Super Bowl XXXIII
•FOX 6:18 PM
He was the man in Denver. Then John Elway cost him his job. Now he has resurfaced in Atlanta, seeking redemption. Dan Reeves? No, Falcons backup quarterback Steve DeBerg, who lost his starting spot to then rookie Elway in 1983. In this game of X's and I's, the quarterbacks will take a backseat to running backs Terrell Davis of Denver (right) and Jamal Anderson of Atlanta, the NFL's two leading rushers this season. Defensive fun fact: In Super Bowl XXIII, also in Pro Player Stadium, Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski (then a 49er) had an interception. A Falcons upset would render the retiring Elway gone with the wind and his former coach Reeves (0-3 in Super Bowls past) a man in full.
Utah at New Mexico
Unlike at Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico's other subterranean wonder, visitors aren't welcome at The Pit. Through Sunday the No. 12 Lobos (16-4, 15-0 at home) had won 56 of their last 57 games on their own floor, including a 79-78 squeaker on Jan. 16 over No. 7 Arizona. The Utes (14-4), losers to Kentucky in the national championship game last March, struggled early this season but had won nine straight. In this WAC showdown Utah's senior point guard Andre Miller (averaging 16.9 points and 5.8 assists) must be at the top of his game if the Utes are to avoid their third Pit fall in a row.
Pebble Beach Pro-Am
•USA THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 3 PM
Last year the PGA Tour's most aesthetic but wettest event began on Jan. 29 and ended almost seven months later, thereby drawing comparisons to The Thin Red Line. Gallery lines will be thinner at this year's event (which concludes on CBS over the weekend) now that Michael Jordan, who was unable to confine his slices to the fairway, had to scratch. Reigning (not the happiest homonym to use for this tournament) champion Phil Mickelson is expected to be joined by David Duval and Tiger Woods but not Robert Duvall and James Woods. The celeb invitees do include old standbys Kevin Costner, Bill Murray and Jack Lemmon, as well as Hall of Famer-elect Robin Yount.
Avalanche at Red Wings
•ESPN 7:30 PM
Two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit is scheduled to visit the White House and reunite with President Clinton on Thursday. If you wonder who's more likely to keep this date next year, we go with Clinton. Though atop the Central Division, the Red Wings were a perfunctory 23-20-3 through Sunday, including a 4-2 loss at Colorado (22-19-4) in December. Last week Detroit captain Steve Yzerman had his nose broken by a puck passed by former Red Wing Paul Coffey. It's been that kind of season.
•TNT 8 PM AND 10:30 PM
The NBA has a sense of humor. After a six-month lockout there's a chance that the first player you see score this season will be Latrell Sprewell. In tonight's opener the Knicks welcome newly acquired guard Sprewell against the Magic at the O-rena. The nightcap features dispose-a-Bull Scottie Pippen, arguably the league's best all-around player (when healthy) and now its most bejeweled (six rings), playing alongside Susan Lucci, er, Charles Barkley as the Rockets tap off against the Lakers at Chez Shaq, the Great Western Forum.