The Wheel of Sport
Bending the Rules
Sports administrators are often looking to tinker with sports rules in order to improve the fairness, excitement or safety of a sport. In this episode, Ian and Matt follow some moments when rule changes have backfired in a spectacular fashion.
A Boston Marathon Fairytale
A Cuban immigrant entered her first ever marathon in New York City 1979. Six months later, she stormed the field at The Boston Marathon. She was an unknown. A novice. An enigma. But after the celebrations, TV interviews and fanfare in the days following the marathon, her story began to unravel. This is the story of Rosie Ruiz: 1980 Boston Marathon.
Torquay United - The Jaws of Victory
Torquay United FC, a struggling team on England's south coast, were destined for relegation out of the Football League in 1987. They found themselves down in their last game before an outside influence changed the game on its head. What was that influence, how did it change the game and did Torquay manage to survive the dreaded drop?Find out with Matt and Ian in another cracking episode of The Wheel of Sport.
The Nail - Gus 'Honeycomb' Johnson
Gus Johnson was a terrific basketball player. He had admirers across America. Johnson's exceptional leap had gained notoriety and allowed Johnson to elevate his game to an impressive level. However, it was when Johnson was in a bar in Idaho that his legend was cemented into sporting and social history.This is the story of 'The Nail'.