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Show rundown for 3/22/2003

The NCAA Tourney Continues On

The NCAA tournament has begun despite the war in Iraq. We talk to Pat Forde of the Louisville Courier-Journal to try and gauge the mood amongst the players and fans.

Women’s Hoops in the Land of Lombardi

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There’s a great sports story in the football-crazy town of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women’s basketball program will never replace the beloved Packers. But Patty Murray, of Wisconsin Public Radio, found that the locals are coming around.

Rebounding Renegade

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To try to increase his stats, an NBA player shoots at the wrong basket…on purpose.

Gearheads: The Turbulent Rise of Robotic Sports

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On the other end of the robotic scale are more aggressive machines with names like Mauler, Nightmare, Spiney Norman, and Vlad the Impaler. We hear about the heroes and villains of robotic combat sports from Brad Stone, author of Gearheads.

National Women’s Hockey League

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Bolstering Ottawa, Canada’s already hockey-mad image is the presence of the Ottawa Raiders, the city’s entry in the 11-team National Women’s Hockey League, the 4 year old circuit that one day hopes to be to hockey what the WNBA is to basketball. Dave Naylor has our report.

Commentary

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Bill Littlefield reflects on the value of our games during wartime.

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Show rundown for 3/16/2003

NCAA Tourney Update

Bill Littlefield offers the latest tournament news to fill out your men’s and women’s tournament brackets.

Boston University

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Not every team in the NCAA tournament enjoys sold out crowds and loyal fans throughout the season. At a school like Boston University, better known for hockey than for basketball, teams are likely to play in relative obscurity until the conference championship game. Bill Littlefield meets with some students on the bandwagon.

Cael Sanderson

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Iowa State’s Cael Sanderson is 154-0 going into Thursday’s NCAA wrestling championships. Only A Game’s Greg Echlin has this profile on him.

Info Break

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ESPN finds a new way to increase ratings.

Native Pride

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Bill Littlefield talks to Solomon Little Owl, a member of the intramural basketball team, Native Pride, at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Little Owl and his teammates have adopted a new team mascot, The Fighting White, to protest the use of Native American mascots.

Turin Olympics

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The Paralympic flame has not yet been extinguished in Salt Lake City, but already the eyes of the world are turning to the next Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Reporter Nancy Greenleese visits Turin for a preview of the 2006 Winter Games.

Letters

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Bill rolls out the Only A Game virtual mailbag and reads a few electronic mail messages.

Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: NCAA tournament upsets, Baseball’s new body-armor rules, and boxing (celebrity and otherwise).

Paralympics Update

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Bill updates the medal count at the Paralympics in Salt Lake City.

Non-cheerleaders

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We’ll visit Codman Academy, a small charter school in Boston’s inner city. For their first sports team, the boys asked to play basketball. The girls, on the other hand, wanted to be cheerleaders for the basketball team. We’ll meet with school administrators who said that wasn’t good enough.

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Show rundown for 3/15/2003

March Madness

Pat Forde of the Louisville Courier-Journal will preview the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and examine the troubled Georgia program.

Creighton

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Creighton University men’s basketball team is a surprise contender this year and could go deep in the tournament. Greg Echlin reports that the team’s success comes from a controversial source…Iowa.

Corporate Arm Wrestling

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A telecommunications dispute goes over the top.

Montreal Expos

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The financially strapped Montreal Expos have been looking for a new place to play baseball for some time. Next week civic groups from several cities will make a pitch to make their town the Expos next hometown. Meanwhile, the team will make Puerto Rico their temporary home for part of this season. Ron Schacter has more on the strange trip of the Montreal Expos.

Stealing Lives

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Major League Baseball teams have been counting on players named Martinez, Ramirez, and Gonzales, not to mention Valenzuela, Marichal, and Clemente for decades. But the story of what Latino players often have to overcome in their attempts to make it to the big leagues is much less known. In a new book entitled Stealing Lives, David P. Fidler and Arturo J. Marcano Guevara have told that story. David Fidler joins us to talk about the book.

Iditarod Update

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Bill Littlefield updates the results of the Iditarod.

