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Estelle Getty’s Wednesday News & Views

Long before “Girls,” “Entourage,” “Friends,” and “Sex & the City,” there was another pow wow of pals that captivated TV audiences: The Golden Girls. Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia entered our homes in 1985 as four old women sharing a home in Miami, Florida. Who knew at the time that would turn out to be one of TV’s most beloved sitcoms? “The Golden Girls” ran for seven years before the season finale in 1992, and has lived on for another twenty years in syndication. You can’t turn on the TV around lunchtime without seeing Dorothy and Sophia squabble, Blanche flirt, or Rose making an airhead remark about where babies come from.

Everyone has their favorite Golden Girl. Many love Dorothy’s dry wit, Blanche’s Southern sassiness, or Rose’s naïveté. Me? Sarcastic Sophia all the way. Picture it: Danville, Kentucky, 1994. A ten-year-old Tyler sits down after swim practice to enjoy a bowl of Spaghetti-Os with the lineup of “The Golden Girls” and “Designing Women” in the background. Sophia taught me many things: the art of a well-played prank, the beauty of the perfect deadpan, and lessons from a life in Sicily. Estelle Getty brought the character of Sophia to life, and will go down as one of the funniest women to ever grace the silver screen. She won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her performance as Sophia, and displaying some of that Sophia spunk, released a workout video for senior citizens in 1993 (you may also remember her from the Sylvester Stallone classic Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot). Getty, a native New Yorker, passed in her home in 2008 three days shy of her 85th birthday. If you’re up on your octogenarians (paging SexnNursinHomes!), you’ll know that means she was actually younger than Bea Arthur and Betty White, who were portrayed as her slightly more youthful counterparts on the show.

On what would have been your 89th birthday, here’s to you Estelle. Thank you for being a friend.

News and Views?

Joker Phillips headed to Bristol on Tuesday to take part in ESPN’s SEC “Car Wash,” which, fortunately, didn’t consist of the SEC football coaches washing cars in speedos, but instead a marathon session of interviews at the various shows on the network. The day included an online chat, in which Joker revealed little news about the upcoming season. Seriously, his answers may have been the most generic I’ve ever read. In summary: the football team was inspired by the basketball team’s teamwork, they want to build off the momentum of beating Tennessee, there’s a lot of young talent, and also a quarterback battle. My favorite question and answer? When asked if there were any new or exciting offensive schemes this season, Joker replied: “We’re developing an offense that allows us to put people in position to make plays for us. We’re developing an offense where once the kids start to make plays, they have confidence and therefore they develop into playmakers for us.” I know fall camp hasn’t even started and coachspeak is all the rage, but come on, that answer makes vanilla look exciting.

— Team USA beat Spain in their last pre-Olympic exhibition on Tuesday, and in four minutes of play, Anthony Davis was 0-1 from the field with one rebound and one monster block. After a slow start, the Americans put away Spain easily, and seem tuned and ready for their Olympic debut on Sunday against France.

— Although he didn’t play much against Spain, Anthony had a pretty good day, inking a three-year, $16.1 million deal with the Hornets. Bentley dealers of New Orleans, you are on alert!

— It wouldn’t be one of the slowest weeks of the offseason without some UofL talk. Today, the Cards announced a partnership with Maker’s Mark to build a new academic center adjacent to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The project will cost $8 million, with Maker’s Mark pitching in at least $500,000 and is another example of how far ahead of Kentucky Louisville is in athletic fundraising. While many are cracking open their commemorative Maker’s bottles in protest, it does raise the question of how Tom Jurich and the Cards are so successful in an area in which Mitch Barnhart and Kentucky seem to fail. As our whip-smart reporter Ryan Lemond discovered Tuesday morning, UK currently does not have a policy in place for corporate sponsorship of athletic buildings. The old school traditionalists among us may turn their noses up to corporate partnerships, but facts are facts: Kentucky’s facilities are far behind Louisville’s in terms of quality, and the easiest way to pay for the upgrades is putting a corporate name on them. With the Rupp Arena renovation up in the air due to funding battles between the city and the school, this could be something to consider.

— Looks like Coach Cal has a friend:

Guesses? Bobby Knight??

— Calipari, sensing our offseason ennui, also shared a fun little anecdote from the ESPYs on his Facebook page Tuesday. During the ESPYs, Cal left his seat to go backstage for a minute and when he returned, saw a woman sitting in his seat. Now, this being Cal’s first awards show, he didn’t realize this was a seat filler and had to ask someone who it was. Cal: he’s just like us! Kind of. Sort of. Not really.

