Oh, brother! There's nothing like a famous sibling rivalry to give an early game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants the sizzle of the postseason. Four years after big brother Peyton and the Colts outgunned Eli and the Giants it's Manning Bowl II on Sunday Night Football (Sept. 19, 8:15pm/7:15c, NBC).
So much for that ankle monitor! How can the FBI keep tabs on White Collar's reformed con man Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer), when he has vengeance on his mind? "Neal is taking justice into his own hands," reveals Bomer of tonight's mid-season finale (9/8c, USA), in which he constructs an elaborate grift to confront his ex-girlfriend Kate's murderer.
When it happens, don't expect him to stick to the rules. "A lot of moral lines get crossed," Bomer says. "When it comes to Kate, he doesn't always make the most rational, healthy decisions." Naturally, this will create tension between him and straitlaced Fed Peter Burke (Tim DeKay). The trust between the partners remains "always liquid, never rock solid," Bomer says.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell looks ahead to the new season and beyond in our exclusive one on one interview. For more on the NFL, including a preview of the upcoming season, order our NFL special collector's issue here!
TV Guide Magazine: As new stadiums are being built, how much are you involved in making certain each stadium offers the right kind of multi-media viewing experience, and how will 3D fit into all the plans?
Goodell: In getting the stadiums built, we have a lot of input. We play various roles in getting them approved....
With the New York Jets, football's ultimate reality series found a team promising unrestricted access and story lines with all the makings of a smash hit.
"We're calling it 'Hard Knocks hits Broadway,'" says director Steve Trout of NFL Films. The sixth season of the HBO series (premiering tonight at 10/9c) follows the Super Bowl contenders through training camp to whittle 85 players down to a 53-man roster...
Wimbledon begins bright and early Monday morning (June 21, 6:30 a.m./5:30c, ESPN2) and the top two seeds — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal — have pulled off what NBC/ESPN2 analyst Mary Carillo calls "the hardest, trickiest thing to do in tennis." That is, win two ...
The Houston Cougars' Jahmar Thorpe and the Memphis Tigers' Chris Douglas-Roberts
It all comes down to this: Who has what it takes to win six straight games — and an NCAA title?
While Memphis' late-season loss to Tennessee blocked its shot at an unblemished record, the beauty of the NCAA tournament is that every team starts over during the madness that is March. "You have to be 6-0 to win a championship," ESPN analyst Jay Bilas says, "so your record is really irrelevant."
Which team will emerge unscathed from the Final Four in San Antonio, giving folks a reason to remember the Alamodome? Memphis, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke and UCLA have all been highly ranked, but only four teams will get a coveted No. 1 seed. "It's really important, because no No. 1 seed has ever lost in the first round," Bilas says, "and it is very unusual for a top seed to be out before the Sweet 16. It's a first-class ticket to the second weekend [of the tournament]."
Following this week's conference tournament frenzy, the field of 65 will be deter
Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles
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Anyone who takes a snap in the NFL is going to be second-guessed by Monday-morning quarterbacks. But some signal-callers are under more pressure than others this season. "The climate of pro football is this," says CBS' Phil Simms: "If teams don't like what they've got, they say, 'Let's just change the quarterback and the coach, because that will cure it all.'"
Case in point: The Giants' Eli Manning is a lightning rod for criticism "just because he happens to be in New York, and I guess New York fans want him to be Peyton Manning," says CBS' Boomer Esiason, noting that Manning's "sleepy Southern personality drives them crazy here."
Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers
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Green Bay's Brett Favre is poised to rewrite the NFL record books, but whether or not he'll close the book on his career is, once again, a question. "In '96, I remember before the Super Bowl he had said that if they won that game, that he might consider retirement," Fox analyst Troy Aikman says. "So we've literally been talking about Brett's retirement for 10 years."
With the Packers in rebuilding mode and the 37-year-old quarterback questioning his own commitment, that talk has intensified in the last two years. Favre says his decision to continue past this season will be "bas