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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: 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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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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