Super Bowl XXXIII
--FOX 6:18 PM
He was the man in Denver. Then John Elway cost him his job. Now
he has resurfaced in Atlanta, seeking redemption. Dan Reeves?
No, Falcons backup quarterback Steve DeBerg, who lost his
starting spot to then rookie Elway in 1983. In this game of X's
and I's, the quarterbacks will take a backseat to running backs
Terrell Davis of Denver (right) and Jamal Anderson of Atlanta,
the NFL's two leading rushers this season. Defensive fun fact:
In Super Bowl XXIII, also in Pro Player Stadium, Broncos
linebacker Bill Romanowski (then a 49er) had an interception. A
Falcons upset would render the retiring Elway gone with the wind
and his former coach Reeves (0-3 in Super Bowls past) a man in
February 1, 1999
Utah at New Mexico
Unlike at Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico's other subterranean
wonder, visitors aren't welcome at The Pit. Through Sunday the
No. 12 Lobos (16-4, 15-0 at home) had won 56 of their last 57
games on their own floor, including a 79-78 squeaker on Jan. 16
over No. 7 Arizona. The Utes (14-4), losers to Kentucky in the
national championship game last March, struggled early this
season but had won nine straight. In this WAC showdown Utah's
senior point guard Andre Miller (averaging 16.9 points and 5.8
assists) must be at the top of his game if the Utes are to avoid
their third Pit fall in a row.
Pebble Beach Pro-Am
USA THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 3 PM
Last year the PGA Tour's most aesthetic but wettest event began
on Jan. 29 and ended almost seven months later, thereby drawing
comparisons to The Thin Red Line. Gallery lines will be thinner
at this year's event (which concludes on CBS over the weekend)
now that Michael Jordan, who was unable to confine his slices to
the fairway, had to scratch. Reigning (not the happiest homonym
to use for this tournament) champion Phil Mickelson is expected
to be joined by David Duval and Tiger Woods but not Robert
Duvall and James Woods. The celeb invitees do include old
standbys Kevin Costner, Bill Murray and Jack Lemmon, as well as
Hall of Famer-elect Robin Yount.
Avalanche at Red Wings
ESPN 7:30 PM
Two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit is scheduled to
visit the White House and reunite with President Clinton on
Thursday. If you wonder who's more likely to keep this date next
year, we go with Clinton. Though atop the Central Division, the
Red Wings were a perfunctory 23-20-3 through Sunday, including a
4-2 loss at Colorado (22-19-4) in December. Last week Detroit
captain Steve Yzerman had his nose broken by a puck passed by
former Red Wing Paul Coffey. It's been that kind of season.
TNT 8 PM AND 10:30 PM
The NBA has a sense of humor. After a six-month lockout there's a
chance that the first player you see score this season will be
Latrell Sprewell. In tonight's opener the Knicks welcome newly
acquired guard Sprewell against the Magic at the O-rena. The
nightcap features dispose-a-Bull Scottie Pippen, arguably the
league's best all-around player (when healthy) and now its most
bejeweled (six rings), playing alongside Susan Lucci, er, Charles
Barkley as the Rockets tap off against the Lakers at Chez Shaq,
the Great Western Forum.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Millions of dollars it cost to buy a 30-second spot during Super
Bowl XXXIII on Fox--a record, eclipsing the $1.29 million during
Super Bowl XXXII on NBC.
New Jersey, meet your glory days! "Waste management consultant"
Tony Soprano is the hottest character on TV, South Orange native
Lauryn Hill has been nominated for 10 Grammys, and the formerly
all-but-invisible Nets (one national TV appearance in 1997-98)
are NBA darlings, scheduled to appear on NBC, TBS and TNT a total
of nine times this season. And, yo, the Boss is getting the band
back together! The Garden State is an entertainment diner-sty.