Watching Bullets disasters proves no deterrent to fans TV SPORTS

The TV Repairman:

April 23, 1993|By Phil Jackman

The Washington Bullets play the last game of their 28-game package on Channel 20 tonight, taking on the Heat in Miami at 7:30. The series has not been what you would call an artistic success, the team carrying a 2-25 TV record into the fray. The average margin of defeat is 15 points with blowouts of 45, 38, 27 and three 20s included along the way. The victories were by seven and five points over Atlanta and Philadelphia.

* Chuck Thompson and Jon Miller knocked 'em dead the other

day as the opening act at the Smithsonian's "Voices of the Game" series in Washington. Upcoming voices at the Monday night shows running from 8 to 9:30 p.m. include Mel Allen, Ernie Harwell, Curt Gowdy, Harry Caray, Bob Costas, Al Michaels, Joe Garagiola, Bob Wolff and Lindsey Nelson. Ticket information is available by calling (202) 357-3030.

* "The Punchout at the Pyramid II" is the name of the fight card on Showtime tonight (10 p.m.) and whoever makes up these dynamite billings should be made to meet the winner of the main event between Michael Nunn (40-1) and Crawford Ashley (18-4) in a dark alley afterward. Topping the undercard is Francesco Damiani (30-1) taking on Oliver McCall (21-5).

* SportsChannel (via Home Team Sports) carried the Boston Marathon last Monday and whoever had the idea to have Dwight Stones as host should be summarily dismissed. Bad enough he's a high jumper trying to be an expert in long-distance running; Dwight's day job is he hires out as the lead guy in a filibuster.

Despite an exciting and unusual race, the telecast was fairly dull, commentators Toni Reavis and Larry Rawson keeping their identifications of the men running out front largely to themselves. To be politically correct, they kept directing attention to the women's race, which, unfortunately, never did materialize.

* TNT certainly isn't going to ease into the NBA playoffs gently, no sir. With the start of play April 29, Hubie Brown, Doug Collins and the rest of the gang will be there with doubleheaders every night (usually 8 and 10:30 p.m.) for the first two weeks.

Meanwhile, some of the steam goes out of the NBC Sunday offering of Knicks vs. Bulls (12:30 p.m.) if New York clinches conference honors with a win in Philadelphia tonight. Still, bodies figure to be flying around as these are the teams expected to meet in the conference final. But no matter; Channel 2 isn't picking it up, anyway (Orioles).

* It took the combined efforts of CBS/Fox Video, MCA Records and NBA Entertainment to produce the $15 video "NBA Jam Session," and any similarity to the game of basketball is strictly unintentional. It does serve as a terrific exercise video, however.

* Off the Beaten Path: ESPN sends along the Penn Relays tomorrow at 4 p.m. . . . "ABC's Wide World of Sports" (4:30) has the World Gymnastic Championships taped. This is the one where Shannon Miller of the U.S. makes off with the all-around gold. . . . Tomorrow, at midnight, Roger Mayweather (43-8) and Zack Padilla (15-1) duke it out in a Las Vegas ring live on ESPN.

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