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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: Charles Haley, MLS's Most Important Mom and More

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:07:09 -0500

Hall of Famer Charles Haley won five Super Bowls with the Cowboys and 49ers. This week on Only A Game, Haley talks about his lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder. Plus, a Wall Street Journal columnist who donated a kidney to his mother-in-law and then ran the New York City Marathon. And, why would a promising soccer player in the Manchester United academy decide to move to the U.S.? Bill Littlefield tells the story of Jack and Debbie Harrison's journey to the U.S. — and ultimately the MLS. Join us!

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Littlefield: Sports Fans Should Be Thankful For Obama's Honorees

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:54:44 -0500

Bill Littlefield is thankful for the list of people celebrated this week by President Obama. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Vin Scully were among the 21 recipients of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Latest Show: Steve Young's USFL Career, A Football Diary Uncovered, And More

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:52:33 -0500

Before he led the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl wins, Steve Young quarterbacked the USFL's Los Angeles Express. This week on Only A Game, Young shares some of his favorite memories from two (occasionally dangerous) years in the now-defunct league. And the story of two former Harvard football players from a century apart — connected by a diary and their roles in making football less dangerous. Plus the story of a wide receiver who's blind in one eye. Join us!

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Poisoned Ivy? Littlefield Reflects On Recent Program Suspensions

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:58:44 -0500

This fall the season ended prematurely for the Harvard men's soccer team when it became know that the men had rated members of the women's team on the basis of their appearance. The wrestling team at Columbia brought similar consequences on themselves when their racist and lewd tests became public. Bill Littlefield has been wondering who's next.

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Latest Show: The 0-26 Yuks, Nike Vs. Marbury, A Hardwood Mystery

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 04:53:17 -0500

Forty years ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered the NFL as an expansion team. They lost their first 26 games. This week on Only A Game, former Bucs players share stories from those early years. Also, basketball sneakers used to just be basketball sneakers. Now they're status symbols. From Oregon to Japan to Chicago, we trace the history of Nike — and meet Stephon Marbury, who's trying to change the sneaker game. And the USC basketball court is named after a former player who never averaged more than 10 points a game. Why? Find out on this week's show!

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Latest Show: Steel And Football, Running From Mexico, And An Autistic Hockey Player

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 06:50:37 -0400

The steel industry once thrived in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Now high school football is the city's main source of hope. This week on Only A Game, S.L. Price traces the diverging histories of steel and football in Aliquippa. Plus, Jose Reza fled Mexico with his mother to escape the violence of cartels. Now he's using running to change his life. And Walker Aurand plays college hockey — after using the sport to overcome the challenges of autism. Join us!

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Littlefield: Harvard University's Men's Soccer Team Has "Teachable Moment"

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:52:46 -0400

We learned this week that members of Harvard's men's soccer team have been rating their female counterparts according to their appearance since 2012. Six players from the women's team responded with a letter.

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Littlefield: In Letter From Harvard Women's Soccer Players, A 'Welcome Quality Of Hope'

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 16:52:46 -0400

In 2012, members of Harvard's men's soccer team rated their female counterparts according to their appearance. Six players from the women's team recently responded with a letter. "The spirit of resistance to oppression is in this letter," Bill Littlefield writes, "but what makes it even more significant is the determination of the women to move beyond outrage."

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