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Northwest Missouri State's Xavier Omon in despair during the Bearcats' loss in the 2007 Division II National Championship
Northwest Missouri State's Xavier Omon in despair during the Bearcats' loss in the 2007 Division II National Championship

Bill talks with ESPN baseball writer and World Series conquering hero, Tim Kurkjian, as the Hot Stove season heats up.

Northwest Missouri State’s football program has to be considered a success after reaching the Division II national title game four-straight times.  But losses in all four trips have prompted comparisons to the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.  Will the Bearcats lose in their fifth-straight title game?  Greg Echlin has the story.

When you think of college sport’s most impressive dynasties, surely you’ll list U.C.L.A. basketball, U.N.C. women’s soccer and Alabama under Bear Bryant.  But, as Only A Game’s Ron Schachter found, you’ve got to add Kenyon College swimming to the list.

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard is a basketball nut.  Lucky him, then, that he got to travel the country examining all sides of the current NBA.  Bill talks with Ballard about his newest book, The Art of a Beautiful Game. [Ballard told Bill about a 50-something businessman beating Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one, to see video of the game click here.]

Wildcats, Tiger, and Bengals…oh my! Bill talks with Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce about all of the week’s sports news.

Less than two weeks til Christmas! And the Hanukkah candles have already been lit!  Never fear, all ye faithful last minute shoppers, the 17th Annual Only A Game Holiday Gift Guide is here!

This program aired on December 12, 2009.

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