Ted Green of KTLA in Los Angeles and Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe join Bill to talk NBA Finals. The Celtics and Lakers have combined to win more than half of all NBA titles, so Green and Ryan will answer the question: Is this really is the best rivalry in sports?
Thoroughbred horse racing is in trouble. Many tracks are experiencing financial issues, some have closed, and there are no big-name horses out there to bring the sport back to the public’s attention. Only A Game’s Brian Mann reports on racing’s fall from prominence.
Bill checks in with the Boston Globe’s Bud Collins in Paris to discuss the surprising matchup in the women’s French Open final. And on the men’s side, Bud offers his thoughts on what’s wrong for Roger Federer.
Fans of the England National soccer team always bring high expectations into the World Cup, but the team has failed to bring home a championship in 10 straight tournaments. Only A Game’s Ron Schachter reports from London on whether this year’s team can escape their disappointing past.
When umpire Jim Joyce blew a call at first base and cost Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game, things could have very easily turned ugly. Instead, both ump and player responded with grace and humility. Bill provides his commentary on the painful mistake that turned into an inspiring story.
Bill talks with Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce, who gets mad about basketball refs and baseball umps. Plus, Charlie will tell you his favorite Stanley Cup-themed baked good.
Basketball, hockey and soccer may have the spotlight at this time of year, but Bill still has a few minutes to talk golf with John Feinstein. Feinstein’s new book, Moment of Glory: The Year Underdogs Ruled Golf, looks at how four relative unknowns each won major championships in 2003 when Tiger Woods was out of contention.
This program aired on June 5, 2010.