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Only once in the past 11 years has the Tampa Bay Rays finished ahead of dead last in their division, and that’s when they finished second to last in 2004. That all may be changing this season. After some major adjustments to the team, including the dropping of the word “Devil” in the team’s name, Tampa Bay now finds themselves in second place in the American League East. Only A Game host Bill Littlefield talks with some team members about the sudden turn around.

On the opposite end of the spectrum from Tampa Bay are the Seattle Mariners, the team who has the indignity of holding the title of the worst team currently in MLB. The organization fired several members, most recently manager John McClaren on Thursday. Bill welcomes David Andriesen, who covers the Mariners for the Seattle Post Intelligencer to see if there is any hope of light at the end of the tunnel.

The Boston Celtics have won their 17th NBA Championship, the first in 22 years, with a series that evoked images of dynasty days gone past. Doc Rivers along with players like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce brought the magic back to a city that had stuck by their team for so long and now have reason to celebrate.

Tiger Woods’s 3rd US Open victory was quickly overshadowed by his announcement that he won’t be golfing again until January due to knee surgery. Bill welcomes the Detroit Free Press’s Michael Rosenberg back to the show to discuss how Tiger’s absence will affect the golfing world.

At first, a person wouldn’t be able to see the connection between riding horses along a trail in New England and the building of schools in one of the poorest nations in the world. However, that’s exactly what retired teacher Judy Lorimer is doing. For six years now, Judy has been raising money to build middle and high schools in Mali. Only A Game’s Amy Mayer joins Judy on the trail for her latest fundraising event.

Letters: Bill responds to inquires and concerns from some Only A Game listeners.
Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss: The Seattle Super Sonics Trial, the firing of Mets Manager Willie Randolph and finding a new hockey jingle for the CBC.

Tom Glavine and Mike Mussina are two of Major League Baseball’s best pitchers. John Feinstein’s new book Living On The Black chronicles both of their 2007 seasons and their attempts to keep their pitches “on the black” of the plate. John joins Bill to talk about the highs and the lows of both these pitcher’s seasons.

This program aired on June 21, 2008.

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