Friday, December 14, 2012
It's not often around these parts when significant University of Arizona football and basketball events bleed into each other's territory. Heck, most years by early October the inevitable "when does basketball season start?" queries begin.
But on rare occasions, us Wildcat fans get a little of both. And on the same day. Leaving us with the stressful-but-a-good-problem-to-have situation presenting itself on Saturday.
The UA football team is playing in the New Mexico Bowl (!) at 11 a.m. in Albuquerque, while the unbeaten and eighth-ranked basketball team hosts No. 5 Florida at 8 p.m.
For most of us, this is just going to be an issue of planning our weekend activities around the time parked on the couch in front of the TV, or which sports bar to view the games at, and whether we should go home and sleep off the football buzz before tying another one on for the hoops showdown. Or, in my case, trying to keep the kids distracted during the New Mexico Bowl and then figuring out a way to watch the basketball game while attending a Christmas party at a home that doesn't (!!!) have ESPN.
Then there are the truly dedicated and, in many cases, well-off financially—the ones who intend to attend both contests. If you think it's impossible, think again, as both Southwest and (if you're really desperate) US Airways have flights that leave Albuquerque at 3:40 p.m. and get to Tucson in plenty of time to take a cab over to McKale Center for the nightcap.
Of course, if you're really well-heeled, you're probably on the flight register for one of the private jets that's undoubtedly shuttling top UA sports boosters from one contest to the other. If that's you, can I hide in your carry on?