?Olympic Drama of '72
?The Day of Plenty
?Mr. Miss Universe
?The game pitted capitalism against communism at a tense time in the cold war, and its outcome was decided by arguably the most controversial call in Olympic history. That's the dramatic outline for HBO's superb documentary :03 Seconds from Gold (June 18,10 p.m.), which examines the final moments of the gold medal basketball game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union at the 1972 Games. In this meticulously researched and thoughtful one-hour piece, the candid interviews with Soviet players and the stirring archival footage are especially compelling.
?In terms of the confluence of high-profile events—from War Emblem's Triple Crown bid, to baseball interleague play, to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, to World Cup Games involving Italy and Brazil, to closing rounds of the French Open, to the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis fight—this Saturday will rank among the greatest, or at least most packed, days in the history of televised sports. That doesn't necessarily mean historic ratings. "It's an interesting day, but you won't get a huge number of people watching their TVs," predicts former CBS Sports chief Neal Pilson, who says many of the events lack mass appeal. "If you look at days where you had the World Series and a big football doubleheader, you'd see cumulative ratings that will be much, much larger than this weekend's."
?Here's a vote for Phil Simms to be the permanent host of the Miss Universe Pageant. The smooth CBS football analyst deserves the job for keeping a straight face as he read the show's inane script (Did you know Puerto Rico is "fun in the Caribbean sun"?) off the teleprompter last Saturday.