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Apr 28

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 4/29-5/05

The NFL Draft kicks off this Thursday, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers widely expected to offer Jameis Winston as many crab legs as he would like.  Other than Winston, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, Florida’s Dante Fowler, Jr., USC’s Leonard Williams, and Alabama’s Amari Cooper are expected to be high picks on Thursday.  The draft goes through Saturday, and could impact other big NFL names such as Adrian Peterson, Johnny Manziel, and the entire Philadelphia Eagles organization.  Though they do not have a 1st Round pick, the Seattle Seahawks lead the way with 11 selections.  After Tampa Bay, Tennessee and Jacksonville are slotted for #2 and #3, respectively.  The NFL Draft will be aired on the NFL Network, live from Chicago, with the 1st Round beginning at 8:00 PM ET on Thursday.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao finally happens this Saturday.  Though it will be the largest grossing fight in boxing history, it will be far from the best.  Had this match happened ten years ago, there would be much more excitement surrounding it, but it’s nice to have boxing in the forefront, if at least for one night.  The only thing this match decides is who is the unquestioned best in this era.  The fact that Justin Bieber will be walking out with Mayweather only adds to the nausea this whole show provides.  It’s tough to say if or when there will be an “important” match again, so for the sake of nostalgia, find a group of friends and throw the money down.

Stanley Cup Playoffs The Eastern Conference, Round 2 is already set with NY Rangers to face Washington and Montreal to face Tampa Bay.  In the Western Conference, Minnesota will face Chicago and Anaheim will face Calgary.  The Conference Semifinals are listed below:

EASTERN CONFERENCE – SECOND ROUND

Montreal Canadians vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Game 1 – Friday, May 1, 7:00 PM  at Montreal
Game 2 – Sunday, May 3, 6:00 PM at Montreal

New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals

Game 1 – Thurs, April 30, 7:30 PM at NY Rangers
Game 2 – Sat, May 2, 12:30 PM at NY Rangers
Game 3 – Mon, May 4, 7:30 PM at Washington

WESTERN CONFERENCE – SECOND ROUND

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild

Game 1 – Fri, May 1, 9:30 PM at Chicago
Game 2 – Sun, May 3, 8:30 PM at Chicago
Game 3 – Tues, May 5, 8:00 PM at Minnesota

Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames

Game 1 – Thurs, April 30, 10:00 PM at Anaheim
Game 2 – Sun, May 3, 10:00 PM at Anaheim
Game 3 – Tues, May 5, 9:30 PM at Calgary

NBA Playoffs, first round, continues through Sunday.  Other than Atlanta struggling with Brooklyn, there have been very few surprises thus far.  On Wednesday, Brooklyn is at Atlanta and Portland attempts to not get knocked out in Memphis.  On Thursday, Chicago is in Milwaukee and the LA Clippers are in San Antonio.  Series continue as needed.

EASTERN CONFERENCE – FIRST ROUND

(1) Atlanta Hawks vs. (8) Brooklyn Nets 

Game 6 *- Fri. May 1, Atlanta at Brooklyn
Game 7 *- Sun. May 3, Brooklyn at Atlanta

(3) Chicago Bulls vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks

Game 6 * – Thu. April 30, Chicago at Milwaukee
Game 7 * – Sat. May 2, Milwaukee at Chicago

WESTERN CONFERENCE – FIRST ROUND

(3) L.A. Clippers vs. (6) San Antonio Spurs

Game 6 – * Thu. April 30, L.A. Clippers at San Antonio
Game 7 – * Sat. May 2, San Antonio at L.A. Clippers

MLB takes a backseat to a lot of other sports this week.  The New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals continue to make headlines, while the congestion of the AL East, AL West, and NL West makes predictions cloudy.  Big series to watch this weekend include Seattle at Houston, Washington at NY Mets, NY Yankees at Boston, Pittsburgh at St. Louis, Toronto at Cleveland, and Detroit at Kansas City.

The Kentucky Derby is set for Saturday, May 2nd, making this the biggest week in horse racing.  Wealthy white people, rejoice!  The Derby also gives us an excuse to wear silly hats and sip mint juleps, something that is unfortunately done without the guise of a horse race.  The field is strong this year with American Pharaoh and Dortmund figured to be atop the field.  The race itself will be on NBC at 4:00 PM ET.  The opportunity to get drunk on juleps and make up horse names starts now.

This week in theaters is all about the superheroes.  Avengers: Age of Ultron finally hits the big screen and will most likely crush any mortal box office record in existence.  Hollywood is so confident in Avengers’ success that only limited release movies are challenging Marvel’s super-buddy-hero flick.  How big is ULTRONimage-marvelAvengersAge of Ultron must somehow fit 11 principle characters and create a storyline that will appease fans of each one.  Can they do it?  Of course they can.  Marvel Studios has turned into the live-action Pixar in terms of success. Beginning with Iron Man in 2008, the studios have put out hit after hit with the precision and strategy of a combat operation.  This will be it for director Joss Whedon, who has openly expressed his exhaustion of the entire process.  Age of Ultron will be expected to surpass the $1.5 billion global box office tally that the original made.  Anthony and Joe Russo have signed on to make Avengers: Infinity War, the follow-up to this venture.  There hasn’t been a lot leaked about this particular film other than the introductions of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, which now begin to draw in the X-Men franchise.  There are also hints to a love connection between Hulk and Black Widow.  How that translates in the bedroom could probably only be presumed as permanent bragging rights.

A toast to bread,

as without bread

we’d have no toast 

Cheers! Cha Cha

About the author

Chad

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.