SI View The Week in TV Sports

Nov. 12, 2001
Nov. 12, 2001

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Nov. 12, 2001

SI View The Week in TV Sports


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--Oregon at UCLA or Kansas State at Nebraska
ABC 3:30 PM Attention, Heisman voters. Depending on which part of
the country you live in, you're guaranteed to see at least one of
the leading contenders for the trophy this afternoon: Nebraska
senior quarterback Eric Crouch, or UCLA senior running back
DeShaun Foster and Oregon senior quarterback Joey Harrington. If
that trio doesn't satisfy your Heisman jones, this evening you
can catch Florida sophomore quarterback Rex Grossman, whose
Gators go against South Carolina (ESPN, 7:30 p.m.).

SUNDAY 11/11

--State Farm Tip-Off Classic
ESPN 1 PM AND ESPN2 3:30 PM The pigskin-crazed Sooner Nation
might soon want to redirect its gaze beyond the football field.
The women's college basketball season tips off at Duke's Cameron
Indoor Stadium with a doubleheader in which Oklahoma--a
preseason top 5 team thanks to the nation's best backcourt of
senior guards Stacey Dales (a player of the year candidate) and
LaNeishea Caufield--takes on Purdue, last year's runner-up for
the NCAA crown. In the opener Duke hopes to exploit its home
court advantage against Bob Knight's new favorite women's team,
Texas Tech.

MONDAY 11/12

--Ravens at Titans
ABC 9 PM The last time these AFC Central rivals met--on Oct. 7
in Baltimore--Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher told his players to
bring two-by-fours because the Titans were going to "lay some
wood" on the Ravens. That pregame speech produced a wooden 26-7
loss to the defending Super Bowl champions. With a 3-4 record
and Tennessee's playoff hopes as shaky as Robert Downey Jr.'s
acting career, Fisher this time should order the Titans to bring
some offense.


Don't Miss


--Flyers at Rangers
ESPN 8 PM In the annals of annulments, the split between Eric
Lindros (above) and Philadelphia ranks just below the
no-holds-barred divorce depicted in the 1989 Michael
Douglas-Kathleen Turner film The War of the Roses. After a
perpetual sparring match with Flyers general manager Bob Clarke
(during which Lindros, a bruising 6'4" center, demanded a trade
to his hometown Maple Leafs) and a season away from the ice
following his sixth concussion in 27 months, the six-time
All-Star was dealt to New York for right wing Pavel Brendl, left
wing Jan Hlavac and defenseman Kim Johnsson. So far Lindros on
Broadway has played to decent reviews; through Sunday he had 12
points in 15 games. Tonight he will face his old club for the
first time in a game that promises to be as contentious as an
episode of Divorce Court.



Tim McCarver's last 2001 World Series call was his best. With
one out in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7, the bases full and
the score 2-2, the Fox analyst said the Yankees should play
their middle infielders at double-play depth because of closer
Mario Rivera's penchant for jamming batters, who thus tend to
bloop the ball toward the outfield. New York pulled its infield
in, and sure enough, Luis Gonzalez fisted one over shortstop to
win the game.... NBC's average rating for Notre Dame home
football games has dropped from 6.7 in 1993 to 2.3 in 2001. The
contract runs through 2005.