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Only A Game
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.
Saturday, March 8, 2014 9:23amStories from this broadcast: Paralympics: Keeping Politics Out Of Sports; New Zealand Boy Losing His Sight Adds NBA Game To Visual Memory Bank; Spring Training Mishaps With Tim Kurkjian; Sporting KC Hopes For MLS Repeat; UNC Hoops Legend Dean Smith Struggles With Dementia; ‘Showtime’ Showcases Lakers’ Golden Years; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; What Happened To Wheaties?; D-League Offers A Shot At The NBA Dream, Minus The Glamour
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 5:21pmRubin "Hurricane" Carter is dying, and the former boxer has one final wish. Bill Littlefield interviewed Carter years ago and shares his thoughts about a man who avoided bitterness after being wrongfully imprisoned.
Saturday, March 1, 2014 8:23amStories from this broadcast: The State Of Boxing 50 Years After Clay vs. Liston; Baseball Card Industry: 25 Years Of Upper Deck
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 5:25pmAs Jason Collins and Michael Sam make news for their pioneering roles as gay athletes, Bill Littlefield wonders if a certain political controversy will collide with the world of sports.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:13amStories from this broadcast: John Powers: Ice Hockey And More; Sochi’s Stray Dog Controversy; Spectator Etiquette: To Cheer Or Not To Cheer; New Developments In Dolphins’ Bullying Scandal; ‘Where They Raced’ Details History of Los Angeles Auto Racing; ‘The Fight Of Their Lives’ Chronicles 1965 Roseboro-Marichal Fight; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Ski Resorts Struggle To Balance Popularity And Risks Of ‘Skinning’; Legendary Golfer Gary Player On The Death Of The Eisenhower Tree