? Mike Tyson vs. Brian Nielsen
SHOWTIME 10PM (TAPE DELAY)
Nielsen has the same surname as actress Brigitte Nielsen, who was married to Sylvester Stallone, who starred in Rocky V with Tommy Morrison, who was knocked out in the sixth round by Lennox Lewis, who took 95 seconds to destroy Andrew Golota, who went AWOL before the third round against Tyson last Oct. 20. Obviously the world (at least the world of Showtime) still revolves around Tyson (48-3, 42 KOs). As usual, Nielsen (62-1, 43 KOs), a not-so-melancholy Dane, is expected to enter the ring for this 10-rounder at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen to the strains of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
?Redskins at Cowboys
ABC 9 PM
The reason to tune in is perversity: The last 30 minutes of this game could turn out to be the worst half-hour of sports programming this year not named Inside Schwartz-The Capital Gang and America's Team have fallen on hard times; both are winless and aimless. We're particularly curious to see the promotional campaign ABC's spinmeisters come up with for this potential football version of Heavens Gate. ("It's Tony Banks against Anthony Wright in a battle of up-and-coming quarterbacks!")
TUESDAY 10/16-FRIDAY 10/19
?Baseball League Championship Series
FOX (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS)
That forlorn man you see roaming the streets of St. Louis might be NBC's Bob Costas. As part of its six-year, $2.5 billion contract with Major League Baseball, Fox is the sole network airing the League Championship Series. Regrettably, for the first postseason since 1993, the people's commissioner will have to watch from home like the rest of us.
? Miami at Florida State
The job of Seminoles placekicker should come With a warning: THIS POSITION CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO BOBBY BOWDEN'S HEALTH. Last year's game between these two teams was a typical heartbreaker for the septuagenarian Bowden. The Hurricanes beat then-No. I Florida State 27-24 when, with time expiring, Seminoles kicker Matt Munyon's 49-yard field goal attempt sailed—where else?—wide right. The game was a coming-out party for quarterback Ken Dorsey, who completed six of seven passes on the Hurricanes' final drive, including a 13-yard touchdown throw to tight end Jeremy Shockey with 51 seconds to go. This year Miami comes in ranked No. 2, while No. 14 Florida State has a kicking savior in freshman Xavier Beitia, who hasn't missed in five field goal attempts. Of course, Beitia has yet to boot into a Hurricane.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.