•76ers at Pistons
NBC 4 PM
During an appearance on The Chris Rock Show a few weeks ago, Philadelphia points guard Allen Iverson said, "I've got white friends...my lawyers." Leave the kid alone; it was funny. So popular is Iverson, whose 31.3 points per game led the NBA through Sunday, that the Philly powers that be considered renaming the city Allentown—but Pennsylvania already had one. Should Detroit points forward Grant Hill, third in the scoring race (27.3 average), bolt as a free agent next summer for his hometown Wizards? If he does, we recommend that his nickname be Capitol (or, considering the lucre he'll reap, Capital).
•Devils at Red Wings
ESPN2 7:30 PM
"Devils! De-vuuuuls!" We can still hear Elaine Benes's face-painting boyfriend David Puddy, who worshiped the New Jersey club and Christian Rock music, shepherding a lunatic hockey flock in a Seinfeld episode. These days Devils advocate Puddy would have plenty to bellow about. Through Sunday, New Jersey led the NHL in points (68) and was unbeaten in its last seven road games (5-0-2). All-Star center Scott Gomez, with 13 goals and 31 assists, topped all rookies in points scored (44).
•Mike Tyson vs. Julius Francis
SHOWTIME 10 PM (TAPE DELAY)
Francis, the 35-year-old British heavyweight champion (21-7, 11 KOs), plans to have himself hypnotized before entering the ring in Manchester. Good idea. With British bookmakers posting odds of 9 to 2 that Francis will be knocked out in Round 1, why would he want to recall any of it later? Tyson (46-3, 1 NC, 40 KOs) is battling the wrong Brit—Lennox Lewis should be tonight's foe—but it's hard to begrudge Iron Mike his $12 million payday. Unexpectedly, he may be the fan favorite tonight. In Brixton last week the crush of admirers was so fierce that Tyson had to take refuge in a police station.
•Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
USA THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 3 PM; CBS 12:35 AM
Hey, who's that guy with Tiger Woods? At week's end it appeared that the newly crowned Wizard of Arghs, Michael Jordan, would be paired with Woods, who has put the PGA Tour into a near half Nelson. Having won the last five events that he has entered, Tiger is almost halfway to Byron Nelson's seemingly untouchable record-winning streak of 11, set in 1945. Other celebs competing today and tomorrow include Kevin Costner and Michael Douglas but not, alas, Douglas's fiancée, Catherine Zeta-Jones. The tournament concludes over the weekend on CBS (3 p.m. each day).
•Super Bowl XXXIV
ABC KICKOFF 6:18 PM
Welcome to the Goodwill Game. After all, how can you root against NFL MVP Kurt Warner, the Rams' stock-boy-to-star quarterback, and his fleet of fleet receivers, including Isaac Bruce (above)? Or their 63-year-old coach, Dick Vermeil, who—19 years after his only previous Super Bowl appearance—had a bawl leading his team to the championship game? Or St. Louis's rivals, the Titans, who can boast of their miracle comeback against the Bills and their Defensive Rookie of the Year, end Jevon Kearse? Tennessee beat St. Louis 24-21 on Halloween when most of us believed both teams were only masquerading as Super Bowl contenders. We were wrong.
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