Special Olympics and Jolly Jesters: Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend
What? Mardi Gras drinking is a sport!
I'm back! Did you miss me? Don't run from your feelings! This is the place to come if you want to find out what the flip there is to do/watch when it comes to sports in the fine city of Houston, Texas. And for those of you Yankees who might visit this here website for info, don't be surprised when there isn't a bunch of calf ropin' and pig chasin' on this list. Unfortunately, there's nothing like that happening around here...this weekend.
But, if you are into sports, there might just be something on here to your liking. Now, get out there you big tub of goo and work off that bacon you choked down this morning.
5. Men's College Basketball: UH vs. UCF Saturday, 2 p.m.
It's not quite March Madness, but we are inching ever closer, so if you are in the mood for some college hoops, head over to perpetually empty Hofeinz Pavilion on the UH campus to catch the Coogs versus conference rival UCF Knights. The truth is, even if neither team is particularly great in the grand scheme of things, you couldn't beat them, so get over there and enjoy some action that makes you wish you had worked out harder in high school.
4. Galveston Mardis Gras Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K-ish Saturday, 11 a.m.
In case you were unaware, Mardis Gras is upon us and though New Orleans is the center of the Mardis Gras universe, we have a nice little party happening every year in Galveston. To help kick off the drunken revelry, the folks who put together the celebration are hosting a 5k(ish) gallop -- not run -- through the streets of downtown Galveston Saturday morning. Complimentary beverages will be served with your entry and you may even bring a pony pogo stick should you so choose. But don't start flashing your boobs for beads until it gets dark out. Think of the children. Tally ho!
3. College Baseball featuring Rice vs. Purdue and UH vs. Michigan Friday, 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 2 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Sunday, 11:30 a.m. respectively
The Coogs are fresh off a win over ranked Rice, a big win for the unranked UH team. They host Michigan for three games at Cougar Field starting tonight. Rice will try to bounce back against Purdue over at Reckling Park. If you are really into the PING of college ball, you could easily do a double header on Saturday and catch both games. PING!
2. KILT Sports Radio 610 Combine Saturday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rice Soccer Stadium
It's one of the more ingenious marketing gimmicks in recent sports radio history. The Texans flagship radio station will host a sports "combine" with athletic and mental tests designed to mimic the same skills tested at the annual NFL pro scouting combine held the same day in Indianapolis. What was once something just for scouts and NFL team personnel is now an annual event carried live on the NFL Network like the Olympics only sadder. If you feel the desire, you can participate in events like the cone drill and the Wonderlic Test. If you can't beat Vince Young's score of 8, you might want to go back to school...or invest in a bunch of steakhouses. You can even test your athletic mettle against the hosts, which is great if you are taking on my colleague Sean Pendergast (Get more information on the event and read Pendergast's take on Tom Brady's classic combine run.), but not so much if you intend to challenge former NFL players Seth Payne or Ted Johnson.
1. Special Olympics Coaches Training Expo Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - 1475 West Gray
Finally, something worthy of everyone's time. If you have ever considered getting involved with some truly courageous athletes and have some time to spare, consider heading over the Metropolitan Multi Service Center on West Gray Saturday for a training expo for coaches interested in the Special Olympics. Specific areas including basketball, soccer, track and field, and cycling are featured. For more information, click here.
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