Mutants of the World Unite!
Despite overwhelmingly negative reviews, "X-Men 3: The Last Stand" went on to smash Memorial Day weekend records. It pulled in $120 million for the three-day weekend, shattering the record once held by "Jurassic Park: The Lost World" when it debuted in 1997 with a $90 million M-Day take. Even being the huge X-Men fan that I am, I still haven't seen it. I promised E that I'd wait until he was in town visiting next week and we'd go check it out. That might not be so bad as we can miss all the crowds. But a brotha is starting to get a little impatient...
What in the world has gotten into Shaq?! He was playing like he was 10-years younger as he helped decimate the Pistons for the Heat to go up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals. And then even when it looked like he was slowing down a step in the second half, in comes Flash to the rescue. Every game he seems to top himself with the best move of the series. It's just SO nice to finally see a healthy Shaq AND Wade in the series. They only need to hold on to win one of the final three games and the NBA will finally get their wish of having a high marquee player back in the Finals.
Everyone's Favorite Principal
My condolences go out to the family of Paul Gleason. He would definitely fall into the "I didn't even know he was sick" category. He died at a hospital in Burbank, CA Saturday of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos. He graced us with his presence in hits like "Die Hard" and "Trading Places". However, he will be forever known for some of the most memorable moments and lines in "The Breakfast Club". He was 67.
Another Reason Not to Like Mo'nique
As if it wasn't bad enough that American Idol had already had a travesty with Baldie, now the show that I actually enjoy watching for real talent, Showtime at the Apollo, did the same thing. On the show (which comes on in the dead of the night here so I have to dvr it to catch it), they were in the Finals to pick a winner. This group known as Creativity, made up of a vocalist and a guitarist had HANDS DOWN the best performance. There was also this group called Deep made up of three thuggish vocalists that was geared toward the ladies. If you've ever watched the show, you know the audience chooses the winner by round of applause. The problem with that is Mo'Nique then announces winner based on who she thinks had the most applause. Creativity got the shaft because of her misjudgment. Please, someone kick her off the show and get a host with some talent AND common sense.
Ride on, Mavericks
Okay, so they're only up 2-1. And so what if the Heat still have to finish out the series. Dallas is getting one step closer to making my dream Finals of Miami vs. Dallas come true. I can't remember if I ever mentioned that Mark Cuban is my favorite team owner in the NBA (sorry Bob) so I'm really going for them to take the West. Plus, we all know how much Stern can't stand Cuban. That's an even better reason for them to win it. All they have to do is just not meltdown and actually close out a team. That's not asking too much from a team that's not historically known for its ability to accomplish either of those feats.
Kick It to the Curb
What is this world coming to?! Okay, in this instance, not the world but just this country? Now they've even got my man E slurpin' on the nads of soccer talking about how he's into that sport. I will give them the credit that at least it is a real sport and it does require real athleticism. However, it is DRY. You ever try to watch a real game?! Boring. Kid's soccer is something totally different because you're watching your children play and the cutesy factor comes into it. Pro soccer is a lot like baseball: the highlights are good but a game in its entirety is murder. Like I told E, I don't buy into the "but it's big everywhere but here" theory either. So what if it is? That's why I'm glad to be an American. If someone is that much into soccer, let them leave and go some place where they do idolize it. I'm sure there are about 50 illegals ready to take the spot that that soccer fanatic just vacated.