Saturday 5/4 NBC 5 PM
--The Kentucky Derby
Blue Grass Stakes and Florida Derby winner Harlan's Holiday
(below) is the likely post-time favorite, but watch out for Wood
winner Buddha, who could pull off a cinema-worthy upset; his
trainer's name is James Bond.
Sunday 5/5 NBC 12:30 PM, 3 PM and 5:30 PM
The conference semifinals begin with eight straight hours of
basketball--and almost that much Ahmad Rashad.
ESPN 11 PM
Conversation with Mike Tyson
Talking to Iron Mike is like a box of chocolates: You never know
what you're going to get.
Wednesday 5/8 ESPN 2 PM
--Cardinals at Cubs
Day game at Wrigley, one of baseball's best rivalries. Take a
long lunch hour.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
sizzling & fizzling
Ainge and Johnson: Reviving an Old Flame
If you think the old Celtics-Lakers rivalry is dead, guess
again. During TNT's coverage of the Timberwolves-Mavericks
series last Wednesday, analyst Danny Ainge and in-studio guest
Magic Johnson got testy with each other while debating Kevin
Garnett's ability to take over a game in the fourth quarter. As
Ainge ran on about Garnett's being victimized by a lack of
support following Minnesota's Game 2 loss, Magic lost patience.
"I let you talk," Johnson interjected. "Can I talk now,
please!" Magic then asserted that Garnett needed to rise above
the level of his teammates. The two eventually agreed to
disagree, and the tete-a-tete made for fun viewing. Overall, TNT
officials were so pleased with Magic's performance during his
six days as a guest that they say they'd love to have him appear
later in the playoffs, if all sides can agree on a suitable
schedule. Let's just hope any future Magic act comes on a night
when his old rival Ainge is there to tangle with him.
Yes, Ozzy Osbourne's life makes for good TV--but how about a
reality show featuring All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis? ESPN is in
discussions with Lewis for a 10-episode series that would follow
the Ravens star around 24/7. ESPN, in fact, is hot on the
reality-show craze. The network begins production this month on
Beg, Borrow and Deal, an eight-episode series debuting in
September. Two teams of four will start off in Times Square with
no money or means of transportation and will have to get to San
Francisco's Alcatraz prison in 30 days while completing at least
10 of 40 sports-related challenges (such as playing in a prison
basketball game or singing the national anthem at Wrigley
Field). While sports purists may scoff at these forays into
reality programming, Beg, Borrow and Deal, and a Lewis series,
would probably help ESPN attract the casual sports fans it
covets. Who knows? Maybe Lewis will turn out to be as lovable as
an aging heavy-metal star.