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With the All-Star break approaching, Only A Game host Bill Littlefield talks baseball with ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian and sees how the teams are faring at the half way mark. Tim offers some thoughts on the dream season of the first place Tampa Bay Rays, the close race of the National League East and the dismal performance of the teams in the National League West.

For a team that is in first place in the National League West, the Arizona Diamondbacks certainly don’t play much like a first place team. In the National League West however, barely making it above .500 is enough to put you in the top spot. Bill talks with some of the players.

Art Rooney started a franchise back in 1933 that today is said to be valued at almost 1 billion dollars. Now some of his children want to sell the Pittsburg Steelers. Bob Smizik of the Pittsburg Post-Gazette talks to Bill about the potential sale of the Steelers.

The team leader who led Lance Armstrong’s teams to victory in the Tour de France eight times has a story to tell. And that’s just what Johan Bruynell does in his new book We Might As Well Win. The book chronicles everything from the team’s preparations before the race to the doping scandals that have been plaguing the sport for the past few years. Johan joins Bill to talk about the book and this year’s Tour de France.

Bill and Only A Game analyst Chalie Pierce discuss: Another team snubs Barry Bonds, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s historic matchup at Wimbledon, and Jim Purol’s new world record.

The game of Petanque is as French as escargot and has a loyal following here in the United States. The game, which is similar to Bocce, features players throwing metal balls as close as they can to a small wooden ball. Only A Game’s Charlie Schroeder recently became more familiar with the game when he attended the San Pedro Open in California.

This program aired on July 12, 2008.

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