Saturday 4/20 and Sunday 4/21
NBC 12:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM
NBC becomes the NBA channel this weekend, with six postseason games over a 31-hour stretch.
HBO 9:30 PM
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Jose Luis Castillo
WBC junior lightweight king May-weather (below) challenges Castillo for his WBC lightweight title.
FOX 1:30 PM
The Winston Cup arrives at what might be the fastest track on the circuit—the average speed of last year's winner ( Bobby Hamilton) was 184.003 mph.
TBS 7:30 PM
Diamondbacks at Braves
For Arizona it's Johnson, Schilling and God willing. The two aces had six of the Diamondbacks' first eight wins.
sizzling & fizzling
A Daily Sparring Session That's Worth the Interruption
They're fat. They're old. They're bald. So goes the self-deprecating tag line for ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, the entertaining daily sports talk show featuring Washington Post scribes Tony Kornheiser, 52, and Michael Wilbon, 43. What the tag line fails to report is that the hosts are also smart, literate and a gas to watch as they banter about the sports news of the day. In four months on the air the half-hour program (which appears on weekdays at 5:30 p.m. and is repeated on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.; a prime-time show also airs on Sunday night during baseball's off-season) has become the best show on the network. "We realized that we didn't have a show that was full of powerful, fire-breathing commentary on a daily basis," says Mark Shapiro, ESPN's vice president and general manager of programming. "Sports is argument, and we wanted a show where we could do that."
Many of the topics are debated for one minute or less, and an on-screen clock reminds hosts and viewers how much time is left in a sparring session. While some networks promote sex to attract young male viewers (see: Jillian Barberie on Fox NFL Sunday), Kornheiser and Wilbon revel in their anti-talking head appearance. Call them a paunchier version of Lethal Weapon's Mel Gibson and Danny Glover with the same kind of explosive chemistry. Dueling with each other on matters as disparate as Augusta National's membership policy to Kenyon Martin's temper to Wilbon's refusal to watch Seinfeld, Pardon the Interruption has been as unpredictable as Dennis Rodman's wardrobe and nearly as much fun to look at.
?Check the public-television listings for A Scout's Life, an hour-long gem of a baseball film by Nathan Kaufman, an independent filmmaker who produced and directed the highly regarded Minor Leagues/Major Dreams. As part of his chronicle of those baseball zealots who beat the bushes for the next star, Kaufman interviewed the late Hugh Alexander and Ellis Clary, a pair of legendary bird dogs, and spent a month on the road with Gerry Craft, the Eastern scouting supervisor for the Astros. A Scout's Life is a must-see for baseball diehards.