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Baseball's winter meetings are a fertile trading ground where teams can reshape their rosters in a matter of days. But this year the biggest news coming from the meetings in Arlington, Texas was about players who weren't traded. Bill speaks with ESPN's Tim Kurkjian.
The Music of Ian Allen
As the NFL playoff picture comes into focus, the 4 and 8 Arizona Cardinals are, as usual, a bit...well...blurry. While Cardinals offensive lineman Ian Allen would much prefer that his team head into the postseason, more time away from the gridiron will allow him to focus on another interest. He'll soon release a new CD featuring music of his own creation. Mark Moran of member station KJZZ in Phoenix recently lounged with the mountainous maestro.
One Big Sock
Thanks to a handful of University of Central Arkansas students, the Guinness World Record for largest Christmas stocking has been broken.
University High with Duff Wilson
When is a high school not a high school? How about when it doesn't provide students with teachers or classes? And when would anybody choose to attend such a school? How about when they needed six or seven extra A's in order to achieve eligibility for a football scholarship? Duff Wilson of the New York Times joins Bill to discuss the suddenly infamous University High School of Miami.
One could hardly fault observers of high school and college sports for concluding that too many of today's student-athletes fall squarely on the latter half of the hyphenation. But one successful non-profit program says it doesn't have to be that way and, in fact, is demonstrating that tennis, combined with intensive literacy training, can put the student back into the student-athlete equation. WBUR's Monica Brady-Meyerov reports on a Boston-based program called "Tenacity."
Surfing and the End of an Era
On Monday, after 44 years in the business as a supplier to surf board makers, Gordon "Grubby" Clark ended production and sales from Clark Foam, his factory in Laguna Niguel, California. Clark is considered by surf buffs to be instrumental in the rise of surfing in the US as well as controversial. Chris Mauro, editor of Surfer talks to Bill from San Juan Capistrano, just a short cutback from the former epicenter of the surfing foam industry.
Striking the Heisman Pose with Charlie Pierce
Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: Who's Heisman worthy, what's German for hooligan, and who's driving Christianity.
"Ski To Die: The Bill Johnson Story"
Sixteen years after skier Bill Johnson won the gold medal in Sarajevo he tried to make a comeback at forty years old. That effort ended in a horrific crash that resulted in brain damage. Jennifer Woodlief is the author of "Ski To Die," and talks with Bill.
This program aired on December 10, 2005.
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