Oct 24

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 10/24-10/30

The World Series begins tonight in San Francisco.  The Detroit Tigers head to San Francisco for an 8:07pm ET first pitch.  This will be the first World Series matchup between those two original 16 franchises in Major League Baseball.  For Detroit, Justin Verlander has done just about everything in his career except tack on a World Series championship, while this year’s Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and prized free agent Prince Fielder attempt to give Tiger’s owner, Mike Ilitch, and the rest of Detroit a world championship.  For San Francisco, this team refuses to die.  Marco Scutaro continues to be baseball’s hottest hitter, while presumed National League MVP, Buster Posey, struggled at the plate in the NLCS.  The pitching rotation for San Francisco appears to be just as intriguing as manager Bruce Bochy decides how best to use two-time Cy Young winner and current not-so-good pitcher, Tim Lincecum.  Not only are the storylines deep, but the series may actually wrap up by the end of October.  Wouldn’t that be something?

The NFL week 8 features some unspectacular, yet important games.  Atlanta heads to a must win Philadelphia team, New York Giants head to an embarrassing Dallas team, Seattle tries to rebound after a tough loss against Detroit and Green Bay will try to keep their momentum rolling against Jacksonville.  As the weeks progress, it is becoming harder to tell which teams will surface in the end.  One thing is certain, it will not be a team with Tim Tebow.

College Football continued to stir the BCS pot when the rankings came out this week dropping Oregon to #4.  Though it would be easy to assume that this is because Mr. Blackwell is in charge of the BCS rankings, Florida has looked like they may be the only team that can rival Alabama and Kansas State destroyed a #17 West Virginia and rightfully leap-frogged the speedy, yet fashionably challenged, Oregon Ducks.  This week Florida gets a chance to firm up #2 even more as they head to #10 Georgia.  #3 Kansas State hosts #14 Texas Tech, #11 Mississippi State goes to #1 Alabama, #5 Notre Dame heads to #8 Oklahoma and #4 Oregon hosts Colorado.  If all the favorites win, expect Oregon to get leap-frogged yet again, and a hearty laugh coming out of my mouth.  Other marquee matchups this week include no one from the Big 10, because they are a broken, awful conference.

The NBA will tip off its 67th season on Tuesday, 10/30, when the NBA Champions, Miami Heat play the Boston Celtics.  Early favorites for the title are, not surprisingly, the Miami Heat, Oklahoma Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers.  Dwight Howard will debut with the Lakers, the Nets will make it official in Brooklyn, and thanks to commissioner, David Stern, I won’t really care until the playoffs.  Check out next week’s Front Page for the Cha Cha & Spoons’ 2012-13 NBA Preview.

This week in theaters is all about Cloud Atlas.  This may be a great movie, if anyone could tell me what it’s about.  This Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and Hugo Weaving vehicle is brought to us by the makers of The Matrix, which also carried with it an equally confusing trailer before its release.  The writing/directing duo formally known as the Wachowski brothers and now known as the Wachowski brother and sister, have definitely put their stamp on visually enticing movies like The Matrix, Bound and Speed Racer, however I will always fear a random rave scene (Matrix Revolutions) popping up in future movies.  If you haven’t seen the preview, check it out and see how confusing it looks to you, but this could be the epic, mind-bending film of the year so I must admit, it will be worth checking out.  Susan Sarandon plays a man, Hugh Grant plays a killer, Tom Hanks has an atrocious goatee and it’s all adapted off a David Mitchell science-fiction novel.  The only new option you have this week is the surf movie Chasing Mavericks, starring Gerard Butler and the return of Elisabeth Shue.  To give you an idea of how good that option is, it appears to be a movie marketed to blind people with no sense of taste.  Think Point Break meets Blue Crush with less plot and worse characters, and then try not to put your head through a wall.

To recap some no-brainers this week, Cleveland Browns’ soon departing president, Mike Holmgren was quoted as saying “We did not win enough games” at his farewell news conference.  The dysfunctional ownership of the Miami Marlins fired manager Ozzie Guillen after one, failed, circus season.  Ndamukong Suh just recently came out on a poll done by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research as the least liked player in the NFL.  In addition, I would like to add that Nicolas Cage is a bad actor, Lindsay Lohan is annoying, Nickelback may very well be the worst band ever and most children prefer ice cream and pizza to vegetables.

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam

May luck be yours on Halloween

Cheers, Cha Cha

About the author


Chad has a Bachelor's Degree from Marquette University in Broadcast Journalism & Electronic Communications. Currently living in Seattle, WA, he takes every opportunity he can to go to a game, partake in the nightlife, laugh with friends & family and root for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.