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The Week in Television
Richard Deitsch
March 11, 2002
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March 11, 2002

The Week In Television

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Saturday 3/9
ABC 3 PM
?Red Wings at Blues
An NHL-high 11 Wings played in Salt Lake, but now league-leading but geriatric Detroit—11 Wings are 32 or older, including Igor Larionov (below)—has 22 games in the 48 days before die regular season ends. Can a team that needs more ice in the locker room than on the rink have something left for the playoffs?

Saturday 3/9
CBS 6 PM
? Pac-10 Men's Tournament Final
This conference tournament returns after a 12-year absence with plenty of Hollywood-ready plot lines. The five leading nominees for Best Team were separated by only two games in the standings. The envelope announcing the winner will be opened today.

Sizzling & fizzling

Who Was Hot and Who Was Not

? CBS made a terrific move in adding Boomer Esiason to its revamped NFL Today team. The erudite Esiason hasn't had a big-time football gig since his stint on Monday Night Football.

?As a last-second replacement for Jayson Williams on the NBA on NBC, Tom Tolbert mixed astute commentary with his usual quick wit. He smartly pointed out that while new Maverick Raef LaFrentz can draw Shaquille O'Neal away from the basket with his three-point shooting, he'll be too tired to effectively hit the jumper after battling Shaq on the inside.

? ESPN's Outside the Lines produced sharp journalism last week on the deplorable graduation rate of African-American basketball players at a number of major colleges.

?Our national nightmare is finally over: Last week CBS wisely decided not to renew Jerry Glanville's contract on NFL Today, giving viewers a welcome release from his tedious tomfoolery.

?We're all for sports TV personalities' branching out beyond athletics, but Deion Sanders as the host of last Friday's Miss USA pageant was even more disturbing television than Emeril Lagasse's ill-fated series.

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