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Had University of Arizona’s starting power forward Brandon Ashley not been forced to the sidelines with a broken foot, the Cats may have won it all last year. It was undeniable that all parts of the Wildcat unit worked together like magic, and each player was downright special. All members of the squad took on bigger roles in the wake of the Ashley injury, but the team seemed to lean mostly on the athletic ability of Aaron Gordon and the consistency of Nick Johnson. That leadership and promise did not go unnoticed, it would seem, as both Gordon and Johnson are currently packing their bags and shipping out to NBA teams.
The 2014 NBA season has come to an end, and the King has been slain at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. It was not the most exciting of playoff series. In fact, it was a rather one-sided thrashing delivered by a team that should be considered among one of the best squads of all time, certainly the best since the Michael Jordan era of the 1990s. But though the games may have not been full of buzzer beaters and dunks, the relevancy of the Spurs’ run at the title will echo throughout the expansive halls basketball history due to the unique nature of the team.
They say the Miami Heat are as Hollywood as it gets, and it would seem that the label is finally beginning to catch up with them. Basketball superstar LeBron James is beginning to dabble in the bright lights of film and television. The Heat forward is currently slated for a role in Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck”, as well as a co-star role opposite of Kevin Hart in the upcoming comedy, “Ballers.” James does not always leave the storytelling to fictional premises created by writers, however. The two-time champion is beginning to adapt his own personal experiences to the screen, and will be sharing those experiences with the world as an executive producer for the upcoming Starz series, Survivor’s Remorse.
It’s been said that a bad apple can have a malignant effect on a sports team, and that an infected appendage must be removed. This is why talk of Indiana Pacer guard Lance Stephenson possibly being denied a contract extension has begun to surface. The former second round draft pick has drawn much criticism, as various sources have hinted at a possible lack of chemistry between the player and his teammates. The speculation regarding Stephenson’s internal antics reached a boiling point at the beginning of the playoffs when reports surfaced that the guard had come to physical blows with teammate Evan Turner during a practice. Yet despite the negative allegations surrounding Stephenson, the young prospect also serves a critical role in the Pacer body: the heel.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are quite the enigma, consistently placing among the worst teams in basketball, yet somehow also pulling off one of the most impressive streaks of good luck in sports. The eastern conference team had a mere 1.7 percent chance of receiving the first overall pick in what has been called one of the most talent-packed NBA Drafts in history. But it would seem that the odds are forever in Cleveland’s favor, and the Cavs have been granted the top pick for the third time in the last four NBA seasons. Over the last decade, the Cavs have been in lottery contention six times, coming up with the number-one pick four of those times. As unbelievable as it may seem, Cleveland now has the opportunity to pick the finest in the bunch, yet again. Some basketball analysts, however, are claiming that the Cavs have their sites set on a bigger prize: the king of the jungle, LeBron James.
The New York Yankees have had quite the bumpy 2014 season thus far. The oft-injured bullpen has struggled, and the team as a whole is barely a .500 ballclub. Every few days, however, the Yanks have the opportunity to catch their breath. That is because the ominous cloud disappointment from prior losses begins to vanish as soon as their bright ray of sunlight takes the mound: Masahiro Tanaka.
The 2014 NBA MVP has been crowned, and Kevin Durant displayed the heart of a most valuable player when he delivered a tear jerking speech that recognized each and every teammate, staff member, and family member who had helped him reach his current state of greatness. But though Durant was awarded the MVP trophy for the regular season, the star forward has had difficulty staying consistent throughout the postseason.
This was supposed to be the year for the San Jose Sharks. They were a battle tested, perennial playoff team that had a promising fusion of experience and skill. Though often criticized for falling short of Stanley Cup aspirations time and time again, the Sharks were poised to break all the mold of disappointment that they had created for themselves. As an aging team, San Jose was supposed to put all past failures behind them, recognizing that their window of opportunity was closing, and that it was finally time to grow into their own skin. Prognosticators across the board agreed, this dangerous San Jose team was a finals favorite. What happened next, however, will most likely go down in Sharks history as the team’s most disgraceful moment in time.
