Pitchers and catchers have reported to various spring training locales. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian joins us from the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox to discuss the effects of A-Rod joining the Evil Empire and the ongoing BALCO scandal.
Baseball is littered with can’t miss guys who never made in the bigs. Fourteen years after graduation, Adam Hyzdu still holds his Cincinnati area high school home run record...an honor he took from Ken Griffey Jr. He was drafted in the first round by the Giants in 1990, but he’s never made an opening day roster. When much of the country was turning up its collective collar, Hyzdu was at home in Arizona, working as hard as ever in the gym. That’s where Mark Moran of member station KJZZ caught up with him.
The Perils of Kissing
A kissing record attempt turns ugly.
Golden Gophers in Trouble
Though the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team has dropped out of the top ten and have lost their all-American guard, Lindsey Whalen, the team that won their first 15 games and was once ranked as high as 6th hasn’t given up yet. Minnesota Public Radio’s Mary Stucky has this report.
The Real Hoosiers
This year marks the 50th anniversary of tiny Milan High School’s upset victory over Muncie Central in the Indiana state basketball championship. The story was the inspiration for the popular 1986 movie "Hoosiers" starring Gene Hackman. Bill talks to Bobby Plump, who hit the game winning shot for Milan, and Phil Raisor, former guard for Muncie Central, about both the fact and fiction of that historic game. ESPN Classic will air the original black and white footage of the game beginning at 6 pm Eastern time today. The live broadcast of the modern day Milan High vs. Muncie Central game will follow.
Bill Littlefield reads through the latest listener mail.
Colorado Scandals and More with Charlie Pierce
This week Bill Littlefield and "Only A Game" analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: Sex scandals in Colorado that don’t involve Kobe Bryant, steroid scandals that may or may not involve Barry Bonds, and a not so fond farewell to the company that brought us Astroturf.
The Big Year
The term, "The Big Year" when applied to bird-watching refers to a year in which a competitive collector of bird sightings scours a particular region to see as many birds as possible. In "The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession," journalist and bird watcher Mark Obmascik has chronicled the adventures of three birders simultaneously pursuing a big year.
This program aired on February 21, 2004.