Colts at Cowboys
Until J.K. Rowling becomes the Patriots' coach, Tony Dungy's claim to fame as
the only person to coach a team to a Super Bowl victory and write a New York
Times best seller looks safe. Last week Dungy's memoir, Quiet Strength, became
the first football book to top the bestseller list. Back from his publicity
tour, Dungy (above) will lead the Super Bowl champs in their first preseason
game, against Dallas, whose new coach, Wade Phillips, is already feeling heat.
Says Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, "I think we have every right to think we
will be better than we were last year."
FOX 8 p.m.
SI PICK OF THE
Earlier this summer, before the U.S. Open, Rory Sabbatini declared that Tiger
Woods was "as beatable as ever." He was right: Woods failed to win the
U.S. or the British Open. But the South African wasn't the one doing the
beating; Sabbatini finished 51st at the U.S. Open and missed the cut at
Carnoustie. And last weekend Sabbatini blew a one-shot 54-hole lead as Woods
won the Bridgestone Invitational. Sabbatini, who is up to sixth in the FedEx
Cup standings, will get his next shot at Woods in the season's final major, at
Southern Hills in Tulsa. Thursday and Friday, TNT 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday,
CBS 2 p.m.
Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge
It's like The Surreal Life: Cowboy Edition. Nine marginal celebrities live
together on a ranch, looking to extend their 15 minutes of fame eight seconds
at a time. Among those at bullriding boot camp: Vanilla Ice (below), Stephen
Baldwin and former NFL wide receiver Rocket Ismail.
CMT 9 p.m.
Indiana Fever at Detroit Shock
Indiana is just 1--6 since forward Tamika Catchings went down with a foot
injury, which has allowed Detroit to pull away in the Eastern Conference
standings. The Fever is now trying to hold off Connecticut to secure home court
in the first round of the playoffs—when it hopes to get Catchings back.
ABC 1:30 p.m.
Showcasing the country's best high school seniors, the fifth annual charity
game pits East against West. One to watch: Tim Melville (right), a 6'5"
righty from Holt High outside St. Louis; he fanned 117 in 63 innings as a
FSN 3 p.m.
In Stores: Madden '08
The Madden curse almost claimed another victim. Five of the last seven players
to appear on the game's cover have suffered serious injuries. This year's cover
boy, Vince Young, who was 8--5 as a rookie starter last year, risked harm at
practice last week when he threw a punch at teammate Donnie Nickey, who was
wearing a helmet.