The NHL playoffs, though often overlooked and overshadowed by the more prevalent American sports, are home to perhaps the most exciting post-season matchups in sports. Not only is hockey a fast paced and exhilarating display of both machismo and finesse, but it is also a sport in which tiny and unpredictable factors can change the outcome of entire seasons. A team’s goalie can get hot, placing an impenetrable iron curtain around his net. A long and grueling playoff race can wear down a team’s roster, making them more susceptible to series altering injuries at the most inconvenient of times. And the smallest miscalculation in the flight trajectory of a puck can alter the course of sporting history. But despite the fickle nature of NHL Playoff predictions, EA Sports chose to use one of its newest games, “NHL 14”, in order to simulate the entire post season. Though nothing is guaranteed in the world of sports prognostication, the makers of “NHL 14” may just be on to something.
The Town of Oro Valley is home to much quiet beauty, powerful landscape, and a calm temperament. The last collective personality that Oro Valley could possibly draw attention for is as a rowdy and rambunctious enclave that knows how to sing and dance the night away. The Great American Playhouse (GAP), however, is trying to change that.
The long anticipated dismantling of this season’s Arizona basketball team began last week when team leaders, Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson, announced that they would be casting their fishing lines into the NBA Draft shark tank. Much criticism emerged among Arizona fans, as a public outcry circulated that highlighted a collective disapproval of the choice made by two of the Wildcats’ most exciting high flyers. The same Arizona basketball fans that had been touting these players all season began rhetoric of ridicule, making depreciating comments such as, “Aaron Gordon is too young”, “Aaron Gordon can’t shoot free throws”, or “Nick Johnson settles for bad shots”, and “Nick Johnson isn’t strong enough”. But if there is anything that sporting history has taught young athletes trying to make professional dreams come true, it is that opportunity is an impatient creature, and NBA hopefuls would be wise to declare for the draft when their stock is at a highpoint. In the world of basketball, it is not always about whether or not a player is fully “ready” for the NBA, but rather, is all about when the decision to go pro makes most sense (and dollars). In the case of Gordon and Johnson, hanging up the Arizona jerseys was just the right thing to do.
For four of the last five seasons, the highly coveted NBA MVP award has been deservedly bestowed upon LeBron James. It made sense, as King James was unmistakably the most talented basketball player on the planet. LeBron has had the reputation of being a do-it-all player, a physical specimen, a scorer, a rebounder, a passer, an imposing defender, and a team leader. The only player to even come close to resembling a threat to James’ growing MVP trophy collection has been Kevin Durant, a somewhat one-dimensional scorer who has been the runner up in MVP voting during three of James’ four tenures. This season, however, Durant has had enough of being second best.
The televised announcement of “The Late Show” host David Letterman’s retirement sparked an immediate knee-jerk reaction of public speculation over who would be chosen to fill the void left by the longest running talk show host. Familiar names began to enter the fray as potential successors. Rumors circulated regarding Neil Patrick Harris, Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and even Jay Leno as the next torch bearer. Ultimately, however, it would be Comedy Central’s golden goose, Stephen Colbert, who would be awarded the opportunity to take his talents to one of the most coveted spots in television.
Now that the dust has settled, Arizona fans have hopefully had enough time to mourn the Elite Eight exit of their beloved Wildcats. It was a promising season turned sour, as the talk circulating around the team changed from National Champion favorites to Final Four contenders seemingly overnight. The tide changed on Feb. 1, when valuable forward Brandon Ashley went down with a season ending injury. From then on, the squad was abruptly forced to make adjustments in hopes of salvaging the season, and meeting the lofty expectations of being National Champions. They almost did. This season’s basketball team was so immensely talented, that even with the loss of one of their most valuable assets the Wildcats squeezed out one of the most memorable seasons in recent history. And though this year’s lineup is almost surely going to be dismantled by NBA draft aspirations, Wildcat fans can rest assured that coach Sean Miller has a few star recruits chomping at the bit, ready for their opportunity to shine in the McKale Center arena.
By the second half of the season, news outlets were buzzing over the fact that on the Kansas Jayhawks’ roster was a freshman who was widely considered to be the future first pick in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft. It may have not seemed like big news to most. Freshman phenom, Andrew Wiggins, had been proclaimed the best amateur basketball player in the world for quite some time, and had been on NBA scouts’ radars since his high school years. What did raise eyebrows, however, was the fact that Wiggins was only projected to be the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The projected first pick basketball analysts were referring to was Joel Embiid, a little known 7-foot center who’s ceiling of potential was off the charts.
