The Lineup: Wednesday, October 23
Tim Lincecum must be jealous of all those K's at AT&T Park. Send any suggestions to SI.TheLineup@gmail.com. (Bold indicates a national broadcast. All times Eastern.)
- The NFL is running a billion-dollar con and we're all the mark, so says Sean Conboy of Pittsburgh Magazine.
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz feeds the trolls by writing the exact "The Cardinals play the game the right way" post that the rest of the country was waiting to hate on.
- Kobe Bryant reflects on his road to recovery. Free access to this remarkable story by Lee Jenkins from this week's issue.
World Series Game 1: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:30p.m. (Fox)
Like an ex-boyfriend sending you texts after you dropped a few pounds and got engaged to a better man, Bobby Valentine thinks he too could have led the Red Sox to the World Series if given the chance. The GIF below represents Boston fans' reaction to this statement.
Ottawa Senators vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7:30p.m.
Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres, 8:00p.m. (NBC Sports & Live Extra)
Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics, 7:00p.m. (ESPN)
Hmmmmm, I'm trying to remember. Did something transpire between these two teams in the offseason that gives this game an extra layer of drama? Unfortunately, neither Paul Pierce nor Kevin Garnett will actually play in this game. Jason Terry's return to Boston just doesn't have the same punch to it. (Though it does provide an excuse to post this GIF).
Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 9:30p.m. (ESPN)
Real Salt Lake vs. Chivas USA, 9:00p.m.
Mexico League: Alebrijes de Oaxaca vs. Atlas, 8:50p.m. (ESPN Deportes)
NCAA Men's: Marquette vs. St. John's, 7:00p.m. (ESPN3)
FIFA Under-17 World Cup
New Zealand vs. Ivory Coast, 8:48p.m. (ESPN3)
Italy vs. Uruguay, 8:48a.m. (ESPN3)
Honduras vs. Brazil, 11:48a.m. (ESPN3)
Slovakia vs. United Arab Emirates, 11:48a.m. (ESPN3)
CIMB Classic, 10:30p.m. (Golf & Live Extra)
Swiss Indoors Basel: Early Rounds, Coverage Starts at 8:00a.m. (ESPN3)
Teb BNP Paribas WTA Championships: Round Robin, 10:00a.m. (ESPN3)
NCAA Field Hockey
Longwood vs. North Carolina, 6:00p.m. (ESPN3)
NCAA Women's Volleyball
Kentucky vs. Georgia, 6:00p.m. (ESPNU)
Ohio State vs. Penn State, 7:00p.m. (ESPN3)
Iowa State vs. Kansas, 7:30p.m. (ESPN3)
Texas vs. West Virginia, 8:00p.m. (ESPNU)
Inside the NFL, 9:00p.m. (Showtime)
The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate, 10:00p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Boundless, 10:00p.m. (Esquire)
The League, 10:30p.m. (FXX)
From tonight's episode synopsis from FXX.com: "Andre has never been pooped on by a bird." This is a show about fantasy football.
Jordan Crawford, Boston Celtics Guard, 25
John Lackey, Boston Red Sox Pitcher, 35
Doug Flutie, Former NFL Quarterback, 51Pelé, Brazilian Soccer Legend, 73