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

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

    Div. I Player With Autism, XFL Running Back, Presidential Baseball Collector

    Div. I Player With Autism, XFL Running Back, Presidential Baseball Collector

    When Anthony Ianni joined the Michigan State basketball team, he kept his autism diagnosis a secret from his teammates — including from star Draymond Green. This week on Only A Game, the argument that led to understanding. Plus, we share the story of Darius Victor's journey from the Ivory Coast to Maryland to the XFL. And we re-share — and get an update on — one of our favorite stories: about the man who collects signatures from world leaders ... on baseballs. Join us!

    • 49 min
    The Flying Fathers, Ashlee Yates Takes The Stage, Astros Scandal

    The Flying Fathers, Ashlee Yates Takes The Stage, Astros Scandal

    This week on Only A Game, the Flying Fathers, a team featuring a former NHL player, two horses that played goalie, seven frozen toes ... and a bunch of hockey-playing priests. Also, Ashlee Yates' life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with epilepsy. But her health struggles ultimately led her to stand-up comedy — and to telling jokes about her husband, San Diego Padres pitcher Kirby Yates. Plus the Astros say "sorry, not sorry" for their sign-stealing scandal. Join us!

    • 48 min
    Sports And The Golden Age Of Hollywood

    Sports And The Golden Age Of Hollywood

    The Oscars are Sunday night, and we wanted to get in on the fun. So this week on Only A Game, three sports stories with a Hollywood connection. First, the story of the Universal Pictures basketball team, which went to the Olympics — with a little help from Frankenstein. Also, swimmer-turned-movie star Esther Williams and a decades-long game of "exceedingly low cunning and vile stealth." Also, how Major League Baseball's first $100,000 bonus baby helped shape modern baseball. Join us!

    • 48 min
    Kobe Bryant, Jai Alai, College Football Player Grad Rates, Super Bowl Haiku XXVI

    Kobe Bryant, Jai Alai, College Football Player Grad Rates, Super Bowl Haiku XXVI

    Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others, died in a helicopter crash. This week on Only A Game, how players, fans and sexual assault survivors are responding. We'll also revisit our 2015 conversation with Kobe's "muse": his former English teacher. Also, the story of a Basque expat who found a home in Mexico City with the help of ... jai alai. And with Super Bowl Sunday coming up, a look at the connection between college football graduation rates and the lack of NFL head coaching diversity. Finally, our ...

    • 48 min
    Anna Horford, Girl Quarterback In Sicily, Baseball Brit

    Anna Horford, Girl Quarterback In Sicily, Baseball Brit

    After NBA All-Star Al Horford joined the Boston Celtics, a different Horford became a fan favorite. This week on Only A Game, the ongoing love story between Al's younger sister Anna and the Celtics community. Also, a former high school quarterback remembers her experience as the only girl on the gridiron in Sicily. And what a British baseball fan learned on his mission to attend 162 baseball games and visit all 30 MLB ballparks in a single season. Join us!

    • 47 min
    Davidson Athletics' Math Edge, Classic Arcade Museum, Girls' Wrestling Grows

    Davidson Athletics' Math Edge, Classic Arcade Museum, Girls' Wrestling Grows

    The Davidson College men's basketball program is best known for producing NBA superstar Stephen Curry. This week on Only A Game, another story out of Davidson ... about the math-minded students who are helping the athletic department. Also, the story of the American Classic Arcade Museum. And while participation in most high school sports is down, there are a few exceptions ... like girls' wrestling. Join us!

    • 48 min

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Longtime listener. Great podcast and keeps me in touch with both important and irreverant sports stories from America during my morning commute in the Scottish countryside. Keep up the good work Bill and hopefully someday you will be able to convince Mr Pierce to become an avid supporter of his favourite soccer team.

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