SI View The Week in TV Sports

Oct. 18, 1999
Oct. 18, 1999

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Oct. 18, 1999

SI View The Week in TV Sports


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--Baseball League Championship Series
ALCS GAME 3 FOX 4 PM; NLCS GAME 4 NBC 7:30 PM If the leaves are
turning and prominent college football players are being
arrested, then it must be autumn, and that means the Braves are
sure to be playing in the National League series. Atlanta will
attempt to forestall its near-annual demise, in this case
against the upstart Mets. If each series goes the limit, the
National's ensuing games will be on NBC, concluding with Game 7
on Wednesday at 8 p.m., and the American's on Fox, concluding on
Thursday at 8 p.m.

SUNDAY 10/17

--Winston 500
ESPN 1 PM If Jeff Gordon, 28, is Wonderboy, then Dale Jarrett,
42, is NASCAR's Everyman, a down-home guy from Hickory, N.C.,
who connects with the average fan. Jarrett's struggles down the
stretch this year in a quest to become the second-oldest
first-time Winston Cup champion have only made it easier to root
for him. His lead over second-place Bobby Labonte is a not
insurmountable 222 points heading into today's race at the
challenging Talladega Superspeedway.


--Nike Tour Championship
Casey at the Bat, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Casey Martin. In
this final tournament of the Nike tour season (the telecast
continues Friday through Sunday on The Golf Channel and Fox
Sports Network), Martin hopes to avoid the same kind of fate
that claimed his eponymous brethren, who struck out and wound up
on Behind the Music, respectively. The cart-riding Martin heads
to Highland Oaks in Dothan, Ala., 12th on the Nike money
list--with the top 15 earning a PGA Tour card for 2000.

FRIDAY 10/22

--Naseem Hamed vs. Cesar Soto
HBO 8 PM Hamed, the self-styled fresh Prince of boxing, is
known for his leopard-print shorts and his (literally)
over-the-top ring entrances--and for his talk. In the October
issue of the glossy new magazine of that name, Hamed, from
Sheffield, England, disses everyone from his former trainer,
Brendan Ingle, to the Queen. But he is mum on Soto (53-7-2, 39
KOs), a scrapper from Mexico who will be making the first
defense of his WBC belt. Along with his undefeated record (32-0,
29 KOs), expect Hamed to bring plenty of attitude to Detroit's
Joe Louis Arena.



Don't Miss

SUNDAY 10/17

--Dolphins at Patriots
CBS 1 PM Novelist Tom Clancy has a well-chronicled desire to
become an NFL owner, and no wonder: His Jack Ryan, hero of
Patriot Games, bears an uncanny resemblance to Drew Bledsoe
(above), hero of recent Patriots games. In the book Ryan takes
on a wily foe, IRA terrorist Sean Miller, while in this key AFC
East matchup Bledsoe will have to deal with Miami's shrewd
coach, Jimmy Johnson. Ryan improbably rescues a group of wayward
soldiers; already in 1999 Bledsoe has engineered a pair of
stirring fourth-quarter comebacks. Like pacifist Ryan, Bledsoe
tries to avoid violence, and whether Miami's scrappy defense can
get to him will be key to the plot.

the zapper

In the John Irving novel A Prayer for Owen Meany, the title
character improbably smashes a foul ball that kills the
prettiest woman in town. In Game 1 of the American League
Division Series between the Rangers and the Yankees, New York's
Chuck Knoblauch not so improbably smacked a foul ball that
bloodied Don Zimmer, the Yankees' Buddha-like bench coach. Zim
may not be the prettiest man in New York, but judging by all the
airtime he received, the camera loves him, which can only be
described as stranger than fiction.... That Rangers-Yankees
telecast on NBC attracted a 14 share. Competing against the
game, the season premiere of ABC's Sports Night earned a
respectable 13.