Mike Bebernes
Monday October 21st, 2013

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Prince Fielder: The leaping corgi of baseball. Send any suggestions to SI.TheLineup@gmail.com. (Bold indicates a national broadcast. All times Eastern.)

Pregame Reads

  • "My life as a young thug," by Mike Tyson.
  • Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post blames sportswriters, including himself, for the concussion crisis in the NFL.
  • How to get page clicks: mention Tim Tebow or criticize people mentioning Tim Tebow or link to people talking about Tim Tebow.


Starter

Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants, 8:40p.m. (ESPN)

This must have looked like a gem of a matchup when they were drawing up the schedule, with the two-time champs taking on the defending MVP. Adrian Peterson may not be human, but his teammates have certainly proven to be. Eli manning appears to have torn the ACL in his head.


Reserves

NHL

San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7:30p.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30p.m. (NBC Sports & Live Extra)

Calgary Flames vs. L.A. Kings, 10:30p.m.

NHL

Dallas Mavericks vs. Houston Rockets, 8:00p.m. (NBA TV)

Mavs owner Mark Cuban is high on his team. He recently said that the team's new guard tandem of Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis will give them the "fastest backcourt in the league." Perhaps Mark is just still gushing with goodwill after being found not guilty of insider trading.

English Premiere League

Crystal Palace vs. Fulham, 2:30p.m. (NBC Sports & Live Extra)

World Cup

World Cup European Playoff Draw, 8:00a.m. (ESPN3)

Under-17 World Cup

Croatia vs. Panama, 8:48a.m. (ESPN3)

Tunisia vs. Russia, 8:48a.m. (ESPN3)

Uzbekistan vs. Morocco, 11:48a.m. (ESPN3)

Japan vs. Venezuela, 11:48a.m. (ESPN3)

When push comes to shove, 17 years probably isn't enough time to learn how to play defense. What that means for you the viewer is a healthy dose of spectacular individual plays that would be normally snuffed out by more seasoned defenders. Notice the olé-style front put up in this all-time highlight reel.

TV

WWE Monday Night Raw, 8:00p.m. (USA)

Basketball Wives, 8:00p.m. (VH1)

CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, 9:00p.m. (VH1)

Somewhere along the line, this movie will provide you the opportunity to watch a D-list actor who vaguely resembles Andre Rison achingly stare off camera, pretending to watch his house burn down. That will be a fun few minutes.


Birthdays

Olmes Garcia, Real Salt Lake Forward, 21

Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves Point Guard, 23

Zack Greinke, L.A. Dodgers Pitcher, 30

James White, NBA Shooting Guard, 31

George Bell, Former MLB Outfielder, 54Whitey Ford, MLB Hall of Fame Pitcher, 85

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