There's much TV to feast upon

ON THE AIR

November 25, 1994|By MILTON KENT

So, now that all the leftover stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie from yesterday's feast have been crammed into the appropriate refrigerator spot, you've got three days of free time and more turkey than humans should be allowed to consume.

What to do, what to do? Thankfully, wise and knowing sports programmers have been hard at work making sure your Thanksgiving weekend won't be spent in vain, with basketball, football and a wonderful celebration of the Olympic spirit filling the airwaves, from just after dawn to well past midnight.

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Pigskins or bust

Starting at 11 a.m. today, with ABC's coverage of the North Carolina State-Virginia game (Channel 13), football, college and professional, will invade the national consciousness for the next three days.

ABC has three more college games, with Nebraska-Oklahoma at 2:30 p.m. today, Florida State-Florida tomorrow at noon and Notre Dame-Southern California tomorrow night at 8.

ESPN, meanwhile, will give Steve "Air" McNair one last chance to prove his worth to Heisman Trophy voters, as Alcorn State meets Youngstown State in the opening round of the Division I-AA playoffs at noon today, with the Georgia-Georgia Tech game at 4 Tomorrow, the total sports network airs Michigan State-Penn State at 4 p.m., with Boston College-Miami at 7:30.

NBC (Channel 2) carries the Bayou Classic between Grambling State and Southern, two prominent historically black institutions, from the Superdome in New Orleans, tomorrow at 2 p.m. Even if the game, won last year by Southern 31-13, turns out to be a bummer, the halftime battle of the bands should be worth the price of admission.

On Sunday, Channel 45 has shunned the New York Giants-Washington game at RFK Stadium for Philadelphia-Atlanta at 1 p.m. Channel 2 will have Miami-New York Jets at 1 p.m. and Pittsburgh-Los Angeles Raiders at 4 p.m.

Hoops, hoops, hooray

The college basketball season begins in earnest this weekend and ESPN fires first with a tripleheader tonight starting at 7:30 with the Tip-Off Classic from Springfield, Mass., pitting top-ranked Arkansas and No. 3 Massachusetts, followed by the preseason NIT championship at 9:30 and a semifinal from the Great Alaska Shootout at midnight.

CBS, the home of the Final Four, launches its seasonal coverage with Texas visiting second-ranked North Carolina tomorrow at 4 p.m., and Arkansas meeting Georgetown at the Pyramid in Memphis, Tenn., Sunday at 2 p.m. Channel 11 should have both games, Rescue 911 reruns notwithstanding.

TNT takes the weekend off from the NBA, leaving Home Team Sports to fill the void. Both Washington Bullets games -- tonight's with Cleveland from the Baltimore Arena and tomorrow night's Los Angeles Lakers confrontation -- air at 7:30.

The channel announced that Saturday's Bullets-Boston telecast, which featured the Washington debut of Chris Webber and Juwan Howard, demolished Bullets ratings records.

Lighting the torch

To cap the biggest televised sports weekend of the year, the Disney Channel premieres "Lillehammer '94: 16 Days of Glory," Sunday night at 9, a charming and compelling 1 1/2 -hour look at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, as seen through the viewfinder of filmmaker Bud Greenspan.

Greenspan, who has produced four similar Olympic films for Disney, has spun a moving tale through the trials and tribulations of six athletes.

All of the athletes -- cross-country skiers Manuela Di Centa of Italy and Russia's Lyubov Egorova, ski jumpers Jens Weissflog of Germany and Epsen Bredesen of Norway, figure skater Oksana Baiul of Ukraine and speed skater Dan Jansen -- are cast not as athletic gods, but as humans.

The best news of all is that this special is available to all cable subscribers since it airs during the channel's holiday free preview.

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