Morning Edition

The Washington Football Team That Must Not Be Named

As the NFL begins training camp, Commentator Frank Deford wonders why Washington's team keeps its contentious nickname. He suggests alternatives, like the Lobbyists, the Presidents or simply the Who.

Morning Edition

Woman Will Officiate Big 12 Football Game For The First Time

Catherine Conti will be part of the crew when Kansas plays Southeast Missouri State. The officiating supervisor says Conti got the job because she's "darned good."

All Things Considered

Learning To Love The Ocean After A Lifetime Of Fearing It

Triathlete Tim Bomba has spent a decade helping people feel comfortable swimming in the ocean. But before he could do that, he had to overcome his own fear of the water at the age of 52.

Why An African-American Sports Pioneer Remains Obscure

The story of Alice Coachman Davis, who died last week, offers plentiful reminders about mid-century attitudes on race and gender. But ultimately, her story is about transcending all that.

Weekend Edition Saturday

What It Takes To Be A Champion

TED Radio Host Guy Raz speaks with science writer and Sports Illustrated contributor David Epstein about why athletes are getting faster and stronger every year.

In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone

Obama does it. And increasingly, so do folks around the world. Why is the fist bump so popular? And do other cultures have similar gestures?

TED Radio Hour

How Do Our Near-Wins Motivate Us To Keep Going?

Not everyone can win the gold medal, and historian Sarah Lewis says that's a good thing. It's the near-wins and bare losses that truly motivate us to master our destinies.

TED Radio Hour

How Do We Use Our Challenges To Live Beyond Limits?

Paralympic snowboarder and "Dancing With the Stars" finalist Amy Purdy tells how losing her legs at age 19 enabled her to achieve more than she ever dreamed.

TED Radio Hour

Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?

Humans seem to have gotten faster, better and stronger in almost every way. Yet as sports journalist David Epstein points out, many factors are at play when we shatter athletic records.

TED Radio Hour

What Does It Take To Dive Into Dangerous Waters?

In pitch-black, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, hallucinating, Diana Nyad kept swimming. She describes the journey of her historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, at age 64.

Peavy Loses Again, Blue Jays Beat Red Sox 7-3

July 23, 2014
Boston Red Sox's Jake Peavy, left, delivers a pitch to Houston Astros' Jose Altuve in the first inning. (AP/Pat Sullivan)

No Boston pitcher would benefit more from a barrage of offensive support than Jake Peavy.

Commonwealth Games Bring History And The Queen’s Baton To Glasgow

July 22, 2014
A member of the Queen's Baton Relay in the Scotstoun section of Glasgow, Scotland poses for photographs before beginning his (short) portion of the 190,000 km relay. The baton is en route to the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. (Doug Tribou/Only A Game)

The Olympics have a torch. The Commonwealth Games have the Queen’s Baton, which travels through all of the 71 participating nations and territories on its way to the Games.

Hernandez Lawyer: Pats Records Dispute Resolved

July 22, 2014

A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez says a dispute over records the defense had sought from the New England Patriots has been resolved, though it’s unclear whether the documents were turned over.

Ortiz Homers Twice, Red Sox Rout Blue Jays 14-1

July 22, 2014

One day after promising he was “about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August,” David Ortiz hit two towering home runs.

Boxing Attracts More Than Would-Be Fighters

July 21, 2014
Springs Toledo, right, watches boxers at The Ring Boxing Club. (Emiko Tamagawa/Here & Now)

At the Ring Boxing Club, boxers range in age, are both men and women, and include an award-winning author.

Red Sox Slip Past Royals Again, 2-1

July 20, 2014

Rubby De La Rosa pitched seven solid innings and Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking homer to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals Saturday night.

No Shortage Of Real Athletes In ‘Big Man Run’

July 19, 2014

Picture a distance runner and you probably see someone small and thin. Maybe even shockingly small and thin. But Only A Game’s Karen Given recently attended a running event where bigger is, for once, better.

Feedback From OAG Listeners

July 19, 2014
Zippy Chippy wishes you a happy New Year. (Bill Littlefield/Only A Game)

Only A Game listeners have written in to discuss the use of hands in soccer, skipping stones, and horses who lose. Bill Littlefield responds.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

July 19, 2014
Cleveland sports fans are celebrating the return of LeBron, but will King James really add $500 million to the local economy? (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the financial windfall accompanying LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, the “silly” plan to tear down Houston’s Astrodome, and the Shake’n Bacon Brew.

Revisiting Ali, Frazier And Foreman In Richard Hoffer’s ‘Bouts of Mania’

July 19, 2014

Richard Hoffer’s ‘Bouts of Mania’ chronicles the “Golden Age” of heavyweight boxing as well as the era’s three main figures: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman. Hoffer joins Bill Littlefield.

Remembering Red Klotz, The General Who Beat The Globetrotters

July 19, 2014
Red Klotz, who owned, coached and played for the Washington Generals, died at 93. (Chris Polk/AP)

Washington Generals founder and owner Red Klotz passed away last week, leaving behind a legacy as an integral part of the Harlem Globetrotters’ success, and a true love of basketball. Bill Littlefield spoke with Richard Goldstein of the New York Times.

Has Derek Jeter’s Celebration Turned Into Deification?

July 19, 2014
Derek Jeter went to 2-for-2 at the 2014 All-Star game, his 14th and final All-Star appearance. (Elsa/Getty Images)

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is in the midst of his farewell tour. But has the celebration of a great career crossed over into deification? Sports on Earth’s Will Leitch says yes. He joins Bill Littlefield to make his case.

Football Legends Face Off At Candlestick Park’s Farewell Game

July 19, 2014
49ers fan John Barberini takes in second-half action during last week's "Legends of Candlestick" flag football game. (Dan Brekke)

San Francisco’s long, long goodbye to Candlestick Park continues. This past week saw what was billed as the final football game, ever, at the 54-year-old wind tunnel by the Bay. As KQED’s Dan Brekke reports, 49ers legends and their fans visited the park one last time.

To Attract Fans, College Football Teams Take Cues From MLS. Seriously.

July 19, 2014
Sporting KC of the MLS averaged just 10,287 fans per game in 2010. Now that number is up to 17,810. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Despite overwhelming success on the football field, SEC schools are experiencing a decline in attendance. The pro sports league they’ve turned to for help might surprise you. The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen tells Bill Littlefield what the SEC is learning from the MLS.

Carmelo Anthony: Still In New York, Far From An NBA Title

July 19, 2014
After weighing offers from around the league, Carmelo Anthony agreed to a five-year, $124 million contract with the Knicks. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

The return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers has grabbed most of the NBA free agency headlines, but Carmelo Anthony’s decision to stay with the New York Knicks is also intriguing. Bill Littlefield speaks with’s Ben Golliver.

Gomes’ Pinch HR Lifts Red Sox Over Royals 5-4

July 19, 2014

Jonny Gomes hit a go-ahead two-run pinch homer in the sixth after another two-run shot in the inning by Xander Bogaerts and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Friday night.

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