Week Ahead

Sept. 25, 2006
Sept. 25, 2006

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Sept. 25, 2006

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In Theaters:Jackass: Number Two
Johnny Knoxville and the boys return for more of their own unique brand of funand games, including shark fishing (using a human as bait, natch) andboa-constrictor wrestling.



Ryding High
The best player in the world, Tiger Woods, proclaimed that he and his U.S.teammates "are definitely the underdogs" at the 36th Ryder Cup, andit's hard to argue with him. The Yanks, despite a star-studded lineup, havelost four of the last five Cups--including a drubbing at the last one, in 2004at Oakland Hills, where the Europeans (above) won 18 1/2--9 1/2 for their mostlopsided victory ever. The Europeans will try to defend at the scenic K Club asthe Cup comes to Ireland for the first time.
Friday USA 8 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday NBC 8 a.m.


No. 25 Penn Stateat No. 1 Ohio State
Expect footballs to fly. Buckeyes quarterback Troy Smith and receiver Ted GinnJr. (five TDs in three games) form what is arguably the nation's most dangerouspass-and-catch tandem. They'll face a Nittany Lions secondary that is rankedjust 77th in the country. ABC 3:30 p.m.

Nationals atMets
And you thought the dog days of summer were over. As the Amazin's tune up fortheir first postseason appearance since 2000, they'll host Dog Day at Shea,which will feature a pregame pooch parade and Stupid Pet Trick auditions. Fox1:25 p.m.


Bengals atSteelers
The good news for Carson Palmer is that Kimo von Oelhoffen is no longer withPittsburgh. (It was von Oelhoffen who rolled into the Cincinnati quarterback'sknee in the playoffs last season, tearing his ACL.) The bad news? Joey Porter(above) still is. The Pro Bowl linebacker, who had 10 1/2 sacks in 2005, pickedup right where he left off. He had two sacks and an interception against theDolphins on opening day.
CBS 1 p.m.

Sammy Korir (right) knows the course in Berlin is fast. In 2003 the Kenyan wasa pacer for countryman Paul Tergat when Tergat set the world record. This yearKorir, going for the win, faces an interesting opponent: Haile Gebrselassie.The Ethiopian, who has won two Olympic gold medals in the 10,000 meters, ismaking his first Berlin start.
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Wait 'til NextYear: The Saga of the Chicago Cubs
Cubbies fans discuss a century of futility--and their complicity in it--in thisone-hour documentary narrated by Windy City native Dennis Farina. Regardinglong-armed fan Steve Bartman and the ignominious 2003 NLCS collapse, one fanmuses, "We have the most gory mistake of '03, and it wasn't made by aplayer, which of course is poetry. It was one of us. We did it."
HBO 10 p.m.