Top of the Morning, Feb. 9, 2018

Top of the Morning, Feb. 9, 2018

When it comes to Olympics experts with Champaign-Urbana connections, it doesn't get any better than DAVID WOODS.

Starting at 10 a.m. today — and continuing the next two Fridays — the Urbana High and Illinois alum will share his Games knowledge with host BRIAN BARNHART on WDWS 1400-AM's "Penny For Your Thoughts."

Woods, who worked two stretches at The News-Gazette, currently covers Butler men's basketball for the Indianapolis Star. He has written three books about the Bulldogs. He has been an Olympics regular for his newspaper since moving there in the 1990s, working the last six Summer Games and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

"I love covering the Olympics," Woods said.

At Rio, Woods wrote about track and field, swimming and diving. At Salt Lake City, he dealt with speedskating, alpine skiing, women's hockey, bobsled and figure skating.

Woods, 64, and his wife, JAN, have two daughters, KAREN and KATHY.

On to my weekend recommendations:

TODAY"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," 10:30 p.m., NBC

Because of the network's Olympics coverage, this is the last time you will see the talk show for a while. All of next week's shows will be replaced by the Games. Tonight's guests include actors Paul Rudd (aka Ant-Man) and Laurie Metcalf.

SATURDAYOlympics: Men's ski-jumping finals 6:30 a.m., NBC Sports Network

You are going to have to set the alarm, but I promise it will be worth it. Of all the winter events, this is one of the few I would actually be willing to try. Slide down a hill made of ice, wearing skis, then fly off a ramp. Crazy. And awesome.

SUNDAY"Homeland," 8 p.m., Showtime

This is a violation of my rule against premium channels. But it is time to make an exception for the season premiere of a series everyone seems to like. I've got a DVD set of an earlier season that I need to watch.

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