Less than a week ago, Floyd Landis was the main character in the feel-good sports story of the year. The Tour de France winner, however, tested positive for unusally high testosterone levels earlier this week, and is now the poster-boy for a tainted sport. Steve Madden, editor of Bicycling Magazine, joins us on the line to discuss the scandal.
The Kansas City Royals have been in the baseball's proverbial cellar for the past two seasons. Their pitching's bad, their hitting's bad, their...well, everything's pretty bad. But don't lose hope, Royals' fans and players, we still care! Bill Littlefield reports on the team before they get demoted to AAA. Just Kidding!
$40 Million Slaves
William C. Rhoden's latest book "40 Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete" contends that black American athletes are still mired in servitude on some levels. The thesis is bold, but well argued. Rhoden joins us on the line from NPR West to discuss the matter.
Women in the Negro Leagues
The Hall of Fame will induct 17 former Negro Leaguers on Sunday. Martha Ackman reminds us of a few Negro Leaguers who deserve equal attention, and who aren't named Buck O'Neil. Ackman is a writer who teaches at Mount Holyoke College.
Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: Floyd's caught; watching soccer til' the very end; and a heartwarming reminder of friendship with Barry Bonds.
Rally around the X Games
Rally racing is one of the most popular spectator sports in the world, but in the U.S. it's better known as a video game. Rally organizers are hoping an appearance in the 12th Summer X Games will change that.
This program aired on July 29, 2006.