February 01, 2008

Your guide to the weekend -- SIOC style.

GoCrossCampus at Drexel University

Drexel is the latest school to launch this online, Risk-style, turn-based game in which students direct armies in an attempt to take over campus. Forget athletes and cheerleaders. The GoCrossCampus winners are the ones who get all the gorgeous ladies and sexy dudes.

Sinbad, New Brunswick State Theater, 8 p.m.

The comedy stylings of Sinbad are the perfect thing to distract Rutgers students from the performance of their men's basketball team (2-7 in the Big East). Arnold Schwarzenegger's co-star in Jingle All the Way is back on the comedy circuit, and apparently he's still famous enough to justify charging $60 for a ticket.

Men's Basketball, Winthrop at UNC Asheville, 4:30 p.m.

Big South supremacy is on the line. Winthrop has won the conference's automatic bid three years in a row, but the veteran Bulldogs (the team starts four seniors and a junior) are 6-0 in conference play. When the winner of this game upsets your sleeper Elite Eight team six weeks from now, you'll wish you had paid more attention to this matchup.

Men's Basketball, Ohio State at Iowa, 6 p.m.

It's the last chance for the Buckeye's basketball team to impress All-Universe recruit Terrelle Pryor before he chooses a college on Tuesday. Whether Pryor picks Michigan or Ohio State, one thing is for sure -- somebody will finally be able to have a party in his honor without breaking NCAA rules.

Scripter Award Ceremony, USC, 6:30 p.m.

Jason Alexander will emcee this ceremony honoring Joel and Ethan Coen for their work on No Country for Old Men (and unofficially, in my mind, for their work on The Big Lebowksi). And speaking of Alexander, there is now conclusive evidence about the repercussions of double-dipping a chip. If you're attending a Super Bowl party, be careful.

Men and Women's Fencing -- hosted by Northwestern

The No. 1 and No. 2 ranked squads on both the men's and women's side are among the six teams competing in this meet. With the Bejing Olympics right around the corner, it's time to get to know your country's fencers.

Competitive Eating, Spike TV, 8:30 p.m.

Let's hear it for Super Bowl counter-programming!! This ham and egg eating competition features Joey Chestnut and Eater X. Super Bowl Sunday or not, that makes for good TV. If professional eaters aren't your thing, the Puppy Bowl IV (Animal Planet, 6-9 p.m.) and The World's Strongest Man marathon (all day on ESPN2) both provide entertaining alternatives for those not interested in what the NFL has to offer.

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