The founders of the New England Belt Sander Racing Association are getting old. They say they’re ready to hang up their sanders. Before the sport disappears entirely, Karen Given revisits one of Only A Game’s most enduring stories.
In 2002, reporter Sean Cole filed a story that has endured as a favorite here at Only A Game: a look at the New England Belt Sander Association (NEBSRA). In honor of what’s been billed as the final NEBSRA race, we present the full audio from that story.
Pea shooting, popular in the U.K. for years, is a relatively new sport in the U.S. Just this month, the first U.S. Championships took place in Roanoke, Va. Beverly Amsler brings us the story.
A new pro sports league is capitalizing on the growing popularity of CrossFit. But can the National Pro Grid League take off? Susan Valot travels to Long Beach, Calif. to check out a competition.
Shavarsh Karapetyan had recently been cut from the Soviet swim team when he went for a run along a lake in his home country of Armenia. Then a trolleybus went off the tracks and plunged into the water. Grantland’s Carl Schreck joins Bill Littlefield to recount the tragic events of that afternoon nearly 40 years ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.