Army vs. Navy
CBS 11 AM Forget that the two teams have a combined 2-17
record--and that the Midshipmen are winless. The 102nd game
between Army and Navy (the Cadets hold a 48-46-7 lead in the
series) promises to be especially poignant in the wake of Sept.
11. Along with coverage of the game, CBS's broadcast will
include exhortations to the teams from servicemen and
servicewomen around the world and highlights of the Corps of
Cadets and the Brigade of Midshipmen parading onto the field at
Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium.
ABC 7 PM Thirty years after it aired the James Caan-Billy Dee
Williams tearjerker, ABC presents a two-hour remake of the story
of the unlikely friendship between Bears running backs Brian
Piccolo (a cancer victim who was white) and Gale Sayers (who is
African-American). While this Song is short on realism and long
on overacting by Sean Maher (Piccolo) and Mekhi Phifer (Sayers),
it's worth viewing if only to hear the unintentionally hilarious
dialogue ("I want red meat, and I want it now!") uttered by Jeff
Ironi as Chicago linebacker Dick Butkus.
Suns at Nets
TNT 8 PM The last time the Nets (9-5 through Sunday) caused this
much excitement, they were winning two ABA championships behind a
daring dunker nicknamed the Doctor. Now the team has another Dr.
J, though new point guard Jason Kidd has his doctorate in passing
rather than posterizing. Tonight Kidd, averaging 9.8 assists
(second in the NBA), is matched against the point guard he was
traded for, Stephon Marbury, who returns to the Meadowlands for a
game that should be as contentious as a Sopranos family dinner.
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Tennessee at Florida
Texas vs. Colorado
CBS 4:30 PM; ABC 8 PM Whether it's on the football field or the
banquet circuit, Steve Spurrier, coach of the Gators (ranked No.
2 in the BCS standings), enjoys running up the score--especially
against the Volunteers (No. 6). He used to delight in telling
Florida fan clubs that "you can't spell Citrus without U-T," a
jab at the numerous times Tennessee ended up in a lower-tier
bowl game after falling to the Gators. Florida has won 12 of the
last 15 games in the series, including a 27-23 victory in
Knoxville in 2000 (above). The SEC's hottest rivalry is followed
by the No. 3 Longhorns taking on the Nebraska-slaying, No. 7
Buffaloes (page 52) in the Big 12 championship game from Texas
ABC's alteration of its Skins Game format, forcing a golfer to
"validate" by winning or halving the hole after winning a skin
(page 36), created a $1 million payoff for the only validator,
Greg Norman. For us, the new system, with all its carryovers,
produced more frustration than suspense (besides, during the
tape-delayed broadcast the result was already all over the
Internet), but what do we know? With Tiger Woods a Skins
competitor for the first time since 1997, the overnight Nielsens
for Sunday's round soared, logging in at a healthy 4.1--58%
higher than last year's.