Big Dance and More with Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: Charlie’s alma mater goes to the big dance, NFL officials look for new jobs, and a lawnmower takes a journey.

Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey

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After racking up 29 wins against just one loss and one tie in the regular season, the Harvard Women’s Ice Hockey team is now preparing to play for the national championship. Bill Littlefield met with members of the team and has our report.

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Show rundown for 3/8/2003

Atlanta Hawks

The downtrodden Atlanta Hawks thought they finally had what it took to make the NBA playoffs this year. But, as it turned out, they only had a mess. We talk to Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution who has seen the implosion of yet another Hawk season from up close.

Indiana Pacers

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While the Hawks are down, the Indiana Pacers are on the way up. The team is young, talented and has shown it can shake off the controversy that has dogged it all season. But, whether that’s enough for Indiana to make a run for it’s first NBA championship remains to be seen. Only A Game’s Gabe O’Connor has the story.

The Marathon of Marathons

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The Flora One Thousand Mile Challenge is underway in Great Britain.

The Iditarod

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Organizers of the 1200 mile Iditarod in Alaska call it “The Last Great Race.” It can take years of training, not to mention a nearly $2000 entry fee, just to get to the starting line. But for Angelo Suriano, trying to qualify for the Iditarod has one additional significant challenge.

Basketball Blowout

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Can you imagine coaching a basketball team that’s losing a game by 30, 40 or even 60 points? It’s not a pretty thought. Now imagine being a coach of a team that is on the short end of a 115-2 annihilation. That is what Brent Baskin, coach of Hart, Michigan’s Lakeshore Public Academy girl’s basketball team, had to endure this season. We talk to Baskin about the game and the growing trend of blowouts in High School girl’s basketball.

The Philadelphia Phillies

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The loudest shot in the baseball free agent wars was fired from Philadelphia, where the Phillies took home first baseman Jim thome for $85 million. Their acquisition of third baseman David Bell and pitcher Kevin Millwood cost them $25 million more. In baseball’s new era of fiscal austerity, what were the Phillies thinking? Ron Schacter asked that question on a recent trip to Spring Training in Clearwater, Florida.

NCAA Hoops Controversy and More with Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: The aborted basketball season of St. Bonaventure, Georgia coach Jim Harrick is in trouble, again, and a new golden age for Kobe Bryant and the NBA.

Cup of Coffee

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In Baseball, they say of a guy whose Major League career was very brief, “He had a cup of coffee in the bigs.” Rob Trucks has collected the stories of eighteen such unfortunates…or fortunates.

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Show rundown for 3/1/2003

NHL Update

The NHL is coming up on its regular season stretch run. Now the only thing left after that is the 6-months of post-season play. Of course, who knows which teams will go bankrupt before that happens? Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times tells us what to look for in what’s left of the regular season before the playoff marathon begins.

West L.A. College

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Despite their geographical handicap, women’s hockey players at West L.A. Community College have made the most of their inaugural season. But, as reporter Steve Julian of member station KPCC reports, the Oilers’ first season may also be their last.

Arizona Scalpers

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Selling the easiest ticket in town to get is a tough job for Arizona Cardinal ticket scalpers. Steve Goldstein, of member station KJZZ in Phoenix, found some trying to make a buck selling tickets to a game few want to see.

Dead Pigeons

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A new use for dead pigeons.

WNBA Woes

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Before players can hit the courts for their seventh season, the WNBA must finish a major restructuring, negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement, and figure out what to do with two teams that have ceased operations. WNBA President Val Ackerman joins us with an update on the progress.

WNBA Woes

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Before players can hit the courts for their seventh season, the WNBA must finish a major restructuring, negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement, and figure out what to do with two teams that have ceased operations. WNBA President Val Ackerman joins us with an update on the progress.

Silent Night

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In 1914, the brutal trench fighting of World War I was interrupted by several, spontaneous truces up and down the front in western France. The German and Allied forces met in no-man’s land to exchange gifts, listen to carols and play soccer.

