Only A Game

Only A Game

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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 intelligent analysis, insightful interviews and a keen sense humor.More from Only A Game »

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Latest Show: Aug. 20-21

If you've been watching the competition in Rio, chances are you've seen athletes sporting Olympic rings tattoos. This week on Only A Game, we learn how the tradition began — and explain how this tattoo could change Japanese culture. And why can't companies say "summer" during the Olympics? The story of a carpet cleaning company that's suing the USOC. Plus, we meet a Detroit man who uses boxing to keep kids off the street — and slept in his car to pay for it. Join us!

Latest Show: Aug. 20-21

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Latest Show: Aug. 13-14

Simone Biles and the U.S. women's gymnastics team have been dominating in Rio. But none of them could get a Perfect 10. This week on Only A Game, the man who fought to change the gymnastics scoring system. Also, a Danish woman who grew up under Nazi occupation describes winning a gold at the first post-WWII Olympics. And the story of two men from the 1976 Olympic champion field hockey team who were denied gold medals and the woman who's trying to change that ruling. Join us!

Latest Show: Aug. 13-14

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Latest Show: August 6-7

This week on Only A Game, we tell the recurring story of Olympic displacements – from a neighborhood in Rio that was turned to rubble to the homeless and poor purged from a city much closer to home. And with rugby's return to the Games, we'll look back at the last Olympic rugby final, between France and the U.S. in the turbulent times between world wars. Plus the story of identical twins who aren't identical when it comes to sports. Or maybe they are? Join us!

Latest Show: August 6-7

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Littlefield: A Forgotten Olympic Stadium Where Refugees Live On Grass That Isn't Green

A baseball stadium in Greece hosted games during the 2004 Olympics. Now it's among the many places where refugees from Syria are trying to make lives.

Littlefield: A Forgotten Olympic Stadium Where Refugees Live On Grass That Isn't Green

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Latest Show: July 30-31

Ken Griffey Jr. is remembered for his smooth swing, but he's also known for his 1989 Upper Deck rookie card. It changed the baseball card industry — and this week on Only A Game, we'll meet the man who's collected more of that particular card than anyone else. Plus the story of an American rower who qualified for Rio, thanks to a podcast. (Sort of.) And the story of an Irish priest, his dog, and the new English national football team manager. Join us!

Latest Show: July 30-31

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Littlefield: Imagining A Conversation Between Two Russian Athletes...

News this week has been all about emails, leaks, hacks and cheats. Bill Littlefield wanted in. Conveniently, that's when an entirely-made-up correspondence between two Russian athletes appeared on his desk...

Littlefield: Imagining A Conversation Between Two Russian Athletes...

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Latest Show: July 23-24

Gino Marchetti fought in the Battle of the Bulge and starred in what's been called the "The Greatest Game Ever Played." This week on Only A Game, Marchetti tells the story of his journey from World War II to the NFL.

Latest Show: July 23-24

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Littlefield: Olympic Doping And The Hemingway Pill

Reports of state-sponsored doping in Russia have Bill Littlefield thinking about athletes (and, maybe, sportswriters) who cheat to be the best.

Littlefield: Olympic Doping And The Hemingway Pill

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Latest Show: July 16-17

When Jackie Robinson asked teammate Carl Erskine why he wasn't bothered by race, Erskine replied with two words: Johnny Wilson. This week on Only A Game, we tell the story of a childhood friendship that changed the All-Star pitcher's life. And, after the decline of her boxing career, former world champ Christy Martin was shot by her husband and left for dead. Plus, the most controversial moment from the 2016 MLB All-Star Game happened before the first pitch.

Latest Show: July 16-17

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'The False Dream And The Cost': Littlefield On Online Gambling

The Massachusetts State Lottery wants to expand to online platforms. Bill Littlefield thinks that's a bad idea.

'The False Dream And The Cost': Littlefield On Online Gambling

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