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Apr 13

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 04/13-04/20

NBA Playoffs tip off on Saturday, April 16, concluding with the 2016 NBA Finals, starting June 2. First, the 2015-16 regular season must conclude. There is still a bit on the line in a few of tonight’s game. The hottest ticket is Golden State’s quest for an NBA record 73-win season. They will host Memphis at 10:30 EDT. Wednesday night also marks the final game of Kobe Bryant’s career. The future Hall Of Famer will play in front of the home crowd, facing off against Utah. Finally, Houston will host Sacramento, with the Rockets needing a win to clinch the last playoff berth in the West. If Houston drops the game to the non-competitive Sacramento Kings, Utah may squeeze in with a win over Kobe and the Lakers. Not likely. Cleveland has locked up the top seed in the East, with Golden State taking the top speed.

Stanley Cup Playoffs are one of the greatest spectacles in all of professional sports, and the puck drops tonight. Detroit/Tampa Bay, NY Rangers/Pittsburgh, and Chicago/St. Louis are the three opening series, with Philadelphia/Washington, NY Islanders/Florida, Minnesota/Dallas, and San Jose/Los Angeles kicking off on Thursday. Nashville/Anaheim will join the party on Friday, thus counting all 16 teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Detroit has now made the postseason in 25 straight seasons, the third-longest streak in NHL history. There are also no Canadian teams, for only the second time since 1970… leaving no discussion on whether I spell it Canadian, or Canadien.

MLB is off to a crazy start, with the Baltimore Orioles the lone undefeated team. On the flipside, the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves are yet to add a win to their win column… uh, there are dinosaurs on this dinosaur tour, right? Friday is the commemoration of the 12th Jackie Robinson Day, in which every active Major League player, coach, and manager will don Jackie’s retired #42. Friday will also be this weekend’s key pitching matchup, as Madison Bumgarner faces Clayton Kershaw… for the second week in a row. Both pitchers scored a no-decision on April 9. Key series to check out this weekend include the NY Mets at Cleveland, Toronto at Boston, Detroit at Houston, and the previously mentioned San Francisco at LA Dodgers.

This week in theaters includes an awesome rumble in the jungle. Mowgli and Baloo return to the big screen in Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book. This visually stunning adaption was directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Elf, Chef), and stars the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher jungle-book-2016-posters-mowgli-balooWalken, and even the late Garry Shandling. How good is it? After a great opening weekend overseas, JB has already been signed on for a sequel, with Favreau set to take the director’s chair again. This is one of those rare moments when a beloved Disney classic will be reborn, bringing the heartwarming story to a new generation. Criminal stars Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and the red-hot superhero tandem of Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. Getting panned in many reviews, Criminal’s best bet is to play up the two young stars, even if their storyline falters. Bringing back Costner as a villain harkens great memories (Mr. Brooks), but falls way short. Finally, the long-awaited Green Room hits theaters. You probably didn’t know this crime/horror film was something you were waiting for, but Patrick Stewart playing a psychopathic backwoods Oregonian is worth the price of admission. After the band witnesses a murder, the murderers target a punk rock band, in a club. The plot sounds ridiculous, but the reviews are impressive. Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier hits a home run in this weird, morbid thriller.

Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else.

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.