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The Week in Sports TV: June 18-24

by Scott Harris, posted Jun 18th 2010 1:40PM
Well, it's official: the summer sports doldrums have arrived. The final hoops have been hooped and the final pucks have been pucked, leaving baseball as the only major North American team sport still in season. And since they're not even at the All-Star break yet, most MLB games have almost no meaning beyond something to have on the radio while you nap at the beach. Yes, the middle of June is usually thew worst time of the year for sports.

Usually.

But not this year, baby, thanks to two major events taking place this week: the FIFA 2010 World Cup and the PGA Tour's U.S. Open.

OK, sure, so these may not be quite as viscerally thrilling as a good Colts-Patriots game, but for real sports fans who can appreciate a little strategy with their walking, there's no finer time to settle in front of the ol' HD.

So without further ado, here's your weekly guide to the best that sports television has to offer. Because, after all, those golf balls aren't going to just golf themselves.

Friday: The second round of the U. S. Open starts at 1PM ET on ESPN, then switches to NBC at 3PM ET, and then back to ESPN at 5PM ET. No, we can't explain it either. World Cup Schedule (all games on ESPN unless otherwise noted): Germany vs. Serbia (7:30AM ET), USA vs. Slovenia (10AM ET), England vs. Algeria (2:30PM ET, ESPN2)

Saturday: While the U. S. Open is on NBC starting at 1PM ET, ESPN kicks off the College World Series at 2PM with Florida St. vs. TCU, followed by Florida vs. UCLA at 7PM ET. If you want major league baseball, well, that's available too, courtesy of Fox (Dodgers vs. Red Sox, 4PM ET). World Cup Schedule: Netherlands vs. Japan (7:30AM ET), Ghana vs. Australia (10AM ET), Cameroon vs. Denmark (2:30PM ET, ABC)

Sunday: It's the final round of the U. S. Open, which starts on NBC at 1PM ET and continues until the last "you the man" has rung out across the cliffs of Pebble Beach. The College World Series continues (Oklahoma vs. South Carolina at 2PM ET on ESPN, Arizona St. vs. Clemson on ESPN2 at 7PM ET), as does around the clock media coverage of the Dodgers and the Red Sox (ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, 8PM ET). World Cup Schedule: Slovakia vs. Paraguay (7:30AM ET), Italy vs. New Zealand (10AM ET), Brazil vs. Ivory Coast (2:30PM ET, ABC)

Monday: Wimbledon kicks off in the early hours (starting at 6:30AM ET on ESPN2) while the College World Series continues through the late hours (Game 5 is at 4:30PM ET, Game 6 is at 9PM ET, both on ESPN2). World Cup Schedule: Portugal vs. North Korea (7:30AM ET), Chile vs. Switzerland (10AM ET), Spain vs. Honduras (2:30PM ET)

Tuesday: ESPN debuts the latest effort in their acclaimed series of sports documentaries, 30 For 30, with 'The Two Escobars,' a timely look at Columbia in 1994 and how an own goal scored by Colombian defender Andres Escobar against the U.S. team led to his murder (9PM ET). College World Series Schedule: Game 7 (4:30PM ET ESPN2) and Game 8 (9PM ET ESPN2). World Cup Schedule: Mexico vs. Uruguay (10AM ET), France vs. South Africa (10AM ET, ESPN2), Nigeria vs. South Korea (2:30PM ET, ESPN2), Greece vs. Argentina (2:30PM ET)

Wednesday: Get ready for Wednesday night Baseball, as two to-be-announced teams square off on the round diamond. See what we did there? College World Series Schedule: Game 9 is on at 7PM ET on ESPN2. World Cup Schedule: Slovenia vs. England (10AM ET, ESPN2), United States vs. Algeria (10AM ET), Ghana vs. Germany (2:30PM ET), Australia vs. Serbia (2:30PM ET, ESPN2)

Thursday: The NBA Finals may finally be over, but that doesn't mean basketball is done for the summer just yet. No, we're not talking about the ten billion hours of commentary scheduled regarding LeBron James; we're actually referring to the NBA Draft, which is live on ESPN starting at 7:30PM ET. Also, CMT airs the classic NASCAR fantasy 'Days of Thunder' at 9PM ET. College World Series Schedule: Game 10 is on at 7PM ET on ESPN2. World Cup Schedule: Slovakia vs. Italy (10AM ET), Paraguay vs. New Zealand (10AM ET, ESPN2), Denmark vs. Japan (2:30PM ET), Cameroon vs. Netherlands(2:30PM ET, ESPN2)

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Ace

The Two Escobars was amazing!!....buying the DVD on Amazon(http://bit.ly/a2yK4Z).
It does a great job of showing how narco-terrorism influenced Colombian sports, politics, and society. I think it looks too positively on Pablo Escobar's contributions to soccer and society.

June 23 2010 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thomas

will have to check out the 2 escobars on tuesday for sure
http://www.thetoptenworld.com

June 20 2010 at 9:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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