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The Week in TV Sports
John Walters
September 20, 1999
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September 20, 1999

The Week In Tv Sports

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Saturday 9/18
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad
?TVKO ($49.95) 9 PM
Oscar. Felix. Can two grown men live in a boxing ring (whose square footage would rent for $1,600 a month in Manhattan) without driving each other crazy? Prognosticators say this bout between WBC champ De La Hoya (31-0) and IBF champ Trinidad (35-0) is potentially the best welterweight battle since Sugar Ray Leonard fought Thomas Hearns in 1981. Like Leonard, De La Hoya (right) has a pretty face (out of the ring, anyway) and Olympic gold; like the Hit Man, Trinidad is taller and a more menacing puncher. You can skirt the pay-per-view fee if you are incarcerated in one of the four largest prisons in Puerto Rico, Trinidad's homeland: Correction officials there hope showing the fight will pacify inmates.


Saturday 9/18
Penn State at Miami Tennessee at Florida
? CBS 3:30 PM AND 8 PM
All four teams in this de facto day-night doubleheader are ranked in the Top 10, and each has won or shared a national championship in the 1990s. This week's Millennium Moment: When the Nittany Lions last visited the Orange Bowl, in '91 (a 26-20 Hurricanes victory), CBS preempted the third quarter to air the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings. In the nightcap Tennessee will need the best effor to tailback Jamal Lewis (page 58) if it's to snap Florida's 29-game home winning streak.

Sunday 9/19
Jets at Bills
? ESPN 8:15 PM
Doug Flutie, long blessed with rock-star locks, plays the drums in a band called the Flutie Gang. (You wuz expecting maybe Flutie and the Blowfish?) As weak as the music scene is today, Buffalo fans might be concerned that their feisty quarterback, whose ensemble recently recorded a CD, will make his next pass a backstage one. "In each [job] you have the ability to control the tempo," declares the nimble Flutie, who assures his gridiron supporters that his studio percussions will have no career repercussions. "My wildest football dreams haven't come true yet."

Tuesday 9/21
Mets at Braves
?TBS 7:35 PM
If baseball teams were TV shows, Atlanta would be Charlie's Angels. Like that d�colletage-driven detective drama, the Braves have revamped nearly their entire lineup since first making it big. Not one position player remains from the club that won a division crown in 1991, the first of seven straight titles. Unlike TVs Angels, Atlanta stayed on top. At week's end the Braves were two games ahead of second-place New York The Mets will be looking to erase the memory of '98, when they arrived at Turner Field on the final weekend of the season and were swept out of a wild-card spot.

Friday 9/24
Ryder Cup, Day One
? USA 7:30 AM AND 3:30 PM
This Boston tee party promises to be as rowdy as its near namesake. U.S. captain Ben Crenshaw teed off a month early when he scolded a few of his players for talking the no-representation-without-remuneration talk. Next the conflict uncovered two Benedict Arnolds: Americans Jerry Higginbotham and Lance Ten Broeck, who will caddie for Europeans Sergio Garcia and Jesper Parnevik, respectively. Things really got nasty when someone suggested to Colin Montgomerie that he doff his powdered wig. Better-ball and alternate-shot matches are played today; the competition concludes over the weekend on NBC.