Weekend Watch: February 1-3
It's not just Super Bowl Weekend; it's an extremely busy weekend both inside and outside the world of Tar Heel athletics. Let's get started.
Men's Basketball hosts Virginia Tech Saturday at noon. P.J. Hairston, who had first-half 14 points before leaving the Boston College game with a concussion, is unlikely to play. In case you missed it, be sure to read Adam's column from BC on Hairston and his mother. Carolina and Kentucky will resume their series next year in Chapel Hill, then play in Lexington in 2014-15. Mike O'Koren was named an ACC Legend and will be honored at this year's ACC Tournament.
The JV team takes on William Peace University at 9 a.m. Saturday, in case you're in your seats early.
Women's Basketball takes on Duke Sunday at 1 as Sylvia Hatchell goes for win #900. That game is available on ESPNU.
Track has three meets on the weekend. Part of the team is in New York City for the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Carolina hosts the Gene Anderson Invitational beginning Saturday at 9 a.m. Two runners will compete in the JDL Mile Invitational Saturday in Winston-Salem.
Wrestling is at N.C. State Friday night at 7 p.m.
Fencing is in Evanston, Ill. for the Northwestern Dual Meets Saturday and Sunday.
Swimming is at N.C. State Saturday at 11 a.m
Men's Lacrosse scrimmages Loyola at noon on Navy Fields.
Women's Lacrosse hosts the South of the Border exhibition on Saturday.
Gymnastics hosts Maryland Saturday at 5.
Men's Tennis hosts Louisville Saturday at 6.
Women's Tennis hosts Michigan Sunday at 1.
In addition to Saturday's First Pitch Dinner, Baseball has open scrimmages at Boshamer Stadium Saturday at noon and Sunday at 1. The Tar Heels start the season ranked #1 or #2, depending on where you look. Former Carolina pitcher Teddy Mitrosilis, now with ESPN, has a blurb about the Tar Heels below this article about Vanderbilt. Colin Moran is a preseason first-team All-America according to Baseball America. Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game says UNC has the pieces in place to make a title run.
A missing pet tortoise survived in a store room for 30 years.
Here's the world's greatest game of tag.
A recipe for Beer and Cheddar Soup for Sunday.
Tomorrow is Groundhog Day, and you can watch the great Bill Murray movie Saturday at 10 a.m. on AMC.