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Mar 09

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 03/09-03/15

Spring Training rolls on, with Opening Night set for Sunday, April 3. As many clubs spend their time filling out roster spots, several questions still remain. One-time pitching wonder, Tim Lincecum, has yet to find a home, though San Diego seems like the front-runner. Miami Marlins reliever Carter Capps will miss the season due to Tommy John surgery, instead. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun has yet to make his spring debut. There is still plenty of time to catch up on the action, but MLB continues to get closer to when the games count.

As the NBA prepares for the postseason, Cleveland is a mess, Golden State extends their home winning streak to 45, and teams prepare to do an awful lot of resting. Despite their struggles, the Cavaliers are still the best in the Eastern Conference, while Golden State is the best of the West. The Warriors and Spurs are the only two teams usa-today-9154046.0to clinch a playoff berth… thus far. Thursday, Atlanta will be at Toronto, and Chicago will be at San Antonio. On Friday, Miami is at Chicago, and Portland is at Golden State. Saturday, Memphis is at Atlanta, and Oklahoma City is at San Antonio. The regular season ends on April 13, with the 2016 NBA Playoffs tipping off on April 16.

March Madness is here! Selection Sunday is THIS Sunday, March 13. The First Four will play March 15-16, and the First Round tips off March 17. The tournament is scheduled to wrap up on April 4. There were no changes up top in the final AP Top 25 regular season standings. Kansas, Michigan State, Villanova, Virginia, and Xavier make up the Top 5, but that is in no way a guarantee of #1 seeds. The reigning NCAA Men’s Basketball champions, Duke, finished the regular season at #19, most likely ending up around a four or five seed.

The 2016 NFL season officially opens today. Yesterday, Detroit Lions’ superstar receiver, Calvin Johnson, made his retirement official, leaving the Lions as just one more team in the lurch for major pieces. Other important upcoming dates include the Annual League meeting, which will begin on March 20, offseason workouts, beginning April 4, the release of the 2016 NFL schedule in mid-April, and the beginning of the NFL Draft in Chicago, on April 28. 

This week in theaters… not much to see here. Move along. All kidding aside, there is one movie worth a look this week, and it is none other than Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 Cloverfield Lane. First, the good: J.J. Abrams is still a part of this project, as a producer, and referred to this as a “blood-relative” to the original Cloverfield. Another good part is that it will not be shot the same way as the original. Now, let’s take a look at the bad: This movie was announced two months before its release, the original movie was overhyped, no one knows what this is about, and this is Trachtenberg’s directorial debut. Things are not stacking up in favor of this monster movie. According to the trailer, the best we can figure out is that it is a movie about creepy John Goodman and his emergency bunker. Maybe it’s time to catch up on the Oscar pictures you may have missed.

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. ~ Bruce Lee

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.