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The Week in TV Sports
Chris Ballard
August 20, 2001
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August 20, 2001

The Week In Tv Sports

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SATURDAY 8/18

? Little League World Series
ESPN2 1 PM
For some of us, Little League meant tennis-ball-sized wads of grape-flavored Big League Chew stuffed in our cheeks, perpetually swiveling rally caps and a regular game of I-wonder-what-that-sign-means whenever we reached first base. For members of the world's 16 best preadolescent squads, which battle all week at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa. (coverage continues on ESPN and ESPN2), it means a lot more—like global media coverage, fast-balls in the low 70s and a chance to be national heroes. Together, now: Two-four-six-eight, nostalgia depreciates.

?Mariners at Yankees
FOX 4 PM
Can anyone say American League Championship Series preview? Well, anyone but you, Ichiro—you're off the hook on this one, even if your interpreter would probably translate your attempt as "No comment, bring the king his dumplings now!" Seattle knows the road to the ring probably runs through the Bronx, so expect playoff-intensity baseball that makes the Bleacher Creatures go cowbell crazy.

SUNDAY 8/19
? ArenaBowl XV
ABC 3 PM
The AFL is spending $2 million to advertise its 15th postseason, and ABC is sending a big league broadcast team—play-byplay man Brent Musburger, analyst Gary Danielson and sideline reporter Lynn Swann—to this championship game in hopes that fans will tune in for what is, when you boil it down, the XFL done right: lots of scoring, nonstop action, players who care and possibly a new celebrity owner. ( John Elway has submitted an application to operate an expansion team in Colorado.) So dig out that old HE HATE ME jersey, rub your Kurt Warner flattop for good luck and watch the Grand Rapids Rampage play host to the Nashville Kats at Van Andel Arena.

Don't Miss
SATURDAY 8/18—SUNDAY 8/19
? PGA Championship
SATURDAY TNT 10:30 AM, CBS 1:30 PM; SUNDAY TNT 11 AM, CBS 2 PM
If this weekend you catch a glimpse of a snorting primate at the Atlanta Athletic Club, don't be alarmed—it's only the monkey that's been growing on Phil Mickelson's back. The creature became even more noticeable when David Duval, previously the other best player never to have won a major, triumphed at the British Open (after which he donated his furry friend to a wildlife refuge, where it now frolics alongside the liberated simians once attached to John Elway, Shaquille O'Neal and Ray Bourque). For Mickelson (above) to shed his primate persecutor, he has to shoot his usual Thursday round on Sunday. He also has to root for Duval and defending champion Tiger Woods to play as if they're back at Bighorn.

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