Congratulations to Dr. Ricardo Azziz today. He's managed to merge two fine universities and alienate (and infuriate) many Augustans at the same time by helping usher in the vomitous name of the new school.
Georgia Regents University.
The committee overseeing the merger between Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities released the highly-anticipated list of three names for the new university last week. And of course, none of the names will make us all happy.
I waited a week to see how if my knee-jerk reactions would subside. They didn't. There's one name, one acronym that's just plain offensive on many levels. There's one name that's downright laughable. And the other name is vanilla, but sometimes vanilla can be OK.
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield first became popular for his classic bit "What's in a name?" before hitting superstar status in the 1980s. The premise of the joke: He goes to see a shyster who tells him he has a great personality, but he needs a new name; his real name was Jacob Cohen. For $500, he offers him "Rodney Dangerfield." Dangerfield doesn't like his new name at first and tries to return it, but he can't find the man he bought it from -- because the other man changed his name.
With two majors down and two to go, the PGA Tour is halfway through its season, and some of the Augusta-area players have work to do to retain their PGA Tour card for the 2013 season. Here's a mid-season look at Augusta-area players (and those who played at Augusta State and USC Aiken) on their respective professional tours. If someone is not in the top 200 on their respective money list, then they are not listed. And if I missed someone, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll update in the near future.
The United States Golf Association officials have a wicked sense of officials. Much has already been said about their interesting pairings, including the threesome to watch today: reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson, four-time major winner Phil Mickelson and 14-time major champion Tiger Woods. What hasn't been discussed? The group teeing off directly in front of them at 10:22 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn (OK), Branden Grace (OK) and Kevin Na (Oh No!).
Meredith Legg, the all-time leading scorer in USC Aiken women's basketball history, is set to be inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame Friday night. For almost three years, she's been battling uveal melanoma, a rare form of cancer, which was originally found in her left eye. That tumor has been eradicated, but she is now fighting off cancer in her liver. Last year, she endured 12 rounds of chemoembolization and immunoembolization treatment to combat six tiny lesions, which were found either to have shrunk or remained stable in a checkup a few days ago.
WHAT: USC Aiken at Augusta State basketball
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. (women), 7:30 (men)
WHERE: Christenberry Fieldhouse
TICKETS: $7 for adults, $5 for non-college students and senior citizens. ASU and GHSU students admitted free
NOTE: If you're planning to attend, get there early. The past eight regular season meetings between the men's teams featured crowds of more than 3,000 people.
When USC Aiken plays at Augusta State on Wednesday night at Christenberry Fieldhouse, plenty will be on line for the men's teams. The Pacers are looking to wrap up the Peach Belt Conference East Division, while the Jaguars will try to pull within a half game of their rival. On the women's side, Augusta State will need an upset to knock off its nationally-ranked foe.
UNC Pembroke women at Augusta State
WHEN: 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Christenberry Fieldhouse
TICKETS: General admission tickets start at $7, $5 for non-ASU students and seniors.
ONLINE: Live stats through the Peach Belt Conference. Live video at UStream.tv.
LAST GAME: Lady Jaguars lost to Columbus State; 61-51; UNC Pembroke women defeated Georgia College, 54-50.