If you’re a sports fan, this weekend will offer almost continuous entertainment.
Four local teams play important games, starting Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. with the Braves playing a do-or-die wildcard game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Turner Field. Kris Medlen, who has been unbeatable this year, starts for the Braves against the Cardinals’ Kyle Lhose, who was great this year against almost everybody except the Braves, who battered him for nine hits and five earned runs in five innings the only time they faced him. 5 p.m., TBS.
If the Braves beat the Cards, they’ll start a five-game series against the Nationals at 3:07 p.m. Sunday at Turner Field.
Georgia plays its biggest game of the year Saturday night when the No. 5 Bulldogs face no. 6 South Carolina in Columbia. Georgia’s hoping to remain unbeaten and end a two-year losing streak against Coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks.
It would be the first time in history Carolina has beaten Georgia three times in a row, a point UGA Coach Mark Richt said he’s made to the players this week. “We don’t like to make history in a negative way,” said Richt. 7 p.m., ESPN.
Georgia Tech, meanwhile, is hoping to gain some respect after an embarrassing 49-28 loss to Middle Tennessee State at Grant Field.
The Jackets go on the road to face No. 15 Clemson, which has a prolific offense that averages more than 40 points a game. “If we play like we did Saturday, they may not have enough lights on the scoreboard for Clemson,” Coach Paul Johnson said this week. 3:30 p.m., ESPN.
On Sunday, the 4-0 Falcons travel to Washington to take on the Redskins, who feature sensational rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Washington is averaging just over 30 points a game behind the dual-threat Griffin. Fortunately for the Falcons, who also average over 30 a game, the Redskins’ defense has given up just as many points and they’ve scored, 123. 1 p.m., Fox.
Even the Hawks are in action, playing an exhibition game against the Miami Heat at 2 p.m. Sunday at Philips Arena. No television.
In other games, Georgia State plays New Hampshire at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome, Georgia Southern plays at Western Carolina at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Morehouse plays Tuskegee at 2 p.m. Saturday in Columbus, and Clark Atlanta plays Miles at 4 p.m. Saturday in Fairfield, Ala.