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By JOHN C. COTEY
Published December 30, 2005


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BUCS-SAINTS, 1 P.M. SUNDAY, CH. 13: The big one. Win, and the Bucs are NFC South champs and host a first-round playoff game. Lose ... and ... well, they probably still will be in, but why leave things to chance?

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, 8:30, ESPN DEPORTES: Okay, so no one really wants to watch Dallas and St. Louis play, but a.) David Green, a 29-year-old former marine from Indiana, will try to win $10-million by making an empty-net soccer goal from midfield and a 40-yard field goal during halftime and b.) it'll be in Spanish! Gooooooooooooooal! How can you resist? Added bonus: knowing that thousands of couch potatoes will be calling the guy a choker for missing while dusting Doritos crumbs off their shirts. In English on ESPN, the longtime team of Mike Patrick (19 seasons), Joe Theismann (18) and Paul Maguire (eight) calls its final regular-season game together.

NFL PRIMETIME, 7:30 SUNDAY, ESPN: Maybe the best football show ever and must-see TV for fantasy geeks nationwide, NFL PrimeTime bids adieu as it will move to Mondays next season.

ROSE BOWL, 8 P.M. WEDNESDAY, CH. 28: The BCS got lucky with this one, USC vs. Texas, unquestionably the best college football matchup anyone could hope for. But I'm mostly looking forward to a pregame piece featuring USC alumnus Will Ferrell debating Texas alumnus Matthew McConaughey.

SIX DAYS TO SUNDAY, 9 TONIGHT, NFL NETWORK: NFL Network documented a week in the life of Atlanta running back and former Buc good guy Warrick Dunn as he prepared for last weekend's game with his former teammates.

ESPN NEW YEAR'S EVE, 11 SATURDAY, ESPN2: If the whole Hollywood/Athletes As Stars thing bothers you, then stop reading. Seriously, you're just going to get mad. Okay, you were warned - live from the Hard Rock Cafe New York, it's Stuart Scott and rocker/actor Steven Van Zandt hosting the network's first sports-themed New Year's special. Unintentional comedy should abound.

NEWS AND NOTES

Sports Radio 1470 is carrying the bowl games featuring the matchups between Miami-LSU (7:30 tonight), Ohio State-Notre Dame (4:30 Monday), Georgia-West Virginia (8:30 Monday), FSU-Penn State (6 Tuesday) and Texas-USC (7:40 Wednesday).

Golfer John Daly's new reality show, The Daly Planet, premieres at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 18 on the Golf Channel. It's billed as an "eclectic mix of ... (Daly's) various adventures, including a variety of promotional stops, golf tournament events and competitions." Or as some might call it, his job.

ESPN Classic is scheduled to air 35 hours of classic Rose Bowl games from 1978 to 2005 over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, as well as eight hours of Sugar Bowl and Fiesta Bowl games on Jan. 4 beginning at 10 a.m.

There are no TV ratings this week due to the holidays.