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Only A Game

An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield, Only A Game is radio for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider. Produced by WBUR in Boston, Only A Game puts sports in perspective with intellige

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Latest Show: Boxer For Equality, Actor Plays Athlete, And Snapper Who Serves

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 05:08:27 -0400

Heather Hardy tells the story of her journey into the boxing ring — and her ongoing fight for gender equality. And what do you when a lifelong dream dies? We'll meet two men who faced that challenge. One ended up in a Broadway show. The other long snapping for the Patriots.

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Littlefield: 'David Ortiz Is Ridiculous'

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:54:48 -0400

Very few athletes retire when they are as productive as they've ever been. Bill Littlefield feels attention should be paid to one of those few.

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Latest Show: Street Racing, The Black Legion, And Losing A Friend To Football

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 05:17:15 -0400

After his younger brother died in a crash, one Texas man gave up street racing — and now wants to warn others about its dangers. Also on this week's show: a look at Detroit in the 1930s.

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Littlefield: With North Carolina, NCAA Finally Gets Something Right

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:30:48 -0400

"Hooray for the NCAA" is something Bill Littlefield never thought he'd say. But he is now — because the NCAA announced Monday that it's pulling seven championship events from the state of North Carolina.

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Latest Show: A Paralympic Love Story, 100-Day Horse Race, More

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 05:26:24 -0400

This week on Only A Game, the story of how two high school wrestlers and an ESPN producer became a family...and how that family ended up at the Paralympics. Plus, the story of The Great American Horse Race — a 3,500-mile trek that was won by a mule. And Bill Littlefield remembers a trip to Rockingham Park that ended well, even though he didn't win any money. Join us!

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Littlefield: America Readies For Another Football Season

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:36:43 -0400

College football began last weekend. Sunday will mark the beginning of the season for most NFL teams. Americans are excited, but Bill Littlefield wonders if the sport will spread beyond our borders.

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Latest Show: Kaepernick, Half-Marathon In A Suit, And More

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 09:52:14 -0400

Colin Kaepernick is choosing not to stand during the playing of the national anthem. This week on Only A Game, we'll compare the quarterback's protest to statements made by Jackie Robinson. And we'll explain why Fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition, inspired one man to break the world record for running a half-marathon — in a suit. And former tight end Ben Utecht played in his last NFL game seven years ago, and he's been struggling with memory loss ever since. Join us for Utecht's story and more.

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Littlefield: 'Kaepernick Has Provided Us With An Opportunity To Decide Who We Are'

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:40:43 -0400

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has drawn both criticism and support for his decision to sit during the national anthem. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the varied responses.

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Latest Show: Mr. Hein Vs. KD, Daily Fantasy Meltdown, Mini Golf And More

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 05:40:27 -0400

Earlier this summer, Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the star-studded Golden State Warriors. This week on Only A Game, we meet a high school teacher who's using Durant's departure to motivate his students. And with the daily fantasy sports industry tanking, we'll talk to a former recruiter who's now speaking out against the industry. Plus, a Cape Cod couple won't sell their mini golf course — not even for a million bucks. Join us!

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