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Only A Game is radio for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider. The program puts sports in perspective with intelligent analysis, insightful interviews, and a keen sense humor.

Bill LittlefieldHost Bill Littlefield wrote his first com- mentary for WBUR in 1984, and shortly thereafter his work began airing on NPR's Morning Edition. Littlefield has hosted Only A Game since its inception in 1993.

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In The NFL, It’s Raining Flags

If you like football and yellow's your favorite color, you're in luck. NFL penalty flags are logging some serious... more

‘If They Don’t Win It’s A Shame:’ What’s Happened To Youth Baseball?

With the Little League World Series championship this Sunday, Bill Littlefield reflects on "America's Pastime," which... more

A Cap Of A Yankee In Queen Elizabeth’s Court

Only A Game's Doug Tribou traveled to Scotland for the Commonwealth Games, but he couldn't totally escape American pro... more

The O’Bannon Decision: What Does It Mean For Athletes And The NCAA?

The NCAA can no longer prohibit schools from compensating men's basketball and football players. But will players be... more

College Coach’s Candid Talk Raises Questions

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Aug 20, 2014 - With the Little League World Series championship this Sunday, Bill Littlefield reflects on "America's Pastime," which each year seems to become less and less of a pastime for young ballplayers.
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Aug 16, 2014 - Stories from this broadcast: Why Are NFL Joint Training Camps On The Rise?; No Quarterback, No Problem For Alabama?; As Culture Shifts, Gay Games 9 Looks To The Future; Making Racing Safer In The Wake Of Kevin Ward’s Death; ‘Power Soccer’ Puts Wheelchair Athletes Into The Game; ‘Football’ Collects Writing From All Sides Of Gridiron; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Why Olympic Skiers And Snowboarders Are Training In The Ocean; Ancient Game Of Lawn Bowls Adds New Chapter In Glasgow
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Aug 09, 2014 - Stories from this broadcast: Judges Rules Against NCAA In O’Bannon Lawsuit; NCAA Gives More Power To ‘Big Five’ Conferences; Paraguayan Women’s Soccer Team Fights For Acceptance At Home; Former Teammate Assesses Becky Hammon’s New Role As NBA Pioneer; Family, Football And Bare Feet: ‘The Shoeless Wonders,’ An Unlikely Football Dynasty; ‘A Good Walkthrough’ Explores ‘Insider’ Football — And Lots Of It; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; 80 Years Later, Gastonia, N.C. Mayor Issues Apology Thanks To OAG Listener; Making Contact In The ‘Olympics’ Of Ham Radio
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Aug 06, 2014 - Tiger Woods was forced to withdraw from the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday due to back spasms. The man who once seemed destined to win majors into his 40s has not won one since 2008. Bill Littlefield speculates about the consequences of his latest injury.
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Aug 02, 2014 - Stories from this broadcast: Lester, Lackey Gone As Sox Deal Big At Deadline; National Basketball Player’s Association Elects New Leader; Meet Michele Roberts: The NBPA's New Boss; Can Byron Scott Bring ‘Showtime’ Back To LA?; Ray Guy: The First Punter To Reach The Hall Of Fame; ‘Race Horse Men’ Examines Horse Racing In The Antebellum South; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Team Ethan Takes On Cleveland Triathlon; Skateboarding On The Reservation
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Jul 30, 2014 - On Tuesday, the NCAA agreed to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by establishing a $70 million fund designated for the diagnosis of brain trauma in college athletes. The decision shook loose one of Bill Littlefield's memories from his college days.
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Jul 26, 2014 - Stories from this broadcast: Concerns Mount Over NFL Concussion Deal; McIlroy – Woods: A Rivalry That Could Save Golf?; As Traditional Golf Courses Shutter, Topgolf Draws Crowds; Tim Kurkjian On Theo Epstein And MLB’s Competitive Balance Draft Lottery; Drama And Heroics At Wiffle Ball All-Star Game; Senior Hockey Tournament Honors ‘Peanuts’ Cartoonist On Home Ice; Crime And Punishment in Sports; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Ji Cheng: China’s Rep At The Tour De France; Commonwealth Games: 71 Teams, 4,500 Athletes And A Common Bond In Glasgow
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Jul 24, 2014 - Rory McIlroy's recent triumph at the British Open has some golf enthusiasts hoping for a rise in the game's popularity. That's caused Bill Littlefield to remember his own youthful attempts to play golf.
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Jul 19, 2014 - Stories from this broadcast: Carmelo Anthony: Still In New York, Far From An NBA Title; To Attract Fans, College Football Teams Take Cues From MLS. Seriously.; Football Legends Face Off At Candlestick Park’s Farewell Game; Has Derek Jeter’s Celebration Turned Into Deification?; Remembering Red Klotz, The General Who Beat The Globetrotters; Revisiting Ali, Frazier And Foreman In Richard Hoffer’s ‘Bouts of Mania’; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Feedback From OAG Listeners; No Shortage Of Real Athletes In ‘Big Man Run’
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