LeBron James and Chris Bosh chat on the bench during a USA men’s basketball game during the 2008 Summer Olympics. LeBron will join Bosh and Dwyane Wade with the Miami Heat next season. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Paul the Octopus put his perfect record on the line and chose Spain to win the World Cup Final. Paul didn’t have much to say on the subject, but Bill will get the predictions from some others (including the “Dutch Prophet”) and he will offer his own thoughts on Sunday’s match.

In the course of one hour, LeBron James turned from likeable star to NBA super-villain to everyone except Miami Heat fans. Kevin Hench of FoxSports.com shares his thoughts with Bill about the death of loyalty and competitive balance in basketball.

ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian speaks with Bill about the “year of the pitcher” and how the rest of the MLB season will play out. Although the first half has changed some of Tim’s preseason predictions, you probably won’t be surprised by the team he picks to win the World Series.

NCAA basketball coaches can scout high school freshmen in 14 and under AAU leagues. Tennis ranks its players even before they even reach their teens. Coaches say the early scouting is necessary to get an advantage over the competition, but are they recruiting players too young? Only A Game’s Scott Graff reports from a middle school football combine in North Carolina, where 7th and 8th graders can show off their skills for NCAA scouts and vie to become future college football stars.

Bill responds to listener’s questions from the Only A Game electronic mailbag.

Charlie Pierce joins Bill to discuss the aftermath of the LeBron saga, Peruvians finding a new (and possibly more practical) use for vuvuzelas, and more from an exceptionally strange week in sports.

In his new book and on his wildly popular blog, Bike Snob Eben Weiss cleverly attacks New York bikers, pedestrians, drivers and anyone else unlucky and pretentious enough to end up in his crosshairs. Bill speaks with the author about biking in the big city.