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Show rundown for 10/16/2004

The Yankees Are Still the Yankees

Plenty of games remain for the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros to come back from the brink, but is it all over anyway? We'll talk with ESPN's Tim Kurkjian.

Donning Ye Olde Red Hoisery

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In Plymouth, Massachusetts, the pilgrims, for some reason, decided to wear red socks this week. It's a mystery indeed and Bill tries to get to the bottom of this curious situation.

Kill....Your Television

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Romanian neighbors find common ground.

The Whiskey Robber

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It's hard to know where to begin the tale of Atilla Ambrus, a Romanian who tried to make a living in Hungary. He was a hapless goalie for a floundering pro hockey team, that is when he wasn't driving the team's Zamboni and when he wasn't drunk...well, even when was drunk. Ambrus also had another job: Armed robbery. Julian Rubinstein's "The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts" recounts Ambrus' incredible story. Rubinstein joins Bill from NPR's New York Bureau.

Liebling Appreciation

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In 2002, Sports Illustrated named A.J. Liebling's The Sweet Science the "best American sports book of all time". Liebling would have turned 100 on Monday, and his 1956 book is back in print, which inspired critic Bill Marx to celebrate the later writer and his craft.

Baseball Playoffs and More with Charlie Pierce

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Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: the Red Sox choke, the Storm block out the Sun, and Sherlock Holmes rides his bike for a good cause.

Trying the Triathlon

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This morning on Hawaii's Kona Island, 1700 athletes will dive into the Pacific for a quick 2.4 mile swim, hop on their bikes for a leisurely 112 mile bike ride over blistering hot lava fields, and follow that with a full marathon. If that sounds like fun, then you're one of a growing number of people who call themselves "triathletes".

This program aired on October 16, 2004. The audio for this program is not available.

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