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Shaun White of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the snowboarding halfpipe event on February 17, 2010
Shaun White of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the snowboarding halfpipe event on February 17, 2010

It’s been a wild week in Vancouver, and the Winter Olympics are just heating up. John Powers of the Boston Globe joins Bill to discuss skiing, skating, and everything in between.

Many companies used to be “proud sponsors” of Team USA, but major organizations like Bank of America promptly dropped their sponsorships before Vancouver 2010. Fortunately, Bill reports, that hasn’t prevented the U.S. from excelling in the Winter Games, as some of America’s big names and small businesses have stepped up to sponsor Team USA.

Cookies and milk, Romeo and Juliet, Batman and Robin – they just go together. But cross-country skiing and rifle shooting? As Only A Game’s Sadie Babits reports, the Winter Olympic biathlon brings athletics and accuracy together, and Team USA is eager to win its first medal in the event.

Mark Yost’s new book, Varsity Green, claims that massive coaching contracts and countless NCAA violations have tarnished the reputation of today’s major college sports. He joins Bill to reveal some glaring examples of how college athletics have gone crooked.

Tiger Woods finally faced the music on Friday, and Bill and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce are ready to discuss his apology. Also, they’ll cover snow sports, a birthday present for Michael Jordan, and a great excuse for missing the first week of spring training.

Dozens of dogs travel to the Big Apple each year for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, and they’re treated to all the amenities: expert grooming, plenty of attention, and of course, a top class hotel. As Only A Game’s Ron Schachter reports, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania opens its doors to these “very important pooches” year after year.

This program aired on February 20, 2010.

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