Sports & Music Festival
MTV 1 PM Danny Way, who leaps 35 feet from a helicopter to
skateboard on a half-pipe? He's stoked! Tony Hawk, who attempts a
900 in his final professional skateboarding competition? He's
stoked! Mike Cinqmars, who tries a world-record dunes jump in
Death Valley on his moto-X bike? He's hyped and stoked! Dude, I'm
sitting here in my boxers, watching it all and shoveling trail
mix down my gob like there's no tomorrow, and I'm stoked! No
coaches, no uniforms, no rules.
Miami at Virginia Tech
ESPN 7:30 PM In 1953 tackle Buzz Nutter became the first Hokie
drafted by the NFL, and in the 46 years since, the rallying cry,
"Win one for the Nutter" has never been heard in Blacksburg, Va.
So what? So we just like saying, "Buzz Nutter." Virginia Tech
(8-0), which moved to No. 2 in the polls after Penn State's loss
last week, is led by quarterback Michael Vick, the freshman who's
arguably had the biggest impact in college football this season.
Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis
TVKO 9 PM Their March 13 bout ended in a controversial dreadlock,
so the natty Lewis (34-1-1) and Holyfield (36-3-1) have agreed to
renew gentlemanly acquaintance at the Thomas & Mack Center, in
Las Vegas. If you want to see a bona fide heavyweight clash,
check out the NASA satellite footage of those two spiral galaxies
that passed within shouting distance of each other near the
constellation Canis Major on www.nasa.gov.
NBC 4 PM Then there are those who don't go to Hawaii to relax.
You know the drill: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile
run (your mileage may vary) for the athlete who wants to put in
an eight-hour day and then some.
Coyotes at Kings
ESPN2 10:30 PM Bizarre but true: Bruce Springsteen opened a
concert for Anne Murray in the early 1970s. Last month the Boss
opened for Andy Murray, christening the Staples Center three days
before the Kings and Murray, their new coach, took part in the
arena's inaugural sporting event. Through Sunday, Murray, who
coached at Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep School in Fairboult, Minn.,
last year, had the Kings (9-4-3) second in the Western Conference
with an assist from forwards Ziggy Palffy and Luc Robitaille.
COLOR PHOTO: JOHN MCDONOUGH
Trail Blazers at 76ers
TNT 8 PM Scottie Pippen (33) is making a fashion statement. After
styling in a red, black and white ensemble with the Bulls for 11
seasons, he looked navy blue during last season's bumpy Rockets
ride. Now he has returned to his best colors with Portland.
Pippen knows the look is incomplete without a championship ring,
but the Blazers, who have also added Detlef Schrempf and Steve
Smith, are ready to accessorize. Philadelphia boasts the league's
phattest babydaddy backcourt in Larry Hughes and last year's
leading scorer, Allen Iverson, playing in an arena that
Philadelphians fittingly call the F.U. (for First Union) Center.
Boyz N the Hood host Boys from Mount Hood.
What will Paul Gilmartin and Annabelle Gurwitch, the fractiously
funny cohosts of Dinner & a Movie, cook up when they present A
League of Their Own (TBS, Friday, 8:05 p.m.)? There's no crying
in onion rings? Lori Petty-fours? "Rockford Peach pie," promises
Gurwitch, who disagrees with Rockford skipper Tom Hanks's diamond
wisdom, "The hard is what makes it great." "Not in cooking," says
Gurwitch. "I say, The easier, the better." ...HBO's Real Sports
(Tuesday, 10 p.m.) looks into the death of former Notre Dame
captain and Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Demetrius DuBose, who
was shot during a confrontation with two San Diego policemen on
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