--Giants at Mets
FX 7 PM San Francisco closer Robb Nen had almost as many saves
last month (14, with an 0.56 ERA) as Della Reese accrues in an
entire season. (We note, however, that the 6'5" Nen was touched
by an Angel, or rather a few of them, in back-to-back outings
against Anaheim.) Abetted by Nen's Zen mastery of the ninth
inning, San Francisco, like New York a contender for the
National League wild-card slot, matched its best July (19-8)
since moving to the Bay Area in 1958.
--Evander Holyfield vs. John Ruiz
SHOWTIME AND PPV ($19.95) 10 PM This is a seedy motel of a bout,
replete with a neon vacancy sign (on the WBA heavyweight title),
an unseemly rendezvous that will last less than an hour between
two people from different stations in life (heavyweight champ
Holyfield and virtually anonymous Boston native Ruiz) and an
undeniable whiff of sleaze, courtesy of promoter Don King.
Holyfield (36-4-1) bids for an unprecedented fourth heavyweight
championship belt, while his "ordinary"--that's Holyfield's
description--opponent (36-3) seeks to become the first Latino to
win a world title in boxing's marquee division.
--Rams at Titans
ABC 7 PM Nobody mentioned it, but now when you watch Monday Night
Football, there's a two-drink minimum. In his kickoff show, on
July 31, Dennis Miller, if nothing else, added levity and
abstruse references to the dog days of summer and TV sports, so
god bless him. The NFL exhibition season trudges on, meanwhile,
with this rematch of Super Bowl XXXIV.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
--PGA Championship, Opening Rounds
TNT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 1 PM Major Major Major Major, the
nominally redundant recluse of a squadron commander from
Catch-22, had a standing order that visitors were allowed into
his office to see him only when he was not there. Similarly,
Tiger Woods (above), a man with as many majors to his name as
novelist Joseph Heller's abject officer, might have issued the
following command to the PGA Tour ranks: You can outplay me only
when I don't play. Beginning with his victory at the 1999 PGA
Championship in Medinah, Ill., Woods has won 11 of the last 19
Tour events he has entered. A win this week at Valhalla Golf Club
in Louisville would be his third major triumph in as many months.