Indie rock and Lo-Fi music trailblazers, Guided by Voices, have become one of the longest running bands in the genre. Begun in 1983 in Dayton Ohio, the band has released more than 20 albums that have generated a cult following across generations. More impressive, however, is the fact that the band has shown absolutely no sign of slowing itself down.
With 47 years in the business, the Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) has become accustomed to bringing dynamic and stimulating stories to the stage of Tucson’s historic Temple of Music and Art. Naturally, as seasoned storytellers, the ATC is always an organization that pushes itself to the pinnacle of quality, so what better classical imagination to bring to life than that of fantastic French visionary, Jules Verne? Through March 22, the ATC is bringing one of its most challenging tales to Tucson as the group performs the fantastic voyage depicted in “Around the World in 80 Days”.
It is one of the ugly facts of the sporting world that cheating athletes have the legacy of various leagues across the country. In the 1990’s, Major League Baseball’s steroid scandal sparked controversy over one of the otherwise most exciting homerun eras in baseball history. In the present day, the NFL has been straining in attempts to clean up after the backlash of concussion and head trauma research discoveries. It would seem only natural that the world’s fastest growing sport, Mixed Martial Arts, would have to deal with similar problems. However, thanks to a recent Nevada State Athletic Commission ruling, the sport of MMA is well on its way to a becoming a clean sport.
The 2014 NBA Draft class is already drawing talent level comparisons to that 2003, a class that included game changing names such as LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade. The NBA’s incoming talent pool has succeeded in shaking up the college game, as players like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle, and Aaron Gordon have dominated the corridor that leads to the largest stage in basketball. Undisputable as the college talent level may be, one of the most protrusive plot twists entering this season’s draft is that the player with quite possibly the most promise is a prospect that the majority of fans have never heard of.
Fans of the now defunct hit sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” can attest to the fact that though the show was resoundingly successful, it also seemed to wear out its welcome during its final seasons. Some of the story lines became slightly overblown, as if writers were reaching desperately for ideas to carry the story into the next episode. Naturally, a large number of internet bloggers were skeptical when CBS announced that it had given the green light for a spinoff series entitled “How I Met Your Dad”.
Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka began shining bright on the MLB radar in 2013, becoming the most coveted baseball commodity from overseas. The 25 year old was dominant in his final season with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, leading the ballclub to a 24-0 record. Always slick under pressure, Tanaka’s 1.27 ERA and killer instinct had nearly every MLB franchise drooling.
The Arizona Wildcats basketball team’s historical push toward a 21-0 start to the season has not been without its close calls. The Cardiac Cats have a knack for dramatic finishes, and have always seemed to come out on top. That all changed on Feb. 1, however, when the Cats nine lives ran out during their matchup with the California Golden Bears. Yes, Cal’s last second shot that flat lined the hearts of Wildcat fans was hard to swallow, but the biggest loss of the evening was that of Brandon Ashley. The sophomore forward has been diagnosed with a broken right foot after an awkward landing on an offensive rebound attempt in the first half of Arizona’s first loss. The injury will sideline the Wildcats’ third leading scorer and rebounder for the remainder of the season.
The last 22 years have brought their fair share of monologues, skits, and television comedy, but the time has finally come for Jay Leno to make his final bow. The 63-year-old host of “The Tonight Show” will ride off into the sunset on Feb. 6, leaving behind a legacy that will last well beyond his years. Young “Late Show” host Jimmy Fallon is waiting in the “Tonight Show” bullpen, currently slated to take the reins of America’s number one talk show.
It was in 2008 that NBA TV aired an “NBA Roundtable” special that highlighted who was unanimously considered to be the future of the center position: Greg Oden. Oden was in the presence of greatness, surrounded by NBA hall of famers that included Bill Russell and Bill Walton, being prepared with priceless guidance as a future shoe-in for hall of fame recognition.
After dominantly racking up an 18-0 record through the first three months of regular season play, Arizona has broken the record for the longest winning streak in school history en route to tallying seven straight weeks of being ranked the number one men’s basketball team in the country. It is impossible to ignore that there is just something special about this year’s Wildcat team. In fact, there might just be something special about this year’s PAC 12 Conference all together. With conference victories over Duke, Kansas, Connecticut, and Michigan, some optimistic prognosticators are forecasting as many as seven PAC 12 teams squeezing into the National Tournament, which would be a conference record. Though Arizona is clearly the biggest dog in the Pacific 12 fray, there are a number of teams that have the ability to pose a serious threat to the current king of the hill.
