Colts at Cowboys
Until J.K. Rowling becomes the Patriots' coach, Tony Dungy's claim to fame asthe only person to coach a team to a Super Bowl victory and write a New YorkTimes best seller looks safe. Last week Dungy's memoir, Quiet Strength, becamethe first football book to top the bestseller list. Back from his publicitytour, Dungy (above) will lead the Super Bowl champs in their first preseasongame, against Dallas, whose new coach, Wade Phillips, is already feeling heat.Says Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, "I think we have every right to think wewill be better than we were last year."
FOX 8 p.m.
SI PICK OF THEWEEK
Earlier this summer, before the U.S. Open, Rory Sabbatini declared that TigerWoods was "as beatable as ever." He was right: Woods failed to win theU.S. or the British Open. But the South African wasn't the one doing thebeating; Sabbatini finished 51st at the U.S. Open and missed the cut atCarnoustie. And last weekend Sabbatini blew a one-shot 54-hole lead as Woodswon the Bridgestone Invitational. Sabbatini, who is up to sixth in the FedExCup standings, will get his next shot at Woods in the season's final major, atSouthern Hills in Tulsa. Thursday and Friday, TNT 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday,CBS 2 p.m.
Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge
It's like The Surreal Life: Cowboy Edition. Nine marginal celebrities livetogether on a ranch, looking to extend their 15 minutes of fame eight secondsat a time. Among those at bullriding boot camp: Vanilla Ice (below), StephenBaldwin and former NFL wide receiver Rocket Ismail.
CMT 9 p.m.
Indiana Fever at Detroit Shock
Indiana is just 1--6 since forward Tamika Catchings went down with a footinjury, which has allowed Detroit to pull away in the Eastern Conferencestandings. The Fever is now trying to hold off Connecticut to secure home courtin the first round of the playoffs—when it hopes to get Catchings back.
ABC 1:30 p.m.
Showcasing the country's best high school seniors, the fifth annual charitygame pits East against West. One to watch: Tim Melville (right), a 6'5"righty from Holt High outside St. Louis; he fanned 117 in 63 innings as ajunior.
FSN 3 p.m.
In Stores: Madden '08
The Madden curse almost claimed another victim. Five of the last seven playersto appear on the game's cover have suffered serious injuries. This year's coverboy, Vince Young, who was 8--5 as a rookie starter last year, risked harm atpractice last week when he threw a punch at teammate Donnie Nickey, who waswearing a helmet.
FRED VUICH (SABBATINI)
DON ADAMS JR. (MELVILLE)
RON JAFFE (VANILLA ICE)
JIM SPELLMAN/WIREIMAGE.COM (DUNGY)