Only A Game

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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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  • Saturday, January 24, 2015 8:03am
    Stories from this broadcast: ‘Deflate-Gate’ And The Psychology Of Cheating In Sports; Bud Selig’s Legacy As Commissioner Of Major League Baseball; With Max Scherzer, Are Nationals World Series Favorites?; Advice For Coach K: High School Coach Remembers Her 1,000th Win; PGA Champions Tour, Golf’s Senior Circuit, Turns 35; For Some Former NFL Players, ‘Life After Football’ Can Be Uncertain; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; A Pioneering Basketball Coach And MLK’s Priceless Speech; Fat Bikes: The Winter Sport Of The Future?
  • Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:16pm
    The NFL has determined 11 of the 12 footballs used by the New England Patriots during their AFC Championship victory were underinflated, ESPN reports. Only A Game's Doug Tribou looks at the "lighter" side of the controversy.
  • Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:13am
    Stories from this broadcast: AFC Championship Preview: Colts Vs. Patriots; Packers Get Another Crack At Seahawks In NFC Championship; The Ohio State Buckeyes: The $1 Billion Team?; MLB’s Antitrust Status Remains After Almost A Century; How Far Can The Washington Wizards Go?; ‘The QB’ Joins The Search For The Next Great NFL Quarterback; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Can I Put My Gold Medal On My Resume? Life After The Olympics; Ice Climbing Festival Breathes Life Into Ouray, Colorado
  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015 5:03pm
    Machine Gun America is a real place in South Florida: a place where anyone over the age of 13 can shoot machine guns at targets resembling zombies, gangsters or Osama Bin Laden.
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015 8:03am
    Stories from this broadcast: Past And Present Collide In Manning Vs. Luck; Questions Remain After Mueller Report On NFL’s Handling Of Rice Case; It’s Boston: USOC Tabs Hub As U.S. Bid For 2024 Olympics; Atlanta Hawks Are For Sale And Flying High; As Knicks Struggle, New York Times Assigns Reporter To ‘Better Basketball’; In New Biography, Former NHL Goalie Malarchuk Details Brushes With Death; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Baseball Hall Of Fame Elects Four New Members; Adaptive Bobsledder Hopes To Compete In 2018 Paralympics