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March Madness Brings Out Fans’ Raw Emotion, Too

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My, how emotions can change from moment to moment during March Madness – not only for the players, but also for the fans!

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When the TV cameraman zoomed in on Bill Murray as he stood stunned after Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to defeat his Xavier team, you could almost feel the raw emotion. Just seconds before, the actor/comedian was cheering wildly.

These emotional ups and downs are an inherent part of the great sport of college basketball, especially at tournament time. The triumphs and the defeats become our own, as though we are on the team.

Even casual fans are affected by the drama. Especially those who are drawn to the underdog and get a sweet rush from witnessing the fall of a “favored” team. And those who fill out brackets at the office – choosing teams by reputation, stats, colors or mascots – hoping to beat the resident sports “expert” and win some spending money. They feel the agony and the thrills, too.

The March Madness brackets themselves are a source of emotional upheaval sometimes, especially in 2016 when 100% of the official March Madness brackets – including the NCAA Capital One, CBS and Yahoo challenges – were busted after the first two days of the tournament (thanks, Michigan State). But that disappointment was all but erased thanks to the wildly exciting games!

I just feel sorry for the people who don’t care for sports. Look what they’re missing!

I think Jim McKay said it best in the opener for Wide World of Sports: … the thrill of victory … and the agony of defeat … the human drama of athletic competition …”

Go, college basketball! Thanks for the great (emotional) ride. And, for those of you who just can’t get over your busted bracket, remember, there’s always next year!

 

Keep your connection with your favorite sports – even in the off-season – with these popular sports/basketball magazines.

 

Basketball Resources

Basketball enthusiasts can stay connected with their sport year-round with these hot magazines! Simply click on each cover to learn more or subscribe.

 

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Sports Illustrated

Sports junkies get full coverage of sporting events and insightful editorial each and every week with Sports Illustrated magazine.

 

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ESPN

Sports fans who want to stay current on news, scores and sports analysis related to their favorite professional and college teams would enjoy a subscription to ESPN magazine.

 

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SLAM

Sports lovers ages 14 to 24 who are addicted to the game of basketball and everything hoop-related will love a subscription to SLAM magazine.

 

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Sports Illustrated Kids

Designed for children ages 8 to 15, SI Kids magazine keeps the younger sports fans entertained and informed.

 

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Beckett Basketball

If you’re into the trading card scene, Beckett Basketball magazine is the hobbyist’s first source for accurate and timely information on cards and collectibles.

 

And with that, I’ll leave you with my most emotional moment of the 2016 tournament:

Click here to watch it on YouTube.

GO BADGERS!!!

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Fashion Trends for a Stylish Spring/Summer Look in 2016

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You don’t have to be a celebrity like Ariana Grande, Ciara, Sienna Miller, Kerry Washington or even the Duchess of Cambridge to rock it in the latest trends this spring and summer. With designers at all price points taking cues from Fashion Week Spring 2016, there are affordable and fashionable looks out there — you just need to know what you’re searching for!

 

Colors of the Spring/Summer Fashion Trends

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The PANTONE® Fashion Color Report for Spring 2016 points to “colors that transport us to a happier, sunnier place, where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the PANTONE Color Institute.

These colors for both men and women include (from left) rose quartz, peach echo, serenity, snorkel blue, buttercup, limpet shell, lilac gray, fiesta, iced coffee and green flash. (See the website for the PANTONE numbers.)

 

Highlights of the Spring/Summer Fashion Trends

Flirty Slip Dresses

Slinky slip dresses are the ticket this spring, according to Marie Claire magazine. This sexy look incorporates underwear/lingerie as outerwear. Gotta love the comfort of silk and satin!

Large Plaids

Elle magazine points to “blown-out plaid” as a hot look this season. So, look for the checked prints, ladies!

Off the Shoulder

Another trendy fashion involves showing a little skin, reports Vogue magazine. Baring your shoulders, that is. Off-the-shoulder styles and cool cut outs rule this season.

Ruffles

Ruffles are a key detail trend this spring and summer. Glamour magazine shares that “This season’s ruffles are subtle, romantic and feminine.”

High Shine Fabrics

Think shiny, shimmery metallic, ladies. This goes for accessories, too. Sequins and any shiny material makes a high-impact piece out of a simple garment, according to Vogue magazine.

Suede

A flashback to the ’70s, suede is a hot look this season. The soft, delicate fabric is now season-less, much like leather the last few years, according to InStyle magazine.

Super Stripes

“The stripe is oh so right” this season, says Marie Claire magazine. And, we’re not talking thin, subtle stripes. It’s all about broad bands of color in bright tones.

