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In Depth
December 20th, 2014

Panther Girl: The Wrestler Who Escaped Murder

“It was like the Wild West,” Jeff Maysh says of women’s wrestling in the ’60s and ’70s. Ann Casey, the wrestler known as “Panther Girl,” won the U.S. women’s title after being nearly shot to death in the midst of her star career. Maysh joins Bill Littlefield to share Casey’s story.

December 13th, 2014

3 — 2 — 1 — ROCstock! Crashing A Mojave Desert Rocket Launch Party

Every month in the Mojave Desert, amateur and professional rocketeers gather to launch rockets thousands of feet into the air. Why do they do it? Saul Gonzalez of KCRW in Santa Monica attends an event and has this report.

In Depth
December 6th, 2014

Something’s Fishy: Bass Fishing’s History Of Cheating

Winners of bass fishing tournaments are often subjected to polygraph tests. Why? Because cheating has been a part of the sport since its inception. Grantland’s David Hill looked at the history of cheating and bass fishing, and he joined Bill Littlefield to share what he found.

November 29th, 2014

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200 … Instead, Collect Ore

Board games are back in style. But we’re not talking about Monopoly or Scrabble. We’re talking about niche games being developed all over the world. From a board game library in Omaha, Neb., Robyn Murray has the story.

November 8th, 2014

This Is The End Of Belt Sander Racing … Or Is It?

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.

November 7th, 2014

From The OAG Archives: Belt Sander Racing

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.

October 18th, 2014

Pea Shooting: A Sport For Everyone

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.

September 27th, 2014

National Pro Grid: Exercise Becomes Sport

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.

September 13th, 2014

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.

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