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May 16th, 2015
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‘Yiddish Fight Club’ And A 600-Pound Jewish Wrestler

Rutgers University’s Eddy Portnoy found references to Yiddish wrestling stars while reading Polish newspapers from the 1930s. He turned his research into an exhibit that is on display this summer in New York City. Portnoy sat down with reporter Jon Kalish to discuss street fighting, a 600-pound wrestler — and how to say ‘noogie’ in Yiddish.

Featured Book
May 16th, 2015

Was Baseball Great Ty Cobb Really A Racist? New Biography Says No

A new biography of baseball legend Ty Cobb disputes the long-held beliefs that Cobb was a racist and a dirty player. Author Charles Leerhsen joins Bill Littlefield to explain how his research exposed earlier stories of Cobb as lies.

Feature
May 16th, 2015

Isiah Thomas Named President Of WNBA’s Liberty. Wait, What?

Isiah Thomas was a Hall of Fame point guard with the Detroit Pistons. His post-playing career has been far less successful. But somehow he’s landed a new job as president of the WNBA’s New York Liberty. Bill Littlefield takes a closer look.

Featured Movie
May 2nd, 2015

Documentary ‘Bounce’ Uncovers Origins Of Our Favorite Sports

‘Bounce: How The Ball Taught The World To Play’ explores the origins of some of our favorite sports. The film’s co-producer, John Fox, and director, Jerome Thelia, speak with Bill Littlefield.

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May 2nd, 2015
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Sand Volleyball’s Popularity Spikes Upward

This weekend, eight teams are vying for the collegiate national championship in sand volleyball. The American Volleyball Coaches Association is hosting the tournament, but the NCAA will take over the event next year and further raise the profile of the budding sport. From Boise, Idaho, Scott Graf reports.

Featured Book
May 2nd, 2015

Former English Teacher Explores MMA Life “In The Cage”

Author and former English instructor Jonathan Gottschall wrote a book about his experience trying his hand at cage-fighting. He tells Only A Game about his real cage fight, his fight with a fellow faculty member at cocktail party, and what he learned about violence and himself.

Profile
May 2nd, 2015
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Cavs’ Blatt Took Unusual — And Occasionally Dangerous — Route To NBA

Before this season, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt had never played or coached — not even as an assistant — in the NBA. Now he’s guiding the Cavs through the playoffs. Only A Game’s Martin Kessler and Doug Tribou trace Blatt’s journey from Princeton to Israel to the NBA playoffs.

Feature
April 25th, 2015
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The Annapolis Cup: Drinks, Dancing And, Oh Yeah, Croquet

St. John’s College and the Naval Academy have competed for the Annapolis Cup every year since 1982. But it’s not football or basketball that pits these two Annapolis universities against each other — it’s croquet. Thousands show up for the Annapolis Cup and as Hans Anderson discovers, croquet isn’t the only attraction.

In Depth
April 25th, 2015

In ‘Natural Born Heroes,’ McDougall Leaps Into Parkour

Christopher McDougal’s 2009 book “Born to Run” helped spread the barefoot running craze. In his new book “Natural Born Heroes,” the author explores parkour, a movement with roots dating back to the turn of the century.

Interview
April 25th, 2015

With Falling Numbers, Black College Basketball Coaches Form New Group

A new report finds the number of black coaches in men’s college basketball has dropped three percentage points in the last decade. Merritt Norvell, the executive director of the National Association for Coaching Equity and Development, joins Bill Littlefield to explain what his group is doing to reverse that trend.

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