There may come a day when find yourself thinking, "I'm bored stiff. If only there were some University of Georgia athletic competitions for me to follow!" Today, however, is not that day. There's more Bulldog athletin' going on that you can shake a stick at, and we'll be here all day to follow it live.
The day kicks off in the friendly confines of the UGA equestrian facility in bucolic Bishop, Georgia, where at this very moment the Georgia womens equestrians are getting things underway against their rivals from Auburn. I hate Auburn. I hate it even more when Auburn is good at things, and I'm told that the WarPlainsTigerHorseWomen are among the best in the nation (ranked #2), not unlike their rivals from the Classic City (ranked #1 nationally). Two teams enter the ring. Only one emerges with the victory. However, as the match will be contested in Bishop, I presume tradition dictates that everyone leaves with a speeding ticket.
At high noon the 5th ranked Bulldog women's tennis team will take on #24 Georgia Tech at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens. A mere thirty minutes later the softball team will take to the diamond against the Washington Lady Huskies in Cathedral City, California in a game you can follow on GameTracker at georgiadogs.com. The game is a part of the Mary Nutter Classic, in which the #13 Lady 'Dawgs have thus far beaten Colorado State before being shut out in three straight games by #1 Oklahoma, the underdog Cal Poly Mustangs, and #17 Stanford. Let's hope the ladies can reverse the skid.
At 1:00 p.m. Dave Perno's Diamond Dawgs will take on Belmont in Athens, in an attempt to prove T. Kyle King wrong.Trust me guys, that almost never works out. The game is the first part of a double header scheduled to commence again at 4:00 p.m.
Mark Fox's men's basketball team will tip it off at 2:00 p.m. Eastern over at Stegeman Coliseum, and will be attempting to put a tough three game losing streak behind them. South Carolina (3-10 in SEC play) seems like a good team to get off the schnide against, but Coach Fox's charges are nothing if not surprising. So let's just hold our collective breath and hope for the best, shall we? The game will be televised on CBS, and you can follow the gametracker here as well.
Finally, the SEC Track and Field Championships will continue from Fayetteville, Arkansas, while the conference Swimming and Diving contest will likewise run throughout the day in College Station, Texas. The Georgia women lead the conference meet going into Saturday, while the men are in third behind leader Florida (I hate Florida) and second place Auburn (ditto).
The highlight so far for the 'Dawgs has been freshman Chase Kalisz's dominant win in the 400 meter IM, which he not only won, but won while swimming the fastest time in the U.S. this year by more than a second. Kalisz is a bona fide phenom in our red and black midst, having finished 6th in the 400 IM at last summer's Olympic trials. He trained with Michael Phelps while still in high school, which was , well, just a couple of months ago. Kalisz actually enrolled early and should by all rights be goofing away his last semester of high school. Instead he's outswimming the Gators. That's a good man, Chase.
Here's wishing you a great day, whatever your sport of choice. Even though today you don't really have to choose at all. Until later . . .