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Only A Game

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

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OAG Staff Picks: Peter Sagal, Tup Holmes, Leo Ferris And More

September 25th, 2020


For the very last week of Only A Game, we're bringing back some of our favorites. NPR host Peter Sagal drops by with a story about running and male …

OAG's Most Memorable: Barkley's Friendship, Syracuse 8, The Carewlands And More

September 18th, 2020


This week we're bringing back some of our most memorable, most requested stories. Reporter Shirley Wang tells the story of her father, Lin Wang, and his friendship with NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. Also, the …

Universal Pictures Basketball, Diving Inside An Iceberg And Running With Sherman

September 11th, 2020


It's Only A Game book club day, as we bring back three listener favorites from three great books. First up, the story of how the Universal Pictures basketball team went to the Olympics — with a little help from …

Bob Cousy's Regrets, Devo And Chi Chi, Tacko Fall Learns To Swim And More

September 4th, 2020


Bob Cousy and Bill Russell won six NBA championships together on the Boston Celtics. This week on Only A Game, Cousy says he regrets not doing more for his teammate off the court. Also, why the rock band Devo wanted to …

The Farewell Show: Revisiting Our First Episode, Bill Littlefield Returns, And More

August 28th, 2020


On the last new episode of Only A Game, producer Martin Kessler revisits a childhood meeting with Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra. Also, Doris Kearns Goodwin explains how baseball made her a better historian. And, …

'Torch' George, Running With Diabetes, Story Update

August 21st, 2020


All her life, basketball player Cherelle George was told to tone down her game. This week on Only A Game, how Cherelle found a team that embraced her …

Bonus: Only A Game Live Event

August 21st, 2020


An audio recording of our recent virtual event: "Only A Game Presents: Sports, Racism And The Myth Of Meritocracy."

A Track Coach's Legacy, Teenage Referee, 'Paddle To The Amazon'

August 14th, 2020


As we enter mid-August and as the end of this program draws nearer, we've been thinking a bit about legacies. How do legacies — particularly in …

Andrés Cantor, 'Spinner' Spencer's Life, Ultramarathoning Origins

August 7th, 2020


Announcer Andrés Cantor is famous for his (lengthy) "gol" calls, but there's much more to his life and career. This week on Only A Game, Cantor …

Coming Up: Live Virtual Event — Sports, Racism And The Myth Of Meritocracy

August 6th, 2020


Join us for a live virtual event on August 12 at 6 p.m. ET! We'll delve deeper into our recent special episode on sports and racism.

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