Only A Game

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

Brian Redman left school at 16 and found a career in auto racing during the sport's most deadly decade. This week on Only A Game, Redman tells a story about love in the face of injuries, accidents and brushes with death. Plus, the name "Hal Chase" probably doesn't come to …
As long as she's been an athlete, Trish Karter has faced adversity. This week on Only A Game, the 60-year-old athlete tells the story of a discouraging high school coach, a traumatic brain injury and the Race Across America. Plus, a baseball player finds his way back to the field …
In 2013, Jason Collins became the first openly gay male athlete in any of the the U.S.'s four major sports leagues. This week on Only A Game, Collins tells his story. Also, one of George Washington's descendants tries to get closer to his famous ancestor — through dancing, bowling and …
This week on Only A Game — we're telling stories of summer vacations. We follow one cyclist's cross-country search for humanity on the White Dragon Horse. Plus, we meet a Cape Cod couple who won't sell their mini golf course — not even for a million bucks. And, we hear …
Last summer, all eyes were on Rio as the world's best athletes competed at the 2016 Olympics. This week on Only A Game, a look at Rio's legacy of displacement, despair — and resistance in Vila Autódromo. Also, the story of one baseball superfan's 18-month quest to witness Ichiro Suzuki's …
Jim Abbott was a pitcher in the Major Leagues for a decade. He was also born without a right hand. This week on Only A Game, Abbott tells the story of a teacher who taught him an important lesson. Also, the self-proclaimed worst oarsman in Yale history finds an unlikely …
Randy Kaplan has collected 350 baseballs signed by world leaders. This week on Only A Game, Kaplan talks about popes, presidents and Vladimir Putin. Plus, a descendant of Leo Tolstoy talks about his decade in the NBA — and poetry. And the story of a Ted Williams-Joe DiMaggio trade that …
BALCO founder Victor Conte spent four months in prison after a federal raid of his offices in 2003. This week on Only A Game, Conte opens up about peddling steroids — and switching sides in the fight against doping. Plus, a tale of violence and deception at the first Tour …
Mack Brady was just 8 years old when he died of sepsis. This week on Only A Game, how Mack's family and friends embraced joy — and soccer. Plus, the Lefever boys were destroying their home, until their mother put a wrestling mat in the basement. And how Backyard Baseball's …
Most people know about Muhammad Ali's most famous fights. But this week on Only A Game, a look back at the boxer's toughest bouts — against his youngest daughter, Laila. Also, two childhood friends had fallen out of touch, until one of them was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, they …
Major League Baseball carried on during WWII, but talent was in short supply. This week on Only A Game, the story of the 1945 Washington Senators and their one-legged player-coach. Plus, the life of Man o' War — a horse that some say 'transcended its species.' And a tale of …
"Hooray for the NCAA" is something Bill Littlefield never thought he'd say. But he is now — because the NCAA announced Monday that it's pulling seven championship events from the state of North Carolina.
This week on Only A Game, the story of how two high school wrestlers and an ESPN producer became a family...and how that family ended up at the Paralympics. Plus, the story of The Great American Horse Race — a 3,500-mile trek that was won by a mule. And Bill …
College football began last weekend. Sunday will mark the beginning of the season for most NFL teams. Americans are excited, but Bill Littlefield wonders if the sport will spread beyond our borders.
Colin Kaepernick is choosing not to stand during the playing of the national anthem. This week on Only A Game, we'll compare the quarterback's protest to statements made by Jackie Robinson. And we'll explain why Fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition, inspired one man to break the world record for …
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has drawn both criticism and support for his decision to sit during the national anthem. Bill Littlefield weighs in on the varied responses.
Earlier this summer, Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the star-studded Golden State Warriors. This week on Only A Game, we meet a high school teacher who's using Durant's departure to motivate his students. And with the daily fantasy sports industry tanking, we'll talk to a former recruiter who's …
Ever heard of handball? Maybe not, if you watched the Olympics on NBC... While on vacation in Europe, Bill Littlefield enjoyed a delightfully different Olympic viewing experience.
Latest Show: Aug. 20-21 Aug. 20, 2016
If you've been watching the competition in Rio, chances are you've seen athletes sporting Olympic rings tattoos. This week on Only A Game, we learn how the tradition began — and explain how this tattoo could change Japanese culture. And why can't companies say "summer" during the Olympics? The story …
Latest Show: Aug. 13-14 Aug. 13, 2016
Simone Biles and the U.S. women's gymnastics team have been dominating in Rio. But none of them could get a Perfect 10. This week on Only A Game, the man who fought to change the gymnastics scoring system. Also, a Danish woman who grew up under Nazi occupation describes winning …