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The Week in TV Sports
Jeff Pearlman
December 07, 1998
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December 07, 1998

The Week In Tv Sports

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Sunday 12/6
Stanford vs. Maryland
Biblically speaking, there have been plenty of prophets. None, however, parted the Red Sea (wasn't that Moses Malone?) or, for that matter, were hailed by Dick Vitale as a PTPer. Maryland small forward Laron Profit (right) has never been mentioned in the Scriptures (for that, you've got to average more than 3-7 rebounds), but if his Terps, ranked No. 2 as of Monday, hope to upend No. 5 Stanford at Washington, D.C.'s MCI Center, he'll have to use one of the nation's best vertical leaps to part Red Sea 1998—namely, the Cardinal frontcourt of 6'9" Mark Madsen, 6'7" Peter Sauer and 7'2" Tim Young. The winner becomes an early favorite to reach the promised land of the Final Four.


Saturday 12/5

UCLA at Miami
One is led by a blood-spewer with a thrasher bass guitar ( Gene Simmons), the other by a vomit-spewer who's thrown for 2,617 yards ( Cade McNown). One has depended on the reemergence of a guy named Peter (drummer Peter Criss), the other has depended on the reemergence of a guy named Peter (junior defensive end Pete Holland). But can we really equate Kiss's shocking revival to the Bruins' recent surge? Only if UCLA, 10-0 and ranked No. 2 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, can be the destroyer of 7-3 Miami. Ace Frehley versus Luke Campbell? Detroit Rock City versus Me So Horny? No contest.

Kansas State vs. Texas A&M
?ABC 4:30 PM
If Kansas State is to maintain its national championship aspirations, its unpredictable, Tarkentonesque quarterback Michael Bishop (3,150 total yards) must convincingly lead the Wildcats, 11-0 but No. 3 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, past Texas A&M (10-2 and ranked No. 10) in the Big 12 title game at the TWA Dome in St. Louis. A stomping of the Aggies, if coupled with a loss by either UCLA or Tennessee, in the SEC championship game against Mississippi State (ABC, 8 p.m.), could still earn K-State a Fiesta Bowl berth.

Tuesday 12/8
Sugar Ray Robinson: The Bright Lights and Dark Shadows of a Champion
?HBO 10 PM
It's one tiling to hear that your boxing hero was rotten to his wife and kids. It gets even worse when you see him—ugh!—tap dancing like Vanilla Ice on speed. That's one of the lasting images from this deft documentary whose dark shadows are vastly more fascinating than its bright lights. How was Sugar Ray, holder of six titles, as a father? "Horrible," says Ray Jr. As a husband? "He [once] came in and nailed my mom with a combination," Ray recalls. As for Robinson's one-year retirement to enter show biz, Ron Smith, the older of the Sugarman's two sons, says it best: "Dad was no Fred Astaire."

Thursday 12/10
Presidents Cup
?ESPN 4 PM & 9:30 PM
Monica, the White House is on the phone. The President needs his cup back. O.K., O.K., no more Lewinsky jokes. But what was Bill Clinton doing when he tore a tendon in his right knee at Greg Norman's house, anyway? And can Norman, playing in his native Australia, lead a band of international pros over a U.S. squad led by David Duval? Lots of questions (81, perhaps) plague the U.S. following last year's Ryder Cup debacle, including, What the hell happened? This could be quite a Tripp.