Though the final announcements for the ever-coveted Academy Award for Best Picture will not be made until March 2, the rather customary cacophony of public response has already spread across all media outlets. Nine films have been elected for contention for Hollywood’s most desired award: “American Hustle”, “Captain Phillips”, “Dallas Buyer’s Club”, “Gravity”, “Her”, “Nebraska”, “Philomena”, “12 Years a Slave”, and “The Wolf of Wall Street”.
It was late in the third quarter during Arizona’s November matchup with ninth-ranked Oregon that a chant began in the stands.
The next time you step through the doors of beloved McKale Center, breath in the infectious energy of the Wildcat buzz, and begin to take in the scenery, you may notice the surroundings look a little different from what you had remembered. This is because the first steps toward a completely revamped arena will be set in motion on Jan. 2 when the men’s basketball team faces Washington State at home. The changes will be ever so slight at first, beginning with the addition of a new high definition video board, but the new features will be a sign of bigger things to come.
Somewhere along the path of Arizona basketball’s perennial success, the school earned the nickname “Point Guard U” from various journalists. It was a fitting term, being that in each of the school’s four Final Four appearances, a point guard with a stellar skill set has led the team. In 1988 it was future NBA champion Steve Kerr. In 1994 it was current assistant coach Damon Stoudamire. In 1997 it was national champion Mike Bibby. Finally, in 2001 it was fan favorite Jason Gardner. In addition, NBA stars Khalid Reeves, Jason Terry, Gilbert Arenas, and Jerryd Bayless have all pushed the ball up the floor in Wildcat jerseys.
The true diehard fans of the hit series “Breaking Bad” may recognize a familiar face when tuning in to reruns of America’s favorite epic. This is because Tucson actor, Lou Pimber, makes an appearance in a reoccurring role, playing a member of a cartel hit squad that called for him to share camera time with stars Brian Cranston, Aaron Paul and Giancarlo Esposito.
Somewhere in the lonely confines of a rehabilitation room, a stoic Derrick Rose is looking down at a knee brace that is supporting the key to his livelihood. Beneath the brace is the most valuable commodity in the sport of basketball: the knee, and in Rose’s case, it is swollen and tarnished with scar tissue from the stress of surgical repair. It is an imperfect cluster of ligaments, tendons, cartilage and bone that simply refuses to obey its owner’s wishes. The disconcerting thought stirs in the minds of all Chicago Bulls fans that this is supposed to be Rose’s good knee. The other was severely damaged in April of 2012, when the young phenom went down on a no-contact play that had brought a significant tear to his ACL. The melancholy truth is inescapable; Derrick Rose’s body is betraying him at a tragically young age.
Cranial injuries are some of the most severe and least understood hazards that athletes encounter in contact sports. When exploring the issue of these injuries, most discussions flock to outwardly aggressive sports such as football or boxing. Basketball, however, is often overlooked. It is assumed that basketball related injuries are limited to the lower body, as ankle sprains, blown knees, ACL tears, and hamstring pulls are commonplace on the court. Be that as it may, basketball can be brutal and harboring of concussive dangers in its own right. Players throw their elbows, shoulders, heads, and hips into their opponents to create space, jumping and diving without headgear or protective padding, and often doing so three feet above a hardwood floor. Arizona basketball recruit, Zach Peters, has experienced the dangers of brain injuries first hand.
With an all-star cast, poignant vision, and heartrending plot, director Steve McQueen’s newest masterpiece, “12 Years a Slave,” is sure to cause a buzz come Oscar season. The film opened on Friday, and is already drawing in viewers by the thousands.
A midst the infectious excitement that engulfs Tucson throughout Arizona football and basketball seasons, it is easy to forget about Wildcast Hockey. The sport is not in our desert dwelling culture. Most of us did not grow up in the snow, do not understand the low scoring games, and do not identify with the hockey player ethos. The Arizona Wildcat hockey team, however, is happy to show us why our way of thinking is wrong.
The fall season does not bring drastic climate change, browning leaves, or even the need for jackets to the Tucson desert. In fact, more adventurous Tucsonans might still be braving the dropping temperatures of their swimming pools in this weather. What the new season does bring, however, is a long list of seasonal activities for the community to enjoy. Pumpkin patches, haunted houses, and public picnics are in high demand, as parents and children alike are seeking a more interactive form of entertainment outside of television and video games. It is true that getting out of the living room and into the fresh air is ideal for body and soul, but what about the mind? What if someone is looking for a more cerebral, even educational form of entertainment this fall season? If this is you, look no further than to Tucson’s indie movie theater, The Loft.
