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What we're watching (all times EST):English FA Cup, beginning at 10:00 am. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia at 1:00 p.m. (NHLNET). at Marquette at Connecticut at 12:00 p.m. (ESPN), Ole Miss at Kentucky at 4:00 p.m. (ESPN3) and St. Mary's at Murray State at 6:00 p.m. (ESPN) in men's college basketball. Atlanta at Portland at 10:p.m. (NBATV)

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They don't make them like they used to: "Stallone plays John Spartan, a rough-and-tumble '90s Los Angeles police officer Rip Van Winkled into the year 2032 via a sentence in an experimental "Cryo-Prison." After decades in forced cryogenic slumber, Spartan awakens in "San Angeles," which has been radically reshaped as a brave new world in the wake of a cataclysmic earthquake. In San Angeles, everything that's "bad" for you-sex, kissing, profanity, guns, red meat, salt, etc.-is illegal. The populace is polite, wimpy, and constantly monitored by subdermal microchips. Crime is nonexistent. That's why the San Angeles Police Department needs Spartan (a.k.a. "The Demolition Man") to help them recapture the man who framed him for murder back in the 20th century, psychopathic gangster Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes), after he escapes from the Cryo-Prison and embarks on a "MurderDeathKill" spree. As the story of two men from one era awakening in another where they're severely out of place, Demolition Man was conceived as a movie about relics. Now it's something of a relic itself, harkening back to a simpler, arguably better time in action-film history when directors favored clarity over freneticism. In 2012, Demolition Man looks dated in a pleasing, they-don't-make-them-like-they-used-to sort of way. The special effects are decidedly analog, and the way the film frequently pauses between action beats to make room for character, romance, and philosophical questions about society also makes it clear that it belongs to a different filmmaking era." [A.V. Club]



Linsanity ends against a terrible basketball team:"With famous fan Spike Lee donning Lin's high school jersey in the latest bout of Linsanity, New York's point guard sensation committed nine turnovers, tied for the most in the NBA this season, in an 89-85 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night. Lin scored 26 points, but his turnovers nearly doubled his five assists, and the Knicks lost for the first time with Lin as a starter, falling back below .500 at 15-16 heading into a matchup with the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. 'Just a lackluster effort on my part coming out and careless with the ball, and so nine turnovers is obviously never going to get it done from your primary ballhandler,' Lin said. 'It's on me in terms of taking care of the ball and also the game in general.'" [AP]


Something, something, NASCAR: "Crew chief Chad Knaus and other members of five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson's Daytona 500 team face possible suspensions after NASCAR said it found modifications on the rear quarter panel of Johnson's No. 48 car. The C-posts — pillars that come down from the roof to the quarter panel — were confiscated by NASCAR on Friday after going through an initial inspection for the 500 at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR officials said the violation first was discovered prior to the car going through initial inspection, noting the C-posts stood out so much it was evident to the naked eye. Sprint Cup Series director John Darby said the changes were a major violation of NASCAR's policy banning alterations to the series' template. 'Suspensions are not out of the realm of possibility,' Darby said." [ESPN]

Your monkeys are crazy Interlude:

Lebron admits he just says dumb things: "Hoping to clarify his comments and ease concern in South Florida, James said there should be no worries about his commitment to the Heat, or about him opting out of his contract in 2014. 'Nah, they shouldn't be worried at all,' James said when asked specifically if his comments Thursday should raise eyebrows in South Florida. 'I love the fans in Miami and I'm here. The question was basically ‘Could I see myself playing back here?' I said, "Yeah," in the sense of I don't know what my future holds and I don't want to take that out. But I love the fans of Miami and I got everything invested with this team. And I'm looking forward to the years to come.' [Miami Herald]


Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay talk about Tiger Woods when they should be talking about that other Stanford guy: "'We've talked a lot this month, probably more than most Februarys, and it's probably not what most people think we talk about,' the Colts' owner said, speaking to reporters Thursday at a business event held in his honor, according to, the website of the Indianapolis ABC affiliate. 'Very recently, we got into a debate about will Tiger Woods win more majors than Jack Nicklaus or not.'" [ABC]

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