It’s the weekend to fix yourself a plate of waffles, and watch some entertaining brutality. There’s a full slate of NFL preseason, a football flick in theaters, and a China-set UFC card on the docket. If you’re in the mood to take in a horror miniseries, Rosemary’s Baby is there for you. And one of the best video games of the year, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, is also out to command your attention. At least until Tuesday, when Madden NFL 15 drops.
Here are the best 11 reasons why this weekend won’t suck.
USA Men’s Basketball Team vs. Puerto Rico
(Friday | Madison Square Garden | 7 PM | ESPN 2)
Team USA will take on the Puerto Rican basketball squad (including JJ Barea, Carlos Arroyo, and Ronaldo Balkman) in the last exhibition game before they leave for Spain. Friday will provide the last opportunity for a few players to make the cut as the coaching staff has announced the final decision for the squad will be made on Saturday morning. They have to cut four people, so you can be sure that every player is going to be playing 100%.
ASU “Tight and Bright” Welcome Back Party
(Club 910 | Tempe, AZ | 9 PM – 2 AM PST)
ASU knows a thing or two about parties, so if you’re a student looking to start the year off on a good note, make plans to go to Club 910 tonight. Our friend @N0TFAMOUSYET (aka Louis) and L.O.P Entertainment are throwing a “Tight and Bright” rager that’s sure to get turnt. ASU students should remember to bring their school IDs. Tickets are still available at the door.
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 and Xbox One
The best games on new-generation systems continue to be remakes of last-generation games. Diablo III, which came out in 2012, is in its best form yet on the PS4 and Xbox One, with enhanced graphics, added characters and items and all the downloadable content that Blizzard has been pumping out for the last two years. Teaming up with friends online to slay beasts and haul in loot should eat up this weekend and many more.
Rosemary’s Baby Miniseries on Blu-ray/DVD/VOD
Zoe Saldana stars as an unlucky mother of devil spawn in this NBC miniseries. There’s no competing with Roman Polanski’s 1967 horror classic, this remake takes its own dark, disturbing twists on the story, which sticks closer to novelist Ira Levin’s vision. The Blu-ray/digital copy combo includes two making-of featurettes.
As if you needed an excuse to start — or finish — your day with a big stack of syrup-smothered goodness. Pancakes’ more delicious cousins get a day of their own, tempting you with their butter-capturing indentations. Whether your taste is for Belgian at a fancy brunch place, Eggo or the homemade, soggy ones your mom slips under the basement door to make sure you’re eating well, this is a day to wolf down as many waffles as possible.
When the Game Stands Tall
While there may not me much drama in a movie about a high school football team that never, ever loses, at least it’s got a heavy-hitting cast to make things entertaining. Jim Caviezel plays fiery De La Salle (Calif.) High School coach, who guides his team through a decade-long winning streak. Michael Chiklis plays his no-nonsense assistant, and Laura Dern is the whiny wife who tries to show coach that there’s more to life than football.
UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le in Macao, China
(Saturday 6 A.M. EST, UFC.com)
Trying to expand its chokehold on fight culture worldwide, the UFC holds its third event in Macao’s CotaiArena. You’ll have to get up early to catch the live middleweight bout between Brit Michael Bisping and Vietnamese American Cun Le. The headlining throwdown is one of 10 bouts on the card, which you can watch online by shelling out for the UFC Fight Pass.
NFL Preseason: Saints at Colts
(Saturday 8 P.M. EST, CBS)
The third week of preseason is pretty much the dress rehearsal for the first game, with most coaches letting their starters play well into the second half. That means Drew Brees and Andrew Luck will get plenty of time to try to one-up each other in a shootout in front of a rocking Lucas Oil Stadium crowd. This matchup between two 11-game winners may well end up being a Super Bowl preview.
Giants at Nationals
(Sunday 1:35 P.M. EST, TBS)
The Nationals boast the best record in the majors, and they’ll face a tough challenge from the wildcard-contending Giants, who still have hopes of stopping the Dodgers from running away with the NL West. Even when the Nationals’ Bryce Harper is in a so-called slump, he’s still probably the most impressive natural talent on the field.
NFL Preseason: Chargers at 49ers
(Sunday 4 P.M. EST, Fox)
Another possible Super Bowl preview involves the battle for bragging rights in California between the two teams in the state that matter. (Sorry, Raiders). Run-first Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick will try to pick apart the Chargers’ defense, while deep-ball specialist Philip Rivers looks to go over the top of the nasty San Francisco defense.
2014 Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
(Sunday 9 AM- 6 PM | Fiesta Gardens)
If you’re down in Austin this weekend, we suggest heading to the 2014 Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival. Entrance to the public is free with a donation of three healthy, nonperishable food items or a suggested $5 cash donation to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.