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Alan Ruck’s Friday News And Views


Hello, my name is Will Lentz, and I’m from the internet.  Part of my responsibilities are to inform you of all the weird stuff out there, and that’s what I’m doing with today’s dedication.  Prepare to have your mind blown.  Happy birthday to Alan Ruck, American born actor most notable for playing Cameron Frye in one of the best movies ever made – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  In case you missed that move, you still have time to go watch it now, come back and then finish the night post.  But what it’s basically about is one free spirited high school kid (Matthew Broderick) decides to fake sick, skip school, and have a day full of wacky and zany adventures around Chicago.  He is joined by Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) his best friend yet polar opposite that is too scared to get out of bed because he believes he is dying (from a cold.)  Anyways, the plot proceeds how you’d expect.  Only now, thanks to the internet, there is a twist on the story ala Fight Club.  Ferris Bueller is no longer the main character, but a figment of Cameron’s imagination.  Cameron created Bueller to represent the life he wished he had, the one he was too anxious to try and live.  Could the whole day have taken place in Cameron’s head?  Probably not, but watch the movie again with that in mind, and see how much darker the whole thing seems.  In addition, if you ever wanted to know more about the art museum scene (and Cameron’s struggle,) check out this short commentary from the director.  Pretty cool stuff.

On to the news and views:

— The big story in UK Land was the unveiling of the new football uniforms.  They are a bit of tradition meets technology, as Nike has created some of the most ‘state of the art’ clothes you can find. Mainly looking to increase breathability, mobility, and decrease resistance and weight.  They look fancy, but the real effects won’t be seen until next season starts up.  Cosmetically the new uniforms look to bring in Kentucky tradition as well as Kentucky football tradition.  They added the Secretariat checkerboard in a number of places to show part of the commonwealths history with horses, and they added the football helmet stripe back, something that had been with Kentucky up until 2001.  I’ve heard quite a bit of griping from the comment section about the uniforms, but I really don’t see a reason why.  The checkerboard is subtle enough and featured in a small enough area that it really shouldn’t upset anyone, and other than that, most the changes are fairly negligible.  I say well done Nike.  Time to embrace the RISE concept.

— The sports story that will likely have the most fallout around Kentucky is the NBA lockout.  It’s official now, as the time limit to reach an agreement by 12:01 am on July first has passed – not to mention that the league officially announced it yesterday.  The NFL lockout seems to be pretty cut and dry – the owners want more, the players want to keep what they have. The NBA lockout is much more complicated, as the league means different things to each team and the majority of those teams are losing money every year.  It will likely be a long process, and could fundamentally change the way the league is structured, particularly if they throw at hard salary cap in the agreement.  It’s a shame though, as the league was starting to pick up steam after a great season, and the NFL lock out would have provided a great opportunity to convert new fans to the NBA.  We’ll see how long it lasts.

— Given that the NBA lock out is upon us, we now look to how it will affect the NBA age limit. ESPN was told that the NBA players union wants to see the age limit lowered – back to 18, the pre-2005 rules – effectively ending the era of One and Dones.  We have also heard that the NBA owners would be in favor of a longer age limit, perhaps requiring two (or maybe three) years removed from high school before entering the draft.  One thing you have to remember – and Mike Pratt mentioned this yesterday on KSR – this rule is merely a card for one side to play at some point in the negotiations.  It certainly isn’t something that either side cares a lot about, but will likely be given away as compensation for a compromise down the road.  It will be interesting to see what type of age limit comes out of the negotiation, but it will certainly have an impact on Kentucky.  John Calipari has mentioned a number of times that he doesn’t like the one-and-done rule, but you would be flat out wrong to say that he and Kentucky don’t benefit from it.  Of course, Calipari will likely be just as successful if it’s removed (and wildly successful if it gets upped,) but it’s something for Cats fans to keep an eye on.


— As expected, the lock out will likely bring all kinds of former Calipari and Kentucky talent to Lexington – at least until the NCAA shuts it down for some reason.  It looks like John Wall is already planning on returning, which will lead to some legendary pick up games (that if I hear Ryan Harrow dominated I might lose it,) but the returning players watch begins now.  We’ll keep you posted on who we hear is lighting it up at the Blue Courts, but don’t be afraid to send in your pictures either.  Oh, and to any of you NBA players looking for a place to crash?  Free lodging at the KSR compound.  I know life can be rough when you aren’t getting that pay check.

