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November 22nd, 2014

9-73: The 1972-73 Sixers Were ‘Perfectly Awful’

This year, the Philadelphia 76ers are off to an 0-11 start. They still have a long way to go, though, to lose as many games as the ’72-’73 76ers. That team, Charley Rosen writes, was “perfectly awful.” Rosen joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book about Philadelphia’s dreadful season.

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November 8th, 2014

For Five Decades, Jim Boeheim Has Been ‘Bleeding Orange’

Jim Boeheim, head coach at Syracuse since 1976, is the longest-tenured active coach in men’s college basketball. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book: “Bleeding Orange.”

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November 1st, 2014

Littlefield’s ‘Take Me Out’ Blends Sports And Poetry

Only A Game host Bill Littlefield turns interviewee and speaks with Sports Illustrated’s Jon Wertheim about his new book of sports-themed poetry for children, “Take Me Out.”

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November 1st, 2014

In ‘The Rookie Bookie,’ Math, Sports Betting And Middle School Collide

A children’s book about sports gambling? Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated explains to Bill Littlefield how he and co-author Tobias Moskowitz weave math, common sense and morality into their story of a middle-school oddsmaker.

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October 25th, 2014

Bob Ryan Reflects On A Life In Sports In ‘Scribe’

From basketball to football, the Olympics to golf, long-time Boston Globe sports writer and ESPN personality Bob Ryan has covered it all. He joins Bill Littlefield to talk about his new book, “Scribe: My Life in Sports.”

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October 18th, 2014

Biking ‘Mountain To Mountain’ To Improve Lives Of Afghan Women

Shannon Galpin didn’t plan to break cultural norms and ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. But she did, and her new book, “Mountain To Mountain,” recounts her attempt to have a meaningful dialogue about women’s role in Afghan society.

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October 11th, 2014

Daniel Rodriguez: From Soldier To College Athlete In ‘Rise’

While serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, Daniel Rodriguez made a promise — that when he returned home, he would play college football. Rodriguez joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book, ‘Rise: A Soldier, a Dream, and a Promise Kept.’

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October 4th, 2014

‘Boy On Ice’ Details Troubled Life Of NHL Enforcer Boogaard

John Branch’s new book “Boy On Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard” profiles the career of a pro hockey “enforcer.” Branch joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his book and the culture surrounding concussions in the NHL.

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September 27th, 2014

‘Draw In The Dunes’ Details Ryder Cup’s First Tie

In 1969, for the first time, the Ryder Cup ended in a tie, thanks in part to a gesture of sportsmanship by golfer Jack Nicklaus. Bill Littlefield speaks with author Neil Sagebiel about his new book, ‘Draw in the Dunes,’ which chronicles the tournament.

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September 13th, 2014

How The NFL Became King: A Look Back At The League’s Evolution

In his new book “NFL Football: A History Of America’s New National Pastime,” Richard Crepeau examines a time when the league was not always front and center in popular cultures. He joins Bill Littlefield to explore the game’s evolution.

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