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George Clooney’s Tuesday News and Views

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When George Clooney‘s name pops up on the list of birthdays, the normally impossible job of picking a news and views honoree becomes very easy. (Picking which picture to use, on the other hand…)

In addition to being one of the sexiest men in the world and a cruel reminder that men age better than women, Clooney is a Kentuckian. Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Clooney is the son of a beauty pageant queen and a news anchor, and the nephew of a very famous singer, Rosemary. Clooney and his family moved around the area before settling in Augusta, Kentucky, where George played high school baseball and basketball. He was so adept at baseball that he even tried out for the Reds, but didn’t make it past the first round of cuts. He put in some stints at Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati before dropping out to pursue acting.

As if we needed another reason to love him, Clooney is also a UK fan. Skip to the 5:30 mark of this video to hear Clooney talk about playing basketball with Charlie Rose, who went to Duke: “I’ve played basketball with Charlie, and he went to Duke and I’m a Kentucky guy. In his basketball game, he cheats and fouls. I play like a good Kentucky guy, and he plays like a Duke man.

Cheers to you, George. I’m sure you’ll ring in 52 in a much cooler manner than any of us could ever dream of.

Now, on to the news and views from another offseason Monday…

— On Monday, we learned a little more about the condition of Asheley Lowery, the junior defensive back who was in a car wreck over the weekend. Mark Stoops traveled to Georgia to see his starting safety and released the following statement:

“I went to see Ashely today and was glad to see him and spend some time with him. We’re thankful for the progress he’s made and are hopeful he will continue that improvement. He’s heard from a lot of teammates and is grateful for all the good wishes and prayers that so many people are offering on his behalf. We ask the Big Blue Nation to join Ashely’s football family in continuing to pray for a speedy recovery.”

Ashely’s family also released a statement, saying that his condition has been upgraded from “stable” to “satisfactory,” and that his injuries are no longer life-threatening. Amazingly, Lowery suffered no broken bones or internal injuries after being thrown 100 feet from his car after it flipped several times. His family says they expect Ashely to make a full recovery, and thanks the BBN for their thoughts and prayers:

“On behalf of the Lowery family, we’d like to thank everyone for their concerns and prayer. From Georgia to Lexington, we can’t thank everyone enough. You are like family to us.

Best wishes to Ashely in his recovery.

— In other football news, redshirt freshman running back Justin Taylor will transfer. The news isn’t terribly surprising, as Taylor had a difficult spring that scooted him further down the depth chart behind Raymond Sanders, Jonathan George, Josh Clemons and Dyshawn Mobley. With what Stoops said was “a lot of work to do” and 4-star JoJo Kemp on the way in this summer, playing time was pretty much nil for Taylor at UK. It’s a disappointing turn for the former high school star, who was committed to Alabama before he injured his knee his senior year and the Tide took back their offer. It’s rumored he will end up at South Carolina State.

— Perhaps aware of Taylor’s intent to transfer, UK’s staff went to visit 4-star RB Stanley Williams on Monday. Williams has offers from a plethora of major programs, including Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, and Kentucky, and is the 16th best running back in the class of 2014. I’m going to try not to read too much into the fact that he used the following hashtags when tweeting about the visit: #BBN #StoopsTroops #Lafamilia #WeAreUK #LexVegas

— Not surprisingly, Mitch Barnhart isn’t in favor of the SEC increasing its conference schedule to nine games. Since the SEC Network became a reality last week, rumor spread that ESPN may pressure the league into adding a conference game to beef up the television slate. Because ESPN owns the network outright and only shares the profits with the league 50/50, they pretty much get what they want. Here’s hoping the ADs of the other middle and lower tier league teams stand with Mitch to oppose the idea, or the hopes for Kentucky to achieve six wins every year just got a little dimmer (or, perhaps, the lifespan of the Kentucky/Louisville football series shorter).

George Clooney in his Augusta High School basketball uniform. Just because.

