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The Week in TV Sports
John Walters
September 06, 1999
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September 06, 1999

The Week In Tv Sports

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Saturday 9/4
Notre Dame at Michigan
?ABC 3:30 PM
In the spirit of Fighting Irish alumnus Regis Philbin's game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, we present the $64,000 question: Jarious Jackson (right) is a) Keith's long-lost love child, b) standing between Tito and Marlon on the Victory album cover, c) the quarterback who, in his first start, led Notre Dame to a 36-20 win over the defending national champion Wolverines last September or d) not a redshirt, even though he's a fifth-year senior who has never missed a season because of injury, because Notre Dame doesn't believe in redshirting and won't use the word. Final answer? It's c or d, depending on whether you are more inclined to intone Hail Mary or Hail to the Victors.


Saturday 9/4
Diamondbacks at Braves
?TBS 7:05 PM
Atlanta is reaching for Mylanta upon hearing the news that Ted Turner plans to erect the world's largest billboard, what one architect calls "a sign in full," next to the new downtown arena where Turner's Hawks and Thrashers will play. Their owner's edifice complex notwithstanding, the Braves this season have quietly played billboard big while attracting only sandwich-board-sized attention. Led on offense by third baseman Chipper Jones's 322 batting average and 34 home runs, the Braves had baseball's best record (83-49) through Sunday. Moreover, they had won nine straight at Turner Field entering this series against National League West-leading Arizona.

When We Were Kings
Before heavyweight boxing became vaudeville and pro athletes chanted, "Show me the money," before Dennis Rodman corrupted the term "charisma," there was Muhammad Ali. This Oscar-winning 1997 documentary of the 1974 Ali- George Foreman bout in Zaire, a.k.a. the Rumble in the Jungle, finds the Greatest at his poetic and pugilistic peak. This was, as Ali might have said, gregarious versus nefarious, the charming underdog ex-champ stepping into the ring versus the inscrutable, imposing Foreman. Enlisting his African brothers to his cause (" Ali, bomaye!" " Ali, kill him!"), Ali becomes that rarity in pro sports, a historic hero.

Sunday 9/5
CART Molson Indy Vancouver
It says KOOL on the chest of Dario Franchitti's jumpsuit, and indeed the 26-year-old Scot is smokin'. With victories in two of the last five CART races, Franchitti trails rookie sensation Juan Montoya by only four points (172-168) in the series standings with five races remaining. Franchitti, the defending champ and course-record holder on this downtown 1.8-mile road circuit, is even closer to Hollywood vixen Ashley Judd, his new girlfriend. If she attends the race, Reynard will be instantly demoted to second-most-popular chassis.

Monday 9/6
Giants at Mets
Red Sox at Mariners
Cardinals at Braves
? ESPN 1:30 PM
This Labor-intensive Day triple-header has a theme: a club in the thick of a pennant race against one with an All-Century Team candidate. The Mets and the Braves, battling for first in the National League East, host three-rime MVP Barry Bonds ( Giants) and home run king Mark McGwire ( Cardinals), respectively. In between, Ken Griffey Jr., who at week's end led the American League in homers (41), welcomes wild-card-wooing Boston to Safeco Field.