Buccaneers at Packers
ESPN 8:15 PM
Let's give a hand to quarterback Brett Favre, who after guiding
the Packers to a pair of thrilling comebacks in the season's
first three weeks already has a leg up on his fourth MVP award.
Favre has prospered despite a banged-up throwing hand that Green
Bay safety LeRoy Butler describes as looking "like somebody ran
it over with a car." Favre's toughness has translated into 112
consecutive starts, putting him within reach of Ron Jaworski's
NFL record for a quarterback (116). In a game that could be
central to deciding the NFC Central, Favre and backs such as
Dorsey Levens (right) will have to surmount Tampa Bay's
ferocious defense, even if Bucs sackmeister Warren Sapp may be
questionable because of--what else?--a broken hand.
October 10, 1999
Michigan at Michigan State
Spartans alumnus Richard Ford (author, The Sportswriter) and
Wolverines graduate Gerald Ford (38th U.S. president) both take
a backseat to Henry Ford, an alum of the school of hard knocks
who put the state of Michigan on the map. And these two teams
have helped keep it there with their storied rivalry. For the
first time since 1961 both schools enter this game unbeaten.
Each boasts established senior quarterbacks, gifted wideouts and
tenacious defenses, meaning that today's victor will hail from
the side that doesn't combust internally.
NBC 4 PM
If synergy-seeking NBC execs merged this extreme sports
competition, taped last month in Rhode Island's capital, with an
episode of the network's drama Providence, the plot might be:
The lovely--yet lovelorn--Dr. Sydney Hansen gives first aid to
street luger Biker Sherlock after he crashes into her clinic.
Word spreads of Syd's loveliness--and lornliness--and soon many
a dirt biker, downhill skateboarder and wake-boarder are
"crashing" into the clinic. When an aggressive in-line skater
gets a little too aggressive, Syd's usually kindly veterinarian
father has him neutered.
Baseball League Championship Series
NATIONAL: NBC TUES. 8 PM, WED. 4 PM AND FRI. 8 PM
AMERICAN: FOX WED. 8 PM, THURS. 8 PM
Today the United Nations will officially declare that the
world's population has reached the six billion mark. Of course,
the U.N. is only making an educated guess, as are we by
presuming that the Braves will appear in the National League
series for the eighth straight time. Maybe a U.N. commission can
investigate why switch-hitting third baseman Chipper Jones, who
should be named league MVP, wasn't selected to the All-Star team
Blues at Red Wings
ESPN 7 PM
New St. Louis goalie Roman Turek seems to be following in
Dominik Hasek's skate tracks. Like Hasek, Turek is a native of
the Czech Republic who was unable to unseat Ed Belfour as No. 1
goalie on his first NHL team (Dallas) and then supplanted Grant
Fuhr on his second. Turek's talent--Roman is the Hadrian's Wall
of impassable netminders--is vital to the Blues, who permitted
the fewest shots on goal in the league last season but were 14th
in goals allowed. Detroit, which took the most shots on goal in
'98-99, is an early test.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. SOURCE:
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Percent of households watching TV in Ohio tuned in to the
Astros-Reds showdown series on Fox Sports Ohio (Sept. 28 and
Sept. 29). In Astros country 11% were tuned in to Fox Sports
Last Saturday, with the Reds, Astros and Mets playing
back-to-back-to-back in their tussle for postseason berths, why
couldn't there have been a tripleheader (perhaps on more than
one network) available to all viewers? New Yorkers, for
instance, did see Astros-Dodgers on Fox at 4 p.m. But at 1 p.m.,
instead of being shown Brewers-Reds, those viewers got an
X-Files rerun. Why baseball squanders such opportunities is a
mystery fit for Mulder and Scully.