Despite getting a divorce, I think Katie Holmes had a pretty decent 2012. Finally free from Tom Cruise’s Scientology shackles, Holmes reentered society as a relatively normal person, free to ride the subway, take her daughter to the zoo, and even–gasp!–go outside without makeup on. Holmes is slowly getting her professional life back on track, too, starring in the Broadway production of “Dead Accounts.” But, to me and probably everyone in my age bracket, Holmes will always be little Joey Potter from the wrong side of the creek.
Unfortunately, the “Dawson’s Creek” reunion we’ve all been waiting for (okay, maybe just me) doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, despite Holmes finally agreeing to it. That’s a crying shame, too, because I was really looking forward to seeing how they brought Michelle Williams’ character back from the dead (2003 spoiler alert?). Barring a major movie role over the next few years, Holmes will most likely continue to make headlines for her and Suri’s exciting excursions to the toy store, her shockingly normal public transportation habits, or bless him, the next guy she dates. Speaking of such terrible tabloid fodder, did you know that Holmes is planning to spend $50,000 on gifts for Suri? That includes an iPad mini, a children’s version of a Mercedes Benz that costs around $9,000, designer clothes, and a $24,000 Victorian playhouse with running water and electricity. Not that I read that stuff or anything…
Happy 34th birthday, Katie. Welcome back.
It may have been one of the slowest news days on record in UK sports, so instead of regurgitating some already boring news bits, let’s start with five things the Cats need to focus on during Camp Cal this week.
Cal has said multiple times that this is the quietest team he’s had. Cal sees their silence as selfishness; by keeping their mouths shut, his players aren’t helping their teammates out. Ryan Harrow, notorious for his soft, un-husky tone, said that he thinks the problem is that there are too many quiet personalities on the team. Harrow said that during the Lipscomb game, he tried being more vocal, even if it meant shouting things just to shout (he admitted yelling “Screen! Screen! Screen!” even though the other team wasn’t screening). Let’s hope that this week, the Cats start talking, hopefully about things that are actually happening on the court.
2. FINISHING AROUND THE RIM
How many times have we seen this group of players make a great drive only to watch their layup bounce harmlessly off the backboard? It’s especially frustrating when it happens against inferior teams like Samford, Portland and Lipscomb. For the Cats to have a chance against Louisville, they have to finish better around the rim. And yes, if the opportunity presents itself, please just dunk it.
3. BEING YOUR BROTHER’S KEEPER
Part of Cal’s plan to get this team to bond is forcing them to be accountable for each other’s mistakes. The best way to do that? Make them run. During Camp Cal, the team runs for every mistake in practice, putting in as many as 30 suicides at a time last week. Hopefully, this will also force the team to communicate.
4. PERIMETER DEFENSE
I don’t know about you, but it seems like teams have been hitting a lot of threes against us lately. In fact, over the last five games, Kentucky’s opponents have shot 38.8% from behind the arc. As of today, the Cats rank 159th in the country in opponent’s three-point percentage. They’ll have to tighten the perimeter if they don’t want to get burned against Louisville and trigger happy teams in the SEC.
5. 4O MINUTES OF EFFORT
This team has spurtability, and not the good kind (or the Pitino kind). At times, they look like a fluid unit, and at others, like lost little boys. A lot of that has to do with finding the right lineup, but certain players (ahem, Alex) need to start putting in a full forty minutes of effort rather than just wandering around the court waiting for things to happen.
Get that, boys? I expect to see results on Saturday against Marshall. Now, on to the aforementioned itty bits of news…
— On Monday, John Wall opened up to the Washington Post about the stress injury to his left patella, which has kept him on the sidelines so far this season. Over the weekend, Wall’s doctor said his knee was improving, but he has to wait until his latest Synvisc injection settles in before testing it out in practice. Wall said that after almost three months, he’s anxious to get back on the court:
“It’s been very tough for me, because I want to play basketball, you know what I mean? First time, I’ve really been injured, sitting out a long time. And I like the way that we had a lot of new guys added to the team, and I feel like our team was better, and we had a lot of goals set. And we’ve still got them set, but it’s tough when you got to sit there and watch and you can’t help out your team, and we go out there giving it our all and playing hard every night, so I just wish I was there to help them go through the stuff that we’re going through.”
— While the rest of us spent the day dodging rain and hail (Mother Nature missed the memo on this being December), UK Hoops was in sunny California preparing for Tuesday night’s game against Pepperdine. It’s the start of a two-game California stretch for the girls, who play UC Santa Barbara on Friday afternoon. For comparison’s sake, the high temperature in Lexington on Friday is supposed to be 38 degrees. Bring that weather back with you, please.
— DeMarcus Cousins has gotten a lot of bad press lately, but the big guy still has a big heart. On Tuesday, Boogie will take fifty Sacramento area children in need on a holiday shopping spree as part of the Kings’ Season of Giving. DeMarcus will chaperone as the kids dash through Wal-Mart to spend their $200 allotment. Good on ya, Boogie.
— In other news from the world of sports, Rutgers head coach Mike Rice was suspended on Monday for throwing basketballs at his players’ heads during practice. The suspension follows an investigation into Rice’s alleged inappropriate behavior and language in his first two seasons, which apparently included video evidence of the balls being thrown at the players. Rice will sit out three games without pay. Sounds like something…
— …Billy Gillispie would do, doesn’t it? In case you’re curious, Billy is still a college basketball analyst for “Campus Insiders.” How does he feel about the irregular practice methods used by some coaches, like Tom Izzo, who makes his players work out in football pads after bad losses? “You know, you gotta do what you gotta do to get your team how you need them to play.”
Yep, looks familiar.
— Congrats to Ron Caragher on being named the head coach at San Jose State. Carager was the running backs coach at Kentucky under Rich Brooks from 2003-2006 and has spent the past six seasons as the head coach at the University of San Diego.
Tuesday is a big day around these parts, with Mitch Barnhart in-studio on the radio show at 10:30 a.m. to talk about his decision to hire Mark Stoops and the funding issues facing the football program. Don’t miss it.
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