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The Week in TV Sports
John Walters
January 17, 2000
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January 17, 2000

The Week In Tv Sports

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?NFL Divisional Playoffs
CBS 12:35 PM, FOX 4:15 PM; SUNDAY FOX 12:35 PM, CBS 4:05 PM
Who took the heavy starch out of the NFL's shirt? Those Feel the Power ads are funny, hip and poignant. The bit featuring decade-by-decade spousal sparring over the pro game's fine points ("It's complicated") rings true. Moreover, using alternative rocker Ani DiFranco's 32 Flavors as a soundtrack to a montage of memorable NFL number 32s, including (Di) Franco Harris? Genius! Let's hope this weekend's quartet of matchups, including three Florida franchises, two domed stadiums (in Indianapolis and St. Louis), one league MVP ( Rams quarterback Kurt Warner) and absolutely zero chance of cold weather, is similarly enthralling.

? Roy Jones Jr. vs. David Telesco
HBO 9:45 PM
New York's famed Radio City Music Hall has hosted Night of 100 Stars. Here's wondering whether underdog Telesco will be staring up at a galaxy after a few rounds with light heavyweight champion Jones (40-1, 33 KOs). Last year Telesco (23-2, 18 KOs) pulled a Clubber Lang by attending Jones's fights and imploring, "Why don't you fight a real man?" (Roy, who'll be next—Dolph Lundgren?) Tonight's bout will mark Radio City's first sporting event, not counting Rockettes fending off ardent elves backstage during the Christmas Spectacular.

?Pistons at Knicks
Through Sunday the Pistons' Research Triangle offense had led Detroit (18-15) to six victories in seven games. Forwards (and Duke alumni) Grant Hill and Christian Laettner and guard (and North Carolina alum) Jerry Stackhouse were collectively scoring just under 64 points per game. Hill, who began the new century with consecutive 42-point efforts and who scored 40 in a 110-105 loss to the Timberwolves last Saturday, has widened his range. Last season he converted not a single three-pointer out of 14 attempts. This season he had already gone 18 for 44.

?Rockin' Bowl
And you thought the college bowl season was over. Sixteen schools compete in this weekly series that combines basic kegling with extracurricular events such as Recliner Bowlin', in which contestants throw while supine on a La-Z-Boy. Tonight's frames pit Ball State against San Jose State. Our money, on name alone, is on the former.

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? Iowa at Indiana
ESPN 7 PM This melodrama is one Jimmy Chitwood jumper shy of Hoosiers. Steve Alford, the emblematic Indiana player of the Bobby Knight era, returns to Bloomington for the first time as a coach—and he's not on speaking terms with his mentor. Will Alford measure the rims at Assembly Hall to reassure his underdog Hawkeyes (7-6 through Sunday)? Will Knight (above), whose team (12-1 and ranked No. 9) is led by senior guard A.J. Guyton, ask for an autographed copy of Alford's 1990 book, Playing for Knight? For a soundtrack, mute the play-by-play and cue John Cougar Mellencamp's The Lonesome Jubilee on the CD player.