Jimmy Jam Rollins, upon having his arm twisted by
Edward R. Murrow Jay Leno on national TV, predicted a Phillies World Series repeat, in five games. Maybe six. That, of course, is impossible now. But what else was he going to say? Phillies in seven? That can happen. It starts tonight with a big welcome back to Cliff Lee. Are the Phillies doin’ the right thing, Spike? You look as lost roaming around outside of Philly park as the Yankees did against Lee in New York a couple of days ago. Then again, later tonight, you could be washing down a cheesesteak with some championship bubbly.
World Series Game 5: New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies, 4:57 p.m., Channel 11. (if necessary: Game 6 is Wednesday in New York, 4:57 p.m.; Game 7 is Thursday in New York at 4:57 p.m.)
Gretzky Watch ’09 continues. Anyone seen the Great Guy?
NHL: Kings at Phoenix, 6 p.m., FSN West
Kurt Rambis, no longer a Laker man but a man residing in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes, brings his rag-tag Target Centered team to L.A., minus an injured Kevin Love. We’d love to go out and see this in person, but …
NBA: Clippers vs. Minnesota, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, KFWB-AM (980).
Meet Liszt — not actual size — a member of the Ducks’ “Power Players” (the girls who sweep the ice, greet the fans, stand around, look cold). She was named after 19th Century Hungarian piano composer Franz Liszt. As a kid, she took lessons in violin, cello, flute and piano. Now her guilty pleasure is funnel cake with strawberry topping. And watching the Ducks stomp the Pens.
NHL: Ducks vs. Pittsburgh, Honda Center, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket
Sadly, the Lakers’ first roadie begins not in Seattle, but here.
NBA: Lakers at Oklahoma City, 5 p.m., Channel 9, KSPN-AM (710).
There’s a poll on the Concordia athletic website, asking people how they follow Concordia sports. Do you know about this NAIA school from Irvine because a) cuieagles.com; b) via Facebook (Screaming Eagles); c) E-scores from Stretch Internet; d) OC Register/Irvine World News. ….. There’s an Irvine World News? God Bless ’em.
College basketball exhibition: UCLA vs. Concordia, Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.
Artest vs. Ariza … They both better bring their A-game.
NBA: Lakers at Houston, 5:30 p.m., Channel 9, KSPN-AM (710)
Maybe Sidney Crosby won’t recognize former teammate Rob Scuderi since these Kings are wearing their special third jersey for the occasion … which does kinda look like a penguin suit in some fashionable circles.
NHL: Kings vs. Pittsburgh, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSN West
The first six races of the 14-card, $25.5 million Breeders’ Cup event features the kids and females: Marathon (1 3/4 miles), Juvenile Fillies Turf, Juvenile Fillies, Filly and Mare Turf, Filly and Mare Sprint and Ladies’ Classic (at 3:45 p.m.) Rachel Alexander isn’t here, though, and Zenyatta decided to go in the big boy’s race.
Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park: 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., ESPN2.
Which game sounds least offensive?
NBA: Lakers vs. Memphis, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., FSN West, KSPN-AM (710); Clippers at Golden State, 7:30 p.m., KFWB-AM (980).
USC will be haunted by its trip to Oregon, and dropping from No. 5 to No. 12 in the BCS poll as the highest-rated team with two losses seems appropriate. In the USA Today Coaches’ poll, for what that’s worth, USC fell to No. 13 — one spot behind Ohio State, which went up from No. 15 to No. 12 after shutting out (in the middle of Big Ten season) New Mexico State. Like it matters to those preparing for an Oregon-Iowa Rose Bowl prelim to a Florida/Alabama-Texas BCS title game at the same facility six days later. Meanwhile, if USC is to have any shot at Pac-10 runner-up and squeeze into that inglorious Holiday Bowl in San Diego, winning this one against a Sun Devil team that could have knocked off Cal the other day is essential.
College football: USC at Arizona State, 5 p.m., Channel 7 or ESPN, KSPN-AM (710)
A five-game losing streak, and 0-5 in the Pac-10 isn’t all the impressive for the Bruins, who need to win three of their last four to be bowl eligible after that 3-0 start to the season. Their comeback last Saturday at Oregon State is at least something to build on behind Kevin Prince.
College football: UCLA vs. Washington, Rose Bowl, 12:30 p.m., Prime Ticket, KLAC-AM (570).
Zenyatta, who in her final workout had a flawless six-furlong run in 1:12.40 on Saturday morning at Hollywood Park with regular jockey Mike Smith, is the main attraction in today’s $5 mil Classic, up against guys like Mine That Bird, Einstein, Colonel John and Awesome Gem. Zenyatta, who has won all 13 of her starts but has never faced males, will be pre-entered in both Friday’s Ladies’ Classic and in this one. ABC has the first three races of the day — Juvenile Turf, Turf Sprint and Sprint. Then ESPN has the heavy hitters: $2 million Juvenile, $2 million Mile, $1 million Dirt Mile, $3 million Turf and the Classic, at 3:45 p.m. Breeders’ Cup, Santa Anita Park: ABC, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; ESPN, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
A day game of hockey …
NHL: Kings vs. Nashville, Staples Center, 1 p.m.
… followed by a nighttime of a basketball game that will likely contain this third paragraph in the final game story: “Eric Gordon scored 22, and Baron Davis and Chris Kaman added 21 points apiece for the Clippers, who fell to 0-(update loss total).”
NBA: Clippers vs. Memphis, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m., KFWB-AM (980)
SUNDAYThis one’s for all the grass stains. Tie, and they keep playing. Still tied, and its penalty kicks to see who advances. May the least glamorous team win.
MLS playoffs: Chivas at Galaxy, Home Depot Center, 4 p.m., ESPN2.
Is this the night Byron Scott comes on the floor to represent a Laker championship team from the past?
NBA: Lakers vs. New Orleans, Staples Center, 6:30 p.m., FSN West, KSPN-AM (710).