90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW

wacky sports

Feature
September 13th, 2014
By Lauren Ober

Start Your Flippers: Pinball World Championship Comes To Pittsburgh

In mid-August, players from all over the world gathered in Pittsburgh for a world championship that you probably didn’t even know existed. Lauren Ober has the story.

In The News
August 30th, 2014

Oakland Ends 80-Year Ban On Pinball

After an 80-year ban, pinball is legal again in Oakland. Wired’s Bo Moore joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the game’s strange history and to look ahead to its future.

Feature
August 23rd, 2014
By Todd Melby

Popping Wheelies And Busting Tires At The Lawnmower Demolition Derby

In Zumbrota, Minn., you don’t need a car to experience Demolition Derby. Todd Melby visits the Goodhue County Fair, where lawnmowers get turned into destructive machines.

Feature
August 16th, 2014

Ancient Game Of Lawn Bowls Adds New Chapter In Glasgow

Lawn bowls was already old when Shakespeare started mentioning it in his plays. At the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou got a primer on this ancient game from some of the world’s best bowlers.

In Depth
August 16th, 2014

Why Olympic Skiers And Snowboarders Are Training In The Ocean

A group of Olympian skiers and snowboarders are diving dozens of feet under water and holding their breath for several minutes. The idea? Learning how to stay calm under pressure. The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Futterman joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

Only A Blog
August 15th, 2014

A Cap Of A Yankee In Queen Elizabeth’s Court

Only A Game’s Doug Tribou traveled to Scotland for the Commonwealth Games, but he couldn’t totally escape American pro sports teams.

Feature
August 9th, 2014

Making Contact In The ‘Olympics’ Of Ham Radio

In this internet age of Facebook and Twitter, there are those who still enjoy a more traditional form of communication. As Only A Game’s Karen Given reports, sometimes they make a sport of it.

Only A Blog
August 6th, 2014
By Martin Kessler

Kevin Durant, Misty Copeland And Under Armour’s Big Moves

Under Armour has made two moves this past week that could expand the reach of the sports apparel company.

Feature
August 2nd, 2014
By Ken Shulman

Skateboarding On The Reservation

For some Native Americans living on reservations in the American Southwest, skateboarding is more than just a recreational activity — it also offers a reprieve from some of life’s challenges. Ken Shulman reports from Arizona.

In Depth
July 26th, 2014
By Dan Brekke

Senior Hockey Tournament Honors ‘Peanuts’ Cartoonist On Home Ice

At an ice rink just north of San Francisco, players are proving the game of hockey is both timeless and, well…ageless. KQED’s Dan Brekke reports on a senior hockey tournament with close ties to a beloved American cartoonist.

Find past shows by date
Most Popular