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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Podcasts

  • Saturday, March 28, 2015 7:28am
    Stories from this broadcast: Before He Was MVP: Steve Nash's Career At Santa Clara; 30-0 = No. 8 Seed? The Plight Of The Mid-Major In Women's Hoops; NFL Gives Concussion Spotters More Power With 'Julian Edelman' Rule; As Tommy John Surgeries Soar, MLB Focuses On Youth Baseball; After Testing Fails, Expert Says Education 'Only Weapon' In Steroid Fight; Protecting High School Athletes From Preventable Deaths; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Florida Panthers Teammates Not Only Work Together, They Live Together; John Lucas: Former NBA Player, Former Coach And Recovering Addict
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015 3:40pm
    Bill Littlefield muses on the upcoming referendum in Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics.
  • Saturday, March 21, 2015 7:36am
    Stories from this broadcast: At NCAA Tournament, Refs Also Compete To Reach Final Four; Jim Boeheim And The Syracuse Investigation; Americans Suit Up In Iraqi Basketball League; NFL Running Back Andre Williams On Chris Borland's Retirement; NFL Wives Call For More Help For Older Retirees; Dressed All In Pink, This Strongwoman Takes On The World; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Inspired By MLB Star, Teenage Girl Trades Softball For Baseball; In 'Cuba Straits,' Doc Ford Series Takes The Diamond
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015 5:40pm
    Major League Baseball's hit leader, Pete Rose, has applied to be returned to the good graces of the game. Bill Littlefield suggests Rose might want to think twice.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015 7:30am
    Stories from this broadcast: NFL Free Agency Begins Before It Begins; Cable Bill Going Up? Blame Sports; De$ignated Hitter: Why The National League Will Soon Cash In; In The Philippines, Manny Pacquiao Is More Than A Boxer; 'Champs' Looks At Boxing Beyond The Ring; W.C. Heinz Revisited ... And Republished; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Report: Responsibility For Doping Problem Goes Beyond Armstrong; Skiing The Thunderbolt: A Modern Day Sport Tackles A Historic Trail