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Only A Game



An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield.



Copyright: Copyright Trustees of Boston University
 



Latest Show: Armless Archer, NASCAR Driver's Hoops Past, March Madness

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:15:35 -0400

In 1982, Matt Stutzman was born without arms. In 2015, he earned the ranking of 11th best archer on the planet and set a Guinness World Record. This week on Only A Game, Stutzman's road to the top of the archery world. Also, Brendan Gaughan has made a lengthy career for himself racing in NASCAR. But at Georgetown University, he was a basketball benchwarmer who guarded Hall of Famer Allen Iverson in practice. And, in a special March Madness-themed "3 Stories You Should Know," we'll discuss college hoops cliches, Michigan's wild (and dangerous) ride to the Sweet 16 and the "Gentrification of College Hoops." Join us!


Media Files:
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Latest Show: D-League Devotee, Prison Marathoner, Piazza Card Collector

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:05:16 -0400

Like lots of talented basketball players, Derrick Jones Jr. went pro after one year in college. Unlike lots of pro basketball players, he wanted to stay in school. This week on Only A Game, Jones Jr's unlikely route to the NBA. And, what's harder than running a marathon? Running it on a treadmill...in prison. We'll have the story of an ex-con running toward a better life. Plus, we'll meet a man devoted to collecting baseball cards featuring Mike Piazza...in a Marlins uniform. Join us!


Media Files:
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Latest Show: Basketball In Tokyo, Ireland And The America East Conference

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:03:31 -0500

As basketball season heats up, we have three basketball stories from around the globe: After his father died, Sam Perkins turned a father-son tradition of attending 'America East' games into a full-time job. Also, Ira Brown grew up in a small Texas town without a stable family or home. Now he's found both — and a basketball career — in Tokyo. And how 23-year-old Pete Strickland brought the "Maryland All-Stars" to Ireland — and is now poised to become Ireland's basketball's hero again, 37 years later. Join us!!


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Latest Show: 'Dust Bowl Girls,' A Baseball Beaning, Golf Shorts

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:41:42 -0500

Out of Oklahoma during the Great Depression, a champion women's basketball team emerged. This week on Only A Game, Bill Littlefield tells the story of the "Dust Bowl Girls." Also, a family outing to a minor league baseball game took a terrible turn when a line drive hit a 6-year-old fan. And a Sports Illustrated senior writer tells the story of a basketball coach's lesson that took 13 years to sink in. Plus, shorts on the golf course? A fierce debate. Join us!


Media Files:
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Latest Show: History Of Sports Bras, Nazi Spy, Integrating The ACC

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:57:31 -0500

It changed the game for half the population. This week on Only A Game, we tell the story of how the sports bra was invented. Also, Violette Morris was a pioneering female athlete in France during the 1920s. But smoking, swearing and pants-wearing got her banned from competition — and then she became a Nazi. Plus, Willie Cooper was on track to be the first black basketball player in the ACC. Today, he's still haunted by what could have been. Join us!


Media Files:
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Latest Show: Amos Alonzo Stagg, Lanier High Basketball, From Xena To Ninja Warrior

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:31:27 -0500

With a coaching career that spanned nearly seven decades, Amos Alonzo Stagg is known as one of early football's most influential coaches. This week on Only A Game, Stagg's little-known contribution to the campaign for equality for Japanese-American citizens after WWII. Also, Lanier High School's all-Mexican-American basketball team broke racial barriers in 1939 when it competed for the San Antonio city champioship, but it's what happened next that shocked a lot of people. And, Jessie Graff's journey from aspiring princess warrior to Hollywood stunt double to American Ninja Warrior. Join us!


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510052/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510052/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510052/515862333/npr_515862333.mp3?orgId=1&d=2884&p=510052&story=515862333&t=podcast&e=515862333&ft=pod&f=510052




Littlefield: 100 Wins And Counting

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:58:46 -0500

The UConn women's basketball program eclipsed another milestone this week: 100 consecutive wins. Bill Littlefield is among those wondering when — or if — the team will ever lose.


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Latest Show: Ball Boy's Star Turn, Bowling An 899, Climbing The Totem Pole

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 13:33:24 -0500

Usually it's the players who entertain crowds at basketball games. But on a recent afternoon at UNC's Dean Smith Center, a ball boy stole the show. This week on Only A Game, the three shots that made Asher Lucas a star — and extended a family legacy. Plus, bowler Bill Fong remembers the night when he was one pin short of glory. And 18 years after a devastating accident, climber Paul Pritchard returned to finish his ascent of a slender sea stack in Tasmania. Join us!


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510052/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510052/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510052/514720751/npr_514720751.mp3?orgId=1&d=2848&p=510052&story=514720751&t=podcast&e=514720751&ft=pod&f=510052




Littlefield: Athletes Should Be Free To Speak

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:42:45 -0500

Bill Littlefield sometimes hears from listeners who feel that athletes should stick to playing their games and that commentators and hosts should stick to talking about those games. This week, he has those listeners in mind.


Media Files:
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Latest Show: Tuck Rule, Haiku, Sonny Liston Murder Mystery

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:46:41 -0500

If you don't live in New England, you probably don't like the New England Patriots. Can that nationwide hatred be traced back to a single controversial call? This week on Only A Game, we look back at the infamous Tuck Rule game. Also, the XXIII edition of OAG's Super Bowl Haiku. Plus, Sonny Liston died of a heroin overdose — at least, that's the official story. Journalist Shaun Assael believes it was a murder and tries to answer a complicated question: who did it? Join us!


Media Files:
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