Feb 02

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 02/03-02/09

The Super Bowl is set for Sunday, February 7 at 6:30 PM EST on CBS. For the third consecutive year, the two #1 seeds will meet in the biggest game in sports. The Carolina Panthers will represent the NFC and the Denver Broncos will be the AFC representative. For Carolina, this will be only their second Super Bowl, and the first since they lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII. For Denver, this will be their first Super Bowl since the Seattle Seahawks throttled them just three seasons ago. The storylines are not foggy. Carolina brings a high-scoring offense and suffocating defense. The team is led by the brash Cam Newton and the less-than-brash head coach, Ron Rivera. Denver comes into this game with the #1 defense (yards), but the focus will be on the living legend, Peyton Manning. This will likely be Manning’s last chance at a ring, so despite the lackluster season, he is the star of the biggest game. At the beginning of the week, the Panthers were favored by six points. Make sure to check out Cha Cha’s Super Bowl 50 Preview this Friday to get you set for the NFL’s crown jewel.

The NBA is just over a week away from All-Star Weekend, the “midpoint” of the regular season. The usual suspects sit atop their respective divisions. Toronto, Cleveland, and Atlanta lead the Eastern Conference, and Oklahoma City, Golden State, and San Antonio head the Western Conference. If the playoffs were to start this week, every team with a winning record in the Eastern Conference would advance. In the Western Conference, the 8th seed currently would have a losing record (Portland). There is still a second half to go, and teams will do their best to slow down the Golden State Warriors.

NCAA Basketball continues to heat up. After a couple great wins, the Oklahoma Sooners widened their lead on the AP Top 25. Oklahoma remains on top, with North Carolina, Villanova, Maryland and Iowa rounding out the Top 5. Saturday is a big day, featuring Marquette at #6 Xavier, #10 Michigan State at Michigan, #3 Villanova at #11 Providence, #18 Purdue at #4 Maryland, and #25 South Carolina at #8 Texas A&M. On Tuesday, #14 West Virginia is at #7 Kansas, and #10 Michigan State is at #18 Purdue. 

NHL All-Star Weekend has passed, and the second-half of the regular season began on Tuesday. At the midpoint, Florida and Washington sat on top of their divisions in the Eastern Conference, and Chicago and Los Angeles were on top of the Western Conference divisions. The Washington Capitals currently have the best record in the NHL. Seriously. The Capitals.

This week in theaters features the return of the Coen Brothers. The same writer/director duo that brought us No Country for Old Men, O Brother, Where Are Thou, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, and The Hudsucker Proxy, now bring george-clooney-gets-kidnappedyou George Clooney’s teeth. While Hail, Caesar! may be about more than the actor’s massive, shiny ivories, it’s hard to recognize that after watching the trailer. Joining Clooney on the cast are Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill, Ralph Fiennes, Josh Brolin, and Dolph Lundgren. Yes, Dolph “I Will Break You” Lundgren. The story is that of the biggest star in Hollywood (Clooney) being kidnapped, and other stars are set to rescue him. Appearances can be deceiving. I don’t have high hopes for this star-studded picture, but I also am not a fan of the Coens’ films. The Choice is the latest Nicholas Sparks fiasco. Film studios love this garbage, and he is able to put out drivel in the blink of an eye. Stay away. Don’t enable. The best-selling novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is finally being released as a movie, which should come as no surprise since it appeared to be written for that sole purpose. It is what it says it is. Jane Austen’s tale is intertwined with the living dead, still making anything related to Jane Austen unwatchable.

Fat Tuesday represents the last day of Mardis Gras, and happens to be Tuesday, February 9. Customs vary worldwide, but it was traditionally the day to eat fattening and rich foods before the fasting of Lent began. Astoundingly, that tradition morphed into drinking until you’re almost dead, while exchanging beads for nudity. Progress. Be safe, and “laissez les bon temps rouler.”

“We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.”

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.