Denim

The big trends in denim, says Vogue magazine, are printed denim, the long skirt, patchwork denim, feminine looks and the ’90s skater jean. Cropped flare jeans are also hot.

Big Sleeves

Puffy sleeves are back. Or, Old English sleeves as Harper’s Bazaar refers to them. The popular styles include bubble sleeves, bell sleeves and balloon sleeves. Quite a way to make a statement!

Other women’s fashion trends for this season include:

  • Spanish Influence
  • Victorian/Romantic
  • White Blouses
  • Pleats
  • Oversize Floral Prints
  • Fringe
  • Complicated Patterns/Mixed Prints
  • Maxiskirts and Dresses
  • Boldly Colored Actif-Sportif Outfits

 

Don’t Forget Your Man!

Johnny Mannah points to these men’s spring/summer fashion trends in his article on The Trend Spotter website.

  • Overalls
  • White Chinos/Trousers
  • Bomber Jackets
  • Fifties Shirts
  • Shorter Shorts

Utilitarian and monochromatic looks are also hot for men this season.

 

Resources for the Latest Fashion Trends

These fashion magazines will help you keep up with the hottest styles throughout the year. Simply click on the cover to learn more or subscribe!

 

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InStyle                                                                        Harper’s BAZAAR

 

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Glamour                                                                    Vanidades

 

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Let the shopping begin … or, continue!

 

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Knitting Yarns Are All The Rage!

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You’d better stock up on your favorite knitting yarns, granny! Creative folks of all ages — particularly those in their 20s and 30s — are cutting in on your yarn supply!

Even Hollywood celebrities like Uma Thurman, Katherine Heigl, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Amanda Seyfried and David Arquette are in on the knitting craze.

We’re not talking a small fad here, folks. The Craft Yarn Council of America estimates that over 50 million people know how to knit, crochet and craft with yarn. Now that’s a lot of love.

I mean, close to 30,000 people follow I Love Yarn Day on Facebook. Need I say more? (BTW, it’s October 15th this year.)

So, what’s behind the madness?

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Best Outdoor Magazines for Adventure-Seekers

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Do you live for a life of adventure? The opportunity to see new, wild and beautiful places, and push yourself to the limits? Whether you’re a backpacker, climber, biker or other outdoor enthusiast, we’ve got the perfect outdoor magazines to meet your passions and inspire your next adventure.  Continue reading

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The Revenant: The Film to Beat at the Oscars

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The film that may finally get Leonardo DiCaprio his Oscar is up for several Oscars itself – a dozen, in fact, including best picture. DiCaprio’s performance is just one of several aspects that make The Revenant not only a must-see, but also an award contender.

For those who haven’t seen it for themselves yet – or for all those movie-goes who wondered, “Who is that guy? What have I seen him in before?” – here’s a rundown to prep you for the Oscars.

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Leonardo DiCaprio: Gifs to Make You Fall in Love with Him All Over Again

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The Oscars are almost here and on everyone’s mind is this: Will it finally be Leonardo DiCaprio’s year?

With his raw and stunning performance in The Revenant, plus a diverse resume that includes The Wolf of Wall Street, The Great Gatsby, Django Unchained, Inception, Catch Me If You Can, and, yes, Titanic, DiCaprio has secured himself a reputation as one of Hollywood’s greats.

And we can’t get enough of him. When we’re not watching his movies, we’re following him across the covers and pages of our favorite magazines, catching every glimpse into the superstar’s life.

According to IMDB, DiCaprio has been on a magazine cover 113 times, and has been interviewed and written about in Entertainment Weekly, Time, GQ, Rolling Stone, People, Us, American Cinematographer, Esquire, TV Guide, Vanity Fair and more. And he’s been in plenty of international magazines, too.

Clearly, he’s got our attention and we’ll all be waiting to hear the verdict on February 28th.

But no matter what happens at this year’s Oscars, we’ll still love Leo for all that he is and all that he’s given us. Please join me in an ode to Mr. DiCaprio, not through verse, but through gifs.

 

 

Oh, Leo. With Titanic, you splashed onto the scene. One flip of your hair was all it took to make us fall in love with you.

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But like an iceberg, your performance in Titanic was just the tip of your stunning career. You are truly a man of many hats.

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Performance after performance, you’ve showed us what it’s like to fly.

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You’ve made us laugh

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You’ve made us cry

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 We’ve felt ALL the feels.

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You’ve got the moves.

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The guts.

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The class.

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And no one can say “white cake” quite like you.

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So here’s to you, Leo.

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You do you, and never quit.

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