«

»

May 20

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 5/20-5/26

The NBA Conference Finals are set.  Cleveland and Atlanta will represent the Eastern Conference, while Golden State and Houston will represent the Western Conference.  Houston is the biggest surprise in this mix, not because they aren’t good, but because they were down 3-1 to Los Angeles until the Clippers imploded.  It’s hard to believe we won’t be heading for a Lebron vs. Stephen matchup in the finals, but this is why we play the games.  The Western Conference Finals kicked off on Tuesday, with Golden State hosting Houston for the first two games.  The Eastern Conference Finals kick off Wednesday in Atlanta.  The schedule for the week is listed below (all times EST):

Eastern Conference Finals

Game 1: Wednesday, May 20, Cleveland at Atlanta 8:30 PM, TNT

Game 2: Friday, May 22, Cleveland at Atlanta 8:30 PM, TNT

Game 3: Sunday, May 24, Atlanta at Cleveland 8:30 PM, TNT

Game 4: Tuesday, May 26, Atlanta at Cleveland 8:30 PM, TNT

Western Conference Finals

Game 1: Tuesday, May 19, Houston at Golden State 9:00 PM, ESPN

Game 2: Thursday, May 21, Houston at Golden State 9:00 PM, ESPN

Game 3: Saturday, May 23, Golden State at Houston 9:00 PM, ESPN

Game 4: Monday, May 25, Golden State at Houston 9:00 PM, ESPN

Stanley Cup Conference Finals kicked off on Saturday.  NY Rangers are facing off to represent the Eastern Conference, with Chicago and Anaheim playing for the Western Conference.  The schedule for the week is listed below (all times EST):

Eastern Conference Finals

Game 3: Wednesday, May 20, NY Rangers at Tampa Bay 8:00 PM

Game 4: Friday, May 22, NY Rangers at Tampa Bay 8:00 PM

Game 5: Sunday, May 24, Tampa Bay at NY Rangers 8:00 PM

*Game 6: Tuesday, May 26, NY Rangers at Tampa Bay

Western Conference Finals

Game 3: Thursday, May 21, Anaheim at Chicago 8:00 PM

Game 4: Saturday, May 23, Anaheim at Chicago 8:00 PM

Game 5: Monday, May 25, Chicago at Anaheim 8:00 PM

MLB storms into the latter half of May with milestones being passed.  Adrian Beltre and Miguel Cabrera each hit their 400th homerun and Clayton Kershaw earned his 100th win.  If great pitching matchups are what you’re looking for, Saturday is your day.  NY Mets will be in Pittsburgh where Matt Harvey will duel Gerrit Cole in a battle of young studs.  Series to check out this weekend include Houston at Detroit, San Diego at LA Dodgers, and St. Louis at Kansas City.

This week in theaters Disney takes it up a notch.  After finding huge success in a movie franchise based on a theme park ride, they will now tempt fate with a movie based on an entire section of the Happiest Place on Earth.  Tomorrowland stars George Clooney and Britt Robertson, and much like Pirates of the maxresdefaultCaribbean, will attempt to capture audiences both young and old.  There is great mystery surrounding this movie, which, of course, adds to the intrigue.  Director Brad Bird passed on a chance to direct a Star Wars movie in order to make Tomorrowland, and after seeing the trailer and the world he has created, it is easy to see why.  The story of a young teen with great curiosity teaming with a former boy-genius to discover a world that lives in their collective memory, looks to be visual candy and an interesting vehicle for Clooney.  One of the freakiest movies of the ’80s is reborn in the remake of Poltergeist.  If the trailer is any indication, the original is kept largely in tact, featuring the little girl, the clown, and enough visual effects to warrant a change of pants.  The one thing missing is the little old woman, who was replaced by Mad Men’s Jared Harris.  Rosemarie DeWitt and the oddity that is Sam Rockwell also star in this updated carbon copy.

I used to know a clever toast
But now I cannot think it 
So fill your glass to anything 
And damn your souls, I’ll drink it!

-Wallace Irwin

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.