The Lineup: Tuesday, August 13
Happy two-month anniversary to The Lineup. Approaching Kardashian- level longevity. (All times Eastern)
TV Nine for IX: Runner, 8:00p.m. (ESPN)
Mary Decker was one of the greatest female distance runners ever, but a career of setting records is overshadowed by the image of her heartbreak at tripping during the 1984 Olympic 3000 meter final. She earned all the sympathy in the world in the moment, but burned it all in her post-race press conference.
NFL Hard Knocks, 10:00p.m. (HBO)
One of the more memorable elements of the premier episode of this season was the Bengals new linebacker and stuff-of-nightmares James Harrison's open contempt for the HBO cameras. He flipped them the bird, closed doors in their faces, and turned his back during interviews. It was also great to watch his outright refusal to take it easy on stud wideout A.J. Green.
Track and Field World Track and Field Championships, 12:00p.m (Universal Sports)
It's fitting that the women's 3000m final takes place on the same day as a documentary about the most famous running of the event. Also poetic is that the evening's events include a chance to see distance running's next superstar, Mary Cain, in action in the 1500m.
Tennis Western and Southern Open: First and Second Rounds, 11:00a.m. (ESPN3)
Rafael Nadal was a monster on service returns en route to winning last week's Roger's Cup, as expertly chronicled by Craig O'Shannessy. As Novac Djokovic found out on Saturday, when Rafa is on his volley game, you end up catching some fuzz to the face.
Poker World Series of Poker: Main Event Day 3, 9:00p.m. (ESPN)
Poker's spritely, sassy little star, Daniel Negreanu, has become the most recognizable face in the sport (Not that he doesn't embrace it, seeing as he took his search for a queen of hearts to Patti over at Millionaire Matchmaker.) Dispatches from tonight's prerecorded action show that all that attention may be rubbing some people the wrong way.
Tennis Mythbusters, 9:00p.m. (SCI)
Does driving while pissed off actually affect your car's performance? The Ginger and the Walrus have the answer. Nic Cage is going to drive even more angry when he sees the result.