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October 5, 1983 may not hold much significance to you, but to a certain Hollywood actor, October 5th is the most recognizable day of the calendar year. On this day in 1983, the actor who played Mark Zuckerberg in 2010′s “The Social Network,” was born in Queens, New York to Amy and Barry Eisenberg and was destined to be a star on the silver screen. If you haven’t caught on by now, I’m talking about Jesse Eisenberg, the guy who looks identical to every single fraternity drug dealer across America. While Jesse Eisenberg is most known for his starring role in The Social Network, he has been featured in numerous other films such as Zombieland, Now You See Me, 30 Minutes Or Less, and Adventureland. His acting isn’t limited to the big-screen either. He has also appeared in a handful of television shows like Get Real (where he received his big break), Saturday Night Live and HBO’s The Newsroom. Things haven’t cooled off for him either as he’s set to be featured in the upcoming films The Double and Now You See Me 2. So here’s to you, Jesse! May your next 30 years be as good as the first. Or in the case those first 30 years were bad, may they be way better than the first 30. In any case, Saturday’s News & Views are dedicated to you.
-John Calipari stopped by KSR today and spoke to Matt and the gang about a variety of subjects, but mainly about the upcoming season and the progression of his young squad. Cal didn’t play coy about what he expected from his team either, even if he did say it in a funny way. “This isn’t for funsies here. You gotta bring it. You’re not just doing this for your teammates, you’re doing it for the state.” Couldn’t have said it better myself, coach.
-In addition to his general comments about the team, Coach Cal also had comments about select individual players as well.
On Dominique Hawkins: “He’s holding his own against two grown men. I’m telling you, he’s not backing down.”
On Marcus Lee: “I never realized how good he is. He has an energy level that you have to put him in the game. Just go kid, just go at it. He’s confident. …I’m surprised how good he really is.”
On Derek Willis: “(He has) has looked really good. He’s long-armed. …Like a Darius Miller, he’s gonna be a player here.”
On the subject of improving and diversifying Julius Randle’s already excellent game: My best players, I give them all kinds of room. His energy, his MKG kind of drive, when you’re struggling to figure this out, it can’t effect that.
The full interview between Matt and Coach Calipari can be found here.
-Willie Cauley-Stein took to Instagram today to show off his recent hand injury and how different it looks today in comparison to one week ago. Fair warning, it’s not for the ones who are easily freaked out by blood or stitches.
-In non-basketball news, Mark Stoops and his football squad arrived in South Carolina today in preparation for tomorrow evening’s game in Columbia. It still isn’t known as to who will be the one starting at quarterback tomorrow, but most believe it’ll be Jalen Whitlow as he was rumored to receive the most snaps in practice this week.
-South Carolina’s star defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney, sat out South Carolina’s Thursday practice due to bruised ribs, but he is fully expected to play in Saturday evening’s contest.
-While the improvement to the football squad is more than evident to the naked eye, the wise-guys out in Vegas see the Cats as 21.5 point underdogs to Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks tomorrow. The 21.5 point line is unanimous with all major bookmakers. We here at KSR don’t condone gambling, but if you must, the link to the lines can be found here.
-In case you are unaware, South Carolina’s starting quarterback, Connor Shaw, will be starting tomorrow’s contest against the Cats. His shoulder injury sustained against UCF was first reported to serious enough to knock him out for 2-3 weeks, but as it turns out, the injury wasn’t as severe as it was first indicated. Tomorrow’s game will kick off at 7:30 PM and can be seen on either ESPN3 or FSN.
The folks over at Bleacher Report are taking a look at the toughest match-ups that the nation’s title contenders will face and unsurprisingly the Cats make the list a few times. Not surprising for those teams featuring the greatest assemblage of talent of all time.
The last time North Carolina and Kentucky met, in December of 2011, Anthony Davis sealed a win for the eventual national champs with a last-second block on John Henson. Those two are now in the NBA, which is where most of the starters in this season’s contest will also be headed.
In a battle of star-studded lineups, the most impressive matchup could be at PF, where UNC’s James Michael McAdoo will duel high-powered UK freshman Julius Randle. The bigger concern for the Tar Heels, though, is the point guard contest where Marcus Paige will be giving up five inches in height to another of Kentucky’s McDonald’s All-Americans, Andrew Harrison.
