ESPN 6 PM
The boys in Bristol would never admit it, but we believe the 1984 Shannon Tweed vehicle, Hot Dog...the Movie, inspired this event. They could pay tribute by staging a Chinese Downhill (an all-comers downhill free-for-all) as they did in the film. ESPN x-ed out Super-Modified Shovel Racing two years ago, so why not throw us this bone? Chris Fowler and Suzy Kolber host 18 hours of coverage over five days from Mount Snow, Vt.
?NHL All-Star Game
ABC 2:30 PM
? NFL Pro Bowl
ABC 5:30 PM
Financial update: Media giant Time Warner, which recently merged with both AOL and EMI, this week refused to merge with slower traffic. In other financial news, the North Americans will try to avoid a goal-trading deficit with the Europeans when the NHL stages its All-Star Game in Toronto. In NFL pigskin futures, three of the 12 skill-position starters, including quarterbacks Peyton Manning (AFC) and Kurt Warner (NFC), are making their first Pro Bowl appearances.
?The Sportscasters: Behind the Mike
THE HISTORY CHANNEL 10 PM
Blending anecdote, eloquence and pithiness, Chris Berman, Bob Costas, Curt Gowdy, John Madden, Al Michaels, Brent Musburger, Vin Scully, Jack Whitaker and others discuss the craft's legends ( Mel Allen, Howard Cosell et al.) and its sublime moments ("Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"). Here's the hypervisceral Madden, for example, on why reserved partner Pat Summerall complements him so well: "He takes a dangling participle and...takes the dangle off it."
?Sonics at Spurs
TNT 8 PM
The organ-donor special: San Antonio needed a kidney; Seattle, according to its star, lacks heart. The Spurs have been without fluid forward Sean Elliott since he underwent a kidney transplant last August, and the defending NBA champs have suffered: Through Sunday, they were only fifth in the West (28-16). Last week point guard Gary Payton of the Sonics (28-17), perhaps the NBA's most competitive player now that Michael Jordan is retired, said he can't stomach his teammates' lack of intestinal fortitude. Consider this game a gut check.