College Football Preview with Ivan Maisel

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The college football season is upon us. We’ll talk to ESPN’s Ivan Maisel for a preview.

The Steagles

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Thursday night’s game between New York and Washington will mark the official opening of the 2003 regular season. Fans following the league’s 84th season might find it hard to imagine, but 60 years ago the NFL came close to folding. But the league was saved, in part, by the temporary melding of Keystone State mashers who came be known as the “Steagles.” Matthew Algeo reports on a most unusual chapter in pro football history.

Huggers Wanted

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A group hug record attempt falls way, way short.

USA Basketball

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The second round of the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Basketball Tournament is over. Today in San Juan, Puerto Rico Canada will play Argentina and Puerto Rico will face the United States to determine not only the matchup for tomorrow’s gold and bronze medal games, but also which of those three teams will play in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Chris Tomasson of the Rocky Mountain News joins Bill from San Juan for a preview of this weekend’s hoops action.

Jack Kerouac Bobblehead Doll Night

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Minor league baseball’s Lowell Spinners hasn’t had a seat available for more than 150 games. But that doesn’t stop them from banking on wacky promotions. Bill Littlefield went to the park for Jack Kerouac Bobblehead night and has our story.

Rubik’s Cube Champion

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Last weekend in Toronto, Daniel Knights became the world’s champion at solving the Rubik’s Cube, which means he did it more quickly than anybody else could do it. That anybody is still fiddling with the Rubik’s Cube may surprise some. After becoming one of the world’s most popular toys in the early eighties, the infuriating puzzle went out of production in 1985. But apparently the cube is back and Knights joined Bill on the Line from San Leandro, California.

The Two Koreas and More with Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: A single Korea for the Olympics, the L.A. Sparks find their spark, and university professors earn their pay

Game of Their Lives

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America’s greatest victory in men’s World Cup Soccer will soon be the subject of a major motion picture. “The Game of Their Lives” tells the story of an American team that stunned the international soccer community in a highly unexpected win over England 53 years ago. Hillary Wicai of KWMU in St. Louis has our report.