Saturday 12/6

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Army vs. Navy

Be glad that you're not watching the 98th edition of this
rivalry in person at Giants Stadium. The concession lines are
endless, due to the plebes' annoying habit of barking, "Thank
you, sir, may I have another!" upon being served. Brevity will
also be served--these are, after all, service academies--as the
Cadets (4-6), ranked third in the nation in rushing (316 yards
per game), and the Midshipmen (6-4), ranked fifth (299) mainly
because of record-setting quarterback Chris McCoy (page 100),
will keep the clock constantly running. N.B.: 1) Including last
year, when Army's Chad Suitonu tracked Navy's Cory Schemm
(below) in the Cadets' 28-24 win, Navy has lost five in a row to
West Point by a total of 10 points, and 2) Colonel Flagg will
not referee.
CBS, NOON

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Wooden Classic

In these septuplet-mad times, the prospect of a twin bill may
not intrigue you. In this case it should. The opener from the
Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim pits Georgia (No. 22 at week's end)
against No. 11 Stanford; then No. 8 New Mexico takes on No. 15
UCLA. Speaking of diaper dandies, Bulldogs forward Jumaine Jones
and Bruins guard Baron Davis, both freshmen, bear
watching--especially Jones, who was leading Georgia in scoring
(16.2 points per game) and in comparisons to former Dawg
Dominique Wilkins (another freshman who led the Dawgs in
scoring).
FOX SPORTS NET, 3 PM

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
SEC Championship: Auburn vs. Tennessee

Timeout for a rant (I now have two remaining): With superb
weather, the best stadiums and the most rabid fans of any
conference, the $EC should play its championship game at the
home field of one of the title contenders and not in a dome
located in Atlanta, an ACC city. Shame! On this evening a fierce
rivalry, interrupted by the 1992 fission of the SEC into two
divisions, resumes as both schools--each of which lost to
Florida this season--make their title-game debut. Savor the
stylistic clash on offense: Quarterback Peyton Manning of the
10-1 Volunteers is a pure passer, while Dameyune Craig,
Manning's counterpart for the 9-2 Tigers, is equally adept
running or throwing.
ABC, 8 PM

Sunday 12/7

PRO FOOTBALL
Lions at Dolphins

In this eraser special, the record books will be rewritten all
evening. Detroit running back Barry Sanders (page 62), who leads
the NFL with 6.1 yards per carry, will be trying to shatter his
own mark by gaining 100 yards or more for the 12th straight
game. Miami quarterback Dan Marino (left), the career leader in
passing attempts, completions, yardage and touchdowns, will
break at least one record every time he throws the ball. The
Lions (7-6) and the Dolphins (8-5) face must-win situations, and
the outcome may hinge on whether the defenses (Miami's ranks
16th against the run, Detroit's 12th against the pass) can hold
Sanders and Marino in check.
ESPN, 8 PM

Tuesday 12/9

PRO BASKETBALL
Knicks at Bulls

Have you seen the film Aging Bull? It's the story of a
past-its-prime, five-ring circus that's destined to fold its
tent next June--if not sooner--to the chagrin of hoops fans
everywhere. Except those in New York, whose Knicks (10-5 at
week's end) have no rings during the Michael Jordan Era. The
Bulls (9-7) have struggled early, but New York nemesis Jordan
(see above, battling Knick Patrick Ewing) was again leading the
NBA in scoring (27.6-point average).
TNT, 8 pm

All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.

COLOR PHOTO: RICK STEWART/ALLSPORT [Cory Schemm in game] COLOR PHOTO: GREGORY SMITH/AP [Dan Marino in game] COLOR PHOTO: DOUG PENSINGER/ALLSPORT [Michael Jordan in game]

THE ! ZAPPER

Video killed the rodeo star? Each night this week--on ESPN2 at
11:30 p.m., except Friday, when the telecast is on ESPN at
midnight--and continuing on both channels through Dec. 14,
cowboys can wallow in tape-delay coverage from the National
Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. If you love barrel racing and calf
roping, then Christmas comes early this year. For a few days,
the most bull on TV won't be on C-SPAN.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)