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Feb 16

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 02/17-02/23

The NBA regular season resumes on Thursday, when Chicago travels to Cleveland and San Antonio plays at LA Clippers. With All-Star Weekend having come and gone, the league has entered the second half. Toronto, Cleveland, Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Golden State, and San Antonio lead their respective divisions, with the Warriors sitting at 48-4, chasing history. On Friday, Miami is at Atlanta, Toronto is at Chicago, and Golden State is at Portland. Saturday, Golden State is at LA Clippers, and Sunday features Cleveland at Oklahoma City.

NCAA Basketball’s AP Top 25 saw a bit of a shake-up, but not at the tippy top. Villanova remains in the #1 spot in a week that saw Duke re-enter the rankings at #20, and Kansas defeat Oklahoma to move into the #2 spot. The Sooners, Iowa and North Carolina round out the Top 5. With less than a month until Selection Sunday, the Top 25 is starting to give us a better idea of what tournament seedings will look like. Tonight features one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. #20 Duke will be at #5 North Carolina at 9:00 EST on ESPN. On Saturday, #20 Duke is at #18 Louisville, #11 Miami (FL) is at #5 North Carolina, #25 Baylor is at #24 Texas, #3 Oklahoma is at #10 West Virginia, and #17 Purdue is at #22 Indiana. Monday, #7 Virginia is at #11 Miami (FL) and #13 Iowa State is at #10 West Virginia.

Spring Training games may not have begun, but pitchers and catchers report for five teams today, and by Sunday, all 30 teams will have brought in their batteries. According to Bovada.LV, the Chicago Cubs are favorites to win the 2016 World Series, with the San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays rounding out the top five. For those keeping track, the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies are tied with the worst odds. Spring games officially begin Sunday, February 28.

As the NHL season skates on, John Scott makes a strong case for MVP, Mike Yeo gets fired after eight straight losses in Minnesota, and the Washington Capitals remain the league’s best team. On Thursday, Washington is at NY Islanders, Detroit is at Pittsburgh, Los Angeles is at St. Louis, and Anaheim is at Vancouver. Saturday features Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, and Boston at Dallas. Monday has San Jose going to St. Louis.

This week in theaters is highlighted by one of the most heroic Olympian tales in American history. Race is the biopic of Jesse Owens and his goal to become the greatest track and field athlete in history. Culminating with a stephan-james-as-jesse-owensjpg-3087028f593c3cf3spectacular Olympic performance in front of Adolf Hitler, Owens was one of the greatest athletes ever. At a time when race was a major issue at home, Owens stormed into the lion’s den as Hitler had dreams of Aryan supremacy. Stephen James and Jason Sudeikis star in one of the most inspirational movies in years. Risen is Hollywood’s latest biblical interpretation. Joseph Fiennes stars as Clavius, a non-believer who must explain what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion. The bible has laid the groundwork for some of the greatest movie potential, yet it is rarely done well. Exodus: Gods and Kings was a horribly made, racist movie. Now another Bible story will take a stab at a big box office return. Risen appears to be a much more serious movie, with plenty of interpretation of one of the most underplayed manhunts in history. It’s a dicey game (Bible movies), but if it pans out, it could reap big rewards. Already it looks like the best of the bunch, at least from the last decade.

“I don’t regret the things I’ve done, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance.”

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.