On this day, six years ago, a man named Steve Jobs stood in front of a crowd of virgins at the annual Macworld keynote and introduced a device that would change the way communicate, browse the web, listen to music, pass the time in meetings and in class, and take photos of our cats, sushi and genitals. The iPhone, Jobs called it, was the first smartphone of its kind and one of the most remarkable inventions of the last 100 years. Today, Apple is on, like, its 29th version of the gadget, and uses its sleek design and user-friendly interface to burglarize the wallets and checking accounts of those who restlessly swipe their numb, tired fingers across its multi-touch retina display.
So, today, while you’re playing Ruzzle with a stranger or SnapChatting with a love interest, take a second to wish your iPhone a Happy 6th Birthday. And think about all of the money you’ve pissed away on its overpriced apps, overpriced music and crippling data plans. It’s a beautiful thing, the iPhone, and I can’t imagine living in a world without it. Only Larry Vaught and his Droid will ever know.
Now on to the News and Views, which I estimate over a third of you are reading on your iPhone browser…
It feels like it has been a month since we last saw our Kentucky Wildcats on the basketball court, and we’ll have to wait another two days before seeing them again. The Cats are in the midst of a week-long layoff before entering conference play Thursday night against Vanderbilt. Kentucky lost the last meeting against the Commodores, in the SEC Championship, so the fans are out for revenge. The players, however, are new on both sides as each team starts five fresh faces. ”The guys that I’m coaching may not even know that game happened,” Coach Cal said earlier this week. Vandy coach Kevin Stallings added, ”The personnel is just so different for both teams.”
Vanderbilt isn’t very good this year. A loss to Vandy to open the SEC schedule would suck.
Oh, and the first 1,000 fans will receive one of these:
Occupy Memorial, Round 2?
Roster changes aside, what does Kevin Stallings think about the buzz the Wildcats bring when they roll into Nashville? We’ll let him tell you, via quotes from his rendezvous with the Vanderbilt media Tuesday afternoon…
“They’ve dominated the league for ever and ever. They face that buzz every place they go. They’re the hunted. I always go back to the statistic that they’ve won more championships than all the rest of the league, put together. When you are dominant like that, of course people get excited to try to beat you, so I think they face that kind of environment everywhere they go. And, certainly, they face it here. Our fans love when Kentucky comes to town, but I’m sure we’re not a lot different from most of the other people in the SEC. They have a great program and great tradition, and I think all of us aspire to have some of the success that they’ve had. Not only coaches and players, but fans alike. I think that’s what creates for a different atmosphere when they come to town.”
And what about this year’s Kentucky squad?
“Their length and athleticism is something that jumps out at you. They’re always very good defensively. It doesn’t matter who shows up in the uniforms, John always has them very well prepared and very efficient defensively and on the boards. I would kind of consider them a typical Kentucky team — long, athletic, fast. They make it hard for you around the goal.”
“They present the same problems they always present, and it’s always a big challenge to play them and to beat them.”
Thank you, Coach. See you Thursday night.
Tim Brando, who called the Louisville game for CBS, likes what he’s seeing from Ryan Harrow in 2012-13. Brando worked several Wolfpack games during Harrow’s stint at NC State and he says the new Ryan Harrow, the Kentucky version, plays with a lot more intensity and confidence. Brando believes Kentucky fans will take a moment in March to look back at the first half of the Louisville game as the turning point for Harrow and UK. “Something happened there, an epiphany took place and Ryan Harrow became a really good player,” he said.
In Kings-to-Louisville news, Virginia Beach is slipping in the running for the Kings franchise and the city is pessimistic about landing the team. The city and Comcast Spectacor have not yet come to an agreement on the construction of a new arena, according to SI.com, and it’s unlikely the two parties will come together to begin construction on a potential NBA arena. The news means Louisville’s chances are a little bit better.
Also from Sac Town, DeMarcus Cousins doesn’t know what he did in college to develop such a bad reputation before entering the league. “OK, there is footage of me and Coach Cal going at each other,” he said. ”That happens in sports. Coming into the league, everyone said I was going to be fat, I was the next Oliver Miller. I had all these red flags. I just feel I was never given a fair chance coming in.”
Regardless of what the haters are saying about him, his dominance since returning from suspension can’t be denied. He is averaging 21.6 points and 13.8 rebounds in his last five games and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down or letting up.
Kentucky football has a new assistant coach, this one coming from the unfriendly confines of the University of Tennessee. Derek Ansley is leaving his position as cornerbacks coach at Tennessee to join the UK staff at the same position. Prior to Tennessee, Ansley spent two months at Central Florida and two seasons with Alabama, including the national championship season of 2011. This is a photo of Ansley as a player at Troy :
Congratulations to yontz31 (johnj), winner of the KSR Bowl Pick ‘Em Challenge. He was the only contestant to accurately pick 27 of the 35 bowl games. If that’s you, we’ll be in touch soon. Second place is a little more complicated. We’ll be in touch with you soon, too. Thanks for playing, everyone.
Join us again on Wednesday when Tyler and I list our 18 favorite things to look forward to in SEC play and look at Kentucky football’s current commitments and signees.
See you then.
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