Al.com has taken a break from its coverage of SEC Media Days to bring you, the southern sporting public, the hands down weirdest sports news story of the year. First, the University of Alabama-Huntsville has a hockey team. I know, I know, Georgia has one too. But UAH has an honest to goodness, competing for NCAA championships ice hockey team. They actually qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year and lost to Notre Dame in the Regionals. That's weird.
What's even weirder is that they just got a commitment from Wyatt Russell. Who is Wyatt Russell? He's the son of actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. That's weirder.
Russell is apparently a pretty fair junior hockey player in Canada. One can only imagine how much fun it will be to watch a young man who is the product of a Hollywood upbringing and athletic seasoning in the Ontario Provincial Junior League assimilate into Huntsville culture. It should be a zany combination of "Jiminy Glick In Lalawood" and "Wildcats" (an underrated gridiron classic if ever there wasn't one).
What does this have to do with University of Georgia athletics? Absolutely nothing. But it's just too darned odd not to take note of. What does have some bearing on UGA athletics is that the Dawgs' contingent will be in front of the microphones at SEC Media Days today. I'd recommend you check in with David Ching to get his inside take on the proceedings.
Also, Mountain Brook, Alabama offensive tackle and UGA target Tyler Love will allegedly announce his decision this evening at 6:00 p.m. Central Time. This could be bad news for the Dawgs, as out-of-state prospects don't usually commit early. It subjects them to months of second guessing and pressure from home state fans, which they could avoid by simply committing silently and then nodding knowingly every time Joe down the street says "You're going to Tuscaloosa, ain't ya boy?!?!". But at the same time, the decision follows Love's third visit to Athens over the weekend, so it could be that he is leaning toward Georgia, wants to put the whole recruiting process to bed, and doesn't care about the pressure. Either way, I doubt Nick Saban or Mark Richt is going to lose his phone number.
I still think we're the underdog in this one, but it does make me feel better to know that the Bama partisans on their Scout and Rivals boards seem rather nervous. I probably won't be able to post on the announcement this evening, but I bet Dawgbone.net will be all over it.
As Fred Schneider of the B-52's noted, sometimes you just gotta tell it, tell it, tell it like it t-i-is.