Alabama at UCLA
ABC 3:30 PM You don't have to be Baywatch's Mitch Buchannon
gazing out from his Malibu perch by the Pacific to see that the
Tide is in. Alabama, journeying to the Left Coast in the regular
season for the first time in 22 years, appears headed in the
right direction. The SEC champs, No. 3 in SI's preseason
rankings, invade the Rose Bowl sparked by David Palmer imitator
Freddie Milons at wideout-returner and linebacker Saleem
Rasheed, who last fall became the first true freshman to lead
'Bama in tackles (84).
Titans at Bills
ESPN 8:30 PM Tight end Frank Wycheck has led Tennessee in
receptions in each of the past four seasons. However, it was
Wycheck's overhand lateral to Kevin Dyson on a kickoff return
with the Titans trailing the Bills 16-15 in the waning seconds
of last January's AFC wild-card game that will seal his legacy.
Dyson scored, and Tennessee waltzed all the way to the Super
Bowl. Tonight before a revenge-hungry throng at Ralph Wilson
Stadium, would it be rubbing it in for Tennessee to pull the
same stunt on its first kickoff return of the 2000 season?
U.S. Open Women's Semifinals
CBS 11 AM For two weeks each year in New York City, racketeering
takes a backseat to racket-cheering, and CBS, which has plumbed
Queens male stereotypes with All in the Family, Everybody Loves
Raymond and The King of Queens, gives women equal time in this
borough. It's fitting, since this is the only Grand Slam tennis
event that gives the sexes equal financial awards.
Broncos at Rams
ABC 9 PM
Last year Denver went from champ to chump quicker than a certain
Tagi Tribe member recently went from Richard to rich. The
Broncos began the 1999 season 0-4, a losing streak that
culminated with 1998 league MVP Terrell Davis's being felled by
a torn right anterior cruciate ligament. That blow undermined
the two-time defending Super Bowl champs the way internecine
voting alliances torpedoed the nonsurvivors on Survivor. St.
Louis leapt into the void, supplanting the Broncs as champs
behind quarterback Kurt Warner (above), who succeeded Davis as
MVP. Meanwhile, we're curious as to how welcome a fellow named
(Dennis) Miller will be in the stronghold of Anheuser-Busch.
What never fails to provide an invigorating rush but is
guaranteed to last no more than five seconds? Reading The
Zapper? Of course, but also drag racing. The premier event of
the NHRA, the U.S. Nationals, whizzes by even faster than the
WNBA Finals did last week. TNN has the coverage from
Indianapolis Raceway Park, at 4 p.m. on Sunday and with a pair
of two-hour programs (11 a.m. and 4 p.m.) on Monday.