Early predictions place the Arizona Men’s Basketball team in high regard, as they are expected to place first in the PAC 12 and within the top 10 in the nation. Head coach Sean Miller has instilled a consistency and excitement in Tucson that is reminiscent of the Olson era, returning Arizona Basketball to the elite group of national powerhouse programs.
After 60 straight minutes of stellar, and almost supernatural in-pocket decision-making, quick releases, and surgical precision, 24-year-old Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had scorched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the 31-20 victory, the second year quarterback threw 22 completions for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns. Foles had his way with the talented Tampa Bay defense, and was barely contested as he threw zero interceptions and was only sacked on one occasion in which defensive lineman Lavonte David reached the quarterback roughly two seconds after the snap.
Just in time for the Halloween season, director Kimberly Peirce’s new rendition of the classic horror film, Carrie, will hit U.S. theaters on Oct. 18. The second big screen adaptation to Stephen King’s popular novel will star Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. The story revolves around the telekinetic abilities of a high school outcast, who uses her power to inflict revenge upon her tormenting peers. In order to promote the upcoming film, producers have been making use of an intense marketing campaign that has made heavy use of modern social media. One social media promotion that attracted much attention occurred when a prank was played in a New York coffee shop. A team of promoters staged a telekinetic altercation between a girl and a patron, which terrified bystanders and spread wildly across the Internet. Indeed, the film producers have succeeded in creating a buzz about their product, but one must question whether or not the product is worth selling in the first place.
They call it a sport for barbarians, human cockfighting, and a return to the gladiatorial games of Rome, making it all the more shocking that a growing portion of Mixed Martial Arts’ most brave and exciting stars are women. This is the first year in which the biggest promotion in the sport, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has allowed women to compete in their mammoth global league. In the wake of the new business move, the UFC was faced with the predicament of finding ways to market female fighters. Without building a fan base and earning respect, it would seem that women’s MMA would be doomed to a similar fate as that of the struggling WNBA. Luckily for the fighters, marketing itself is one of the UFC’s strongest qualities.
Even the most stoic and fierce competition would have been shaken by the spectacle that took place within the Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park on October 2nd. There was not a soul in the arena that did not feel the magic that was happening in Pittsburgh that night. Over 40,000 electrified fans, wearing Pirate black and screaming uncontrollably at each play, rattled the visiting Cincinnati Reds in the Wild Card matchup for a ticket to the playoffs. The city had come alive. The collective clamor of the record-breaking crowd caused Red’s pitcher Johnny Cueto to drop the ball on the mound, igniting even more provocation from the lively horde. We have all seen moments like these in sports before, but we were probably in a movie theater. This was a real life Cinderella story happening before our eyes.
For basketball guru and current interim head coach of the Phoenix Mercury, Russ Pennell, 15 years of Arizona coaching residency has led to four different basketball programs. Pennell has become a fixture in the state, floating between college programs at ASU, UofA, and Grand Canyon, before ultimately landing on the professional stage. The coach’s perennial success has carried over into the WNBA, where he took the reins of a once underachieving Phoenix Mercury mid season, and brought them to the conference finals.
Over 35 years ago literary genius Stephen King introduced us to a world of the paranormal through the psychic abilities of a little boy named Danny Torrance in his novel, The Shining. Most are well familiar with King’s tale about the Torrance family, and how Danny’s “shining” ability came into play when evading his crazed father who succumbed to the Overlook Hotel’s ghastly visions and inebriating drinks that beckoned the man to attempt to murder his wife and son. And though Danny survived his father’s onslaught, one could only speculate the immense mental and emotional anguish that the boy would encounter throughout his life as a result of the happenings at the Overlook Hotel. How would the child adapt on his journey to adulthood? What grave adventures would Danny’s psychic connection with the supernatural bring him on next? Were his father’s inner demons lurking somewhere deep inside him? The multitude of questions stirred in the pit of King’s mind for a generation before, fittingly in the age of sequels, King put the answers to print in The Shining’s follow-up novel, Doctor Sleep.
