Couch Potato: Sunday’s News And Notes From Under The Cushions
By Sonny Jones
I’ve got Philadelphia and Cincinnati in today’s NFL conference championship games. How about you?
The Eagles are just too good, especially at home. Look for the Philadelphia defense to put a lot of pressure on San Francisco quarterback Brock Purdy, who has had an amazing run since becoming the starter, but this will be his toughest test.
If Patrick Mahomes was healthy, I’d lean toward the Chiefs to avenge last season’s playoff loss to the Bengals, but his injured ankle will be enough of a problem to affect his game. Plus, Joe Burrow and Cincinnati are very good.
• Big game in Raleigh today when the Carolina Hurricanes host the Boston Bruins. Boston is on pace to have the most wins and most points during a season in NHL history, but has lost its last two games, including Saturday’s 4-3 overtime defeat at Florida. Can the Canes give the Bruins their third straight loss? I’ll be watching from Section 304, Row C, Seats 15-16.
• Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball player registration is available online. At the top of the TeamPass website, choose “select league”, then click Elizabethtown DYB from the drop-down box. Register your player by clicking here.
Player evaluations are scheduled Saturday, March at Leinwand Park. Coach-Pitch (ages 7-8) at 11 a.m., Minors (ages 9-10) at 1 p.m. and Majors (ages 11-12) at 3 p.m. For more information, call after 5 p.m. either Mark Gillespie at 910-876-7394 or Kyle Bostic at 910-874-2257.
• A pair of area golf courses have planned Super Bowl Scramble tournaments the day before the NFL’s championship game.
Vineyard Golf at White Lake has announced a Super Bowl Two-Man Texas Scramble will be held Saturday, Feb. 11 with a shotgun start at noon. The cost to participate will be $50 for members and $70 for non-members. Entry deadline is Feb. 8. For information, call 910-247-6132.
Land ‘O Lakes in Whiteville will have a two-player Super Bowl Texas Scramble on Saturday, Feb. 11 with a noon shotgun start. Entry fee is $35 for members and $45 for guests. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. Call 910-642-5757 for more information.
• The Lu Mil Wine Run 5k is scheduled Saturday, April 8 at the vineyard located on the outskirts of Dublin. Proceeds will benefit the Dublin Peanut Festival. The event will start at 9 a.m.
The registration fee is $25 through Feb. 24 and $60 afterward. Registration fee includes a T-shirt, wine glass, finisher medal, race bib and, of course, a pour of wine. Click here to register.
The course will be all grass terrain. There are some rolling hills and inclines on the course. It is a scenic route around the winery and through the vines, so there are several turns as well. The race will be timed and scored by J3 Timing and results will be posted online.
Lu Mil Vineyard is located at 438 Suggs-Taylor Road, Elizabethtown.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
• 2012 — Lydia Ko becomes the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event by winning the Bing Lee/Samsung Women’s NSW Open on the ALPG Tour. She is 14 and 8 months, one year younger than the previous youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event, Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa.
POTATO PICKS TO WATCH TODAY
• TENNIS: Australian Open – Men’s championship (taped), 9 a.m., ESPN2
• MOTOR SPORTS: Rolex 24 At Daytona, noon, NBC
• BASKETBALL: Wichita State at East Carolina, noon, ESPNU
• X GAMES: Day 3, 1 p.m., ABC and 5 p.m., ESPN
• WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Duke at Florida State, 2 p.m., ACCN
• NFL: San Francisco at Philadelphia, 3 p.m., FOX
• WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Notre Dame at NC State, 3 p.m., ESPN
• FIGURE SKATING: US Championships, 3 p.m., NBC
• WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: North Carolina at Clemson, 4 p.m., ACCN
• PGA: Farmers Insurance Invitational, 4:30 p.m., GOLF
• NHL: Boston at Carolina, 5 p.m., BALLY SOUTH
• NHL: Washington at Toronto, 5 p.m., NHLN
• NFL: Cincinnati at Kansas City, 6:30 p.m., CBS
• NBA: New Orleans at Milwaukee, 8 p.m., NBATV
Sonny Jones can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.