Silent Night

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In 1914, the brutal trench fighting of World War I was interrupted by several, spontaneous truces up and down the front in western France. The German and Allied forces met in no-man’s land to exchange gifts, listen to carols and play soccer.

Letters for March 1, 2003

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Bill Littlefield responds to listener mail.

The Lebron Channel and more with Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and “Only A Game ” analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: The Charlotte basketball ownership derby ends, Lebron James, all day, everyday, and a little pixie hits a quad.

Bengals Tickets

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‘Tis the season of giving, and in Cincinnati, the spirit has become manifest in city councilman Chris Monzel. He’s worked out a plan to give unused Bengals tickets to underprivileged children. Councilman Monzel joins us from his office in Cincinnati.

America’s Cup Update

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Bill Littlefield updates the latest on America’s Cup sailing in New Zealand.

Michael Phelps

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While he might not be getting as much attention as his roundball counterpart, Michael Phelps might be to swimming as LeBron James is to the NBA. 17-year old Phelps owns five world records and like James, has decided to go pro. Reporter Dave Ungrady has our profile.

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Show rundown for 2/22/2003

Ephedra and Baseball

The death of a Baltimore Orioles prospect has the nation pondering the dangers of Ephedra. We examine the health risks involved in using the supplement.

America’s Cup

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We get an update from Stuart Streuli, senior editor for Sailing World Magazine, on the America’s Cup in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Flying Farmer

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Daredevil farmer jumps 25 hay bales.

Women on High

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Rebecca Brown’s new book, “Women on High: Pioneers of Mountaineering.” is a detailed look at the first women mountain climbers and how they made it through the treacherous terrain both on the mountain and within the society that frowned on their activity. She joins Pippin from the studios of New Hampshire Public Radio.

Mid-life Snowboading Crisis

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Pippin Ross, a life-long skier, finally takes up the sport she’s hated ever since it has come on the scene….snowboarding. Here’s the story of a middle aged woman who couldn’t avoid her fate on the slopes.

NBA Trades and more with Charlie Pierce

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Pippin Ross and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: NBA Trades and how they’ve changed the league, Sandy Koufax cuts himself off from the Dodgers and Tiger Wood’s slick caddy.

Titan Games

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With rare exception, american olympians are quickly forgotten when the games are over and not thought about again during the long, two-hundred six weeks between the games. But the United States Olympic Committee is attempting to change that by promoting and showcasing power and combat sports- Boxing, Fencing, Shot Put, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Judo, Karate and Tae Kwondo. Jason Margolis has a report from the first such attempt: The Titan Games held in San Jose, California.

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Show rundown for 2/15/2003

Yao Ming

Not long after leaving China for the NBA, Houston Rockets rookie Yao Ming is averaging 13 points and more than eight rebounds a game, has proven himself against some of the league’s best big men, and was the Western Conference’s starting center in last weekend’s All-Star game. But his impact off the court may be his most impressive accomplishment thus far. From Houston, reporter Jack Williams has our story.

USOC Reforms

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On Thursday, the Senate Commerce Committee reconvened to discuss United States Olympic Committee reform. Present during that session was Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado. We’ll talk to Senator Campbell about the proposed reforms.

Move over, Sisyphus

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A British rower rows to Nowhere.

America’s Victory

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On August 22, 1851, a yacht named America led 15 English vessels around the Isle of Wight to begin the longstanding tradition of America’s Cup racing. We’ll talk to author David Shaw about his new book, “America’s Victory,” which chronicles that race.

Ice Boating

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There are yacht races and then there are yacht races. This winter’s cold weather has guaranteed good sailing and lots of competition for some hearty souls on the Navesink River in New Jersey. Reporter Jon Kalish visited with some iceboat enthusiasts and has our story.

Annika and More with Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: Annika Sorenstam vs. the men’s tour, Nebraska football players try to cash in, and the first woman to coach Division I men’s college basketball loses.

The Springfield Spirit

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The Springfield Spirit, with its five former Huskies on its roster, hopes to attract basketball fans from the University of Connecticut.