— Meanwhile, we all learned that Zach Myers really loves blue checkerboard.  Myers is the newest Kentucky football commit with the news coming almost directly after the new uniforms were shown off. Likely a coincidence, but hey, you can never be too sure of these things.  Myers is an offensive lineman from Miamisburg, Ohio and another addition to a recruiting class that Joker is taking care of early.  We’re happy to have Zach aboard, and with our veteran O-Line getting ready to head out the door, Myers fills a need.  And a new, high technology jersey.  RISE.

— For some reason I’ve always been a fan of Rotnei Clarke.  Maybe because he looks like the Miz, maybe because I watched too many youtube videos of him when we were recruiting him, or maybe because he shows that you don’t have to be all that athletic to be a great basketball star (there’s hope for me yet,) but whatever the reason I’ve always liked him.  Even when I’ve hated the rest of the Arkansas team, he’s been alright in my book.  The latest news with his transfer – as reported by Goodman – is that it looks like Clarke may end up at two time NCAA runner-up Butler.  Clarke wouldn’t be able to play for a year due to transfer rules, but he would be a huge get for Brad Stevens.  Butler has made it to two straight title games, but if it doesn’t want to become the next Florida (slip from relevance after back to back NCAA success,) they will need to keep their feet on the gas pedal, and Clarke would be a good way to do that.  Plus Clarke and Brad Stevens look like they’re probably brothers, so there’s that factor too.

— Finally, let’s wish a fond farewell to former UK President Lee Todd as yesterday was his last day as President of the University of Kentucky.  Todd oversaw a number of positive for the athletics program, from the hiring of Mitch Barnhart, Rich Brooks, John Calipari, John Cohen and Joker Phillips and for those we thank him (and for Gillispie we forgive.)  Still, Todd’s focus was the university and as a graduate from Kentucky under his tutelage, it’s a bitter sweet goodbye.  He was a college president that looked like a college president, and hopefully we will see his face on fat heads at UK Game Days for years to come.

Stay tuned to KSR all day for the latest in blogger uniform technology.  Plus Tee Martin and JORTS will join Matt on the air, that’s a don’t miss if I ever heard one.

Article written by Will Lentz

26 Comments for Alan Ruck’s Friday News And Views

  1. FB2
    12:47 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    I want to get Patsy Todd’s autograph

  2. ChairmanRowe
    1:00 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    There’s this theory that the entire movie is a hallucination of Cameron’s brought on by his illness and stress. There’s a few flaws in the logic of it, but now it’s all I think of when I watch that movie now. Also, the parking attendant was the original drummer for Sonic Youth.

  3. mocha
    2:11 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Just watched step into liquid, good documentary.
    Living in San Diego, I’m inspired to try and catch my first wave tomorrow.

  4. UKGoBigBlue
    2:28 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    To say that the age limit isn’t something that either side cares a lot about, but will likely be given away as compensation for a compromise down the road is total and 100% BS. Why do you think the one & done rule was implemented in the first place? One of ALL the owners main complaints is having to pay a lot of GUARANTEED money for some kid coming straight out of high school & them being a total bust; for owners, it is way too big of a business risk to tie up a big contract on kids coming right out of high school.

    This lock out is going to be horrible; the players are in much weaker negotiating positions, and the owners are going to get what they want. The longer the strike goes, the worse the players negotiating positions get especially for the younger & smaller contract players. Most NBA players don’t know how to manage their money; the players (especially the younger & smaller contract players) not getting pay checks are going to make the players willing to negotiate.

    Welcome home to all the NBA Wildcats !!

  5. Green giant
    3:45 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Cameron frye has the tallest head in history

  6. TheVig
    4:07 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    There is no evidence that supports that Calipari would be “wildly” (or more) successful if the current rules were changed from “one and done” to “two and done”.

    With 13 available scholarships, we have seen that the current “one and done” rules allow for Cal to fill the roster with a relative maximum quality per 5 starting positions. He can get x number of 5 star players who are willing to sign with the percentaage of rare exceptions that will agree to not have a guaranteed starting spot.

    Each year this “x” value will ebb and flow with the players signed, and their perceived dominant superstar power as viewed from the other players in that class (is the incoming freshman PG John Wall, or is he Brandon Knight). An example would be… would Kyrie Erving and Brandon Knight sign with the same college team? Answer: No. Yet, you might get a scenario where 2 kids love Cal, love his system and decide to play together because Cal can promise adapting his system to allow them both to play (or the other PG recruit is ultra competitive, has a chip on his shoulder and thinks people undervalued him, or the kid isn’t willing to believe that others are better than him (maybe dumb, or maybe brilliantly inspired). Example would be… John Wall and Eric Bledsoe. We all know this duo isn’t your typical yearly option.

