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Al Pacino’s Wednesday News & Views

Al Pacino. Before finally seeing “The Godfather” trilogy at the ripe age of 25, I thought of Pacino as another leathery, old-school actor who was really good at “screaming scenes” and in my head, might play Rick Pitino in a biopic one day. ATG (“After The Godfather”), I realized I totally underestimated him, and that the only way he’d be associated with a Rick biopic would be to accidentally flip over to the Lifetime Channel. Sure, Pacino’s still one of the best screamers in the business, but his work in those three movies showed he can do just as much with a single stare, or, if you will, a fateful kiss on his treacherous brother’s cheek.

Pacino’s breakout role as Michael Corleone was merely the beginning of an illustrious career that includes an Academy Award (“Scent of a Woman”) and a mountain of nominations (piled atop a gilded desk, perhaps?). Pacino, who trained at the famous Actors Studio in NYC (of which he is currently co-president), practically dominated the awards scene in the 1970’s, and became an icon in the hip-hop community with his role as Tony Montana in “Scarface,” posters of which still sell out over twenty years later. I could really go on and on about Pacino, but everyone has their favorite scene and line, which I encourage you to say to yourself right now (with air-gun shooting, if needed).

Happy birthday, Al. You make 72 look like a walk on a Sicilian beach. #lafamilia

News? Views?

— Tuesday was random recruiting news day, as two new (and difficult to pronounce) names popped up on the radar: power forward Montrezl Harrell and Croation shooting guard Mislav Brzoja.

Montrezl Harrell committed to Virginia Tech back in March but after head coach Seth Greenberg was fired on Monday, he’s apparently rethinking things. Harrell has reportedly asked for a release, and if granted, will entertain offers from Kentucky, NC State, Pitt, Providence, Louisville, Xavier, Cincinnati and Alabama. He’s the 14th best power forward in the 2012 class according to and played his senior season at Hargrave Military Academy, the alma mater of one Larry Brown, Cal’s mentor.

The odder bit of news was Scout’s report that Croatian point guard Mislav Brzoja will visit Kentucky on Wednesday. Cal watched him play with his CAPS All-Star travel team last weekend in Merrillville, Ind. and apparently liked what he saw. Brzoja (say that ten times fast) played at Traders Point Christian School in Indiana this past season and will also visit Marquette and Dayton. Information on Brzoja is still rolling in (Matt has some in a post below), but we do know he played for the Croatian Under 19 team that upset the US last July, so there’s that. The Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein calls him a “shooting specialist” and quotes his coach, who says Brzoja is a “great player and a great friend.” With Lamb, Teague, and Miller gone to the big league, the Cats need another perimeter player, so if Brzoja’s Cal’s man, then we better learn how to say “three goggles” in Croatian (“tri naočale”).

— Additionally, it seems as though Kentucky will pursue former Xavier guard Mark Lyons, who is considering the Cats, along with Kansas and Arizona. Lyons’ recruitment is a hot topic amongst UK fans, who associate him with the bench clearing brawl between Xavier and Cincinnati last season. It appears Lyons has a similarly bad reputation among the media, with Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty calling him “selfish on occasion” and recalling affable Bill Raftery ripping the guard for a dumb foul late in a close game. Now, who’s to say what kind of player Lyons is these days, but with the taste of last year’s selfless team still on our lips, a potentially bad seed seems hard to swallow. Yet, don’t forget that Cal has taken players with bad reputations in the past, and few players in recent memory are as beloved as our Boogie. Lyons will visit all three schools before making his decision.

— All of this sudden and random movement with the 2012 class begs the question of where the Cats stand with Anthony Bennett. Bennett is still deciding between Florida, Kentucky, Oregon and UNLV, with most seeing the race down to the Cats and the Gators. Although the new crop of Cats is doing their best to woo him via social media, uncertainty still surrounds his situation, which may explain the influx of new names on the scene. The truth is, seven players are gone from last year’s team, and although we have an incredibly talented group coming in, depth is needed.

— Despite a few cranky Reds fans, Calipari and the National Championship trophy got a nice welcome at the Great American Ballpark on Tuesday night. A loyal KSR reader in attendance said there was a decent amount of blue in the stands, and although there were a few boos scattered in the stands when Cal was announced, the cheers drowned them out. Cal even threw out the first pitch, an “85 mph, rising fastball” according to him. Color me impressed.

