In the 1997 movie “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” Julia Roberts plays a food critic set on breaking up the impending marriage of her best friend (Dermot Mulroney) and his fiancé (Cameron Diaz). Mulroney’s character is a sports writer while Diaz is the daughter of the owner of the Chicago White Sox.

As a sports writer, I know how much money I don’t make. I also know how much money the daughter of the Chicago White Sox owner probably makes and what Cameron Diaz looked like in 1997. Seems like an easy choice, right? Well, spoiler alert, it was. Mulroney ended up marrying Diaz in the end, the smart decision.

In 2011, I was head over heels for a girl we’ll call Lauren. Lauren, however, didn’t feel the same about me. You know who did feel the same about me? A girl we’ll call Stephanie, who in addition to being wonderfully kind and smart was also the granddaughter of the owner of the Detroit Pistons.

So here’s what gets me: I should’ve listened to Mulroney, as I ended up with no one. Lauren never caught feelings for me and Stephanie eventually wised up, realizing she deserved much better than me.

Did I learn something from this experience? Yes. I learned that if I’d just listened to Dermot Mulroney, I’d be married to a billionaire basketball team owner right now.

That takes me to this week’s Hart of the Matter: Sunday is my friend Andrew’s Wedding. Andrew, unlike me, is as smart as Mulroney was in ‘97. After all, he’s marrying Janie, who in addition to being kind, brilliant, successful and an all around lovely human being, also just so happens to be the daughter of the lawyer for the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers.

Anyway, I’ll be in Nashville from this Thursday to next Tuesday so don’t call, text, or write. Now, let’s get to the schedule.

The biggest event of the week belongs to high school swimming. Regionals take place beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. with Dive Regionals. Swimming preliminaries will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday and Swim/Dive Finals will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. All events will take place at Hamme Pool.

Talk about a busy week for wrestling. Tournaments and meets galore come this week beginning on Tuesday at Delta where the Huskies will host Hutchison and Eielson at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 6 p.m. is when Lathrop will host a meet while West Valley’s Red and Gold Tournament begins Friday and rolls thru Saturday.

It’s the last week of the regular season for volleyball before regionals start. It begins Monday with Hutchison hosting North Pole for their senior night at 6 p.m. Lathrop hosts North Pole on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before hosting West Valley at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Hutch will then participate in a tournament at Sitka Thursday thru Saturday. Delta hosts Eielson for senior night Thursday at 6 p.m. while West Valley hosts North Pole the same night at the same time. Lathrop will host Monroe for senior night on Friday at 6 p.m. while Valdez hosts Eielson. Valdez will host Eielson again on Saturday while Monroe hosts Delta.

The final prep event of the week will come on Saturday as Lathrop hosts Delta in rifle at 1 p.m. at TVSA.

As busy of a week it is for high school athletics, UAF is just as busy. Thursday will see the rifle team visit Georgia Southern at 5 a.m. AKDT. while the volleyball team hosts Western Washington at 7 p.m. The hockey team will remain on the road with a 3 p.m. game against Cornell on Friday while the swim team has a meet at 4 p.m. at Westmont College. Rifle will have another meet on Saturday at 5 a.m. at the Citadel while swimming continues at Westmont at 11 a.m. Volleyball hosts Simon Fraser at noon, hockey plays Cornell again at 3 p.m. and men’s basketball holds a scrimmage against the Seattle Mountaineers at 7 p.m. Rifle concludes the week at The Citadel at 5 a.m. on Sunday while basketball holds another scrimmage at 3 p.m. on Sunday against the Mountaineers.

Finally, there’s the Ice Dogs. The Dogs will stay in Alaska, but will be on the road this week as they visit the Kenai River Brown Bears on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Well, as far as I know, that’s it. Thanks for getting to the Hart of the Matter with me. If I left anything, don’t tell me. I’ll be too busy on a long-awaited vacation.

Contact sports editor Hart Pisani at or 459-7530.

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