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Only a Game
     

Only a Game

by Bill Littlefield
 

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It’s only a game, Bill Littlefield’s National Public Radio program tells us, trying to keep sports in perspective. And for all the deadly serious perspectives of sports commentators and fans, Littlefield’s is perhaps the most realistic. It is certainly the most entertaining. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, Littlefield’s take on the

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It’s only a game, Bill Littlefield’s National Public Radio program tells us, trying to keep sports in perspective. And for all the deadly serious perspectives of sports commentators and fans, Littlefield’s is perhaps the most realistic. It is certainly the most entertaining. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, Littlefield’s take on the games people play is as refreshing as it is enlightening. From baseball Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett’s untimely death, to pickup soccer games among misfit high-schoolers, to the most obscure nicknames and unusual mascots in college sports, the book collects memorable commentaries from Littlefield’s popular NPR sports show as well as never-before-published essays. No matter the topic, Littlefield illuminates the dark corners and unlikely angles of sports with wry good humor and a lightly worn expertise that lets nothing pass.

Editorial Reviews

Michael Lewis
"Bill Littlefield is a little oasis for the authors he interviews, a place to stop and be refreshed in the greater understanding of another. His literary intelligence and passion shine through all he writes and says."

-Michael Lewis, author of The Blind Side and Moneyball

Madeleine Blais
"Using rhyme and reason in equal measure to extol the joys of river swimming, opening day at Fenway or skiing with his daughters, Bill Littlefield's delightful collection of columns trains a wry and kindly eye on a world filled with rogues, athletes, and everyday heroes, sometimes all three at once."

-Madeleine Blais, author of In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle

Tracy Kidder
"For me, the problem with sports is sports commentary, which so often combines jingoism, sanctimoniousness, and stupidity. Bill Littlefield is a shining exception, a person I can read and listen to with pleasure. He talks about games with a sense of proportion and an adult's sense of humor."

-Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of a New Machine and My Detachment

Jack Beatty
"'Voice is a rare quality in writing. It's more than sound or style-it's the presence of the writer on the page, the unmistakable signature of selfhood. His writer's voice comes through on every page and makes reading this collection a delightful experience."

-Jack Beatty, senior editor of the Atlantic Monthly and News Analyst for National Public Radio's program On Point

Elinor Lipman

“How wonderful to have that voice we love—all at once wry, brash and darn near profound—captured on the page and always at hand. Littlefield has an uncanny talent for seeing the mischief behind the obvious and for being right.”—Elinor Lipman, author of My Latest Grievance and The Inn at Lake Devine
Tom & Ray (Click and Clack)

“So a guy comes into the shop and says the driver's side seat in his Volvo is wobbly. We stick one of your books under the seat, bill him $400.00, and everybody's happy. You got any more books?”—Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack), National Public Radio's program Car Talk
W. C. Heinz
"A rare reading experience . . . a book that travels on many levels of fine writing . . . the history of a time-not just in sport-and an exploration of human nature."

-W. C. Heinz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803215849
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
201 KB

What People are Saying About This

Jack Beatty

“‘Voice is a rare quality in writing. It's more than sound or style—it's the presence of the writer on the page, the unmistakable signature of selfhood. His writer's voice comes through on every page and makes reading this collection a delightful experience.”—Jack Beatty, senior editor of the Atlantic Monthly and News Analyst for National Public Radio's program On Point
Elinor Lipman

“How wonderful to have that voice we love—all at once wry, brash and darn near profound—captured on the page and always at hand. Littlefield has an uncanny talent for seeing the mischief behind the obvious and for being right.”—Elinor Lipman, author of My Latest Grievance and The Inn at Lake Devine
Michael Lewis

“Bill Littlefield is a little oasis for the authors he interviews, a place to stop and be refreshed in the greater understanding of another. His literary intelligence and passion shine through all he writes and says.”—Michael Lewis, author of The Blind Side and Moneyball
Tracy Kidder

“For me, the problem with sports is sports commentary, which so often combines jingoism, sanctimoniousness, and stupidity. Bill Littlefield is a shining exception, a person I can read and listen to with pleasure. He talks about games with a sense of proportion and an adult’s sense of humor.”—Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of a New Machine and My Detachment
Tom & Ray (Click and Clack)

“So a guy comes into the shop and says the driver's side seat in his Volvo is wobbly. We stick one of your books under the seat, bill him $400.00, and everybody's happy. You got any more books?”—Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack), National Public Radio's program Car Talk
W. C. Heinz

"A rare reading experience . . . a book that travels on many levels of fine writing . . . the history of a time—not just in sport—and an exploration of human nature."—W. C. Heinz
Madeleine Blais

“Using rhyme and reason in equal measure to extol the joys of river swimming, opening day at Fenway or skiing with his daughters, Bill Littlefield’s delightful collection of columns trains a wry and kindly eye on a world filled with rogues, athletes, and everyday heroes, sometimes all three at once.”—Madeleine Blais, author of In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle

Meet the Author


Bill Littlefield has been the host of the syndicated National Public Radio sports show Only a Game since 1993. He teaches a course in the Humanities Division at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, where he also serves as writer-in-residence. Littlefield is the author of several books, including Baseball Days and Champions: Stories of Ten Remarkable Athletes.

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