Sure, some sports are back. But “sports” as we know it is largely still on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Today is the 74th day without sport. ⛳️
The italicized part of the text which appears above this sentence is partially false. Yes, “sports” are not back yet. But there will be an appointment on sports television on Sunday, especially for golf fans, with Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning teaming up against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in the event “The Match: Champions for Charity” (3 pm ET on TNT, TBS and truTV) which will raise $ 10 million for a charity linked to COVID-19.
In terms of celebrity, it’s about as hard-hitting as a quartet they come from. There is a lot of backstory between the rivalries that Mickelson and Woods shared on the course and the battles that Brady and Manning faced on the football field.
The event also made us think. If Brady and Manning were not involved, who would be a suitable replacement?
Steph Curry: This guy doesn’t just have extreme precision in the 3 point range. The sniper’s handicap fell to 1.5. The guard of the Golden State Warriors is deeply involved in the game, funding the programs for men and women at Howard University. Curry called the superstar and the elite golf game to make the headlines for any type of event like this.
Tony Romo: We know Romo can announce the end of a football game. He is also a talented golfer, and has used sponsor exemptions to play at PGA Tour events (four times in the past two years). Let’s say CBS should have the rights – a live microphone on Romo with him, constantly making fun of NFL play-by-play partner Jim Nantz, would be the gold.
John Smoltz: Said former MLB pitcher Woods: “I had never played with an amateur who had already scored well. It’s more than enough approval here. Calling the World Series in recent years for Fox, Smoltz has maintained a public presence.
Michael Jordan: Secondary bets will be an early offshoot of any celebrity quartet. Adding Jordan would take it to another level. He plays a lot and having a camera on him for three consecutive hours in a competitive environment could allow viewers to learn more about him than they did during “The Last Dance”.
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Sports on TV
Baseball (classic): 2019 World Series Match 7, 8 p.m. ET, MLB Network
Basketball (classic): 1998 Eastern Conference Final, Game 7, 9 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Football (live): German Bundesliga (all matches on FS1)
- FC Schalke 04 c. FC Augsburg, 7:30 a.m.ET
- FSV Mainz 05 c. RB Leipzig, 9:30 a.m.ET
- FC Köln v. Fortuna Düsseldorf, noon ET
Golf (live): The Match: Champions for Charity, 3 p.m. ET (TNT, TBS and truTV)
NASCAR (live): Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 6 p.m. ET (Fox)
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