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Saturday 9/26

Washington at Nebraska

The Huskies' flight to Lincoln will pass over Teddy Roosevelt's
favorite national park, Yellowstone. If only Washington flew on
Jefferson Airplane, it would achieve a Mount Rushmore cycle.
Against the Cornhuskers, the No. 8 Huskies will not rush more
than they throw, given the aerial combination of former Puyallup
(Wash.) High passing mates quarterback Brock Huard and wideout
Dane Looker. On Sept. 5 against Arizona State, Looker earned his
primary receiver colors by catching 11 passes from his boyhood
chum. The No. 2 Huskers are attempting to win their 46th
consecutive game at Memorial Stadium, but be aware of an
unimpeachable piece of evidence: The last opponent to win in
Lincoln was Washington, 36-21 in 1991.
ABC, 3:30 PM

Kentucky at Florida

While at Leslie County (Ky.) High, Wildcats quarterback Tim
Couch (right) set national career records for completions (872),
passing yards (12,104) and touchdown passes (133). At the high
school level, only the writers of Dawson's Creek have been
responsible for more scoring. Through three games this season,
Heisman candidate Couch has guided the unbeaten Wildcats to 51
points a game while leading the nation in passing efficiency
(174.6). However, Gators coach Steve Spurrier, the 1966 Heisman
winner as a quarterback, delights in humbling those passers who
aspire to the trophy--such as Peyton Manning, who had an 0-4
record against Florida. Look for Gators linebacker Jevon Kearse,
a 6'5", 254-pound manster (half man, half monster, all terror),
to put Couch in a reclining position.
CBS, 3:30 PM

Cubs at Astros

Mark. Ruth. Sammy, a.k.a. Samuel. Three of the four men who have
held or tied the major league single-season home run record in
the past 71 years share names with books of the Bible, which may
set scouts to scouring Little League ball fields for husky lads
named Leviticus. Will Sammy Sosa's final chances to put up
Numbers come in the last two regular-season games, against the
Central Division champion Astros? Or will he have an opportunity
to perform further heroic Acts on Monday at Shea Stadium in a
one-game playoff against the Mets to determine the National
League wild card? Whether or not Sosa makes his Exodus before
the postseason, six of the eight playoff teams are scheduled to
be back on the Job on Tuesday for a division playoff Game 1
tripleheader (two games on ESPN, one on FOX).

Sunday 9/27

Larry Bird Day

In the spring of 1980 a Celtics forward was becoming rookie of
the year while a McLean Stevenson sitcom was being canceled.
America found itself simultaneously saying, "Hello, Larry," and,
"Goodbye, Hello, Larry." Over the next 13 seasons Larry Bird
(left) would win three MVP awards and help Boston win three NBA
titles, and he is celebrated in 18 hours of programming today
and tomorrow. His induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame on
Oct. 2 (shown the next day on NBC at 1:30 p.m.) will be worth
viewing just to see if Laconic Larry utters more than a plain
"thanks." Avid Bird watchers should set their VCRs for 8:45
tonight to record Game 7 of the '88 Eastern Conference
semifinals, in which Bird and the Hawks' Dominique Wilkins
dueled to score 20 and 16 fourth-quarter points, respectively,
in Boston's 118-116 win.

Seahawks at Steelers

Moondance, Moonshadow, Moon River. Fine tunes all, but when will
someone compose a ditty in honor of Moon, Warren? At age 40 last
season, Moon, the Seattle quarterback who shows no signs of
waning, became the oldest player in NFL history to score a
touchdown. This season Moon has shone brightly in an offense that
includes newcomer Ricky Watters (above) at running back and
wideouts Brian Blades and Joey Galloway. At 3-0 the Seahawks were
off to their best start in many a you-know-what (12 seasons).
CBS, 4:15 PM


COLOR PHOTO: BOB ROSATO [Tim Couch throwing pass in game]

COLOR PHOTO: CARL SKALAK [Larry Bird playing basketball]

COLOR PHOTO: JOHN BIEVER [Ricky Watters running with football in game]


New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica and former Notre Dame
coach Lou Holtz square off on Monday, and--surprise!--it's not
on Celebrity Deathmatch. Holtz, the subject of many a Lupican
rant, will appear on The Mike Lupica Show (ESPN2, 5:30 p.m.).
Says Boston College alum Lupica, "It's a dead heat whether I'm
going to show the clip of David Gordon's kick"--the one that
enabled the Eagles to topple the Irish in 1993--"or the one of
Holtz choking the ref." If Lupica gets out of line, Holtz may
consider resurrecting that choke hold.