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Posted: Friday March 6, 2009 4:46PM; Updated: Friday March 6, 2009 4:54PM

Weekend Primer

Top Model Casting Call, Duke-N.C. highlight weekend

By Eric Horowitz

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Checking out Malin Akerman in "Watchmen" will be a big activity for many people this weekend.

Your guide to the weekend, SIOC style


Joe Biden's Middle Class Task Force Meeting, University of Pennsylvania, 12:30 p.m.: Governor Ed Rendell, Senators Bob Casey and Arlen Specter, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will join the Vice President to discuss the future of America's middle class. Students in attendance will likely see Biden attempt to woo Specter and his future senate votes by discussing Damien McCabb and Specter's beloved Egrets football team.

Sports Industry Networking and Career Conference, George Washington University: Honorary host Heath Shuler (in his role as Congressman Heath Shuler, not Redskins quarterback Heath Shuler) will be joined by bigwigs from the PGA Tour, ESPN, Sony, AOL Sports, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Washington Nationals. Whether you're there for the career connections, or you just enjoy paying $200 for a tote bag full of free pens, it's sure to be a good time.

In Theaters -- Watchmen: Hollywood appears to have yet another graphic novel hit on its hands. Next up is a movie based on that dental hygiene comic book they give kids at the dentist. Jack Black will play a rebellious wisdom tooth.


America's Next Top Model Open Casting Calls: It's a day of opportunities. Female students in Providence, Huntington, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Davenport, and Washington D.C. get to show they have what it takes to win a reality show (free time, no shame, just the right amount of crazy, etc.) Meanwhile, male students in those cities have a rebound opportunity that would make Blake Griffin jealous. They get a chance to meet girls who have just been told they're not pretty enough.

Men's Basketball -- No.1 UConn at No. 4 Pittsburgh, 12 p.m.: Rather than wait for the officials to ruin the game with bogus foul calls, the Big East announced that Hasheem Thabeet and DeJuan Blair will each start the game with three fouls.

Men's Basketball -- Tulane at No. 3 Memphis, 1 p.m.: Memphis continues its annual "beating up on Conference USA" charge to the top of the polls (the Tigers haven't lost a conference game in three years). The team has been looking ahead to the NCAA Tournament for so long John Calipari's neck is starting to hurt.

Moustache Dance, UC San Diego, 9 p.m.: Reason No. 436 for growing a moustache: Entry into this fabulous dance. Though it's probably not a great place to pick up women.


Men's Basketball -- No. 20 Purdue at No. 8 Michigan State, 12 p.m.: Two of the Big 10's three locks for the tournament finish the regular season in East Lansing. Then it's on the Big 10 Tournament, where the rest of the conference battles for NIT seeding.

Men's Basketball -- No. 7 Duke at No. 2 North Carolina, 4 p.m.: Is it just me, or has Coach K seemed a little overexcited lately? Perhaps it's merely his letter writing fingers. As for Roy Williams, the note on his office door still requests he be woken up when the Sweet Sixteen starts.

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