Bill Walton, whose commentary during Wildcat basketball games has become the stuff of legends, is making an appearance at downtown's Rialto Theatre this Friday, Jan. 16.
Walton will sit down with former UA assistant basketball coach Jim Rosborough to talk about "music, basketball and life," according to a Rialto bulletin announcing the fundraiser for the non-profit theater.
Walton will also sit in on a Grateful Dead tribute with Top Dead Center and we'll see, "of course, plenty of Pop-A-Shot."
The intimate evening starts with hors d'oevres at 6:30 p.m. at the Rialto, 318 E. Congress St. Tickets are $50, but you can also pay $110 and get a ticket the Rialto's upcoming annual Gin Joint Jubilee gala—which promises to be a great time—on Saturday, Feb. 28.
We've got a pair of tickets to the UA Men's basketball game on Jan. 17 against the Utah Utes, and we want you to take 'em.
All you have to do is email me at email@example.com with the subject line "GO WILDCATS" sometime before the end of the day on Monday, Jan. 5th. I'll pick the winner randomly, and get in touch by email on Tuesday morning.
The game starts at 5 p.m. on the Jan. 17, at the McKale Center. We'll have the winner's tickets waiting at Tucson Weekly HQ.
If you don't have tickets for Friday afternoon's match-up between the Arizona Wildcats and the football team from Girls Gone Wild University and Casino, well, you're going to need to find somewhere other than the stadium to watch, since the game has been sold out for awhile.
However, the fine folks at the Loft Cinema have jumped through the necessary hoops to show the game in their main theater (the home of the largest indoor screen in Southern Arizona) and they're airing the game for free. What a deal, plus, in case you've forgotten they sell beer and wine at the Loft (good stuff even!).
The game is at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28. More info on the gridiron showdown at the UA athletic department's page. More info on the Loft (including the news that they're celebrating Godard's filmography in January) at loftcinema.com.
Arizona Wildcat Hockey (they're not the Icecats these days, thank you very much) have their first home games this Friday and Saturday night against the Liberty Flames at the newly-renovated TCC Arena, but first, as
a kickoff faceoff to the season, they're hosting a fanfest tonight at 6:30 p.m. It's an opportunity to watch a practice, look around the arena and meet the players, plus it's free.
Plus, they're doing something nice for a kid with cancer:
Coach Berman continues, “One of Fan Fest’s highlights will be the introduction of the newest addition to our team — Chase Lock. Chase is a 6-year-old boy who has been fighting CPC (choroid plexus carcinoma) brain cancer since the age of 2 ½.
Chase is part of “Draft Day,” which is facilitated by Boston-based nonprofit organization, Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Team IMPACT children are drafted on to local college athletic teams and, in effect, become official members of the team from Draft Day through to graduation, attending practices, games and social events while forming unparalleled relationships with the student-athletes and coaching staffs.
“We are thrilled to welcome Chase and his family to the UA Wildcat Hockey family,” said Coach Berman. “He is a very tough kid who has battled through some unfortunate circumstances. I expect that we will learn a lot from Chase and look forward to bonding with him as the newest member of our team.”
You remember how excited you were about the World Cup? Went to a bar in the middle of the day to watch matches, pretended that you understood the offside rules? A bunch of the members of the US National Team (Clint Dempsey, Jermaine Jones, Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando) are coming to town as part of the fourth annual Desert Diamond Cup from Wednesday, Feb. 18 to Saturday, Feb. 28. This year, the Colorado Rapids, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders and (at least for awhile) the reigning MLS champions Sporting Kansas City will be playing preseason matches at the fields of Kino North Stadium.
General admission tickets will be $18, allowing the lucky soccer fan to see three matches in one night. More info at fctucson.com.
With the National Football League currently entangled in the Ray Rice scandal, the good people of the internet are fighting back.
Rice and newlywed wife Janay Palmer grabbed the attention of the media when a video of Rice dragging Palmer's, his then fiancee, limp body out of an elevator at an Atlantic City casino was made public by TMZ. Rice's attorney said the two had a "minor physical altercation." The minor altercation left Palmer unconscious and a seemingly unaffected Rice hovering over her body. Following the release of the video, the NFL felt the appropriate response to the footage and third-degree aggravated assault charge was a slap on the wrist and a two-game suspension. Somehow, the public didn't seem satisfied with that.
When a second video of Rice punching Palmer in the face rendering her unconscious came to the surface, the NFL was under immense public scrutiny and embarrassment as so many had previously come forward to defend his actions in the earlier video. The NFL announced earlier this month that Rice has been indefinitely suspended from the Ravens.
Of course, the internet has taken to a sea of victim-blaming and pity for Janay Palmer, but one Twitter user fought back with a photoshopped image of a CoverGirl ad. The latter company paired up with the NFL last year to offer female sports connoisseurs with a "nailgating" option that provides fans with a manicure set of their favorite teams colors and logo. CoverGirl created the partnership to offer women entertainment while the men are partaking fantasy football and binge-drinking.
The CoverGirl ad features a model decorated with Ravens' colors for her nails and eye shadow. The photoshopped version displays the same thing, but the model's left eye has been altered to appear bruised and swollen with the text reading "Get your game face on."
CoverGirl told USA Today, "We developed our NFL program to celebrate the more than 80 million female football fans. In light of recent events, we have encouraged the NFL to take swift action on their path forward to address the issue of domestic violence.”
Twitter: 1, NFL: 0
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