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Jazz on Top
More than a month into the NBA season, the Utah Jazz have the best record in the league. They have been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA thus far and had a franchise record 12-1 start. Kurt Kragthorpe of The Salt Lake City Tribune joins Bill to discuss Utah's early success.
Currently the New Jersey Nets and the Boston Celtics are trading places atop the Atlantic Division of the NBA's Eastern Conference. Both teams have records well below .500. Every other first place team in the league is at least five games over the .500 mark. Bill breaks down the worst division in the NBA and tries to explain the early season woes.
Ski Jumpers Left in the Cold
Earlier this week the International Olympic Committee rejected women's ski jumping as an Olympic event for the 2010 Vancouver games. Ski Jumper Jessica Jerome and president of women's ski jumping USA Dee Dee Corradini join Bill to discuss the fallout from the decision and the next step in a ski jumpers bid to become an Olympian.
In 1483, Leonardo Da Vinci designed a parachute which, when finally tested, nearly crushed a jumper to death with its sheer weight. But skydiving has evolved into a full-blown "extreme sport," and today's parachutes are a bit more streamlined. Recently, more than a thousand skydivers pulled their high-tech chutes over the dusty desert town of Eloy, Arizona as part of the largest national skydiving championship in history. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl was there.
There's still some good to be found in kids' sports. Bill offers some examples.
College Football and More with Charlie Pierce
Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: New Red Sox faces, Justin Gatlin in football pads and New York Giants mayhem.
"Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey In Irish Hoops"
In Ireland, it would be an understatement to say basketball is inferior to soccer (football). But despite many obstacles, Coach Rus Bradburd started five Irish players in his second season as head coach of the Tralee Tigers. No team in the league had started five locals in thirty years. Bill speaks with Bradburd about his new book.
This program aired on December 2, 2006.
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