Dec. 26, 2010
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SAN ANTONIO - The Arizona Wildcats' preparations for the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl are in full gear here in this chilly city deep in the heart of Texas.
The Wildcats arrived on Christmas Eve and were greeted by friendly Valero Alamo Bowl workers and local media prior to a team welcome dinner. Christmas Day brought with it a merry and bright - and also blustery - practice at the University of the Incarnate Word, the team's first here in the Lone Star State.
Today, the Wildcats returned for a morning practice at the Cardinals' Benson Stadium. It marked a second consecutive day with crisp air and focused work for players and coaches. As coaches reminded players throughout practice, Sunday's practice session was essentially a "Wednesday" in a normal game week leading up to a traditional Saturday showdown.
In reality, the Wildcats play Oklahoma State this Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 8:15 p.m. (CT) at the Alamodome. That leaves Arizona with just one more full practice on Monday and a walk-through workout on Tuesday at the Alamodome before game day officially arrives for one final time in 2010.
But first, players will enjoy a few of the designated bowl festivities. This afternoon, the team will visit SeaWorld where selected players will swim with Buluga whales while others compete against a walrus in a sit-up competition. This evening, both Arizona and Oklahoma State will attend the San Antonio Spurs game against the Washington Wizards at the AT&T Center.
Monday night will include a pep rally at Rudy's Bar-B-Q with Oklahoma State and Tuesday will be the official Valero Alamo Bowl Kickoff Luncheon presented by the NFL Players Association GAME. The luncheon will cap the week of events and send the Wildcats into countdown to kickoff, which will be just a day away.
Players are excited about the chance to play in the Alamodome, an indoor facility that seats 65,000. Weather and field conditions will be irrelevant, meaning sharp execution and play-making will be paramount as a pair of explosive offensive teams square off.
The Wildcats have put a premium on preparation over the last several weeks and the urgency has been ramped up even more so this week. Coaches have praised players for their work to date, but know some important meetings and practices remain.
Until then, keep up with the Wildcats through the school's Facebook and Twitter pages. Photos, videos and trip notes are provided daily from here in San Antonio.