Wiggins Watch: Only a recruit like Andrew Wiggins could garner so much “non-news.” On Monday, the Courier-Journal’s Adam Himmelsbach caught up with Lesley Thomas, Andrew Wiggins’ host mom in Huntington, who said that Wiggins’ mother, Marita, will come down “within the next week or so” for the announcement to lend support. Thomas also said that Wiggins spent his Monday at Wal-Mart shopping for boxes to pack up his shoes in to go back to Canada. What do these juicy non-news tidbits tell us?

1. Wiggins will announce his decision “within the next week or so” (kind of already knew that)

2. Wiggins mom is coming down to support him during the announcement. (didn’t know that)

3. Andrew thinks enough of his shoes that he’s buying boxes for them to go home in from Wal-Mart. (Considering basketball players’ love for sneakers, could have guessed that)

I think Wiggins’ coach Rob Fulford said it best in a tweet Monday afternoon: “There is nothing to see here… Move on about ur day lol.” Wiggins’ host mom said that while she doesn’t know much about his announcement, she knows “he’s just ready to get the decision over with.” That makes all of us.

— Many think that Friday could be the day Wiggins announces his decision. That’s also the day Drew Barker will tell the world where he’s going to college in a public press conference at Conner High in Hebron. Could it be a blue-letter day for UK? Most believe Barker is down to Kentucky and South Carolina, but the fact that he’s holding an open press conference in his high school gym and invited all of his followers to come bodes well for the Cats, in my opinion. Regardless, it will be a big day for the program, as both Wiggins and Barker could be game-changing players at UK.

— Your random Kentucky news headline of the night: Kentucky man threatened to eat officer.

— Finally, Nerlens Noel is off to Birmingham to finish his rehab. John Calipari visited Nerlens at the Lodge Monday evening and tweeted the following:

“Stopped by the lodge with my son @The_bcal25 to see @NerlensNoel3 off before he heads to Birmingham to finish his rehab. I almost teared up after seeing the story of Nerlens hanging out & taking Kelly to the Derby this weekend. He’s a special kid with a big heart.”


It’s not goodbye, it’s see you soon, right? See you in the morning for another fast and exciting day in Kentucky sports.

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.

33 Comments for George Clooney’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. Willie Wonka
    11:20 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Would you guys quit talking about sacks? I strongly encourage everyone to go out and find a package of Hi-Chew. It’s the best candy you will ever eat. Your tongue will have an explosive orgasm and rip itself from your mouth. Order it from Amazon if you have to. It’s worth it.

  2. Five knee surgeries
    11:22 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    He is still a good basketball player. I played with him a few years ago when he came to Greenville SC to film “Leatherheads”. He and several of the crew came to our church gym and played a few times while they were in town filming. They asked that we keep it quiet so that they wouldn’t be mobbed .
    Strangely enough there were several ladies in the church who would just happen to be in the hallway that leads into the gym each time we played. They were very appreciative and made a generous donation to the church in appreciation for using our facility.

  3. Bleed Blue
    11:24 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    I have yet to be told Wiggins isn’t coming here and somebody else I know that I follow on Twitter who is very knowledgeable said that he thought it might be coming to an end very soon and he also gave a cryptic hint as to where he was going, so that just reassured me. The guy I follow on Twitter said “Getting a sense it may not be very much longer until the over anxious type long lasting nightmare is over and they’ll have their answer…” and then tweeted “#BBNREVENGETOUR”. He does these subtle hints all the time and he has been right way more than not.

  4. Levi
    11:24 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Brad Calipari has the legs of Brittney Griner.

    Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

    or a sexy thing?

  5. This Is It...
    11:30 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink



  6. This Is It...
    11:31 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink



  7. clipper
    11:36 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t like Clooney! Anyone who supports Hussan Obama is un american……..period. Let me remind everyone about what Obama’s preacher said that Obama and his family listened to for 20 years or so. “Oh no no no not God bless America. God damn America. It’s in the bible.”

  8. Chaz
    11:44 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Hi Tyler T. I always enjoy your posts. They’re lighthearted, informative, and sometimes about popcorn (my second favorite food source). It saddens me that the comments section for the posts of all the writers seem to be more and more made from commenters who are getting warmed up for a heavy duty troll patrol on YouTube. The language is so similar.

    My hope is that you keep doing what you do, and hire a third party to monitor the comments.

