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Latest Show: History Of Sports Bras, Nazi Spy, Integrating The ACC

It changed the game for half the population. This week on Only A Game, we tell the story of how the sports bra was invented. Also, Violette Morris was a pioneering female athlete in France during the 1920s. But smoking, swearing and pants-wearing got her banned from competition — and then she became a Nazi. Plus, Willie Cooper was on track to be the first black basketball player in the ACC. Today, he's still haunted by what could have been. Join us!

Latest Show: History Of Sports Bras, Nazi Spy, Integrating The ACC

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Latest Show: Amos Alonzo Stagg, Lanier High Basketball, From Xena To Ninja Warrior

With a coaching career that spanned nearly seven decades, Amos Alonzo Stagg is known as one of early football's most influential coaches. This week on Only A Game, Stagg's little-known contribution to the campaign for equality for Japanese-American citizens after WWII. Also, Lanier High School's all-Mexican-American basketball team broke racial barriers in 1939 when it competed for the San Antonio city champioship, but it's what happened next that shocked a lot of people. And, Jessie Graff's journey from aspiring princess warrior to Hollywood stunt double to American Ninja Warrior. Join us!

Latest Show: Amos Alonzo Stagg, Lanier High Basketball, From Xena To Ninja Warrior

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Littlefield: 100 Wins And Counting

The UConn women's basketball program eclipsed another milestone this week: 100 consecutive wins. Bill Littlefield is among those wondering when — or if — the team will ever lose.

Littlefield: 100 Wins And Counting

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Latest Show: Ball Boy's Star Turn, Bowling An 899, Climbing The Totem Pole

Usually it's the players who entertain crowds at basketball games. But on a recent afternoon at UNC's Dean Smith Center, a ball boy stole the show. This week on Only A Game, the three shots that made Asher Lucas a star — and extended a family legacy. Plus, bowler Bill Fong remembers the night when he was one pin short of glory. And 18 years after a devastating accident, climber Paul Pritchard returned to finish his ascent of a slender sea stack in Tasmania. Join us!

Latest Show: Ball Boy's Star Turn, Bowling An 899, Climbing The Totem Pole

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Littlefield: Athletes Should Be Free To Speak

Bill Littlefield sometimes hears from listeners who feel that athletes should stick to playing their games and that commentators and hosts should stick to talking about those games. This week, he has those listeners in mind.

Littlefield: Athletes Should Be Free To Speak

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Latest Show: Tuck Rule, Haiku, Sonny Liston Murder Mystery

If you don't live in New England, you probably don't like the New England Patriots. Can that nationwide hatred be traced back to a single controversial call? This week on Only A Game, we look back at the infamous Tuck Rule game. Also, the XXIII edition of OAG's Super Bowl Haiku. Plus, Sonny Liston died of a heroin overdose — at least, that's the official story. Journalist Shaun Assael believes it was a murder and tries to answer a complicated question: who did it? Join us!

Latest Show: Tuck Rule, Haiku, Sonny Liston Murder Mystery

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Littlefield: The Atlanta Falcons And A Painkiller Predicament

On the eve of the Super Bowl, emails have surfaced referencing the ambitious past use of painkillers by the Atlanta Falcons. Bill Littlefield is not shocked.

Littlefield: The Atlanta Falcons And A Painkiller Predicament

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Latest Show: 100-Foot Wave, Bagwell's Bar Mitzvah Gig, Fastest Hiker

Garrett McNamara tried to give up pro surfing. But he ended up returning to the water to take on the biggest waves in the world. Also this week on Only A Game: 25 years ago, a then-little-known baseball player named Jeff Bagwell got $500 to show up at future ESPN reporter Darren Rovell's bar mitzvah. Rovell recounts his afternoon with the future Hall of Famer. Plus, Heather Anderson used to be scared of the woods. But she found joy on hiking trails — and now she holds three world records.

Latest Show: 100-Foot Wave, Bagwell's Bar Mitzvah Gig, Fastest Hiker

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Littlefield: The NFL's Soap Opera Season Will End In February's Finale

Despite starting the season without suspended quarterback Tom Brady, the New England Patriots have reached the Super Bowl. Now Brady could come face to face with the man who suspended him — Commissioner Roger Goodell. Bill Littlefield wonders who's really coming out on top.

Littlefield: The NFL's Soap Opera Season Will End In February's Finale

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Latest Show: Equipment Manager's NHL Dream, Baseball In Uganda, More

When the backup goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes fell ill, the team needed to find a replacement — fast. They called on their equipment manager. This week on Only A Game, Jorge Alves shares the story of an NHL dream come true. Also, a somewhat aimless college grad finds purpose as an assistant baseball coach — in Uganda. Plus, Imogene Fish fled from Germany before WWII. And in 1952, she competed for the United States at the Winter Olympics. Join us!

Latest Show: Equipment Manager's NHL Dream, Baseball In Uganda, More

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