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SI View The Week in TV Sports

Aug. 20, 2001
Aug. 20, 2001

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Aug. 20, 2001

SI View The Week in TV Sports

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This is an article from the Aug. 20, 2001 issue

SATURDAY 8/18

Little League World Series
ESPN2 1 PM For some of us, Little League meant tennis-ball-sized
wads of grape-flavored Big League Chew stuffed in our cheeks,
perpetually swiveling rally caps and a regular game of
I-wonder-what-that-sign-means whenever we reached first base. For
members of the world's 16 best preadolescent squads, which battle
all week at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa. (coverage
continues on ESPN and ESPN2), it means a lot more--like global
media coverage, fastballs in the low 70s and a chance to be
national heroes. Together, now: Two-four-six-eight, nostalgia
depreciates.

Mariners at Yankees
FOX 4 PM Can anyone say American League Championship Series
preview? Well, anyone but you, Ichiro--you're off the hook on this
one, even if your interpreter would probably translate your
attempt as "No comment, bring the king his dumplings now!"
Seattle knows the road to the ring probably runs through the
Bronx, so expect playoff-intensity baseball that makes the
Bleacher Creatures go cowbell crazy.

SUNDAY 8/19

ArenaBowl XV
ABC 3 PM The AFL is spending $2 million to advertise its 15th
postseason, and ABC is sending a big league broadcast
team--play-by-play man Brent Musburger, analyst Gary Danielson and
sideline reporter Lynn Swann--to this championship game in hopes
that fans will tune in for what is, when you boil it down, the
XFL done right: lots of scoring, nonstop action, players who care
and possibly a new celebrity owner. (John Elway has submitted an
application to operate an expansion team in Colorado.) So dig out
that old HE HATE ME jersey, rub your Kurt Warner flattop for good
luck and watch the Grand Rapids Rampage play host to the
Nashville Kats at Van Andel Arena.

Don't Miss

SATURDAY 8/18--SUNDAY 8/19

PGA Championship
SATURDAY TNT 10:30 AM, CBS 1:30 PM; SUNDAY TNT 11 AM, CBS 2 PM
If this weekend you catch a glimpse of a snorting primate at the
Atlanta Athletic Club, don't be alarmed--it's only the monkey
that's been growing on Phil Mickelson's back. The creature
became even more noticeable when David Duval, previously the
other best player never to have won a major, triumphed at the
British Open (after which he donated his furry friend to a
wildlife refuge, where it now frolics alongside the liberated
simians once attached to John Elway, Shaquille O'Neal and Ray
Bourque). For Mickelson (above) to shed his primate persecutor,
he has to shoot his usual Thursday round on Sunday. He also has
to root for Duval and defending champion Tiger Woods to play as
if they're back at Bighorn.

ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

COLOR PHOTO: DAVID WALBERG

THE ZAPPER

CBS's Mary Carillo sounded like a soothsayer when she said that
Andre Agassi's fragile psyche--evidenced by his recent poor
on-court behavior--was more of an ominous sign for his chances at
the U.S. Open than his first-round losses in Cincinnati and
Montreal the past two weeks.... Buck Showalter is starting to
make an impact as an ESPN Baseball Tonight studio analyst. After
his provocative feature on Sunday on good pitchers with bad
teams, it was obvious that he had managed 12 professional seasons
and helped build the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks from the
ground up.