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The Week in TV Sports
John Walters
October 30, 2000
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October 30, 2000

The Week In Tv Sports

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MONDAY 10/30

? Titans at Redskins
Certainly the locker room chemistry has improved since Denzel Washington assumed Jeff Fisher's coaching duties in Nashville. "I love when we sing the Supremes' hits," says one Tennessee star, "but if Eddie George tries to kiss me, there's going to be trouble." The NFL Titans (6-1), unlike their celluloid namesakes, may not be in the midst of an unbeaten season, but they enter FedEx Field with a six-game winning streak. Washington (the team, not the actor) has won five straight.


? 76ers at Knicks; Lakers at Trail Blazers
TBS 8 PM AND 10:30 PM
Trick or treat! As the NBA season premieres with a Halloween doubleheader, the question is, Is this a league or a masquerade ball? More than 120 players have changed costumes since June 20. Patrick Ewing is now a Madison Square Garden ghost. Glen Rice is a Knick, Shawn Kemp a Blazer, Horace Grant a Laker. The 76ers' Allen Iverson is Dr. Dre.


?Players Choice Awards
Merge the glacial tempo of postseason baseball with the pokey pacing of an awards telecast, and you get this ESPY-like affair, hosted by actor-comedian Robert (Arli$$!) Wuhl. Little wonder that it's being staged in Las Vegas, where clocks are as easy to locate as Rick Ankiel's curve. The Cardinals lefty, along with Braves infielder Rafael Furcal and Mets outfielder Jay Payton, is up for National League Outstanding Rookie, one of 10 awards bestowed on the basis of votes of major leaguers.

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? Nebraska at Oklahoma
Call it a covered bandwagon. Nearly every pundit has jumped aboard the No. 3 Sooners' Conestoga after Oklahoma's convincing smackdowns of Texas and Kansas State. For the first time since 1997 the Sooners (6-0) play the Cornhuskers (7-0, No. 1). From 1971 to '88 the teams met 14 times when both were ranked in the Top 10, including 78 (above), when Nebraska dumped Billy Sims (20) and Oklahoma 17-14. Today the focus will be on two Heisman-worthy quarterbacks, Oklahoma's pure passer, Josh Heupel, and the No. 1 Huskers' lightning-legged Eric Crouch. Rearrange the letters from the respective helmet decals (O, U and N), add some salsa and you have UNO. That's Spanish for where today's winner almost certainly will appear in the polls.

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