World Series Game One, Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants, 7:57, Fox: Somehow, the Giants have found a way to be the bad guys here. While they've been among baseball's whiniest fanbases this season, it would've been impossible to root for the Phillies over McCovey Cove, Buster Posey (who was out), and Brian Wilson. But Giants fans, your team is all that stands between the Rangers and their first-ever World Series win, and all I want to see is Nolan Ryan laughing at you. One complication: the Giants have home field, thanks to ... Braves catcher Brian McCann, who won the All Star Game for the National League.â†µ
â†µâ†µGAME OF THE DAY! Atlanta Hawks at Memphis Grizzliesâ€¨, 8, SportSouth: Ain't no shame in opening your NBA season on the Arkansas border while only being broadcast by a network based in your city. Can the Hawks finish with a better win total for a record-tying six straight seasons? The quest for 54+ wins begins tonight. On the flip side, the Grizzlies look a lot like the Hawks did a few years ago -- tons of young talent, step-by-step improvement, and reasonable expectations.â†µ
Chicago Bulls at Oklahoma City Thunderâ€¨, 8, ESPN: The NBA's most lovable superstar (as long as you're not from Canada), the Thunder's Kevin Durant, tips off a hopeful Western Conference run against Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah (HATE WEEK BOOOOOO), and Carlos Boozer (THERE'S A BOO IN HIS NAME BOoo).â†µ
Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30, ESPN: Shortsighted of the NBA to broadcast this game late at night, when no young children will be watching. With Blake Griffin, Brandon Roy, Greg Oden, Joel Przybilla, and others in the same building, the carnage would be enough to whip any smart-mouthed brat into growing up right then and there. You think you know pain, little man? You think you live in the world? You don't know a thing about the world until you take a look at Greg Oden's knee. Look at Greg Oden's knee and you'll know everything you need to know about life. Don't look any higher than his knee though.â†µ
Cincinnati Bengals at Atlanta Falcons encore, 9:15, NFL Network: Watch out for that third quarter. Even though you know it's coming, it'll still get you.â†µ
Atlanta Thrashers at New York Rangers, 7, Fox Sports South: The Thrash try to get it going against the Eastern Conference's hottest team. Atlanta owned the season series 3-1 last year.