Easter Leftovers

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks

(Photo credit: Kevin Jairaj – USA Today)

For those keeping score at home: Baseball was on, the guys who earn their living driving fast were off, and fake car-chasing hit a big home run. Here are your Easter weekend winners and losers!

While the Cubs took it on the chin in the 2015 Major League Baseball opener, the NASCAR circuit took Easter off, and the gear heads from the Fast & Furious movie series took the checkered flag this past weekend; Furious 7 scored the ninth-best opening weekend in box office history. When I caught up with Furious star Vin Diesel today and asked him to explain the runaway success of his movie, he had this to say:


Who’s the best star celebrating a birthday today, April 6th? Actor John Ratzenberger (68), who played former mailman Cliffie on Cheers, and who’s been in every Pixar movie? Actor Paul Rudd (46), the diehard Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan, who already has 92 credits at the age of 46? Or actor Zach Braff (40), who scored big on Scrubs but has gone a bit, how do we say, stealth of late? Make your pick.

Okay, Vin, whatever! If you chose the low-key and likable Rudd, you’re correct! In this birthday group, he’s the guy you’d most want to watch a game and have a beer with. And here’s another quick quiz on Braff. Which of the following trophies does he have on his mantel at home?

A. Oscar
B. Emmy
C. Tony
D. Grammy
E. Little League World Series

The correct answer is “D.” He won a Grammy for the soundtrack compilation from his 2004 movie Garden State.

Other than Vin Diesel (whose real name is Mark Sinclair), you have three choices.

1. Shaun Livingston, of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, who wound up with his fist during a game and clobbered German star Dirk Nowitzki right in the fleischgewehr, which translates hilariously to “flesh rifle.” Livingston got a one-game suspension from the league; Nowitzki probably got a schnapps.

2. Syracuse University, which had its annual spring football game over the weekend and misspelled the name on star wide receiver Steve Ishmael’s jersey. This comes less than a month after the Orange screwed up the spelling on Roosevelt Bouie’s framed jersey in a celebration for the legendary Syracuse star at the Carrier Dome. Maybe the Orange need a good punch in the fleischgewehr, too.

3. Kentucky basketball star Andrew Harrison, who used the “n” word at a post-game press conference, when asked about Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky. Can we all please stop using this awful word–blacks, whites, rednecks, in casual conversation, in rap songs, in jokes on the golf course, in standup routines? Just. Stop.

And that leads to the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship tonight:

There are some great reasons to root for the Badgers. Coach Bo Ryan has been at this a long time and needs to win his first championship. The school hasn’t even been IN a basketball title game since 1941. Their center Kaminsky has an entertaining Twitter feed (@FSKpart3) and he’s an affable, thoughtful guy–especially for a top collegiate athlete.

The other best reason to cheer for Wisconsin is that their opponent is Duke. Here’s a snippet of my original parody about the Blue Devils, which kinda says it all:

Go Wisconsin! Beat Duke!

Dave Coombs is a longtime morning radio host. He was accepted at Duke, but chose to attend college elsewhere!

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