?Heisman Trophy Presentation
ESPN 8 PM
Don't blame me, I voted for Pedro Martinez. (What's that? Wrong ballot?) Questions to ponder before the Downtown Athletic Club bestows its 65th stiff-arming statue: Will Georgia Tech quarterback Joseph Hamilton become the only recipient besides Orenthal Simpson (1968) whose name (full first and last) contains the letters h-e-i-s-m-a-n? What do you admire more about Wisconsin's Ron Dayne, his NCAA career rushing record, or the fact that he seldom racked up meaningless yards during blowout wins? Finally, if freshman Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick were a senior, would he be the favorite?
?Stars on Ice
CBS 8:30 PM
Do not confuse this with Stars on Dry Ice, starring Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and Spinal Tap (not an actual show ...yet). This special is more like Star So Nice, featuring Olympic gold medalists Scott Hamilton, Tara Lipinski and Kristi Yamaguchi, athletes of Mouseketeer-like wholesomeness. Tonight's performance is one of several figure skating events that may render you triple Axel dizzy by week's end. Others include Holiday Festival on Ice (Monday, TBS, 8:05 p.m.), Cup of Russia competition (Monday, ESPN, 9 p.m.) and the Canadian Open Figure Skating Championship (Wednesday, TNT, 8 p.m.).
?Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel
HBO 10 PM
A few years back trading-card companies began inserting rare, often autographed cards—called chase cards—in random packs and publishing on the wrappers the odds of obtaining them. In the most provocative of tonight's four segments, Bernard Goldberg examines the idea that has led critics to equate chase-card hunting with legalized gambling for minors. "Cardboard crack," says Alan Hock, an attorney who has literally made a federal case of the matter, "is what a lot of people are calling trading cards." Also featured: an SI/Real Sports profile of fast-rising Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
? Lakers at Timberwolves
TNT 8 PM
The targeted center visits the Target Center. Los Angeles's Shaquille O'Neal, who seems to have a bull's-eye on his chest and does have a former Bull's eye on his game, has absorbed more abuse this season than the nightly right-wing guest on Politically Incorrect. Blossoming into an MVP favorite under Phil Jackson's coaching, Shaq should get haq'd less often now that penetrating guard Kobe Bryant has returned to the Lakers' lineup after sitting out the season's first 15 games with a broken right hand.