Lance Armstrong will not win his eighth Tour de France this year. In fact, he won’t even come close. Bill asks Joe Lindsey if this year’s race will be Lance’s farewell tour.
Michael McGuire won’t take his driver’s test for about 2 years, but it’s safe to say he’ll only need one shot at it. The 14-year-old from Virginia is already eyeing a spot in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series. He may be able to take corners at 100 miles per hour, but do you think McGuire can parallel park? Only A Game’s Beverly Amsler has the story.
The last time you saw Marion Jones was most likely in the courtroom. Her conviction for lying to federal prosecutors cost her a six month prison term and all of her Olympic medals in sprinting. Now, Jones is competing again. But you won’t see her running at the 2012 Olympics in London. Jones chose basketball instead, and joined Coach Nolan Richardson with the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock. Only A Game’s Greg Echlin reports from Tulsa.
On September 22, 2008, Terry Kneiss guessed the exact amount of The Price is Right showcase for the first time in the game show’s 38-year history and walked away with more than $50,000 in prizes. Bill speaks with Esquire’s Chris Jones, who wrote the article explaining how Kneiss was able to outsmart the show.
Bill provides his commentary on the first two rounds of The British Open, and he explains why a curious golf rule has made the strong winds at St. Andrew’s more of a problem than you would think.
Charlie Pierce has a word of advice for New York Red Bulls newcomer and French soccer mainstay Thierry Henry: stay out of the Irish pubs. He’ll also speak with Bill about the Big House getting bigger, the NBA’s strange finances and more from the week in sports.
Bill talks to Dave Zirin, author of Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love, about George Steinbrenner – an owner who was a godsend for Yankee fans, a nightmare for co-workers, managers and Dave Winfield, and a pioneer of the hands-on approach adapted by current owners like the Washington Redskins’ Dan Snyder. An approach that Zirin says is turning fans away from the franchises they love.