— In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, 2014 backboard-shatterer Cliff Alexander opened up about his offer from Cal and the Cats:

“I talked to (Calipari) the day before the offer and he said he wanted to coach me,” Alexander said. “The next day I got a text from Coach Orlando (Antigua) that I have a scholarship offer. It is something I’ve been waiting for a long time.”

Although he refrains from naming favorites, it’s widely believed that Alexander’s top two are Kentucky and Michigan State.

— If you didn’t get a chance yet, be sure to scroll down and check out Josh Hopkins’ breakdown of the 2012-2013 Cats. It’s one of the first practice reports we’ve seen from someone other than’s staff, and includes some genuinely awesome nuggets of info in true KSR style. Plus, it was written by Josh Hopkins.

— Don’t forget to send me your questions for this week’s #ksrmailbag. It’s been a fun feature so far, but the more new voices, the better. This isn’t the Mailbag of Jax Teller, after all. (Love you, Jax.)

— Finally, the world said goodbye to Sherman Hemsley, aka George Jefferson, on Tuesday. “The Jeffersons” was before my time, so I don’t feel I am qualified to write a worthy tribute, but instead, will leave it to the members of a better generation. Hope you’re enjoying that deluxe apartment in the sky, Sherman.

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.

28 Comments for Estelle Getty’s Wednesday News & Views

  1. lexcat
    11:10 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t understand why our fans are upset with makers mark. I heard the CEO. He said his grand parents were the founders and they both graduated from uofl. Plus, uofl alread sells their product at the yum center. What am I missing?

  2. you are quick to judge
    11:40 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    UL plays in the Big East where alcohol is allowed. UK plays in the SEC where alcohol is not allowed which in turn means alcohol cannot be sold or advertised at university athletics events of an SEC school. Also, it is not a cut and dry comparison on the fund raising area between the two schools. UL has a foundation which allows them to borrow funds from to build at a zero interest rate. UK has no foundation and is restricted by the state bonding capicity. Just like Jurich at UL who renergized all of the to non-revenue sport venues and then went to the big picture with football and basketball. Mitch is doing similar situation. MItch is focused on renvitalizing the non-revenue sports at UK and is close to turning the focus to football, and getting bonding from the state to do so. Rupp is in the city hands and needs to figure out how they will finance it’s renovation. So far UK has paid debt free through fund raising for the craft center, coal lodge, football facility/field improvements, score board, new track facility, and soon a renovation of soccer softball facilities. So UK is lagging fundraising because they don’t have their academic center named after a bourbon?

  3. you are quick to judge
    11:43 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    Also, IMG with UK is responsible for the sponsorship/naming opportunities from corporations. do a little more research on this subject.

  4. Mass Confusion
    11:58 pm July 24, 2012 Permalink

    ironic Sherman has 2 honkies as background dancers?

  5. LoganBleedsBlue
    12:26 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’m just so happy my ksr app will let me comment again.

  6. 44 stitches
    12:37 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I just know I’m drunk and my favorite Golden Girls go in order… Hands down Sophia (if not you never saw the show), 2. Rose 3. Blanche (the whore) 4. Dorothy… Just when you think someone can’t get any better Mrs Tyler Thompson has to prove me wrong. She’s the best thing KSR has going.

    Hi it’s me Stan!!!!!!!!!

  7. Kaptain Kat!
    2:30 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    RIP Sherman Hemsley.

  8. Disappointed
    4:02 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I started reading the comments about Golden Girls and I was really hopeful that Matt or Drew was writing it. (Sigh)…oh well.

  9. UK bigbluegy
    7:18 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Great answer by Coach Phillips at SEC days. Why answer the question? Use the element of surprise. If you want the answer, get in your car and ride over to the Nutter Center and ask him.

  10. SexnNursinHomes
    7:31 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    loved the Golden Girls as a kid. Always wanted to be in a 4-some with them. Damn, I’d give my right arm to see Betty White and Estelle Getty tongue kiss each other.

  11. catlanta
    7:58 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    In regard to the facility makers mark is donating to, uofl also had someone secretly donate 2 million bucks. That is huge. That does not usually happen at uk.

  12. Off the Subject
    7:59 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    This has absolutely nothing to do with the thread but has anyone seen videos and read about Aaron Gordon? This guy is spectacular! He is also very well-spoken and seems like a good kid. I wonder what the chances of UK landing him are.

  13. really
    8:11 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Another uk site is claiming they wrote a fake recruiting article on an African 2013 center (Momadoo or something like that). The wanted to see if matt would steal it and put it on this site. They claim uk was never recruiting him. Matt has been silent when called out on this.

