Quick question. How many of you saw “Grown Ups 2” this weekend? Be honest…surely some of you did, as the movie made 42 million dollars in its opening weekend. And I can’t for the life of my fathom as to why. Even though I haven’t (and won’t) see it, one has to assume that Grown Ups 2 is one of the worst movies ever made. The first one (which I catch piece of every now and then on tv) is atrocious and it received one of the worst ratings I have ever seen from Rotten Tomatoes, with only 7% of all reviewers giving it a positive score. I was shocked to hear it would get made, even more shocked to see that it got big promotion and then completely flabbergasted when I saw just how hideous the trailer for the movie ended up being (I think they showed the scene with Andy Sanberg saying “your car is filthy” approximately 5,000 times during the NBA playoffs). When the best review of the movie that I came across said “well Shaq is kind of funny”, I knew that it had to be one of the all time worst. Yet, the movie has two people who I think are hilarious (Sandler and Rock), one that has made me laugh on multiple occasions (Spade) and a fat guy that people seem to like (James). So how can it be so awful? Adam Sandler produced two of the best comedies for young idiots like me (at the time) in Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore…now we are left with Jack and Jill and Grown Ups 2. Has any comedian fallen faster? And as for Rock…has he ever (since CB4) made a good movie? I haven’t seen the movie and won’t until I hate-watch it late one night on HBO…but for those of you that saw it, two questions…why?…and how bad was it? I guess I just have to know.
To the news bits:
— You can read my full Peach Jam review from earlier here, but for me the major takeaway from the event is that Kentucky is expanding its pool of recruits. Because three of UK’s top targets are becoming less likely (Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Cliff Alexander), UK is casting its net a bit wider and searching for some other players. UK still has the ability to produce a #1 overall class if it can make a final five with this group:
And that class is definitely still a possibility. Towns is already committed and I think Mudiay is all but certain to end up a Cat. Stanley Johnson is said to be a UK lean by some, but getting him from the West Coast will require overcoming two booming West recruiting powers, Arizona and USC (which is riding the Florida Gulf Coast “Dunk City” excitement to some serious recruiting buzz). Vaughn is a bit of mystery since he wasn’t at Peach Jam, but people tell me UK’s position is solid and Lyles will be a UK/UL battle with accompanying bragging rights to the winner. After this group includes a list of players from Josh Perkins to Leron Black to Abdul Malik Abu to Kelly Oubre to Angel Delgado (who I think ends up a Cat). For the first time in a few years, UK’s recruiting will be very interesting to follow, as it could take some twists and turns during the fall. Part of that is because other schools are stepping up their attempts to get “one and dones” (Duke and Michigan State particularly) and part of it is the cyclical nature of recruiting. But either way, it should be a very interesting few months as Calipari tries to go for an unprecedented (and unbelievable) 6th straight #1 recruiting class.
— Much of the buzz in Augusta (and Lexington) has been that every day that goes by makes Kyle Wiltjer returning more and more likely. A number of folks that were from his part of the country said that they didn’t believe he was blown away by his Gonzaga visit and the thought of coming back to UK and redshirting is appealing to him. As one person told me, “after you have been around the Cadillac of basketball (UK), it’s hard to start driving a Kia, no matter how fast you are allowed to go.” Wiltjer returns to the States this week and I suspect we will know something by next Monday. I am not into making predictions, but WBA reuniting gets a stronger possibility of occurring every day.
— I felt a real sense of depression when I heard the news about Josh Clemons’ latest injury during workouts. The RB has a serious injury according to sources, the extent of which won’t fully be known until some time early this week. Most believe it is some type of Achilles injury, which would be devastating and almost surely keep him out of the season. Clemons tweeted on Friday night that only football could hurt him this much and make him come back, and reading the tweet genuinely made me sad. From his first appearance on campus, Clemons has looked like a man, one of the few players during Joker’s era to be built like a SEC player from his arrival. But since that moment, injuries have plagued him and cost him opportunities. This looked to be his chance, as a good Spring had him high on the coaches’ list. But now another setback is here and we all just have to hope for the best. My thoughts are with the young man as we all hope that he can recover as quick as possible.
— It is worth nothing on the football side that the praise for the UK Defensive Line continues to grow. I spoke with an assistant for another SEC team last week, who told me that he thought UK might have one of the three best Defensive Lines in the league. If the group can stay healthy, Zadarius, Cobble, Rumph and Dupree can be the anchor of a defense that otherwise will have major holes. With the dismissal of Pancho Thomas, the Linebacking corps now look as thin as the Secondary and the Cats seem to be a team that will have serious problems stopping the pass. For Kentucky to win, they will probably have to score 50 a game…but during those drives, we at least may have some run stops and get sacks in the process as well.
— This is a big week for football news, as the march to SEC season begins with the SEC Media Days in Birmingham. Showcasing a bit of the new football enthusiasm, KSR is making our first trip to Media Days, as Tyler Thompson will be covering the affair from down there. She will have reviews of every team and give you all the info you need on the media circus. Here closer, UK’s Media Day is August 5th, where we will see Stoops and the boys on the first day of fall camp and we will be doing our radio show live for the third year in a row. This is the week football really kicks into gear…and for the first time in a long time, I am genuinely excited.
The KSR TOUR IS IN BOWLING GREEN TOMORROW at Wright Implement/John Deere from 10-noon Eastern and 9-11 Central. Come on out if you are in the area, watch the show and sign up to win UK basketball tickets. We still have ten home games left, including Louisville and Florida, and this could be a good chance to win. Bowling Green is one of two places where our show is on delay, so the crowd will be smaller, meaning a better chance to win. As you see below, we are in Morgantown on Tuesday and we head West the rest of the week. If you haven’t been catching the show, make sure and subscribe on iTunes here or listen on the Podcast page on TalkRadio1080.com
Big week ahead, stay tuned….