While it isn’t quite the game of 2011, the renewal of the UNC rivalry is sure to be yet another classic in the series. In recent years the game demonstrated the quickness of Wall and gave us “The Block”. Who knows what will happen in this one but it is sure to be exciting.
The two most athletic centers in the country, Adreian Payne and Willie Cauley-Stein, will provide plenty of highlight footage while physical shooting guards Gary Harris and Aaron Harrison could spend the night in a wrestling match.
A hot night from volatile Keith Appling would really help the Spartans, who must compensate for a power forward mismatch between blue-collar Matt Costello and superstar Kentucky recruit Julius Randle.
All the experience is with the [visiting] team—three starters are back from the 2013 national champs, plus several key reserves—but Kentucky has a lot working in its favor, too.
UK guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison (a pair of 6’5” twins) will have a huge size advantage over 6’0” Chris Jones and 6’1” Russ Smith, and even Louisville’s post players are surrendering several inches each against 6’9” Julius Randle and 7’0” Willie Cauley-Stein.
Add in the Wildcats’ tremendous team speed, and even the Cards’ crushing defense may not be enough to win this game.
Louisville is good with several key returners but they aren’t going to be close to matching up with the Cats. Kentucky has an advantage at every position on the floor and a deeper bench. The Cards will be hurting on DEC 28th
KentuckySportsRadio.com asked each member of the 2013-14 Kentucky Wildcats basketball team the same ten questions about a variety of personal topics, ranging from celebrity crushes to favorite food. We will unveil their responses, one question at a time, over the next two weeks in this ten-part “Pop Quiz” series.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
Willie Cauley-Stein: Anchorman
E.J. Floreal: Glory Road or More Than A Game
Aaron Harrison: Law Abiding Citizen
Andrew Harrison: Law Abiding Citizen or He Got Game
Dominique Hawkins: The Blindside
Jon Hood: Shooter
Dakari Johnson: The Waterboy
Tod Lanter: Salt
Marcus Lee: Rush Hour 1, 2, and 3
Brian Long: The Sandlot
Sam Malone: 40-Year-Old Virgin
Jarrod Polson: Remember The Titans
Alex Poythress: Space Jam
Julius Randle: Friday
Derek Willis: Step Brothers
James Young: You’re Next
Last year wasn’t easy for John Calipari. A man known for his composure and self-confidence off the court spent most of his time on the sidelines in exasperation. To his bewilderment, his group of youngsters could never quite summon the swagger that he had been teaching since he first inherited a broken team from Billy Gillespie in 2009. By the end of the season – in which his team went from being ranked#3 in the country to losing in first round of the NIT – John Calipari was weary.
But that feels long ago.
As our own Mrs. Tyler Thompson declared after an interaction with Calipari at the fantasy camp in September, “Swaggy Cal is Back.” After cracking a joke at how his team froze up when they knew he was present, Coach Cal strolled the sidelines in bliss. He has no cause for concern; he knows that his team is special.
This swagger is what we’ve grown accustomed to from John Calipari. While he cautions against arrogance, Calipari encourages his players to adopt a strong confidence in their abilities; he wants them to know how good they are. This attitude is something that Calipari displays himself, and it can be seen in more than just his demeanor. The following are a few of the traits that have helped display Calipari’s swagger:
John Calipari isn’t afraid of a tough game. While Louisville gears up for its daunting home match against Cornell, Calipari is preparing his team for an early test against #2 Michigan State. Despite the fact that his players are usually a few months removed from high school, Calipari typically schedules a neutral site games against top ten competition early in the season to help prepare his team for a tournament setting. While most coaches in his situation would play a host of cupcake games to nurture their new players, Calipari’s actions display a desire to win in the postpeason from the get-go. This level of confidence in his team’s ability to win is one of the key components of his swagger.
John Calipari hangs out with Jay Z. Frank Martin hangs out with Pitbull. From attending Drake’s graduation, to having connections Lebron James with World Wide Wes, Calipari associates with some of the most powerful people in the entertainment industry. Not only are these relationships invaluable for recruiting, they show a skill in networking that is perhaps unprecedented in the coaching ranks. This knowledge of who’s hot gives Calipari a deeper way to relate to young players, and makes him by far the coolest coach in the game.
