Only A Game
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An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield.
||CleanSmash Mouth's 'All Star,' Swimming + Eating Myth, 'The Super Fight'||The song "All Star" by Smash Mouth became a sports anthem, but it wasn't written for sports fans — and it almost didn't exist. This week on Only A Game, the origin of the 1999 hit. Also, we take a dive into the classic myth of fatal swimming cramps. And The Super Fight: a fantasy heavyweight bout featuring two all-time greats ... and an old computer. Join us!||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeBron's Legacy In Akron, Gaddafi's Hockey Sponsorship, Marathon Swimmer||On July 1, LeBron James announced he would leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers. This week on Only A Game, the Akron, Ohio native's lasting impact on his hometown. Also, after racking up dept, a German hockey team turns to a dictator for help. And, the story of a world-record-holding marathon swimmer who started her career at age 46. Join us!||7/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEngland's Imaginary '94 World Cup Bid, Egyptian Soccer, Iowa Girls' Hoops||England failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup. This week on Only A Game, we revisit the fictional BBC radio drama that imagined a different fate for the English side. Also, the journey to break a curse over Egyptian soccer. And, how six-on-six girls' high school basketball became the pride of Iowa. Join us!||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTommy John III, @PitchingNinja, Sportswriter Romance||Tommy John is famous for the surgery that saved his pro baseball career. Now his son, Tommy John III, is rallying against the overuse of that surgery in younger ballplayers. Also this week on Only A Game, the saga of the @PitchingNinja Twitter account. And a story of romance and rivalry between two Bay Area sports writers. Join us!||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRay Allen's Holocaust Education, George Carlin On Sports, Sin And Baseball||Ray Allen is known as an NBA sharpshooter. This week on Only A Game, he talks about another aspect of his life: his quest to learn more — and educate others — about the Holocaust. Also, Kelly Carlin — daughter of comedian George Carlin — tells stories of her father's interest in sports. And, a story of forbidden baseball fandom on the week's holiest day. Join us!||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChinese Player-Translator, Jesse Eisenberg, World Cup Woes||Saiyuan Bian, a basketball player from China, has had dreams of playing pro basketball since he was a child. This week on Only A Game, Bian's journey to the pros as a player-translator. Also, actor Jesse Eisenberg reveals the true cause behind the Phoenix Suns' 1993 NBA Finals collapse. And, reflections on U.S. Soccer's elimination from the 2018 World Cup with former coach Bruce Arena. Join us!||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOverdue Stanley Cup Ring, Vegas Hockey Pioneers, USA Surf Coach||Former Boston Bruin Chris Hayes receives his 1972 Stanley Cup ring ... 46 years later. That's coming up this week on Only A Game. Also, the story of the true pioneers of Las Vegas ice hockey. And, USA surfing coach Joey Buran's journey from king of the surfing world to life as a pastor.||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRole Models: Kareem And Wooden, Jessie Graff And Xena, Ray Flynn And Jackie Robinson||This week on Only A Game, stories about athletes and their role models. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and John Wooden couldn't have appeared much less alike on the surface. How the two men forged a 50-year friendship. Also, we'll learn about the advice that Jackie Robinson gave to Boston politician Ray Flynn when he was just 10 years old. And, Jessie Graff's journey from aspiring warrior princess to Hollywood stunt double to American Ninja Warrior. Join us!||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFootball Pioneer, Ron Guidry, Onion Vs. Secretariat||Fred Spiksley was a star footballer for Sheffield Wednesday from 1891-1903. He was also a womanizer and a gambler. This week on Only A Game, the story of a flawed football hero who helped spread the game all over the world. Also, the game that changed the course of pitcher Ron Guidry's career. And, how a horse named Onion upset Secretariat in 1973.||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwo Journeys From Sports To Hollywood — And A Hike Gone Wrong||Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Blondy Baruti and his family had to flee from violence. This week on Only A Game, the story of Baruti's journey to college basketball — and then Hollywood. Also, another sports-to-Hollywood story: Nell Scovell has written for "The Simpsons" and President Obama — but she started out as a sportswriter. And, how a day hike for Victoria Grover turned into four nights in the Utah wilderness with a broken leg. Join us!||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great, entertaining sports podcast
I love this podcast. My only complaint is that I wish they'd make up their mind, either the whole show, or segments. But sometimes there is a segment that appears in the whole show, and I shouldn't have to shuffle through the podcasts. Perhaps break the whole show up into separate segments, and don't re-podcast that which you've already shared with us.
Only A Game
A great blend of offbeat and mainstream sports stories. I get crabby when I miss a week.
Like seeing a old friend
I used to listen to it when I was in college. Unfortunately, my local station doesn't carry it. I really missed listening to their offbeat take on Sports. After getting an iPhone, this was one of the first things I looked for in iTunes.
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