I'm a sports-enthusiast who happens to be a woman. I am thrilled when my teams win and get frustrated when they lose. I have a hard time understanding why there is such a disconnect between women and sports and I aim to help, by providing once-a-week posts on the goings-on in the world of sports. I throw like a girl.
This is a big weekend.
The Winter Olympics are upon us; "us" being the world.
The NBA All-Star game is upon us; "us" being Dallas.
Things to know about the Vancouver Olympics...
There are 15 sports in the Winter Olympics, including crowd-favorites like Freestyle Skiing and Figure Skating, but also some lesser known but still notable events like Skeleton and Curling. Skeleton sounds terrifying, racing head-first, downhill on a sled-looking contraption called a "sledge" and Curling is like an oversized game of shuffleboard.
If you find yourself watching the Olympics and are curious for more detailed information on each sport, the dates they will be aired or the athletes competing, ESPN has a thorough break-down of everything.
The All-Star Game...
The NBA All-Star game is being hosted in Dallas this weekend, and following it, an influx of 250,000 people are expected to show up. I'm just going to go ahead and tell you to prepare yourself for the fact that the All-Star game itself coincides with Valentine's Day, if in fact your are celebrating this day and if in fact the person you celebrate with happens to like basketball. I think that the Saturday events are fun to watch but the game itself depends on who is injured and who will be able to play.
Here are the basketball events:
Friday, February 12 at 7 PM ET- Celebrity Game
Friday, February 12 at 9 PM ET- Rookie Challenge
Saturday, February 13 at 8:30 PM ET- Skills Challenge, 3-Point Shootout, Slam Dunk Contest
Sunday, February 14 at 8 PM ET- NBA All-Star Game
The NBA is on the All-Star break until this weekend is over, the will resume play as normal. The trade-deadline is quickly approaching, meaning any changes that coaches want to make to their rosters have to be done by February 18. The Mavericks have had a bad streak running into this weekend, including their worst loss of the season to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.
Have a great weekend!
The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else, it has to be yours.
-Peggy Fleming, American Figure-Skater