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Show rundown for 12/8/2001

Contraction Update

This week, Commissioner Bud Selig tried to convince Congress that Major League Baseball is losing millions. Were the experts convinced? Bill Littlefield talks with ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian.

Da' Bears

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To say that the success of this season's Chicago Bears is unexpected is an understatement. Even some Chicago fans aren't convinced that the Bears' 9-2 record is for real. Reporter Yolanda Perdomo has the story.

Info Break

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Italian cameraman bumped from a women's volleyball game.

Chievo Verona

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Italian soccer fans are no strangers to Cinderella stories. But, this one might top them all. Chievo Verona is a new team from a town of less than 3000 people, with a total payroll reported to be less than the yearly salary of rival AS Roma's captain. But, they are currently in second place in Italy's top division. Bill Littlefield turns to Italian journalist Simone Sandri for the story.

Dead Ball

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Author R.D. Rosen's latest book set in baseball has all the elements of a good mystery novel: a wisecracking detective, a celebrity ballplayer, and a stripper with a political conscience. Bill Littlefield talks with Rosen about his latest Harvey Blissberg story, Dead Ball.

Peter Blake

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Peter Blake, the man who led New Zealand to two America's Cup victories, was killed by pirates in the Amazon. Bill Littlefield updates the story.

Commentary

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Bill comments on college football and the madness surrounding the argument of playoff vs. bowl games.

Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: Heisman hopefuls, funny math in Major League Baseball, and an extreme response to lackluster sponsorship.

American Star Update

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This week, American Star, the only U.S. entry in the Atlantic Rowing challenge made their way to the finish line in Barbados. Bill Littlefield has the story.

Disabled Divers

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Why would a group of scuba divers don blindfolds and leg restraints and jump into a cold water-filled quarry? Rita Sand discovered the answer when she visited a class on how to teach and assist disabled divers.

This program aired on December 8, 2001. The audio for this program is not available.

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