Michigan at Michigan State
Senior left guard Scott Shaw, the 6-1 Spartans' strongest
player, is a packaging major. On the subject of male boxes etc.,
there's Shaw's 6'7", 330-pound linemate, left tackle Flozell
(the Hotel) Adams, whom NFL scouts consider the total package.
Shaw and Adams will provide running-room service for tailback
Sedrick Irvin (98.5 yards rushing per game, seven touchdowns
this season) against the Wolverines (6-0), whose defense has
posted a do not disturb sign in the end zone this season:
They've allowed a meager 8.3 points per game (only three field
goals in the third quarter and no points in the fourth quarter).
Michigan QB Brian Griese seeks to become the first Griese
quarterback to lead his team to an undefeated season since his
dad, Bob, did it with the Miami Dolphins 25 years ago.
ESPN, 12:30 pm
MLS Cup Final
He was born in the summer of his 27th year/coming home to a
place he'd never been before. Washington native Chris Henderson
(left) can identify with the hero of the late John Denver's
signature song. After playing on lower division squads in
Germany and Norway for the past three years, Henderson, a
26-year-old midfielder, is the reason that the Colorado Rapids
rose from MLS doormat in 1996 to Cup finalist this year.
Henderson is tied with teammate Paul Bravo as the playoffs'
leading scorer, with eight points on two goals and four assists.
Ready to shoot the Rapids: defending league champ D.C. United,
which will host the match at RFK Stadium.
ABC, 3:30 PM
Packers at Patriots
A rerun of Super Bowl XXXI last January in New Orleans? Hardly.
Green Bay is minus 18 points--scorers Desmond Howard (now with
the Oakland Raiders), Andre Rison (Kansas City Chiefs) and Chris
Jacke (unsigned at week's end)--from its 34-21 win in the
Superdome. Besides, the Packers, who ranked first in the NFL in
overall defense a year ago, so far this season are third from
last. New England linebacker Chris Slade, who has collected 27.5
of his 35.5 sacks in Foxboro Stadium, hopes to atone for the
shutout that Green Bay's line tossed against him in the Big Easy.
ABC, 9 PM
Sabres at Avalanche
"I went to a hockey game, and a soccer match broke out." Er, is
that how the old saying goes? With goalies Dominik Hasek of
Buffalo and Patrick Roy (right) of Colorado between the pipes,
the final score could well resemble that of a World Cup
qualifier. Hasek, who last season became the first netminder to
be named NHL MVP since 1962, had a league-best .93 save
percentage. Roy was slightly more generous at .923. If anyone
can break the ice at McNichols Arena, Avalanche center Joe Sakic
(five goals, six assists through eight games) would seem to be
ESPN, 8 PM
Bulls at Celtics
Jazz at Lakers
As the millennium nears--and while Millennium airs on another
channel--last season's NBA finalists open the season with visits
to clubs hoping to replace them by (or even before) 2001.
Chicago goes trick-or-treating in Boston to face second-year
players Travis Knight and Antoine Walker (left) and rookies
Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer. Former Celtic Rick Fox, who
signed with the Lakers partly to propel his acting career, will
have his Forum premiere against Western Conference champ Utah.
TNT, 8 PM &10:30 PM
COLOR PHOTO: DAVID GONZALES/ALLSPORT [Chris Henderson in game]
COLOR PHOTO: MANNY MILLAN [Antoine Walker in game]
COLOR PHOTO: DAVID E. KLUTHO [Patrick Roy in game]
THE ! ZAPPER
You will want to be prepared when Jack Nicklaus opens the doors
of his North Palm Beach abode to host interviewer Peter Kessler
(The Golf Channel, Monday, 8 p.m.) for a 90-minute segment that
will include viewer call-in questions. A few sample queries in
case you are stumped: 1) Will 1998 be the year you sit out a
major for the first time since 1962? 2) Any plans to return to
Ohio State and finish that bachelor's degree? 3) Why do so many
charismatic PGA members (Greg Norman, Craig Stadler, Eldrick
Woods and yourself) have animal nicknames? and 4) What's it
really like to work with Shirley MacLaine?
All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.