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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: Women's Hockey Pioneers, Olympians And Depression, More

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:49:51 -0500

This week on Only A Game, the story of two sisters who both founded women's college hockey programs — but have very different legacies. Also, a filmmaker sheds light on mental illness among Olympic athletes. And the story of Imogene Fish, who fled from Nazi Germany — and then represented the U.S. at the 1952 Winter Olympics.

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Latest Show: Hockey In North Korea, Skiing In Vermont, Curling In Tampa

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:45:10 -0500

The 2018 Winter Olympics have begun in Pyeongchang, South Korea — just 50 miles from the North Korean border. This week on Only A Game, the story of an American man who went to North Korea to play hockey. Plus, a third-generation cross-country skier continues her family's Olympic tradition. And, a Canadian curler takes his love for the sport to Florida. Join us!

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Latest Show: Lady Gaga's QB, Super Bowl Haiku, Concussions

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 17:33:27 -0500

This week on Only A Game, former college and Arena Football League quarterback Brian Mann relives the most important pass of his life — to Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl LI halftime show. Plus, the 2018 edition of our Super Bowl Haiku. And, the journal of a former high school football player who died by suicide after struggling with symptoms of CTE.

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Latest Show: Basketball In Uruguay, Blood Doping, Baseball With Dyslexia

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:49:43 -0500

Former Penn State basketball player Tyler Smith knew he wasn't going to make the NBA. So he hoped for the next best thing — a six-figure contract playing overseas. This week on Only A Game, how Smith's basketball journey took him to Uruguay. Plus, blood doping goes wrong for Dutch cyclist Thomas Dekker. And, a former college baseball player who's now dreaming of the pros after learning to manage his dyslexia.

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Latest Show: The Life Of Gene Mingo

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:22:26 -0500

Gene Mingo was a halfback, kick returner and the NFL's first black field goal kicker. He's one of the few players in pro football history to have scored six different ways. But Mingo's story goes beyond his success on the football field and his Hall of Fame bid. Mingo faced racism, a lack of education and drug addiction. He nearly killed his own wife. This week on Only A Game, Gene Mingo's story.

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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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