Publish date:

SI View The Week in TV Sports



Felix Trinidad vs. William Joppy
TVKO ($44.95) 9 PM In Rocky IV, Rocky Balboa got ready for the
seemingly invincible Ivan Drago by heading to a secluded
wilderness cabin. Likewise, middleweight champion Joppy (32-1-1,
24 KOs) has prepared for the seemingly invincible Trinidad
(39-0, 32 KOs) with his own Rock-y regimen: He headed to the
Catskills to follow the training routine of stablemate and newly
crowned heavyweight champ Hasim (the Rock) Rahman. Joppy can
only hope to mimic the successes of his stony predecessors as he
squares off against Trinidad (page 54), who's trying for a title
in a third weight class.


Bobby Jones: Lessons from a Legend
GOLF CHANNEL 10 PM Head back to a sepia-toned era, when
five-irons were called mashies, nine-irons were niblicks and
Bobby Jones was on top of the golf world. In this, the fifth of
a nine-part series of half-hour shows (which all will be
telecast again beginning next month), the Golf Channel pairs
Jones's classic Warner Bros. instructional films of the 1930s
with commentary from Byron Nelson. This week's subject: "Drivers
and Trouble Shots."

Real Sports
HBO 10:15 PM Earlier this season Knicks center Marcus Camby
attempted to punch Spurs forward Danny Ferry and ended up
comically head-butting New York coach Jeff Van Gundy. If only
Kermit Washington's aim had been as errant. Instead, in 1977,
Washington, a Lakers forward, threw a punch that shattered the
face of Rockets forward Rudy Tomjanovich. Bryant Gumbel talks to
both men 23 years later and finds that Washington, a gentle man
off the court, still struggles to contain his bitterness toward
a league he feels ostracized him after the incident, in part
because of his color.

Don't Miss


NBA Playoffs
NBC SATURDAY 3:30 PM, SUNDAY 12:30 PM, 3 PM, 5:30 PM Don't be
alarmed by that little voice, the one whispering, "David Wesley
is exciting!" and "Admit it, you love Scott Williams." That's
just NBC praying you will tune in for Game 4 of the
Milwaukee-Charlotte series (Sunday, 12:30 p.m.), also known to
network suits as the Small Market Series from Hell. Demographics
be damned, though, because the sight of rocket-fueled Hornets
guard Baron Davis dueling Bucks guard Sam Cassell or slashing
Hornets forward Jamal Mashburn (above, 24) should be among the
delicious pleasures in a weekend of conference semifinal Game
4s. Saturday brings us Spurs-Mavericks, and on Sunday after
Bucks-Hornets will come Sixers-Raptors, then Lakers-Kings.




John Velazquez, jockey on Kentucky Derby runner-up Invisible
Ink, could have lodged a claim of foul against NBC analyst Bob
Neumeier, who almost smothered Velazquez while eavesdropping on
the jockey's phone call to race officials alleging a foul by
winner Monarchos. Neumeier still got an irritated Velazquez to
talk about the claim after the latter hung up...SportsCentury:
Al Unser Sr. (ESPN Classic, Monday, 8 p.m.) offers a revealing
look at fathers and sons as competitors by revisiting the elder
Al's narrow win over Al Jr. for the 1985 CART championship--a
win that left Dad guilt-ridden.