Olympic Trials with John Powers
Olympic trials are underway in Track and Field and Swimming. In Sacramento, runners, jumpers, and throwers are vying for the privilege to compete in Athens as well as the chance to deflect attention from the ongoing BALCO investigation. In Long Beach, swimmers are vying for a chance to bake in the hot Athens sun. The Boston Globe's John Powers joins us from California.
NBA Free Agents
In last month's NBA draft, top picks Dwight Howard and Emeka Okafor were the big stories. Very little attention was paid to the signings of the undrafted free agents. Though they are largely unknown, these players are essential to teams looking to fill out summer league teams, training camp squads and occasionally, complete a regular season roster. From member station KUOW in Seattle, John Moe reports.
The Beautiful Robot Game
It's a sweep for Germany in Robot Soccer.
How Soccer Explains the World
If one measure of a book's worth is the ambition of its author as reflected by the book's title, Franklin Foer's new book is in fine shape. It's entitled "How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization." Foer joins Bill from the NPR studios in Washington D.C. to explain that unlikely theory.
Once a year in Burlington, Vermont a group of devoted whiffleball players gather for Whifflefest. Only A Game'' Monica Brady-Myerov has this report on this event organized by a man with a sense of community and a passion for the whoosh of the white, hollow ball.
Lance and More with Charlie Pierce
Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: Lance skips Athens, Coach K stays at Duke, and the bulls run from Rodman.
Bill opens up the Only A Game mailbag.
This program aired on July 10, 2004.