    Adding a second year to the one and done scenario promises nothing, since Cal has proven the relative maximum quality per position can be achieved in a single recruiting season. If anything (hypothetically), it might prevent UK from getting the next Brandon Knight, since we might have already recruited the next John Wall from the same class, and the next Brandon Knight might not be willing to sign on board when there are many other top 20 programs that can promise them a starting role as the leader of their team(a fair assumption given that a large majority of elite players want a guaranteed position).

  7. TheVig
    4:20 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    I’d laugh if I saw Kyrie Erving bagging groceries in a couple of weeks.

    Sorry, I know it’s not funny (yes it is).

  8. bigbill992001
    5:21 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    The helmets are ok, but the rest of the uniform SUX!

  9. tdogg4033011
    6:12 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    #8 It doesn’t matter what type of rule they make, Calipari will sign the best players
    period. It its a 2 year rule then he’ll just have to do half of the recruiting he does

  10. tdogg4033011
    6:13 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    * if its

  11. RidgeRunner
    6:17 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Earlier when I saw the uniforms, I wasn’t shall I say…impressed. But in coming back this morning, hell…they are alright. The checkerboard design kinda grew on me because it’s unique.

    tdogg, I’m selfish..but hoping the age limit moves up and we can keep our cats longer than 1 year. Cal will kick-azz however -even if they were limited to 1/2 a season before moving

    Yes, as 4 said…welcome back and home to former Cats!

  12. SexnNursinHomes
    6:39 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    The NBA ain’t doing the straight outta high school again. why? Kwame Brown.

    Lentz, if Ferris Bueller wasn’t real, explain how the school system knew of Ferris’s existence. The damn principal came to Ferris’s house. Not only that, did Cameron dream up Ferris’s family too? I’m callin total b.s on this. Sounds like a movie conspiracy and I ain’t buyin’ it. Kinda like the mysterious ghost scene in 3 Men and a Baby. Or could it be that the director of Ferris Bueller was an implant hired by the racist and communist Walt Disney to provoke thought to steer attention away from Disney’s highly controversial movie in 1986 called Basil-The Great Mouse Detective. hmmmmm…

  13. BravoBigBlue
    6:51 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    The straight out of high school rule was bad for everyone, except for a handful of players (Garnett, Bryant, James, etc.). I don’t see it being changed back to that. Most likely, it will end up staying as is, although I think 2 years would be great for Kentucky. I could see us being in multiple Final Fours under this scenario. Although that certainly could happen under the current rule.

  14. ares
    8:47 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Look the NBA like the NFL is a business. Outside of Lebron who is an anomaly, high school players are in fact a huge risk. It makes sense for the NBA to go to a 2 or 3 year rule to get a better idea of the product they are drafting. Secondly college basketball is a way for future NBA stars to get lots of free (to the NBA)name recognition. Those that cry foul have to understand that if a company requires a person to have a college degree they are in some ways protecting their business.

  15. Goode
    8:48 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Pick up game09/10 team vs. 11/12 team…who you got this summer?

    Make it happen!

  16. BPM
    8:49 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Those uniforms should guarantee us at least 8-9 wins this year.

  17. mark p
    8:52 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    New uniforms are not good.

  18. UKfanNKY
    8:55 am July 1, 2011 Permalink


  19. Let my Camron GOOoooooo… (this movie is the business!)

  20. bti sucks
    10:12 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    What’s the best time/place to see pickup games? I’m going to be visiting the folks the week of July 18th.

  21. knightynight
    10:23 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    i can’t believe you like Rotnei Clark! He’s up there with Hansbro in my view.

  22. Waffle
    10:44 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    With the eligibility, why dont they find a compromise. Something like: you can go straight out of high school if you want to take that risk, but if you decide to play college ball, you are there for two years. This gives the Lebrons of the world their chance to go straight in, but those who are more risky are forced to hone their skills at the college level for two years. It could take some risk on NBA owners, and it could add more excitement and talent into the college level. Also, those all stars that don’t need that year of college don’t add the risk of foul play with agents and amateurism to the quality programs that they would be recruited to.

  23. TheVig
    10:58 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Mark Coury is wanting to let everybody know he’s got dibs on team captain when all the players come back for the summer “playas only” blue court scrimmages. He’s only got a couple of days available with his busy schedule as a pet shop cashier.

  24. Red Rooster
    11:51 am July 1, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks Dr. Todd!

  25. bmac
    12:21 pm July 1, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sure Tipton has already sent in his complaint to the NCAA in exchange for a leak of the multi-page reprimand letter Kentucky will receive for allowing NBA players to step on campus.

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    10:01 am July 2, 2011 Permalink