Saturday, January 26, 2008Play
The Australian Open has many story lines, of course. But, for the past four years, the biggest story in men's tennis has been Roger Federer. Bill talks with ESPN's Bonnie D. Ford about Federer's legacy, and the gambling scandal that threatens to take the stoplight off the competition.
The young and talented Portland Trailblazers were supposed to contend with heralded rookie center Greg Oden until season ending knee surgery appeared to end those hopes. However, after a rough start, the Blazers have roared back to contend without their big man. Only A Game's Gabe O'Connor has this report.
Casual fans of Women's College Basketball might get tired of all talk about UCONN and Tennessee. Those fans should not fear, because Bill Littlefield will ask the San Francisco Chronicle's Michelle Smith about the hoop dreams of Rutgers, Stanford, Duke and Nebraska. And, he'll ask a question or two about the traditional juggernauts, as well.
Kim Mulkey, the coach of the women's basketball team at Baylor University, is accustomed to winning. She has won NCAA championships as a player, an assistant coach, and a head coach. In a new book with Peter May, "Won't Back Down," Mulkey discusses not only the triumphs of her career but various losses and disappointments as well. Mulkey joins Bill from Waco, Texas.
Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: Tom Brady's boot of mystery, Canseco the Vindicated, and burn it like Beckham.
Anderson Wise can bench press nearly 400 pounds, but that's just the start of his extra-ordinary story. Born with spina bifida, Wise uses a wheelchair to make his way around the gym while training for the Paralympics. Wise's adoptive parents are just as extraordinary, helping to raise 45 children in total, many of them with special needs. Bill has a profile of Andy Wise and his family.
This program aired on January 26, 2008.