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Sunday afternoons in March 2002 are exciting on WNJC 1360-AM's: The Topcat & Taggart Sports Show

Friday, March 1, 2002

By David W. Unkle
SJSports Staff Writer

"Inside the Wings" features a different member of the 2001 National Lacrosse League Champion Philadelphia Wings on the Show live each week. Get the inside story from the players as the Wings defend their NLL Championship. Tickets and autographed items will be given away on the show. Be sure to check out the Player Spotlight feature on the Professional Lacrosse Players Association website for your favorite Wings player.

Rudy's Insights for Winning in Life

Against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger in twenty seven seconds carved his name into history books as perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. The son of an oil refinery worker and third of 14 children, Rudy rose from valleys of discouragement and despair to the pinnacles of success. It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy achieved his first dream - to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish. As fans cheered RU-DY, RU-DY, he sacked the quarterback in the last 27 seconds of the only play in the only game of his college football career.

He is the only player in Notre Dame history to be carried off the field on his teammates' shoulders. Listen to Rudy as he describes the pursuit of his dream…playing football for the Fighting Irish and where that dream has taken him today.

Courtesy of Rudy International and the Rudy Foundation.
Merrill Reese; It's Gooooood!

Merrill Reese has lived his dream. From the time he could talk he wanted to broadcast Philadelphia Eagles football games and that’s exactly what he has done for more than twenty years. In his autobiography, Reese tells of his beginnings as a radio and television child actor, his early struggles in the radio business, and how he went from a small station in Pottstown to the familiar and popular Voice of the Eagles. He joins us live in March to discuss his book, his career, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Courtesy of Sports Publishing Incorporated.
1960 Philadelphia Eagles: The Team That They Said Had Nothing but a Championship

Bob Gordon, author of The 1960 Philadelphia Eagles, joins us to discuss his book.

Football history smudges out 1960 as down time between golden ages. Unitas’ Colts of ’58 and ’59 thrust football into the national consciousness with their sudden-death, Nielsen-friendly championship drama. Lombardi’s ’60s dynasty, a litany of legends, kicked off the Super Bowl era. Wedged in between were the 1960 Philadelphia Eagles, unfairly dismissed as the team with nothing but a championship.

In his book, Bob Gordon chronicles that team, which had so much more than a championship; it was a team that had grit, heart, and old-time characters who compensated for their lack of glitz with a remarkable group dynamic, and a leader who transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Courtesy of Sports Publishing Incorporated.
Last Call

Last Call: Memoirs of an NFL Referee, written by Jerry Markbreit and Alan Steinberg, is not only an autobiography of one of the sports world’s premier officials, but it also provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at what really happens on the gridiron during an NFL Sunday. With Last Call, Markbreit gives readers a truly unique perspective of the NFL, a book full of revealing anecdotes about players and coaches, as well as some of the most embarrassing and humorous incidents from the games he worked. Markbreit also gives his thoughts on the use of instant replay and other current topics of interest to the NFL, making Last Call a valuable addition to any football fan's collection. Jerry will surely interest every fan of the National Football League.

Courtesy of Sports Publishing Incorporated.
Plus…tickets, book giveaways, and autographed sports items AND WNJC 1360-AM / SJ Sports On-Line exclusive interviews with local and national sports figures and post-game action from the Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Phantoms, Trenton Titans, Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies.…Be sure to tune in to The Topcat & Taggart Sports Show every Sunday afternoon from 4:30-5:30 PM on Philadelphia's Renaissance Radio Station, WNJC 1360-AM. The studio phone lines are 856-227-1360 and 856-232-7077.

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