This week on Only A Game, we're talking about stuff. Sports stuff. Stories about the sports bra, a bow, a cappuccino machine and other equipment having to do with sports — or, at least, equipment used by athletes. Join us!
Bill Littlefield opens our special episode on sports equipment.
Forty years ago, Lisa Lindahl fell in love with running. But there was one problem: It was uncomfortable. Lindahl went on to create the first modern sports bra.
In 2003, as a rookie offensive lineman for the Carolina Panthers, Jordan Gross was asked to buy a cappuccino machine. Jordan refused. Drama ensued. 13 years later, Bill Littlefield tells the story of The Curse of the Cappuccino Machine — and gives Jordan a chance to apologize for his mistake.
When the Hurricanes backup goalie fell ill just hours before a game, the team called on Jorge Alves — an equipment manager. For Alves, who spent years bouncing around the minor leagues, it was a dream come true.
Matt Stutzman took up archery as a way to support his family. By 2015, he was ranked the 11th-best archer in the world.
"My youth league baseball career was dotted with humiliations," Bill Littlefield writes. But there was a bright spot.
This program aired on December 30, 2017.