Saturday, June 13, 2009

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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Monday, May 4, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Zack Greinke pitches against the Chicago White Sox Monday, May 4, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Helene Eliot will join Bill to discuss the exciting seven game Stanley Cup Finals and the newly crowned champion.

Living under the microscope proved harder for Royals hurler Zach Greinke than other athletes because of a social anxiety disorder.  After his career was temporarily derailed, Greinke is currently in the midst of a historic season.  “Only A Game’s” Greg Echlin has the full profile.

The tumultuous basketball career of WNBA player Chamique Holdsclaw has had as many tremendous peaks as mysterious lows.  After retiring in 2007, the former three-time national champion at Tennessee and WNBA Rookie of the Year is making a comeback with the Atlanta Dream.  Kelli Anderson of Sports Illustrated joins Bill to talk about the new season and Holdsclaw’s chances for sustained success.

The delicate ecosystems that exist within certain caves can sometimes be adversely affected by the faintest touch of a spelunker.  Over the past three years, hundreds of thousands of cave-dwelling bats have been killed by a disease known as White Nose Syndrome.  Are the spelunkers to blame?  North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann has a story that is frightening for thousands of recreational cave-divers and environmental conservationists alike.

Bill responds to one listener who blames the media for a superstar snub, another who offers unique and credible expertise on hockey injuries, and a third who may or may not have had his tongue in his cheek.

Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce joins Bill to discuss the possible reinstatement of disgraced quarterback Michael Vick, and together they ponder just when it might be time to for the Orlando Magic to worry.

Author Larry Tye joins Bill in the studio to discuss his new book, “Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend.”  The book is a biography of the legendary Satchel Paige, who had the talent, resiliency, and charisma to be the first black player in Major League Baseball, if only the white establishment would have let him.

This program aired on June 13, 2009.


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