Thursday, Aug. 21
MRA at Jackson Academy (7 p.m., Jackson, 930 AM): The local high school football season kicks off.
Friday, Aug. 22
NFL preseason football, Houston at Dallas (7 p.m., Ch. 12/970 AM): The Cowboys and Texans battle for exhibition-game supremacy in Texas.
Saturday, Aug. 23
Southern League baseball, Mobile at Mississippi (7 p.m., Pearl, 1590 AM): The M-Braves open a homestand, still chasing a playoff berth.
NFL preseason football, New Orleans at Cincinnati (6:30 p.m., Comcast Ch. 71 and 400/620 AM): This is the preseason game to watch as the starters for both sides will play for much of the game.
Olympics, men's basketball gold medal game (1:30 a.m. Sunday, Ch. 3): Will the U.S. Redeem Team accomplish its mission and bring home the gold?
Sunday, Aug. 24
Olympics, closing ceremony (7 p.m., Ch. 3): The Beijing Games come to an end amid CGI-enhanced fireworks and lip-synched songs.
Monday, Aug. 25
NFL preseason football, Seattle at San Diego (7 p.m., ESPN): If you have to play a practice game, you might as well play it in good weather.
Tuesday, Aug. 26
Movie, "Angels In the Outfield," (8:45 a.m., TCM): The woeful Pittsburgh Pirates need divine intervention to become contenders in this 1951 comedy. Some things never change.
Wednesday, Aug. 27
Major League Baseball, Boston at New York Yankees (7 p.m., ESPN): The ancient rivals battle for a postseason berth. Only one of them is going to make it.
The Slate is compiled by Doctor S between efforts to figure out Southern League playoff scenarios.
Dr.S, did you know Gene Upshaw died yesterday or this morning. He was a 15 year NFL player with the Raiders, winner of 2 Superbowls , head of the NFL Players Association since 1983, I think. Most of all, he was Kaze and my fraternity brother.
He was loved pretty much by the current players for getting excellent benefits for them and hated by the old players for seemingly not caring for them. Lots of old players are probably rejoicing over his passing but the young one should lionize him.
I heard about Gene Upshaw's passing last night on Ben Maller's radio show on Fox Sports (yeah, couldn't sleep). He had pancreatic cancer. Chris Mortensen called in to the Mike & Mike show on ESPN and he said that Upshaw's closest associates didn't even know he was ill. Mort himself said he saw him in Lake Tahoe last week and said Upshaw didn't look well to him. Apparently, Upshaw kept his illness close to the vest. I'm a Raider hater, but I hate the news about him even more.
- golden eagle