Bracket busting can be heartbreaking, but what would March Madness be without a couple of upsets? 13-seed Morehead State was the first giant-killer, taking down 4-seed Louisville. Then 11-seed Gonzanga toppled the Southeast region’s sixth seed, St. John’s. Bill talks with ESPN.com’s Pat Forde about what to expect from the second and third rounds of the tournament.
The St. Peter’s Peacocks may have a funny name, but opposing teams should take them seriously. With a stingy defense and a tremendous winning streak at the end of the regular season, the Peacocks have clinched an NCAA bid for the first time in 16 years. Bill talks with St. Peter’s head coach John Dunne.
The college basketball season begins this week. Bill asks ESPN.com’s Pat Forde if we’ll see the same cast of characters making the trip to the Final Four in Houston or if there’s a team that can pull a Butler-esque surprise.
Baseball will soon begin anew, but at least one active major league pitcher is very, very old. This week on Only A Game, a profile of 47-year-old Jamie Moyer, Philadelphia’s Methuselah of the mound. Also, pole dancers compete with vigor…and with all their clothes on!
Rounds one and two of the men’s basketball tourney held more surprises than anyone had bracketed for. This week on Only A Game, an NCAA hoops update of the men’s regionals, the latest from the women’s dance, and a slam dunk contest to benefit Sudan.
This week on Only A Game, can Husker hoopsters of the female variety help Nebraskans forget about their relatively unsuccessful football team? Also, some good spring training talk with Tim Kurkjian, and Vermonters say goodbye to winter with wickets and mallets.
Sixty-four teams are good, so 128 must be better! This week on Only A Game, should the March Madness field be increased to include just about everybody? Also, the round-the-world saga of Canadian hero and Paralympian Rick Hansen.
College basketball bubble teams find out their fate on Sunday and Monday when the brackets are announced for the NCAA tournament. But, Only A Game’s Bill Littlefield’s favorite basketball moment has already come and gone.
Rus Bradburd’s new book, Forty Minutes of Hell: The Extraordinary Life of Nolan Richardson, tells the story of one of the first black coaches to run a basketball team at a predominantly white college, and how he led the University of Arkansas to the 1994 National Championship. Bill reviews the book and takes his own look at Richardson’s career.
Mark Yost’s new book, Varsity Green: A Behind the Scenes Look At Culture and Corruption In College Athletics, condemns the state of today’s major college programs. Bill reviews the book and admires the author’s passion, but doesn’t think the NCAA will be making ethical overhauls any time soon.