The Week in Sports TV: July 2-8
by Scott Harris, posted Jul 2nd 2010 2:00PM
OK, so none of those are exactly the most American sports around, but whatever. It's rare that three of the biggest events in world sports happen to overlap, but that's exactly what we'll be seeing this week, as the Tour de France fire up its human engines on Saturday for what supposedly is Lance Armstrong's final bike ride through the European countryside.
Granted we've heard that before, but one of these times, it's going to be true, so we suggest you get your Lance fix while you still can. Maybe that's not the best metaphor considering the continued allegations about Armstrong's supposed (and still unproven) drug use, but let's face it: watching him pound the pedals is as close to a natural high as a sports fan can get.
So grab your bratwurst and your tiny, handheld vinyl flag and cozy up for a remarkable Fourth of July week in sports. As always, times are Eastern Standard.
• Friday: Most of the action takes place early, as the round of eight starts in the World Cup with. One of the most anticipated matchups of the entire event kicks off at 10AM when the Netherlands take on Brazil (ESPN), followed by underdogs Uruguay and Ghana facing off at 2:30PM. For evening entertainment, you can check out NASCAR's Nationwide Series at Daytona Beach (ESPN, 8PM) or catch the Tour de France Preview show on Versus beginning at 9PM.
• Saturday: It's a marquee day for sports as Argentina takes on Germany in World Cup action at 10AM (ABC) while the Women's Final at Wimbledon rages on simultaneously (starting at 9AM on NBC). The Tour de France gets underway with the prologue stage starting at 11:30AM (Versus), followed by more soccer with Paraguay vs. Spain at 2:30PM (ABC). And Fox has it's weekly Saturday baseball game at 4PM. Whew.
• Sunday: You're going to have to get up early to catch all the action today, as the Tour de France starts at 8:30AM on Versus, while Wimbledon comes to a close with the Men's Final, starting at 9AM on NBC. ESPN gets into the spirit of the holiday weekend at noon with the 95th annual Nathan's hot dog eating contest. Final round coverage of the AT&T National PGA Tour event can be found on CBS beginning at 2PM, while ABC counters with Indy Car action starting at 3:30PM. And Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN brings you the Royals at the Angels starting at 8PM.
• Monday: Celebrate a day off from work with America's favorite pastime: ESPN has the Braves and the Phillies starting at 7PM. Not enough for you? Well, how about, um, some classic tennis maybe? If that floats your boat, you can find it on ESPN Classic, which is showing Arthur Ashe vs. Jimmy Connors from the 1975 Wimbledon finals at 8PM. And, of course, for the early birds, stage two of the Tour de France begins at 8:30AM.
• Tuesday: The World Cup resumes action with the winner of Netherlands/Brazil taking on the winner of Uruguay/Ghana in the first semifinal at 2:30PM on ESPN. The WNBA takes center stage on ESPN2 at 8PM with San Antonio vs. Connecticut, followed by Phoenix vs. Los Angeles at 10PM. And as always, the Tour de France wakes you up to the sound of furious peddling at 8:30AM on Versus.
• Wednesday: The second World Cup semifinal, between the winners of Argentina/Germany and Paraguay/Spain, is on ESPN at 2:30PM. ESPN presents Wednesday Night Baseball at 7PM, featuring the Reds and the Mets. Episode six of the acclaimed documentary 'Baseball,' covering the years 1940-50, makes an appearance on PBS at 9PM. And the Tour de France airs live at 8:30AM on Versus.
• Thursday: The LPGA's premiere event, The U.S. Women's Open, begins first round action at 3PM on ESPN2. And, er, the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game is on ESPN2 at 7PM? Okay, it's pretty slow tonight. But you can still get your morning swerve on with the Tour de France on Versus at 8:30AM.