SI VIEW THE WEEK IN TV SPORTS

November 17, 1997

Saturday 11/15

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Washington at UCLA

The last two times the Bruins failed to win their first two
games of the year (1983 and '93), they ended up in the Rose
Bowl. UCLA began 1997 with two losses, but behind quarterback
Cade McNown and tailback Skip Hicks (right) the Bruins have won
seven straight. The fortunes of the 7-2 Huskies rest largely in
the hands of quarterback Brock Huard, who sat out Saturday's
31-28 loss to Oregon with a sprained left ankle. Huard leads the
nation in passing efficiency (169.4). Despite the loss to the
Ducks, the Huskies control their Rose Bowl destiny, needing wins
over UCLA and against Washington State to return to Pasadena on
New Year's Day.
ABC, 3:30 PM

DOCUDRAMA
Don King: Only in America

Ving is King. Ving Rhames portrays boxing's Barnum in all his
glorious, notorious and nefarious gesticulations, vituperations,
prevarications and, as King is depicted as saying in the film,
"negrotiations." After having "an epiphanous experience of pure
religiosity" in prison (King served four years for
manslaughter), King transmogrifies himself into a promoter of
"historical ramifiliations." In one of many vignettes in which
he addresses the camera, King exudes, "The ultimate
gravitational force of the universe is money, baby."
HBO, 8 PM

Sunday 11/16

PRO BASKETBALL
Xplosion at Power

After having the ABL's worst record last season, the Portland
Power deserved to be called the Oregon Trail. Only center
Natalie Williams, who led the league in rebounds (12.5 per game)
and tied for fifth in scoring (17.3), provided any voltage. Now
Williams is the turbine behind the Power's surge. At press time
Portland was 7-2, and Williams was recently named ABL Player of
the Week after averaging 23.3 points and 13 rebounds in three
games, all wins. Colorado, last year's Western Conference champ,
was 3-6.
FOXSPORTSNET, 7 PM

Sunday 11/16

AUTO RACING
NAPA 500

"He's too slick, too smart, too preppy," said a NASCAR fan clad
in an anybody but gordon T-shirt at the UAW-GM Quality 500 on
Oct. 5 who obviously wasn't happy that Jeff Gordon (below) was
poised to win the Winston Cup points championship. "He doesn't
even look like a racecar driver." The clean-cut, 26-year-old
Gordon needs only to finish in the top 18 in this season finale
at Atlanta Motor Speedway to win his second driving title in the
last three years. Tailgating Gordon in the standings is Dale
Jarrett, 40, whose Nov. 2 victory in Phoenix kept alive his bid
to overtake the front-runner.
ESPN, 12:30 PM

Tuesday 11/18

PRO BASKETBALL
Knicks at Rockets

Imagine the following scenario inspired by the name of a certain
well-coiffed CNN/SI correspondent: Nick Charles. If Rockets
forward Charles Barkley (above) played for the Knicks, he would
be a $5 cab ride from NBA headquarters (to discuss fines,
retirement, etc.), could hire forward Charles Oakley as his
bodyguard and would enhance his chances of at last winning a
title. Barkley is still crashing the glass: Witness his 21
rebounds during a 124-110 win over the Clippers on Nov. 5.
TNT, 8 PM

All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.

COLOR PHOTO: JED JACOBSOHN/ALLSPORT [Skip Hicks] COLOR PHOTO: NIGEL KINRADE; [Jeff Gordon driving car in race] COLOR PHOTO: DAVID J. PHILLIP/AP [Charles Barkley]

THE ! ZAPPER

Though golf is played at a leisurely pace, tournament telecasts
move briskly because with so many players on the course someone
is always lining up a shot. The PGA Grand Slam (TBS, Monday and
Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.), however, offers just four participants,
albeit this year's majors winners--Tiger Woods, Ernie Els,
Justin Leonard and Davis Love III--playing two rounds in Hawaii
for a $1 million purse. Commentators Verne Lundquist, Bobby
Clampett and David Feherty face a potentially excruciating
experience worthy of a Jon Krakauer chronicle. How about Into
Dead Air?

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)