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The NBA With Scott Howard-Cooper

With the World Series winding down, the nation can finally turn its attention to Basketball. The NBA starts Tuesday and Scott Howard-Cooper of the Sacramento Bee joins Bill on the line. He'll give a season preview and a prediction on when a team from Eastern Conference will win the NBA championship. A hint...you'll be a lot older than you are now.

Detroit Pistons

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It's not often in professional sports that a team's biggest offseason acquisition is its coach. But after the Detroit Piston's head coach Rick Carlyle helped his team win more than fifty games each of the last two seasons, he was shown the door. The Pistons then turned to Larry Brown, late of the 76ers....and the Pacers, Clippers, Spurs, Nets, Nuggets and The University of Kansas. The Pistons open their season Wednesday against the Pacers and their new coach...Rick Carlyle! As Ron Schachter reports, Detroit is hoping Brown can deliver another championship.

Pulling Teeth

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A malaysian man pulls a record of six train coaches... with his teeth, of course.

Designer Steroids

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Several well known athletes have been subpoenaed in the widening investigation of what could turn out to be one of the most pervasive steroid scandals ever, this one involving the anabolic steroid tetrahydrogestrinone, or THG. Shaun Assael, senior writer for ESPN the Magazine, joins us to discuss the scandal.

The World Series

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It's almost over. The Florida Marlins are just one game away from winning their second world championship. The only problem is they have to win that game at Yankee Stadium where more than 80 years of mystique will bear down on the happy-go-lucky team from Miami. ESPN's Tim Kurkjian joins Bill on the line from New York to preview this weekend's action in the Bronx.

Horse Names

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Today in Santa Anita, horses with dignified names such as "Evening Attire", "Perfect Drift" and "Medagli D'Oro" are scheduled to compete in the Breeder's Cup Classic. Fans from all over have long appreciated the flair with which many horses are named, and they often bet accordingly. A trip to Hialeah ten years ago made reporter Karen Russo curious about the thoroughbred naming process. She recently traveled to Lexington, Kentucky to learn more about it and she has this report.

World Series and More with Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: World Series ratings, triple-7 marathons, and more insults for the Scottish Rugby team.

Reclaiming the Game

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In this book, several collaborators present in the case that the wildly disproportionate emphasis on sports is present not just at the Division I football and basketball factories, but on the campuses of some of this country's most prestigious colleges and universities.

This program aired on October 25, 2003.

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