Tomorrow marks the beginning of another NCAA Basketball Tournament, and we are definitely amped up for the coming games. The beginning of the tournament also got us thinking about some of the most popular basketball-related themes. Where basketball is concerned, there really are only a few big ones, but they're all memorable and instantly recognizable.
"I Believe I Can Fly"
There are a lot of songs that are created and then later appropriated for movies. "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly was not one of those songs. Written for the 1996 live action/Looney Tunes mash-up "Space Jam," the song help propel the movie into the box-office stratosphere. It also earned a life of its own outside the movie, and in addition won two Grammy Awards for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best Rhythm & Blues Song.
Selection Sunday; one of the most important days of the year for college basketball players and fans alike. On this sacred day, teams who will be partaking in the Men’s College Basketball Tournament are placed, seeded, and announced. While 32 teams receive automatic bids to the tournament, (31 teams by winning their conference tournament and a thirty-second Ivy League team by winning their regular season championship) there are still 36 spots up for grabs.
To fill these voids, the NCAA enlists in a ten-member selection committee made up of Division I athletic directors and conference commissioners. The committee members decide who will play in the tournament based on a number of factors, including, rankings, conference records, road records, wins versus ranked opponents, how a team finishes the regular season, and Rating Percentage Index (RPI). Usually, but not always, a team who is ranked on the national polls will receive an invite to the big tournament, leaving teams who didn’t win their conference tournament and aren’t nationally ranked with the slimmest chance of being selected. Needless to say, when schools in that situation find out they’ve punched their ticket to the Men’s College Basketball Tournament, they are ecstatic. Below, in no particular order, are reactions from a few teams when they found out they were selected.
Think back to 2002 and the few years following; what show did you watch religiously on Tuesday and Wednesday nights? Most likely your answer is American Idol. Now in its 14th season, American Idol is struggling to maintain its once enviable ratings. As a result, winners in recent years haven't been gaining the same level of stardom as some of their counterparts in the previous decade. However, in the earlier years of the show, winning the contest did not guarantee a life of Grammy Awards and stardom. On more than one occasion, finalists who didn’t come in first saw more success than the finalists who did.
Def Jam Recordings, the management company that’s overseeing Iggy Azalea’s Great Escape Tour, announced yesterday that the tour has been postponed due to “tour production delays.” Just one month before the tour was set to take off, the oft-maligned rapper is pushing off the start date of her tour from the original April 25 kick-off all the way to September 18. Rumblings from outside Azalea’s camp indicate there might be serious conflict between the rapper and her “core team.”
The tour postponement comes on the heels of several well-publicized social media feuds with which the rapper has been involved, culminating in her “break” from Twitter, explaining it’s too “negative and draining.” Her management is now running her social media accounts, and she hasn’t been heard from personally since her February 18 proclamation that:
While we can’t disagree that the Internet can be ugly, postponing her tour has set lips flapping that there’s increasing trouble brewing in Azalea’s camp. Moreover, the rescheduled tour means that popular opening acts Nick Jonas, who is currently enjoying the success from his top 10 single “Jealous,” and up-and-coming R&B artist (and actress) Tinashe won’t be joining Azalea on her tour at all. Both Jonas and Tinashe have scheduled their own separate tours for this spring and summer, instead.
Keep it here for more on rescheduled dates for The Great Escape Tour and whatever other juicy tidbits might drop out of the always-in-the-mix Azalea. And, stay tuned for Nick Jonas and Tinashe tour news, as well!
As always, tickets purchased through the TicketNetwork exchange for shows that have been affected by the postponement will be valid for the rescheduled dates in the location and venue for which they were originally intended.