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Apr 06

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 04/06-04/12

The MLB season has just begun, but plenty of teams are set for home openers this weekend. NY Mets, Seattle, Detroit, Chicago White Sox, Colorado, and Toronto will present their 2016 squads to their respective fans. Series to check out this weekend include Boston at Toronto, NY Yankees at Detroit, Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, LA Dodgers at San Francisco, and Minnesota at Kansas City. The pitching matchup to watch is on Saturday, when Clayton Kershaw takes the Mound against Madison Bumgarner.

The NHL regular season wraps up Sunday with Philadelphia at NY Islanders, and Anaheim at Washington. The Stanley Cup Playoffs will begin on April 13, with the Finals set for early June. The Washington Capitals have already made the playoffs as the Presidents’ Trophy Winner, locking down the top seed in the Eastern Conference. With eight spots to vie for, there is still hockey left to be played before a postseason trip is earned, for many.

NBA: Playoffs-Denver Nuggets at Golden State WarriorsThe NBA regular season concludes in just eight days, but, as of today, there are only ten teams who have punched a ticket for the playoffs. Golden State will lock up the top seed in the West this week, but only San Antonio, LA Clippers, and Oklahoma City have clinched, leaving four spots left open. Memphis and Portland are sure to get in, but the final two will most likely come down to the last day of the season. Things are a bit more shaped in the East, with Cleveland currently holding the top spot, with six teams having already clinched a berth. The final two spots appear to be going to Indiana and Detroit, with only seeding left to be decided. On Thursday, San Antonio is at Golden State, but with both teams having locked up positions, the starters will spend a lot of time on the bench. On Friday, check out Indiana at Toronto, Memphis at Dallas, and Washington at Detroit. On Sunday, Dallas will be at LA Clippers, and Golden State will be at San Antonio… for pride. The NBA Playoffs begin on April 16.

The NFL Draft (Round 1) is scheduled for Chicago on Thursday, April 28. Tennessee holds the #1 pick, though they are thought to be in the market for a trade. Cleveland, San Diego, Dallas, and Jacksonville round out the Top 5, though for the latter two teams, this draft should be about filling in the final pieces. Dallas has had the misfortune of key injuries, but they play in a messy division and, for the most part, have a decent team. After a decade of embarrassment, Jacksonville seems primed for a turnaround. This top pick will play an important role if the Jaguars plan on seeing the postseason in 2016.

This week in theaters features the directorial debut for Ilya Naishuller. Hardcore Harry is a first-person action film that will definitely create more nausea than excitement. The audience is Harry, in that you see arms, legs, vomit, and punching, yet you never actually see a face. Think of this as the video game Doom meets Blair Witch Project. Demolition stars Jake Gyllenhaal and is being touted as his best performance since Brokeback Mountain. Gyllenhaal plays an investment banker who loses his wife in a car crash. Hooray… Maybe skip the theaters and prepare yourself for a great week in sports.

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. ~ Carl Sagan

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.