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Dick Clark’s Thursday News and Views

“For now, Dick Clark… So long.”

The signature departing line from Dick Clark’s broadcasts is fitting today, as the world said goodbye to the legendary game show host, radio and television personality, and businessman. Clark suffered a heart attack on Wednesday at Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica, a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure. He was 82 years old.

Clark, nicknamed “the world’s oldest teenager” for his boyish good looks, was best known for hosting long-running television shows such as American Bandstand, five versions of the game show Pyramid, and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. For 39 years, Clark rang in the new year with his rockin’ TV special featuring live music, special guests, and his famous countdown to 12 midnight. It just won’t be the same going into 2013 without hearing Clark’s unmistakable voice say, “It’s real good to be back with you again this year.”

So tonight, we salute the man who has seen more balls drop than a high school sports physician. He left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry and every December 31st house party across America. Clark once famously said, “Music is the soundtrack of your life,” and his soundtrack has sadly come to an end.

Dick Clark… So long.

News. Views.

 With all five starters removed from last year’s legendary team, the Kentucky staff is left filling in the holes to prepare for next season. Sure, UK has already claimed the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, but the four guys who make up that class aren’t enough if Kentucky wants to compete next season. There is the obvious need to sign power forward Anthony Bennett, and on Wednesday, we learned that the staff is also pursuing a new, but old, potential backup shooting guard.

Former Word of God Academy guard Torian Graham worked out in front of Coach Antigua on Wednesday afternoon and he told The Cats Pause that UK is recruiting him again. The 4-star guard has had Kentucky at the top of his list forever, but the love wasn’t mutual until Shabazz Muhammad’s name dropped from UK’s board. Now, Graham is the best option if Cal wants to add another guard and I think he will jump all over an offer from Kentucky if Cal wants him and if he can qualify. There were complications with the admissions department at NC State before Graham decommitted in December to re-open his recruitment. He says he currently has a 3.6 GPA and plans to take the ACT later this month.

Graham visited Lexington this past season for the Vanderbilt game and he has ties to Kentucky through John Wall, who played with his older brother in high school. Everything I’ve seen about this kid says he is in love with Calipari and Kentucky, so get ready to see him coming off the bench next season if Calipari decides to go that route.

 Back to the big 2012 name out there, Anthony Bennett. He’s a must-get. There’s no easier way to put it. The Cats need one more big body to complete the frontcourt and Bennett is the ideal prospect to fill that last spot.  Assuming Amile Jefferson ends up somewhere in North Carolina, Bennett is really the only prospect to fill that spot. Kentucky could be in trouble if he ends up at Florida or Oregon.

Bennett still hasn’t set up any visits but Florida, Oregon, and UNLV were in to watch him workout on Wednesday. He plans to announce sometime in early May, and according to Nerlens Noel, Kentucky has a little over a 50% chance at getting him. Please. Please. Please. released its final rankings for the class of 2012 and there wasn’t a whole lot of movement in the top ten. Nerlens Noel held down his top spot, while Alex Poythress and Anthony Bennett came in at No. 7 and 8, respectively. Archie Goodwin is the 14th ranked player in the class followed by Willie Cauley-Stein at No. 48.

 ESPN named its High School All-Americans on Wednesday and three Wildcats received honors. Nerlens Noel made the first team, Alex Poythress made the second, and Archie Goodwin was named to the third team. Read what ESPN said about each player here.

  Whether you like it or not, football is moving back into the forefront and its biggest event of the spring is less than three days away. The annual Blue/White Spring Football Game is set for this Saturday at 6:00 p.m at Commonwealth Stadium. Admission and parking are free for all on a first-come, first serve basis, so arrive early if you want a good seat and a short walk from your vehicle. The red, blue, and green parking lots open up at 8:00 a.m. and fans are invited to tailgate before the event. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.

The format will be the same as last year’s game. It will feature the first team (White) vs. the second team (Blue), with the Blue team receiving a 14-0 advantage to start the game. Last year, the Blue team jumped out to a 28-7 lead but needed a last minute field goal to clinch a 31-28 lead.

This year, fans in attendance will receive free roster cards at each gate and a poster commemorating the win over Tennessee. Posters are limited and they look like this:

  A couple hours before the Blue/White game kicks off, UK baseball will play host to LSU at 2 p.m. at Cliff Hagan Stadium.  The teams are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation this week (LSU is on top) and they’re tied for the lead in the Southeastern Conference with 11-4 records. Needless to say, it’s a pretty big game for the Bat Cats. Go out and show them some support and then head over to Commonwealth for the perfect Saturday afternoon double-header with UK athletics.

