Posted September 25, 2013

The Lineup: Wednesday, September 25

MTV presents a wordsmith; The U.S. loses in awesome fashion; Superstar envy

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Pregame Reads

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles a college professor who has studied NFL teams’ complete ineptitude in the draft.
  • Aaron Gordon of The Classical assumes the styles of Dr. Seuss, Albert Camus and Glenn Beck to get their thoughts on today’s NFL issues.
  • Selena Roberts outlines Lance Armstrong’s road to redemption (in his own mind at least) for Sports on Earth.

Starter

TV
The Challenge: Rivals II, 10:00p.m. (MTV)
MTV’s candidate for America’s fifth sport comes to an end tonight with another long, complicated challenge. Things to expect: someone who completely breaks down because they’re incapable of running more than a mile, a seemingly simple puzzle confounding a meathead, and people puking. Copious puking. One reason to watch this show is the glorious brute C.T., who just has a way with words.

CT


Reserves

MLB
Mets vs. Reds, 12:35p.m.
Nationals vs. Cardinals, 1:45p.m.
Pirates vs. Cubs, 2:20p.m.
Athletics vs. Angels, 3:35p.m.
White Sox vs. Indians, 7:05p.m.
Rays vs. Yankees, 7:05p.m. (ESPN)
Blue Jays vs. Orioles, 7:05p.m.
Brewers vs. Braves, 7:10p.m.
Phillies vs. Marlins, 7:10p.m.
Astros vs. Rangers, 8:05p.m.
Tigers vs. Twins, 8:10p.m.
Red Sox vs. Rockies, 8:40p.m.
Diamondbacks vs. Padres, 10:10p.m.
Royals vs. Mariners, 10:10p.m.
Dodgers vs. Giants, 10:15p.m. (ESPN)

Soccer
CONCACAF Champions League: Houston vs. W Connection, 8:00p.m. (Fox Sports 2)
CONCACAF Champions League: Cartagines vs. L.A. Galaxy, 10:00p.m.
Copa Mexico: Zacatepec vs. Cruz Azul Hidalgo, 7:55p.m. (ESPN Deportes)
Copa Mexico: Toros del Celaya vs. Estudiantes Tecos , 9:50p.m. (ESPN3)
Copa Mexico: Tiburones Rojos del Veracruz vs. Tuzos del Pachuca, 9:55p.m. (ESPN Deportes)
German Cup: Bayern Munich vs. Hannover, 2:30p.m. (ESPN3)
Asian Football Cup Semifinal, 9:00a.m. (Universal Sports Network)

FIFA Beach World Cup
Brazil vs. Japan, 8:25p.m. (ESPN3)
Argentina vs. Tahiti, 11:18p.m. (ESPN3)
All underdog support should fall behind the tournament’s host, tiny Tahiti, as they try to take the crown from the usual soccer standouts. The Tahitians put an end to a sad campaign from the American squad with this sick bicycle kick.

Goal

NCAA Women’s Volleyball
Italy U-23 National Team vs. Kansas, 7:30p.m. (ESPN3)
North Carolina State vs. North Carolina, 8:00p.m. (ESPNU)
UCLA vs. USC, 10:00p.m. (ESPNU)

TV
Inside the NFL, 9:00p.m. (Showtime)
The League, 10:30p.m. (FXX)


Deep Bench

Big Break NFL, 9:00p.m. (Golf)
The Golf Channel will be showing a preview of its new reality competition, featuring a group of amateur golfers competing alongside former NFL superstars. The best moment of the trailer is the looks on the faces of the two players teamed up with Vikings defensive end Chris Doleman when they see the next group is getting Jerry Rice as a partner. Serious resentment.


Birthdays

Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers Defensive End, 24
Rashad Evans, MMA Fighter, 34
Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons PG, 37
Matt Hasselbeck, Indianapolis Colts QB, 38
John Lynch, Former NFL Safety, 42
Scottie Pippen, NBA Hall of Fame Small Forward, 48
Cheryl Tiegs, SI Swimsuit Issue Cover Model, 66

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