The Boston Bruins' Gerry Cheevers in 1978
The Boston Bruins’ Gerry Cheevers in 1978

With an ownership change during the NBA offseason, the New Jersey Nets made headlines in Sports sections across the country.  Since then, though, the team’s outlook has been decidedly less rosy.  Bill talks with Dave D’Alessandro of the Newark Star Ledger about the NBA’s worst team. 

Ever stare down a piece of rubber that’s rocketing at your head at over 100 miles per hour?  Would you do it without a helmet?  Before modern-day netminders could dazzle crowds with acrobatic stops, hockey goalies had to be a lot more careful with their crania.  As the invention of hockey’s goalie facemask turns 50, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou celebrates the innovation.   

As the NCAA basketball season turns on the heat, Bill talks with AOL Fanhouse’s Michelle Smith for all the latest on women’s college basketball.  Bill catches up on the heavyweights (like Connecticut, Stanford, and Tennessee) and newly-famous Delaware. 

Some families pass their love of women’s basketball through generations.  But at Rock the Ages, a three-on-three women’s basketball tournament, women from all generations actually play on the same court.  Only A Game’s Karen Given reports on a fundraiser you can take your grandmother to…or watch your grandmother in. 

It’s mail time! Bill opens up the Only A Game mailbox and checks-in with listeners.

Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce talk about all the week’s sports news including a handball that took the smile from all Irish eyes, Ron Artest making nice, and better football in Cleveland than the Browns.

Times were tough in the U.S.S.R. under Stalin, but for many ordinary Russians supporting the Spartak Moscow soccer club allowed them to escape temporarily from their uncertain lives.  Bill talks with author Robert Edelman about his new book, Spartak Moscow, chronicling Russia’s most storied team.