Saturday's Here!

Happy Saturday everyone! Looks like it’s going to be one beauty of a day. HollyCornblog and CharlieHopbrew should be on their way in another couple of hours and if I disappear for a while after they arrive, well, you’ll know what I’m up to!

Let’s see what’s happening in the world of soccer, first. I see that US soccer is finally formally announcing that Hege Riise is joining the USWNT coaching staff. She’ll be joining the team over in Portugal for the Algarve Cup, and then resettling in the US to help Pia scout players during the WPS season. She sounds like a great addition to an already excellent coaching staff!

The Chicago Red Stars have signed Cristiane — another dazzling and flamboyant member of the Brazilian soccer team. It’s going to be so amazing to be able to see these women play live — and up close — at Harvard Stadium! I’m hoping to work, this morning, on beginning to create/add WPS team blogs to my sidebar – to faclitate trash talking!

Back to Portugal, and catching up with the US women’s national team, who arrived on February 26 and began their preparation for the Algarve Cup (which includes devouring crepes, apparently). Their first match is on Wednesday, March 4 against Denmark. This could actually be the most difficult game of the tournament for them — certainly in their group. (I say certainly, although Iceland and Norway are no slouches — and we all remember what happened with Norway in the Olympics!)

The USWNT matches are as follows:  March 4 Denmark 7 AM Eastern Time, March 6 Iceland 10 AM Eastern time, and March 9 Norway 11 AM Eastern time. All of these matches, I believe, will be available via MatchTracker  – unfortunately it doesn’t look like anything is going to be on TV.

Speaking of TV – here’s the women’s b-ball slate for the weekend:

Kent State at Bowling Green State 12:00 Fox Sports Net
Pitt at Louisville 1:00 Big East Sports Network
Syracuse at West Virginia 1:00 WVPBS
BYU at Utah 2:30 The Mtn.
Missouri at Colorado 5:00 Fox Sports Net
Seton Hall at UConn 6:30 CPTV
Big Ten Conference Wildcard Game TBD Big Ten Network
Temple at George Washington 12:00 CBS College Sports
Virginia at Georgia Tech 12:00 Fox/Comcast/NE Sports Net
Texas A&M at Kansas State 12:00 Fox Sports Net
Kentucky at South Carolina 2:00 Fox Sports Net
Pac-10 wildcard game 2:00 Fox Sports Net
MVC wildcard game 2:05 Fox/Comcast/Metro Sports
North Carolina at Duke 4:00 Fox Sports Net
Vanderbilt at Tennessee 6:00 ESPN2

In political news, Jim Bunning continues to be an embarrassment, albeit one that I am beginning to enjoy a little bit as he gives his Republican handlers a run for their money. Now he’s threatening to resign, apparently. This would allow Kentucky’s governor, Steve Beshear, a Democrat, to appoint his replacement. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, here’s a controversy for you! Is it okay for Michelle Obama to go sleeveless? I’m glad to see that our country (and our nation’s press) continue their lazer-like focus on issues of substance. Good grief.  (It was okay for the White House to be brainless for 8 years – but sleeveless?  Shite!)

Finally, as I ramble on, a few thoughts on the new administration. There have certainly been some missteps, as well as some things that I’ve been disappointed in. But overall, what an amazing month-plus it’s been! One of the things that I realize as I watch Obama stepping into the role of president is how LITTLE was done/accomplished during the Bush years. There were plenty of negatives, and much of what was done was horrific, but Bush was, overall, a pretty lazy bastard, wasn’t he? I guess we should count our blessings and be thankful that he spent as much time riding his bike as he did.

As I scan the news these days, I’m amazed at the sheer volume of the work that is being done in this new administration. Not just the big stuff, but the “smaller” things – the Bushie regulations that are being overturned on multiple fronts – the reinstatement of morality and sanity – logic, responsibility – even science, for goodness sake – on the national scene. It ain’t perfect, but it sure is a world of difference!

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