Sports playbook: Aug. 29-Sept. 4


Early kickoff

Time for Thursday Night Football -- not the NFL kind, the Cook Inlet Conference kind. In a rare mid-week contest, Palmer (2-0) comes to Anchorage for a nonconference game against East (0-2) at Anchorage Football Stadium. Kickoff's at 7.


Big bang-ups, bigger cabbages

There's plenty of high school sports going on, but we suggest heading north for the fair. At 6 p.m. at the grandstand, catch some demolition derby -- because nothing is more American than an arena full of sturdy automobiles driven by people who love nothing more than ramming their rear bumper into someone else's radiator. At 7 p.m. in the Farm Exhibit Building, it's the Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off, a competition that can be every bit as fierce as Seawolves vs. Nanooks.


Whoa, Nellie!

It's college football season, so get a foam finger (Miley Cyrus has one you might borrow) and cheer on your alma mater (or your almost mater if you didn't quite get that degree). Opening week's big game is Saturday when No. 5 Georgia meets No. 8 Clemson at Clemson. 4 p.m. on ABC (Channel 13).


Fungus among us

The three-day Fungus Fair wraps up at Alyeska with guided mushroom walks at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Groups are limited to 12 people and reservations open at 1 p.m. Friday (call 242-8760). Check out the Girdwood Community Room at the hotel for mushroom displays, art, books and other fun stuff (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). For the weekend's full schedule, go to


Labor Day workout

You should do a little work on Labor Day, right? Try the fun kind -- a hike with Alaska Outdoors. The scheduled outing is at Kincaid Park; meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Jodhpur entrance. Bring $1 if you aren't a member.


Spikers showdown

Class warfare, volleyball style, is on display at Grace Christian School (12407 Pintail Street, off Huffman). The Grizzlies, runners-up in last season's Class 3A state tournament, entertain Dimond, winners of the Class 4A state title, in a 7 p.m. nonconference match.


Divas get dirty

The Alaska Dirt Divas weekly ride features gnarly terrain that tests lungs and legs. Meet at 6:30 p.m. at Far North Bicentennial Park/Abbott Loop Community Park Trailhead. Bring your mountain bike, helmet and -- wait for it -- teacup, for those tasty after-ride treats. Free, $30 annually if you decide to join. For more,