Colts at Dolphins
On Monday night the facility formerly known as Joe Robbie, Pro Player and Dolphin hosts its first NFL game as Land Shark Stadium, in honor of the beer sold by parrothead and Dolphins marketing partner Jimmy Buffett (ESPN). Miami, a surprise team in '08, won't sneak up on anyone this year (I'm only a dolphin, ma'am), but Indy would be on guard anyway. It's 7--10 at Miami's home.
Mayweather vs. Marquez
Believe it or not, retirement didn't stick for Floyd Mayweather Jr. Two years after hanging 'em up, the undefeated former champ (39--0) will fight stellar Mexican welterweight Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas on Saturday. Don't feel like shelling out for the HBO PPV? More than 170 movie theaters across the country will screen the fight live for $15.
Last year legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler's widow, Cathy, launched a Bo-themed merlot to raise money for the university's cardiovascular research center. (Bo died of heart failure in 2006.) The effort was so successful ($43,000 was raised) that Cathy is back this season with a sauvignon blanc. Order a bottle at bowines.com and toast a good cause.
It's an iconic image: Carlton Fisk waving fair the home run that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series for Boston. But there was much more to that epic game, as Mark Frost (The Match) shows with rich reporting and a deft touch. He puts the Series in the context of a sport undergoing massive economic and demographic change, which made Game 6 a touchstone on and off the field.
The breeze ... created by Mark Reynolds's swing. With 18 games left in the season, the Diamondbacks third baseman had 193 strikeouts, closing in on the major league record of 204 he set last year. Will he break it? The better question is when—and we might have a good idea after the Giants visit Arizona Sept. 21--23. San Francisco's staff leads the majors in K's, with 1,136.
Tennessee at Florida
You wanted the Gators' attention, Lane Kiffin? You got it. In February the Vols' new coach, who has a knack for irking SEC rivals, caused a stir when he (wrongly) accused Florida's Urban Meyer of an NCAA violation. The Gators promptly papered their locker room with Kiffin's photo. Don't expect the nation's No. 1 team to go easy when the Vols visit on Saturday (CBS).
The Pop Culture Grid
Athletes in the mix
_____ is the flavor of the month
Meal you'd like to cook for your coach
Weirdest thing a fan ever said to you
I can't take another minute of ...
JO-LONN DUNBAR Saints LB
A steak and a potato
That I look like Michael Vick
DAVY ARNAUD Wizards M
Blue Bell's Cookies and Cream
Asked me to sign a baseball
Jon and Kate
Bruce Jenner (stepfather)
BENJARVIS GREEN-ELLIS Patriots RB
I don't know
Called me Green-Ellis and Associates
Nothing. I enjoy my life
They all look nice
LEX HILLIARD Dolphins RB
Linguini with clams
Asked me to play for a rival, Montana State
Waiting to play
Inside the Grid
The Kardashian query put Dunbar on the spot: Teammate Reggie Bush is the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Kim Kardashian; he popped up on the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Dunbar's reason for liking Kim's younger sister: "She has a good personality and seems bright."
ISAAC BREKKEN/AP (MAYWEATHER)
DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/AP (REYNOLDS)
DON MCPEAK/US PRESSWIRE (KIFFIN)
DAN STEINBERG/AP (BUSH & KARDASHIAN)
IMAGEMORE/AGE FOTOSTOCK (LINGUINI)
JOHN DAVID MERCER/US PRESSWIRE (HILLIARD)
ROBERT E. KLEIN/AP (GREEN-ELLIS)
ANDY MEAD/YCJ/ICON SMI (ARNAUD)
TOM DIPACE PHOTOGRAPHY (DUNBAR)
CJ LAFRANCE/ZUMA PRESS (DRAKE)
JAMES DRAKE (JENNER)