>> HAPPY NEW YEAR! (AGAIN): Most of us are aware that next Sunday is Easter. But did you know that today used to be New Year’s Day? Yep. It’s all because of the calendar roulette that mankind has been fond of playing. See, in 1582, the Gregorian calendar was put into place by – of course — Pope Gregory XIII . But some folks just said “No” to the new calendar and kept celebrating the new year based on old traditions. That Old New Year’s Day was March 25. So, we could have had Easter AND New Year’s Day in the same week.
>> IT’S SUBHEAD CAPTION DAY: Did you ever want to celebrate “Scotch Tape Day?” Or maybe “Garbage Disposal Awareness Day?” Or “Wear Your Pants on Your Head Day?” Of course you don’t. But if you DID, then you can do it this Tuesday. It’s “Make Up Your Own Holiday Day,” and that’s just what the people who came up with the idea want you to do. Invent yourself a “holiday,” invite your friends over and celebrate it to you heart’s content. See? Easy.
>> PLAY BALL: Sometime in late October, grown men in matching attire will jump around a baseball field and risk suffocation in a pile of humanity as they celebrate winning the World Series. The journey to that day begins at 8 p.m. Sunday when the eyes of Texas and die-hard baseball fans will be on ESPN. For some reason, baseball has decided that the Houston Astros will host the Texas Rangers in the season’s opening game. The rest of baseball opens April 1. But that is something you need to know NEXT week.
>> AND, LO! THE NETWORKS DID PRESENT: Remember back in the day, when NBC’s Thursday night was “Must-See TV?” These days, NBC’s lineup is “Must-Flee TV,” because viewers are fleeing the broadcast networks for cable. And Sunday night has become the biggest night on the tube. On the History Channel, is the epic re-imagining of the Bible called, naturally, “The Bible.” Sunday’s episode tells the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection – which is an obvious fit for Easter Sunday. The show starts at 8 p.m.
>> ZOMBIES NEED LOVE TOO: The other ratings giant on Sunday night couldn’t have a more polar opposite vibe. “The Walking Dead” finale takes a crossbow to another season of zombie killing, insanity and major cast members biting the dust. This week’s episode finds our intrepid survivors battling for their lives to defend their prison home against an insane one-eyed madman AND a bunch of peckish reanimated corpses looking for lunch. The fun begins at 9 p.m. If you feel guilty watching it, you can always tune into a re-air of “The Bible” and ask for forgiveness.