Big Blue Madness is a spectacle. The entire process is amazing to watch from a fan’s perspective, and is perhaps the program’s finest recruiting pitch. With Calipari’s knack for recruiting, you have to believe that he plays a central role in organizing the event. After the rock-star like player intros, his speech serves as a type of State-of-the-Union Address to the Big Blue Nation. You would be hard pressed to find a fan who isn’t giddy about the season after Calipari leaves the podium. This skill in leadership fosters not only a confidence in his young players, but one amongst the general fan base as well.
A team often takes on the personality of its coach. A far cry from the disenchanted attitude at the end of last season, Calipari has re-assumed the swagger that has helped define his success. He’s not worried about their apprehension while he watches them now; he knows that his team will be good. Soon, they will know it too.
We’re still a few months away from the national eye turning to college basketball, but with Big Blue Madness inching closer, there are two groups of people that can hardly contain their excitement. Kentucky fans and high school basketball players. So with the season about to kick off, recruits about to start making visits, and ultimately making decisions on where they will go to school, let’s look at the other side of the Kentucky Effect.
What happened to the players that didn’t pick Kentucky?
For this study, we are only looking at players that didn’t pick Calipari’s Kentucky – because that’s when the Kentucky Effect really started happening.
Xavier Henry (Kansas)
What they were saying about him: “Father played at Kansas, brother was drafted in the first round by the New York Yankees. This is an elite player who slashes and shoots it deep with equal efficiency. Has a great attitude and way about him. Continues to get bigger, better and stronger each season. Tough kid with a chance to earn a serious living playing this game.” – via Scout
How college went: Xavier had a decent freshman season. About halfway through the season there was even some discussion as to whether or not Henry should be the Frosh of the Year over John Wall. But his ppg dropped as the season went on, settling at 13.4, and none of his other stats were too impressive. A solid season for a freshman.
Draft night: Henry decided to forego his Kansas career after one year, and was selected 12th in the NBA draft.
Where he is now: Henry just signed with the Los Angeles Lakers – almost ironically putting him on a team with Jodie Meeks, the player he would have replaced on Calipari’s first Kentucky team.
Verdict: He did alright for himself. Strong freshman season, picked 12th in the draft, it’s nothing to shake a stick at. Of course, had he brought his 42% 3pt completion rate to Kentucky, he could’ve added a national title to his college achievements.
Josh Selby (Kansas)
What they were saying: “A combo guard, Selby is a dynamic playmaker who specializes in knocking down tough shots. At times he can get out of control and force shots, but there is no denying his ability to create something out of nothing. Although he has a scorers mentality, Selby also has the ability to creative scoring opportunities for teammates and is a strong on the ball defender.” -Yahoo
How college went: Selby had a pretty lackluster career at Kansas, plagued with a foot injury and delayed by 9 games with a suspension. By the end of the season he was averaging just under 8 points a game, and a little over 2 rebounds and assists per game. Fine stats for a Kansas 2 guard, but nowhere near the kind of production people believed he would have when he signed with Bill Self.
Draft night: Josh came out after one year, and was drafted 59th.
Where he is now: Selby bounced in and out of the NBA and the D-League, and is currently signed with the Maine Red Claws.
Verdict: He had an unfortunate series of events that left him hobbled and without a large resume for teams to judge him on. He really should’ve stayed in school for another year. Ultimately, had he come to Kentucky, you imagine him sticking around for a sophomore year with Lamb and Jones, before winning a title and perhaps finding sturdier footing in the league.
CJ Leslie (NC State)
What they were saying: “One of the elite athletes in the country. Leslie is comfortable facing the basket and his jump shot is much improved. He plays well above the rim, handles well for his size and attacks. Super finisher. Has loads of talent and natural ability.” -Scout
How college went: Leslie surprised many by coming back for a third year at NC State – and most expected the pack to be a legitimate threat in the ACC. He increased his averages a little, to 15 ppg his junior year, 7 boards, 1 block, but flared out in the first round of the NCAA tournament, losing to Temple.
