Thursday, Sept. 4
Southern League baseball, Mississippi at Birmingham in South Division playoffs (7 p.m., Birmingham, Ala., 1590 AM): The M-Braves open a best-of-five playoff series against the Barons.
NFL football, Washington at New York Giants (6 p.m., Ch. 3): The Redskins and the Super Bowl champs meet on the NFL's opening night.
Friday, Sept. 5
High school football, Callaway at Provine (7:30 p.m., Hughes Field, Jackson): It's the Chargers vs. the Rams in an old-school JPS rivalry.
Terry at Clinton (7:30 p.m., Clinton): The Bulldogs visit the Arrows in a Hinds County suburban showdown.
Saturday, Sept. 6
College football, Southern Miss at Auburn (11:30 a.m., Auburn, Ala., Ch. 16/1180 AM): It's the Golden Eagle spread offense vs. the War Eagle spread offense.
Ole Miss at Wake Forest (2:30 p.m., Winston-Salem, N.C., Ch. 16/97.3 FM): The Rebels head up Tobacco Road to face the Demon Deacons. Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
Mississippi College at Millsaps (7 p.m., Davis Field, Jackson, 1240 AM): It's the Baptists vs. the Methodists in a matchup of two of the nation's best D-3 teams.
Southern League baseball, Birmingham at Mississippi in South Division playoffs (7 p.m., Pearl, 1590 AM): The series shifts to Trustmark Park for Game 3.
Sunday, Sept. 7
NFL football, Tampa Bay at New Orleans (noon, Ch. 40/620 AM): Unless Hurricane Gustav says otherwise, the Saints will open the season against the Bucs.
Monday, Sept. 8
NFL football, Minnesota at Green Bay (6 p.m., ESPN): For the first time in almost two decades, Brett Favre won't be under center in this ancient rivalry.
Denver at Oakland (9:15 p.m., ESPN): Trends may come and go, but the Broncos and Raiders still hate each other.
Tuesday, Sept. 9
Major league baseball, Chicago Cubs at St. Louis (7 p.m., WGN): The Cardinals keep trying to catch up with the Cubs in the NL Central race.
Wednesday, Sept. 10
Major league baseball, Colorado at Atlanta (6 p.m., FSN/620 AM): The Rockies still have playoff hopes, even if the Braves don't.
The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who is not accepting your non-football calls at this time.
I was a beautiful sight yesterday to see a Mississippi boy finally starting as quarterback for a New York City pro football team. Favre is the greatest, Mississippi born and bred, and guarterback for the New York Jets. I'm picking the Jets to make it to the championship game but lose to the Pittsburg Steelers. If Dallas had lost too yesterday my Sunday would have been really swell.