The Cosby Show

The Boys of Winter

Season 5, Ep 19, Aired 2/23/89
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  • Episode Description
  • Cliff receives a visit from Bill Barry, who coached him on a youth city league team. When Cliff refuses to join Elvin, Theo, Howard and Lou in a backyard basketball game, Theo explains that his father recently had an experience that soured him on basketball. Cliff is tight-lipped about the incident, and refuses to even share the details with Coach Barry. When the coach and his wife come over for dinner, Clair produces a videotape of the game that left Cliff so upset. He and some doctors played a basketball game against a squad of much younger lab technicians--who all happen to be women. The women defeated Cliff's team soundly. Cliff had a few highlights, but struggled other times and was exhausted by the end of the game. The coach insists that he is proud of Cliff for giving such a good effort. Cliff tells Clair that he has no problem with losing to women, but is embarrassed by his poor physical condition. They reminisce about a game where he scored the winning basket as a 16-year-old, and agree that memories are the most important thing about sports.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bill Cosby

    Dr. Heathcliff "Cliff" Huxtable

  • Keshia Knight Pulliam

    Rudy Huxtable

  • Phylicia Rashad

    Clair Huxtable

  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner

    Theo Huxtable

  • Tempestt Bledsoe

    Vanessa Huxtable

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    • Rhonda Rompola played with Nancy Lieberman-Cline on the Old Dominion teams that won AIAW championships in 1979 and 1980. She went on to become the head women's basketball coach at Southern Methodist University.

    • Nancy Lieberman-Cline is known as one of the best women's college basketball players of all-time. She led Old Dominion University to two AIAW (now NCAA Women's Division I) championships in 1979 and 1980.

    • Anuncha Browne-Sanders was an All-American college basketball player at Northwestern University and led NCAA Women's Division I in scoring in 1985 with a 30.5 ppg average. She is best known, however, for working in the New York Knicks' front office and winning a sexual harassment lawsuit against coach Isiah Thomas in 2007.

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