Some of you may know the man pictured above as Adam Duritz, the front man of the rock band Counting Crows. Duritz and the Counting Crows created such hits as “Mr. Jones” and “Accidentally In Love,” the popular song from Shrek 2. Although Duritz is probably most well-known for his musical talents, I mostly associate Duritz with being the man who has out-kicked his coverage when it comes to women more than any other human being on this planet. Sometimes a guy with a unique look like Duritz pulls an attractive woman or two, but the dating history of Duritz reads like a who’s who of beautiful women in Hollywood. Duritz’s love life is no fluke. He has consistently shocked the world with relationship after relationship. Just take a gander at Duritz’s dating timeline:
Christina Applegate, Joanna Going, Lara Flynn Boyle, Monica Potter, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, etc.
Most impressive part of that list? Jennifer Aniston AND her best friend Courteney Cox, who both appeared as co-stars on the show Friends. Least impressive? Trishelle from The Real World. Everyone slips up sometimes and dips away from the A-Listers…
Happy birthday to Adam Duritz, who likely celebrates in the arms of a woman who is out of his league. It must be his really big…hair.
And now on to the news and views from the day…
—- Stop me if you’ve heard this one lately, “You know it’s a slow news day when __(insert random semi-Kentucky-related news event)__.” In between a few Yahtzees, that seems to be the trend around here lately. Today might have been the most “You know it’s a slow news day when” of all time though. So without further ado…
You know it’s a slow news day when a t-shirt of an ice cream cone pooping ice cream makes news.
John Calipari Instagrammed (is that even a word?) out the picture above along with a clever joke, “I finally found someone who poops ice cream.” Calipari apparently received the t-shirt from UK’s Director of Compliance, Sandy Bell. I almost feel wrong even saying her name. She might be the most underrated person of importance to the whole Kentucky basketball program. With that said, the first rule about Sandy Bell is that you don’t talk about Sandy Bell. I feel like I’ve already said too much. Carry on…
—- Speaking of people who might be slightly underrated in importance when it comes to Kentucky basketball, Kentucky assistant coach and recruiting super star Orlando Antigua was named the 5th most feared assistant coach by his peers. Jeff Goodman surveyed more than 200 college coaches on which assistant they feared the most on the recruiting trail, and Antigua was near the top. Antigua has often been the lead guy on the recruitment of many of the elite players who have made up Kentucky’s consecutive #1 rated classes since Cal’s arrival at Kentucky. Antigua and Calipari make a lethal combination. When asked about why they choose Kentucky, players are often quick to mention Antigua’s name and the strong relationship they built with him during the process. Antigua is a young and charismatic guy who finds a way to bond with these young players easily, paving the way for Calipari to close the deal when it comes to securing the commitments. Antigua is one of the bright young names in the world of college basketball and appears to be on the track for big things in the future. —- Let’s take a moment to talk about former Kentucky Wildcat Michael Porter John Wall. John Wall made headlines today for an emotional press conference following the announcement of his major contract extension with the Wizards. The big pay day for Wall inks him for an $80 million dollar contract over the course of the next 5 years.
That wasn’t the best part of the press conference though… John Wall snagged headlines and hearts when he made it known that he will be donating $1 million dollars back to Washington D.C. charities. Wall is clearly making a statement that his commitment to the city of DC is more than just basketball-related. The gesture was hugely generous and says a lot about the kind of guy John Wall has become over the years.
During the press conference Wall also paid a deeply emotional tribute to his mother, who sacrificed for years to help raise him. Wall spoke of the responsibilities he had to take on at an early age following the death of his father at the age of 9. “I had to become a man quicker than I wanted to.”
“My whole thing was I was put on this earth to do something, and I was blessed to be able to play basketball. But my main thing was to keep striving to be a better person. That’s one thing my Mom always instilled in me. It doesn’t matter what nobody thinks of you as a basketball player, they always are going to look at you as a person first.” Wall tried to continue to put into words what his mother means to him, but had trouble not getting choked up when speaking about her. It was truly a heart warming moment for one of the truly good ones to come through the Kentucky basketball program.
—- Jumping to football news for a moment, Kentucky’s prime in-state target for the class of 2014, Matt Elam, tweeted out his final list of 6 schools. We will have to wait until January to find out where the John Hardin product will be going to school, but for now we at least know the options:
“My Official Top Six, And The Highest It Will Grow, Not In Order. UK Alabama Tennessee UofL The Ohio State And ND!!”
For a while, the recruiting battle was shaping up to be a 3-horse race between Kentucky, Alabama and Louisville. As of late, the other 3 schools have put themselves firmly in the picture. With all of Elam’s chances to spend time on Kentucky’s campus with the likes of guys like Drew Barker, one has to think that Kentucky still has a really, really good chance to land the 5-star stud.
—- In another piece of football news, the USA Today Pre-Season Coaches Poll was released today and caused quite a “Kentucky’s Schedule is the Hardest vs. Louisville plays no one, at all” debate. While both are essentially completely true, not much stock can be placed in pre-season polls. Per usual, the SEC dominated the Top 15 with 6 teams making appearances. Alabama found itself atop the poll. In other news, the sky is blue, Amanda Bynes is still crazy, and Gushers are still the best childhood snack of all-time.
Teams on Kentucky’s Schedule/SEC schools in the Top 20:
6. Johnny Football
7. South Carolina
Teams on Louisville’s Schedule in the Top 20:
—- With the toughest schedule in the country on deck, Mark Stoops may have his work cut out for him in year 1 at the helm of the Kentucky football program, but at least one of his players sees striking similarities between Stoops and another up-and-coming SEC coach. Punter Landon Foster compared Stoops’ culture-changing at Kentucky to Vanderbilt’s James Franklin when talking to LEX18’s Alan Cutler today.
“The attitude that the coaching staff brings is unreal,” says Foster. “It’s very similar to what Coach Franklin did at Vanderbilt. I was around there quite a bit when he came in and changed it around. This coaching staff, the attitude they bring, and how they are upbeat and how they are in practice. They enjoy being around the players. They enjoy being here. Obviously the change on the field as well.”
And last but certainly not least, a huge congratulations to the entire KSR Radio Show crew for claiming the #1 spot in its time slot again in the new ratings book in Lexington.