 I have good news for all you aspiring Kentucky bloggers out there! We’re looking to add new writers to our roster. If you’re in college and are interested in joining the team, send your resume and a writing sample to [email protected]. All submissions need to be in by Monday afternoon or they won’t be considered. We’ll select the best applicants from the bunch and then conduct interviews in Lexington on Sunday, April 28th, so make sure you’re available that day if you apply. It is the only day we’ll be interviewing.

 Also, don’t forget about the KSTV Casting Call, which begins this weekend in Florence, KY. Scroll down for more details.

That’ll do it for now.

I’ll leave you with a photo of the late Dick Clark.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

42 Comments for Dick Clark’s Thursday News and Views

  1. kywildcat
    11:21 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Poster, lol

  2. mocha
    11:23 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    RIP, Dick.

  3. Radio Ron
    11:26 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    I had the pleasure of meeting Dick Clark in 1967. I was a D.J. at WVLK when the Dick Clark caravan visited Lexington with Rock & Roll stars such as Tom Jones and Gene Pitney.
    He was a true gentleman when I inerviewed him and of course became a legend in his own time.

  4. Best coach is 60 miles west
    11:28 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    1-26 poster??? REALLY JOKER.???.

  5. blitzedanddazed
    11:33 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Nice post Drew. Dick Clark will also be forever remembered for his role in the “Payola” scandal.

  6. Marcus L Owens
    11:33 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Gram would not be a terrible get he adds another guard to spell Harrow and Goodwin. I agree Bennett is a must get but I’m still concerned with his eligibility, I don’t think he has qualified and thats the reason he hasnt taken any official visits.

  7. blitzedanddazed
    11:34 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Radio Ron—Didn’t Exile tour with the DC Caravan?

  8. Nostradonnyatliquormart
    11:41 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    No Dick Clark means no New Years Eve, guess the Mayans got it right. Oh well at least we’ll go out on top, GO CATS!

  9. Richard P. FIU
    11:58 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Torian Graham is actually a pretty nice player. He was begging Rick to come to Louisville but hes not a UofL type player, more of a project type. I hope UK gets him though because if he qualifies ya’ll are going down for sure!

  10. Rae
    12:09 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    10. I thought Ricky P loved the project types. After all, you don’t want the top talent because they won’t stay 4 years.

  11. Richard P. FIU
    12:20 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    Ugh no, our roster is loaded with 5 star players. Our starting 5 next year will be the most talented team Rick has had since 1996. The reason I want Graham at UK is because there is no way he qualifies with out some help from Cal and you know ol homeboy Forde will be all over that.

  12. JBR
    12:31 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    Graham would also fill a need for us…and that is a perimeter shooter. If he qualifies, I say sign him up. And…after years of being a uk football fan and season ticket holder…I am now in the crowd on here that says “who cares” to the football posts. I love football…but I cannot justify being a die hard fan of a school that refuses to try to improve itself. Joker has already undone what Brooks did here, and this season will be brutal. I have actually been a Barnhart supporter, but he had better grow a pair and fire Joker before we hit rock bottom, again.

  13. Rae
    12:36 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    12. Believe it or not, UK’s APR is fine. After Orton, Cal makes sure they finish their classes. Believe me, freshman classes don’t require too much library time.

    And no, you aren’t filled to the brim with talent. They could certainly improve their stock, but DraftExpress already has a 2013 mock draft. Blackshear is the only first rounder, at 23. Dieng is 8 in round 2, and Siva is 25. Not that much of an all star roster currently. Again, it probably won’t stay that way but I am talking presently.

  14. Bulldawg
    12:38 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    Richard – to even mention U of L’s team next year (that has not even played a game yet) in the same sentence with the 96 Wildcats is pure blasphemy. Forde is all over something alright but it ain’t dirt on Coach Cal…How will it feel when UK beats your most talented team next year with all new players???

  15. LexSportsCards
    12:43 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    TJ will be @lexingtonsportscards on friday from 5-6pm
    MKG will be @lexingtonsportscards on friday from 7-9pm
    signing Autographs

    @lexsportscards – twitter

  16. SouthBeachWildcat
    1:24 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    12. The 97 UK team is the most talented Pitino squad since the 96 team

  17. CatsForever
    1:26 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    Why has Pollard dropped off UK’s radar?