Thunderous helmet-to-helmet contact sent 16-year-old Damon Janes to the sidelines during the third quarter of a high school football game on Sept. 13. Within moments the teenager had lost consciousness and was rushed to a Buffalo hospital where he was pronounced dead three days later. Just weeks prior, 16 year-old DeAntre Turman suffered a spinal injury in a high school football scrimmage in Atlanta. The football stand out succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter. It is in these most tragic of moments, moments where we lose our members of our promising youth, that we are forced to acknowledge the harsh realities of our habits.
Over the past 37 years, Apple has transformed itself into a trend-setting and trail-blazing conglomerate of cool. The company’s cream of the crop, the iPhone, has helped not only shape the world of technological gadgets, but also the world of broad entertainment. iPhones have become more than phones and more than computers. The pocket devices have helped pave the way for entirely new avenues of entertainment. It grants users instant access to celebrities, state of the art video games, sporting events, downloadable music, etc. But there is much uncertainty within the post-Steve Jobs era. Questions of whether or not Apple will continue its magic streak of success are looming, and all eyes were on Cupertino on Sept. 10 when Apple held a conference for a special announcement.
It is a universal gladiatorial sport with over 3,000 years of history, but not even Olympic wrestling is immune to the present day demand for downsizing and dollar pinching. Nevermind that it is one of the oldest sports in the Olympics today. Nevermind that it harbors more sporting merit than approved events such as table tennis, BMX, beach volleyball, and sailing. On Feb.12, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to remove wrestling from its list of core sports, thus eliminating any chance of the sport’s automatic Olympic appearance for the first time in over 100 years.
To make bold predictions regarding the outcomes of an entire NFL season is a daunting, if not foolish task to attempt. By its very nature, football is a sport of unpredictability. Prognosticators are made the fool, hoodwinked into believing that a team’s preseason rosters and strengths will weather the turbulent four months of grueling game play. In the unlikely event that a team does reach the playoffs unscathed, the delicate nature of each possession leaves ample opportunity for entire seasons to be lost as a result of one single mistake. There are, however, a handful of teams who are so deep, so well orchestrated, and so effectively coached that they could have their legs cut out from beneath them and would still be head and shoulders above the rest. Barring supernatural occurrences or divine intervention, one of these teams should be hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy come February.
It was in January of 2011 that the lights at Tucson’s North Side Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu were first switched on for business. At the time, the gym was a fledgling dream of owner and brown belt Jiu-Jitsu instructor Sean Huff. Huff is as homegrown as it gets, graduating from Salpointe Catholic High School and attending the UofA where he walked on as a football player. Six years prior to his venture into owning a martial arts gym, tragedy struck Huff’s family when his sister, Sam Huff, gave her life in Operation Iraqi Freedom. This sent the Tucson native on a new life course. He became a man on a mission, determined to pave paths to truth, happiness, and a more fruitful life.
The self-proclaimed “Worldwide Leader in Sports” first took the sporting news throne in 1979, and since then nobody has dared to challenge the ESPN monopoly. Though the Disney owned media outlet has sat comfortably atop the nearly nonexistent competition for roughly 35 years, it’s first worthy opponent has finally emerged. This is because as of August 17th, Fox has transformed its low traffic Speed and Fuel networks into FS1 and FS2, which model themselves after ESPN and ESPN2 and provide TV viewers with an alternative to the cable powerhouse.
Given the quotidian American lifestyle that is filled with stress and worry, having some form of an escape from the mundane is essential, a place where one can turn off their cell phone, forget about external monotony, shut themselves away from pressures, and ultimately become lost in something fresh. For Oro Valley residents, this haven just might be found in The Great American Playhouse.
It seems only fitting that a musical duo currently in such a tempestuous state would perform under a name with such violent context, but “The Civil Wars” have enraptured listeners across the globe regardless. Musicians Joy Williams and John Paul White recently struck gold with their sophomore self-titled release, selling 116,000 copies in their first week and claiming the number one spot on the Billboard charts. The folk/soft rock album has buried competition such as Now 47, Robin Thicke, and Jay Z, despite not being backed by any heavy promotion or touring. The lack of promotion is due to the fact that The Civil Wars parted ways months before the album’s completion, making the extensive success bittersweet. Though the band has not officially broken up, they canceled a European tour and elected to take an indefinite hiatus as a result of “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition”. In other words, Williams and White no longer share the same vision and have not spoken in months.