The Lineup: Wednesday, October 2
A self-deprecating Francona; More hockey openers; Sonny in a sports comedy
Dikembe Mutombo, at the Capitol Building, rejecting all legislation. Send any suggestions to SI.TheLineup@gmail.com. (Bold indicates a national broadcast. All times Eastern.)
- Sometimes an athlete’s image can be his worst enemy. Case in point: RGIII.
- Kevin Guilfoile of Chicagoside tells a great story of friendship and the power of memorabilia.
- Kanishk Tharoor of The Far Post tells of the madness that happens when Lionel Messi visits India.
AL Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cleveland Indians, 8:00p.m. (TBS)
Cleveland manager Terry Francona on how his team qualified for the playoffs: “We stayed away from chicken and beer. I know that.” Perhaps the biggest proponent of a long Indians postseason run is Daniel Snyder, who’ll be happy to have another questionable Native American mascot in the news.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:30p.m.
Buffalo Sabres vs. Detroit Red Wings, 8:00p.m. (NBC Sports & Live Extra)
Anaheim Ducks vs. Colorado Avalanche, 9:30p.m.
Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, 10:00p.m. (ESPN3)
Brazil League: Fluminense vs. Botafogo, 7:55p.m. (ESPN3)
NCAA Women’s Volleyball
Missouri vs. Arkansas, 7:00p.m. (ESPNU)
Texas vs. Baylor, 9:00p.m. (ESPNU)
Back in the Game, 8:30p.m. (ABC)
This new show is not Bad News Bears. It’s not. It’s totally different. This time, the washed-up former athlete is a woman, so there’s basically no connection.
There may be some potential in the casting of James Caan as the father figure. Caan has earned a huge amount of respect, according to the show’s “about” page, for his work in classics like the show Las Vegas – not, you know, The Godfather.
Inside the NFL, 9:00p.m. (Showtime)
60 Minutes Sports, 10:00p.m. (Showtime)
The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate, 10:00p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
The League, 10:30p.m. (FXX)
Boundless, 10:00p.m. (Esquire)
Perhaps the most promising effort from the new network is this show that follows two friends, Simon and *cough* Turbo, as they travel the world competing in some of the planet’s most extreme competitions. But do they even lift, bro?
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs Forward, 26
Marion Bartoli, Professional Tennis Player, 29
Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks Center, 31
Mark Rypien, Former Washington Redskins QB, 51
Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts Head Coach, 53
Maury Willis, Former MLB Shortstop, 81