Search

SI View The Week in TV Sports

July 05, 1999
July 05, 1999

Table of Contents
July 5, 1999

SI View The Week in TV Sports

DON'T MISS

This is an article from the July 5, 1999 issue Original Layout

Saturday 7/3

Wimbledon Women's Final
NBC 9 AM; MEN'S FINAL SUNDAY 9 AM

No man is an island, Nomar is a shortstop, and Novotna is
Wimbledon's defending ladies' champion. Would 30-year-old Czech
Jana Novotna (right), who had advanced to the quarterfinals at
week's end, retain her title? Nobody, not even Nostradamus,
knew. Likelier to emerge as the top dog in tennis's grand grass
menagerie would be seven-time champion Steffi Graf, who is two
Grand Slam singles titles from Margaret Court's record (24), and
No. 3 seed Lindsay Davenport. Among the men, five-time champion
Pete Sampras plays better on grass than Phish, while sentimental
favorites included 1985 winner Boris Becker and three-time
runner-up Goran (Also-Ran) Ivanisevic.

HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday 7/3

Liberty at Comets
NBC 2 PM

The most dominant basketball team in Texas does not play in San
Antonio. Since the beginning of the 1998 WNBA season, Houston is
38-4 (7-0 in '99 through Sunday), and, if this were English
soccer, the Comets would already have switched leagues with the
Los Angeles Clippers. Houston, led by guard Cynthia Cooper (the
WNBA's leading scorer at 26.9 points per game), most recently
lost in the regular season last Aug. 15, to New York, which lost
center Rebecca Lobo to a torn ACL in her left knee in the first
game this season.

NASCAR Pepsi 400
CBS 8 PM

Tonight's event from Daytona International Speedway is the first
live prime-time auto race on network TV...not counting O.J.
Simpson's. The high-speed chase should involve Dale Jarrett--who
has taken the checkered flag at this track twice, in the 1993
and '96 Daytona 500s--and defending race and series champion
Jeff Gordon, who is coming off a win at Sunday's Save
Mart/Kragen 350. Jarrett, whose daddy, Ned, was the Winston Cup
champion in 1961 and '65, has never won a season title but at
week's end led the standings by 157 points.

Sunday 7/4

Women's World Cup Semifinals
ESPN 4:30 PM; ESPN2 7:30 PM

They are the magnificent sevens. Brazil, China, Norway and the
United States all advanced to the quarterfinals, and all scored
seven goals in an opening-round match. Should they all march on
to the final four, U.S.-Brazil would set up as a potential duel
between offensive dynamos Mia Hamm and Sissi, who at week's end
had the tournament's only hat trick. A Norway-China semi would
pit the defending champions, whose defender Linda Medalen is a
private eye back home in Oslo and a public exhibitionist here
(having bared her bra after scoring against Canada), against the
Olympic silver medalists and their Great Wall goalie, Gao Hong.

Braves at Mets
ESPN 8 PM

With New York just four games behind Atlanta at week's end, we
offer the following, with Independence Day apologies to Francis
Scott Key:

Oh! Rey, can you see, in the National League,
That the Mets of New York are so gallantly scheming,
With broad stars in bright stripes, Agbayani and Mike,
To catch strong Atlanta at the twilight's last gleaming,
With Bonilla's red glare,
Your bold plays in midair,
Above Bobby V's lip, what is that, fake hair?
Oh! Rey, will John Franco chalk up yet another save,
Or will the N.L. East top stay the home of the Braves?

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

COLOR PHOTO: BOB MARTIN

THE RATING

11.3

Average rating for the 1999 NBA Finals on NBC--a 40% drop from '98
and the lowest rating since the '81 Celtics-Rockets Finals (6.7
on CBS).

THE ZAPPER

The Hoop Life, a dramatic series about a pro basketball team not
half as dysfunctional as the Knicks, premieres this week on
Showtime (Sunday, 10 p.m.). Kevin Hooks, who played Thorpe on
The White Shadow, directed the pilot.... Last Saturday on Fox's
Game of the Week, Joe Buck watched Orioles Brady Anderson and
Albert Belle nearly collide while chasing a fly and suggested
that in the future Anderson should warn off Belle by yelling,
"Media!" instead of "I got it!"