The To-Do List: Opening Day, Zubaz Returns, Charles Barkley On ‘Conan’
What to watch for over the next week in sports and pop culture
Extra Mustard’s weekly guide on what to watch for in movies, TV, music, books, websites, games and pop culture at large over the next seven days.
Baseball’s Opening Day
Take me out to the ballgame … or just stay home and download MLB’s AtBat app, new and improved just in time for the start of the 2013 season with multi-platform live audio, more video highlights, a virtual archive of classic games and a revamped news section. It’s also newly available for BlackBerry Z10 owners. No word on the rollout date for the Zack Morris Phone.
Andrew Luck on Alec Baldwin’s radio show
Alec Baldwin may have left your television screen with the end of 30 Rock, but you can still hear his dulcet, made-for-public-radio voice on the airwaves in, why, his very own public radio show (!) on WNYC.org called Here’s the Thing. His latest podcast: an in-depth hour with Andrew Luck on the challenges of transitioning from college to the pros, from the NFL combine meat-market to how Luck shook off the post-season blues.
Catch the latest “30 for 30″ film on the rebound
If you missed the premiere earlier this week, ESPN re-airs its latest “30 for 30″ film Survive and Advance (ESPN, Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET; Thrsday at 8 p.m. ET), the story of Jim Valvano and his N.C. State Wolfpack’s bracket-busting run to the NCAA title in 1983.
Charles Barkley on Conan
Ahead of the national semifinal doubleheader at the Final Four in Atlanta, Turner Broadcasting’s least filtered commentator Charles Barkley visits Conan to do what he does best: saying whatever he damn well pleases. The bad boy turned analyst visits the show on Friday (TBS, 11 p.m. ET). Here he is on his last appearance with Conan in December 2011, talking diets, bikram yoga, being pals with the president, Nancy Pelosi’s dance moves, college eligibility, soap operas and Shaq.
Shaquille O’Neal on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Meanwhile, Shaquille O’Neal, Barkley’s colleague on TNT’s Inside the NBA, is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s couch earlier in the week, joining the show on Monday (ABC, 11:35 p.m. ET). Sir Charles says Shaq needs a translator to be understood. Get your closed captioning ready!
The Place Beyond the Pines premieres
Hey girl, Ryan Gosling stars as a tatted-up stunt motorcyclist with Bradley Cooper as a buzzcut-sporting smalltown cop with bigger ambitions in this gritty indie crime drama directed by Derek Cianfrance that renders the two dreamboats — one a certified Sexiest Man Alive — into boats of a decidedly less sexy nature. Their co-star, the luscious Eva Mendes in her role as a makeup-less single mom, is similarly transformed. You know what they say though, hot people deglammed equals Oscar.
Zubaz are back
I know what you’re thinking: Did they ever leave? Maybe not in certain middle America towns, but now the migraine-inducing animal print patterned apparel available in your favorite NFL team’s colors has been (ironically) embraced by Opening Ceremony, the official boutique of New York City cool kids. Check out their exclusive collection of Zubaz shorts ($25) and slip-on sandals ($10), inspired by the gear of a certain drug-dealing rapper named Alien as played by a gold-toothed, cornrowed James Franco in the new Harmony Korine flick Spring Breakers.
Get your Dunk City gear while you can
Meanwhile, in other sports fashion news, Florida Gulf Coast University gear has been going like hotcakes thanks to the Eagles’ spotlight-stealing run to the Sweet 16. Get yourself some Dunk City swag from FGCU’s online bookstore before it sells out. Again.
Think you’re smart? Compare your March Madness bracket to The New Yorker magazine’s innovative money bracket , with picks made based on how much each school spends on its men’s basketball program. With 33 correct picks so far, they’re not doing bad. In comparison, Nate Silver, the New York Times wunderkind statistician extraordinaire has 34 right so far.
…And Easter Baskets
Get your roll on. The White House’s 135th annual Easter Egg Roll kicks off on the South Lawn on Monday starting at 7:35 a.m. If frenzied grade-schoolers jacked up on chocolate and racing each other in a cutthroat no-holds-barred contest to roll an egg down a pitch with a spoon isn’t a sport, I don’t know what is. (And if you’re the betting sort, the smart money is on Kid President to win it all.) Check out the action streaming live here.