Romo Answer?

November 5, 2014
After suffering a back injury on Oct. 27, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has not practiced or played. His status for Sunday's game in London has yet to be announced. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Despite two fractured bones in his back, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has traveled to London with the hope of playing on Sunday. Bill Littlefield does not share Romo’s, or the NFL’s, optimistic outlook.

Fall Experimental Football League Keeps NFL Dreams Alive

November 1, 2014
(Karen Given/Only A Game)

For college football stars, it’s the NFL or bust. Unlike this country’s other major sports, the NFL does not have a developmental league. But there’s a movement to change all that. From a recent Fall Experimental Football League game in Boston, Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.

Stolen Rings Returned, But Mystery Remains For Siena College Trainer

November 1, 2014
Siena College head athletic trainer Greg Dashnaw received a shock when two of his rings were returned after being stolen 20 years ago. (Siena College)

When Siena College athletic trainer Greg Dashnaw’s NIT and NCAA tournament rings were stolen in 1991, he figured he would never see them again. After 23 years, the first one showed up and the second one followed. Dashnaw joins us to tell the story.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

November 1, 2014
Actor Burt Reynolds has a new favorite hall of fame. Charlie Pierce says it could be a hairy situation. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

This week Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discusses the World Series; LeBron’s return to the Cleveland; the explosion of offense in the NFL; and Burt Reynolds’ new favorite hall of fame.

Favorite Teams Struggling? Maybe They’re Cursed

November 1, 2014
(Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

A slighted billy goat, a submerged Colonel Sanders statue and an alleged witch with a hurling prejudice highlight Bill Littlefield’s exploration of sports spookiness. Read on…if you dare.

Littlefield’s ‘Take Me Out’ Blends Sports And Poetry

November 1, 2014
'Take Me Out' by Bill Littlefield

Only A Game host Bill Littlefield turns interviewee and speaks with Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim about his new book of sports-themed poetry for children, “Take Me Out.”

In ‘The Rookie Bookie,’ Math, Sports Betting And Middle School Collide

November 1, 2014

A children’s book about sports gambling? Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated explains to Bill Littlefield how he and co-author Tobias Moskowitz weave math, common sense and morality into their story of a middle-school oddsmaker.

After Chivas USA Disbands, New MLS Franchise Emerges In Los Angeles

November 1, 2014
Peter Guber (left), Tom Penn (middle) and Henry Nguyen ( right) lead the ownership group of the new LA franchise hoping to challenge the LA Galaxy for LA soccer prominence. (Charley Gallay/Getty Images for LAFC)

Chivas USA has left the pitch for the final time. MLS has announced it is folding the franchise. In its place is the new Los Angeles Football Club (to be named later). From Los Angeles, Avishay Artsy reports.

Bumgarner Leads Giants Over Royals In World Series

November 1, 2014
World Series - San Francisco Giants v Kansas City Royals - Game Seven

The San Francisco Giants have won their third World Series in five years. Bill Littlefield looks back at the mastery of series MVP Madison Bumgarner and the Royals’ disappointment after a magical season.

After Awful Season, 76ers Have Nowhere To Go But … Down?

November 1, 2014
After finishing 19-63 last season, the Philadelphia will have to get used to losing again this year. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Last season the Philadelphia 76ers had 19 wins, the lowest total in the NBA. This season, they might be even worse. But according to Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that’s part of the plan. He joins us to explain.

LeBron Returns His Talents To Cleveland

November 1, 2014
The Cavaliers lost their season opener to the New York Knicks, but fans were happy to see LeBron James back in a Cavaliers uniform after he spent the last four seasons in Miami. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

LeBron James is back in Cleveland, but do the Cavaliers have what it takes to win the NBA championship? The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Joe Vardon joins Bill Littleifled to assess the team’s chances.

Giants, Baseball Fans Win 2014 World Series

October 30, 2014
Madison Bumgarner pitched five scoreless innings in the Giants' Game 7 win. (Elsa/Getty Images)

“The 2014 World Series proved to be a delight,” Bill Littlefield writes.

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