SI View The Weeks in TV Sports

July 01, 2001

Highlights

SATURDAY 7/7

Tour de France
OUTDOOR LIFE NETWORK 9:30 AM Two-time defending champion and
cancer survivor Lance Armstrong begins his quest for more yellow
jerseys on Outdoor Life, which through July 28 will provide two
hours of live daily coverage--except on the last three Sundays
(including the final stage on July 29), when the race airs on
CBS.

TUESDAY 7/10

All-Star Game
FOX 8 PM The last time Seattle played host to the midseason
classic, in 1979, the Mariners were a struggling third-year
franchise, first baseman Bruce Bochte was their lone All-Star,
and Starbucks was strictly a local brand. This year Seattle has
baseball's best team, five Mariners might make the American
League squad, and Starbucks is on every street corner in America,
providing caffeine addicts with their daily crackuccinos. On July
9, sluggers will invade Safeco Field for the Home Run Derby
(ESPN, 8 p.m.); for those too juiced on java to sleep, the
dingerfest will be replayed on ESPN2 at 11 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 7/11

Shot Heard 'Round the World
HBO 8 PM Fifty years ago this October, Giants third baseman Bobby
Thomson wrote the prototype script for every sports movie ever
made, hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off
Dodgers righty Ralph Branca to complete a remarkable comeback and
win the National League pennant. This intriguing one-hour
documentary delves into the season, the fateful game and the
revelations that the Giants stole signs--thievery Thomson admits
to while saying, "I doubt if they helped me that much." Retorts
Branca, "Why would they do it if it didn't help?"

ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

COLOR PHOTO: SIMON BRUTY

Don't Miss

SATURDAY 6/30-SUNDAY 7/7

Wimbledon
JUNE 30 AND JULY 1 NBC NOON; JULY 2 NBC 10 AM,
TNT 1 PM; JULY 3 NBC 10 AM, TNT NOON; JULY 4 NBC 10 AM, TNT 1 PM;
JULY 5 NBC 1 PM, TNT 5 PM; JULY 6 NBC NOON, TNT 5 PM; JULY 7 AND
8 NBC 9 AM This Bud's for you, Bud. This week hoist a cold one,
don some checkered pants and spout some effusive, at times
grandiloquent, verbiage in honor of the 30th consecutive year
that walking tennis encyclopedia Bud Collins has been part of the
NBC team at Wimbledon. Collins, who has covered the sport since
1955, will volley with color man John McEnroe throughout the
tournament, which culminates in the traditional Breakfast at
Wimbledon live coverage of the singles finals: on July 7 the
women's, to which defending champion and No. 2 seed Venus
Williams (above) hopes to return, and the men's on July 8.

THE ZAPPER

SportsCentury: Pete Rozelle (ESPN Classic, July 6,
8 p.m.) tells the inspirational story of the 34-year-old NFL
commissioner's persuading team owners to take the radical--and
hugely successful--step of pooling national TV revenue.... The NBA
Finals between the 76ers and Lakers, both ancient blood rivals of
the Celtics, averaged a 6.8 rating in Boston, the second lowest
Nielsen of the 51 largest markets.... Introduced at last
weekend's Buick Classic, ABC's Cup Cam (a camera inside the hole)
provided a fun perspective on lip outs and on a golfer's mug when
he wearily retrieves his ball.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)