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Sep 29

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 9/30-10/06

The MLB regular season wraps up on Sunday, when, for the first time, every Major League Baseball game will be played simultaneously across the United States. In order to offer the best possible finish for the fans, each game was scheduled for either 3:05 PM EDT, or 3:10 PM EDT, with new-york-mets-v-cincinnati-reds-2622683c14830fe9the intent that no team or fans will have to wait to see playoff results. Congratulations to the Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers who have already punched their way into the postseason. In fact, the National League playoffs are already set. The only race that will come down to Sunday will be the American League Wild Card. The New York Yankees are in, but the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels, and even the Minnesota Twins, are all within striking distance of the final spot. The American League Wild Card Game will be on Tuesday at 8:00 PM EDT and the National League Wild Card Game will be next Wednesday, October 7, at 8:00 PM. The Divisional Series will start on Thursday, October 9. THE series to watch include Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers, Houston Astros at Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Kansas City Royals at the Minnesota Twins.

NFL Week 3 saw Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger get knocked out 4-6 weeks with a leg injury and New Orleans Saints’ QB Drew Brees sit out with a shoulder injury. The Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals all laid claim to being the best team in the NFL, while the Chicago Bears made sure everyone knew THEY were the worst. For a full breakdown from best to worst, check out Cha Cha’s Week 4 NFL Power Rankings. NFL bye weeks have already started, with the New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans drawing the short straws and taking this upcoming weekend off. Big Week 4 games include Thursday’s Baltimore at Pittsburgh and Sunday’s Houston at Atlanta, and Kansas City at Cincinnati. The NY Jets will square off against Miami in London’s Wembley Stadium, in what can only be assumed is a “we won the revolutionary war so we’ll make you watch two crappy teams in our sport” kind of game. Finally, the Detroit Lions are sentenced to play in Seattle on Monday Night Football. Good luck with that, Lions.

NCAA Week 4 saw Oregon get handled by Utah. Oregon dropped out of the Top 25, and Utah was vaulted up to #10 in the country. Ohio State still has the top spot secured, with Michigan State, Mississippi, TCU, and Baylor rounding out the AP Top 5. There are quite a few matchups to focus on this week, but keep an eye on how Michigan State responds to a lot of injuries piling up when they host Purdue, and a big test for Mississippi as they travel to the swamp to play Florida. It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see Ole Miss leapfrog the Spartans if they play well in Florida. Other big games to check out this week include #23 West Virginia at #15 Oklahoma, Minnesota at #16 Northwestern, Texas at #4 TCU, #13 Alabama at #8 Georgia, #3 #21 Mississippi State at #14 Texas A&M, and #6 Notre Dame at #12 Clemson.

The NHL regular season kicks off with four games next Wednesday, October 7. Stay tuned to Cha Cha & Spoons for previews and headlines heading into the first week of hockey.

This week in theaters kicks off an impressive October in movies. First up is Ridley Scott’s The Martian, starring Matt Damon. The Red Planet has been tackled by many movies, including 2000’s Red Planet… but this one has a different feel, like it might be good. Damon stars as astronaut Mark Watney, who is presumed dead after a joseph-gordon-levitt-stands-atop-of-skyscraper-in-the-walkstorm leaves him alone on Mars. Watney must survive and find a way to signal Earth. It sounds like you’d better like Matt Damon a lot to get on board with this flick. Robert Zemeckis directs The Walk, the true story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit and his attempt to navigate a tight rope strung between the Twin Towers. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Petit, which gives us hope that The Walk will not only be good, but that Gordon-Levitt is done with his brief stint of odd choices (Don Jon, Looper, Premium Rush). This movie looks and smells like it will be stacked with Oscar nominations, so naturally we’re a bit curious. Shanghai is the latest Harvey Weinstein production to hit the theaters, and though it has been dangling in Hollywood purgatory for some time since it began filming in 2008, the plot sounds intriguing. Shanghai takes place in the ‘40s and revolves around and American expat who returns to Shanghai months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. A five-year wait for a release should be enough of a warning for us, but it’s hard to resist John Cusack in a ‘40s piece, right? Finally, one movie that appears to knock it out of the park, Sicario, finally gets a wide release. This story of an FBI agent and the drug war between the U.S. and Mexico has been all over your TV monitors the past week, and has created a craving for Benicio Del Toro that hasn’t existed since Traffic… another story of the drug war between the U.S. and Mexico. Emily Blunt and Josh Brolin also star in this bad-ass action/crime/thriller.

If I had to live my life over, I’d live over a saloon. – W.C. Fields

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.