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The Week in TV Sports
Richard Deitsch
January 14, 2002
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January 14, 2002

The Week In Tv Sports

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?NFL Wild-card Games
ABC 4:30 pm and 8 pm; Sunday Fox 12:30 pm, CBS 4 PM
Imagine a world in which the Eagles play the Bucs every week. Ugh! Even though we're stuck with a replay of last week's drab 17-13 Philadelphia win, wild-card weekend gets some luster with 49ers-Packers at Lambeau Field. But the Niners better pray for a heat wave in Green Bay: Packers quarterback Brett Favre is 5-0 in the playoffs when the game-time temperature is 34� or below.


?Australian Open
A pox on Lleyton Hewitt's house? That's the word from Down Under, where the world's No. 1 tennis player has contracted a case of chicken pox. With Hewitt under the weather (he expects to play) and Pete Sampras simply underwhelming, the men's half of 2002's first Grand Slam event (whose early rounds continue through Friday on ESPN and ESPN2) can be expected to feature upsets. Speaking of which, upset is what fans of Anna Kournikova (page 32) will be if their favorite pinup gets eliminated faster than you can say, "G'day, mate."


? Bud Greenspan's Favorite Stories of Winter Olympic Glory
Showtime 10 PM
Greenspan is to the Olympics what Aesop was to fables. With the Salt Lake City Games around the corner, the seven-time Emmy Award-winning documentarian offers a fascinating examination of nine Winter Games athletes: from champions like British ice-dancing icons Torvill and Dean, to Colin Coates, who competed in six Olympics for Australia as a speed skater, including the 1988 Calgary Games at age 41, without winning a medal.

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?Monday Night Mayhem

This fast-moving, two-hour TV movie (based on the 1988 book by Bill Carter and Marc Gunther) documents the rise of Monday Night Football—along with the conflicts between its players—and is dominated by the forceful John Turturro, who marvelously portrays Howard Cosell, a man of equal parts bravado and insecurity. Turturro's rendition of Humble Howard doing halftime highlights alone makes the film worth watching. There are stellar performances from John Heard (above right, with Turturro) as ABC Sports president Roone Arledge and Turturro's brother, Nicholas, as director Chef Forte, though we wish Shuler Hensley hadn't made the affable Keith Jackson (MNF's first play-by-play announcer) seem as engaging as a Doberman pinscher.

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