By JOHN C. COTEY, Times Staff Writer
Published August 5, 2005
CHECK IT OUT (special football edition)
NFL SCRIMMAGE, 5 TONIGHT, NFL NETWORK: The annual "Family Night" scrimmage in Green Bay features the Packers and Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field. Last year's intrasquad scrimmage drew 60,217, the most ever.
NFL FOOTBALL, 5 A.M. SATURDAY, ESPN2: Get a jump on all your fantasy football buddies by checking out Atlanta and Indianapolis tangling in Japan. If you're not quite that devoted (read: settle for second place), then catch the replay at 6 p.m. on ESPN.
MAKING OF MADDEN, 8:30 P.M. SUNDAY, NFL NETWORK: I love John Madden. Love, love, love Madden, and what's not to like - fresh, innovative, hours and hours of fun in front of the television. Oh, and I'm talking about the game, not the actual guy. NFL Network will provide viewers a 30-minute glimpse into the making of the most popular video game of all time and behind the scenes at the launch party.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, 8 P.M.: The 36th and final season as we know it kicks off ... kind of. It's only a preseason game between Miami and Chicago, but it's the beginning of the end for the Al Michaels-John Madden team. And if you're wondering why MNF has died, consider: The opening tease will feature Muppet characters Miss Piggy and Kermit, along with golfers Craig Stadler and Duffy Waldorf, welcoming the audience back for another season.
There also will be highlights of Sunday's Hall of Fame induction (carried at 1 p.m. on ESPN).
SHOWTIME BOXING, JEFF LACY-ROBIN REID, 9 P.M. SATURDAY: Okay, so it's not football, but Lacy could play if he wanted to. The St. Petersburg super-middleweight defends his title at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.
IN THE NEWS
Fox Sports announced this week that five-time Emmy winner and play-by-play man Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman will be back as the No. 1 team at the network (and in all of football, by the way). Sadly, Fox also announced that Tony Siragusa will continue to ruin the fine work in the booth of Dick Stockton and Daryl Johnston with his inane sideline reporting (my words, not theirs).
Starting at 9 p.m. Sept. 12, ESPNews will have extended NASCAR coverage of the Nextel Chase for the Championship.
FSN announced its new weekly series, FSN Pro Football Preview, will debut at 5 p.m. Sept. 9 with host Chris Myers, former Bucs wide receiver Tim Brown and Angie Harmon's husband (Jason Sehorn is his name, I think). The show will be taped in front of an audience at the Fox Sports Grill in Irvine, Calif.
Former SportsCenter partners Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann become permanent partners today on the Dan Patrick Show (1470-AM). The show begins at 1 p.m., but Olbermann comes on at 2 for the first of his weekly one-hour appearances.
THE FINAL WORD
Fox baseball analyst Kevin Kennedy on the Cheater of the Week and one of his former players, Rafael Palmeiro: "The bottom line is when you go before Congress and emphatically point your finger at the camera, you'd better be sure even your multiple vitamins don't have anything in it. ... The only way Palmeiro might get even half a break is to fully explain what happened. If he continues to say I can't tell you, it will only get worse."
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