In Other News… Cards winning Streak, Ali/Merton, Louisville bridges, Jim James, Lawrence wins ‘People’s Choice’ Award
On a Roll: Your No. 15 University of Louisville battling basketball Cardinals are on what they call a roll; they beat the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils earlier this week by a score of 78-69, says USA Today and ESPN. The win bounced the Cardinals up to No. 12 in the AP poll.
The victory was not without consequence, however, as junior guard Quentin Snider suffered a hip injury, says ESPN. He finished the game — 13 points, six assists and five rebounds — but he’ll be out for the next two-three weeks. CBS Sports says the injury “could spell doom for Louisville’s offense.”
“He not only averages 12.1 points and leads the team in assists at four per game, but he’s arguably the team’s most invaluable offense weapon, responsible for a chunk of the production on offense. When he’s not scoring, he’s setting his fellow teammates up for buckets.”
Your Cardinals hosted the Tigers of Clemson Thursday night. They took that one by a whopping 32 points, with the final, 92-60, says Reuters. So the Cardinals would probably be fine with their offense being doomed the rest of the season.
Said Cardinals coach Rick Pitino:
“We played great tonight.”
And Tigers coach Brad Brownell said of his team:
“It was not a good performance at all.”
And that pretty well sums it up.
FOX Sports ranks Louisville’s top five wins of the season so far; Duke is No. 2. The victory over the winning Wildcats of Kentucky, also yours, ranked No. 1.
Brothers: Lonnie Ali penned an op-ed for The New York Times this week, connecting the lives and philosophies of Thomas Merton and her late husband, Muhammad Ali. In it, she chronicles both the physical and metaphysical journeys of both men and the intersection at which they arrived, one of “diversity, pluralism and faith.”
“Neither the monk nor the boxer relied on political leaders to set their course in matters of justice, equality and tolerance. Neither man was elected to high office, but their messages in print, in words and in deeds reverberated across the globe and in the highest chambers of power. Although one was a scholar and the other bore no papered credential, they each challenged convention or, as Pope Francis said of Merton, “the certitudes of the time.”
Ms. Ali also draws upon where they physically connect: Thomas Merton Square sits at Fourth Street and Muhammad Ali Blvd.
Lost Highway: Streetsblog USA covers Kentucky’s new toll bridges and shows a screenshot of a nearly deserted bridge at rush hour in comparison to a very active Second Street bridge at approximately the same time.
“This very anecdotal, if visual, information suggests a couple of hypotheses. First, it does appear that a fairly large segment of traffic crossing the Ohio River in Louisville on this particular afternoon chose the older, slower and non-tolled route over the newer, faster and more expensive tolled freeway bridges.”
Turns out people don’t want to pay an exorbitant toll to cross the river. You’d think that would have come up in the study beforehand. As the article points out, if they can’t collect tolls from the bridges, they’re going to come after the taxpayer one way or another to get the money.
Also: $3? One way? Too much. Everyone knows. Make it $1.50 and people will use it.
That was detailed economic analysis there. I arrived at that conclusion by thinking about what I’d be willing to do and suggesting the entire populace would arrive at the same conclusion. It’s like I’m an elected official.
Meanwhile, between all the construction and traffic going over the Second Street bridge, it took me 45 minutes to get from Broadway to Main Street at 5 p.m., which used to take next to no time even at rush hour.
Another interesting point here: The article talks a lot about the East End bridge being abandoned, but the screen shot, seen above, is identified as the Lincoln/Kennedy, which would be even worse news for, well, everybody, I guess.
James on James: Jim James appeared on “The Late Late Show with James Cordon” this week, and Rolling Stone says he “radiated” performing “The World’s Smiling Now.”
“Eternally Even,” James’ second solo LP, came out last November. This is the second single.
People’s Choice: Billboard, USA Today and CBS say your girl, Jennifer Lawrence, just picked up another People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Movie Actress.” She couldn’t be there; she’s filming “Red Sparrow” in Budapest.
She first won the award in 2013 for “The Hunger Games” and again in 2015. She had two films in 2016: “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Passengers” with Chris Pratt. She did not win Favorite Action Movie Actress — that went to Margot Robbie — so I’m going to say this one’s for “Passengers.” Or Not-for-Anything-in-Particular Favorite.
As for Passengers, we’ve talked about the less-than-stellar reviews and slow box office, but Forbes notes it may be a hit when it’s all said and done. The film cost $110 million to make and its global box office is currently right around $255 million, making it the most successful live-action film “not based on anything” of 2016.
That’s out of Hollywood, mind you. Steven Chow’s “The Mermaid” made $553 million last year. Steven Chow, you might know from “Kung Fu Hustle” or “Shaolin Soccer.”
Speaking of Hollywood, the new trailer for “Logan” came out this week. It’s the third “Wolverine” installment and the 942nd “X-Men” film.
Here’s the trailer. There’s cursing, so you know the drill. If it offends don’t click.
God bless you, Patrick Stewart. Not for nothing, this just looks like a movie. Not a big superhero slamboree extravaganza — that’s not a knock, I like those too — but an honest-to-goodness solid movie.
Also, there’s this:
This “Power Rangers” movie. It looks like a mash-up between “The Breakfast Club” and “Transformers.” Except instead of a day of Saturday detention, they get superpowers and robot cars shaped like animals and talk to Bryan Cranston’s giant head.
I have to admit, I like the tiger robot car that attacks the giant gold swarm monster.
I’m going to turn from “The Power Rangers” back to Thomas Merton, as one often does, with respect to Ms. Ali’s essay and the days ahead.
“We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone — we find it with another.”
See you next week.