Only A Game

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An award-winning weekly sports magazine for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider

If you see a 13-year-old reporter with a yellow-tipped mic at a sporting event, it's probably Vedant Gupta. This week on Only A Game, the story of Global Kid Media, and Vedant's plan to become a household name in sports media. Also, the Boston Celtics' 7-foot-5 rookie Tacko Fall decides to learn how to swim. And the story of Rat City Roller Derby, a roller derby league that lost its home due to Seattle's gentrification. Join us!

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This week on Only A Game, the story of a donkey and a college student who helped each other heal through running. Also, a writer and artist shares her story of finding her place at an indoor rowing studio. And how the city of Columbus came together to #SaveTheCrew. Join …
After losing her right leg at the age of 9, Lacey Henderson says she was in "disability denial." This week on Only A Game, how Henderson came to accept her disability, reach the Paralympics — and start a podcast. Also, looking back at a sports columnist's first time watching ESPN. …
The NBA says its first game was played Nov. 1, 1946. But history suggests a different date. This week on Only A Game, a look back at the origin of the NBA — and how one of its founding leagues got boxed out. Also, in the midst of a record-setting …
Gavin Newsom says he would not be the governor of California if not for college sports. So why did he decide to sign a law that challenges the entire NCAA system? Also this week on Only A Game, the story of Boston gambler Joseph "Sport" Sullivan's role in the Black …
Jason Benetti grew up with cerebral palsy and with dreams of becoming the White Sox announcer. But as he got older, he gravitated toward radio because he didn't want to be seen. This week on Only A Game, Benetti's path to his dream job. Also, Keith Comstock was tired of …
Sometimes, things don't go as expected. This week on Only A Game, stories about the metaphorical curveball — moments when life takes a surprising turn. There's comedian Gary Gulman, who went from playing football to pursuing comedy. And there's Tori Petry, who went from covering the Detroit Lions to playing …
UNLV men's hockey assistant coach Nick Robone was one of the hundreds wounded during the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 58 people. This week on Only A Game, Nick discusses the importance of the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the aftermath of the shooting. …
After losing his wife, Wendy, to breast cancer, Arkansas State football coach Blake Anderson found support in an unexpected place: enemy territory. This week on Only A Game, the story of why Georgia Bulldogs fans chose to #WearPinkForWendy. Also, cave diver and underwater filmmaker Jill Heinerth's brushes with death as …
Curtis Granderson is a 16-year MLB veteran. This week on Only A Game, Granderson talks baseball, community and why he doesn't Instagram photos of food. Plus, the story of former minor league baseball player Pete Murphy who was working in the North Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11. …
Pohnpei is an island in Micronesia with a population of less than 40,000. By 2009, its national soccer team — which had never won an international match — had effectively disbanded. This week on Only A Game, the story of soccer's return to Pohnpei. Also, why listening to people talk …
Leland Melvin went to training camp with the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys. And he went to space with NASA. This week on Only A Game, Leland Melvin chronicles how he got there. Plus, what does Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's retirement at age 29 mean for the NFL? And …
Vermont's Middlebury College is perhaps better known for its Quidditch team than its Div. III football team. But this week on Only A Game, the story of a Middlebury grad who's now an NFL veteran. Plus, the worst team in Scotland's lowest-tier pro soccer league needed help. That's when a …
After MLB players walked off the job in 1994, President Bill Clinton intervened. This week on Only A Game, former baseball Commissioner Bud Selig recounts his dealings with the White House. Also, the connection between cyclist Major Taylor and the cognac brand Hennessy. And John Grant Jr. retired from Major …
ESPN's Outside the Lines recently investigated track coach Conrad Mainwaring, who has been accused of abusing 41 boys and young men over 44 years. This week on Only A Game, the story behind the investigation. Plus, pro basketball player Sean Marshall is helping his former college roommate — and Ice …
In 2018, the NBA launched the 2K League, in which elite gamers compete in a video game version of NBA basketball. This week, the story of Albano Thomallari, aka oFab, one of the league's biggest stars.
On Oct. 16, 1968, Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on the medal podium at the Olympic Games and protested for human rights by raising black- gloved fists. Fifty years later, Only A Game shares stories of protest, from fellow '68 Olympic champion Wyomia Tyus to Polish pole vaulter …
In 1996, Nike released the Air Swoopes, the first women's signature basketball shoe. Today, there are no WNBA players with their own shoe lines. This week on Only A Game, the history of women's basketball sneakers. Also, how powerlifting changed Colleen Tighe's life. And tales from Craig Breedlove's quest for …
Nike drew headlines last month for making Colin Kaepernick the face of its "Just Do It" campaign. But before Kaepernick, Nike had Ric Muñoz. This week on Only A Game, the story behind Nike's 1995 HIV-positive runner ad. Plus, the father-son story behind a Baltimore Colts fan website. And the …
The lasting image from the 1999 Women's World Cup belongs to Brandi Chastain. This week on Only A Game, Team USA goalkeeper Briana Scurry speculates on what would have happened if it was her image — making the save — that got the attention. Plus, why sports talk radio doesn't …