Monday March 16, 2015
68 Teams Chosen For March Madness 2015
The 68-team field for the 2015 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament was selected yesterday on what is known as “Selection Sunday”. The field is comprised of the winners of the 32 conferences with automatic bids and 36 “at-large” teams. Kentucky received the #1 overall seed with its 34-0 record, SEC Tourney championship game win and an unhealthy collection of talent. Villanova, Duke and Wisconsin received the other #1 seeds. Dayton was the very last team selected to the 2015 field.
Hampton was #68 on the selection committee’s ranking sheet. The Pirates, who represent Hampton University and its enrollment of 3,500, are going dancing by virtue of winning the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tourney title, despite holding a 16-17 overall record on the season. That losing record makes them just the ninth team with a losing record to participate in the NCAA tournament. If the Hampton Pirates can beat Manhattan in a “First Four” game on Tuesday, they will get the honor of facing Kentucky on Thursday. Kentucky is an 11-10 favorite to win the 2015 NCAA Tournament, according to sportsbooks in Las Vegas. Yahoo! has a look at the top 10 prospects in the 2015 NCAA Tournament field.
John Oliver Does Not Like March Madness Or The NCAA
John Oliver used this week’s episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver to vent about March Madness and the NCAA. Common estimates calculate that the NCAA brings in $1 billion in ad money, yet college athletes still don’t get paid. Oliver equates Mark Emmert’s assertion that the players are student athletes, not employees to the owner of a sweatshop saying workers are actually kids going to summer camp where they make the same shirt over and over. Oliver also goes off about a past incident involving Rick Majerus paying for a meal for Keith Van Horn after this father died.
Cinderella Easily Wins Weekend Box Office
The live-action Cinderella movie brought in an estimated $70 million over the weekend to easily take the weekend box office crown, or should I say glass slipper. Run All Night, which I thought was pretty good for a typical Liam Neeson film as of late, finished in second place by a large margin with an estimated $11 million in its debut. It’s being reported that 52 percent of the crowd seeing Neeson was female and 86 percent were over the age of 25. Kingsman: The Secret Service brought in another $6 million in its fifth weekend of released to push it comfortably above the $100 million mark domestically. The film, made for an estaimted $81 million, has now topped $276 million worldwide.
We’ll have more on the weekend box office numbers on Thursday in our Weekend Movie Guide. We’ll also take a look at the movies opening in wide release this weekend, Insurgent, The Gunman and Do You Believe? as well as what’s coming to Keller 8 Cinemas and available on Redbox.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Releases “Shake It Off’ Video
The hospital’s Child Life Team produced the video with help from staff, volunteers and patients as a way to raise awareness for Child Life Month.
Free Ice Cream Cones At Dairy Queen To Mark 7th Anniversary
Dairy Queen is celebrating its 75th anniversary today by offering free ice cream cones at participating locations. The offer is limited to 1 small vanilla cone per customer. According to the company’s website, Dairy Queen got its start in 1938 in Kankakee, Illinois.
Natalia Kills And Willy Moon Fired From X Factor New Zealand
Two judges on X Factor New Zealand, Natalia Kills and Willy Moon, were fired after the went on a ridiculous tirade criticizing contestant Joe Irvine. Natalia, who is married to Moon and has a terrible website, went off on Irvine when she thought his performance and appearance copied too much of her husband’s.
You can watch Natalia Kills and Willy Moon make fools of themselves on X Factor New Zealand here.
Meghan Trainor Coming To St. Louis For Show At The Pageant
Meghan Trainor will be coming to St. Louis in July for a show at The Pageant on July 14th. The show is part of Trainor’s tour, The MTrain Tour. Tickets, which go on sale this Friday at 10am, will be $27.50 in advance and $30 the day of the show. Trainor’s debut major label album featuring the hits “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin” came out in January. Life of Dillon will open shows for Trainor on The MTrain Tour, according to a press release announcing the 28-show tour.
Along with announcing The MTrain Tour today, Trainor also debuted the video for her latest single, “Dear Future Husband”.