NBC 1 PM
While one sporting great makes his official reentrance in New York later this week (below), another makes his final run at Belmont Park this afternoon. Four-year-old Albert the Great, winner of five graded stakes races and $2,532,490 in career earnings, will retire to stud following the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, the last and richest race on today's eight-race, $13 million card. However, it's the $1 million Juvenile that figures to create the most excitement as Officer, an undefeated 2-year-old colt trained by Bob Baffert, looks to establish himself as the early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby.
FOX SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 7:30 PM; TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND (IF NECESSARY) THURSDAY 8 PM
Finally, the Fox Family Channel can go back to what it does best—showing Growing Pains and Who's the Boss? reruns. Fox will air the entire Fall Classic, which means that baseball fans will not have to zap frantically to find announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.
?Wizards at Knicks
TBS 7:30 PM
Film director and New York superfan Spike Lee has put up for auction, on nba.com and Yahoo! Auctions, one of his two $1,600 courtside seats for this game at Madison Square Garden, which marks the return of Michael Jordan to the NBA, with Washington. The proceeds will be donated to the Uniformed Firefighters Association Widows and Children's Fund. Don't expect Jordan to be as charitable to the Knicks. On March 28, 1995, five games into his previous NBA comeback, Jordan, in Lee's phrase, "dropped a double nickel" by scoring 55 points against New York. Here's hoping, for entertainment's sake, that MJ will do the right thing and bamboozle the Knicks again.
? Oklahoma at Nebraska
Get ready for the hardest-hitting three hours this side of WWF Smack Down! The Sooners lead this storied series 40-36-3, and this year's outcome may well depend on whether Oklahoma's ferocious All-America weakside linebacker, Rocky Calmus (above), can collar Nebraska's nimble option quarterback, Eric Crouch. (We'd never bet against anyone named Rocky.) Thirty years ago Cornhuskers wingback Johnny Rodgers, the Picasso of the punt return, sparked his top-ranked team to a 35-31 win over the No. 2 Sooners in what was billed as the Game of the Century. While it's a little early to affix that tag to this matchup, we'll be bold enough to declare the showdown at Lincoln's Memorial Stadium between No. 2 Oklahoma (7-0) and No. 3 Nebraska (8-0) the Game of the Week.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.