In 2013, Jason Collins became the first openly gay male athlete in any of the the U.S.'s four major sports leagues. This week on Only A Game, Collins tells his story. Also, one of George Washington's descendants tries to get closer to his famous ancestor — through dancing, bowling and other sports. And a former DI basketball player brings sports and science together — by studying gut bacteria. Join us!
Former NBA player Jason Collins sometimes makes coming out as gay sound easy. But it wasn't.
WBUR's Shira Springer and sportswriter Erik Malinowski join Karen Given.
Philip Smucker, a descendant of George Washington, discovered his forefather was not just a skilled military commander, but a talented sportsman. Smucker spent five years exploring the athletic accomplishments of the "Father" of the U.S.
Fans of the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers can't see their games on television. Karen Given and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the LA blackout. Also, Michael Jordan disses LaVar Ball, and ESPN 8 becomes a reality.
"I wanted to play in the NBA. I didn't make it," Jonathan Scheiman says. "So my backup plan was getting a Ph.D. in molecular biology."
This program aired on August 5, 2017.