?NFL Quarterback Challenge
CBS 5 PM
Oh, the irony. Released by the Ravens after leading them to a win in Super Bowl XXXV, Trent Dilfer whupped up on the rest of the league's gunslingers in this made-for-TV challenge, which was taped on Feb. 8. The spectacle brings to mind the sight of former Bulls sharpshooter Craig Hodges competing in the NBA Three-Point Shootout a decade ago, even though he was no longer in the league. Except in that case, Hodges didn't win.
? Diamondbacks at Mariners
ESPN 8 PM
Yes, potential is an overused word often attached to underachieving NBA rookies and troubled teens, but this matchup is nonetheless a potential World Series preview. Potent offenses? The Mariners' attack is led by RBI-bingeing second baseman Bret Boone (page 58), while the Diamondbacks' arsenal includes homer-happy leftfielder Luis Gonzalez. The only potential matchup we'll likely miss? Arizona's Randy Johnson wasn't slated to face his old team. Satellite TV owners can pick up the rest of the three-game series on Fox Sports Northwest on Monday at 10 p.m. and Tuesday at 4 p.m.
HBO 10 PM
Remember the good old days, when basketball scandals and recruiting wars were the province of the college game? Now high schools are the battleground, as evidenced by the case of 18-year-old Amare Stoudemire, the talented 6'10" senior-to-be who has enrolled at six high schools in two years. In a revealing report Armen Keteyian talks with the raw recruit and examines the swirl of alleged shoe deals, greedy youth coaches and forged transcripts that has enveloped the young power forward.
THURSDAY 7/19-FRIDAY 7/20
British Open, Early Rounds
ESPN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 8 AM
For the love of all that is holy (and hole-y), we beseech contenders such as David Duval, Sergio Garcia (above), Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh, as well as the rest of the field, to please keep Tiger Woods from running away with this year's Open. We cannot handle a repeat of last year's record level of fawning, when Tiger shot a record 19 under par, won by eight strokes and inspired journalistic efforts such as the one headlined A PRIVILEGE TO FOLLOW THE WONDROUS WOODS. An excerpt: "So imperious was Tiger Woods's regal walk up the final hole at St. Andrews on Sunday afternoon that it should have been set to music—and called the 'March of Golf's Greatest Gladiator.' " First-round coverage and, we hope, a big old heaping of media restraint, begins live from Royal Lytham in Lancashire, England, on Thursday.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.