Only A Game | Podcast

Only A Game | Podcast

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An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield.
Bodybuilding Dreams, Reporter Plays Football, Classic Arcade Museum
Feb 15 • 48 min
Jared Wells has cystic fibrosis, and he weighed just 117 pounds a year ago. But in 2018, Jared started bodybuilding. This week, Only A Game and WBUR’s Endless Thread team up to share Jared’s incredible journey. Plus, an NFL reporter joins a women’s…
McGill Mascot, Scotiabank Hockey College, Sportswriter Couple
Feb 8 • 48 min
The McGill University athletic teams used to have a lot of nicknames. But in 1927, one name took center stage: the Redmen. This week on Only A Game, the controversial history of the Redmen name — and the student-led campaign to change it. Plus, a Canadian…
Super Bowl Haiku, Pirate Biking Trails, Haitian Hockey Player
Feb 1 • 48 min
The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams face off this weekend in Super Bowl LIII. This week on Only A Game, the 25th installment of Super Bowl Haiku. Plus, the story behind mountain bikers’ “pirate trails.” And we meet a Haitian immigrant who fell…
Brenda Tracy Speaks Out, ‘The Wave,’ Backwards Runner
Jan 25 • 48 min
In 1998, Brenda Tracy was the victim of sexual assault by four men, including two Oregon State football players. Now, 20 years later, Tracy travels the country, speaking to athletic programs to try to put an end to sexual violence. Also this week on Only…
Soccer And Addiction, ‘Settle Your Beefs,’ Football After Hurricane Florence
Jan 18 • 48 min
Each of Jon Cross’ older siblings played Div. I soccer. But drug and alcohol addiction derailed Jon’s career before he even graduated high school. This week on Only A Game, Jon shares how rehab and recovery brought him back to soccer. Also, a former high…
NFL Pension Disparity, Photographer Baseball Cards, ‘Queen Of Katwe’
Jan 11 • 48 min
NFL players who retired before 1993 are not eligible for a range of benefits available to players who retired after 1993 — and their pensions are about a third the size of current players’. This week on Only A Game, the push for higher pensions for older…
Marcellus Wiley, FIFA Beef, Vegan Soccer Team
Jan 4 • 48 min
Marcellus Wiley grew up in South Central L.A. determined to make a better life for his family. This week on Only A Game, Wiley shares his journey from Compton to Columbia to the NFL. Plus, a British soccer player takes issue with his speed rating in FIFA…
Hockey In North Korea, ‘Bullet Man’ And Other ‘Sticky Wicket’ Stories
Dec 28, 2018 • 49 min
The term “sticky wicket” originated in cricket. It’s become a metaphor for a difficult circumstance. This week on Only A Game, we share stories in which people face their own “sticky wickets.” The hockey goalie who stood up to Hitler … and the one who…
WNBA Poet, And1 Mixtapes, Babe Ruth’s Christmas Gift
Dec 21, 2018 • 49 min
Imani McGee-Stafford just finished her second season in the WNBA. But before she fell in love with basketball, she was an artist. This week on Only A Game, how Imani found her purpose in basketball and poetry. Plus, the story behind the first And1…
Dad And Barkley, René Lacoste, Sri Lankan Cricket
Dec 14, 2018 • 49 min
Reporter Shirley Wang tells the story of her father, Lin Wang, a scientist living in Iowa who befriended NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. Also this week on Only A Game: how René “the Crocodile” Lacoste got the inspiration for his iconic clothing brand.…