Georgia at Florida
CBS 3:30 PM Not since the WCW's Goldberg trolled the trenches
as an All-SEC noseguard in the late 1980s has Georgia had any
sustained success wrastlin' Gators. Both schools enter this
renewal of the border war in Jacksonville with a 6-1 record, but
fifth-ranked Florida has won eight of the last nine games
between the two. Memo to quarterback Quincy Carter of the No. 10
Bulldogs: Keep an eye on Gators defensive end and smackdown
artist Alex Brown. Sleeper holds are his specialty.
World Series Game 6
NBC 7:30 PM, IF NECESSARY; GAME 7, SUNDAY 7:30 PM, IF NECESSARY
Will the Braves and the Yankees require a Game 6 (and 7)? If they
don't, NBC sincerely hopes you'll enjoy a new Freaks and Geeks.
The Tour Championship, Final Round
ESPN 1 PM; ABC 3 PM Like trick-or-treaters nationwide, today
Tiger Woods, David Duval and the rest of the top 30 money winners
on the PGA Tour will walk in search of goodies--in the golfers'
case, the $900,000 winner's share of a $5 million purse. Unlike
their costumed counterparts, the linksters at Houston's Champions
Golf Club won't have to tote their own bags.
76ers at Spurs; Lakers at Jazz
TNT 8 PM AND 10:30 PM Never can say goodbye. Michael Jackson?
No, Phil, the latest ex-Bull to prove that the NBA is always in
your future. (Take heart, Dennis.) Last seen walking off this
same Delta Center hardwood in 1998, the Zen master returns, this
time as Lakers coach, for the second half of tonight's
season-opening TV doubleheader. The new Jackson five, headlined
by center Shaquille O'Neal, will be minus guard Kobe Bryant
(broken right hand).
Spurs at Rockets
TNT 8 PM Charles Barkley's derriere ranks behind only Jennifer
Lopez's as the most talked about in America. The Chuckster's
posterior motive has long been to relentlessly bump and grind
his way into the paint. Now that the NBA has given that tactic
the bum's rush (an offensive player below the foul line who is
backing in toward the basket must pass, shoot or pick up his
dribble within five seconds), Houston's rookie point guard Steve
Francis must spearhead a more frontal attack on the NBA champs.
Howard Cosell: Telling It Like It Is
HBO 8PM Howard Cosell (above, interviewing Floyd Patterson in
1961): astute, obstreperous observer; plangent protagonist of
civil rights; sesquipedalian orator on the burlesque that is
American athletics. You, sir, were one of a kind. In this
excellent 60-minute documentary, Cosell cohorts Frank Gifford and
Al Michaels, and friends such as Woody Allen and Billy Crystal,
are among many who discourse on sports' mightiest mouth. It's
entirely apposite that Cosell played himself quizzing a wounded
Latin American dictator in Allen's Bananas but during a real-life
1978 interview (at a USA-Cuba boxing match) had to interrupt
Fidel Castro so ABC could return to sprint skating.
SportsCenter is amped! The 11 p.m. show on Oct. 20 led off with
a guitar riff eerily reminiscent of INXS's Suicide Blonde (even
though Melissa Stark's stand-up from the Broncos' complex
wouldn't air for 10 minutes) and segued into music-video-like
montages featuring the Braves and the Yankees. "When it gets to
a laser light show," says Rich Eisen, who good-naturedly Carson
Dalyed his way through the segment, "that's where I'll draw the
On Friday's 1999 Players Choice Awards (ESPN, 8:30 p.m.), major
leaguers' picks for baseball Player of the Year (finalists:
Pedro Martinez, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa) and Decade
(finalists: Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and Greg Maddux) will
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.