Your guide to the weekend, SIOC style
Dedication of Alex Rodriguez Park, University of Miami, 6 p.m.: With renovations now complete (thanks to a generous $3.9 million donation from A-Rod), Miami's new and improved baseball stadium will be officially unveiled. Can you say bad timing? The school better double check everything so six years from now it doesn't find out the stadium tested positive for asbestos.
"Devilpalooza," Arizona State: Twenty tons of real snow will be dumped on ASU's campus for a snowboarding competition and other hi-jinks. In case you were wondering, the National Energy Council rates the energy efficiency of "creating and transporting snow into a desert climate" as "poor."
Men's Basketball: Oregon at No. 24 Washington, 3 p.m.: The bad news: At 0-11 in the Pac-10, Oregon is slowly approaching the 0-16 mark put up last year by Oregon State. The really bad news: Oregon State already hired Barack Obama's only basketball-coaching relative, so now there's nobody left to turn around the Oregon program.
Men's Basketball: No. 25 Florida State at No. 8 Wake Forest, 4 p.m.: Wake Forest started the ACC like grizzled veterans, beating Duke and UNC. Then they played like 5-year-olds in losses to Georgia Tech and N.C. State. Basically, the Demon Deacons are the Benjamin Button of college basketball. Only not as long and slow.
Hit Me With Your Love, Stanford University, 6 p.m.: Stanford's massive St. Valentine's Day pillow fight is just like playing wack-a-mole ... but with people. It's also the cheapest way to celebrate Hallmark's lucrative holiday without dumping your girlfriend.
Women's Basketball: No. 3 Cal at No. 5 Stanford, 11 p.m.: Is a Cal-Stanford battle of Top 5 teams enough to generate national interest in a non-UConn-Tennessee women's basketball game? It is thanks to a plug in the Weekend Primer.
Men's Basketball: No. 11 Clemson at Virginia, 1 p.m.: The struggles of Wake Forest and Duke have put Clemson in the spotlight. Are they the team to challenge UNC? This game against Virginia (1-8 in the ACC) certainly won't help answer that question.
Men's Basketball: No. 5 Duke at Boston College, 5:30 p.m.: The Blue Devils ran out of gas against UNC, but do not fret. This week, Coach K signed an endorsement deal with 5-Hour Energy.
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