Nov. 24, 1997
Nov. 24, 1997

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Nov. 24, 1997


Saturday 11/22

This is an article from the Nov. 24, 1997 issue

Ohio State at Michigan

Ten and zero. 11-0. 9-0-1. Three times in the last four seasons
the Buckeyes strutted unbeaten into this Big Ten closer against
their archrival (including last year, below)--and three times
they lost. With a Rose Bowl berth at stake, can 10-1 Ohio State
be the spoiler this time against the top-ranked, 10-0
Wolverines? And do Ohio State linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer and
Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson (page 64) have any Heisman
shot? If you believe a player must line up on offense to be
eligible, remember that Woodson also plays wide receiver and
tossed a completed pass against Wisconsin, while Katzenmoyer ran
one play at fullback earlier this autumn.

Florida State at Florida

Looking for omens? They augur well for the 10-0 Seminoles. Steve
Spurrier, coach of the 8-2 Gators, is 46-2 in his career at the
Swamp, but both losses have come to coaches named Bowden. (Psst!
Steve: Do not schedule Tulane.) The last time a Bobby
Bowden-coached Florida State team won in Gainesville, 33-21 in
1993, it was sparked by a freshman tailback from Baton Rouge
Catholic High named Warrick Dunn. This year's starting tailback,
Travis Minor, is also a freshman from Baton Rouge Catholic. The
Gator haters from Tallahassee further recall that in '93 the
Seminoles advanced to the Orange Bowl and beat Nebraska 18-16
for the national title. Hmm....
CBS, 3:30 PM

Sunday 11/23

Cowboys at Packers

Whose stock is rising, and whose is falling? Last week publicly
owned Green Bay announced a plan to issue new shares in the team
for the first time since 1950. A few days before, The Dallas
Morning News compiled a list of 31 possible candidates to
replace embattled Cowboys coach Barry Switzer. Dallas (6-5),
making only its second visit to Lambeau Field since the Ice Bowl
in '67, has played five NFC road games this season and lost them
all. One reason (and one that doesn't bode well against the
rugged defense of the 8-3 Packers): Dallas running back Emmitt
Smith (right) scored no touchdowns in those games and has only
two all season.

Tuesday 11/25

Canucks at Rangers

Welcome back, Keenan? On their first joint return to New York,
new Vancouver coach Mike Keenan and his captain, Mark Messier,
could find Madison Square Garden as warm and cozy as United
Nations inspectors find Baghdad. In 1994 Keenan was the coach
and Messier the captain of the Rangers who ended the Big Apple's
44-year Stanley Cup drought (with a 4-3 series victory
over...the Canucks). But soon after the celebration, Keenan
warbled, "If I can make it there/I'll make it anywhere," and
departed for St. Louis, where he was fired last year. Last
summer Messier, too, forsook Manhattan. Now the twosome are
trying to resuscitate the Canucks, who at week's end were off to
the fourth-worst start (5-13-3) in their history.
ESPN2, 7:30 PM

Thursday 11/27

UCLA vs. North Carolina

Match the following names with the reasons they will not appear
at the Great Alaska Shootout: 1) Tar Heels coach Dean Smith, 2)
Bruins stars Kris Johnson and Jelani McCoy, and A) reportedly
tested positive for marijuana, B) retirement. Answers: 1-B, 2-A.
(If you took more than a split second to respond, see Dick
Vitale pronto!) Worth watching in Anchorage will be North
Carolina junior forward Antawn Jamison (above), who is
blossoming into the ACC's top player.

TWO COLOR PHOTOS: JOHN BIEVER (2) [University of Michigan football player and Ohio State University football player in game; Emmitt Smith in game]COLOR PHOTO: CRAIG JONES/ALLSPORT [Antawn Jamison in game]


The Davis Cup finals between the U.S. and Sweden--the first two
singles matches will be telecast Friday on ESPN at 1 p.m. and on
ESPN2 at 4 p.m. (both tape-delayed)--brings to mind the David
Letterman sketch "Let's Look for Swedes." During his days on
NBC, Letterman occasionally trained his outdoor cameras on Fifth
Avenue in search of folks possessed of Nordic mien. That was
funny. How many people outside of Stockholm, or IKEA, can
identify Jonas Bjorkman (even though he's the world's
fourth-ranked player) or Thomas Enqvist, who could represent
Sweden in the finals this week? That's not funny. That's the
state of tennis today.

All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.