  14. mike
    8:19 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Maker’s Mark contributed $500,000 and is getting their name on a $8 million building? You know what they call that in the real world: Bad Business. UK had private donors build all of the following buildings over the past several years (no public dollars whatsoever): Craft Center, Wildcat Coal Lodge, and Marksbury Building (engineering building). Those buildings cost over $60 million! $500,000 gets your name on a conference room at UK, if you are lucky. Please do some research sometime.

  15. Justin
    8:21 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    11 – it was sam swope who cut the check.

    But to say “that never happends at UK” is laughable. The difference is, noone talks about it for UK. You think UK doesnt get $1M donations?

  16. Justin
    8:22 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    14 – thank you.

  17. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:25 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    13- Proof? Otherwise, stfu.

  18. Moving Up
    8:50 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    George Jefferson dies and you dedicate the post to someone who past away years ago? Old white money wins again.

  19. reality
    8:58 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Makers Mark’s name will not be on the building. That was stated last night.

  20. asf
    9:00 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Be happy for Sherman Hensley today. He is finally moving on up.

  21. yep
    9:00 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    17) this is true. It was on a uk premium board and the person who runs the site stated it as fact. He could be full of it, but it has been reported.

  22. shields eyes
    9:08 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Curse of the Golden Girls has struck everyone one the show but Betty White. The Curse will eventually take her as well.

  23. SteveM
    9:17 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    It is bewildering how people can’t appreciate how tremendously incompetent Mitch Barnhart has been as UK athletic director. In the time that Barnhart has been at UK, Jurich has managed to: 1) build a new football stadium; 2)build a state-of-the-art basketball facility (while securing a sweetheart deal for the Cards that brings in tens of millions a year in revenue); 3) build a new academic center; and 4) build a new student center. Barnhart’s achievements in the same period of time include: 1)) giving Tubby an undeserved contract extension and hiring Gillispie, thereby setting back UK’s bsketball program at least 7 years; 3)hiring Joker; 4) being forced to stand by the sidelines while influential boosters brought in Calipari which has resulted in the greatest era in UK basketball history; 5) presided over the collapse of the football program and literally, Commonwealth stadium; and 6) to date, has no plan by which UK will either build a new basketball arena or renovate Rupp. Barnhart has always been and will always been a empty suit, a dim-witted AD with no business or financial acumen and no ability to understand the real work of an AD…to raise large sums of MONEY in order to make athletics department one of the finest in the nation. Congratulations to U of L on their new facilities and deal with Maker’s Mark. They deserve it. God I wish UK had Jurich.

  24. ShutUpSteve
    10:09 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    23 all these fancy new buildings and yet the only major sport they had an overall better season than us was in football…and it was mainly better than ours bc of how pathetic the BE is in football. So you want Jurich bc he can get us nice buildings? Apparently they need all the help they can get to get decent athletes, while we don’t have to build things to make them come here. Perhaps you count Steeplechase as a major sport.

  25. Jax Teller
    10:17 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Mrs Tyler, you need to teach the Ally Tucker and the other youngins from KSR College about Golden Girls. A few weeks back one of them sent a tweet saying “thank you for being a friend” which immediately prompted me to respond with “traveled down the road and back again” — to which none of them had a clue what I was talking about. Lets just say that was my “you’re old now” moment.

    As for the mailbag — can we just have a standing “Jax Teller’s Question of the week?” Personally, I think it’d be a wonderful addition.

  26. SteveM
    11:02 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    #24 you just proved my point…thanks! Despite all the deficiencies of U of L that you just noticed, Jurich’s achivements are even more magnified. Any objective observer (which you are obviously not), wouldn’t put Barnhart in the same league as Jurish as far as AD’s go.

  27. Do some research
    11:44 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    #23. Go back and read #2 comment. And then read #14. UK just isn’t as public with its donations. why doesn’t someone out there do an open records request to compare fund raising each year between UK and UL? Then determine who is better or lagging.

  28. You'reWelcomeIGuess
    11:51 am July 25, 2012 Permalink

    26 My point was that even with the buildings they still aren’t getting better athletes so buildings may not be as necessary for us as they are Louisville, seeing as though our athletics are thriving (minus football) without needing to beg for donations. Football hasn’t been thriving here for years so it’s not like that’s new. So you are saying we need to go around soliciting donations for buildings just for bragging rights for the nicest facilities? I agree new facilities would be nice to have but I’m not going to bash Mitch just because he doesn’t feel the need to keep up with the Joneses as far as fancy buildings. He’s obviously keeping up competition wise and that’s the main concern with most people. Also see comment 27.