The To-Do List

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1. The People of Green Bay v. Brett Favre

The first-year Vikings quarterback, who spent 16 seasons playing for the Packers, makes his first-ever appearance against his former club on Monday Night Football (8:30 p.m., ESPN).

2. Former Yankees make the late-night rounds

Future Hall of Fame skipper Joe Torre stops by The Jay Leno Show on Monday night (10 p.m., NBC) as the Dodgers get set for Wednesday's NLDS opener against St. Louis. Later, one of Torre's favorite proteges from the Yankee years -- slovenly southpaw David Wells -- does Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35 a.m., NBC).

3. Tigers, Twins play No. 163

With nothing to separate the Tigers and Twins after six months and 162 games, the division rivals meet Tuesday in a one-game playoff to determine the AL Central champion (5:07 p.m., TBS). Nothing in sports quite matches the high drama of these unusual, winner-take-all fixtures -- where C-listers like Luis Sojo or Bucky "Effing" Dent often make a more lasting impact than any of the stars.

4. NBA Live 10 hits shelves

The lastest installment in EA Sports' classic hoops frachise drops Tuesday for PS3, PSP, Xbox 360 and the iPhone. Orlando's Dwight Howard graces this year's cover.

5. There's only one October

The MLB playoffs kick off Wednesday when the Phillies host the Rockies in Game 1 of the NLDS at Citizens Bank Park (2:37 p.m., TBS). Coverage continues through the weekend on TBS and FOX. And not unlike last year's Frank Caliendo deluge, brace yourself for the George Lopezonslaught.

6. United Football League begins play

The UFL kicks off with Thursday night opener's between the California Redwoods and the Las Vegas Locomotives (6 p.m., Versus). Among the "Rememeber Then?" candidates slated to participate is Marcel Shipp, the 31-year-old running back who led the Arizona Cardinals in rushing in 2002, '03 and '05.

7. Sports movies swarm theaters

Connoisseurs of sports cinema have a bevy of choices opening Friday in theaters: There's More Than A Game, the long-awaited documentary about LeBron James and four of his teammates at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. There's The Damned United, the fictionalized account of Brian Clough's doomed tenure as manager of English soccer team Leeds United. And for the fight fans, there's From Mexico With Love-- featuring D-Day from Animal House as a grizzled trainer looking for one last shot at glory.

8. USMNT shoots for South Africa

The U.S. men's national team can secure a place in a sixth consecutive World Cup with a victory in Honduras on Saturday (10 p.m., Pay-Per-View).

9. SEC showdown at Tiger Stadium

The Southeastern Conference takes center stage Saturday night when top-ranked Florida and fourth-ranked Louisiana State -- schools responsible for the past three BCS titles -- collide in Baton Rouge (8 p.m., CBS).

10. New England take aim at Denver's perfect start

Sunday's must-see game on the NFL slate? It's the Patriots on the road against the Broncos (4:15 p.m., CBS), who put their undefeated record on the line against Tom Brady and company.