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There's the story that's been told about the invention of basketball's shot clock. And then there's the true story. This week on Only A Game, the life and death of Leo Ferris, the NBA's co-founder history almost forgot. Plus, NPR Weekend Edition host/Cubs fan Scott Simon tells the story of an infamous (and blue) managerial rant. And an Olympic bet that resulted in a vineyard. Join us!
Leo Ferris helped found the NBA and was the co-creator of the 24-second shot clock. But after he left the game in 1954, his contributions were largely forgotten. Now his family is fighting to get him into the Hall of Fame.
Did the UConn women lose at just the right time? Are college hoops fans paying too much attention to recruiting? And should the NHL have opted out of the 2018 Olympics? Bleacher Report's Erik Malinowski and Sports On Earth's Will Leitch join Bill Littlefield.
NPR's Scott Simon is among the Chicago Cubs' faithful that kept coming out to Wrigley Field over the years — through curses, losing streaks, managerial tirades and more — until everything finally changed in 2016.
Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the U.S. women's soccer team's new deal, the winners of the men's and women's NCAA basketball tournaments, and a world record attempt at a Sochi Olympic resort.
Social trends find their way to our fitness centers whether we want them to or not. Elissa Ely tells a story of an unusual trip to the gym.
A first place finish in the kayak slalom at the 2012 London Olympics meant more than a gold medal for Daniele Molmenti. He and his cousin, Fede Celot, had to honor their bet — and buy a vineyard.
This program aired on April 8, 2017.
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