Navy vs. Notre Dame
It's one o'clock on a Saturday
The frost-bitten crowd has some fears
About new coach Bob Davie,
Who'd better beat Navy
"As we've done the past 33 years."
Now Ron, number 3, he's the quarterback,
And his story surely everyone knows.
"Yes, it's sad and it's sweet
Please just don't throw incomplete,"
Cry the fans, who cannot feel their toes.
Oh, la la la, de de da, la la, de de da da da,
"Play like a champ, you're the Powlus man,
Play like a champ," they implore,
"Well, we're all in the mood for a victory
And the winner today will have four."
Air Force beat the Irish a year ago;
In '95 Army almost did, too.
If the Middies don't blink,
Notre Dame they may sink
And unleash a loud chorus of "Boo!"
? NBC, 1:30 PM
Sixers at Bulls
Philadelphia's handle, 76ers, isn't a reference to its coaching job, which in seven seasons has been held by six men (Larry Brown is the latest). Nor does it denote the cruising speed of Allen Iverson's car. As celluloid hero Austin Powers says, "It's freedom, baby!" So while Iverson (right), last season's Rookie of the Year, may feel less free playing the point for Brown, his game and the Sixers' record (22-60 in 1996-97) should blossom. The days when any team—even Chicago—easily eighty-sixes the 76ers are numbered.
?WGN, 8:30 PM
New York City Marathon
Has any New Yorker not running 26.2 miles ever approached the 59th Street Bridge without encountering gridlock, or gone three miles up First Avenue without stopping for a red light or to give somebody the linger? Fugged-aboudit! The more than 30,000 runners traipsing through the five boroughs will include Kenya's Tegla Loroupe, a 4'11", 83-pound sprite seeking her third win in four years.
? ESPN2, 10:30 AM
Cowboys at 49ers
Remember Bleak Sunday: San Francisco opens the season with a 13-6 loss at Tampa Bay; wide receiver Jerry Rice tears up his left knee and is feared lost for the rest of the season; and quarterback Steve Young (right)—still searching for a bride!—suffers his third concussion in a 10-month span. What happens next? The Niners win seven straight, find themselves leading the NFL in total defense and ranking fourth in rushing while Young ascends to the top of the passer ratings and Rice hopes to return in time for the playoffs. Rome didn't fall in a day, either. Dallas, at 4-4, finds itself in an early must-win situation.
?FOX, 4 PM
Sportsmanship in the '90s: Is Winning the Only Thing?
Winning is not the only thing. There's also avarice, which appears in the forms of nine-figure contracts, personal seat licenses, transient franchises and matters relating to Don King. This half-hour Outside the Lines program includes a Q&A between Chicago's grisly Bear, Bryan Cox, and a group of junior high students. After that comes a 90-minute Town Meeting in which a panel of athletes, coaches and administrators (presumably not including Albert Belle, Dennis Rodman and the Texas cheerleader mom) will further hash out the topic.
? ESPN, 7:30 PM
All times Eastern. Schedules are subject to change.