KENNEWICK — Now that I’ve finished putting the motorsports calendar together for our Super Bowl Sunday edition, I’ve caught my breath and am ready for this week’s buffet of sports.
Here are some of the week’s upcoming highlights:
— The Winter Olympics begin Friday in Vancouver with the Opening Ceremonies, and then run every day through the end of February. We’ll have daily coverage in the paper, plenty of coverage on SportsTriCities.com and daily breakers on TriCityHerald.com.
— Jeff Bender, a long-time golf professional in the Mid-Columbia first at Black Rock Creek in Sunnyside and now at Canyon Lakes, begins a golf column for us that attacks the many mental and physical problems we (especially me) have.
His column will run three to four times each month through the rest of the year.
— I’m heading to the Seattle Golf Show on Friday to see the latest equipment and check out the 200 exhibitors’ booths at the Qwest Field Event Center.
The event runs Friday (noon to 6 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids 7-11.
— High school basketball begins its postseason this week. It actually started Monday night when the Tri-Cities Prep girls defeated Kahlotus in a district play-in game.
Altogether, we’ve entered what I call "The 34 days of postseason madness." This week’s main draw is Saturday night’s first round of the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A district tournaments for boys and girls, set at various sites. Check the Herald for the schedule.
— The 4A regional wrestling tournament begins at 10 a.m. at Richland High School. The championships begin at 4 p.m. Our Kevin Anthony will be there covering it.
— The Tri-City Americans have a lot of home games coming up in the next few weeks — thanks to basketball tournaments taking the Toyota Center floor the last week of February and first week of March. This week, the Ams are at home Friday (Chilliwack) and Sunday (Kamloops).
— Annie Fowler is putting together the 22nd annual WHL's Best of the West poll, set to run in Sunday’s paper. It’s always interesting to see who the players in the Western Conference think are the best in several different categories.
— The Daytona 500, NASCAR’s Super Bowl, will be shown at 9 a.m. Sunday on FOX. A number of sports bars in the Tri-Cities have their own parties, in which for one price you can eat breakfast and have drinks. Call ahead because they usually sell out fast.
— Speaking of racing, if you haven’t had the chance to check out HBO’s 24/7 Jimmie Johnson, do so. I watched most of the first episode and was mesmerized from the start. The behind-the-scenes look at Hendrick Motorsports was incredible. The workouts that pit crew members must go through are tough.
That’s it for now.....