Take a stroll down memory lane, as ESPN Classic revisits some of the greatest triumphs, comebacks, upsets, milestones, streaks and dynasties from across the sports spectrum.
ESPN Classic’s 2008/09 programming coincides with the biggest events on the sports calendar, as viewers will see specialized theme months, weeks and weekends showcasing classic moments from that event’s storied history. ESPN Classic also dedicates each night of the week to specific sports: Monday – NFL and hockey; Tuesday – CFL; Wednesday – wrestling and boxing; Thursday – basketball and baseball; Friday – auto racing and Reel Classics movies; Saturday – Pub Night and Reel Classics movies; Sunday – tennis, bowling and special programming.
ESPN Classic’s programming for the 2008/09 season is as follows:
U.S. Open Tennis (August 23 and 4)
The USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY is the backdrop for some of the most exciting U.S. Open tennis matches in history. ESPN Classic has vintage action from the final Grand Slam event on the tennis calendar with action of the best players and most memorable matches in the history of the tournament. Highlights include a marathon five-set match between Andre Agassi and Marcos Baghdatis from 2006, which many consider to be one of the greatest and most emotionally-charged U.S. Open tennis matches in recent years.
CFL Hall of Fame Weekend (September 13 – 12 noon to 6 p.m. ET)
When the Canadian Football Hall of Fame inducts Doug Flutie, Mike ‘Pinball’ Clemens and Mike Pringle this fall, ESPN Classic will salute their legacies by showcasing some of their greatest games and most memorable accomplishments.
NFL Kickoff – Salute to the Giants (September 6 – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET)
ESPN Classic kicks off the 2008/09 NFL season with a celebration of last year’s Super Bowl champion New York Giants and pays tribute to the franchise’s storied history with classic Giants moments, games and players, from Lawrence Taylor to Tiki Barber to reigning Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
Major league Baseball Blowout (September 27 and 28 – 12 noon to 6 p.m. ET)
Play ball! As wild card races heat up and magic numbers count down, ESPN Classic gets set for the MLB post-season with vintage post-season and Fall Classic match-ups. Highlights include the Toronto Blue Jays clinching the AL East title in 1991 and Kirk Gibson’s game-winning home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
NHL Countdown: Salute to the Champions (October 4 and 5)
ESPN Classic drops the puck on the 2008/09 NHL season with a salute to this season’s Stanley Cup champion.
Grey Cup Weekend (November 21 to 23)
ESPN Classic gears up for the Grey Cup in Montreal with a look back at some of the greatest CFL championship games, including the 1995 Grey Cup in Regina featuring Calgary vs. Baltimore and the 1981 Grey Cup from Montreal featuring Ottawa vs. Edmonton.
World Junior Hockey Holiday Celebration (December 20 to 22)
ESPN Classic spreads some holiday cheer with three full days of IIHF World Junior Championship action. Leading into TSN’s annual holiday tradition, fans can relive some of the tournament’s most memorable games featuring past World Juniors heroes and current NHL stars Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Jarome Iginla and Jose Theodore. Highlights include the 2007 semifinal game between Canada and the U.S., which came down to an unforgettable shootout featuring Canada’s Jonathan Toews.
Super Bowl Week (January 2009)
ESPN Classic’s annual NFL tradition continues in January with Super Bowl Week. Fans will be treated to some of the most memorable Super Bowl match-ups leading up to the 2009 battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy with heroic performances by Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw and John Elway.
Love Weekend (February 2009)
ESPN Classic viewers get the chance to profess their love for their favourite sports on Valentine’s Day weekend, as viewers can vote online to determine the network’s programming on February 14 and 15.
March Madness (March 2008)
ESPN Classic creates its own March Madness with an entire month devoted to the sporting world’s true ‘classics’ and the games and moments that made them great. Featured sports legends include boxing’s Muhammad Ali, hockey’s Wayne Gretzky, basketball’s Michael Jordan and baseball’s ‘Mr. October’, Reggie Jackson.
IIHF World Men’s Championship (April 2009)
ESPN Classic travels back to Halifax and Quebec City, site of the 2008 IIHF World Men’s Championship, where Canada’s overtime loss to Russia in the gold medal final renewed a bitter rivalry between the two countries. ESPN Classic will get viewers primed for this year’s tournament in Switzerland as it highlights some of the best World Championship games featuring both teams going head-to-head.
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