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Thrashers Bruins HockeyThis week on Only A Game, the Arena Football League punts its 2009 season. Also, the big, bad, Bruins come out of a decades-long hibernation, and rambling holiday revelers bare almost all in sub-freezing temperatures for the ninth annual Santa Speedo Run.

NHL Update
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As the Detroit Red Wings look to continue their success after a huge 6-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks, it's anybodys guess as to which teams will end up on top in June. Bill Littlefield talks with Helene Elliott of the L.A Times about this week's highlights on the ice.

Bruins Make A Comeback
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After decades of sub-par seasons the Boston Bruins have come out of hibernation to top the Eastern conference and refuse to go down without a fight. Bill Littlefield talks about the resurgence of the Bruins as an NHL powerhouse and the secret to their success.

AFL Woes
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For 22 years, the AFL has thrived in areas lacking a professional football team. Now the Arena Football League has decided to cancel its 2009 season. While the struggling economy is one reason the league has decided to sideline the 2009 schedule, there are other contributing factors. Bill Littlefield talks with indoor football broadcaster Dean Jackson about the woes of the AFL.

"The First Tip- Off"
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With the NBA's first teams struggling to play on temporary floorboards above ice hockey rinks in the 1940's, who knew creating a professional basketball league would be so hard? Bill Littlefield talks with author Charley Rosen about the trials and tribulations of the NBA in his new book, The First Tip-Off: The Incredible Story of the Birth of the NBA.

Letters
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Bill answers some letters from listeners

College Bowl Fever and More with Charlie Pierce
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Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss a Manning vs. Manning Pro Bowl, a roof over Wimbeldon, and the "Susan Lucci" of the NFL.

Is That You, Santa?!
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Only A Game's Doug Tribou reports from a popular Boston race where speedos, santa hats, and freezing temperatures represent true holiday spirit- the 9th annual Santa Speedo Run.

This program aired on December 20, 2008.

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