I had not intended to spend much time on elite gymnastics, but lately I’ve found myself coming down with a low-level case of . . . dare I say it . . . Olympic fever. To channel this fever, I’m going to try live blogging this weekend’s American Cup. I won’t be doing detailed quick hit commentary because there are likely several thousand other, mostly official, people doing that. My commentary will be focused more on providing exhausted observations and Daggett-induced apoplectic ramblings. It should be a good time. Use it as an opportunity to feel better about the NCAA scoring system.
My main focus, though, will remain NCAA gymnastics through the end of the collegiate season, and we have a lively showdown weekend ahead of us, highlighted by UCLA @ Georgia on Friday. UCLA is performing with an unseemly amount of confidence all of the sudden, and Georgia will be trying to solve a problem like Shayla and finally get a win over a top team. Expect high scores.
At the same time as the Georgia/UCLA meet (thanks, scheduling) will be the annual Nastia Liukin “I swear I’m not an elite” Pink Leotard Sleepover. This has become a fun opportunity for us to see our future NCAA gymnasts and make prognostications about how they will fare in a few years. Also at essentially the same time, Alabama will be visiting Oklahoma in an attempt to prove they are the better team and gain a much-needed high road score. Watch how Oklahoma compares to Alabama on vault and floor. If they can stay with Alabama, it will go a long way in proving how much they belong.
Top 25 (and other events) Schedule:
Friday – 3/2/12
7:00 ET / 4:00 PT –  Michigan, North Carolina, Centenary @  Penn State
7:00 ET / 4:00 PT – Kent State @  Ohio State
7:30 ET / 4:30 PT –  UCLA @  Georgia
7:30 ET / 4:30 PT – Nastia Liukin Cup
8:00 ET / 5:00 PT –  Alabama @  Oklahoma
8:00 ET / 5:00 PT –  Minnesota @  Arkansas
8:00 ET / 5:00 PT –  NC State @  LSU
8:00 ET / 5:00 PT – Southern Utah @  Auburn
8:00 ET / 5:00 PT – Kentucky @  Illinois
9:00 ET / 6:00 PT –  Oregon State @  Utah
9:00 ET / 6:00 PT – Utah State @  Boise State
10:00 ET / 7:00 PT –  Arizona, SJ State, Alaska @ UC Davis
10:00 ET / 7:00 PT –  Arizona State @  Washington
Saturday – 3/3/12
11:30 ET / 8:30 PT – AT&T American Cup
8:00 ET / 5:00 PT –  Missouri,  West Virginia, W. Michigan @  Denver
Sunday – 3/4/12
3:00 ET / 12:00 PT –  Florida @  Nebraska
5:00 ET / 2:00 PT –  Arizona, California @  Stanford