SI View The Week in TV Sports

April 18, 1999

DON'T MISS

Saturday 4/17

All That Jazz
SATURDAY, LAKERS AT JAZZ, NBC, 8:30 PM; TUESDAY, SPURS AT JAZZ,
TNT, 8 PM; FRIDAY, TRAIL BLAZERS AT JAZZ, TNT, 10:30 PM

The U.S. Postal Service recently bumped up the price of a
first-class stamp by a penny to 33 cents, but Utah's Mailman
remains 32 (his uniform number, that is). He still delivers,
too. On April 6, while being covered by Dennis Rodman, Karl
Malone went 12 for 12 from the field as the Jazz dispatched the
Lakers 106-93 in L.A. This week Home Malone and Co. host their
top Western Conference foes. Watch as the Mailman tries to stamp
a trio of power forwards: Rodman (guarding Malone, right), San
Antonio's wunderkind Tim Duncan and Portland's Brian Grant, who
is enjoying a career year rebounding (10.4 average at week's end).

HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday 4/17

NFL Draft
SATURDAY ESPN Noon, ESPN2 7 PM; SUNDAY ESPN 11 AM, ESPN2 1 PM

We can already hear Ricky Williams doing a Ricky Ricardo
impression for those teams who pass on him: "You got some
'splainin' to do!" The Heisman Trophy winner caused doubts by
showing up at the NFL's February scouting combine 22 pounds
overweight and then replacing his agent with rapper-turned-rep
Master P. Since, Williams has since lost the fat, if not the
phat. Competing against a bumper crop of quarterbacks and
defensive studs (page 40), the college game's alltime rushing
leader may not crack the top three picks.

Vietnam, Long Time Coming
NBC 4 PM

Last year a team of U.S. and Vietnamese war veterans, many of
them disabled, undertook a 1,200-mile bicycle ride from Hanoi to
Ho Chi Minh City. This award-winning two-hour documentary
(coproduced by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TELEVISION and the makers of
Hoop Dreams) exposes traumas that may never heal. Emotionally
grueling though it is, the film succeeds in showing that a
sporting event literally can be, in the words of one
participant, "a road to reconciliation."

Red Wings at Blackhawks
ESPN 7:30 PM

Adios, Chelios! Since New Year's the Windy City has bid adieu to
icons Jordan, Pippen, Gene Siskel, Dr. Ross and now native son
Chris Chelios. After nine seasons with the Blackhawks, the past
four as their popular captain, Chelios, 37, was traded on March
23 to bitter rival Detroit. Armed with the feisty, fisty
three-time Norris Trophy winner, as well as same-day
acquisitions left wing Wendel Clark, goalie Bill Ranford and
defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, the two-time defending Stanley Cup
champs went on an eight-game winning streak. With the playoffs
starting on Wednesday (ESPN2, 7:30 p.m and 10:30 p.m.), the Red
Wings are favored to three-peat. Remember that term, United
Center denizens?

Monday 4/19

Boston Marathon
ESPN2 11:55 AM

Did the rock band Boston use its music to inspire marathoners?
The group's album entitled Don't Look Back included songs with
the lyrics "The road is callin'/ Today is the day" and "Yes,
it's over, I can see the end." Coincidence? We think not. This
year's 103rd running marks the marathon debut of New England's
own Lynn Jennings, the U.S. women's record holder at 10K and a
three-time world cross-country champ. At 38, Jennings is at long
last tackling Boston's Heartbreak Hill. Why? We have more than a
feeling that she's looking for peace of mind.

ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. SOURCE:
NIELSEN SPORTS MARKETING SERVICE.

COLOR PHOTO: JOHN W. MCDONOUGH

THE RATING

10.1

Final-round preliminary rating for the Masters on CBS, beating
the 9.5 in 1998 but well behind 1997's record 15.8 for Tiger
Woods's triumph.

THE ZAPPER

Kids, for whom Michael Jordan is not just a basketball legend
but also a historical figure, may enjoy Michael Jordan: An
American Hero (Fox Family Channel, Sunday, 8 p.m.). But older
fans of His Airness (played by Michael Jace) may wince at the
inaccuracies in this TV-movie hagiography. Examples: Jordan wore
a white Tar Heels jersey, not Carolina blue, in the 1982 NCAA
final, and he was clad in road red, not home white, when the
Bulls clinched the '91 NBA Finals. Also, Chicago wasn't the
first NBA team to three-peat--the Minneapolis Lakers were, and
the Celtics once eight-peated.

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