Jaguars at Broncos
?CBS 4 PM
Jags or JAG? The latter, a CBS military drama, stars David James Elliott, formerly of Melrose Place, where he played a sex-addicted pro football player. That's to say, a pro football player. Denver (6-0) and Jacksonville (5-1), which rank first and third, respectively, in the AFC in total offense, can score. The Broncos, winners of 14 in a row at Mile High Stadium, have not forgotten their last home loss: In January 1997, the Jaguars stunned John Elway & Co. in the divisional playoffs, with quarterback Mark Brunell (right) looking like a young Steve Young. But today, if the Denver ground game, keyed by running back Terrell Davis, can keep Brunell off the field, Denver will get No. 15.
Florida State at Georgia Tech
?ESPN 7 PM
On this site ( Atlanta's Grant Field) in 1916 the Yellow Jackets beat Cumberland 222-0. Today's ACC showdown could feature as much offense. Quarterback Chris Weinke of the Seminoles (6-1, 3-1 in the ACC) has rebounded from his six-interception debacle at North Carolina State on Sept. 12 to throw 149 passes without an interception, a dozen of which have gone for touchdowns. Since joining the ACC in 1992, Florida State has won the conference every year. A victory by Georgia Tech (5-1, 4-0), which has lost the last two games in this series by a combined 87-3, would almost certainly end that reign.
David Reid vs. James Coker
? HBO 11:30 PM
Super welterweight Coker (19-0) of San Antonio travels to Atlantic City to meet 1996 Olympic gold medalist Reid (10-0), a North Philadelphia native. "This is a neutral site," says Coker, "but I was hoping for a neutral neutral site."
?ABC 3:30 PM
Ready. Aim. Fire? You might expect an expansion team to extinguish rather than distinguish itself long before its league's championship game. Chicago goalkeeper Zach Thornton, 25, provides the spark for the Western Conference champion Fire. After displacing international star Jorge Campos as Chicago's goalie last summer, Thornton had eight shutouts in the regular season and a 1.7 goals-allowed average, the best in MLS history. Sure with his hands, Thornton also unleashed an 82-mph kick into the net to win a speed-kicking contest during the league's All-Star weekend. Chicago has not seen a leg that lethal since Mrs. O'Leary's cow's. Today's opponent in the Rose Bowl will either be the two-time defending champ D.C. United or the Columbus Crew, who were to play the deciding game of their best-of-three Eastern Conference finals on Oct. 21.
Arnold Palmer: Golf's Heart and Soul
?GOLF CHANNEL 9 PM
"Arnold was direct and flamboyant," recounts golf commentator Peter Alliss, one of many notables, including Palmer himself, interviewed for this documentary. "Flashing sword, do or die." This sprawling, two-hour hagiography narrated by John Forsythe covers everything from Palmer's boyhood growing up by the 6th hole of the Latrobe Country Club to his five-day courtship of his wife, Winnie, to his amicable rivalry with Jack Nicklaus. "I'm not the King," says Palmer. "I prefer to think of myself as an ambassador for the game of golf." Of life, as well.
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