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

Toward the end of the year, it's customary to recall some of the stories that made that year so enjoyable. For me, the reunion with two of the players from the Roxbury Community College basketball team of 2000-01 tops the list. I was not surprised that both young men are thriving, but connecting again with Kareem and Jamil was gratifying.

The story on co-ed roller derby provided some surprises. I interviewed a woman who skated under the name "Bad Person," even though she wasn't. I know that, because she stepped out of character and told me she wasn't.

My visit with the world's least accomplished thoroughbred, Zippy Chippy, was also delightful. You may recall that Zippy Chippy was eventually banned from racing for refusing to leave the starting gate. Zippy slipped out of character, too, and actually ran to the end of the paddock where we were offering him an apple. Then he stuck out his tongue.

2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Only A Game. That means not only 20 years of telling stories, which is a grand way to make the nut, but 20 years of hearing from listeners, many of whom have suggested story ideas. We appreciate that. Lots of you know that firsthand because we've gone ahead and told the stories you've suggested.

You've sent us books, too, and corrections, of course, for which we're also grateful. You've sent us Super Bowl haiku, and, by the way, it's almost time to start doing that again. You've also sent us encouragement, which we very much appreciate, and some of you have said I pay too much attention to soccer, which is ridiculous. To those of you who've complained that I cackle at Charlie Pierce's remarks, I say one person's cackle is another's chortle. Or warm and hearty chuckle. Visit our Facebook page and weigh in on that one, if you like.

Whether you fall into several of those categories or none of them, all of us here at Only A Game wish you a happy holiday season and a New Year filled with energy, opportunity, camaraderie, and serenity.

And thanks not only for listening, but for being part of the fun.

This segment aired on December 21, 2013.

Bill Littlefield Twitter Host, Only A Game
Bill Littlefield was the host of Only A Game from 1993 until 2018.

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