Melanie Oudin hits a forehand in her US Open match on September 9, 2009.
Melanie Oudin hits a forehand in her US Open match on September 9, 2009.

American teenager Melanie Oudin startled the tennis world by beating three seeded opponents before succumbing to Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals of the US Open.  Though Oudin’s Cinderella run through the tournament is over, Bill gets an update on the US Open from tennis writer Bud Collins.

Things are heating up as drivers vie for the final eight spots in NASCAR’s championship series, the Chase to the Sprint Cup.  Outside of the track, NASCAR faces a tough economy and uncertain prospects.  Only A Game’s Karen Given examines NASCAR’s future.

With the return of the NFL this weekend Autumn is officially upon us.  Bill and Yahoo.com’s Dan Wetzel discuss the upcoming season’s big stories and Dan makes his postseason picks.

Life on Staten Island was simpler in 1959 when the Island was actually an island.  The Verrazano-Narrows bridge had yet to be built, community ties were stronger, and high school football was a badge of honor.  In his book, author Jay Price returns to those days and examines the transforming Staten Island community through the lens of an all-important Thanksgiving Day football game between the island’s rival high schools.  Bill discusses Price’s book Thanksgiving 1959: When One Corner of New York City Was Still Part of Small-Town America , and High School Football Was The Last Thing Guys Did for Love.

Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss all of the week’s important sports news, including Allen Iverson’s new team, the opening of the NFL season, and a dynasty in the dubious sport of cricket-spitting.

This weekend some of basketball’s greatest players and coaches will be welcomed into the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Though a great honor, some of the inductees feel it’s slightly pre-mature.  Bill offers his take.

Most cyclists ride their bikes as a good source of exercise.  Some avid bikers, however, ride for the donuts.  Reporter Eugene Sonn strapped on his helmet for Allentown, Pennsylvania’s annual Labor Day Donut Derby and found the tastier side of cycling.