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The Lineup: Monday, August 26

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Congratulations to all the young athletes who have now graduated to the Medium League World Series. Send any suggestions to SI.TheLineup@gmail.com. (Bold indicates a national broadcast. All times Eastern.)

Pregame Reads

  • A trio of reporters explores ESPN's influence over college football for the New York Times. Interesting, especially since it seems the pressure pushes the other way at the pro level.
  • Was one of the iconic events in women's sports history a farce? Don Van Natta questions whether Bobby Riggs threw the Battle of the Sexes.


Starter

Soccer Manchester United vs. Chelsea, 2:45p.m. (NBC Sports & NBC Sports Live Extra)

NBC didn't do much to break the perception of the uninformed Americans going through the motions with the EPL when they mislabeled one of the best players in the world. Fortunately that man, Robin Van Persie, made people say his name with this early candidate for goal of the year.

Persie


Reserves

MLB

Reds vs. Cardinals, 7:05p.m. (ESPN)

Rays vs. Royals 2:10p.m.

Yankees vs. Blue Jays, 7:07p.m.

Athletics vs. Tigers, 7:08p.m.

Phillies vs. Mets, 7:10p.m.

Astros vs. White Sox, 8:10p.m.

Giants vs. Rockies, 8:40p.m.

Padres vs. Diamondbacks, 9:40p.m.

Cubs vs. Dodgers, 10:10p.m.

Rangers vs. Mariners, 10:10p.m.

Tennis

US Open First Round, 1:00p.m. (ESPN2 & ESPN3)

Poker

World Poker Tour: Super High Roller, 10:30p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

Baseball

New Era National Youth Baseball Championships, 3:00p.m. 7:00p.m. (CBS Sports Network)

TV

American Ninja Warrior, 8:00p.m (NBC)

Basketball Wives, 8:00p.m. (VH1)

Monday Night Raw, 8:00p.m. (USA)


Deep bench

Mud Lovin' Rednecks, 8:00p.m. (Animal Planet)

Someone in the Animal Planet programming department has decided to stop messing around and get seriously blunt. The first evidence is the show Too Cute, which is literally jut an hour of puppies climbing over each other. The next is this attempt to cash in on the Yokel invasion, a show that follows a team of mud racers who may or may not have attended sub-par public schools.


Birthdays

James Harden, Houston Rockets Guard, 23

Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers Shortstop, 24

David Price, Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher, 27

Jamal Lewis, Former NFL Running Back, 33

Stan Van Gundy, NBA Coach, 53

Tom Heinsohn, NBA Hall of Famer, 78
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