Draft night: Come draft night, the former five star recruit went undrafted.
Where he is now: After getting picked up for the summer league with the Knicks, Leslie signed a partially guaranteed contract with New York for the next year.
Verdict: He’s not the same player as Terrence Jones – definitely more of a 3 first 3/4 than Jones – but it’s not hard to think they would fill out similar roles in a Calipari Kentucky team. What Leslie needed was a coach who would build him towards the player he should be in the NBA, which is something we saw Cal do with Jones.
Will Barton (Memphis)
What they were saying: “Good looking 2010 prospect. Has shown the ability to be a strong offensive figure. Dives to the post to take advantage of mismatches and will rebound his position.” -Yahoo
How college went: Will had a rocky first season in Memphis. Showing little to no improvement from the start of the season to the end, he struggled with decision making, defense reading and shot selection. However, by his sophomore year Barton evolved in to a solid college guard, averaging 18 ppg and being named the C-USA player of the year.
Draft night: After two years at Memphis, Barton came out of college, and was drafted 40th overall to the Portland Trailblazers.
Where he is now: Barton has jumped in and out of the NBA D-League, but is firmly entrenched with the Trailblazers. He made his first start against the Lakers on April 10th, and looks to be a good contributor for Portland heading forward.
Verdict: He’s coming along fine, albeit slower than expected. But had he come to Kentucky instead of Memphis, I have no doubt that Barton would’ve found his groove earlier, and already be working towards that lucrative second contract.
Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA)
What they were saying: “Talented wing prospect that has a unique scoring ability. He’s constantly in attack mode and is an aggressive scorer. His long range shot is getting better, but he does majority of his work from mid-range and in. He’s also confident enough in his post game to take defenders to the block and show a jump hook. We’d like to see him continue to develop range on his shot, but he’s a heck of a prospect with an impressive motor.” -Scout
How college went: At this point, we all know how Shabazz fared in college. He was a great talent, but went to a coach that didn’t invest in him or develop him. As the season wore on, he revealed himself to be more concerned about his own production than that of his teams, and those character issues dragged him down on the draft boards.
Draft night: Long believed to be the top (or at least top 3) pick of a weak draft, character issues and lack of dominance for a poor UCLA team cause Shabazz to drop to the 14th pick.
Where he is now: Muhammad’s draft rights were traded to the Timberwolves, where he had a slow start to summer league production – going 9 of 26 with 7 turnovers in his first three summer league games. Bazz finished the summer off by getting kicked out of the Rookie Transition Program.
Verdict: Shabazz may be the biggest ‘what if’ of the Calipari era – for both sides. In a season when Kentucky looked a player (or three) short, Muhammad could have been a star when combined with Nerlens Noel and Calipari’s ‘be your brothers keeper’ philosophy. With a little stern leadership from Cal and #lafamilia for support in the NBA, it’s unlikely he would’ve ended up maligned headed in to his rookie season.
Look. If you’re a high school recruit, you could do worse than UCLA, Kansas, Memphis or NC State. But if you’ve got a chance to go to Kentucky, it is clear that you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to put on the blue and white.
Coming off a week where our kicker was our leading rusher, UK’s running game has a lot to improve on vs. South Carolina. The Gamecocks allow 129.0 yards per game on the ground and only gave up 69 yards last week vs. UCF. Jadeveon Clowney will require a lot of attention from the line, and if we are going to make it a game we have to keep him out of the backfield.
(h/t Regina Rickert)
Kentucky only had 48 rushing yards last week vs. the number-one rush defense in the nation, 25 of those coming from Joe Mansour. That number has to increase dramatically this week vs. Carolina. Jojo Kemp only had two touches after his first run of 11 yards, both of which didn’t come until the fourth quarter when it was too late. Jojo deserves more touches, he’s proved himself as a great athlete and reliable back so far. Essentially, the coaching staff forgot about playing him last week. In post-game pressers the staff had not a single excuse for why Jojo didn’t get more carries, they just forgot about him in the shuffle of things.
(h/t Regina Rickert)
Nobody looked good last week in the backfield, but Raymond Sanders has to step up as a senior leader and do better than five carries for 16 yards. Florida’s defense is ridiculously talented, but Sanders still needs to do better than 16 yards. If the Gamecocks contain our running game like Florida did last week, it will be a long day in Columbia. I’d expect Kemp to get more touches this week so it could be his time to shine vs. a very good South Carolina defense.
