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Mar 02

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 03/02-03/08

Spring Training is underway, and there are plenty of prospects worth an extra look. Corey Seager will make the Los Angeles Dodgers squad for opening day, and will be a bona fide starter for the reigning division champs. Byron Buxton will, once again, get a long look in Minnesota, and could mean a trip to the playoffs for the Twins. Additionally, shortstop Dansby Swanson will attempt to make the team in Atlanta, and pitchers Lucas Giolito of Washington and Julio Urias of LA Dodgers are both coming into spring with good pole positions. Tuesday marked the first of Cha Cha’s MLB Division Previews; don’t miss all the 2016 MLB previews, with one division each Tuesday and Thursday in March. If you’re looking to watch some lazy games to eye future MLB prospects, check out Friday’s Miami at NY Mets, Minnesota at Pittsburgh, and NY Yankees at Detroit. On Saturday, check out NY Mets at Houston, LA Angels at Seattle, Boston at NY Yankees, and Chi White Sox at Kansas City. The games don’t count, but the future does.

The NBA continues to heat up as we close in on one month until the NBA playoffs. Toronto and Cleveland have firm locks on their respective divisions in the East, with Miami and Atlanta exchanging blows in the Southeast Division. Golden State has already clinched a playoff spot, with San Antonio and Oklahoma City all but locking up divisions in the Western Conference. Boston continues to be the shocker, holding down the third spot in the Eastern Conference, despite being 5.5 games behind Toronto. On Thursday, Oklahoma City will be at Golden State. Friday features Portland at Toronto, and Washington at Cleveland.

NCAA basketball has a new #1, with only weeks to go until Selection Sunday. The Kansas Jayhawks regained the top spot in the AP Top 25, with Michigan State, Villanova, Virginia, and Xavier rounding out the Top 5. Conference Championship tournaments tip off next week, so this will be the final week of regular season play. On Saturday, #8 North Carolina is at #17 Duke, Ohio State is at #2 Michigan State, #10 West Virginia is at #19 Baylor, #21 Iowa State is at #1 Kansas, and #11 Louisville is at #4 Virginia.

The NHL trade deadline has passed, and the last day of the regular season is April 9. Washington continues to be the best team with a league-leading 94 points. Chicago is the best in the West, with 83 points. Looking ahead to the weekend, there are a lot of games worth a watch. On Thursday, Montreal is at Los Angeles, NY Rangers are at Pittsburgh, and Chicago is at Boston. On Saturday, Anaheim is at Los Angeles, Washington is at Boston, and Vancouver is at San Jose. Sunday, Detroit is at Chicago, and NY Islanders are at NY Rangers.

This week in theaters features two intriguing titles and yet another Gerard Butler dump. Starting with worst and heading to first, London Has Fallen is finally gracing the big screen. “Finally” is a word to describe the painful process of getting a movie no one should care about into theaters. London is the follow-up to the awful Olympus Has Fallen, the movie about a Secret Service agent who saves the president from a terrorist attack on the White House. whiskey-tango-foxtrotWell, Agent Mike Banning is back, only this time saving world leaders in London. I feel like this might be what Naked Gun would have been if it had been a drama. Please, in no way misinterpret that as a compliment. We’ve been hearing about this 99-minute piece of garbage for about a year, and I have been not so secretly hoping it would never see the light of day. I believe I said enough about Butler’s film choices last week, but in case you missed it, feel free to check it out HERE. Knight of Cups is the incredibly confusing trailer you’ve been seeing, starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman. This incredibly artsy look at a man reflecting on past girlfriends is directed by Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The New World, The Thin Red Line), a writer/director known for putting out films that pretentious moviegoers love and I tend to frown upon. Once again, the trailer looks like it’s supposed to be good, but not in a normal way. Bale looks back at his love life in a way that could be described in the book Less Than Zero, as opposed to the way the rest of us do it… with a bottle of bourbon and a plate of chicken wings. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot stars Tina Fey in a true story about a journalist recounting her wartime coverage in Afghanistan. While this does fit under the umbrella of comedy, it is not your typical Fey comedy, and is, in fact, more of a wartime dramedy. Billy Bob Thornton, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, and Alfred Molina head up an impressive cast in, what could be, the early must-see of the year.

“Somewhere there’s a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can.” ~ Bill Murray

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.