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Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Stories from this broadcast: Deflategate Decision: What It Means For The Future Of Pro Sports; Hollywood Vs. The NFL, NCAA Stipends And Teenagers Turning Pro; Crusader Disheartened That Manfred Won't Clear 'Shoeless' Joe's Name; Rural Oregon Town Rides The Wind – And Wind Sports – To Prosperity; CrossFit Helps A California Duo Overcome Life's Challenges; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; 'The Ugly Game' Details FIFA's Culture Of Corruption; Corruption In Sports: Not Just For The Professionals

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The 'Emperor Of Baseball' Halts Shoeless Joe's Run At The Hall

What does MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's decision to preserve Shoeless Joe Jackson's ban from baseball have to do with the poem titled "The Emperor of Ice-Cream" by Wallace Stevens? Bill Littlefield explains.

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Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Stories from this broadcast: 10 Years Post-Katrina, The Role Of Sports In New Orleans' Recovery; The Future Of Sports Betting, The Mets' Surge And The Value Of 'Team Chemistry'; Rugby Star Leaves Australia For Try At The NFL; Fowling: Football-Bowling Hybrid Strikes Detroit; 'Year Of The Dunk' Extends Above The Rim; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; No Sibling Rivalry Here: Katie And Michael Ledecky; Is It Time To Put Diver Greg Louganis On The Wheaties Box?

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Sports' Most Difficult — And Stunning — Acts

The best athletes make everything they do look effortless. Bill Littlefield asks, which athletic feat is most impressive?

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Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Stories from this broadcast: Preparing For Life After Sports; Jeremy Bloom: From Professional Athlete To Businessman; Commentary: MLB Owners Change With The Times; Tom Watson, A Man Of Many Titles, Winds Down His Career; From MLB To Homeless: J.R. Richard Tells His Story In 'Still Throwing Heat'; Meet Jen 'Dr. J' Welter, The NFL's First Female Coach; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; WWE Lures Former Fans Back To Pro Wrestling; A 6 Year Old's Quest To Summit 48 Peaks; Littlefield: A Transistor Radio, A Baseball Bat And A Childhood Memory

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Debate Over Participation Trophies Heats Up

Steeler James Harrison ordered his children, ages 8 and 6, to return trophies they'd received for participating in a program designed to teach them teamwork. His rationale was that they hadn't won anything, so they shouldn't get trophies. Bill Littlefield doesn't agree.

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Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Stories from this broadcast: Mo Englander: 80-Years-Old But Still Throwing Strikes For His Son; 'The Reappearing Act' Shares Fagan's Experience Coming Out In Paranoid World Of College Athletics; Inspired By MLB Star, Teenage Girl Trades Softball For Baseball; A Coversation With Dick Bavetta, The NBA's Iron Ref; Making Contact In The 'Olympics' Of Ham Radio; An Inside Look At Prison Weightlifting; Skateboarding On The Reservation; From The Navy To The Hall Of Fame: A Conversation With David Robinson

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Commentary: Rousey Vs. Mayweather Should Remain A Verbal Fight

With the two undefeated fighters exchanging words, there's been talk of a showdown between UFC champ Ronda Rousey and boxer Floyd Mayweather. Bill Littlefield reasons that such a fight would never, ever occur — but, then again, maybe it could...

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Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Stories from this broadcast: Bucs' Blunder, An Atheist In The Backfield And OSU's Generic Jerseys; Laughter In Paris, But Lament Back Home; Ronda Rousey's Former Trainer: UFC Must Find A Challenger; Striving To Make Baseball 'A Game Of Their Own'; Game Of Drones: Drone Racing Takes Flight In Los Angeles; Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports; The Beatles At Shea: A Sports Stadium Revolution; At Maine River, Dams Removed, Races Begin — And Myth Recalled

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Commentary: Junior Seau And America's 'Schizophrenic Relationship' With Football

On Saturday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio will induct the class of 2015. Bill Littlefield is focusing on one particular inductee: Junior Seau, who suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy and took his own life in 2012.

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