The Lineup: Monday, August 12
Future campaign slogan: Dufner for Guvner. (All times Eastern)
Track and Field World track and field championships, 12:00p.m. (Universal Sports)
The weekend's 100m final, which took place during an approaching thunder storm, created some of the best optics you'll see this year. Sports doesn't get much more poetic that a man named Bolt running at superhuman speeds with lighting flashing in the background. Props to SI's Richard Deitsch for sharing this picture from the AFP.
MLB Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. New York Yankees, 7:00p.m. (ESPN)
The A-Rod PED drama has been the source of so much comedy, it's hard to pick winners out of such a strong slate of contenders. But Stephen Colbert, as he often does, wins the award if only for his insistence on pronouncing the slugger's name as uh-rod. (It's in your best interests to stick around for his segment on combat juggling at the end of the clip.)
NFL NFL Face to Face, 7:00p.m. (ESPN2)
"They saw me as—from what I read and what I saw—a safe pick, that wasn’t really going to be a playmaker, that never had the potential to be great, that would always be decent, but never a star.” That's a quote from J.J. Watt's one-on-one interview with Hannah Storm. The intimate, relaxed nature of this program and Storm's interviewing chops seemed to have achieved the near impossible: quotes that go beyond canned platitudes from NFL players.
Soccer Classic English Soccer: Manchester United vs. Manchester City, 7:00p.m. (NBC Sports)
Imagine if the Clippers and Lakers had more than 130 years worth of history. In order to prime viewers for its newly-aquired Premier League schedule, NBC Sports is airing a pair of classic matches between the two clubs. To wet your appetite, here's Wayne Rooney's insane header from the team's epic 2012 showdown.
Olympic Sports Badminton World Badminton Championships: Doubles Final, 6:00p.m. (One World Sports)
There is so much smashing, diving, and general awesomeness to this sport, they should call it badass-minton.
… No? Ok. That's cool, too.
TV The Will: Family Secrets Revealed, 8:00p.m. (Investigation Discovery)
Reality TV might be the nadir of human creativity, but every now and then there comes along a show that looks like it might offer a genuinely fascinating view on a small part of the human condition (while still not skipping on the draaaammmmmaaaaa.) Enter The Will. This show follows families that have recently lost a wealthy member and the insanity that ensues when their estate is settled. Great idea, right? Well done mankind. I guess only most of our hope is lost. Comments, Suggestions, Complaints? Send them to SI.TheLineup@gmail.com