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Mar 23

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 03/23-03/29

March Madness never disappoints. The first round saw several major upsets, including Hawaii over Cal, S.F. Austin over West Virginia, AR Little Rock over Purdue, Yale over Baylor, and the big daddy of them all, Middle Tennessee State over Michigan State. The Sweet 16 isn’t terribly surprising, with maybe the exception of #11 Gonzaga facing off against #10 Syracuse in the Midwest bracket, but even then, those are two basketball schools. On Thursday, #3 Miami (FL) takes on #2 Villanova, #3 Texas A&M takes on #2 Oklahoma, #1 Oregon takes on #4 Duke, and #1 Kansas takes on #5 Maryland. On Friday, #1 North Carolina takes on #5 Indiana, #6 Notre Dame takes on #7 Wisconsin, #1 Virginia takes on #4 Iowa State, and the Gonzaga/Syracuse game becomes the intriguing undercard. The National Championship Game takes place on April 4 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The NBA regular season wraps in just two weeks, and thus far, only San Antonio, Golden State, Oklahoma City, and Cleveland have clinched a playoff berth. Big games to watch include Portland at LA Clippers on Thursday, and Toronto at Houston, Memphis at San Antonio, and Dallas at Golden State on Friday.

NHL is just weeks away from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and only the Los Angeles Kings and Washington Capitals have clinched a playoff berth. The hottest race is out West, specifically in the Central Division, where Dallas, St. Louis, and Chicago fight for the division and a higher seed. On Thursday, check out Florida at Boston, and Montreal at Detroit. Friday, NY Islanders are at Tampa Bay, and Vancouver is at St. Louis. Saturday, Pittsburgh is at Detroit, Dallas is at San Jose, NY Rangers are at Montreal, and Florida is at Tampa Bay. Every point counts when you’re skating for the Cup.

Spring Training rolls on, with Opening Day less than two weeks away. At the same time, MLB has gotten caught up in the White Sox/LaRouche saga, teams attempt to finalize rosters and get their clubs ready for the season. If Spring Training records mattered, Arizona and Washington would be looking pretty good right now. Final assignments are right around the corner. Opening Night will be Sunday, April 3, with St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Chicago Cubs at LA Angels, Toronto at Tampa Bay, and NY Mets at Kansas City.

This week in theaters is led by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, even though nothing good can come from it. While much of the focus is on whether Ben Affleck can pull off Batman, it should instead be on how Warner Brothers and DC Comics are attempting to catch up to Marvel with one film. When Iron Man was released in 2008, Marvel gauged its success and laid out a decade-long plan to release much of the entire Marvel Universe, one at a time. This gave them a chance to develop each character and embrace an audience that wasn’t “in the know.” By the time The Avengers hit the big screen, we’d already had a glimpse of each hero, providing enough back-story to write 698890_080more inside jokes than one could ever imagine in a movie. With BS, DC Comics will attempt to introduce a new Batman (just four years after a near-perfect Batman trilogy concluded), as well as roll out Lex Luthor, Alfred, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash, and Aquaman. Good luck with that. It is impossible to make a great Superman movie (with all due respect to Henry Cavill and Christopher Reeve). The character isn’t flawed enough for our generation, and we all know Kryptonite has to come in to play at some point. While I will, no doubt, be in the line at the Cineplex, my expectations are so low, it might actually pan out to be “okay.” This is like one of those times you decided to cook everything in your refrigerator. Sure, it has worked out well in the past, but milk and beer don’t go well together, in anything. The more intriguing movie releasing this weekend is I Saw the Light. This Hank Williams biopic stars Tom Hiddleston as Williams, who also (inexplicably) did the vocals. Hiddleston’s star has been rising rapidly since his initial turn as Loki in Thor, but the thought of a British actor nailing one of America’s most storied country singers is worth investigating. Williams’ short and tragic life is worth a story, and reintroducing his body of work to the masses is more justice than Batman v. Superman. The reviews of the plot, itself, have not been good, but critics are raving about the performances of Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen (Mary-Kate and Ashley’s little sister).

The piano has been drinking, not me. ~ Tom Waits

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.