Jazz at Lakers
Go ahead and trade names already! Los Angeles Jazz. Salt Lakers.
It just makes sense. At week's end we didn't know whether
today's regular-season finale at the Forum would have a bearing
on the win, place and show in the Western Conference race that
Utah (59-19), the Seattle SuperSonics (59-20) and Los Angeles
(57-21) had been running the last six weeks. Or if Utah's Karl
Malone (26.9 points per game) would still have a chance to
overtake the Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal (27.9) as the West's
leading scorer. Don't be surprised if the ever outspoken Malone
exchanges words with L.A.'s teenage sixth man, Kobe Bryant
(left), who dissed the Mailman at February's All-Star Game by
shunning a pick that the reigning MVP attempted to set. Hey,
Kobe, how do you think John Stockton became the league's alltime
--NBC, 3:30 PM
Taped last August and distilled into a three-night, five-hour
telecast, this treacherous 335-mile odyssey across three
ecosystems (outback, rain forest, ocean) takes place in and
alongside the rugged wilderness of Queensland, Australia.
Against a landscape replete with myriad dangers--poisonous
snakes and spiders, scorpions, crocs and the media--48
four-person teams (such as France's Team ARS, below) from 15
nations test their resolve while trekking, biking, canyoneering,
canoeing, kayaking, rafting and horseback riding.
--DISCOVERY, SUNDAY-TUESDAY, 9 PM
Although he didn't live to see its inaugural running in 1897,
New Englander Henry David Thoreau would have understood this
race better than most. The swiftest traveler, Thoreau wrote, is
he that goes afoot. More than 12,000 swift travelers will run
from Hopkinton to downtown Boylston Street. Among the men,
chances are the swiftest, for the eighth straight year, will be
a Kenyan. Although 1997 winner Lameck Aguta will not run (he's
recovering from injuries suffered in an auto accident), '96
champ Moses Tanui and three-time champ Cosmas Ndeti will.
--ESPN2, 11:30 AM
Replay: The History of the NFL on TV
This comprehensive 90-minute special, hosted by Frank Gifford
and Joe Namath, gang-tackles almost all the high- and lowlights
of the mutually profitable relationship between pro football and
the tube: Heidi. Dandy Don. Brent, Phyllis and Irv ("the Mod
Squad of television sports," Ms. George recalls in one of
several entertaining interviews). The Ice Bowl. The Fog Bowl.
(One notable omission: the Immaculate Reception.) "In this age
of sitcoms and dramas, football is the ultimate [TV] reality,"
says Fox Sports president David Hill. Has he not seen his own
network's World's Scariest Police Chases?
--ESPN, 8:30 PM
Padres at Cubs
A scene from Chicago's dramatic April 3 home opener, in which
Chip Caray replaced his late grandpa, Harry, as Cubs
play-by-play announcer: Top of the seventh, two outs. The
Wrigley throng is standing in anticipation of Caray's widow,
Dutchie, singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Concedes Chip,
"I've never been this nervous in all my life." The crowd erupts
as a fly ball is lofted to rightfield, where Sammy Sosa...drops
it. Chip will be more relaxed today, when another Chi-town celeb
will lead the seventh-inning chorus. On the field the Cubs (8-4
through Sunday) and Padres (10-2) have been paced in the early
going by their hot-hitting first basemen: Chicago's Mark Grace
(left, .391) and San Diego's Wally Joyner (.389).
--WGN, 2 PM
COLOR PHOTO: JOHN W. MCDONOUGH [Kobe Bryant]
COLOR PHOTO: DISCOVERY CHANNEL [Three members of Team ARS wading in water]
COLOR PHOTO: JONATHAN DANIEL/ALLSPORT [Mark Grace]
THE ! ZAPPER
Those annual miniseries, the NBA and NHL playoffs, commence this
week (hockey, Wednesday, ESPN and ESPN2, 7:30 p.m.; basketball,
Thursday, TBS, 7 p.m., and TNT, 8 p.m.). Here's how to know, at
a glance, when to zap a postseason telecast: 1) ESPN cuts to
"roving reporter" Kiana from Flex Appeal; 2) TNT flashes a
Dennis Scott summer camp speaking-tour schedule; or 3) "The
Greatest Comeback Ever"
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.