SI View The Week in TV Sports

Nov. 09, 1998
Nov. 09, 1998

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Nov. 9, 1998

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    Compiled by Cameron Morfit and Jeff Pearlman

    While you were transfixed by the NFL, NHL, PGA, and NASCAR, you probably missed some of the weird and wondrous things that go on each week in the world of sports. Here are a few items from wire services and local papers that might have slipped under your radar.

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Saturday 11/7

Breeders' Cup

The $4 million feature race from Churchill Downs, the Classic
(post time: 5:05), boasts the most awesome--including Awesome
Again, who's 5-0 in 1998--array of future studs since Cruise,
Dillon and Swayze made The Outsiders. Among the 11 entries as of
Monday were Skip Away (right), vying to become the Classic's
first repeat winner, racing's alltime cash cow (a victory would
give him $10 million in earnings) and Horse of the Year; 1998
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm; the last two
Belmont Stakes victors, Victory Gallop and Touch Gold; Travers
Stakes champ Coronado's Quest; and Swain, Europe's top horse.
Casual equine racing fans, take note: Ben Johnson and a Corvette
aren't entered.


Saturday 11/7

Penn State at Michigan

Keith Jackson, Hail to the Victors, JoePa, maize and blue,
November chill and "heavy-legged backs runnin' behind them big
uglies." Do we even need to keep score? Despite their 6-2
record, the Wolverines are undefeated in the Big Ten and hope to
stay that way until their Nov. 21 showdown in Columbus. Michigan
has a stick of dynamite in freshman rusher Justin Fargas. The
Nittany Lions (6-1) counter with the nation's eighth-ranked
rushing defense, led by Butkus Award candidates LaVar Arrington
and Brandon Short.

Sunday 11/8

Bills at Jets

Flutie Flakes. How about Flute Loops? We haven't seen a
bandwagon bulge this much since the arrival of Flutie & the
Blowfish (sorry, it gets addictive). Then again, how can you not
love Buffalo's boyish backup quarterback of 36 years and 70
inches? Since stepping in for injured Rob Johnson, Doug Flutie
has guided Buffalo (5-3) to four straight victories while acting
as a hug-therapy session partner for sackaholic defensive end
Bruce Smith. New York (5-3), which has suffered serial
losses--six in a row--to its Empire State brethren, will try to
keep Flutie Flakes from becoming the Breakfast of AFC East

Wednesday 11/11

Coyotes at Stars
ESPN2 8:30 PM

This season the NHL is keeping a "hits" statistic (four years
too late for Shane Stant). At week's end Dallas (6-1-2) had the
NHL's top hit men in defensemen Derian Hatcher (30) and Richard
Matvichuk (28). The Star who has been the biggest hit thus far
is Darryl Sydor, who was tied for the scoring lead among NHL
defensemen with 11 points.

Friday 11/13

Connecticut vs. Duke

There's no truth to the rumor that McDonald's new low-cal veggie
burger will be called the McBeal. Also marching in the female
I'm Not Too Thin parade: the Blue Devils' women's basketball
team, which retains all five starters from 1997-98, and the
Huskies, who lost, clutch-shooting Nykesha Sales
but get back the '96-97 Big East women's rookie of the year,
guard Shea Ralph, who missed last season. They have also added
two freshmen, forward Tamika Williams, the 1998 national high
school player of the year, and forward Swin Cash, who averaged
30.4 points and 16.9 rebounds during her senior prom season.
Tonight's twin bill (Arkansas meets Stanford at 11 p.m.) tips
off from San Jose Arena, site of next spring's women's Final
Four. Expect at least one of these teams to know its way back
here come March.


COLOR PHOTO: TODD WARSHAW/ALLSPORT [Horse Skip Away during race]


NBA players are threatening to boycott interviewers from NBC and
Turner Sports when their season starts because they feel the
networks are siding with the owners by paying rights fees during
the lockout. No sweat for NBC, which has a plan: Place a
cardboard cutout of Michael Jordan next to Ahmad Rashad, himself
a nearly lifelike figure, and play a sound bite of MJ saying,
"That's just Dennis being Dennis" or "We need to get the
supporting cast involved."



The overnight rating for last Sunday's 49ers-Packers game on Fox,
making it the highest-rated NFL afternoon game this season.