Michigan at Michigan State
Senior left guard Scott Shaw, the 6-1 Spartans' strongest player, is a packaging major. On the subject of male boxes etc., there's Shaw's 6'7", 330-pound linemate, left tackle Flozell (the Hotel) Adams, whom NFL scouts consider the total package. Shaw and Adams will provide running-room service for tailback Sedrick Irvin (98.5 yards rushing per game, seven touchdowns this season) against the Wolverines (6-0), whose defense has posted a DO NOT DISTURB sign in the end zone this season: They've allowed a meager 8.3 points per game (only three field goals in the third quarter and no points in the fourth quarter). Michigan QB Brian Griese seeks to become the first Griese quarterback to lead his team to an undefeated season since his dad, Bob, did it with the Miami Dolphins 25 years ago.
•ESPN, 12:30 PM
MLS Cup Final
He was born in the summer of his 27th year/coming home to a place he'd never been before. Washington native Chris Henderson (left) can identity with the hero of the late John Denver's signature song. After playing on lower division squads in Germany and Norway for the past three years, Henderson, a 26-year-old midfielder, is the reason that the Colorado Rapids rose from MLS doormat in 1996 to Cup finalist this year. Henderson is tied with teammate Paul Bravo as the playoffs' leading scorer, with eight points on two goals and four assists. Ready to shoot the Rapids: defending league champ D.C. United, which will host the match at RFK Stadium.
•ABC, 3:30 PM
Packers at Patriots
A rerun of Super Bowl XXXI last January in New Orleans? Hardly. Green Bay is minus 18 points—scorers Desmond Howard (now with the Oakland Raiders), Andre Rison (Kansas City Chiefs) and Chris Jacke (unsigned at week's end)—from its 34-21 win in the Superdome. Besides, the Packers, who ranked first in the NFL in overall defense a year ago, so far this season are third from last. New England linebacker Chris Slade, who has collected 27.5 of his 35.5 sacks in Foxboro Stadium, hopes to atone for the shutout that Green Bay's line tossed against him in the Big Easy.
•ABC, 9 PM
Sabres at Avalanche
"I went to a hockey game, and a soccer match broke out." Er, is that how the old saying goes? With goalies Dominik Hasek of Buffalo and Patrick Roy (right) of Colorado between the pipes, the final score could well resemble that of a World Cup qualifier. Hasek, who last season became the first netminder to be named NHL MVP since 1962, had a league-best .93 save percentage. Roy was slightly more generous at .923. If anyone can break the ice at McNichols Arena, Avalanche center Joe Sakic (five goals, six assists through eight games) would seem to be the man.
•ESPN, 8 PM
Bulls at Celtics Jazz at Lakers
As the millennium nears—and while Millennium airs on another channel—last season's NBA finalists open the season with visits to clubs hoping to replace them by (or even before) 2001. Chicago goes trick-or-treating in Boston to face second-year players Travis Knight and Antoine Walker (left) and rookies Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer. Former Celtic Rick Fox, who signed with the Lakers partly to propel his acting career, will have his Forum premiere against Western Conference champ Utah.
•TNT, 8 PM & 10:30 PM