A couch potato's guide to the Grey Cup weekend
Stop if you've heard this already, but the Grey Cup game is on TSN Sunday evening. You may have seen a promo or two on TSN, which is setting some sort of record with 17 hours of pre-game buildup starting Saturday morning.
By the time the game is over, TSN will have dedicated almost an entire day to the 97th handing off of Earl Grey's mug. That might be a tad excessive, but it's all part of TSN's master plan to promote the heck out of what will probably be its biggest show of the year. (The world junior hockey tournament is the other contender.)
But if you're looking for a break from three-down football, there are some interesting alternatives that aren't part of the sports mainstream:
FIGHT NIGHT, OR FRIGHT NIGHT: The Fight Network is airing a couple of documentaries that have created a bit of a stir elsewhere. On Saturday (8 p.m.), it will show Strictly Baby Fight Club. It's a British documentary about parents who start training their kids to box at -- get this -- age 4. Nothing like toughening them up early. Next Saturday, it will show Bum Fights, which isn't quite as suggestive as it sounds. Sounding suspiciously like that episode of The Simpsons in which Homer takes on a bunch of skid-row types, the documentary looks at a group of California entrepreneurs who filmed fights between derelicts and then sold about 300,000 DVDs to people who apparently have very little in their lives.
HOCKEY SHOWDOWN: As part of its relentless promotion of all things related to the Vancouver Olympics, CTV is airing a two-part special entitled Sid The Kid V. Alexander The Great. It's a look at what drives these two hockey stars and what makes them so good. It's well-done, but you have to wonder who'll be watching because Part I airs at 7 p.m. Saturday, just when most hockey fans will be watching Hockey Night In Canada.
OLYMPIAN STUFF: The CTV-Rogers Olympic consortium continues rolling out its pre-Vancouver stuff with a one-hour documentary on how athletes are training for the Games. It airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on OMNI1. If you miss it, the consortium will show it again on seven other channels.