SI Vault
The week in TV sports
John Walters
March 31, 1997
Saturday 3/29
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
March 31, 1997

The Week In Tv Sports

View CoverRead All Articles View This Issue

Saturday 3/29

Nabisco Dinah Shore
Going into this tournament, Sweden's Sorenstam sisters, Annika, 26, and Charlotta, 23, are running hot (on the course) and cool (toward each other). In a little more than three years on the LPGA tour, Annika (right) has earned a smorgasbord of honors, including 1994 LPGA rookie of the year and '95 player of the year. In '97 she is off to the most torrid start the tour has witnessed in 28 years, winning twice and finishing second and third once each. Charlotta, meanwhile, is second on the money list among rookies. Yet in their relations with each other, Annika and Charlotta are emulating another Swedish sensation and doing a mutual Garbo, rarely speaking to each other.
?ABC, 4:30 PM SAT; 4 PM SUN

NCAA Men's Final Four
It all comes down to who will be in the last scene of the One Shining Moment montage. Will it be one of the three No. 1 seeds: Kentucky, Minnesota or North Carolina? Or will gritty Arizona take the monkey off coach Lute Olson's back? Expect the best game to be Saturday's nightcap: defending champ Kentucky against senior-laden Minnesota.
? CBS, 5:30 PM SAT; 9 PM MON

Sunday 3/30

Ted Williams: A Baseball Life
As this revealing biography shows, the 78-year-old Splendid Splinter (right, in 1941) is still as enthusiastic about hitting as the San Diego lad who would arrive at school before the janitor so that he could grab a bat and ball from the classroom the moment the custodian unlocked the door. Watch during the closing credits as the Kid demonstrates for narrator Al Michaels the nuances of his historic swing. According to A Baseball Life, the mastery of Williams is not found in stats, such as his .406 average in '41, but in the self-assuredness of his always knowing who he wanted to be: baseball's best hitter.
?ABC, 3 PM

Sunday 3/30

NCAA Women's Championship Game
"I don't even remember this game being televised when I was a little girl," says former Connecticut star Rebecca Lobo. Two years ago Lobo helped put the women's game in the limelight by leading the Huskies to a 35-0 season. Now she'll provide commentary for a prime-time telecast whose stars will likely join Lobo (who signed with the New York Liberty of the WNBA) in the pro ranks.
? ESPN, 8:30 PM

Tuesday 4/1

Opening Day Tripleheader
Play ball! The 1997 season opens with many questions: Can new Chicago White Sox slugger Albert Belle hit 62 home runs and no humans? If the Seattle Mariners' Ken Griffey Jr. is called Junior, will rookie teammate Jose Cruz Jr. go by Se´┐Żor Junior? And what position, exactly, does Chuck Norris play for the Rangers? This TV triple dip includes Belle's White Sox visiting the Toronto Blue Jays, followed by the Chicago Cubs at the Florida Marlins and the world champion New York Yankees at the Juniors' Mariners.
? ESPN, 1 PM

Wednesday 4/2

Continue Story
1 2