Leave it to me to finally write one of these the morning of, on a day when there’s no real current events to discuss anyway. Whatever, have a supremely happy weekend. Remember that these are the weekends we live for when it won’t stop torturing us in February. Make the most of it. Don’t take it for granted.
Something that’s occurred to me as the Cavaliers get ready for the NBA Finals is how they’re weirdly fortunate with their injuries. Yes, the Cavaliers can be an offensive juggernaut when LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are all playing together. Love is capable of turning the court over in a nanosecond with a rebound and an outlet pass when he and Kyrie aren’t bombing from three. But with those two guys out and hobbled, the Cavaliers were left with probably their best defensive team which has served them well in the playoffs. When teams are planning for the Cavs, it is tougher to plan for a tenacious defensive team, and that’s what the Cavaliers currently are with heavier minutes from Iman Shumpert, Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson.
How that plays out in the NBA Finals is anyone’s guess. The Warriors are a talented and pretty well-rounded team. A friend of mine from college is a San Francisco native and is very confident in the Warriors. He was so confident that he boasted about giving me 2-1 odds in our bet on the series. It’s against my nature to bet on something like this because I’m already invested plenty without putting a dollar value on it. Still, it felt like I didn’t believe in the team if I didn’t take him up on the bet.
Plus, what would LeBron say to me – hypothetically speaking – if I told him someone was willing to give me 2-1 odds on him and I didn’t make the bet?
San Andreas was perfectly awful and awfully perfect. 3d + dbox seats? Awesome.
— Craig Lyndall (@WFNYCraig) May 29, 2015
San Andreas is a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. You know, The Rock? It’s another movie putting The Rock opposite Carla Gugino. They did a Witch Mountain remake together in 2009 as well. It features Paul Giamatti collecting a paycheck playing a scientist who is obsessed with seismic activity and somehow never interacts with the other stars of the movie for even one second. They didn’t even bother trying to tie all the storylines together to make the actors part of the same outline. All that said, this movie delivered exactly what I wanted and I loved every second of it.
My wife and I went to see it on the big screen, in 3D and also in special seats that rumble, move and shake that are called D-Box seats? You can reserve these seats at the Valley View Cinemark, they cost more money than even a 3D ticket, but for a movie like San Andreas, I think it made all the difference.
San Andreas was a movie that had the audience laughing in spots that they shouldn’t have been laughing based on the dialog. It’s a movie that featured an overly dramatized storyline about The Rock playing a guy with the generic name “Ray” and his soon-to-be ex wife, Carla Gugino as Emma, trying to reunite with their brunette Barbie Doll daughter with the perfect body, Alexandra Daddario as Blake. You might remember Daddario as the impossibly gorgeous naked girl from True Detective as the contrast to Woody Harrelson.
So in the end, I can’t tell you that San Andreas is a good film, but I can tell you I really had a good time watching it. It was like an attraction at Hollywood Studios in Disney, especially with the new D-Box seats. So check it out if you want, but keep those expectations in the proper place or you’ll be sorely disappointed.
Did you know that in May of 2014 the United States came in second place in their bid to host the World Cup in 2022? They lost that bid to Qatar. You might think it’s arrogance to assume that when you lose that someone else cheated, but in the case of FIFA and their process, it didn’t take much of a leap to assume that correctly. Just about one year after taking that loss, the United States Justice Department unsealed a 47-count indictment targeting widespread FIFA corruption.
All of this is a giant mess surrounding a game I love, so I decided to go overboard this week and give you a 25 minute YouTube clip of the best soccer Vines. It’s about the game, after all.
This isn’t a new song, but it is relatively new to me. It’s not even my type of music, generally speaking, but it’s a really great pop rock song. I love when the male vocals come in at the top of his range and lead to the chorus. Just a really well-constructed and well done song. I didn’t even see the movie that it’s associated with, The Fault in Our Stars, but it feels like a pretty cinematic tune. I bet it works well.
Have a great weekend everyone!