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Tom Matte normally did this -- take hand offs for running plays. But for three games during the 1965 season, the Colts running back had to play QB. (Charles Harrity/AP)
Tom Matte normally did this -- take hand offs for running plays. But for three games during the 1965 season, the Colts running back had to play QB. (Charles Harrity/AP)
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Tom Matte was a running back in the NFL for 12 years. This week on Only A Game, Matte recounts his three games in 1965 as the team’s "emergency" quarterback. Plus, what's it like to be married to a pro football player? Professor Rachel Terrill has studied NFL wives...from the inside. Plus, a closer look at baseball's most painful unwritten rule. Join us!

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In Case Of Emergency: Running Back Tom Matte's 3 Games As NFL Quarterback
Tom Matte played 12 years in the NFL as a running back for the Baltimore Colts. But for three games during 1965 season, he was forced to play quarterback — and he nearly led his team to the championship.


Tim Kurkjian Writes About Baseball's Unwritten Rules
Tim Kurkjian shares stories about one of baseball's most important — and painful — unwritten rules: if you do anything to disrespect another player or the game, you're going to pay for it.


3 Stories: Sports Obits, NCAA 'Spatting,' Aspiring Ninjas
Should journalists write obituaries about athletes who they don't really know? Could taping over sponsor logos lead to NCAA reform? And what does the popularity of "American Ninja Warrior" among kids say about the future of sports? The Wall Street Journal's Rachel Bachman and Sports on Earth's Will Leitch join Bill Littlefield.


The "Rookie" Who Represented The Marshall Islands At The Rio Olympics
Eighteen-year-old Richson Simeon's road to Rio was unusual. A former high school football player, Simeon got to run the 100-meter dash thanks to the Olympic “universality” rule.


Where The Ice Doesn't Meet The Lake...Anymore
Bill Littlefield took a trip to Norway this summer. He tells us a story about a hike, a glacier and how things have changed over 16 years.


Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports
Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the death of golf legend Arnold Palmer, the MLB-best Chicago Cubs and Rex Ryan's sports reporting prank.


Mike Pesca: The Lessons We Learned From José Fernández
Commentator Mike Pesca hopes the legacy of late Marlins pitcher José Fernández will be the joy he found in baseball — and the way he expressed it.


Love And Football: Rachel Terrill's Struggle For Identity As An NFL Wife
Rachel Terrill was not a fan of football, but she fell in love with a man who would become an NFL player. Soon, she discovered that almost everything she thought she knew about NFL players and those who love them was wrong.

This program aired on October 1, 2016.

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