?Wisconsin at Michigan
We're not The Shoe Box, but sizing up their season thus far, it seems to us that the Badgers prefer a trail shoe. Wisconsin (3-1) has come from behind in three of its four games, in all of which the Badgers played undermanned because of NCAA-imposed suspensions on 26 players for accepting unduly large discounts on sports apparel from The Shoe Box. As for the Wolverines (3-1), junior quarterback Drew Henson, whose footwear needs include baseball spikes and football cleats, is expected to make his first start at the Big House in Ann Arbor.
?Giants at Titans
FOX 1 PM
Now playing at a theater near you: Dismember the Titans, in which a chain-saw-wielding psychopath, frustrated in his feckless attempt to butcher U.S. Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton in a Nike ad that was zapped from the air, redirects his lunacy toward the AFC champs from Tennessee. Our madman gets one glimpse of Titans defensive end Jevon (the Freak) Kearse, whose 14� sacks last season tied the NFL rookie record, and promptly retires.
?Baseball Division Series
ESPN 1 AND 4 PM, NBC 8 PM; WEDNESDAY, ESPN 1 AND 4 PM, FOX 8 PM; THURSDAY ESPN 4 PM, FOX 8 PM; FRIDAY ESPN 4 PM, NBC 8 PM
Thanks to the incessant promo spots during the Olympics, I'm already sick of NBC's Ed—and it hasn't even debuted. (I prefer his equine namesake.) As for long-running programs, the Braves have advanced to the last eight National League Championship Series.
SATURDAY 9/30 AND SUNDAY 10/1
NBC, CNBC AND MSNBC (TAPE DELAY)
The star of these Games? Australia, the Down Under-land wonderland whose first two letters are the symbol for gold. (Is it just us, or have the clouds above Sydney gone on holiday?) Saturday offers finals in men's soccer ( MSNBC, 10 a.m.), women's volleyball ( NBC, noon) and women's ( NBC, noon) and men's basketball ( NBC, 7 p.m.), expected to feature the U.S. and Gary Payton, above; plus, on the track ( NBC, 7 p.m.), all four relays and the women's 1,500-meter final. Before Sunday night's closing ceremonies tune in for gold medal matches in men's water polo ( MSNBC, 8 a.m.) and boxing and men's volleyball (both NBC, II a.m.), as well as the men's marathon ( NBC, 7 p.m.).