Only A Game
There’s the sports world and there’s the rest of the world; NPR® brings them together on Only A Game.
An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield, Only A Game is radio for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider. Produced by WBUR in Boston, Only A Game puts sports in perspective with intelligent analysis, insightful interviews and a keen sense humor.
The hour-long program is characterized by Littlefield’s exceptional writing and affable personality. Only A Game tells the stories behind the box scores, including the explosion of interest in women’s sports, competitive opportunities for the disabled and the business of sports — as well as who wins and who loses.
Guests on Only A Game have included writers John Updike, Robert Pinsky and Roger Angell; commentators Bud Collins and Tim Kurkjian; current and former athletes Muhammad Ali, Kristine Lilly, former Sen. Bill Bradley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; and coaches Pat Summit and Geno Auriemma.
From Little League to the Big Leagues, from the Super Bowl to Soccer Moms, Only A Game is sports — NPR style.
Saturday, March 8, 2014 8:23amStories from this broadcast: Paralympics: Keeping Politics Out Of Sports; New Zealand Boy Losing His Sight Adds NBA Game To Visual Memory Bank; Spring Training Mishaps With Tim Kurkjian; Sporting KC Hopes For MLS Repeat; UNC Hoops Legend Dean Smith Struggles With Dementia; ‘Showtime’ Showcases Lakers’ Golden Years; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; What Happened To Wheaties?; D-League Offers A Shot At The NBA Dream, Minus The Glamour
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 4:21pmRubin "Hurricane" Carter is dying, and the former boxer has one final wish. Bill Littlefield interviewed Carter years ago and shares his thoughts about a man who avoided bitterness after being wrongfully imprisoned.
Saturday, March 1, 2014 7:23amStories from this broadcast: The State Of Boxing 50 Years After Clay vs. Liston; Baseball Card Industry: 25 Years Of Upper Deck
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 4:25pmAs Jason Collins and Michael Sam make news for their pioneering roles as gay athletes, Bill Littlefield wonders if a certain political controversy will collide with the world of sports.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 8:13amStories from this broadcast: John Powers: Ice Hockey And More; Sochi’s Stray Dog Controversy; Spectator Etiquette: To Cheer Or Not To Cheer; New Developments In Dolphins’ Bullying Scandal; ‘Where They Raced’ Details History of Los Angeles Auto Racing; ‘The Fight Of Their Lives’ Chronicles 1965 Roseboro-Marichal Fight; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Ski Resorts Struggle To Balance Popularity And Risks Of ‘Skinning’; Legendary Golfer Gary Player On The Death Of The Eisenhower Tree