The offensive line has to take care of business in the box this week. They gave up six sacks against Florida, we can’t afford to give up near that many this week. Looking at Clowney’s numbers this season he hasn’t produced like last year, but that’s because he has been getting double covered more. He is the real deal and a huge threat to get into the backfield and blow things up for UK. Cornerback Victor Hampton is also someone to watch out for as UK will try to exploit the Gamecocks through the air because of their poor pass defense. Getting the run established in this game is especially important because it will open up the Carolina defense and help UK get the passing attack going as well.
South Carolina is a good team, but their defense has proven to be vulnerable at times and been exploited this season. South Carolina’s defense is not as good as Florida’s, but they are very talented as well. If UK can get the running game going in Columbia it would open up the USC defense and give us a much better chance to win. If we don’t get the running game rolling, or any offense going at all, we are going to have a hard day against the Gamecocks.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©5:30 pm
Can’t make it to Lexington for Big Blue Madness? Get ready to set your DVR. Kentucky will be one of nine programs featured on ESPNU’s Midnight Madness Special on October 18th at 9 p.m. ET, along with Duke, Syracuse, Oklahoma State, Wichita State, Memphis, New Mexico, UConn and Florida Gulf Coast.
The appearance is Kentucky’s fifth straight, and Jimmy Dykes & Darrin Horn will “call” the coverage for ESPNU. The event will also be shown in its entirety on ESPN3.com starting at 7:30 p.m.
Get your Jimmy Dykes-isms ready…
A week after the Florida Gators continued their now 27-year long win streak over the Cats, Mark Stoops and his squad will be forced to take on yet another tough SEC opponent when they travel down to South Carolina on Saturday evening. Steve Spurrier – the snarkiest of thorns in the side of Kentucky Football throughout history – will be waiting in Columbia with a very talented squad which boasts one of the nation’s finest professional prospects in Jadeveon Clowney. The Gamecocks, who will also have their starting quarterback, Connor Shaw, return to the line-up after an injury against UCF, enter the weekend’s contest as 21-point favorites over the Wildcats, and many suspect it could climb higher in the time leading up to the 7:30 kick. While the odds-makers have a pretty firm grasp on what should happen, many are still in the dark about the Gamecocks’ offense and defense. Because of this, I examined some of their key numbers and watched some old game tape to determine what makes the Gamecocks tick.
Unlike recent seasons where the Gamecocks have relied on stellar defense, this season, they’ve had to rely on their offense. They have the ability to move the ball in any way they’d like given their current rank within the national top-25 in rushing and passing yards per attempt. When the going gets rough on third down, the Gamecocks can simply hand it off to sophomore running back, Mike Davis, who is averaging a stellar 7.2 yards per carry. As a result of Davis and the other Gamecocks, they’ve converted 51.6% of third down attempts, good for 17th nationally. The re-addition of Connor Shaw after a brief injury will further bolster South Carolina’s already excellent chance of victory with his excellent passing and rushing ability. Not many people have been able to slow Spurrier’s squad this season as evidenced by their points per drive total of 2.791 (FBS average is around 2.0). Given this, it’ll be interesting to see if Kentucky’s improved defense can match-up with the efficient Gamecocks.
“Don’t be fooled by the stats that they got, they’re still, they’re still the Gamecocks from the block.” What does this God-awful Jennifer Lopez reference I just made have to do with anything remotely associated with the Gamecock defense? Their skewed defensive numbers, of course! Currently, South Carolina is ranked 64th in points per game, 63rd in turnovers gained, and 94th in defensive pass efficiency. A quick glance would indicate that they’ve struggled defensively, but doing this would be irresponsible without considering the strength of the offenses they’ve faced to this point. Three of their first four opponents (Georgia, Vanderbilt, and UCF) are all averaging over 33 points per game at this point in the season and all three of the previously mentioned teams have pass yard per attempt numbers within the national top-20 as well. This goes to show that stats aren’t always as they appear. While the Gamecocks are struggling in some numerical categories, rushing defense has been very good this season despite facing some very strong running backs. Currently, Spurrier’s squad ranks 34th in the nation, allowing just 3.5 yards per carry. Kentucky enters the game ranked 11th nationally in rush yards per attempt at 5.56.
