‘Classic Rome’ … incredible

Sorry we’re a few hours late on pumping up the new ESPN Classic series, “Rome Classics,” (weekdays, 4 p.m.) which go back to some of Jim Rome’s interviews he did back when he was the host of “Talk2″ on ESPN2 back in the 1990s.

The current host of “Jim Rome Is Burning” (ESPN, 1:30 p.m. weekdays) has become the Roy Firestone of his time, logging memorable athlete interivews that have stood the test of time.

Especially, the one with Jim Everett.

That will be replayed, ESPN insists, sometime during this series. But for now, the lineup of replays go:
Tuesday: Wayne Gretzky
Wednesday: Karl Malone
Thursday: Marcus Allen
Friday: Red Auerbach
Next week:
March 8: Mike Piazza
March 9: Lenny Dykstra
March 10: Sergei Federov
March 11: Roy Williams and PJ Carlesimo
March 12: Doc Rivers

My TiVo had actually been mislabeling Firestone flashbacks to “Up Close” interviews with the “Rome Classic” title, which got me curious about this series a few weeks ago. Firestone’s shows had been in the same time window.

ESPN also announced it will air “Classic SSA,” the Scolastic Sports America shows that were in the late 1980s and most hosted by Chris Fowler. The feature stories on high school and amateur athletes included looks at a young Tiger Woods, Lance Armstrong, Emmitt Smith, Ron Artest, Josh Beckett and Kobe Bryant. The show replays air at 4:30 p.m. each weekday.

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