“I don’t know whether that’s cute or creepy…” - direct quote from the TV announcer.
The Big Baby was the strangest in a series of strange sights and sounds to grace the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics. And no, I’m definitely not talking about Glen Davis. That might have actually made more sense. The opening ceremony is always a spectacle, filled with moments of visual awe, long stretches of culturally relevant portrayals that the announcers try to put into words for us, and moments that can only be described as absurd. The Queen fake parachuting into the arena was lame. The Mr. Bean inclusion was worth a clever tweet or two. But the oversized baby that was used as part of a scene involving villains from British children’s literature scaring the sh*t out of hundreds of children on lighted beds was easily the most absurd moment of all.
The second most absurd thing to me about the opening ceremonies was that at one point, in order to make the scene more realistic for those in the crowd, apparently they omitted something into the stands that realistically depicted the smell of sulphur. Um, thanks? I’m sure the crowd was real pleased with that. “Who farted?”
What was your favorite or least favorite part of the opening ceremony tonight?
**Update: Anthony Davis was shown during the United States’ walk in during the opening ceremonies. Then the announcers on NBC gave him a shout out. Then they mentioned Calipari and Kentucky basketball. It’s just not even fair. And I love it. Plus, Lexingtonian Tyson Gay was also mentioned. The two posed directly after:
And now on to some news and notes from the day…
- Kentucky football fans have been making noise all summer. Some have cried out in support of the team, begging others to put aside their skepticism and disappointment and join them in support of the players. Others have cried out for change, upset and worried about the direction of the program. If the fans have been knocking on the door all summer long, ringing the doorbell over and over and over again– the response has been rather quiet. And then yesterday the loudest knock of all came. The Herald Leader put a rather concrete number with the noise, the questions and the speculation that the season ticket sales were down. The knocks and the doorbell ringing became more of a pounding with the release of the number. A response could no longer wait. And to Joker Phillips’ credit– though it took him an evening and a morning to speak out– he responded. Joker Phillips heard the knocks, the rings and the pounds and answered the door. Regardless of how you feel about the way in which he answered…at least he answered. And not just with the standard answers, the run of the mill coach-speak that we’ve heard in the past. Phillips opened the door, stepped out and let it be known that he hears the complaints and the skepticism. He knows the numbers are down and that morale isn’t too far behind. Phillips responded with more emotion and passion than we’ve seen from him in recent months. Phillips went to bat for the fan base to AT LEAST stick with the players. He made it clear that he can deal with people questioning their loyalty and support for him. But as fans the players on the field deserve to have the backing of the fans. And future players need to see a more than half full stadium. Things don’t go unnoticed by potential recruits. He made a plea on behalf of his players: “These players don’t need everybody to believe in them but they damn sure need someone to. They need you.”
- I’m not sure if the response by Phillips did anything to help the cause, but I do think it was important that the release of the ticket sales numbers didn’t go without a response of some kind. But until the games are played, we won’t see the most important response of all– on the field. We all want to see results on the field much more than we want to hear passionate words, chest thumping or reduced season ticket packaging.
- Some other quotes from Joker Phillips today at the Kickoff Luncheon:
“We have a lot of kids in the program that have given a lot. That’s why we’re excited about this football team– a group of young men, when you look in their eyes, you see Wildcats.”
“These players come to UK because of you, that’s what I will tell you, the fans. They come to UK because of you. We’re selling the fact that our rabid fans expect to win, so get behind this team. It’s your team. We’re selling you, the fans.”
“I expect you, the Big Blue Nation, to get behind this football team. Why? Because we are UK.”
- Fellow KSR writer, Josh Hopkins,(never imagined I would be saying those words) heard Phillips loud and clear…
- All of that aside, is anyone else starting to feel like I’m feeling: can we just start the football season already? At this time of the summer I think it starts to get to the point where everyone has taken their stand/their side. Little convincing and changing of minds is going to take place until we see the actual product on the field. I’m ready. One way or the other–1 win, 2 wins, 3 wins, 4 wins, 5 wins, 6 wins, 7 wins, 8 wins, John Short’s predicted number of wins, etc….let’s go. 37 days.
- In case you missed it, Kentucky did secure another football commitment for the 2013 class. Jevontey Smith, an unranked wide receiver from Greensboro, Alabama decided on the Cats earlier today. Smith impressed the Kentucky coaches with his speed at UK camp this summer.
- You’re more than halfway through the night notes. Now let me make you say “awww”
(Alex Poythress making a young girl’s day)
- The 2012 London Olympics have officially kicked off and KSR has Olympic fever in a big way. I question anyone who isn’t obsessed with the Olympics anyway, but Anthony Davis has given even the most anti-Olympic of us a reason to at least keep an eye on the men’s basketball portion of the competition. I wonder if Anthony Davis found the absurdly large baby as scary as the rest of us. [: /
- I have officially contracted the Olympic fever. I’ve got it bad. But according to an article that actually came out a few days ago from ESPN, those staying in the Olympic Village might have to worry about contracting a little more than the Olympic fever. I stumbled across the article this morning, full of brutal honesty about the shenanigans of the Olympic Village this morning and was a bit blown away by how candid some of the athletes were about the situation. I’m not going to say Hope Solo and Vince Vaughn probably hooked up. But I’m not going to say that they didn’t either. If you want the dirt on the Olympic Village, straight from the mouth of the athletes, read the ESPN article here.
- According to various recruiting sources, Kentucky has inquired about Marcus Lee. Lee is a mobile big man from California in the class of 2013. Lee is ranked as the #33 player in the class and is now on Kentucky’s radar for the 2013 class.
- A few University of Kentucky athletes whose names may not be as prominent as Anthony Davis are doing big things off the field/court. A group of UK athletes are participating in a service project in Ethiopia. To read some of the experiences from the players’ perspectives, check out the article by UKAthletics.com.
- Patrick Patterson has had a rather quiet summer. He was unable to participate in the summer league and has dealt with some ankle issues during his NBA career. Patterson says the ankle feels good and expects an exciting season.
- And last but not least…I know Matt just posted on it, but Drake got a national championship ring. That’s pretty cool. Wait. What? Drake got a national championship ring? Can I get one?
Happy Olympics everyone. Stay tuned for Andrew Cassady and Rashawn Franklin, who will be guiding you through your Saturday. Also keep an eye out for a few posts later in the evening from some of our lady KSR College writers who will be attending the UK Football Women’s Clinic tomorrow.
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