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Classic Sports on TV Today (Saturday, March 28)

Missing sports? MLB, college basketball, racing, tennis, and women's soccer replays all on the docket for Saturday

Live sporting events have been postponed indefinitely because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but fans can relive some memories and classic games (MLB, college basketball, tennis, NASCAR races, women's soccer) on TV on Saturday, March 28.

 

To try and help fill that sports-sized void in people's lives, various networks including CBS, FOX, and ESPN have been re-airing classic games and matchups. On Saturday alone, there's something for everyone from baseball to racing and women's soccer fans. And that's just on the aforementioned networks.

 

So if you're wondering, "What classic sports are on today?" know this: CBS Sports, FOX Sports, and ESPN have plenty to offer on Saturday, March 28.

 

MLB on TV Today

This should have been the opening weekend to the 2020 MLB regular season. Instead of live baseball, ESPN, FOX, and MLB Network will be presenting a collection of postseason classics and historic pitching performances.

 

ESPN is hosting "Strikeout Saturday," where the network will air four of the five 20-strikeout games in MLB history. Starting at noon ET, baseball fans can tune in to watch a quartet of overpowering pitchers.

  • 12-2 p.m. ET: Seattle Mariners at Boston Red Sox, 1986 (Roger Clemens)
  • 2-4 p.m. ET: Houston Astros at Chicago Cubs, 1998 (Kerry Wood)
  • 4-6 p.m. ET: Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks, 2001 (Randy Johnson)
  • 6-8 p.m. ET: Detroit Tigers at Washington Nationals, 2016 (Max Scherzer)

If you're into Fall Classic thrillers or curse-busting, FOX will re-air Game 7 of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians at 3 p.m. ET. Even if you aren't a fan of either team, this is a game worth watching if you love captivating, winner-take-all postseason baseball.

 

And not to be outdone, MLB Network is dipping into the archives and showing Games 5 (2:30-6:30 p.m. ET) and 6 (8 p.m.-1 a.m. ET) of the 1986 National League Championship Series between the New York Mets and Houston Astros. Anyone who knows baseball history knows that the Mets won both games to advance to the World Series to face the Boston Red Sox, but the Astros didn't make it easy. Both games needed extra innings to be decided.

 

College Basketball On TV Today

The NCAA Tournament was one of the many major events canceled due to the pandemic, but CBS Sports Network has a full slate of classic games for those missing March Madness. Kentucky and Duke fans in particular may want to take note.

  • 6-8 a.m. ET: 2004 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight: Oklahoma State vs. St. Joseph's
  • 8-10 a.m. ET: 2005 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight: Illinois vs. Arizona
  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET: 2017 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight: Kentucky vs. North Carolina
  • 12-2 p.m. ET: 1992 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight: Duke vs. Kentucky (re-airs at 8-10 p.m. ET)
  • 2-4 p.m. ET: 1998 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight: Kentucky vs. Duke (re-airs at 10 p.m.-midnight ET)
  • 4-6 p.m. ET: 2014 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight: Kentucky vs. Michigan
  • 6-8 p.m. ET: 2015 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight: Kentucky vs. Notre Dame

Additionally, FS2 is showing the 2018 Big East Tournament Final between Providence and Villanova late Saturday night (10:30 p.m. ET).

 

Federer vs. Nadal

The greatest rivalry in tennis history, if not sports in general, Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (19) are first and second in Grand Slam titles. Nadal leads their head-to-head series 24-16, including a 6-3 edge in Grand Slam finals.
 

ESPN2 is putting this rivalry in the spotlight on Saturday by re-airing six of their classic Wimbledon and Australian Open battles. Even if you're not a big tennis fan, you may want to give one of these matches a try to see two maestros at work.

  • 6-8 a.m. ET: 2006 Wimbledon final (Federer wins in four sets)
  • 8-10 a.m. ET: 2012 Australian Open semifinal (Nadal wins in three sets)
  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET: 2007 Wimbledon final (Nadal wins in five sets)
  • 1-5 p.m.: 2017 Australian Open final (Federer wins in five sets)
  • 6-8 p.m.: 2008 Wimbledon final (Nadal wins in a five-set marathon that takes nearly five hours to complete)
  • 11 p.m. ET: 2009 Australian Open final (Nadal wins in five-set, four-hour-plus thriller)

Lastly, FS1 also is giving NASCAR and women's soccer fans something to watch with the re-airing of the 2001 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 Winston Cup Series race from Atlanta Motor Speedway (7-10 p.m. ET), which then-rookie Kevin Harvick won over three-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon by a mere .006 seconds, and the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Quarterfinal between the United States and France. The Americans beat the host country 2-1 in front of a crowd of nearly 46,000 in Paris on their way to winning back-to-back World Cup titles.
 

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