Weekly Alibi
 Jul 27 - Aug 2, 2006 
No Pain, No Gain
Hey you, Fatty! Yeah, you in the cubicle with the stash of Hershey's Kisses in your filing cabinet. Getting a little snug in there, isn't it? Maybe it's time to stop worrying about the company's bottom line and start focusing on your own. We've got your office exercise solution right here, but the first step is putting down the donut holes. We said drop it, Lardbutt!
NEWS/OPINION
Talking Points
Warren Hatch is an enthusiast and ultimate defender of the dying hobby of model railroading. The Alibi gets up close and personal with this brave man and his little choo-choos.
And They All Fall Down
A ton of bricks--The University area's Harvard Mall is about to get ripped to pieces and replaced by a huge mixed-use retail and apartment complex.
MUSIC
Show Up!: The Prids
The Prids from Portland, Ore., are downright delightful. Get an earful this Saturday at Burt's Tiki Lounge!
FOOD
First Taste
O'Niell's Pub is back! What are you waiting for? Pull up for a pint and a Burger in Paradise, Patty.
FILM & TV
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Who Killed the Electric Car? provides fuel for tree-hugging environmental conspiracy theorists like us.
ARTS/LIT
Performance Preview
The Great Southwest Laff Off gives up-and-coming comics a chance to stand-up on their own two feet.

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news

The Daily Word in Marquez' death, a Russian firefighter and a balloon crash

The Daily Word

Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez died yesterday at the age of 87.

Yesterday, Missouri police arrested a suspect, accused of a string of vehicle shootings on Kansas City highways.

Relatives of those who were on Flight MH370, which disappeared weeks ago, want answers.

An avalanche swept down Mt. Everest, killing at least 13 people.

The City settled several lawsuits from people who were arrested or cited for feeding the homeless.

Earlier this morning, a hot air balloon crashed into a house in the Sage and Unser area.

Gov. Susana Martinez addressed negative things that were said on secret audio recordings from four years ago, pero she won't say “sorry” because they were private.

A medical marijuana supplier wants to give people a mall-like experience. In that case, do they provide free samples?

This Russian firefighter knows what's up.

Alibi Picks

Get Your Beep-Boop On: Play Yars' Revenge at the Tannex

Do you get misty for those halcyon days of 1982, when you were a giant space wasp hell-bent on picking your way through the enemy’s defenses and destroying their cannon before it destroyed you? Even if you weren’t born yet, the game Yars’ Revenge kindles this need within you.

Luckily, tomorrow night, the Tannex is hosting a Yars’ Revenge event. Swing by 1417 Fourth Street SW after 8pm. For $5 you get to manhandle the joysticks of two Atari Flashback systems in any of 64 classic games, including Asteroids, Centipede, Pitfall!, Breakout and possibly the single most embarrassing video game of all time, Video Checkers. (Kidding, of course; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial has that “honor.”)

Live electronica completes the evening, courtesy of local acts Huron Valley Listening Club, Lenn Cicada and Meta Vaux. While waiting your turn to settle that 30-year Galaga grudge match with your sister, you can fight over who has to be P2 next time, or plan a field trip to the Atari landfill excavation we hear is launching in Alamogordo on April 26.  Tannex • Sat Apr 19 • 8pm • $5 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

sports

University of Connecticut Women's Team Destroys Notre Dame in NCAA Final

But does basketball matter if few people watch?

UConn Huskies’ head coach Geno Auriemma
UConn Huskies’ head coach Geno Auriemma

A week ago, the NCAA Division I basketball tournament reached its apex. And the University of Connecticut won. Nope, not the men's game, which was fantastic, sure, but the women's game. It was truly historic, and not just according to the wonks at 538, the newly minted sports blog from famed statistician Nate Silver. While there have been undefeated teams ostensibly playing for a national championship before—in college football at least—that's never been the case in basketball.

Many say the latest victory for the UConn women represents an endorsement of their coach, Geno Auriemma. With long-time rival Pat Summitt retired, it seems as though almost no one can stand in the way of the Huskies and their long-running records. Notre Dame fought valiantly for their place as the spoiler, and maybe if they'd had Natalie Achonwa or Ace playing alongside her senior teammates, things could have gone differently.

There's no shame in losing to this UConn team, but there are definitely columnists who have wondered if all those Husky wins piling up are leading to Geno and Co. fatigue. While Mechelle Voepel argues that UConn's winning ways are good for women's basketball overall, there's definitely room for disagreement. Kate Fagan reasons that games are better when they're truly competitive and if Notre Dame represents the best team that UConn had to face, things are getting into a bad place. The bottom line: We need a multitude of better teams, not just UConn.

The takeaway a week later, with almost no one talking about the women's game, despite the WNBA Draft already occurring, is that NCAA Division I basketball is still all about the men's game. March Madness, to most people, means men's games exclusively. Even if—or rather, when—two undefeated teams play, something that has never happened in the sport before, there's very little attention for the women. Something needs to change.

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