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May 27

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 5/27-6/02

Stanley Cup Playoffs take center ice, and with the Conference Final round of the NBA proving to be landslides, NHL is showing off their competitive side.  Anaheim leads Chicago 3-2, with the series heading back to Chi-Town Wednesday night.  NY Rangers dropped three games after starting 2-0 against Tampa Bay, and with the series knotted at 3-3, it’ll head back to New York on Friday for an exciting Game 7.  As of right now, the Stanley Cup Finals are tentatively scheduled to start on Wednesday, June 3rd.

NBA Playoffs Conference Final round has turned out to be pretty underwhelming after an exciting Round 2.  On Monday, Golden State faced a scare of epic proportions when Stephen Curry took a horrendous fall during the loss to Houston.  Curry is all right and Golden State looks to close Houston out Wednesday night at home.  In the East, Cleveland looked impressive as they rolled Atlanta in four.  Kyrie Irving got some much needed rest as he healed from injuries, and LeBron looked like… a king.  Inexplicably, the NBA has decided that the NBA Finals will start on June 4th, despite both series wrapping up quickly.  This will not only provide Cleveland plenty of time to rest up and mend, but potentially stalls the momentum of the red-hot Warriors.

MLB wraps up May with players on fire!  Washington’s Bryce Harper and Texas’ Prince Fielder have been playing out of their minds, and will most likely walk away with “Player of the Month” awards to show for it.  Texas is on the rise, leaping over Seattle for third place in the West, while Washington jumped NY Mets about halfway through the month.  Big series to check out this weekend include LA Dodgers at St. Louis, Detroit at LA Angels, and Pittsburgh at San Diego.

The French Open continues through June 6th, and despite men’s tennis having less of an American presence than an Iranian coffee house, there are still stories to be told.  On Sunday, Roger Federer displayed his distaste for selfies, and Cha Cha blogged about it HERE.  Despite practically owning the courts at Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal is ranked 6th this Open.  Nadal’s success on clay is legendary, with the Spaniard winning nine French Open titles, including the last five.  His drop in the rankings, coupled with the success of Djokovich and Federer, leave this one in question.  The hottest hand is Andy Murray, who is coming off ten straight clay court wins.  Tie your sweaters around your neck, the French Open is just heating up.

This Week in Theaters will hopefully bring us the answer to the question, “If you are in a helicopter above a city falling apart during an earthquake, why wouldn’t you just fly to safety?”  San Andreas mercifully hits the big screens, ending a month of trailers that preceded every theatrical release, YouTube video, and sporting event.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as the hero during the aftermath of a devastating California quake.  The bad news is that the alohatrailer makes this look exactly like 2012, and we know how well that worked out.  The good news is that the Rock is here to help, if you smell what I’m cooking.  Until California actually falls in the Pacific, we will continue to have disaster films surrounding the world’s most famous fault, and as long as there are estranged daughters somewhere that need saving, we’ll always have the Rock.  San Andreas will probably be exactly what you expect it to be.  Consider yourself warned.  The best release of the week is Cameron Crowe’s Aloha, a dramedy written and directed by the guy who brought you Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, and Singles.  With Crowe’s storytelling ability and a cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, and Bill Murray, it’s very hard to believe it will be a flop, but Crowe is also the guy who brought us ElizabethtownAloha was called out months ago on Cha Cha’s Five Can’t Miss Movies of 2015 blog, and it’s still definitely tops on the list.  Finally, Andrew Bujalski’s Results hits theaters.  While the thought of a movie about two personal trainers doesn’t make me want to come running, the cast of Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, and Giovanni Ribisi does.  Sure, Pearce makes poorer decisions than Val Kilmer in a grocery store, but despite the garbage around him, he continues to shine.

... and I’m standing on the corner of Fifth and Vermouth.
~Tom Waits

Cheers! Cha Cha

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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.