By Mike Bebernes
August 19, 2013


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When people threw at Babe Ruth, did they call it "double-chin music?" Send any suggestions to (Bold indicates a national broadcast. All times Eastern.)

Pregame Reads

  • Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes a requiem for the Phillies career of Charlie Manuel.
  • A great story by Grantland's Brian Curtis and accompanying video about a resort in the Catskill Mountains that was frequented by all sorts of sports legends.
  • Don Shula will only accept perfection, by Jenny Vrentas of MMQB.


MLB Red Sox vs. Giants, 10:15p.m. (ESPN)

Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster ensured that he'll never have to buy a beer in Boston by plunking A-Rod on behalf of nearly all baseball fans yesterday. If tonight's starter, Jon Lester, is desperate to nail someone, he could blame Pablo Sandoval for using his brother as a performance enhancer.

Commentary Crowd Goes Wild, 5:00p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Fox is putting whole lot onto the withered shoulders of your grandma's favorite TV host, Regis Philbin. It's no coincidence that this show's airtime coincides with the standard early bird special.



Mets vs. Twins, 2:10p.m

Rockies vs. Phillies, 7:05p.m.

Rays vs. Orioles, 7:05p.m.

Diamondbacks vs. Reds, 7:10p.m.

Dodgers vs. Marlins, 7:10p.m.

Astros vs. Rangers, 8:05p.m.

Nationals vs. Cubs, 8:05p.m.

Cardinals vs. Brewers, 8:10p.m.

Indians vs. Angels, 10:05p.m.

Mariners vs. Athletics, 10:05p.m.

Pirates vs. Padres, 10:10p.m.

NFL (Preseason) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Washington Redskins, 8:00p.m. (ESPN)

It's even money which abbreviation will be heard more tonight: RGIII or NFL. It's fitting because Griffin won't be playing and preseason isn't really NFL football.

Little League World Series

Elimination Game: Perth, Australia vs. Corpus Christi, Texas 12:00p.m. (ESPN2)

Broadcasters always talk about the "long flight home" for a losing team. These kids from Australia will set the record if they're knocked out today. Their flight back to the far side of Oz will take upwards of 31 hours.

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Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei vs. San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, 2:00p.m. (ESPN)

Newark, Delaware vs. Nashville, Tennessee, 4:00p.m. (ESPN)

Aguadulce, Panama vs. Ottawa, Ontario, 6:00p.m. (ESPN2)

Sammamish, Washington vs. Urbandale, Iowa, 8:00p.m. (ESPN2)


Sailing: America's Cup Qualifying, Luna Rossa vs. Emirates Team New Zealand, 3:00p.m. (ESPN3)

Concerns about the safety of the new America's Cup boats have proven to be somewhat valid. Team New Zealand saw two men fall overboard after the bow of their boat slammed into the water.


Cycling: U.S. Pro Challenge, 5:00p.m. (NBC Sports)

English Premier League Manchester City vs. Newcastle United, 3:00p.m. (NBC Sports & NBC Sports Live Extra)

Boxing Golden Boy Live! Danny Jacobs vs. Giovanni Lorenzo, 9:00p.m. (Fox Sports 1)


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

Top Gear: The worst car in the history of the world, 8:30p.m. (BBC America)

Hot Prospect

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

A cursory glance at the season premier of this show would give you a good amount of excitement cast member about Evelyn Lozada and her alleged altercation/headbutt with ex-husband Chad Ochocinco. A deeper look shows an even more intriguing reason to be fired up: New cast member Tasha Marbury, as in wife of Stephon "weeping uncontrollably and eating vaseline" Marbury.


JJ Hardy, Baltimore Orioles Shortstop, 30

Mary Joe Fernendez, Former Pro Tennis Player, 41

Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins Quarterback, 24

Kirk Herbstreit, College Football Analyst, 43

Ron Darling, Former MLB Pitcher & Broadcaster, 52

Anthony Munoz, NFL Hall of Fame Offensive Tackle, 54

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