The World Series
It's been a long time coming for the Houston Astros and the Chicago White Sox, but they have finally made it to the World Series. Tim Kurkjian of ESPN joins Bill from Chicago, host of tonight's Game 1, for some analysis.
In Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood, voting Democratic and rooting for the White Sox are staples of local culture. Schaller's Pump, a Bridgeport bar that sits across the street from the local Democratic headquarters and mere blocks from the old Comiskey Park and the relatively new US Cellular Field, is often the epicenter of both aforementioned causes. Producer Jesse Hardman caught up with a few Schaller's regulars as the White Sox played the Anaheim angels in Game 2 of the ALCS, and he presents this audio portrait.
A Victory for Maccabi
Meanwhile, Toronto Raptor fans repeat to themselves, "It's only preseason. It's only preseason..."
On October 11th, more than 28 percent of Liberian voters cast their ballots for former international Soccer star George Weah. While this made him the top finisher among 22 presidential candidates, it was far below the 50.1 percent needed to send him to the executive mansion. Instead, Weah and second place finisher Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will face off in a head to head race on November 9th. Weah's move from the pitch to the polls has galvanized Liberian youth, who turn out by the thousands anytime King George appears in public. It has also helped accent a deep social divide that splits this very troubled land. Only A Game's Ken Shulman visited Liberia and filed this report.
Boston Common will host an annual mass pumpkin carving this Saturday. "Pumpkin Fest" is both a world record attempt and a chance to raise money for charity. Bill dropped on the midweek proceedings while participants prepared to carve out a piece of jack-o-lantern history.
World Series with Charlie Pierce
Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: watching a low-scoring series, avoiding dress code violations, and playing through, LA style.
Only With Passion
In order to tell the story of her career and her life in a new book entitled, Only With Passion, figure skating champion Katarina Witt enlisted the assistance of Sports Illustrated Senior Writer E.M. Swift. The result of the collaboration is unusual and engrossing. Bill Littlefield speaks with two-time Olympic gold medalist and former world champion, Katarina Witt.
This program aired on October 22, 2005.