SI Vault
The Week in TV Sports
John Walters
September 28, 1998
Saturday 9/26
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
September 28, 1998

The Week In Tv Sports

View CoverRead All Articles View This Issue

Saturday 9/26

Washington at Nebraska
The Huskies' flight to Lincoln will pass over Teddy Roosevelt's favorite national park, Yellowstone. If only Washington flew on Jefferson Airplane, it would achieve a Mount Rushmore cycle. Against the Cornhuskers, the No. 8 Huskies will not rush more than they throw, given the aerial combination of former Puyallup (Wash.) High passing mates quarterback Brock Huard and wideout Dane Looker. On Sept. 5 against Arizona State, Looker earned his primary receiver colors by catching 11 passes from his boyhood chum. The No. 2 Huskers are attempting to win their 46th consecutive game at Memorial Stadium, but be aware of an unimpeachable piece of evidence: The last opponent to win in Lincoln was Washington, 36-21 in 1991.
?ABC, 3:30 PM

Kentucky at Florida
While at Leslie County (Ky.) High, Wildcats quarterback Tim Couch (right) set national career records for completions (872), passing yards (12,104) and touchdown passes (133). At the high school level, only the writers of Dawson's Creek have been responsible for more scoring. Through three games this season, Heisman candidate Couch has guided the unbeaten Wildcats to 51 points a game while leading the nation in passing efficiency (174.6). However, Gators coach Steve Spurrier, the 1966 Heisman winner as a quarterback, delights in humbling those passers who aspire to the trophy—such as Peyton Manning, who had an 0-4 record against Florida. Look for Gators linebacker Jevon Kearse, a 6'5", 254-pound manster (half man, half monster, all terror), to put Couch in a reclining position.
? CBS, 3:30 PM

Cubs at Astros
Mark. Ruth. Sammy, a.k.a. Samuel. Three of the four men who have held or tied the major league single-season home run record in the past 71 years share names with books of the Bible, which may set scouts to scouring Little League ball fields for husky lads named Leviticus. Will Sammy Sosa's final chances to put up Numbers come in the last two regular-season games, against the Central Division champion Astros? Or will he have an opportunity to perform further heroic Acts on Monday at Shea Stadium in a one-game playoff against the Mets to determine the National League wild card? Whether or not Sosa makes his Exodus before the postseason, six of the eight playoff teams are scheduled to be back on the Job on Tuesday for a division playoff Game 1 tripleheader (two games on ESPN, one on FOX).
?FOX, 4 PM; SUNDAY, WGN, 2:30 PM

Sunday 9/27

Larry Bird Day
In the spring of 1980 a Celtics forward was becoming rookie of the year while a McLean Stevenson sitcom was being canceled. America found itself simultaneously saying, "Hello, Larry? and, "Goodbye, Hello, Larry." Over the next 13 seasons Larry Bird (left) would win three MVP awards and help Boston win three NBA tides, and he is celebrated in 18 hours of programming today and tomorrow. His induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Oct. 2 (shown the next day on NBC at 1:30 p.m.) will be worth viewing just to see if Laconic Larry utters more than a plain "thanks." Avid Bird watchers should set their VCRs for 8:45 tonight to record Game 7 of the '88 Eastern Conference semifinals, in which Bird and the Hawks' Dominique Wilkins dueled to score 20 and 16 fourth-quarter points, respectively, in Boston's 118-116 win.

Seahawks at Steelers
Moondance, Moonshadow, Moon River. Fine tunes all, but when will someone compose a ditty in honor of Moon, Warren? At age 40 last season, Moon, the Seattle quarterback who shows no signs of waning, became the oldest player in NFL history to score a touchdown. This season Moon has shone brightly in an offense that includes newcomer Ricky Watters (above) at running back and wideouts Brian Blades and Joey Galloway. At 3-0 the Seahawks were off to their best start in many a you-know-what (12 seasons).
? CBS, 4:15 PM