Hi, I’m Tyler and I have a girl crush on Connie Britton.
Like most people, I fell for Connie Britton when she played the character of Tami Taylor on “Friday Night Lights.” Originally, Tami Taylor was only supposed to be a supportive coaches’ wife, but when Britton took the role, she made the writers promise to make her more than just that. As a result, she became one of the most beloved characters on the show, a strong-willed, independent and successful woman who was entirely capable of being a supportive wife and mother as well. Plus, she had that hair…Britton’s hair is so popular it’s spawned a tumblr account of its own, about a million colorist requests and a bump in aviator sales.
After “Friday Night Lights” ended (a dark day for us all, cross your fingers for the movie), Britton shook off her Tami Taylor nobility with a role in “American Horror Story.” I’m too squeamish for shows like that, but I was thrilled when I heard she had accepted the role of Rayna James in “Nashville.” So thrilled that I may or may stalk her at times in the Green Hills Whole Foods, which isn’t at all creepy, right? To me, Britton isn’t just a great actress with hair that would rival John Robic’s; she’s pretty much a role model.
Happy birthday, Connie. If you’re reading this, let’s meet up for lunch. I’ll try not to geek.
— Tuesday was another oddly slow news day, especially since there’s only two weeks until March Madness. From what I’ve gathered, fans are generally nervous and/or apathetic about the rest of this team’s journey and the chances they’ll make the NCAA Tournament. Let’s break down what Kentucky has to do to make the dance and get us all smiling again:
1. Beat Georgia
A loss to the Bulldogs, ranked 9th in the SEC with an RPI of 130, would devastate Kentucky’s Tournament chances. Other than beating Florida and getting to the finals of the SEC Tournament OR winning the SEC Tournament altogether, the Cats wouldn’t be able to recover from it. Beating Georgia won’t give them any sort of cushion, but it may help them nab a better seed in the SEC Tournament, which is crucial to avoid an early upset.
2. Play Florida close
Even before Nerlens Noel went down, the Gators had their way with the Cats in Gainesville. Florida was clearly in a different class than Kentucky at the time, and although they’ve had their share of stumbles since, it will take the Cats’ best effort to beat the Gators on Senior Day. Kentucky and the Rupp Arena crowd will have to bring an even better performance than that needed to upset Missouri. I don’t think the Cats have to beat Florida (unless they lose to Georgia), but they have to at least play them close.
3. Win two at the SEC Tournament
I don’t think many of us expect Kentucky to win the SEC Tournament, but it would be nice if they decided to show up. The BBN will do their best to give the Cats a home crowd advantage, and it all really boils down to seeding. The best scenario is the Cats getting the 2 seed and staying away from Florida in the Tournament as long as they can, but it’s more likely that they’ll end up with the 3 seed, meaning they’ll play the late game Friday night and if they win, turn around for a 3:30 p.m. game on Saturday. One win won’t help Kentucky’s chances, but two may push them over the crest of the bubble.
— Tuesday night’s bubble watch:
Marshall beat Southern Miss: GOOD – Southern Miss is a fellow bubble team, and even more, the Cats beat Marshall earlier this season
Missouri beat Arkansas by 30: DRAW – Strengthens Kentucky’s win over Missouri but makes that loss at Arkansas glaring
Ole Miss beat Alabama: GOOD – Both Alabama and Ole Miss are bubble teams, but because the Cats have beaten the Rebels and lost to the Crimson Tide, an Ole Miss win is the lesser of two evils. If it comes down to Kentucky and Ole Miss on the bubble, Kentucky’s win will give them the edge.
UNLV vs. Boise State: As of this writing, UNLV is down to Boise State at the half. Second half comeback, please??
Ohio State beats Indiana: This doesn’t help us, it just feels good. O-H…
— Is it just me or has Karl Towns grown a little over the past year?
— On Tuesday, we found out that Turner Sports will air a documentary about Kentucky basketball entitled “Bluegrass Kingdom: The Gospel of Kentucky Basketball” on March 17th at 8 p.m. ET on truTV. Coincidentally, that’s also Selection Sunday, which means the show will either prolong fans’ celebration of making the Tournament or be a cruel joke that has us dreaming of better days. Regardless, you’ll want to set your DVRs. The documentary will be directed by Michael Tolajian, whose most recent credits include “Once Brothers,” the critically-acclaimed documentary from ESPN’s “30 for 30” film series. It’ll be narrated by Drake and include interviews with the program’s most notable personalities including former UK players Pat Riley, Jamal Mashburn, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, coaches Joe B. Hall and John Calipari, UK alumna and zealous fan Ashley Judd and many others.
If you’d rather watch “Storage Wars” than that, you’re un-Kentuckian.
— Despite being sidelined by a tooth ache (which may or may not be named Alex Poythress), Cal released a new episode of his Mailbag series today. In it, he named Willie Cauley-Stein the team’s most improved player, saying that his recent play has led to him possibly being a lottery pick. What’s fueled Willie’s progression? “He comes every day and he loves it. He comes every day with the thought to improve. We have some other guys that come in and it’s misery working. Well, that’s what they look like on the basketball court. That’s when you see the body language and you say ‘What’s wrong?’ …You enjoy it all or you don’t have fun playing, and that means you really don’t know what it means to win and be a part of a Championship organization.”
— In football news, the first effects of the Stoops Era are being seen in the national media. ESPN moved Kentucky’s game at Mississippi State to its Thursday night primetime slot on October 24th at 7:30 p.m. While a weeknight in Starkville sounds slightly more depressing than a weekend in Starkville, it’s still a sign that the excitement surrounding the UK football program right now isn’t going unnoticed.
— Congrats to A’dia Mathies, who was named SEC Co-Player of the Year on Tuesday by the league. Mathies, was also named to the First Team All-SEC, along with DeNesha Stallworth, has won the award two years in a row, and it’s the fourth year in a row that the award has gone to a UK Hoops player. Samarie Walker was named to the Second Team All-SEC and All-Defensive Team. The ladies begin their postseason run Friday night in the Women’s SEC Tournament against the winner of Missouri/Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament in Duluth, Georgia. Our own Wilder Treadway and Hayley Minogue will be on the scene to cover the event and tell us what else there is to do in Duluth (leave them some suggestions).
In the morning, we’ll get you ready for the Georgia game, preview the Boys Sweet 16 and make it work while the guys are covering tennis in California. See you soon.