Only A Game

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

In sports, it's usually the one who scores who gets the most glory. Assists are often less flashy, but they're just as important. This week on Only A Game, we're sharing stories of sports assists that transcend sports — from a duo who #outruncancer to the organ donation that connects …
The average Major League Baseball game this season has taken three hours and four minutes. This week on Only A Game, NYU game theorists propose a radical rule change to shorten games. Plus, the story of a poet who is obsessed with NBA guard D'Angelo Russell. And the Chicago Sting's …
This week on Only A Game, how Billie Jean King's 1973 win over Bobby Riggs sparked a scary confrontation on the Alaskan tundra. Plus, the story of Fred Sasakamoose's journey from an Indian residential school to the NHL. And the Atlanta Braves' organist who loves playing walk-up songs ... for …
This week on Only A Game, the story of a biology teacher who set out to row from Newfoundland to England. Also, Kamau Murray is famous for coaching 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens. But that's not his only job — Murray also runs a tennis center on the south …
Next week the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will induct one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century. Her name is Ora Washington, and her story was almost lost to history. Plus, a baseball card collector helps honor a former Major Leaguer. And the "Star-Spangled Banner" is played …
Despite growing evidence about the dangers of football, the number of colleges offering the sport isn't shrinking. In fact, it's growing. This week on Only A Game, we look at the morality of college football and the future of the sport. Plus, the story of an LAPD sergeant who brought …
If you live in the U.S., you might think that boys play baseball and girls play softball. But that wasn't always the case. This week on Only A Game, a look at the height of women's baseball — and the story of its decline. Plus, a Minnesota author writes a …
Baseball wasn't big in Savannah, Georgia. Until the Bananas came to town. This week on Only A Game, the Savannah Bananas owners share the tumultuous origin story of baseball's wackiest team. Plus, Wanda Fischer wanted to be a sportswriter. Until a Big Leaguer suggested otherwise. And Ken "The Hawk" Harrelson …
Tiger Woods is back among golf's elite. This week on Only A Game, Mike Pesca wonders about the broader implications of a possible Woods' comeback. Also, when it comes to coaching, where's the line between motivation and harassment? Runners at the University of Washington have been grappling that question. Plus, …
After 25 years, Bill Littlefield is retiring as host of Only A Game. On this week's episode, Bill shares some of his favorite memories and stories from hosting the show. There's the legend of candlepin bowling, a dog named Moses and some retirement advice from Willie Mays. Join us!
Giant flags, flyovers and camo jerseys are now common at sporting events. But that wasn't always the case. This week on Only A Game, the story of two veterans who are questioning the growing militarization of sports. Also, an avid golfer plays 111 rounds throughout Britain in just 57 days. …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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, …
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 …
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 …
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 …