Only A Game

Bill Littlefield

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.

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Podcasts

  • Saturday, April 19, 2014 8:03am
    Stories from this broadcast: NHL Playoffs Have A Golden (State) Tinge; Union Takes Home Hockey Championship; A Conversation With Baseball Legend Johnny Bench; Runners Return To Finish 2014 Boston Marathon; Concert Honors Boston Marathon Bombing Victims; Wellesley Signs Support Boston Marathoners; Remembering ‘The Bilko Athletic Club’; Charlie Pierce: News Of The Week; Unlimited Food For NCAA Athletes?; Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Tourney Offers Olympic Preview
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:23am
    The cold, sometimes wet stretch of weather at the start of the baseball season has reminded Bill Littlefield of some of his most disappointing baseball days.
  • Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:03am
    Stories from this broadcast: UConn Wins Dual Championships … Again; Hobey Baker: A Hockey Legend Lost Too Soon; After Fast Start, Indiana Loses Its Pace; Mixed-Gender Basketball Association: Where Men And Women Team Up; ‘In My Skin’ Shares Inside Look Into Brittney Griner’s Life; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Women And Children Welcome At Augusta; Sewing A Championship Banner
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:23am
    Perhaps staging the largest, loudest Boston Marathon ever will be a way to say that "the best" can exercise "passionate intensity" in asserting that madness and murderous violence won't prevail.
  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 7:13am
    Stories from this broadcast: Pat Forde: The NCAA’s Phenomenal Freshmen; Women’s Final Four Preview With ESPN’s Michelle Smith; The Anthropology Of Basketball Fandom; No. 339 Bowditch Wins First PGA Tour Event; ‘Greek Freak’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Brings Youth To Stagnant Bucks; ‘Pedestrianism’ Highlights The Surprising History Of Competitive Walking; The Week In Sports With Charlie Pierce; Defying Olympic Odds, ‘Grandma Luge’ Makes Archery Bid; March Sadness: NCAA Confiscates Kitty Cat Mug