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Posted: Friday February 20, 2009 3:23PM; Updated: Friday February 20, 2009 3:23PM

Weekend Primer

By Eric Horowitz

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Matt Stafford will try to show NFL teams that he should be the No. 1 pick in this year's draft.
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Your guide to the weekend, SIOC style


NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Network: There's nothing like watching grown men run back and forth around cones. Unfortunately, there's still no television coverage of player interviews, drug screenings, or Wonderlic tests.

Snow Fort Building Competition, Utah State, 1 p.m.: The winners get their own Discovery Channel show about how to survive in the wild. Bonus prizes will be awarded for forts which demonstrate Gothic architecture staples such as groin-vaulted ceilings and flying buttresses.

Men's Baseball: San Diego State vs. Bethune Cookman, 2 p.m.: Stephen Strasburg (the likely top pick in the 2009 MLB draft) makes his season debut for SDSU. How good is Strasburg? Not only does he have his own ticket plan, but all scouts in attendance are required to wear bibs in order to control their excessive salivating.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers Egg Drop Competition, University of Rochester, 2:30 p.m.: Can you figure out how to drop an egg four stories without breaking it? (Whatever you do, don't drop in into the hands of Terrell Owens.) Former winners of the competition include Bill Gates, Barack Obama and Isaac Newton.*
*Not factually accurate

Foot Locker College Hoops Tour, Virginia Tech, 3 p.m.: This basketball carnival includes 3-point, dunk, and knockout competitions. It's just like the NBA's All-Star weekend, but without the C-list celebrities trying to get their pictures in US Weekly.


Men's Basketball: No. 22 Butler at Davidson, 12 p.m.: It's Bracket Buster Saturday! By the way, according the Oxford English Dictionary, "Bracket Buster" is a "term created by ESPN marketing executives to produce excitement for February basketball games."

Men's Basketball: No. 23 Utah State at St. Mary's, 5 p.m.: I'm still confused by the whole "bracket-buster" thing. Doesn't bringing attention to a team's bracket-busting-ability effectively make it impossible for them to be a true bracket-buster?

Men's Basketball: DePaul at No. 4 Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.: If DeJaun Blair and Ben Roetlisberger had a child he would never have to pay for a meal in the city of Pittsburgh. (But he'd probably suffer endless schoolyard beatings all over New England.)


Men's Basketball: Arizona at No. 11 Arizona State, 10 p.m.: Arizona didn't get a Super Bowl Trophy, but the state does have the two hottest teams in the Pac-10. (It also has Jordan Hill's hair, which is almost as nice as Troy Polamalu's.)

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