Only A Game Published by Only A Game The 'Maryland All-Stars' Who Helped Ireland Catch Basketball Fever Listen 9 min Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/741989/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend In 1981, organizers of an international basketball tournament in Ireland were looking to add an American team to their program. What they got was nine guys who had never yet played together.