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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.
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
The Flora One Thousand Mile Challenge is underway in Great Britain.
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.
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
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
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
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.
This program aired on March 8, 2003.
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