It's like Bull Durham but without a script or Susan Sarandon. This revealing six-episode series documents a season with the Tucson Sidewinders, the Triple A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Shot in 2006, The Show focuses on the team's top prospects, including Chris Young, who was promoted to the majors that August and is now the Diamondbacks' regular centerfielder.
MOJO 10 p.m.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson may be ready to turn up the heat on their rivalry. Woods (above) has three wins this season while Lefty has a pair, including a victory at the Players Championship—his first after hiring Woods's former coach Butch Harmon. They are one-two in the World Ranking and, for the first time in five years, are both playing at the Dublin, Ohio, tournament.
Thursday and Friday, Golf Channel 3 p.m.; Saturday CBS 3 p.m.; Sunday CBS 2:30 p.m.
NBA Playoffs: Cavs at Pistons, Game 5
It's the Jordan Rules, take two. Nearly two decades after Detroit devised a strategy to maim and mangle Michael Jordan every time he drove to the rim, the Pistons are employing similar roughhouse tactics to see if they can stop Cleveland's LeBron James.
TNT 8 p.m.
Sultan Ibragimov vs. Shannon Briggs
Ali. Frazier. Briggs? That's what the American heavyweight scene has come to; the 35-year-old Briggs (left), the current WBO champ, is the lone U.S. boxer to hold a heavyweight belt. That title will head overseas too unless Briggs (48-4-1) can hold off 32-year-old Ibragimov (20-0-1), who won a silver medal for Russia at the 2000 Olympics.
PPV 9 p.m.
Stanley Cup finals: Anaheim at Ottawa, Game 3
Ducks goaltender J.S. Gigu√®re (right) has stared down top rivals in the opposing goal this postseason—first Roberto Luongo and then Dominik Hasek. His final test: Senators goaltender Ray Emery, who boasts a 1.95 GAA in the playoffs and is the first African-American goaltender in 19 years to lead his team to the finals.
NBC 8 p.m.
SI PICK OF THE WEEK
Happy New Year
By the end of 2006 Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona seemed like a candidate for a spot in the Hall of Broken Pysches, right next to Mark Wohlers and Rick Ankiel. The righty had a disastrous one-week stint as the Tribe's closer in which he rang up an 0--4 record and blew three saves; that was a springboard to his ending the season with 10 consecutive losses. But in 2007 Carmona, 23, has been a new man. Starting full time, he has a 6--1 record with a 2.89 ERA. Twice he has outdueled Cy Young winner Johan Santana with a splitter that Twins outfielder Torii Hunter says is "so scary, I thought I was hung over."
Check listings 7:05 p.m.
DAVID MAXWELL/EPA (CARMONA)
DAVID E. KLUTHO (GIGUERE)
RICK SCUTERI/AP (BRIGGS)
ROBERT BECK (WOODS)