Auburn University is the current favorite to play in the BCS National Championship game. The biggest reason for the Tigers’ success is the play of quarterback Cam Newton, the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. But recent allegations question Newton’s eligibility. Bill and Pete Thamel of The New York Times discuss the charges against Newton and the effect they could have on Auburn’s title hopes.
The Philadelphia Spectrum, former home of the Sixers and Flyers, will be demolished later this month. The Spectrum housed three title-winning teams, two NCAA final fours, and “all kinds of smoke” at concerts from bands like the Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd. WHYY’s Joel Rose reports on how Philly sports fans and memorabilia hunters are saying goodbye to the old building.
In his four consecutive Sprint Cup Championships, Jimmie Johnson has never trailed this late in the season. If he wants to take his fifth straight Cup this year, he’ll have to catch leader Denny Hamlin with two races to go. Bill speaks to Sports Illustrated’s Brant James as NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup races to the finish.
The MLS Cup playoffs are reason enough for Bill to slip some soccer into the show. He speaks with John Doyle, author of The World is a Ball, about the global appeal of the beautiful game.
Earlier this year, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reported on New Hampshire native Dave Cummings’ quest to hit 1 million free throws to raise money to support military veterans. Dave is halfway to his free-throw goal, and Doug has an update on Hoops for Heroes. Click here to listen to Doug’s original story.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is a defensive rookie of the year candidate, but he almost led his team to a victory last weekend as a kicker…almost. Bill and Charlie Pierce discuss the 307-pound lineman’s failed extra point and more from the week in sports.
Texas is America’s heartland of grandeur and high school football. So it fits that a high school in the Dallas suburb of Allen is spending $60 million to build a new football stadium. Only A Game’s Karen Given was in Allen and returned with a report.