Only A Game

by NPR (webmaster@wbur.org) · · · · 20 subscribers

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

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 …
Former college basketball coach Rus Bradburd believed he'd wronged one of his recruits. This week on Only A Game, the story of Bradburd's efforts to re- connect with his former player in a time of great need. Also, Don Cherry never coached a team to a championship — at least, …
With the 2018 NFL Draft underway, former No. 2 overall pick Ryan Leaf traces his journey from top prospect to prison. Also this week on Only A Game, the stories of Nancy Hogshead-Makar and Arianna Castillo — two survivors of sexual assault who helped pave the way for the recent …
In 1994's "D2: The Mighty Ducks," the lovable Ducks take on the big, bad skaters from Team Iceland. But in real life, hockey is not popular in Iceland. How did a nation with just two ice rinks end up as the "D2" villain? Also this week, a dog musher throws …
This week on Only A Game, the story of two sisters who both founded women's college hockey programs — but have very different legacies. Also, a filmmaker sheds light on mental illness among Olympic athletes. And the story of Imogene Fish, who fled from Nazi Germany — and then represented …
The 2018 Winter Olympics have begun in Pyeongchang, South Korea — just 50 miles from the North Korean border. This week on Only A Game, the story of an American man who went to North Korea to play hockey. Plus, a third-generation cross-country skier continues her family's Olympic tradition. And, …
This week on Only A Game, former college and Arena Football League quarterback Brian Mann relives the most important pass of his life — to Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl LI halftime show. Plus, the 2018 edition of our Super Bowl Haiku. And, the journal of a former high …
Former Penn State basketball player Tyler Smith knew he wasn't going to make the NBA. So he hoped for the next best thing — a six-figure contract playing overseas. This week on Only A Game, how Smith's basketball journey took him to Uruguay. Plus, blood doping goes wrong for Dutch …
Gene Mingo was a halfback, kick returner and the NFL's first black field goal kicker. He's one of the few players in pro football history to have scored six different ways. But Mingo's story goes beyond his success on the football field and his Hall of Fame bid. Mingo faced …
Fritz Pollard is credited with being the first African-American to play quarterback and coach in the pros. This week on Only A Game, the life of a football trailblazer. Also, the shirtless Tongan from the Rio Olympics who is now trying to qualify for the 2018 Winter Games. And the …
For 30 years, the NFL's Colts called Baltimore home. This week on Only A Game, the story of the special connection between the franchise and the city. Plus, the tolls — both physical and emotional — of a life in non-stop, self- supported, ultra endurance bicycle racing. And, NBA Hall …
This week on Only A Game, we're talking about stuff. Sports stuff. Stories about the sports bra, a bow, a cappuccino machine and other equipment having to do with sports — or, at least, equipment used by athletes.
Paul Stewart played in the NHL and officiated over 1,000 games. This week on Only A Game, the Christmas gift from his father that made it all possible. Plus, you may know Althea Gibson as the woman who integrated tennis, but her legacy extends to the sport of golf, too. …
In 1905, college football faced a crisis. Injuries were piling up, and games were, frankly, boring. The forward pass helped solve both problems. This week on Only A Game, we chronicle the roles of Harvard Stadium and Teddy Roosevelt in making the forward pass legal, quarterbacks Benny Friedman and Sammy …
Baseball's reserve clause held until 1975, but players came close to abolishing it once before...in 1890. This week on Only A Game, a retired contractor unearths documents left behind from the Players' League. Plus, the Great Halifax Explosion of 1917 indirectly led to the creation of the most successful college …
For decades, the Ryder Cup was monotonous and unpopular. This week on Only A Game, how the Ryder Cup has become one of golf's most emotional and intense events. Plus, a photographer's journey to the Italian Alps to track down a climbing legend. And, how an American living in China …
This week on Only A Game, a smorgasbord of "leftover" stories that didn't fit it into past episodes. A world-record paddler takes a detour to meet a rock star. A future boxing champ learns to take a punch on the streets of Brooklyn. An American basketball player bakes bread "with" …
At the height of the civil rights movement, football players at Syracuse University stood up for racial equality. This week on Only A Game, the story of the Syracuse 8. Also, a former toy company executive collects "sports miracles" and shares an almost-miracle of his own. And, learning how to …
Jack Sanford was a high schooler when news of the Pearl Harbor attack broke and many of the country's best athletes joined the service. This week on Only A Game, the story of a lesser-known athlete who answered the call of duty. Plus, a World War I veteran who returned …
A year ago, we told the story of Jose Reza, a teenager who fled cartel violence in Mexico. Jose is now a college runner. This week on Only A Game, we have an update on Jose. Also, a blind rower gets the chance to go out on her own, thanks …