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Bodybuilding Dreams, Reporter Plays Football, Classic Arcade Museum

Jared Wells has cystic fibrosis, and he weighed just 117 pounds a year ago. But in 2018, Jared started bodybuilding. This week, Only A Game and WBUR's Endless Thread team up to share Jared's incredible journey. Plus, an NFL reporter joins a women's semi-pro team. And the story of the American Classic Arcade Museum. Join us!

Bodybuilding Dreams, Reporter Plays Football, Classic Arcade Museum

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McGill Mascot, Scotiabank Hockey College, Sportswriter Couple

The McGill University athletic teams used to have a lot of nicknames. But in 1927, one name took center stage: the Redmen. This week on Only A Game, the controversial history of the Redmen name — and the student-led campaign to change it. Plus, a Canadian bank's partnership with NHL stars. And we celebrate Valentine's Day with a press box love story. Join us!

McGill Mascot, Scotiabank Hockey College, Sportswriter Couple

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Super Bowl Haiku, Pirate Biking Trails, Haitian Hockey Player

The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams face off this weekend in Super Bowl LIII. This week on Only A Game, the 25th installment of Super Bowl Haiku. Plus, the story behind mountain bikers' "pirate trails." And we meet a Haitian immigrant who fell in love with hockey. Join us!

Super Bowl Haiku, Pirate Biking Trails, Haitian Hockey Player

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Brenda Tracy Speaks Out, 'The Wave,' Backwards Runner

In 1998, Brenda Tracy was the victim of sexual assault by four men, including two Oregon State football players. Now, 20 years later, Tracy travels the country, speaking to athletic programs to try to put an end to sexual violence. Also this week on Only A Game, the day that 'Krazy George' Henderson invented "the wave." And the story of a woman who was able to run again — by going backwards. Join us!

Brenda Tracy Speaks Out, 'The Wave,' Backwards Runner

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Soccer And Addiction, 'Settle Your Beefs,' Football After Hurricane Florence

Each of Jon Cross' older siblings played Div. I soccer. But drug and alcohol addiction derailed Jon's career before he even graduated high school. This week on Only A Game, Jon shares how rehab and recovery brought him back to soccer. Also, a former high school lacrosse player settles a spat with his nemesis. And a football coach brings his community together after Hurricane Florence. Join us!

Soccer And Addiction, 'Settle Your Beefs,' Football After Hurricane Florence

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NFL Pension Disparity, Photographer Baseball Cards, 'Queen Of Katwe'

NFL players who retired before 1993 are not eligible for a range of benefits available to players who retired after 1993 — and their pensions are about a third the size of current players'. This week on Only A Game, the push for higher pensions for older NFL retirees. Plus, the story behind artist Mike Mandel's collection of baseball cards of famous photographers. And why Phiona Mutesi has mostly moved on from chess after it brought her fame. Join us!

NFL Pension Disparity, Photographer Baseball Cards, 'Queen Of Katwe'

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Marcellus Wiley, FIFA Beef, Vegan Soccer Team

Marcellus Wiley grew up in South Central L.A. determined to make a better life for his family. This week on Only A Game, Wiley shares his journey from Compton to Columbia to the NFL. Plus, a British soccer player takes issue with his speed rating in FIFA 19. And the world's first vegan sports team. Join us!

Marcellus Wiley, FIFA Beef, Vegan Soccer Team

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Hockey In North Korea, 'Bullet Man' And Other 'Sticky Wicket' Stories

The term "sticky wicket" originated in cricket. It's become a metaphor for a difficult circumstance. This week on Only A Game, we share stories in which people face their own "sticky wickets." The hockey goalie who stood up to Hitler ... and the one who went to skate in North Korea. The man who got shot in the head while running a marathon — and more. Join us!

Hockey In North Korea, 'Bullet Man' And Other 'Sticky Wicket' Stories

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WNBA Poet, And1 Mixtapes, Babe Ruth's Christmas Gift

Imani McGee-Stafford just finished her second season in the WNBA. But before she fell in love with basketball, she was an artist. This week on Only A Game, how Imani found her purpose in basketball and poetry. Plus, the story behind the first And1 Mixtape. And a Christmas gift from Babe Ruth. Join us!

WNBA Poet, And1 Mixtapes, Babe Ruth's Christmas Gift

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Dad And Barkley, René Lacoste, Sri Lankan Cricket

Reporter Shirley Wang tells the story of her father, Lin Wang, a scientist living in Iowa who befriended NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. Also this week on Only A Game: how René "the Crocodile" Lacoste got the inspiration for his iconic clothing brand. And 30 years after leaving Sri Lanka, a Tamil man finds cricket again. Join us!

Dad And Barkley, René Lacoste, Sri Lankan Cricket

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