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Florida at Tennessee

CBS 3:30 PM When it comes to his quarterbacks, Gators coach Steve
Spurrier is about as patient as a hyperglycemic six-year-old on
Christmas Eve. Last week, during No. 6 Florida's 55-0 rout of
Middle Tennessee, the visored one yanked Jesse Palmer in the
middle of a series. Palmer's crime: missing two open receivers,
which left him a horrid 15 of 23 for 193 yards. One statistic in
this SEC rivalry that should worry the 11th-ranked Vols: Spurrier
owns Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer, who's 2-6 against him.

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TNN 12:30 PM Not since Richard Petty led a boycott of the first
Talladega 500, in 1969, over concerns that the new track was too
steep, has a NASCAR venue been under as much scrutiny as New
Hampshire International Raceway. Two drivers--Kenny Irwin and
Petty's 19-year-old grandson, Adam--have been killed at the track
in the past four months, prompting NASCAR to take the
unprecedented step (for such a small track) of ordering that cars
in this race be equipped with restrictor plates.

Mets at Braves

TBS MONDAY AND TUESDAY 7:35 PM History's first train wreck
occurred in September 1830. For two years New York has done its
best to commemorate that occasion by crashing into Atlanta during
the season's final month and derailing. The Mets, through Sunday
only 21/2 games behind the front-running Braves in the National
League East, look to stay on track in the three-game series
beginning tonight.

Don't Miss

Olympic Games

NBC, CNBC, MSNBC G'day! Or rather: G'yesterday! NBC's
441 1/2-hour, tri-network coverage of the Olympics commences this
week, but because the 15-hour time difference between the East
Coast of the U.S. and Sydney has prompted the network to show
everything on tape delay, a viewer in Boston will watch
Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe in the men's 400-meter freestyle on
Saturday (NBC, 7 p.m) while Thorpe actually is competing in the
200 free heats on Sunday. Three other must-see events this week:
The U.S. women's soccer team will take on China (MSNBC, Sunday, 9
a.m.); U.S. swimmer Megan Quann (above), 16, will look to topple
South African world-record holder Penny Heyns in the 100
breaststroke (NBC, Monday, 7 p.m.); and the unofficial darling of
the Games will be crowned at the women's all-around gymnastics
final (NBC, Thursday, 7 p.m.).



The Zapper

The postmortem on Nebraska's Sept. 2 Webcast of its 49-13 win
over San Jose State (SI, Sept. 4) is that the Internet isn't
going to make TV obsolete anytime soon. The
transmission of the game received more than 200,000 hits,
overloading the system. Waits of 30 minutes to log on weren't
uncommon, and the action often appeared jerky, like
before-and-after photos of football formations. Still, Nebraska
athletic director Bill Byrne said, "From the comments that I
received, it was very successful.... This is something we want to
continue to pursue."