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John Walters
December 29, 1997
Saturday 12/27SPECIALSSPORTS ILLUSTRATED Year in ReviewThis video yearbook, hosted by Keith Olbermann, spares us the machinations of agents and the mastications of Marv and Mike and focuses on heroic performances. Among them: Michael Jordan's Game 5 of the NBA Finals, in which the incredi-Bull overcame the flu to score 38 points; Tiger Woods's wondrous weekend at Augusta; and tennis phenom Venus Williams's swift ascension at the U.S. Open. Sprinkled throughout are trenchant comments by SI's top writers, such as William Nack, who refers to boxing as "an American burlesque."?NBC, 3 PM
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December 29, 1997

The Week In Tv Sports

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Saturday 12/27
SPECIALS
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Year in Review
This video yearbook, hosted by Keith Olbermann, spares us the machinations of agents and the mastications of Marv and Mike and focuses on heroic performances. Among them: Michael Jordan's Game 5 of the NBA Finals, in which the incredi-Bull overcame the flu to score 38 points; Tiger Woods's wondrous weekend at Augusta; and tennis phenom Venus Williams's swift ascension at the U.S. Open. Sprinkled throughout are trenchant comments by SI's top writers, such as William Nack, who refers to boxing as "an American burlesque."
? NBC, 3 PM

Thursday 1/1
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Rose Bowl
The final installment of ABC's Bring Your Son to Work Day miniseries finds Bob Griese—the daddy of quarterback Brian (left) of top-ranked Michigan (11-0)—providing the analysis at the granddaddy of 'em all. Will Bob. who quarter-backed Purdue to a 1967 Rose Bowl win, shed his rigorously maintained veneer of objectivity and act like a proud papa? Washington State (10-1) has its own fumblin', rumblin', stumblin' presence in the booth: alumnus (class of '54) Keith Jackson, the Voice of college football. If all that isn't enticing enough, consider the prospect of watching Cougars quarterback Ryan Leaf challenge Wolverines Heisman Trophy-winning corner-back Charles Woodson.
?ABC, 4:30 PM

Friday�
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Orange Bowl
The Orange Bowl has been to retiring Nebraska coach loin Osborne what the Globe Theatre was to Shakespeare: the stage for his greatest tragedies and triumphs. Losses in 1984 (to Miami) and '94 (to Florida State) cost Osborne's Cornhuskers the national title, while his first championship came after the '95 Orange Bowl defeat of the Hurricanes. Tonight Osborne ends his run as No. 2 Nebraska (12-0), featuring Lombardi Award-winning defensive end Grant Wistrom, takes on No. 3 Tennessee (11-1) and Peyton Manning, the Heisman Trophy runner-up. Should Michigan lose in the Rose Bowl, the script will finish with a national crown for the victor.
? CBS, 8 PM

Saturday?
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Connecticut at Tennessee
Last week a Volunteers football player was honored by having a street named after him ( Peyton Manning Pass). That thoroughfare could someday form an intersection with Chamique Holdsclaw Drive. The 6'2" junior forward has led the top-ranked Lady Vols to consecutive national championships and, at week's end. to a cruise-control 13-0 start this season. In the last three seasons Tennessee- UConn has blossomed into the distaff version of Duke-North Carolina. In 1995 the Huskies defeated the Lady Vols in the regular season and in the NCAA championship game. Today, though, Nykesha Sales (left), Connecticut's senior All-America guard, must excel if third-ranked UConn (10-0) is to be more than just a speed bump in Knoxville.
? CBS, 4 PM

Thursday?
FIGURE SKATING
U.S. Championships
Michael Weiss is willing to make a leap of faith in Philadelphia. Only two men can qualify for the U.S. Olympic team that will compete in Nagano. Four-time U.S. and 1996 world champion Todd Eldredge (left) has a toe-pick hold on the top spot. Weiss, 21. figures to place second but won't be content to do so. On his first jump in tonight's long program, he plans to attempt a quadruple Lutz, something no other skater has landed—even in practice. A fall could end his Olympic dream. "I like to compare it to boxing," says Weiss, who estimates he lands 10% of his quad Lutzes in a typical workout. "You've got to knock the champion out." In the city that spawned Rocky, that's a bold analogy. Like Balboa. Weiss can ill afford to land on his rear.
?ABC, 8 PM

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