NBC 1 PM While one sporting great makes his official reentrance
in New York later this week (below), another makes his final run
at Belmont Park this afternoon. Four-year-old Albert the Great,
winner of five graded stakes races and $2,532,490 in career
earnings, will retire to stud following the $4 million Breeders'
Cup Classic, the last and richest race on today's eight-race,
$13 million card. However, it's the $1 million Juvenile that
figures to create the most excitement as Officer, an undefeated
2-year-old colt trained by Bob Baffert, looks to establish
himself as the early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby.
FOX SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 7:30 PM; TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND (IF
NECESSARY) THURSDAY 8 PM Finally, the Fox Family Channel can go
back to what it does best--showing Growing Pains and Who's the
Boss? reruns. Fox will air the entire Fall Classic, which means
that baseball fans will not have to zap frantically to find
announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.
Wizards at Knicks
TBS 7:30 PM Film director and New York superfan Spike Lee has put
up for auction, on nba.com and Yahoo! Auctions, one of his two
$1,600 courtside seats for this game at Madison Square Garden,
which marks the return of Michael Jordan to the NBA, with
Washington. The proceeds will be donated to the Uniformed
Firefighters Association Widows and Children's Fund. Don't expect
Jordan to be as charitable to the Knicks. On March 28, 1995, five
games into his previous NBA comeback, Jordan, in Lee's phrase,
"dropped a double nickel" by scoring 55 points against New York.
Here's hoping, for entertainment's sake, that MJ will do the
right thing and bamboozle the Knicks again.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
COLOR PHOTO: DAMIAN STROHMEYER
Oklahoma at Nebraska
ABC NOON Get ready for the hardest-hitting three hours this side
of WWF SmackDown! The Sooners lead this storied series 40-36-3,
and this year's outcome may well depend on whether Oklahoma's
ferocious All-America weakside linebacker, Rocky Calmus (above),
can collar Nebraska's nimble option quarterback, Eric Crouch.
(We'd never bet against anyone named Rocky.) Thirty years ago
Cornhuskers wingback Johnny Rodgers, the Picasso of the punt
return, sparked his top-ranked team to a 35-31 win over the No. 2
Sooners in what was billed as the Game of the Century. While it's
a little early to affix that tag to this matchup, we'll be bold
enough to declare the showdown at Lincoln's Memorial Stadium
between No. 2 Oklahoma (7-0) and No. 3 Nebraska (8-0) the Game of
With some strong statements Fox analyst Steve Lyons raised his
stock during the playoffs. For instance, in Game 4 of the
National League Championship Series Lyons noted that Diamondbacks
lefty Brian Anderson's pickoff move--considered among baseball's
best--is illegal, in that when Anderson throws to first, he
doesn't point his right foot toward the base. "That's a balk!"
said Lyons, noting that no ump calls it.... Shhhh! Don't tell
anybody, but if David Toms wins the Tour Championship (opening
rounds, ESPN, Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m.), he could beat Tiger
Woods for PGA Tour Player of the Year.