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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

Marathon Lessons, Soccer Superfan, 'Bullet Man'

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:19:01 -0400

This week on Only A Game, a trio of stories acknowledging Monday's Boston Marathon; the lessons of the bricklayer and marathoner who won the race in 1917. Plus, another marathon (of sorts) for one soccer fan who singlehandedly stood behind his favorite team for 90 straight minutes. And, the runner who was shot in the head during a marathon and lived to race again. Join us!

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Forgotten NBA History, Soccer In A Divided Town, Goalie Turned Firefighter

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 17:25:00 -0400

There's the story that's been told about the invention of basketball's shot clock. And then there's the true story. This week on Only A Game, an update on the tale of Leo Ferris, the NBA co-founder history almost forgot. Plus, a story about high school soccer in Lewiston, Maine, after the arrival of thousands of Somali refugees. And, a former professional women's soccer goalie who found a second career off the pitch as a firefighter. Join us!

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Minor League Woes, 'The Kevin Show,' Comedian Gary Gulman

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:25:03 -0400

Paul Wilmet pitched in the pros for almost a decade, including three games in the bigs. But he didn't qualify for a pension or long-term health insurance. We'll have his story, this week on Only A Game. Also, Olympic sailor Kevin Hall describes living with a mental illness sometimes called the 'Truman Show Delusion.' And, Gary Gulman's journey into stand-up comedy, by way of college football. Join us!

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Latest Show: Prison Marathon, Father-Son Baseball, Arab-Israeli Tennis Players

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:02:06 -0400

The 1,000 Mile Club in Marin County, California, is not a typical running club. Many of its members are serving life sentences. This week on Only A Game, running the San Quentin Prison Marathon. Also, a story about a father and son — and learning how to pass on a love of baseball. And, an Arab-Israeli brother and sister advocate for peace on and off the tennis court. Join us!

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Latest Show: Free Throw Record, Homeless Super Bowl Alum, Nobel Prize And Hoops

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:31:43 -0400

March Madness is here, and brackets will be busted by shots from the free throw line. This week on Only A Game, the story of a free throw attempt that didn't have any NCAA tournament implications. It mattered a great deal more. Also, the story of a Super Bowl alum who was living under a bridge and the photographer who found him. And, the tale of two Nobel Prize-winning scientists who bonded through sports. Join us!

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Latest Show: Hockey Stories From A Goal Scorer, Enforcer And Fan

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 17:11:58 -0500

This week on Only A Game, stories from the world of ice hockey. Wayne Gretzky gets a lesson from an employee at the Hockey Hall of Fame. The story of an NHL enforcer who didn't want to fight. And a retired English professor recalls an encounter 70 years ago with a hockey pro on the neighborhood ice. Join us!

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Latest Show: Exercise Pill, Olympic 'Discretion,' Paralympian Oksana Masters

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 17:20:01 -0500

Exercise in a pill? It exists. And New Yorker writer Nicola Twilley recently got hold of some. This week on Only A Game, the quest to make a drug that could replace exercise. Also, U.S. cross-country skier Jennie Bender opens up about life on the edge of Olympic qualification. And the story of Oskana Masters, who went from a Ukrainian orphanage to representing the U.S. at the Paralympics. Join us!

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Latest Show: N. Korea's Rival 'Olympics,' Socceroos In Saigon, U.S. Goalie Vs. Hitler

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:19:57 -0500

After South Korea was awarded the 1988 Summer Olympics, North Korean leaders decided to boycott and host their own event. This week on Only A Game, the story of Pyongyang's 1989 World Festival of Youth Students. Plus, looking back on the Australian men's soccer team's trip to Saigon during the Vietnam War. And the tale of the U.S. hockey goalie who stood up to Hitler at the 1936 Olympics. Join us!

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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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