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May 04

The Front Page and Other Shenanigans: Your weekly guide of what to look for, and what to look away from 05/04-05/10

NBA Playoffs roll on, with Golden State fans chanting, “Steph who?” The Warriors advanced to play Portland without Curry, and have proven that they are still a championship-caliber team while they wait for the MVP to heal up. Oklahoma State/San Antonio is turning out to be the matchup everyone hoped it would be. OKC managed to squeak out a win in an ugly Game 2 that reported five missed calls by referees. Despite a very public stalled contract talk with Chris Bosh, Miami managed to beat Toronto in the first game of that series, while Cleveland owns the lead in the matchup against Atlanta. The NBA is one step closer to reaching its dream Conference Championship round, with the potential of Golden State facing off against San Antonio, and Cleveland facing Miami.

Stanley Cup Playoffs are in the midst of the best-of-seven Second Round. There are no runaways in this round, with all of the series at a respectable two games to one. Wednesday night, Washington is at Pittsburgh. Thursday, Dallas is at St. Louis, and San Jose looks to close it out in Nashville. Friday, Tampa Bay will be at NY Islanders.

MLB has moved into May, and All-Star voting is already open. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado took home April’s Player of the Month awards, but the real story is pitching. In the National League, Chicago’s Jake Arrieta carried over last year’s success and has started 2016 going 6-0 with a miniscule 0.84 ERA. In the American League, Jordan Zimmermann has found success in his new league, opening the season with a 5-0 record and a 0.55 ERA. Series to check out this weekend include Boston at NY Yankees, LA Dodgers at Toronto, Texas at Detroit, Pittsburgh at St. Louis, and Washington at Chi Cubs. THE pitching matchup of the weekend falls on Friday, when the Rangers’ Cole Hamels faces off against the Tigers’ Jordan Zimmermann.

Captain+America-+Civil+WarThis week in theaters is all about the Cap. Captain America: Civil War is finally coming out, after months of dangling tantalizing trailers before seemingly every movie in the Cineplex. What is basically another Avengers movie, Civil War tells the story of government oversight attempting to regulate the Avengers team. Captain America stands on one side, with Tony Stark on the other. In addition to a large group of old friends returning to fight for one side or the other, we finally see the first appearances of Spider-Man and Black Panther, as part of the Avengers. This film will be the main set-up for Avengers: Infinity War, Part I & II. While there is zero chance of Captain America getting beat out at the box office, there’s an interesting documentary hitting select theaters. In Elstree 1976, actors and extras reminisce about the making of Star Wars: Episode IV and their time on the set. It is, once again, a brilliant time to bridge Star Wars: Episode VII and Rogue One. It’s all about the anticipation.

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” ~ John Wooden

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.