Pacers at Knicks
NBC 3:30 PM The New York post is making headlines again. No, not
the New York Post, in which headlines such as HEADLESS BODY IN
TOPLESS BAR are de rigueur. Rather, we're talking about Knicks
center Patrick Ewing. Standing Pat recently rebounded from being
benched in the fourth quarter of a home blowout loss to the Magic
to put up consecutive season highs in scoring (20 and 25 points,
respectively) during impressive victories over the Trail Blazers
and the Heat. Today, Madison Square Garden fans will witness a
rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals and, if Ewing
stays pumped, a possible preview of this spring's.
Temple at Cincinnati
ABC 1:30 PM Here's a matchup so intense that even play-by-play
announcer Brent Musburger might be in foul trouble by halftime.
The top-ranked Bearcats (23-1 through Sunday), behind Kenyon
Martin, the center who blocks more shots than George W. Bush's
campaign manager, are perceived to have the most tenacious
defense in the nation. The Owls (18-4, ranked No. 15), galvanized
by the return of point guard Pepe Sanchez from a sprained right
ankle, can make the toughest-D claim statistically, having
allowed a Division I-low 53.9 points per game. Speaking of
Musburger, he's the least obsequious commentator in college
basketball, in which the adjective great now has as little value
as a campaign promise.
Miracle on Ice
ESPN CLASSIC 9 PM VCR alert! On the 20th anniversary of the most
wondrous upset in televised sports history, the U.S. hockey
team's stunning 4-3 triumph over the Soviets in the 1980 Winter
Olympics is replayed in its entirety. How far has sports coverage
evolved since? Consider that the game, the most important hockey
match America had played in 20 years, was shown on tape-delay by
Avalanche at Blues
ESPN 8 PM If you read last week's SI about the arrest of Rangers
left wing Kevin Stevens for crack cocaine possession during a
road trip to St. Louis, you know that for NHL visitors, the city
can provide blues even off the ice. Tonight the Northwest
Division-leading Avalanche, in a precipitous slide of its own
through Sunday with three wins in eleven games, seeks to avoid
the on-ice variety. Colorado, behind its leading scorer Milan
Hejduk (47 points), has handed Central Division-leading St.
Louis its two worst losses of the season, 5-0 and 5-1 whiteouts
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
CBS NOON As the Winston Cup series kicks into high gear, we have
a few suggestions: 1) Sign Carnation as a sponsor, the name is a
natural; 2) mute commentators periodically in favor of
hard-rockin' tunes, like Born to Be Wild, as movies do in chase
scenes; 3) furnish pit stops with sanitary rest rooms and TCBY
stands; and 4) one car per family. Pit row is already fraternity
row, what with five sets of brothers (Bodines, Burtons, Labontes,
Wallaces and Waltrips), and today Dale Earnhardt Jr. may be
trading paint with his daddy. Six fewer cars chasing 1999 Daytona
winner Jeff Gordon (above, 24) on the 2.5-mile Daytona
International Speedway oval would help ease Sunday traffic.
As evidenced by his 13-rebound debut in a Dallas uniform on Feb.
9, Dennis Rodman still can work the boards--and the ratings. The
local Nielsens for the Mavericks' game against the Sonics on Fox
Sports Net Southwest were 4.8, making it the most-viewed
Mavericks telecast on Fox since 1994, when the channel began
The America's Cup final between the defending champion, Team New
Zealand, and the challenger, Italy's Prada, sails on this week
(ESPN2: Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7 p.m.)....
A sure sign of spring: Chef Emeril Lagasse, last week on his
Food Network show Emeril Live, cooked up a storm while wearing a
Red Sox uniform.
COLOR PHOTO: GEORGE TIEDEMANN