Friday Five: On The ‘Canes Clinch, #ChampsReturn, and ‘Shazam!’

1. Hurricanes Back in the Playoffs

10 years. That’s how long this area has waited for its NHL franchise to return to the playoffs – and it finally happened on Thursday night. By virtue of a 3-1 win against New Jersey and Montreal’s 2-1 defeat to Washington, there will finally be playoff hockey in Raleigh again.

I have to say, I’ve been one of the most cynical fans out there but really like the passion and energy head coach, Rod Brind’Amour, is bringing to the team. Much more than in years past. Although I’ve made plenty of snarky comments and had my doubts about the franchise, I’m stoked to see the players’ and coaches’ hard work finally pay off.

2. Bulls Starting Quest for Three-Peat

The Durham Bulls began its season Thursday night in Charlotte, looking to capture a third straight Governors Cup title.

The hometown squad has several players returning from its recent championship seasons, but is under new manager Brady Williams who has proven he can win as well, leading Double-A Montgomery to the playoffs in each of his four seasons at the helm. It should be an exciting season.

Make sure to head on over to for all the info on games, tickets, food, and more for the 2019 season!

3. Shazam!

I’ve been stoked to see this film for sometime and I was finally able to on release day! Here are my rapid reactions…

Stay tuned for my full review on Shazam! coming soon.

4. Pack at NCAAs Update

N.C. State Men’s Swimming and Diving completed its week at the NCAAs in grand style, finishing in fourth place overall for the fourth year in a row. The squad earned a whopping 17 individual All-America honors – led by Andreas Vazaios’ second consecutive NCAA Championship in the 200 Butterfly – and every relay teams earned All-America status as well.

But wait, there’s more! Just today, members of the Pack claimed four ACC Awards: Braden Holloway (Coach of the Year), Coleman Stewart (Swimmer of the Year), Sophie Hansson (Women’s Freshman of the Year), and Nyls Korstanje (Men’s Freshman of the Year). Congrats to all on a sensational year!

Wanted to also give a special shoutout to my guy Justin Ress on a strong finish to an amazing career at State. Proud of what he’s accomplished and thankful for our friendship the past couple of years. Can’t wait to see what’s next for him!

5. Birthday Week in Review

In case you missed it, I celebrated my 27th Birthday on Monday. It’s hard to believe I’m now just three years away from 30 but, that said, I truly felt the love from those of you who sent well wishes my way. Thank you!

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