Much has been made of some Reds fans’ criticism of the honor, to which I echo longtime Reds announcer Marty Brennaman’s sentiment: “You should be ashamed of yourselves.” It’s a Tuesday night game people, it’s not the World Series. So what if the Reds want to honor the National Champions, the fan base of which, like it or not, crosses the Ohio River? Kudos to the UK fans that came out and supported their squad. Also, by the way, the Reds beat the Giants 9-2, so you’re welcome Reds fans. #KentuckyEffect

— Unfortunately, it seems the Louisville baseball team has Kentucky’s number: the Cards swept the Cats with a 10-2 win on Tuesday night in Louisville. The Cards got off to a fast start, scoring two runs in the first inning and six in the third, and it proved to be more than the Bat Cats could overcome. Our boy David Mulloy has a good recap of the game over at KSR College, so go drown your sorrows.

— Nerlens Noel isn’t even on campus for good yet, but he’s already starting trends. On Tuesday, Nerlens tweeted out a pic of himself alongside a picture of Ryan Harrow and his new “gumby” hair do, which, for those of you not well-versed in hair vocabulary, is a “slanted hi-top that had a shape similar to the Gumby cartoon character.” So, there. High-top, flat top, low top, tall top, doo wop, whatever. This ridiculous hair movement is awesome, and I hope it spreads throughout the team. Yes, Kyle Wiltjer, you could totally pull off the Ivan Drago ‘do. Just no steroids, please.

— Don’t forget about the KSTV Casting Call this Saturday at the Lyric Theatre in Lexington. Even if the thought of being on a television show completely boggles your mind, you should show up and give it a shot anyway. Where else can you stand under the bright lights of a TV set, surrounded by cameras, and debate the same topics you’ve argued with friends your entire life? Think of the stories! Registration is from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., and you’ll get to see Bradley McKee, which is reason enough for me.

That’s all she wrote. We’ll be back bright and early to take you through another wacky and wild day in Kentucky sports. See you soon.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

41 Comments for Al Pacino’s Wednesday News & Views

  1. manbearpig
    11:41 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    UK with a Croatian Sensation?? I’m ok with that!

  2. Han
    11:43 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    So we’re still after Bennett (and Jefferson), but in the last couple days, basically 3 new options for players we could add to an already stacked class. Nice.

    My guess, Cal would take both Bennett and Lyons this minute (Lyons a senior and Bennett a likely one-and-done), and then if he really likes any of the others, he’s still got a schollie he could spare without jeopardizing 2013’s class. Reloading.

    11:44 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    10-2 and 12-0 BASEBALL SWEEP! That is called DOMINATED. Football next up…. JOKER is in DEEP trouble unless STRONG Decides not to embarrass his “buddy” . . .

  4. SayHarrowToTheRepeat
    11:48 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    Croatians intrigue me.

  5. M richay
    11:50 pm April 24, 2012 Permalink

    I was at the game tonight, lot of blue in the stands. Cal got the biggest ovation of anyone the whole game. It was a great night to be a Cats and Reds fan.

  6. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    12:04 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully some of the players listed above choose to play basketball for the University of Kentucky

  7. McMermaid
    12:09 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I heard word today secondhand that a front office nba person said Darius Miller is the most nba ready player on the UK team. He cited he has the mentality of performing off the bench. Since most of the players will have to adjust to coming off the bench, Miller will get ample playing time due to his mindset. I think AD will be the most ready and MKG will be good, but it is good to here good things about Darius and the possibility he could move up to round 1.

  8. soggyUKgrad
    12:36 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    @4…which game did you like more??..the beatdown in the regular season, or the beatdown in the final four?!?…everything Cards fans say in the comments section of KSR drips of jealousy.

  9. SuperCats
    12:55 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Noel may be a better marketing genius than Cal.
    sorry Cal, just sayin
    It is like Newton vs Einstein.

  10. HenryEarl
    1:06 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t understand all the backlash against the Croatian kid. We need depth, perimeter players, and guys that will give us a few solid years. Not wanting him to play here bc he’s European is ignorant.

  11. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWs
    3:05 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Dog Day Afternoon

  12. Cats&Musketeers
    3:50 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I have been a Xavier fan my entire life (my family went to X other than my father who played a year of baseball at Kentucky) and I recently supported UK while attending school here in Lexington.I DO NOT want Mark Lyons to play bball here in Lexington. He’s a disease in the locker room. He gets much of his discredit for the Crosstown Brawl which he was backing up his teammate (Whether his teammate was right or wrong he stood by Tu) which shouldn’t be the case. His faults come from other areas like selfish play on the court and misconduct off it. That should be understood by UK fans.

