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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.

September 5th, 2015

Rural Oregon Town Rides The Wind – And Wind Sports – To Prosperity

Hood River, Oregon, is tucked along the Columbia River an hour east of Portland. For much of its history, the town’s economy rose and fell with the boom-bust cycle of fruit prices and timber war lawsuits. Jason Albert reports on how blustery Hood River is now profiting from the wind.

August 29th, 2015

Fowling: Football-Bowling Hybrid Strikes Detroit

What do you get when you combine football and bowling? Fowling! Reporter Zak Rosen visited the Fowling Warehouse in Detroit and shares the story of the sport’s origins.

August 22nd, 2015

WWE Lures Former Fans Back To Pro Wrestling

For fans of professional wrestling, getting older often means losing interest. But as Only A Game’s Martin Kessler reports, a new emphasis on storytelling is luring some young adults back to their former pastime.

August 15th, 2015

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.

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