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Why Watch?

Although the NBA finals are locked at two games a piece, the competition could not be described as closely-matched, high scoring, or even widely watched. Should basketball fans be paying better attention to this series? We'll ask that question of Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg and basketball fan Mark VanderKlipp.

Storm Guys

At six and four, the reigning WNBA champions are just the 6th best team in the league this season. But should the Seattle Storm fail to capture their second title in a row, they could always blame the squad of he-hoopsters who help the she-shooters stay sharp. John Moe reports.

The Union of Sport and Technology

Soccer attempts to solve the age-old problem of referees who need new glasses.

Plunk Biggio

From 1891 through 1918 a shortstop named Hughie Jennings set the all-time career record for getting hit by a pitched ball. How exactly Mr. Jennings managed to get hit 287 times has been lost to history. But, Don Baylor, the modern record holder at 267 was long suspected of taking one for the team...on purpose. Houston Astros infielder Craig Biggio's apparently unintentional quest to break that record is covered in exquisite detail on the on-line blog called Plunk Biggio. We'll speak with the anonymous author of that blog.

The Slaterettes

The only all-girls baseball league in the country has labored in relative anonymity for over three decades. The Slaterettes of Pawtucket, Rhode Island have been fielding teams for girls six through 14 since 1973. They added a division for women of all ages two years ago. Only A Game's Martha Bebinger reports.

Father's Day Commentary

Father's Day for some is festooned with ties, turtle wax and other trinkets of toil. But this spring, writer W.D. Wetherell was thinking about a present from his dad which, even today, is bearing gifts.

Boxing and more with Charlie Pierce

Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: Tyson's latest meal, the lure of the Pepperoni Pavilion and an assist by Sean Connery.

The Heart of Boxing

A new book makes evident that the real heart of the sport is not in the movies or on television, but in the small gyms.

This program aired on June 18, 2005.

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