Only A Game

Saturday at 7 am
Bill Littlefield

Only A Game official website can be found here.Only A Game, hosted by author and veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield, is a weekly one-hour radio sports magazine that appeals to sports fans and sports avoiders alike. The program, crafted to lead into Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon, is characterized by Littlefield's exceptional writing and affable personality. On each program, Littlefield recognizes the significance of sports in our culture but keeps our games in perspective. And he does it in a way that balances the drama, comedy, and poetry of athletics.Only A Game maintains a strong on-the-scene presence to provide listeners with a sound-rich, weekly tour of the world of sports. The program covers diverse stories and issues concerning gender, race, sexual orientation, competitive opportunities for the disabled and the relationship between sports and the economy. Contributing analysts include Tim Kurkjian, Bud Collins, Gregg Doyel, Helene Elliott, Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde and weekly sports guru Charlie Pierce, for whom all subjects and topics are open game. Balancing thorough coverage of big time pro and college sports are features on such offbeat competitions as Humans Vs. Zombies, the Santa Speedo Run, biathlon and rhythmic gymnastics.

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Podcasts

  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 8:13am
    Stories from this broadcast: Carmelo Anthony: Still In New York, Far From An NBA Title; To Attract Fans, College Football Teams Take Cues From MLS. Seriously.; Football Legends Face Off At Candlestick Park’s Farewell Game; Has Derek Jeter’s Celebration Turned Into Deification?; Remembering Red Klotz, The General Who Beat The Globetrotters; Revisiting Ali, Frazier And Foreman In Richard Hoffer’s ‘Bouts of Mania’; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Feedback From OAG Listeners; No Shortage Of Real Athletes In ‘Big Man Run’
  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 6:25pm
    This year the Tour de France began in the United Kingdom, which is why Bill Littlefield, who'd gone to London for a break from sports, came to witness the spectacle.
  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 3:32pm
    Stories from this broadcast: LA KISS: The AFL’s Newest Rock Stars; Meet Chuck Taylor: The Man Behind The All Star; Diamondbacks Draft Paralyzed Former Arizona State Player; Catching Up With A Lovable Loser: Zippy Chippy; Controversy And Triumph At The Stanley Cup Of Stone Skipping; Cristiano Ronaldo And The Celebration Of Self; Terrell Owens Strikes Again … In Bowling!; Vermont Hosts Battle Between Prose And Poetry; Jimmy Connors Shows He’s Still ‘The Outsider’
  • Saturday, July 5, 2014 8:53am
    Stories from this broadcast: Up Next, 2018: The Future Of The U.S. Men’s National Team; Are Soccer’s Penalty Kicks Too Easy?; Tour De France Honors Riders, Soldiers Killed In World War I; Penny Hardaway’s Second Act: Coaching Middle School Basketball; WNBA Cashing In With Pro-LGBT Campaign; ‘The Karen’ Will Eat You Alive: ‘Learning To Breathe Fire’ And The Rise Of CrossFit; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Brandi Chastain: Leave Heading To Grown-Ups; Looking Back On Lou Gehrig’s ‘Luckiest Man’ Speech, 75 Years Later
  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014 7:03pm
    The Red Sox and Cubs finished their three-game series, just the fourth time the teams have met since the 1918 World Series. Only A Game's Karen Given was at the game on Monday, and reflected on the storied histories of the two teams.