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Sorry, Charlie

SPOILER ALERT — this blog talks about last night’s shocking elimination on Dancing with the Stars.

In hindsight, it was inevitable.

charlie whiteHost Tom Bergeron and the judges were aghast that Olympic ice dancer Charlie White and professional partner Sharna Burgess were eliminated just one week shy of the finals.

But with his ice dancing partner Meryl Davis also in the competition (paired with popular-bad-boy dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy), Charlie was dead in the water.  The two were bound to split their fans’ votes, and Maks is way more popular than Sharna.

Meryl wins.

The celebs that remain have their unique voting blocks as well.  Candace Cameron Bure (of Full House fame) can’t go a show without evoking Jesus’ name, so she has the conservative right sewn up.  Singer James Maslow of the boy band Big Time Rush has the hottie vote.  And Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy is dancing brilliantly on two artificial legs — artificial! — and paired with Derek Hough, who is popular enough to win with almost anyone.

So yes, strangely enough, Olympic ice dancer Charlie White was the clear underdog.

Costner can

Kevin Costner does good sports movies.

Field of Dreams.  Bull Durham.  Tin Cup.  And my personal favorite, For Love of the Game.

draft day posterSo his latest filmcentered on the day of the NFL draft — had me at the trailer.  Costner may not deliver in every film (Waterworld comes to mind), but when it comes to sports  –

I believe.

And Draft Day does not disappoint.

The NFL was squarely behind this movie, so all the teams are real franchises.  Costner manages the Cleveland Browns and wheels and deals with teams like the Seattle Seahawks.  There are so many cameos by NFL players and ESPN announcers, you kinda forget it’s a movie; it certainly looks like the actual draft that you’ve seen on TV.

The only clunky part for me is the romantic relationship.  While it can be an integral part in films like For Love of the Game, here Costner’s scenes with co-star Jennifer Garner grind the action to a halt.  While she certainly has reason to distract him, you have to wonder why a sports fan like her would.

It’s draft day, for cripes sake!

 

More than a game

In Fever Pitch, the under-appreciated love letter to the Boston Red Sox, super fan Ben (Jimmy Fallon) tries to explain his single-minded devotion to the team to his workaholic girlfriend Sarah (Drew Barrymore):

fever pitch“Clearly, it’s not just a game! If it was, then obviously I wouldn’t care about it this much.

Twenty-three years.

Do you still care about anything you cared about years ago? How about–how about five? Name me a single thing that you’ve cared about for five years.”

That scene always spoke to me.  Even though Ben was talking baseball — a sport I personally never bonded with — I had that passion.  But mine was for…

KENTUCKY WILDCATS BASKETBALL

Harrison shotI’m a proud UK alum.  Years ago, I camped out for those hard-to-come-by tickets at Rupp Arena.

Now in New York City, I  watch very game that the networks allow, and have suffered every negative comment slung at the team this season by the media, haters and ‘fans’ alike.

And I never stopped believing.

The 2014 NCAA tourney has been an incredible, heart-stopping, unbelievable ride.  Kudos to our young team for putting their heads down, playing their hearts out and showing what they are made off when it mattered the most.

Now, let’s all enjoy our FINAL FOUR experience!!

 

 

Fountain of youth

I’m as happy as a little girl!

Could it be because the Cats are going to the Sweet Sixteen?
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Yes, that is exactly why.

Positivity

My JetBlue flight to San Diego today didn’t have WiFi, but it did have DirectTV, so I was able to catch the conference basketball tourney games enroute.

Score.

Kentucky wasn’t scheduled until later in the day, so I watched the Virginia/Florida State game.  And I was really impressed with Virginia coach Tony Bennett.

tony bennettApparently he was named the ACC Coach of the Year. Based on his sideline behavior alone, I am not surprised. Everything in his manner eminates positivity.

Don’t get me wrong — I am a huge fan of UK Coach Calipari. But I can’t remember ever seeing him high five the Cats when they head to the bench for a timeout after a particularly great play.  Or even see him smile.

Bennett does it a lot. With his players. With the refs. It makes a difference. I would work harder for that coach.

So, let’s give Cal something to smile about, Cats. It’s March — the best time of the year!

The Olympic domino effect

When you visit Sochi, the water in the sink looks like this.

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When you wash your face in that water, your eyes look like this.

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When your eyes look like this, you have to give your prime-time Olympics anchor chair to Matt Lauer.

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And when you let Matt Lauer anchor the Olympics in prime-time, babies cry.

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Don’t make babies cry, Bob Costas.

Stay away from shitty water.

Of mice and women

sochi logoI arrived home from Florida tonight in time to watch the Winter Olympics Figure Skating Team Competition.

The US was sitting near the bottom in 7th place…then the ice dancing team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White — the reigning Olympic silver medalists — knocked one out of the park and moved the Americans up to 3rd.

Meryl Davis looks like a china doll on the ice and sounds like Minnie Mouse.  I get a bit of a complex just listening to her speak.

Is this what a woman is supposed to sound like?