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NBA, "Irish Thunder", and More (2/9/2008)

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This week, the NBA at the season's middle, a trip to the US Table Tennis Olympic Qualifiers and don your funny hats and grab your muzzle loaders, it's the primitive biathlon!

Kevin Hench on the NBA
The Big Aristotle heads west! We'll look at the surprising Suns trade and other things NBA with Kevin Hench of Fox

Butler Bulldog Basketball
The Butler University men's basketball team is a mid-major that started the season unranked. But the Bulldogs have gone 20 and 2, taking down Maryland and last year's national runner-up Ohio State along the way to a top ten ranking. From Indianapolis, Indiana Public Broadcasting's Marianne Holland has our report.

Table Tennis Qualifier
In Beijing, China, the site of the 2008 Olympics there's a long and storied tradition in table tennis. Here not so much. Freelance producer Peter Crimmins has this story of a part time pro and full time medical student trying to make his first Olympic team.

Irish Thunder
Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of the Micky Ward, tells the story of a boxer remarkable for his resilience and his longevity. According to Ward himself, he started boxing when he was seven. He was still at it thirty years later. Bob Halloran wrote Irish Thunder and he joins Bill Littlefield in the studio.

Bill Littlefield tells us the greatest football gambling story ever, that is, of course, if it actually happened...which it probably didn't.

Shaq Goes West, Used Syringes, and More with Charlie
Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: Super Bowl XLII record breaking audience, the ongoing Roger Clemens saga, and Rudy Guiliani's bad year continues.

Primitive Biathlon
If the Winter Olympics started around the time of the French and Indian War, the biathlon would look a lot like the event Only A Game's Karen Given attended recently.


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