NBC 1 PM
Jim Gray: "I'm standing here with Pete Rose. Pete, are you willing to admit that you bet on horses?" Rose: "Hell, yes, I bet on horses. That dime I put down on Lemon Drop Kid at Belmont paid for this hairdo. Today, among the 10 races during 4� hours of coverage here at Gulfstream Park, I like Behrens, a 3-1 favorite and Horse of the Year candidate, in the 1�-mile Classic, and Silverbulletday in the Distaff. See, that's just it, Jim—I bet on fillies, not Phillies."
?Notre Dame at Tennessee
ESPN 7:30 PM
A recent NCAA survey on graduation rates among football players put the Vols at 11% and the Irish at 87%. No one, however, is using that report to say that Notre Dame's players are smarter than Tennessee's. (Maybe the Irish tutors are smarter.) Simple math: The defending national champion Vols (6-1 and ranked fourth in the nation) have won 19 straight November home games since Notre Dame beat them 34-29 on Nov. 10, 1990. This season's quarterback for the 5-3 Irish, Jarious Jackson, is ninth in the nation in passing efficiency among quarterbacks with at least 15 attempts per game.
?Cowboys at Vikings
ABC 9 PM
Flag football comes to the Metrodome as Dallas's Deion Sanders, the NFL's best cover cornerback, lines up for the first time against Minnesota wideout Randy Moss, who burned a Sanders-less Cowboys secondary for three touchdowns last Thanksgiving in a 46-36 win. (Defensive linemen must count to five Mississippi.) Sideline reporter Lesley Visser, tackling her first indoor MNF assignment this season, should still be in mid-thaw from the previous Monday night, when she worked outdoors at Lambeau Field during the Seahawks-Packers game.
?Jazz at Kings
TNT 8 PM
Not since Dick Van Patten bellowed "Nicholas!" on Eighth Is Enough has Sacramento seen a happier brood—and not since Bradford in-law Merle the Pearl was pitching for the local minor league affiliate has California's capital boasted such prime-time athletic talent. On the strength of last season's most captivating playoff series (reprised here tonight) and the star power of second-year point guard Jason ( White Chocolate) Williams, the once invisible Kings will appear on national TV 20 times this season. Sacramentans hope for a passel of postseason dates as well. There's a plate of homemade wishes on the kitchen window sill....
?Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
ESPN2 6:30 PM AND 9 PM (SEMIFINALS); FRIDAY ESPN 9 PM (FINAL)
Khalid, drop the chalupa! O.K., so maybe a backboard is not the only drive-thru window Khalid El-Amin (above) frequents, but UConn's 5'10", 200-plus-pound point guard has a biggie-size game. The shortest player on the court for tonight's season-opening college hoops doubleheader (Duke plays Stanford, followed by UConn against Iowa), El-Amin is also the most impressive. Rabid Huskies fans cannot wait to see Ajou Deng, the 6'11" forward from Sudan who sat out last season (when he was not fully qualified academically) but singed the national champions' starting five in scrimmages.
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