Show rundown for 12/9/2006

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College Football with Dan Wetzel

With college football's regular season behind us and the BCS title game between No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Florida a month away, Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports joins Bill to discuss the bowl season action.

A Confident Bunch

The Boise State Broncos are the underdog heading into the Fiesta Bowl, but as reporter Sadie Babits found out, this 12-0 team suffers from no lack of confidence.

Gambling on Pittsburgh

Gary Bettmann and a cast of promising young hockey players have so far failed to restore the Pittsburgh Penguins' confident waddle. There has been speculation for years that the franchise, which has struggled on the ice and at the gate, would relocate if it couldn't find the funds for a new stadium. But the team might be bailed out by a casino company. Scott Burnside of joins Bill to discuss the possible marriage of hockey and slot machines.

Ping Pong Diplomacy

On a recent tour of the United States, the Peking University table tennis team came in second place at the North American team's table tennis championship and played exhibitions at colleges on both coasts. But it wasn't just table tennis on display. As Only A Game's Karen Given reports from Wellesley, Massachusetts, students got a lesson in history as well.


Winter sports season holds the excitement for many fans of downhill skiing, but not for Bill Littlefield.

Bob Knight and More with Charlie Pierce

Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: Bonds stays put, bizarre NFL drug abuse and Dwight Gooden back in pinstripes?

"Best American Sports Writing, 2006"

This collection of 27 of the most excellent sports pieces from 2005 includes a profile of the world's greatest poker player and a story about a girl who can dunk in eighth grade. Series editor Glenn Stout, and author of one of the stories featured in the 2006 collection Charlie Schroeder, join Bill to discuss some of the best sports writing from the past year.

This program aired on December 9, 2006.


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