This Week in Halftime: Like Rocky Horror but with Keanu Reeves

The Halftime staff went to some especially crazy events this week and captured more of the current state of baseball and football.

Alex Boyd analyzes baseball’s reliance on the pitching ace as Major League Baseball heads deeper into the playoffs.

During the playoffs, managers depend upon these pitchers in a completely different way than their other players. With a trip to the World Series on the line, aces are pushed to their physical limits. When your ace is on the mound, you’ve got the best chance of winning, leading managers to keep their aces in for as long as possible. But in light of recent events, we have to question the tremendous burdens that fall on just a few individuals. Are teams too dependent upon their aces?

Michael Bergin reviews Point Break Live! and all its travelling theater zany antics.

Upon entry to the show at the Howard theater, we were given ponchos with the warning, “There will be blood.” From the beginning, it was clear that this was going to be a comedic experience. Among a flurry of enthusiastic profanities, one of the actresses declared, “Welcome! I am your director, Kathryn Bigelow. Who’s ready to make a f***ing movie!?” Clearly a metaphysical piece. First order of business was to elect a Keanu Reeves. I had not expected this and decided I would not join the group of 30+ attendees who jumped on stage to give their best impression of the profound line, “Hey… I’m Johnny Utah.” The show began with hilarious improv blended into a line-by-line retelling of the film.

In Professor Profile, Tori Morgan slices into the mind of Father Matthew Carnes, S.J. an SFS professor and overall totally awesome guy.

When asked to describe himself in an image, Professor Matthew Carnes of the government department responded, “leaning forward,” which captures his desire to connect with people. He added, “My first semester, I taught in ICC auditorium, and I almost fell off the stage almost everyday. I’d walk around, and I’d be right at the edge of the stage the whole time because I wanted to be as close to people as I could be.” Connecting with people, particularly with citizens of Paraguay and a Jesuit priest at Stanford, has greatly influenced Professor Carnes.

And Joe Pollicino argues for the need for widespread changes to sports culture in America following the recent NFL scandals.

Over the last few months, the growing conversation surrounding Ray Rice’s brutal and cowardly assault of his then-fiancée and current wife, Janay Palmer, has nearly broken the NFL and its commissioner, arguably the most powerful man in sports, Roger Goodell. As despicable as Rice’s actions and the league’s subsequent punishment were, their egregious behavior has helped foster a national debate on the historically ignored issue of domestic violence and the treatment of women in our society.

Photo: The Howard Theater

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