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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.

WBURThe program is produced at WBUR in Boston and is distributed by NPR.

 

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Queen Elizabeth Delivers A Royal Opening For The Commonwealth Games

Scottish hospitality, humor and charity were on display at the opening ceremony for the 20th Commonwealth Games on... more

To Golf, Or Not To Golf?

Rory McIlroy's recent triumph at the British Open has some golf enthusiasts hoping for a rise in the game's popularity.... more

Commonwealth Games: More Than A Mirror Of Olympic Sports Schedule

The Commonwealth Games have many of the events you see in the Olympics -- and many you don't. And this year,... more

Commonwealth Games Bring History And The Queen’s Baton To Glasgow

The Olympics have a torch. The Commonwealth Games have the Queen's Baton, which travels through all of the 71... more

Taking In The Tour De France (In England)

This year the Tour de France began in the United Kingdom, which is why Bill Littlefield, who'd gone to London for a... more

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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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Jul 16, 2014 - This year the Tour de France began in the United Kingdom, which is why Bill Littlefield, who'd gone to London for a break from sports, came to witness the spectacle.
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Jul 15, 2014 - Stories from this broadcast: LA KISS: The AFL’s Newest Rock Stars; Meet Chuck Taylor: The Man Behind The All Star; Diamondbacks Draft Paralyzed Former Arizona State Player; Catching Up With A Lovable Loser: Zippy Chippy; Controversy And Triumph At The Stanley Cup Of Stone Skipping; Cristiano Ronaldo And The Celebration Of Self; Terrell Owens Strikes Again … In Bowling!; Vermont Hosts Battle Between Prose And Poetry; Jimmy Connors Shows He’s Still ‘The Outsider’
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Jul 05, 2014 - Stories from this broadcast: Up Next, 2018: The Future Of The U.S. Men’s National Team; Are Soccer’s Penalty Kicks Too Easy?; Tour De France Honors Riders, Soldiers Killed In World War I; Penny Hardaway’s Second Act: Coaching Middle School Basketball; WNBA Cashing In With Pro-LGBT Campaign; ‘The Karen’ Will Eat You Alive: ‘Learning To Breathe Fire’ And The Rise Of CrossFit; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; Brandi Chastain: Leave Heading To Grown-Ups; Looking Back On Lou Gehrig’s ‘Luckiest Man’ Speech, 75 Years Later
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Jul 02, 2014 - The Red Sox and Cubs finished their three-game series, just the fourth time the teams have met since the 1918 World Series. Only A Game's Karen Given was at the game on Monday, and reflected on the storied histories of the two teams.
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Jun 28, 2014 - Stories from this broadcast: U.S. Advances In World Cup: ‘This Is A New Tournament’; World Cup Fever In Los Angeles: One City, Many Fan Bases; An Open Letter To Soccer-Hating Sports Writers; Shabazz Napier, LeBron, Carmelo And The Already-Crazy NBA Offseason; A Basketball Dream, But A Backup Plan Too; Damages Not Capped In New NFL Concussion Lawsuit Settlement; Sports News Of The Week With Charlie Pierce; Defending Champ Bartoli Returns To Wimbledon — As A Spectator; ‘The Chalmers Race’ Remembers Controversial 1910 Batting Title
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Jun 25, 2014 - As the World Cup presses on, one type of sports column has dependably reappeared again this summer, a column which Bill Littlefield finds unnecessary.
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