Sunday, November 25th, 2012 will see one of America’s most beloved monotonous men turn 68 years young. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this version of the News and Views is dedicated to no other than Ben Stein. You may not know that he graduated from Yale Law School, or that he’s a famous economist, or that he’s a writer, or even that he’s a political commentator, but we all know his roles in commercials, television shows, and the famed Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Yes, Stein may be absolutely brilliant, but we don’t really care about that do we? Nope, we love Ben because of his acting. Of course, Stein and his monotonous characters may be the most typecast actor ever (it’s close between him and Samuel L. Jackson being typecast as a bad-ass in every single movie), but we love him just the same. From winning some of his money on Comedy Central to telling us to keep our eyes clear with Clear Eyes, Ben is America’s beloved boring guy. So Ben, in honor of you, we present Sunday’s News and Views.
–Today, in what was Joker Phillips’ final game as head coach, Kentucky was defeated by a final score of 37-17 at the hands of Tennessee. The Volunteers’ Tyler Bray threw for 293 yards, completed 20 of his 34 passes, and tossed four touchdowns while not being intercepted a single time. The Vols also had no issue rushing the ball for a total of 163 yards.
-Today’s game wasn’t all negative, though. Jalen Whitlow turned in a solid performance, throwing for 245 yards, completing 29 of his 45 passes, and even acquired a touchdown in the process. Running back, Jonathan George had a 45 yard touchdown run which put the Cats within a touchdown of Tennessee late in the first half. But unfortunately, the winning streak couldn’t be extended to two games as bad play calling and a noticeable discrepancy in the talent level ultimately sunk the Cats who finished the 2012 campaign 2-10 (without a single conference win).
–After the game Mitch Barnhart met with members of the media for the first time since the firing of Joker Phillips to discuss the season and the coaching search taking place.
-”No one’s been offered the job. People have been responsive.”
-There is no timeline for the hire.
-Barnhart is “not going to get into specifics” about what qualities he wants in the next football coach. “You’ll know it when you see it.”
-Mitch said he appreciates the fans’ patience and warned us that there’s been a lot of misinformation flying around.
-UK is a “good job” and there are plenty of interested coaches out there who want to work in the SEC.
-During Joker’s final press conference today he had a few notable things to say including the following.
“It’s time to go. I understand that. It’s definitely time to go.”
On the next coach,
“Give the guy a chance. This is Kentucky football… given a chance, this thing can be good.”
-We learned late tonight that CBS Sports had been tipped by an anonymous source that Florida State’s Defensive Coordinator, Mark Stoops, had been interviewed in regards to the vacant coaching job at Kentucky. It’s anyone’s guess if this is actually true given that Mitch Barnhart’s staying tight lipped about the search, but regardless, it’s my belief that this would be an excellent hire for the program.
-The Washington Wizards are really bad. Like really, really bad. So far they’re 0-10 and on the verge of becoming one of the worst offensive teams in NBA history. Part of the reason for this ineptitude is John Wall’s injury. As of this writing, the original 8-week healing period for his left knee injury is coming to a close, but there is still no timetable for his return. Michael Lee of the Washington Post had this to say about the injury.
Wittman also doesn’t have a timetable for Wall, only that he won’t be back [on Wednesday] against the Hawks.
“Everything is good,” Wittman said of Wall. “Went to the doctor, things are progressing. No setbacks, no things that look differently. Things are moving in the right direction in terms of what they are seeing, the doctors. Each day he’s taking the step of increased rehab work. Nothing on the floor, but that’s a good thing.”
-Justin Havens of ESPN’s Stats & Information group had a great write up on Anthony Davis and how he is on pace for a Tim Duncan like career.
-Finally we know that Joker’s career at Kentucky didn’t go as originally planned, but his three season’s as head coach did provide some memorable moments. Take the programs first victory over Steve Spurrier for instance.