Unlike most of the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast did not get hit with last week's big snowstorm. Now, everyone from Boston to D.C. to Chicago is getting hammered with another heavy dose of the white stuff. So, in between shoveling out your cars, driveways and walkways, here are some events to watch for the rest of the week to get your mind off of winter. Well, sort of...
Wednesday: NCAA MBB -- UConn vs. Syracuse 7 PM / Duke vs. UNC 9 PM
How about two of college basketball's biggest rivalry games back-to-back tonight? With the Super Bowl over that means it's all about college basketball right now, and UConn and North Carolina are two teams that are desperate for a big win. The Huskies resume is better than UNC's right now, but UConn's best win, over then No. 1 Texas, doesn't look as good right now. UNC, well, they just need a win.
(And don't fret Connecticut fans, the UConn Women are on at 8 PM on CPTV if this gets ugly.)
And by the way, if you aren't following dantheman4250's NCAA tournament blogs and threads, start now.
Thursday: NBA -- Magic vs. Cavs 8PM / Spurs vs. Nuggets 10:30 PM -- NCAA MBB -- St. Mary's vs. Gonzaga 11 PM
There are still more good college games on earlier than this, but passing up a solid NBA doubleheader is hard. With the Celtics struggling the Magic and Cavs could be playing in the Eastern Conference Finals and Spurs also find themselves in need of a good NBA All-Star break. Two of the WCC's best for a nightcap makes this a pretty good night.
Friday: Winter Olympics 7:30 PM -- NCAA MBB -- Fairfield at Rider 7 PM / Siena at Niagara 8 PM
Okay, so the opening ceremonies in Vancouver won't exactly get your mind off winter, but it's still a great show. And yes, I am a huge homer throwing out some love for a Metro Atlantic (MAAC) basketball doubleheader. Odds of myself making the trek back to the old stomping grounds in Lawrenceville, moderately high. And would someone please beat Siena already.
Saturday: NASCAR Nationwide at Daytona 1:15 PM -- NBA All-Star Weekend 7 PM -- Winter Olympics 2 & 8 PM
Still more college basketball to be found, but Danica Patrick's debut at Daytona should draw a crowd. NASCAR has also scaled back some of its rules to improve racing with the Car of Tomorrow. That means bump-drafting and multi-groove racing is back this year. It never left Daytona, but other tracks suffered greatly. Throw it the NBA Skills Contests and Slam Dunk contests with some Olympics and this isn't a bad start to the weekend.
Sunday: NASCAR Daytona 500, 12 PM -- Winter Olympics (USA Women's Hockey) 3 PM -- NBA All-Star Game 8:30 PM
The Super Bowl of NASCAR kicks off a new racing season the week after the Super Bowl. Fantastic job by NASCAR to put the Daytona 500 the week after the Super Bowl and at noon. First Olympic Hockey game for Team USA and just in time for me to look up the international rules for hockey. No more goalies playing the puck in that stupid trapezoid. And of course, the NBA All-Star Game will grace us with its presence and immense lack of defense.
Well, I hope this helps keep your mind off of the 4 feet of snow that is piling up on the ground. Now excuse me, I have to go shovel again. As I typed this 15 inches fell on my front walk.