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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: Fritz Pollard, Tongan Olympian, Running And Mental Health

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:04:17 -0500

Fritz Pollard is credited with being the first African-American to play quarterback and coach in the pros. This week on Only A Game, the life of a football trailblazer. Also, the shirtless Tongan from the Rio Olympics who is now trying to qualify for the 2018 Winter Games. And the story of a runner with an eating disorder who learned she needed to slow down before she could speed back up. Join us!

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Latest Show: Baltimore And The Colts, Endurance Cycling, Bernard King's Time In Hollywood

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:39:58 -0500

For 30 years, the NFL's Colts called Baltimore home. This week on Only A Game, the story of the special connection between the franchise and the city. Plus, the tolls — both physical and emotional — of a life in non-stop, self-supported, ultra endurance bicycle racing. And, NBA Hall of Famer Bernard King shares stories from his summer on the set of a Hollywood film. Join us!

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Latest: The Equipment Show

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 12:16:41 -0500

This week on Only A Game, we're talking about stuff. Sports stuff. Stories about the sports bra, a bow, a cappuccino machine and other equipment having to do with sports — or, at least, equipment used by athletes.

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Latest Show: The Gift Of Hockey, Althea Gibson, World Bicycle Relief

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:05:22 -0500

Paul Stewart played in the NHL and officiated over 1,000 games. This week on Only A Game, the Christmas gift from his father that made it all possible. Plus, you may know Althea Gibson as the woman who integrated tennis, but her legacy extends to the sport of golf, too. And World Bicycle Relief has distributed bicycles to 145,000 students in developing countries, but what does that have to do with Susan B. Anthony? Join us!

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Latest Show: History Of The Forward Pass

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:32:47 -0500

In 1905, college football faced a crisis. Injuries were piling up, and games were, frankly, boring. The forward pass helped solve both problems. This week on Only A Game, we chronicle the roles of Harvard Stadium and Teddy Roosevelt in making the forward pass legal, quarterbacks Benny Friedman and Sammy Baugh who brought it to prominence and the moments that immortalized the play. Join us!

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Latest Show: The Players' League, Betty Robinson, 'Great Halifax Explosion'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:15:05 -0500

Baseball's reserve clause held until 1975, but players came close to abolishing it once 1890. This week on Only A Game, a retired contractor unearths documents left behind from the Players' League. Plus, the Great Halifax Explosion of 1917 indirectly led to the creation of the most successful college hockey program in U.S. history. And, Betty Robinson, the Olympic sprinter who survived a plane crash and came back to win her second gold medal. Join us!

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Latest Show: Ryder Cup History, Photos Of 'The Climbers,' Badminton Becky

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:59:13 -0500

For decades, the Ryder Cup was monotonous and unpopular. This week on Only A Game, how the Ryder Cup has become one of golf's most emotional and intense events. Plus, a photographer's journey to the Italian Alps to track down a climbing legend. And, how an American living in China went from hating sports to playing badminton six days a week.

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Latest Show: Thanksgiving Leftovers

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:42:31 -0500

This week on Only A Game, a smorgasbord of "leftover" stories that didn't fit it into past episodes. A world-record paddler takes a detour to meet a rock star. A future boxing champ learns to take a punch on the streets of Brooklyn. An American basketball player bakes bread "with" Van Morrison. NBA journeyman Jason Collins gets some advice from President Obama. And more. Join us!

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Latest Show: Syracuse 8, 'Sports Miracles,' 80-Game Losing Streaks

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:51:05 -0500

At the height of the civil rights movement, football players at Syracuse University stood up for racial equality. This week on Only A Game, the story of the Syracuse 8. Also, a former toy company executive collects "sports miracles" and shares an almost-miracle of his own. And, learning how to win from a football coach who lost every game he played in high school and college. Join us!

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Veterans Day Show: Stories Of Athletes Who Served

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:49:41 -0500

Jack Sanford was a high schooler when news of the Pearl Harbor attack broke and many of the country's best athletes joined the service. This week on Only A Game, the story of a lesser-known athlete who answered the call of duty. Plus, a World War I veteran who returned from service and saved 28 people from drowning in the Niagara River. And, a tale of two World War II veterans who met on the Rose Bowl gridiron, on the battlefield in Italy and then again after the war.

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