Play it forward: Sept. 28-Oct. 4 on your sports TV calendar



Twenty was the magic number in Pittsburgh last week — as in, the G-20 summit that finally got out of town, with the dogged Dodgers right behind ’em, trying to figure out much magic is left in the tank. So, with the last week of the regular season here, if the Dodgers win 20 in a row, they’re world champs, right? The Angels need the Texas Rangers to take a detour about 20 miles north to avoid finding Anaheim and get stuck in line at a downtown L.A. Pinkberry’s so they can wrap up the AL West uncontested and then plot their own demise against the Boston Red Sox starting next week. Or something like that.
MLB: Dodgers at Pittsburgh, 9:35 a.m., Prime Ticket; Angels vs. Texas, Angels Stadium, 7 p.m., FSN West (also Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 p.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m.)

Another look at the Big Ol’ Headache that Jerry Jones has built for himself in Dallasville. Good luck trying to fill it every night and get a return on that investment. Panthers fans don’t travel well. Would you consider a daily rodeo/gun show?
NFL: Carolina at Dallas, ESPN, 5:30 p.m.


It’s a classic battle of the defensive-minded Fever against the feverish shoot-it-n-run Mercury. The Fever, they’re from Indiana. The Mercury, from Phoenix, just eliminated the L.A. team. Now you’re up to speed. Best of three, by the way, so make it count.
WNBA Finals Game 1: Indiana at Phoenix (Game 2 is Friday; Game 3 if necessary is Sunday)

This is the night that another celeb is eliminated from the soon dying “Dancing With the Stars.” Ashley Hamilton (who?) and Macy Gray are already gone; sporties like Chuck Liddell, Michael Irvin, Natalie Coughlin and former SI cover girl Kathy Ireland are still in the mix. The Padres, they were eliminated from the NL West race in July.
MLB: Dodgers at San Diego, 7 p.m., Prime Ticket (also Wednesday, 7 p.m.).


On last week’s season premiere of “Gary Unmarried,” Jay Mohr’s character . . . named, uh, Gary . . . decides he has “a dream” to become a radio sports-talk host, so he calls a friend at a Saugus station and hijinx ensure. Now, he’s ready to make a demo tape. Soon, he may be subbing for Jim Rome. Wait, that’s really happened.
“Gary Unmarried,” Channel 2, 8:30 p.m.


Now that all the craziness is over in resolving the PGA Tour championship — Phil wins the battle, Tiger wins the war and all the FedEx gift certificates — we can get down to serious business of Crenshaw, Mize, Zoeller . . . put the walkers down, you’re up.
Golf: The Senior Players Championship in Baltimore, first round, 10 a.m., Golf Channel (rounds two, three and four also on Golf Channel and NBC)



By this time, the Dodgers and Rockies could get a waiver to use American League rules — let Jim Thome and Jason Giambi be the designated swingers, to get more ABs in their designated, glorified roles before the playoffs. Spoiler alert: This will not be a preview of the NLCS.
MLB: Dodgers vs. Colorado, Dodger Stadium, Prime Ticket, 7 p.m. (also Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.)



The last time both USC and UCLA fans met together in the Bay Area for a roadie had to be the late ’60s, for a student protest. (OK, for the record, it was just three years ago, when USC played at Stanford and UCLA was at Cal … but before that, never).
Now, we see how Barkley reacts to Berkeley, and how lucky the 3-0 Bruins’ defense feels against a Cardinal QB named Lucky after a bye week.
College football: UCLA at Stanford, 12:30 p.m., Channel 7; USC at Cal, 5 p.m., Channel 7.

Another season, another chance to see how loyal Kings fans are in these tough economic times.
NHL: Kings vs. Phoenix, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSN West


The Chargers’ Darren Sproles didn’t seem to be feeling the aftershock of that Ray Lewis hit from more than a week ago as San Diego fileted the Dolphins on Mission Bay on Sunday. But will Spoles curb his enthusiasm that Troy Polamalu is still resting up after his Game 1 mishap.
NFL: San Diego at Pittsburgh, 5:15 p.m., Channel 4

Surely, CBS will send this one back to L.A. — Mark Sanchez against Reggie Bush.
NFL: N.Y. Jets at New Orleans, 1 p.m., Channel 2

The Sprint Cup championship detours to Kansas before chasing its chassis to Fontana the week after.
NASCAR Price Chopper 400, 10 a.m., Channel 7.

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