On an unbelievably bad day for birthdays (seriously the best one is Mick Fleetwood), we will go one day late to the tribute for George Carlin. I think it can be said that most modern comics that are any good were influenced to a large degree by Carlin, whose observational style, mixed in with a desire to push the envelope, became the norm for most stand-up in the country. Most people remember Carlin for his “Seven Dirty Words” routine, and of course now if you listen to the routine, it is unbelievably tame by modern standards. However to just think of Carlin as simply the guy who used racy language would be miss the point. He was a critic of modern culture and did so by pointing the finger at the hypocrisy all around. At one point, he was one of the biggest stars in entertainment and was a symbol of the counterculture, as seen by his placement as the first host of Saturday Night Live. However like Charles Barkley, Willie Nelson and Chris Rock, he somehow was loved even by those who might dislike his personal antics, or even what he had to say. Bottom line…the comedians I like most (Rock, Jon Stewart, Letterman, etc) all point to Carlin as the best….that in and of itself says enough for me.
Three quick notes….
(1): Kentucky got a football commitment today from a young man with a great name, Mister Cobble. Naming a kid “Mister” is a great statement by a set of parents and in Cobble’s case it foretold the fact that their son would become a man. 6’3″, 280 pounds and a Defensive Tackle from Louisville Central, Cobble is a force on the line and was the anchor for a team that went on to win a state title. He picked the Cats over the Cards and interest from the Vols and I know the coaches at UK are very excited about his prospects. UK lineman Corey Peters was instrumental in his recruitment and he could pave the way for a long series of football recruits from the Ville. Nice pickup for sure.
(2): Sad news today that the fattest quarterback that we have ever loved, Jared Lorenzen was cut from the Giants. With five quarterbacks in camp and Andre’ Woodson on the horizon, Lorenzen was the odd man out and now must find work elsewhere. Coach Tom Coughlin was Lorenzen’s biggest fan and thus his prospects elsewhere are a bit up in the air. J-Load is still my favorite UK football player of all time and I wish him well….great radio interview, entertaining player and full of nicknames and girth….it doesnt get much better.
(3): Finally, we give good summer news from pickup games so we also must give the negative stuff. Have been hearing in the last couple of weeks that it has been a struggle a bit for Josh Harrellson since he arrived on campus. According to a couple of sources, he has had some trouble adjusting to the workout schedule for the team and getting acclimated on the court. Most think he will be fine, but the initial few weeks has been tough. I think in the Gillispie era, we will hear more and more of this as his tough standard can be a grind for guys at first. Here is hoping that Harrellson comes around, as I think he can be a contributor next season.
More throughout the day, including more football previews, another media member and a look at our NBA Draft coverage around here….which should be great.