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Show rundown for 2/8/2003

Mavericks v. Kings

The top two teams in the NBA’s Western Conference clashed this past week. Glenn Mitchell of member station KERA in Dallas attended the game and he filed this report.

Scott Howard-Cooper

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The NBA has reached its ceremonial halfway point and joining us from Atlanta, home of this year’s All-Star game, is Scott Howard-Cooper of the Sacramento Bee. We’ll talk to Howard-Cooper about the surprises of the first half of the season and how to tinker with All-Star Weekend.

A Murder of Crows

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Remember, don’t shoot the crows. Crows are people too.

High School Hoop Hype Part 2

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Part two of our series examines the landscape of high school basketball through the eyes of a current prep phenom who, with his family, has worked very hard to keep to his goal of using basketball to get a college degree. We also share the story of a former schoolyard hoop legend who didn’t quite make it and is still trying to rebuild his life almost 25 years later.

Letters

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Bill picks a few from the OAG mailbag.

USOC circus and More with Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: the latest USOC circus, LaBron’s close call, and a neighborhood gal who won big.

Cassie Johnson’s Rink

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Only A Game’s Karen Given was on hand as Cassie Johnson’s curling team defended their national championship and secured their place in this spring’s World Finals in Switzerland.

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Show rundown for 2/1/2003

Olympic Controversy with John Powers

The ongoing squabbles between executives of the United States Olympic Committee have recently become as contentious as a bad soap opera. On Tuesday, USOC President Marty Mankamyer and CEO Lloyd Ward were questioned before members of the U.S. Senate about the mess. We’ll talk to the Boston Globe’s John Powers.

Connecticut Suns

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The WNBA announced the league’s newest team, formerly the Orlando Miracle, will be the Connecticut Suns, owned and operated by the Mohegan Sun casino.

Lego My Stanley Cup

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A Lego replica of the Stanley Cup has been heisted.

Travis Phelps

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Many big league baseball players must deal with the hardship of being sent down to the farm from time to time. But there’s one pro pitcher who can count on that occurence at least once every year for as long as he’s in the game. Greg Echlin has this report.

Deferring All-Stars and More With Charlie Pierce

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This week Bill Littlefield and “Only A Game” analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: Basketball all-stars giving it up to Mike, love-love in mixed doubles at the French Open, and celery-tossing hooligans.

Superbowl and More with Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: the super battle between pirates, the latest USOC debacle, and a competition you can sink your teeth into.

Letters

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People wrote to us fuming over our “lighthearted” take on a report involving animal cruelty. But even they thought we were more entertaining than last week’s Super Bowl. We’ll take a peek inside the Only A Game mailbag.

Senior Weightlifter

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Imagine yourself as a weighlifter. Now imagine yourself dead-lifting your own body weight plus twenty-five percent of said weight. For most, that would seem difficult, if not impossible. But it’s not for one weightlifting novice. Beverly Amsler reports.

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Show rundown for 1/25/2003

The Mayor of Tampa

Tampa Mayor Dick Greco calls in and talks to us about the Super Bowl insanity sweeping his town, Raider fans, and the unmentionable ingredients of scrapple.

Veteran’s Stadium

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Philadelphia Eagles fans said goodbye to their team’s Super Bowl hopes in last week’s NFC championship game loss to Tampa Bay. They also said goodbye to the worst stadium in the NFL. “Only A Game’s” Dave Naylor attended the last game ever at decrepit Veteran’s Stadium.

MacTavish Gets His Tongue

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Edmonton Oiler coach Craig MacTavish snags a mascot tongue.

Confessions of a Hero Worshipper

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Stephen Dubner discusses with us the story of his childhood obsession with Franco Harris, running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Super Bowl Haiku IX

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Pseudo poets turn artform into super mess about pirates. Argh!!!

Stadium Guys

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Every year, countless baseball fans make a pilgrimage to every Major League ballpark within reach. Similarly, brave football fans have been known to follow their favorite team on the road for much of a season. But, to the best of our knowledge, Andrew Kulyk and Peter Farrell are the only fans to have visited every major league baseball, football, basketball and hockey arena. We’ll talk to them about their “ultimate sports road trip”.