>> AND THEN THERE WERE TWO: So, how many of you picked Louisville and Michigan to play for the NCAA title? Don’t lie now … No one? OK, so your bracket was wadded up and tossed in the trash weeks ago, but never fear. Even if you failed again at winning the office pool, you can still enjoy some fine, quality basketball. Michigan is going for its first championship since 1989. Louisville hasn’t won since 1986, when they were lead by a guy nicknamed “Never Nervous Pervis.” Tip off is set for 9:23 tonight on CBS.
>> BOOZE AND LAUGHS: A famous humorous man named Steve Martin once said “comedy is not pretty.” A wise man, that Mr. Martin. If you need proof of that statement – that comedy is not pretty, not that Steve Martin is wise — all you need do is check out the comedians headed our way this week. On Thursday, the cigar smoking, scotch swilling Texas boy Ron White makes an appearance at the F.M. Kirby Center. A charter member of the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” in the 2000s, White’s humor comes with a twang to it. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
>> REALLY BIG SHOW: If southern-style comedy isn’t your thing, maybe you’d like a fat guy telling jokes in a Hawaiian shirt. OK, that was inappropriate. Not fat … FLUFFY. That’s better. That “fluffy” guy is Gabriel Iglesias, and if you’d like to see what he’s all about, you can catch his next stand-up special Sunday night on Comedy Central. Or, since he’s nice enough to pay us a visit, you can see him in person at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
>> GET WILD: Speaking of Thursdays … Is there a day of the week that gets less respect? We don’t love it like Friday or Saturday. We don’t hate it like Monday. And we don’t respect it like Sunday. Heck, we don’t even tolerate it like Wednesday. But this Thursday has the opportunity to be something special. That’s because it’s “Walk On Your Wild Side Day.” It’s your opportunity to do something crazy and unexpected. Like dying your hair purple, or walking backwards down the street, or wearing your underwear on your head. OK, maybe not that last one.
>> JACKIE’S STORY: In today’s world, it may be hard to fully appreciate what Jackie Robinson accomplished in 1947. It’s not just that he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, but he did it in an era where segregation and hatred were commonplace and even accepted in some places. And he did it with such class and skill that his story inspired a generation. That story gets the Hollywood treatment Friday when the film “42” hits the big screen. You don’t need to be a baseball fan or history buff to check out a great story.