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, December 27, 2014 8:53am
    Stories from this broadcast: Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee: Still Pitching; A Raymond Chandler Mystery Provides A Baseball History Lesson; Lacrosse Bridges Gap Between Harlem And Boston Suburbs; Julius Erving Offers Candid Self-Portrait In 'Dr. J'; Oakland Ends 80-Year Ban On Pinball; Billie Jean King: 'Fight For Equality And Inclusion For Everyone'; Christmas Caroling Gets Competitive; Legendary Golfer Gary Player On The Death Of The Eisenhower Tree
  • Saturday, December 20, 2014 7:55am
    Stories from this broadcast: After Recent Failures, USOC Will Bid For 2024 Summer Olympics; Andrew Luck Redefines NFL ‘Trash’ Talking; Long, Cold Winter Ahead For Edmonton Oilers; Eyeing Title, Dallas Mavericks Add Rajon Rondo; Four-Time NBA Champ Horace Grant On Jordan, Kobe And Winning; Golf: China’s ‘Forbidden Game’; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Panther Girl: The Wrestler Who Escaped Murder; Hong Kong’s ‘Hedge Fund Fight Nite’
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014 4:50pm
    Bill Littlefield reflects on a remarkable World War I ceasefire that featured a soccer game between German and British troops.
  • Saturday, December 13, 2014 8:33am
    Stories from this broadcast: ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Protests Reach Pro Sports; For College Football, It’s Finally Playoff Time; The Chicago Cubs: The New NL Central Favorites?; Would NHL Be Offsides In Las Vegas?; 3 — 2 — 1 — ROCstock! Crashing A Mojave Desert Rocket Launch Party; ‘Chase Your Shadow’ Details Pistorius’ Life, Trial; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; P.K. Subban: Montreal’s Talented, Trash-Talking Star; The 22nd Only A Game Holiday Gift Guide
  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 10:13pm
    "A mad indulgence and a glorious spectacle" — hosting the Olympic Games can bring a city both prestige and problems. Bill Littlefield believes the representatives of cities vying to host the 2024 Summer Games should recognize both sides.