Only A Game

Bill Littlefield

There’s the sports world and there’s the rest of the world; NPR® brings them together on Only A Game.

An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield, Only A Game is radio for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider. Produced by WBUR in Boston, Only A Game puts sports in perspective with intelligent analysis, insightful interviews and a keen sense humor.

The hour-long program is characterized by Littlefield’s exceptional writing and affable personality. Only A Game tells the stories behind the box scores, including the explosion of interest in women’s sports, competitive opportunities for the disabled and the business of sports — as well as who wins and who loses.

Guests on Only A Game have included writers John Updike, Robert Pinsky and Roger Angell; commentators Bud Collins and Tim Kurkjian; current and former athletes Muhammad Ali, Kristine Lilly, former Sen. Bill Bradley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; and coaches Pat Summit and Geno Auriemma.

From Little League to the Big Leagues, from the Super Bowl to Soccer Moms, Only A Game is sports — NPR style.

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  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 7:13am
    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’
  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 5:25pm
    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.
  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 2:32pm
    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’
  • Saturday, July 5, 2014 7:53am
    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
  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014 6:03pm
    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.