Saturday, June 27, 2009Play
It has been a busy week for the NBA. The King’s court became a little more crowded in Cleveland with the addition of Shaquille O’Neal, and Vince Carter adds star power to an already All-Star laden Magic squad. And then there's the draft. Kevin Hench joins Bill to discuss the ever-changing NBA landscape.
In 1893, Chicago was the very symbol of American pride and ingenuity when it hosted the World’s Fair. Over a hundred years later, many Chicagoans are protesting the chance to once again showcase the city on the world stage in the midst of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics.
When Brazil took the field against host South Africa in the Confederations Cup semifinal, no one thought it would be for the chance to play the United States in the final. Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl joins Bill from South Africa to talk about Sunday’s final and recap the tournament.
As Wimbledon progresses into the 3rd and 4th rounds, Bill provides a quick update.
It is nearly impossible to pinpoint the iconic moment in any sport. Nevertheless, author L. Jon Wertheim makes the case that Federer vs. Nadal in the 2008 Wimbledon final was the best match in tennis history. Whether you believe him or not, “Strokes of Genius” is worth reading because Wertheim captures the story of what was undoubtedly one of the most memorable tennis matches in recent times.
Only A Game’s Charlie Pierce joins Bill to chat about twitter, sports that run in the family, a slumping superstar and the always trustworthy Iranian decision makers.
There are plenty of role models in professional sports, but Manny Ramirez probably isn't the best example of late. In his commentary, Bill muses about the ramifications of the slugger’s unaltered ability to sell tickets, despite what many would consider a tarnished reputation.
Only A Game’s Martin Wells visits a co-ed Kayak Polo game in Nebraska, where the sport’s popularity is increasing with every stroke of the paddle.
This program aired on June 27, 2009.