  13. Beatle Bum
    6:31 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Henderson was not coaching these mid week games for the fans, but for the future of his team. I suspect he would have liked a W, but leading the best conference in the country is more important.

  14. SEP
    7:03 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    there’s a movie called scarface. check it out.

  15. barn
    7:12 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    lyons would not be eligible til ’13, right?

  16. Lyons immediately can play
    7:20 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    as has been repeated and repeated here and elsewhere, Lyons would be able to play immediately … assuming he finishes his current semester in good standing, he will graduate and then be ready to go enroll in post-graduate studies ( in a program not offered at Xavier)

  17. MacGruber
    7:34 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Who Ya! Who Ya!

  18. Baseball Who Cares!
    7:35 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Was the baseball game a tournament game or something?

  19. Mislav Brzoja
    7:43 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    “I will break you”

  20. Ivan Drago
    7:45 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Mislav please!

  21. Kidnut
    7:58 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    If Al Pacino was Ned Stark he wouldn’t have died.

  22. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    7:59 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Have respected Al Pacino his entire career until Jack and Jill came out. One of the worst movies of all time.

  23. MacGruber
    8:06 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    22. Holy crap Al Pacino is dead! When did this happen?

  24. Echo 1
    8:08 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface, Any Given Sunday….. Anything Pacino is selling, I’m buying.

  25. Chuck
    8:10 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    While his performance was wonderful, Godfather III should have never happened.

  26. Fred
    8:14 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Heat. One of the best gun fights of all time – and paired Pacino with DeNiro.

  27. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:16 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    On the Reds postgame show on tv they where talking about how long the line was for fans too get their picture taken with Coach Cal and the NCAA trophy. They said it was so long that they had to shut it down so Coach Cal could leave.

  28. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:19 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    27- “Heat” will forever remind me of what a waste of talent Tom Sizemore is.

  29. sos
    8:23 am April 25, 2012 Permalink


  30. Champ
    8:31 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I always thought of a coked out Ray Liotta (in Goodfellas) being great for a Pitino bio myself. Pacino would be good too.

  31. TheNewOriginal
    8:34 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why anybody from Kentucky would support any team from the Cinci/Dayton area is beyond comprehension. Maybe they just haven’t had the displeasure of dealing with buckeyes on a daily basis like we do in the Lake Cumberland area. Central Ohio people are some of the nicest in the world. A little south, not so much.

  32. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:45 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    33-I am from Northern Kentucky. The Reds aren’t an “Ohio Team.” They are a regional team. I have the displeasure of dealing with UC/Buckeye/Xavier/Dayton/Louisville fans every day. Up here is a melting pot for college sports, so I would even go as far to say that I deal with it more than most. However, the Reds aren’t a college team. If you think that someone should scorn an entire state because it’s the same state where UC or OSU play basketball, then you’re crazy. I grew up with the Reds just as much as I grew up with Kentucky. You may not understand why, but it really doesn’t matter to us who are a fans of both. I am saying this with all due respect.

  33. barn
    8:45 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    can’t speak to how nice central ohio buck fans are, but being a ky’ian living near cinci since i was 9, i can attest to the attitude of the fans around here. any mention of UK and we’re nothing but cheaters. and they’re still severely butthurt over tressel at osu. none of them believe he did anything wrong, that he was just being a nice guy trying to look out for his players, even though he was caught lying

  34. barn
    8:47 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    34–agree with your sentiment about the reds

  35. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    8:50 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    #25- Jack and Jill?

  36. bigbludrew
    9:05 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    34.. completely agree. I was saying the same thing, what does professional baseball have to do with college basketball. Do you want the state of Kentucky to root for St Louis or Atlanta. I have said many times, the city of cincinnati is weird and so are most of the fans that live there. They have no loyalty unless they are winning and dont support their teams by going to games either way. If it was not for Northern Kentucky who knows what the Bengals and Reds would be like for attendance.

  37. Dipstick Freemont
    9:21 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    #19, Indeed…that’s what D.B. Franklin says as well.

  38. Proud to be a citizen of BBN!
    9:45 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Again, Ms. Tyler Thompson, you do not disappoint – great post!

  39. MonsterMash24
    12:38 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    What are the chances all these guys come to UK??? Bennett, Harrell, the Croatian,i mean load them up…Jon Hood should transfer to Western or something to make room lol.