?FOX 8 PM; SUNDAY 7:55 PM; TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY 8:20 PM
In 1967 St. Louis's Tim McCarver enjoyed a catcher-cam view of perhaps the most dominating pitching performance in World Series history. Batterymate Bob Gibson allowed three runs in three games—all Cardinals wins—as St. Louis defeated Boston in seven. That season Jack Buck was a Cardinals broadcaster. Thirty-one years later Buck's son Joe will do the World Series play-by-play and McCarver, who batted .125 in the '67 Fall Classic, will add a been-there perspective to a postseason in which pitching is again in the spotlight. The only "kings of the hill" whom Buck, McCarver and boothmate Bob Brenly should refer to are the guys who throw gas, not the one who sells it.
?Dullest Show Ever
ESPN2 10 AM
No, not Caroline in the City. Borrowing a trick from Jerry Seinfeld, the geniuses at NFL Films have crafted a hilarious show about...nothing. Most entertaining is a segment devoted to the "Get back!" coach, the game-day equivalent of the hall monitor, who's charged with keeping his team's players at least six yards back from the sideline. "He's got to be a complete jerk," says former coach Jerry Glanville, citing the main attribute of a "Get back!" coach. "He's got to be somebody that nobody likes." Another segment, narrated in the decidedly un-Facendan monotone of writer-actor Ben Stein, is a tribute to the game's tedious plays, such as fair catches and intentionally spiked passes. Footage from Super Bowl XXIV (San Francisco 55, Denver 10) must have been unavailable.
Oregon at UCLA
?ABC 3:30 PM
Opposites attack! The Bruins versus the Ducks is sun versus rain, The Sure Thing versus Animal House, Bel Air versus fresh air, Californians versus... California �migr�s. In tree-studded Oregon, no limb is more revered man the one attached to San Diego native Akili Smith. The Ducks quarterback leads the nation in passing efficiency (196.3) and has guided No. 11 Oregon to its best start (5-0) since 1964. The No. 2 Bruins (4-0) have the nation's longest winning streak, 14 games, and, in southpaw quarterback Cade McNown, the NFL's next Mark Brunell, who already is the next Steve Young.
Jets at Patriots
?ABC 8:20 PM
New York quarterback Glenn Foley suffered a rib injury in a loss to the Ravens on Sept. 13. A few days later coach Bill Par-cells checked on Foley's condition by sneaking up behind him and squeezing his ribs. In a related story the Jets report a low incidence of groin pulls since Sept. 13. New York (2-3) has not beaten New England (4-1) in Foxboro since 1994-In last year's meeting the Pats had seven sacks. They hope to make this one a similar rib-tickler for Foley and fellow quarterback Vinny Testaverde.
Nike Tour Championship
?ESPN 4 PM
Casey Martin. Remember him? The guy who put a new twist on the term driver? After winning the year's opening event, the Nike Lakeland Classic, the courageous cart wheeler has struggled. Martin is ranked 27th on the Nike tour heading into its final event; only the top 15 hackers will be offered a PGA Tour card for '99-My favorite Martin needs a win in Mobile to avoid a trip to Tour qualifying school in December.
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