Cubs at Cardinals
?FOX 1 PM; SUNDAY WGN 2 PM
On his current tour Brace Springsteen sings If I Should Fall Behind ("If I should fall behind/Wait for me") each night during his encore. Now that Mark McGwire (44 home runs through Sunday) and Sammy Sosa (42) finally appear ready to do a reprise of last season's dramatic homer chase, they should think about adopting the Boss's song as their anthem. Since Sosa (right) wrested the major league lead from Jose Canseco on June 28 with his 29th home ran, he and former Canseco Bash Bro McGwire had passed the lead back and forth six times. Glory days, yeah, they'll pass you by, but until Mac and Sammy get blinded by the light of fans' flashbulbs, baby, they were born to home run.
? CBS 1:30 PM
Woods' stock '99: Tiger bolstered his portfolio last week by defeating David Duval in their made-for-TV (isn't everything today?) match. Woods earned $1.1 million for 17 holes of work, prompting NBC Nightly News to launch a "Fleecing of America" investigation. In today's final round from Medinah, Ill., Gen X-ers Duval and Woods, Nos. 1 and 2 in the world, respectively, could get bummed out by the play of Senior tour stalwart Hale Irwin, who won the U.S. Open on this course nine years ago. "Never," you say. " Paul Lawrie," we respond.
Fists of Freedom: The Story of The '68 Summer Games
? HBO 2:30 PM: WEDNESDAY 7 PM
They had just one pair of black gloves. That's why 200-meter gold medalist Tommie Smith of the USA raised his right fist while bronze medalist countryman John Carlos raised his left, providing the enduring image of the 1968 Summer Olympics. Heroes? Villains? This, the latest in HBO's parade of outstanding sports documentaries, includes interviews with Smith; activist Harry Edwards, who advocated a black boycott of the Games; and many others. The recurring theme: a black-and-white issue that was anything but for those involved.
Bang the Drum Slowly
?AMC 4 PM
There is crying in baseball. Robert DeNiro is Bruce Pearson, the New York Mammoths catcher with Hodgkin's disease in this 1973 classic. Michael Moriarty is Henry Wiggen, the pitching ace who guards his battery mate's secret so that he may have one last year in the bigs. "I got a s—deal," says Pearson, referring to his diagnosis. Yes he did, but what is life except for one extended hand of TEGWAR (The Exciting Game Without Any Rules)? The final baseball scene—shot at Yankee Stadium, run in slow motion and accompanied by Stephen Lawrence's poignant score—is one of the more touching moments in sports filmdom.
Seahawks at 49ers
? ESPN 8:15 PM
Like the Bay Area's heretofore most celebrated orphan, Party of Five's Bailey Salinger, Lawrence Phillips is a youthful study in contrasts. Bailey—Bay to his siblings—is the clan's cornerstone and its resident alcoholic. Phillips—Mud to more than a few women and NFL coaches—beguiles with his power and speed, then befuddles with his miscreant off-field activities. San Francisco, which lost tailback Garrison Hearst to a career-threatening ankle injury, hopes the former Ram, former Dolphin Phillips will run as Hearst did a year ago (a franchise-record 1,570 yards) but not run afoul of the law.
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