March Madness gets into full swing as conference tournaments wrap up this weekend and selection Sunday wraps up the two days with the seeding for the NCAA Tournament. The selection show will air on CBS Sunday at 6:00 PM. Several of the media columns below outline how you can watch NCAA tournament games next week online for free.
The Celtics looks to keep their hot streak alive with a pair of home game this weekend, tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks, the team they are chasing for the final playoff spot, and on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets, who lead the Northwest Division.
Besides the basketball, you’ve got the World Baseball Classic this weekend, as well as a couple of Red Sox exhibition games on NESN. There is also the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway on FOX on Sunday afternoon.
For the weekend, here’s some links to keep you updated:
- Red Sox Daily Links
- Patriots Daily Links (Free agency starts this weekend)
The BSMW Full Court Press has a look at this sudden movement to trade Al Jefferson.
- Celtics Blog
- The Bruins Power Play blog offers some perspective on the Samsonov trade.
- New York Sports News
- Bay Area Sports (The Barry Bonds stuff is huge out there.)
Notes from the week:
Since 1510 decided to shut their doors on local station programming, Ryen Russillo has been seen occasionally on FSN and heard a couple times on ESPN Boston, hosted at 4:00 – 7:00 PM show nationally on ESPN Radio last weekend. Russillo hasn’t heard whether he’ll get more cracks at the gig, but admits it was a bit of an adjustment doing a national show as opposed to a wholly Boston centered show.
Prior to the Barry Bonds issue taking over the airwaves, a highlight of the week on WEEI was Dave Winfield’s appearance on with Dale & Holley to talk about the passing of Kirby Puckett. Winfield spoke poignantly of his friend, without denying some of the struggles and personal issues that the former Twins star had gone through the last few years of his life.
The Independent Film Game 6 opens tonight in selected theaters in Boston and New York. The film had a special screening Wednesday night in Boston, which was attended by director Michael Hoffman and producer Christina Weiss Lurie (wife of Philadelphia Eagles owner and huge Red Sox fan Jeffrey Lurie). Both spoke prior to the film, and Lurie read a statement from her husband as well. Hoffman, who is actually a Cardinals fan, deemed the movie a true labor of love, and compared the tale of the Red Sox that night to Shakespearean tragedies such as Romeo and Juliet in that no matter how many times you see it, you always get sucked into hoping that this time things will be different. While I was initially skeptical about the premise of the movie, thinking that it would be just another bit of “curse” themed nonsense, the film actually turned out quite different from my initial thoughts.
The movie is a period piece taking place in New York on October 25th, 1986, which is of course the date of Game 6 of the World Series. Costing only $500,000 to make, (Stars Michael Keaton and Robert Downey Jr worked for $100 a day, just like everyone else on the crew) it is dialogue which drives this film. Novelist Don Delillo takes his first turn as a screenwriter in this film. Much of his script is quite witty, but there also a few lines that will be cringe-inducing for Sox fans (“I could’ve been happy…I could’ve been a Yankees fan“). A knowledge of baseball and Red Sox history will be helpful to the audience if they are to fully grasp the references to 1949, 1946, Pesky holding the ball and Slaughter racing home. Symbolic and classic themes permeate the movie as it is at once comedy and tragedy, with an optimistic ending. It’s an unusual movie, no doubt about it. It was tough for me to determine if I really liked it or not at first. Upon further reflection, I do like it, and recommend that you not prejudge the movie. At the website of the film, you can view the trailer, get a synopsis, read reviews, and learn about the cast and crew. Sean L. McCarthy in the Boston Herald took at quick look at the film in Wednesday’s paper. Ty Burr has a review in today’s Globe and Chelsea Bain has a review in the Herald.
In the Boston area, the film will be shown this weekend at the AMC Boston Common 19 and the AMC Methuen 10.
ESPN Boston announced this week that during spring training Duke Castiglione (Son of Joe) will join Mike Felger on