In June 2014, pinball, after an 80-year ban, was made 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 Hong Kong, a group of investment bankers recently traded in their suits for boxing gear. Charlie Schroeder was in Hong Kong to check out the action at the eighth annual Hedge Fund Fight Nite.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.