Show rundown for 12/4/2004

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Baseball Doping Scandal

In the latest twist to the BALCO scandal, Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi have admitted to a grand jury they took steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. We'll talk to Mark Fainaru-Wada who broke the story for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Tim Kurkjian

Tim Kurjian of ESPN and ESPN the Magazine joins Bill to talk about the impact of the admissions of Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi will have on their accomplishments and Major League Baseball.

Conte Talks

In addition to the leaked grand jury testimony, BALCO head Victor Conte has been telling his side of the story to various media outlets. Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune joins us from the studio to talk about why.

I Won!... No, Really!

A con man gets his day, for real this time.

Harry Statham

McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill is the new home of the winningest men's basketball coach of all time. We'll talk to Bearcats coach, Harry Statham who won his record 880th game this week.

Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University is one of the most successful athletic programs in the nation. Of course, when you're trying to recruit that baseball player from Sandusky, Ohio, it doesn't hurt to have a campus in Malibu, California. Michelle Seaton reports.


Bill opens the Only A Game mailbag.

BALCO and More with Charlie Pierce

Bill and "Only A Game" analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: BALCO, the Fighting Irish surprise, and the end of the Jennings Era on Jeopardy.

The Caddie was a Reindeer

Of the experience of playing golf on a course that's partly in Finland, partly in Sweden, Steve Rushin has written: "The sun hit the horizon and bounced back up, like an orange Titleist off a cart path." That resilient simile is from the title essay of Steve Rushin's new book, The Caddie was a Reindeer and Other Tales of Extreme Recreation. The book collects some of Steve Rushin's recent Sports Illustrated features and Air and Space columns. Steve Rushin talks to us about his new book.

This program aired on December 4, 2004.

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