Tossing the political football


Should the state be forking over millions of dollars to help millionaires build better houses for their football teams? Isn't it worth a few dollars to bring football back to town? Are there any real economic benefits? MPT may not offer any answers tonight, but it'll sure be airing plenty of opinions.

* "The Great Stadium Debate: A State Circle Special" (7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Friends and foes of the proposed Maryland football stadiums have at it during a live debate. On the pro-side: John Moag of the Maryland Stadium Authority, Sen. Barbara Hoffman, D-Baltimore County/City, and James Brady of the state's Office of Business and Economic Development. Their opponents will be Sen. Christopher Van Hollen, D-Montgomery, John O'Neil of the Maryland Taxpayers Association and Del. Robert Flanagan, R-Howard.

* "The Bodyguard" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Whitney Houston is great to look at; Kevin Costner, sporting one of Hollywood's more ill-advised haircuts, stares intently at all sorts of stuff (including Ms. Houston), and the soundtrack includes Whitney's soaring version of "I Will Always Love You." ABC.

* "Terrors of the Deep" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Montel Williams introduces viewers to all sorts of denizens of the deep, both real (sharks) and maybe-not-real (the Loch Ness Monster). Presumably, Montel will not be interviewing them. CBS.

* "ER" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Paramedics Shepherd and Raul (Ron Eldard and Carlos Gomez) rush into a burning building to try and save three children. This is not especially good news for Shepherd's girlfriend, nurse Hathaway (Julianna Margulies). As the ads note, "Tonight, they lose one of their own." Intense. NBC.


* "Rita Rudner BBC Special #2" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Comedy Central) -- Guaranteed laughs.

* "Ironside" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Nostalgia) -- David Cassidy, just into his days as a teen heartthrob, guest stars as a basketball player involved in a crime ring.

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