Saturday, March 7th, 2009

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Dominican Republic's David Ortiz (left) and teammate Alex Rodriguez (right) pose for the team's official portrait before a practice for the World Baseball Classic. (AP Photo)

There is less than a month until Major League Baseball's regular season begins. Until then there is the less competitive, equally as fun, spring training. ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian joins Bill Littlefield to talk about the exhibition season and which teams are doomed to suffer and which are sure to succeed come April.

The second World Baseball Classic began on Thursday in Tokyo, where defending champion Japan defeated China 4 to 0. As Only A Game’s Ron Schachter found earlier this week in Lakeland, Florida, Team Venezuela hopes to make a mark in this year’s tournament.

Boston University and Boston College have the most competitive rivalry in all of college hockey. They also have two of top coaches in the history of the sport. Jerry York, of Boston College and Jack Parker, of Boston University, are number two and three on the all-time win’s list. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports on the Boston coaches as they close in on the all-time mark of 924 wins.

Alan Zaremba is a fan of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. He’s also a fan of the gambling scene that surrounds it. In his book he details the Vegas scene during the March tournament and the people that create it. Bill Littlefield talks with Alan Zaremba, author of The Madness of March.

Only A Game listeners have written letters and now Bill responds.

Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce discuss the dominance of the UConn women’s basketball team, a soccer goalie’s unique strategy to stop penalty kicks, and a one-named team.

The Indoor Adaptive Rowing Challenge is a competitive event designed for disabled people. Their disabilities range from partial paralysis to blindness to mental disabilities. Bill Littlefield was on the scene to cover the competition.

This program aired on March 7, 2009.


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