World Series: Although the first two games haven’t been much to talk about, the
Rockies likely will put up a better fight in the rarified air of Coors Field. Games 3-5 are Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights. Air time is 7 each night.
College football: FSN has two excellent Pac 10 games: No. 9 USC at No. 5 Oregon at 2 p.m. and No. 18 California at No. 7 Arizona State at 9 p.m. In another good SEC contest, KWTV-9 will air No. 9 Florida at No. 20 Georgia at 2:30 p.m. There are only three Big 12 telecasts Saturday: Colorado at Texas Tech, 11 a.m., KOCO-5; Nebraska at No. 17 Texas, 2:30 p.m., KOCO-5; No. 12 Kansas at Texas A&M, 6 p.m., ESPN2.
NFL: Viewers can thank Adrian Peterson for getting to miss the dreadful London Bowl matching the New York Giants and winless Miami. While 62 percent of the nation gets that game, KOKH-25 is part of 10 percent of the nation that will get Philadelphia (2-4) at Minnesota (2-4). New England (7-0) hosts Washington (4-2) in KOKH-25’s second game at 3:15 p.m. Indianapolis (6-0) plays at Carolina (4-2) at noon on KWTV-9. In ESPN’s Monday night game, Denver (3-3) hosts Green Bay (5-1) at 7.
Prep football: Two showdowns will be televised at 7:30 p.m. Friday. In Class 5A, top-ranked Carl Albert hosts No. 2 Guthrie on Cox 7. In Class 3A, No. 1 Clinton hosts No. 5 Tuttle on KSBI-52.
Streamlined NFL draft: Good news for NFL draftniks. The league annou nced this week it is speeding up the draft. Instead of 15 minutes for each pick in Round 1, clubs now will get 10 minutes. In Round 2, the selection time has been shortened from 10 to seven minutes. For rounds 3-7, teams will still get five minutes a pick. The first two rounds will be Saturday, with the final five on Sunday.The 2008 NFL Draft will be April 26-27 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and televised by NFL Network and ESPN.
Spotlight on Yao Ming: FSN Houston producer Evan Gelber spent a week in China during the NBA off-season gathering materials for an “Under the Lights” special on Rockets center Yao Ming, which will air at 10 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Monday on FSN Southwest. The 30-minute show follows the Chinese superstar as he returned to his hometown of Shanghai with several other NBA players in July to host the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders event for top high school players in
Asia. Yao also takes viewers on a tour of his hometown, including a surprising look at how the 7-foot-6 larger-than-life figure resides in a small apartment with his parents.