Wake up with David Ortiz’s walk off home run from game 4 of the 2004 world series.

Who better to start off the morning with than the king of clutch himself. 

If you don’t know the history, this home run won game 4 for the Red Sox and kept their playoff hopes alive moving the series to 3-1. The Red Sox would go on to complete the first and only reverse sweep in history of the MLB playoffs, and then go on to win the first franchise World Series since 1918 — the longest drought in the sport at the time, known as the Curse of the Bambino.

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NBC’s ‘RISE’ is the best show your not currently watching.

NBC’s new TV show is an attempt to recapture the highschool drama style from its hit ‘Friday Night Lights’ but targets a new audience (partially) trading in the gridiron for the Theatre. 

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RISE is the story of the Stanton High School Theatre, a poorly funded hodgepodge of individuals led by their eccentric English teacher Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Randor). Mazzu takes over the theatre club when he is lowballed on payment by the school principal, pushing out Tracey Wolfe (Rosie Perez) who becomes his right hand woman throughout the series.

As is with any good high school drama, the adults are merely there to keep everything on track, the real interest is in the high schoolers themselves. The show quickly establishes its major players which fill familiar roles: The star football player who’s bad grades land him in his teachers play, but he secretly really enjoys it; the Football coach’s daughter who is reeling from her fathers infidelity to her mother; the closet gay kid from a religious family; the girl from a single mother family who works to pull her own weight around home; and the son of the English teacher turned director who is rebelling in the form of alcohol and football instead of the music he used to enjoy playing.

The play and the theatre is the backdrop for the complex inter-workings of a high school. It takes itself a step further than Friday Night Lights did and it pays dividends as the family problems boil over into the theatre, and vice versa.

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Not unexpectedly the two leads of the play, QB 1 Robbie Thorne (Damon Gillespie) and part time waitress Lilette Suarez (Auli’i Cravalho), become the main love interest from the show.  The acting from these two is at time very good, and rivals some of the best on the show.

But that best in show acting (at-least through the first half of the season) comes through the development of Gordy Mazzuchelli, the son of the director of the play. Gordy at first seems like an odd ball out in his family, more into football than the arts, and his father (a self professed lover of football) is seemingly very supportive of him. But once Gordy’s alcoholism is brought to a head a few episodes in, it is also revealed that Gordy used to be very into music, though he says it was only to please his dad. The issue really comes to a head when Lou Mazzu brings a student who had been sleeping in the lighting room for the theatre into their home and has him sleep in Gordy’s room. Gordy feels replaced, and the split between him and his family continues to widen. The dynamic the two of them have is played out very well, and creates some of the funnest moments of the show.

Get caught up on RISE, because your not going to want to miss out if this show keeps going on the path its headed now.

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*Spoilers* Avengers Infinity War: A New Marvel?

Avengers: Infinity War goes where no Marvel Movie has gone before, a death in the main ranks of its heroes. 

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Over the last 10 years movie theatres have been flooded by fans time and time again eagerly eating up the next installment of the super-hero saga. For the first time nerd culture and comic book characters became mainstream, and not only mainstream, but a worldwide phenomenon.

The newest installment of the franchise tackles one of its biggest criticisms, the lack of any sort of real stakes for its characters. In fact, it jumps right into the fray as Heimdall is killed by a spear through the heart, and Loki is strangled to death by Thanos in the opening scene. The quick change of tone, made even more intense by the lack of intro music during the Marvel Comics intro (replaced by an Asgardian distress call).

Infinity War does an outstanding job not overstaying its welcome in any one tone or location though, with so many heroes in the film, it only makes sense that they would be split up into groups from the start. Each of the three main groups does a good job at having its own tone and pace, and the actors themselves did a great job meshing in groupings we (for the most part) had never seen before.

The splitting of the groups allows the story to advance in a quick succession without seeming like characters themselves are teleporting all over the place (as this whole film is supposed to take place within a single earth day). By jumping back and forth between the heroes on earth, Thor and Rocket Racoon’s adventures, and the leftover guardians plus Doctor Strange, Iron Man, and Spider-Man (as well as some incredible moments with Thanos intermixed) the story moves at a breakneck pace, which hides the fact that you are in the movie seat for 160 minutes.

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As far as writing goes, the movie keeps with the witty humor that has been established in the more recent MCU showings. It is a genuinely funny movie right up there with Thor Ragnarok and Spider-Man Homecoming (coincidentally, I think all three of these movies are in the top 4 MCU movies thus far). But its not a slap-stick comedy, there is a fair share of somber moments in the film and almost every single one is delivered extremely well.

The best part about Infinity War wasn’t its well shot action scenes or banter between Iron man and Doctor Strange, it was the way it made Thanos a character you actually cared about. The MCU has had a history of very bad villain characters whose only purpose was to get beaten up by the hero in the end (see: every single Iron Man movie). Lately they’ve been on a tear with Vulture, and now they add to that with Josh Brolin’s performance as Thanos in Infinity War. It’s a weird thing to say, but the writers do a great job at making a character whose sole mission is mass genocide someone you don’t hate.

My only advice after this whole thing is absolutely go see this movie, I don’t think you will regret it in the slightest.

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