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Feb 10

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 02/10-02/16

NBA takes center stage for a couple months, post-NFL, pre-MLB. Now that football has concluded, all eyes shift to the Golden State Warriors and their record-setting pace, chasing 73 wins and back-to-back titles. Stephen Curry & Co. seem unstoppable, but eventually they will run into the San Antonio Spurs, a team we learned can never be counted out. Finally at the unofficial midpoint of the season, the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities take place February 12-14 in Toronto (Canada). Friday features the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and the Rising Stars Challenge. Saturday will be the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, and Slam Dunk Contest. Gone are the days when the Slam Dunk was the event to watch; instead, the focus should be on perimeter shooting. Curry, James Harden, Klay Thompson, Chris Bosh and four more NBA sharpshooters will battle it out. Sunday is the actual All-Star Game on TNT. No worries, everyone’s defense will be left at home.

NCAA Basketball is only a month away from March Madness. Villanova is the new #1 in the AP Top 25. This is the first time holding that position in school history. Maryland, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Xavier round out the Top 5. On Saturday, #7 Virginia is at Duke, #24 Texas is at #14 Iowa State, and in a huge Big 12 showdown, #6 Kansas is at #3 Oklahoma.

NHL has already moved past their All-Star break, and Florida, Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles are still on top of their divisions. On Thursday, Los Angeles will be at NY Islanders, and Dallas will be at Chicago. On Friday, check out Los Angeles at NY Rangers, and St. Louis at Florida.

MLB Spring Training begins in a week, with all teams reporting by next weekend. Most eyes will be on the Chicago Cubs, a team that got swept in the NLCS but managed to fill all their needs in the offseason. Despite losing ace David Price, the Toronto Blue Jays managed to extend MVP Josh Donaldson another two seasons. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnación will both be free agents after the 2016 season. Spring is in the air, and the only reason to go to Florida or Arizona is right around the corner.

This week in theaters features two over-hyped, yet long awaited releases. Ryan Reynolds stars in Deadpool, the second time he’s played the Marvel character. In the first go-around, he played a secondary character in the Wolverine movie, a portrayal that missed the mark of the original character. This time, director Tim Miller is re-zoolander-2-2-1190x794launching Deadpool as a crass, R-rated, over-the-top superhero. The cult comic is about a former Special Forces operative who turns mercenary. After being subject to an experiment that gives him healing powers, he hits the town to annoy everyone and do mercenary things. For those who love the character, this has been a long time coming. It’s hard to imagine that it will live up to the hype, but it’s also hard to imagine Marvel dropping the ball. Derek Zoolander is back in Zoolander 2. There is little an orange mocha Frappuccino can’t fix, nor is there a mood that the original Zoolander can’t lift. Kristen Wigg and Penelope Cruz join forces with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Will Ferrell in the sequel. There is little doubt it will be exactly what you expect it to be. Waiting 15 years for a sequel is not necessarily a good sign. Finally, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, and a bunch of other actors I don’t really care about star in How to Be Single, the latest New York City singles film. The film is about – you guessed it – a bunch of singles struggling to deal with a world full of love. Sounds original. All things considered, you’ve got two movies worth watching, and another starring Rebel Wilson. Do the right thing.

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt”. ~ Charles M. Schulz

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.