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Sign of the Times

Feb 2, 2013
Paul Pfeffer

News Flash!

Athletes use substances to heal quicker, play longer and perform better.

Okay, not much of a news flash. Remember the outrage of state sponsored "soldiers" playing in the Olympics as "amateurs." Our outrage, at its most basic level, was that those athletes had a competitive advantage over others, principally ours. 

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I have come to believe that of all things bright and beautiful on God's green earth, there aren't very many that can't be ground up and mixed with something else and used as either an aphrodisiac or a performance enhancing sports supplement. Or both.

From intestinal whale secretions to blister beetles to monkey glands to rhino horns, everything seems to have a use.

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I made today's Nose panelists go see Zero Dark Thirty, just to make sure we all had one controversy we could discuss.


That was before I realized how generous the week would be with controversy. The labyrinthine story of football player Manti Te'o and his imaginary girlfriend sneaked up on me. That's the fresh sports scandal making the wires buzz right now.

 But last night's sit-down between Oprah Winfrey and Lance Armstrong breathed new life into an old sports scandal.


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A long time ago in a football stadium far away, the sardonic pro football lineman Alex Karras complained about soccer-style kickers from foreign lands, notably Garo Yepremian, his teammate on the Detroit Lions.

Karras said he disliked football games in which big beefy guys slugged it out in the mud for a few hours only to have a tiny man run onto the field and shout "I keek a touchdown," knocking the ball though the uprights to tip the outcome of the game.

Chion Wolf

The tragedy in Newtown has consumed our lives for the last several days. We’ll continue to have that conversation - as Connecticut attempts to heal. But today, we welcome in two guests to talk about something that many people in our state turn to as a relief - a respite - and a place to gather: Sports.

The University of Connecticut has been built into a top academic and research institution - but nobody will deny that its national prominence is fueled in large part by its successful sports programs.

Relax sports broadcasters, robots aren't coming for your job. At least not yet.

"The human aspect is important," said Greg Lee, a recent Ph.D. graduate in computer science from the University of Alberta. Dr. Lee recounted how, while watching baseball on TV, he stumbled upon Vin Scully, the Hall of Fame sportscaster now in his 59th season as the voice of the L.A. Dodgers.

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The Ironman triathlon: a 2.4-mile open-water swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26-mile marathon run—all completed in seventeen hours or less. For some, that demonstration of stamina and will is a life-defining goal. Jacques Steinberg’s You Are an Ironman follows six hobbyist tri-athletes through their grueling preparation and the suspense of completing each event of the Ford Ironman Arizona 2009. Steinberg joins us.

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American thinking about race has not caught up with American thinking about race.

Cheaters Gonna Cheat

Aug 7, 2012

What is cheating? In games, It takes myriad forms. There's the spontaneous cheating that mainly tests the watchfulness and judgment of the officials. How much can I push you or nudge you with my elbow? Can anybody see this cheap shot to your face as we football linemen hunker down before the snap?

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When Oscar Pistorius runs, it seems like a miracle that he can run at all on those j-shaped carbon blades.

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Most major league players have a lot of stories to tell. But Steve Blass might have more than most. He went from a skinny prospect in the tiny Connecticut town of Falls Village to become the star pitcher on a World Series team, where he befriended a baseball icon.

Title IX

Jun 25, 2012
Chion Wolf

Title IX is 40 years old this week...and slowly over that time, it’s meant a big boost in Women’s athletics.

Just to give you some idea - there are nearly 10 times as many high school girls playing organized sports today as there were the year the law went into effect. At the college level, nearly half of the athletic scholarships go to female athletes.