SI View The Week in TV Sports

July 15, 2001

Highlights

SATURDAY 7/14

NFL Quarterback Challenge
CBS 5 PM Oh, the irony. Released by the Ravens after leading them
to a win in Super Bowl XXXV, Trent Dilfer whupped up on the rest
of the league's gunslingers in this made-for-TV challenge, which
was taped on Feb. 8. The spectacle brings to mind the sight of
former Bulls sharpshooter Craig Hodges competing in the NBA
Three-Point Shootout a decade ago, even though he was no longer
in the league. Except in that case, Hodges didn't win.

SUNDAY 7/15

Diamondbacks at Mariners
ESPN 8 PM Yes, potential is an overused word often attached to
underachieving NBA rookies and troubled teens, but this matchup
is nonetheless a potential World Series preview. Potent offenses?
The Mariners' attack is led by RBI-bingeing second baseman Bret
Boone (page 58), while the Diamondbacks' arsenal includes
homer-happy leftfielder Luis Gonzalez. The only potential matchup
we'll likely miss? Arizona's Randy Johnson wasn't slated to face
his old team. Satellite TV owners can pick up the rest of the
three-game series on Fox Sports Northwest on Monday at 10 p.m.
and Tuesday at 4 p.m.

MONDAY 7/16

Real Sports
HBO 10 PM Remember the good old days, when basketball scandals
and recruiting wars were the province of the college game? Now
high schools are the battleground, as evidenced by the case of
18-year-old Amare Stoudemire, the talented 6'10" senior-to-be
who has enrolled at six high schools in two years. In a
revealing report Armen Keteyian talks with the raw recruit and
examines the swirl of alleged shoe deals, greedy youth coaches
and forged transcripts that has enveloped the young power
forward.

Don't Miss

THURSDAY 7/19-FRIDAY 7/20

British Open, Early Rounds
ESPN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 8 AM For the love of all that is holy
(and hole-y), we beseech contenders such as David Duval, Sergio
Garcia (above), Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh, as well as the
rest of the field, to please keep Tiger Woods from running away
with this year's Open. We cannot handle a repeat of last year's
record level of fawning, when Tiger shot a record 19 under par,
won by eight strokes and inspired journalistic efforts such as
the one headlined A PRIVILEGE TO FOLLOW THE WONDROUS WOODS. An
excerpt: "So imperious was Tiger Woods's regal walk up the final
hole at St. Andrews on Sunday afternoon that it should have been
set to music--and called the 'March of Golf's Greatest
Gladiator.'" First-round coverage and, we hope, a big old heaping
of media restraint, begins live from Royal Lytham in Lancashire,
England, on Thursday.

ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

COLOR PHOTO: DARREN CARROLL

THE ZAPPER

ESPN's The Season: Philadelphia 76ers delivered (as advertised)
entertaining behind-the-scenes access to the team during the NBA
Finals but failed to provide new insight concerning whether coach
Larry Brown and president Pat Croce will return next season.... A
clutch interview by NBC's pit reporter Marty Snider with Dale
Earnhardt Jr.'s crew chief, Tony Eury Sr., conducted as Junior
was running sixth with seven laps left in the Pepsi 400, revealed
Eury's deep doubts about whether his driver could pull off a
victory--thus adding another dollop of drama to Earnhardt's
comeback win.

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)