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    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana and head coach Bill Walsh smile for photographers during the closing moments of their playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings in this Jan. 4, 1989 file photo at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Walsh, the groundbreaking football coach who won three Super Bowls and perfected the ingenious schemes that became known as the West Coast offense during a Hall of Fame career with the San Francisco 49ers, died early Monday, July 30, 2007. He was 75. (AP Photo)

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    Former 49ers Jerry Rice and Joe Montana, left, greet each other on the field at Candlestick Park before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.


Weekend poll: Who is the greatest quarterback of all time?

Leading Off: Not an NFL fan? Here are seven other TV options

Published: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 - 10:56 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 - 11:55 pm

Most sports fans will spend most of today watching the two NFL conference championships, plus the pregame and postgame shows.

But there are folks who don’t care to watch football, even if the 49ers are playing for a spot in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. We know, it’s heresy, but it’s true.

Here are seven other options on TV today:

•  Kings at Oklahoma City, 4 p.m., CSNCA: Yes, it’s an obvious first choice. The Thunder is one of the best teams in the Western Conference, so this will be a big challenge for the Kings. Plus, it’s their fourth road game in six nights.

•  PGA Humana Challenge, noon, GOLF: Tiger Woods isn’t playing, but the scenery is always great in La Quinta. And, well, it’s golf, one of the most popular sports to watch on TV.

•  Australian Open, 4 p.m., TENNIS, and 6 p.m., ESPN2: Play is into the round of 16, and with a break in the weather, they’re finally talking about tennis and not the heat.

•  Soccer, Manchester United at Chelsea, 7:55 a.m., NBCSN: With the World Cup five months away, isn’t it time to brush up on the beautiful game? Also, you can practice screaming, “GOAAAALLLL!”

•  “88 and 1,” 5 p.m., ESPN2: College basketball fans should enjoy this one-hour special on Notre Dame’s 71-70 upset of UCLA in 1974 that ended the Bruins’ 88-game winning streak. And, it was Bill Walton’s first college loss.

•  “The Shawshank Redemption,” 4:30 p.m., Spike: You can’t go wrong with one of the best movies ever made. Plus, Tim Robbins was a pitcher in “Bull Durham,” so there’s a sports connection, even if it’s a bit of a stretch.

•  “Brady Bunch” marathon, 1:30 p.m., TV Land: If you don’t like the Patriots’ Tom Brady, you can watch Mike, Carol and their six kids for nearly five hours.

– Tom Couzens

Weekend poll

Who is the greatest quarterback of all time?

• Tom Brady

• Terry Bradshaw

• John Elway

• Brett Favre

• Peyton Manning

• Joe Montana

• Bart Starr

• Johnny Unitas

• Steve Young

• Other

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