NCAA World Series, Championship Game
CBS 1 PM How time flies. Back in 1993 the Counting Crows
helpfully informed us, in the song Omaha, that the city is
"somewhere in middle America." You have to go back two years
further to find the last time middle Americans at this series,
played annually at Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium, had a chance to
cheer one of their own (Creighton). This year Nebraska got home
field advantage--but was knocked out on Sunday. Our pick, from the
teams standing at week's end, is pitching-rich Stanford.
Jamaica vs. U.S.
ABC 2 PM American soccer fans have yet to muster the melodic
creativity of their European counterparts, famous for chants like
"They're shite, and they know they are" (as the Irish and Scots
have serenaded the English). The U.S. players, at least, may be
catching up: Last month the MetroStars (yes, the MLS club) beat
Bayern Munich, the European Champions League winner, 2-0, and the
American team has taken command (3-0-0) in its World Cup
qualifying group. In Kingston, with U.S. strikers Clint Mathis
and Josh Wolff sidelined, look for Joe-Max Moore to push the
HBO Real Sports
HBO 10 PM In what amounts to Boomer Unplugged, White Sox lefty
David Wells sits down with correspondent Armen Keteyian to
discuss, among other things, his criticism of teammate Frank
Thomas (Wells criticized the Big Hurt for not playing hurt), his
enmity toward Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti (whom he
refers to as Kotex Boy) and whether he's fat (or phat).
SATURDAY 6/16-SUNDAY 6/17
NBC 1:30 And now, the contestants on Three Guys Not Named Tiger,
the show about who else might win the U.S. Open at Tulsa's
Southern Hills Country Club. First up is David Duval (above).
David is one of the few men on the Tour not afraid of Woods, and
as the best player never to have won a major, he's more overdue
than a Biz Markie comeback. Next up is Sergio Garcia. The cocky
Sergio not only leads the Tour in total driving (a measure of
distance and accuracy) but also recently won the Colonial, which,
like this U.S. Open, is played on a Perry Maxwell-designed
course. Our third competitor? Scott Verplank, come on down! Scott
has been hot, with four top 10 finishes this year, and as a
bonus, he's a bad headline writer's dream: WOODS WALKS VERPLANK!
COLOR PHOTO: DARREN CARROLL
Last Saturday's Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals (page 44) earned
a 5.6 preliminary Nielsen rating, an 8% increase over last year's
Game 6 clincher. In Denver, land of the victorious Avalanche, the
rating was a mountainous 37.6, while in New York, home of the
defeated Devils, the Nielsen was a mere 8.1--46th out of the 50
major markets surveyed.... Hearing ESPN's Harold Reynolds fawn
over President Bush during his interview at the College World
Series last Friday was embarrassing, but Dubya's ceremonial,
heart-of-the-plate, first-pitch strike (from the mound, no less)
demonstrated more command than any toss by a previous Commander
in Chief.... A "who'd a thunk it" World Series preview? The Cubs
and Twins meet at Wrigley Field this weekend (WGN, Saturday, 4
p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m.).
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