Your guide to the weekend, SIOC style
World Series of Beer Pong
More than 400 teams are gathered in Las Vegas, their eyes fixed firmly on the $50,000 grand prize. Only one team will leave with the cash, but the losers still win the consolation prize of getting drunk in Vegas.
Cotton Bowl: No. 25 Mississippi vs. No. 7 Texas Tech, 2 p.m.
I've got a dynamite idea. Let's take a classic New Year's Day game like the Cotton Bowl and move it to Jan. 2. Oh wait, that's a terrible idea.
Sugar Bowl: No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 6 Utah, 8 p.m.
When you google the phrase "Sugar Bowl," the first site that comes up has the heading "Sugar Bowl: Utah Utes vs. Alabama Crimson Tide." Sounds good. Except that it's actually the web site for a Lake Tahoe ski resort. Those sly dogs.
Men's Basketball, No. 9 UCLA at Oregon State, 10 p.m.
Behind Obama-in-law Craig Robinson, the Beavers already have five wins (one short of their total from last year), and one of those wins even came against a school from the BCS conference (Oregon State went 0-20 against such opponent last year.) The fast start has fans dreaming of a Pac-10 win, or better yet, a berth in the CBI.
Men's Basketball: No. 3 Pitt at No. 11 Georgetown, 12 p.m.
Tickets are half-price for any Washington Wizard interested in learning how to defend the pick-and-roll.
Exhibit of the Week: Frost/Nixon, Providence College
Ron Howard's new film is taking the world by storm (OK, the historical fiction cinema world), and this is the only exhibit about the Frost/Nixon interviews which contains materials from the private collection of Providence alum Jack Brennan (Nixon's former chief of staff who's played by Kevin Bacon in the film.) The exhibit is a must see for any Nixon or Bacon buff.
Men's Squash: Snow Flake Tournament, Dartmouth University
Don't let the BCS buzz make you forget about squash season. It's here, and it's out in full force.
Men's Basketball: Kentucky at No. 18 Louisville, 4:30 p.m.
It's the "Battle for the Bluegrass," or as the game's currently known, the "Battle to See Who Can Disappoint Their Fans the Least."