For Walker Aurand, Hockey Was The Right Therapy For Autism
Walker Aurand was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. His parents were told that he wouldn't get past a 4th grade level in math or reading. Walker ended up graduating high school with honors -- and now he's playing hockey at Davenport University.
Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports
One game into the 2016 NBA Finals, is it fair to say LeBron and the Cavs are big underdogs? And why does forward Anderson Varejão have better odds than anyone else of getting a championship ring? Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce and Bill talk NBA playoffs and more.
The 48-Year History Of Projectiles Thrown By Philly Fans
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.
Fighting Back: Patrick O'Sullivan's Long Road To Happiness
Patrick O'Sullivan played in the NHL from 2006 to 2012. He retired from hockey at age 27 -- at what could have been the peak of his career -- to seek treatment for a trauma that had followed him since childhood. He tells his story, In His Own Words.
Commentary: Let's All Keep The Retirement Of Athletes In Mind
Retired Blackhawks player Daniel Carcillo tells Only A Game that the transition to life after sports can be jarring. Many athletes don't think about retirement and the resources they'll need until it's too late. Bill Littlefield thinks this is a story worthy of attention.
Why Fighting Still Thrives In The NHL
When the Nashville Predators played the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night, Mike Fisher knocked out one of Kevin Bieksa's teeth. And, yes, hockeyfights.com is still in business. Bill Littlefield has always wondered why fighting, which is seriously discouraged in other sports, gets a pass in hockey.
3 Stories You Should Know: Greg Hardy, N.Y. 'Competence,' NHL Fighting
How come Cowboy Greg Hardy continues to play for Dallas despite domestic abuse revelations? Why is it suddenly difficult for fans to make light of the New York Jets, Knicks and Mets? And is there really any good reason to start a fight in hockey? Bill Littlefield is joined by Cindy Boren and Will Leitch for "3 Stories You Should Know."
The Price Of Entertainment: A Father's Criticism Of The NHL
This week, fans learned the details of the NHL's plans to protect players who might have been concussed during games. But Len Boogaard, father of the late Derek Boogaard, thinks the effort is not enough. He joins Bill Littlefield to explain.
Ken Dryden On Canada's Stanley Cup Rivalry With The U.S.
The Stanley Cup was donated by an Englishman to Canada back in 1892. But no Canadian team has brought home the Cup since 1993. Legendary NHL goalie and Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden joined Bill to discuss Canada's hockey drought and the country's other rivalries with the U.S.
Hollywood Scores A 'Miracle' With Locker Room Speech
The 2004 movie "Miracle" dramatizes the United States' win over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics. In the film's most famous scene, U.S. coach Herb Brooks, played by Kurt Russell, delivers a motivational pregame talk. But how accurate was that movie speech? Bill Littlefield tracks down some of the players who were in the locker room 35 years ago and finds a surprising answer.
Ottawa Honors Wrong Jack Purcell
In Ottawa, Jack Purcell Park proudly honors a local hero who repaired hockey equipment for neighborhood youths. But park officials had new sculptures installed to honor a legendary Canadian badminton champion, also named Jack Purcell. We do our best to sort out the confusion.