Of course, much their success against the rush can be attributed to star defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney. There hasn’t been much media coverage of Clowney in the recent weeks given his lack of measurable statistics, but rest assured his impact is being felt. His presence on the field has generated countless double teams throughout the season, opening it up for his teammates. Kelcy Quarles has been an excellent complement to the Gamecock line this season, totaling three sacks in addition to Clowney’s two. Of course, Kentucky will likely double team Clowney as well and will probably do so with a running back given our typical five-man fronts. If this is the case, which it likely will be, it’ll be interesting to see the effect on our rushing attack. Despite what the numbers say, the Cats appear to be a bit outmatched on this side of the ball. Because of this, a victory in a hostile environment would take a monumental effort.
The football team has landed in South Carolina in their sports coats and khakis and is making their final preparations for tomorrow’s game against the Gamecocks.
We still don’t know which quarterback will start tomorrow, but my money’s on Jalen Whitlow, who was rumored to get the majority of snaps in practice this week. Although he apparently didn’t look great during practice this week, Whitlow is much more mobile than Maxwell Smith and capable of escaping the wrath of South Carolina’s defensive line, namely Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney sat out of practice on Thursday with bruised ribs, but is expected to play Saturday night. Although he hasn’t had the year many expected him to, he’s still an absolute beast.
Leave your guesses as to which QB will start and also your score predictions in the comments section.
Earlier I gave you the Cliff’s Notes on Cal’s surprise appearance on Kentucky Sports Radio, and now, you can hear it for yourself:
Kenny Payne joined the crew in the second hour to give his thoughts on the team, so be sure to listen to the entire podcast over at . It’s chock full of KSR goodness, including Joe (aka Big Blue Fan in the Morning) calling in to talk about seeing Barbara at his 40th Class Reunion tomorrow and Matt fussing at a Louisville fan.
Besides, don’t you want to see what Matt and Drew were laughing at?
Oh, the wonderful memories of 2010. Is anybody else pining for the days of Stephen Garcia, when anyone could beat the Gamecocks no matter the gap in talent? Me too. I have hope for our football team though, it’s not the pit of despair like last year since these guys are actually trying. What to do before and after the 7:30 EST kickoff in Columbia? Here’s 5 things worth a look:
1. Go to Keeneland
This one is obvious. For those of you lucky enough to live in the Lexington Area (or anywhere in the Commonwealth, really) you should really head out to Keeneland this weekend for the opening of the Fall meet. Everyone who’s ever been knows that there’s nothing quite like Keeneland in the Fall. The leaves are changing and the track and surrounding areas are gorgeous. The tailgate is a sight to behold and the perfect place to indulge in your favorite beverage (B&B’s – Bourbon and Bourbon), play some cornhole, and do your best not to end up like these two. The weather looks great this weekend (mid-80s, which I think is great, but then again I’m in Texas so that’s a cool front for us) and Keeneland pretty much encapsulates a whole bunch of great things about the Commonwealth. Just do me a favor and tweet me some great photos since I’ll be holed up in my house all weekend avoiding the crush of people at ACL Fest.
2. Fall Down the Pixar Rabbit Hole
Have you heard about the Pixar Theory? The theory is that all of the studio’s films exist in the same universe and are distinctly connected. Internet writer Jon Negroni became obsessed with this idea and watched every Pixar film from Toy Story on looking for and cataloging clues to support his thesis. What he came up with is impressive. Not only did Negroni fashion a fairly convincing narrative timeline for the Pixar world, but he found supporting Easter Eggs in almost all of the Pixar movies. Did you notice all of the Monsters, Inc. references in Brave? I certainly didn’t before I read his posting.
