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Apr 27

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 04/27-05/03

NBA Playoffs took a sad turn when the Los Angeles Clippers lost their two stars for the remainder of the postseason. Blake Griffin is officially done, and with Chris Paul out for four weeks, soon the Clippers will be, too. Currently Los Angeles is knotted with the Portland Trailblazers, with the series set to continue tonight. Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and Cleveland are the only three teams to have locked up a pass to the 2nd Round, with Golden State potentially getting there tonight. Injuries have been the story of the 2016 postseason, with the Warriors having lost superstar Steph Curry until, at least, the semifinals… if they can get there. Golden State, Houston, Atlanta, Boston, Miami, Charlotte, Toronto, and Indiana play on, with the NBA Finals set to begin June 2.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs still have 1st Round series left to be decided. Nashville and Anaheim will battle it out in the Predators’ first Game 7 in franchise history. The winner will join the NY Islanders, Tampa Bay, Dallas, St. Louis, San Jose, Pittsburgh, and Washington in Round 2. The Islanders and Lightning will play tonight, despite there still being one 1st Round game left.

The NFL Draft begins Thursday night when commissioner Roger Goodell announces the #1 overall pick, which belongs to the Los Angeles Rams. LA and Philadelphia made plenty of noise obtaining the top spots, leaving no surprises as to the first two picks. The San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, and Jacksonville Jaguars will round out the Top 5, with a strong crop of players to choose from. While Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will be the first two quarterbacks off the board, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is picked by most scouts as the most talented player available.

MLB is finishing up its first month with Washington, Chicago, and LA Dodgers on top of the National League, and Baltimore, Chi White Sox, and Seattle on top of the American League. Daniel Murphy leads the world in batting, while Bryce Harper leads the Majors in home runs and RBI. The biggest story of the first month may be the Dodgers’ import, pitcher Kenta Maeda. The Japanese pitcher is 3-0 with 23 strikeouts, five walks, and a miniscule 0.36 ERA. Series to check out this weekend include San Francisco at NY Mets, Kansas City at Seattle, Washington at St. Louis, and of course, NY Yankees at Boston.

Keanu_RedbandTrailer1This week in theaters Key & Peele ride their popularity into a cat film, and Jason Sudeikis lowers himself to a chick flick… again. Keanu is the story of two friends who hatch a plan to retrieve a stolen kitten. Everyone loves a cat video, so why not watch a 98-minute one? Keegan-Michael Key has appeared in every other movie over the last few years, and Jordan Peele hasn’t appeared in enough. That does not mean they cancel each other out. Keanu looks funny, and may be worth the watch considering your other option is Mother’s Day. Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, and Sudeikis star in this film about three generations coming together for Mother’s Day. If you’re wondering if this has been done before, the answer is yes. Julia Roberts has starred in at least a dozen generational films, and none have performed well at the box office. This is a great opportunity to celebrate your mother by NOT taking her to see Mother’s Day. Stick with flowers, she’ll thank you.

Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people. ~ Prince

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.