March 11, 2005
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Each year around this time, sports fan around the country start watching college basketball, partially because it is the only show in town this time of year, but also the excitement as teams compete down to the last day to make it to the “Big Dance”, the championship tournament of 64 teams. Last night, I had the opportunity to see my alma mater, the Miami University Redhawks, play a 2nd round game in the Mid American Conference (MAC) tournament at the Gund Arena here in Cleveland. They are the top-seeded team in the tournament, and handed Bowling Green an 85-65 loss. So tonight Miami takes on Ohio University in a semifinal game, the winner of which will play in the championship game tomorrow in front of a national television audience. The winner of that championship game gets an invitation to the Big Dance. Having the tournament here in Cleveland is one of those rare positives about living here.
Another good thing Cleveland has going is it’s International Film Festival, which started last night and runs through next Sunday. The festival, now in it’s 29th year, brings together a lot of independent films from across the world, bringing a bit of culture to our not-so-cultural area. Each year, I find myself going to more and more films, and this year is no exception as I’ve noted about 10 films that I’m interested in seeing over the next week. I’m sure that will be narrowed down based on schedule and availability, but it’s nice to know that the festival is getting bigger and better with age. So if you’re in the Cleveland area, I advise you to check out the website or pickup a guide, and check out a movie or two that you’ll otherwise likely never get to see.