Women’s College Basketball with Michelle Smith

We hope you’re sitting down for this: Connecticut is good at women’s college basketball. No, really, they are. The number one Huskies have overcome injuries and are poised for yet another national title. Michelle Smith of the San Francisco Chronicle talks to Bill Littlefield about UConn’s and other schools’ prospects in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

Saints on Ice

This weekend, the eight best women’s college hockey teams will compete for spots in the Frozen Four tournament.  St. Lawrence University, a small rural college in northern New York, is once again chasing a national championship.  Though they’ve come up a bit short the last four seasons, the Saints are hoping to win it all this year.  North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann reports.

Goodbye to Dodgertown

The Dodgers departed Brooklyn 50 years ago, but odes are still written to the former bums.  Songs dedicated to the memories of Jackie, Campy and the Duke are still sung.  As if to solemnize that semi-centennial, the Dodgers are preparing to depart its long time spring training home.  Only A Game’s Ron Schachter reports from Vero Beach, Florida.

South of the Color Barrier

Jackie Robinson, the first black ballplayer in the modern Major Leagues, was a pioneer. Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers when the team brought Robinson into the Majors, shares the credit for Robinson’s achievement. But in his new book “South of the Color Barrier”, John Virtue argues that the groundwork for Rickey’s “great experiment” was established in the Mexican League, where black, white, and hispanic players had been playing together for years before Robinson came to Brooklyn. Virtue joins Bill Littlefield from the studios of WLRN in Miami.

Bracketology:  by Bill Littlefield

As NCAA Selection Sunday nears, Bill Littlefield can’t resist an ode to the spring ritual of the college hoops brackets.

The Bubble and More with Charlie Pierce

Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss:  the “soft”‘ bubble, semantics with Mitch Williams, and the trouble with golf in South Korea.

Letters

Bill finds a pile of complaints and at least one good story idea in the Only A Game mailbag.

Arctic Winter Games

The idea for the Arctic Winter Games began in 1967, when some plucky Canadians noticed that athletes from north of the arctic circle were having trouble competing against their counterparts from relatively tropical sites further south in Canada.  This week, more than 2000 athletes, coaches, officials, and cultural performers returned to Yellowknife to compete in everything from basketball and curling, to the traditional game of finger pulling.  Bill speaks with Cathie Bolstad, President of the 2008 Host Society.