  18. BPsycho
    2:07 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    Ally Tucker = Good

  19. jack
    2:52 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    “so arrive early if you want a good seat and a short walk from your vehicle”

    Or arrive late if you want a good seat and a short walk from your vehicle, as it will make no difference in the world.

  20. really
    6:17 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    All the recruiting experts are saying Graham will be going the juco route. Hope ole Wes doesn’t try to help this kid like he helped Rose. We do not need that drama.

  21. catGrad7072
    7:22 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    Poster = weak!
    Maybe if the poster was wrapped around a fifth of bourbon ………

  22. catGrad7072
    7:25 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    #4: Classic. Well, he is wearing Card colors.

  23. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    7:40 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    It’d be awesome if Davis would do some signing dates before the draft.

  24. Bats#!t Crazy
    8:05 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

  25. TAXman
    8:16 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    I’m so glad that most of us are getting so much better at NOT FEEDING TROLLS!

  26. barn
    8:19 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    can’t wait for the UK – dooshvill game next year. vill’s best team ever–or so tard fans are hyping themselves to believe—against a completely new team of freshmen. if we put a smackdown on them it would be a crushing blow

  27. cracka
    8:22 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    if we get bennett, we would have 2 7 8 14 and 40 … compares to fab five being 1 3 6 9 and 84

    add wiltjer 22 from last year and harrow 19 from 2 years ago

    top 6 guys in the rotation would be 2 7 8 14 19 and 22, with the 2 lower guys having experience … that’s definitely a top team in college bball next year

  28. Bristol Cat
    8:26 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    So if UK doesn’t get Bennett, we should sell out tickets, cancel our hotel rooms, and look forward to baseball? Come on, UK will be good either way.

  29. bmt22033
    8:29 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    Best example of a Louisville fan I’ve ever seen. Watch this video closely at the :45 second mark… 🙂

  30. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    8:53 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    #30- So wrong, but yet so funny…..

  31. Roland
    9:07 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    Never cared for the New Year’s show because for my generation, Dick Clark was American Bandstand. “I give it a 98 cause it has a nice beat and you can dance to it.”

    sample of AB:

  32. RYNO
    9:14 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    30) That’s messed up

  33. RYNO
    9:19 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    10) UofL fan commenting on Torian Graham, “Not a UofL type player. More of a project type” <— Delusion in it's purist form.

  34. kentuckyrules
    9:26 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    #30) ROLFMAO!! …but so wrong …I guess that’s what makes it funny!

  35. Conway Twitty
    9:29 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    Conway Twitty laughs at #12. Louisville has only had one 5-star recruit (Chane) since 2009. Don’t know what recruiting lists you were looking at, but the Cards will take a tumble from the top like they did this year when they were preseason #4.

  36. RYNO
    9:36 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    12) UofL fan commenting on their team next year, “Our roster is loaded with 5 star players. Our starting 5 next year will be the most talented team Rick has had since 1996” <–Delusion in it's purist form

    ESPN Recruiting Rankings

    Wayne Blackshear- 4 Star
    Chane Behanan- 4 Star
    Zach Price- 4 Star
    Kevin Ware- 4 Star
    Angel Nunez- 4 Star
    Peyton Siva- 4 Star
    Gorgui Dieng- 3 Star
    Elisha Justice- 2 Star
    And next year's class included Terry Rozier- 4 Star

    So when you said, "LOADED with 5 star guys", you actually meant UofL has ZERO 5 star guys, you would have been 100% accurate.

  37. Radio Ron
    10:52 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, Blitzed & Dazed !
    Exile did indeed tour with the D.C.C. As you probably know, The Exiles started their band in nearby Rickmond, Ky. and changed their name to simply Exile in the early 70s. They had a big hit with “Kiss You All Over” in 1978.

  38. csb087
    11:35 am April 19, 2012 Permalink

    please, for the love of god, quit referring to the baseball team as the “bat cats.” its dumb. that is all. go CATS!!!!!!!

  39. CTRL V, CTRL P
    12:27 pm April 19, 2012 Permalink

    I make recruiting updates happen

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    4:28 pm April 19, 2012 Permalink


  41. JJJ
    4:29 pm April 19, 2012 Permalink