  9. Caldera
    11:45 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    So “Clipper” (#14), just to clarify, you’re saying that over half of Americans are un-American? What would that make you?

  10. Nostalgia Critic
    11:48 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

  11. Wildcatsteeler
    2:28 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    @7 the size of your ankles has nothing to do with the chance of spraining them. In fact it has more to do with how high and how fast you jump. In which cast the thinner the better. It’s called fast-twitch muscles. Had you made it past a 6th grade education in science (granted, that’s high for this state) you’d know that.

  12. SeaCat
    2:39 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    Why rehab in Birmingham?
    What is special about it?
    I thought his surgeon was in Florida.

  13. PlayedOut
    2:52 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    “he’s just ready to get the decision over with.” Doesnt seem like he’s unsure at all, sounds more like someone else is running the show. Kid is going to UK, he knows it and Nike knows it.

  14. rj
    5:02 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    what I’m tired of is the total lack of respect matt and the rest of the ksr writers have for our incoming class. its already the best class in basketball history with superstars like randall, who I think is the best in the class and andrew, who is probally the best [point guard cals had since he’s been here. the way matt feels about wiggins is that if we don’t get him we might as well give up next year,its like the rest of the class doesn’t exist and Im tired of it!

  15. Catlogic15
    6:09 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    Orb has thin ankles too.

  16. SexnNursinHomes
    6:32 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    Clooney is 52? He has looked 52 for 20 years.

  17. #10 please stop
    7:05 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    #10 I allways look foward to Big Blues info b\c he predicted Randle to UK as well as the Harrisons. Just because it’s a random person doesn’t mean that they aren’t credible.

  18. Toby
    7:07 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    Actually George stated flat out in an interview a few years ago the although I was born in Kentucky “I am not a Kentuckian”.

  19. Cris
    7:21 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    18….Name-calling is quite impressive while attempting to label someone else as ignorant

  20. fiddlestix
    7:35 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    Goodbye is derived from the old “God Be with ye”…so naturally we want to find a reason to get rid of it…whew!

  21. JDH
    7:42 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    Am I the only one tired of all the crying over a 9-game SEC schedule in football?

  22. Pabloco
    7:56 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    I am over everyone saying that Wiggins “just wants this to be over”. If that were true he would have declared already. I fear Wiggins may be a closet prima donna. If he didn’t like the attention he would do something about it.

  23. GrumpyOldDude
    8:19 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    No Happy Birthday wish for one of our best football players ever? Babe Pirilli turns 83 years young today….

  24. ky colonel
    8:31 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    Matthew Thomas is asking for a release from FSU. come to UK for Stoops? front page of espn

  25. Kiddekat
    8:31 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    We have had more talented players at UK (a few), but none with a bigger heart. NN is one of my all-time favorites.

  26. UKcrazy
    8:36 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    I wore sweatpants like that once and I got beat up!

  27. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:42 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    The SEC has dominated the BCS for many years in football with the 8 game conference schedule. Why would they want to change that? Didn’t the SEC have 6 teams finish the season in the top 10 poll in the nation at the end of this year? So, the top teams should not want to change that.

  28. Teachable Mo'
    8:50 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    re: 11

    parody? not parody?

  29. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    9:34 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    12- That is where James Andrew’s rehab facility is. He practices in both states. Maybe Nerlens and RG3 will get to rehab some together.

  30. Daryl Dixon
    9:35 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    5 – I agree Ryan needs to be replaced. He’s a trying-too-hard-poor-man’s-bobba-booey. matt is a huge stern fan so i’m sure he instructs ryan to be as stupid and goofy as possible. However, Mary Jo Perino was HORRIBLE when she filled in the few times for matt.

  31. Half of all Americans?
    9:46 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    #9 –

    Over half of those that voted did so for Obama. Trust me, he does NOT have over half af America in his corner.

    I like Clooney. Sometimes his politics stink, but at least he’s DOING SOMETHING.

  32. This Is It...
    10:03 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    Hey This Is It.Says #5 & 6…Glad I am your idol…In the words of the immortal JRock…You and Ryan Lemond BOTH SUCK…

  33. Steady
    10:15 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    MJP is a biggun.