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January 27th, 2016

Sports-Related Dog News And Dog-Related Sports News

It’s not entirely true that Bill Littlefield thinks sports are going to the dogs. But it’s sort of true.

January 23rd, 2016

eSports Comes Of Age: Filling Arenas, Paying Millions

eSports — professional video gaming — is now older than some eAthletes. How do the lives of today’s professional gamers compare to those of the “sport’s” pioneers? To find out, reporter Jeremy Dalmas spends some time at the home of one of today’s top teams.

January 9th, 2016

Kurt Searvogel Cycles 75,065 Miles In A Year…And Keeps Going

You might think that the Tour de France is cycling’s most grueling feat. Last year’s course included 21 stages over 23 days, covering just over 2,000 miles. But Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story of a cycling challenge that might make you reconsider.

January 2nd, 2016

The Business Deal That Altered The Course Of Bobblehead History

Bobbleheads now have a Hall of Fame and their own day on the calendar, Jan. 7. Only A Game’s Karen Given tries to solve the mystery of why bobbleheads have ruled sports promotions since 1999.

December 12th, 2015

‘The Brothers:’ A Tradition Unlike Any Other

Every year, Golf Digest Ireland releases a list of the top 100 golf courses in the country. And every year, the courses in Kenmare, a small town in the Southwest of Ireland, fail to make the cut. But once a year, Kenmare is overrun — by brothers.

November 21st, 2015

A Real Page-Turner: Libraries Battle For Book-Sorting Championship

The library is rarely the first place to turn if you’re hoping to catch some high-intensity sporting competition. That is, unless you know about the annual book-sorting competition between the King County Library System and the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries. Bill Littlefield gets the inside scoop.

November 21st, 2015

‘Fox Tossing’ Looks Back On Strange And Forgotten Games

Fox tossing, monowheel rolling and waterfall riding are just three of the “sports” explored in Edward Brooke-Hitching’s new book “Fox Tossing: And Other Forgotten and Dangerous Sports, Pastimes, and Games.”

November 14th, 2015

19,000 And Counting: The ‘SI King’ Seeks To Complete His Collection

Over the past 33 years, Scott Smith has earned both a nickname and a reputation as the “SI King”— Smith’s autographed collection of almost 19,000 Sports Illustrated magazines might have something to do with that. Only A Game’s Karen Given talks to the King to find out more about his collection and his quest to get every edition of Sports Illustrated signed.

October 31st, 2015

Military Teams ‘Play’ Tug Of War For The Queen Of England

Highland Games festivals are known for putting traditional — and unusual — Scottish sports in the spotlight. The Braemar Highland Games in Scotland celebrated it’s 200th anniversary this year. Reporter Asa Merritt traveled to Braemar and followed one of the festival’s most competitive contests: tug of war.

October 17th, 2015

A Reporter, A Bullwhip And A World Record

During the week, he’s a mild-mannered reporter and anchor for WBUR, the radio station where Only A Game is produced. For eight weekends during the fall, he’s Jacques Ze Whipper — a Renaissance fair performer with a bad French accent. Only A Game’s Karen Given watched as Jack Lepiarz recently attempted to break a Guinness World Record.

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