Now an employee of Pixar, Jay Ward, came forward to refute all of this evidence and to make sure the public knew that this theory was all poppycock. But why would they come out against it if there weren’t a kernel of truth to it? Look at the evidence for yourself and decide whether you think that Ward is telling the truth. #CartoonConspiracyTheories
3. Become One with Nature, Without Ever Leaving Your Couch
Nature is beautiful, and the weather is just starting to get nice again. You feel like you should get outside and go for a hike, ride a bicycle, explore the wonders that the natural world has to offer, or go for a swim in a lake or an ocean. Do you know what the good news is? These days you can do all of the virtually without ever leaving your couch or your beer or that pizza you ordered even though you knew you were going to eat the whole thing in one sitting. Want to go for a hike? There are characters with your name written all over them doing that right this minute in GTA V. Want to explore all the gorgeous, remote places on the planet? The BBC already did it for you. You’re welcome. Want to explore the oceans at your own pace, but don’t have a scuba license? There’s a video game for that, where all you do is explore.
I suppose you could actually go outside this weekend, but man wouldn’t you feel embarrassed going outside with your sweats and crocs on? And it takes so much time to change, the bedroom seems really far away. And there’s pizza right there. In a pinch, looking out the window still counts to me.
4. Go See That Gravity Movie Everyone is Talking About
We’ve all seen the trailers a million times a piece. Normally this would burn me out on a movie before I see it, but this movie actually looks really frightening. It also looks gorgeous! It has a 98% freshness rating on RottenTomatoes.com and all of the critics say that the special effects are mind-blowingly good in this film. It also has human being favorite George Clooney in it, and everyone’s favorite Girl Next Door Sandra Bullock, so can you really go wrong with this movie?
Worst comes to worst, you get to stare at beautiful space scenery for two hours while occasionally feeling like your heart is going to finally pound its way out of it’s ribby cell. I think that sounds like a fun weekend treat!
5. Make a Dorodango in Your Spare Time
What is a Dorodango you ask? Well I’ll tell you! Dorodango is a Japanese art form meaning “round mud”, or something like that. It is very simple, you shape a ball of mud into a sphere and work the surface into a fine sheen with your hands over hours. If you add several layers of fine grain dirt, you can get your Dorodango to shine like the picture above. What a great way to spend a weekend!
Where did I hear about Dorodangos? On Mythbusters, of course! This was the definitive answer to the question, “Can you polish a turd?” YES! Yes, you can indeed!!
Well, I hope that keeps you somewhat occupied this weekend! And remember, while your polishing your Dorodango watching the races, or while you’re screaming your lungs out in space, Go Cats!
The No. 19 UK Women’s Volleyball team will host Ole Miss tonight at 7 p.m. at Memorial in its 2013 SEC home opener. You can listen to Ryan Lemmond call the match on the radio at 1580 am, but there is nothing like the real thing. Tickets are just $5 dollars; however there are several promotions to help ease the pain in your wallet as well.
Residents of Tent City waiting for their tickets can take a break and get into the match for free with their control cards and wristband. If you couldn’t make it to the campout this year you don’t have to worry! With this flyer, posted on twitter by @KentuckyVB, you can get four people in for free!
The girl’s were out and about roaming Tent City yesterday showing their appreciation for the Big Blue Nation fans by passing out some free food and inviting them to the match.
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The Cats are 10-3 on the year and a perfect 2-0 in SEC play after winning two matches in Alabama last week. In the SEC opener against Auburn, Kentucky’s defensive won the match with a total of 60 dig, a three-set high in the Skinner era. Against Alabama Whitney Billings led the way with 14 kills. She also posted team highs with six blocks and eight digs.
Upon their return to Kentucky it was announced that seniors Whitney Billings and Alexandra Morgan won SEC honors. Billings was named SEC Player of the Week and Morgan was named Defensive Player of the Week after their 3-0 week.
Scouting the Rebels
Ole Miss comes to Lexington 10-5 on the season and the Rebels are winless in the SEC with a 0-2 record. Ole Miss is led by a young sophomore Nakeyta Clair with 121 kills and a .320 hitting clip. She also leads the team in blocks with 64. Fellow sophomore Ty Laporte is right behind Nakeyta with a 2.42 kills-per-set mark and 116 kills on the year. Freshman Brashear has a team best 191 digs and 15 service aces on the year.
Overall these two teams have a 36-11 record with Kentucky having the edge. The Cats have won five straight and nine of the last 10.
(h/t to UK Athletics and all UK Volleyball social media)
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