Some 2012 sexy costumes: Sexy Care Bear (or rather, Care BARE!), Sexy Corn, Sexy Bert and Ernie, Sexy Ursula, (even though in the movie, Ursula is fat and gross), and Sexy Skunk.
I’m not a Halloween person. Sure, I was when I was a kid, but once you get past puberty, Halloween takes on a totally different meaning. Gone are the sweet days of saccharine delight, the plastic pumpkin full of Tootsie Rolls and Twizzlers, the thrill of the unknown bounty behind each neighbor’s door. In high school, Halloween becomes less about how much candy you get and more about how much skin you can show. Heck, even some of the kids’ costumes you can buy these days are frighteningly skimpy. My old “Snow White” costume from fifth grade looks like something Amish people would dress their child in now compared to today’s counterpart at Target. Today’s disturbingly high toddler hemlines aside, for people my age, Halloween has largely become an excuse to wear as little as possible and pass it off as a costume, sometimes with very very little creativity involved. In short:
While there’s nothing at all wrong with gals getting their Sexy Elmo on, I just wish people would be a bit more original with their costumes this year. And that we remember the reason for the season: lots and lots of candy. So, in the spirit, here are your Halloween news and views, presented by tiny pieces of candy. I encourage you to share your favorite Halloween treats in the comments section.
Tuesday was Opening Day for the NBA, which means you can probably turn on the TV on any night and watch a former Cat in action. In fact, with twenty former Cats currently in the league, no school has more players on an opening-day roster than Kentucky. Point blank period. And, that number could even go up if a few more free agents find homes in the coming weeks.
On Tuesday night, three Cats suited up for their first games. In the Miami/Boston game, Rajon Rondo put up 20 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists. Rondo has now reached double-digit assists in 25 straight regular season games, which is the sixth longest streak of all-time. Josh Harrellson did not play, but gave some fierce Country Strong face from the bench.
At the time of this posting, Jodie Meeks and the Lakers were tipping off against the Dallas Mavericks, and although it was rumored that Meeks may start in the place of an injured Kobe Bryant, Bryant was able to go. We’ll update his stats in the morning, don’t you fret.
One of those 20 NBA Cats is Patrick Patterson, who found out on Tuesday that his future as a Rocket is a little more certain. Houston picked up the option on Patterson, signing him the fourth season for $3,105,302. Patterson was understandably elated:
“There’s always concern. There’s no guarantees in this league. I’m definitely happy. I’m proud of myself. I look forward to the future. it’s great. It’s a big accomplishment for myself and I’m going to work every harder to be a better player and help this team have even more success.”
Get ’em, PPatt.
It was Coordinator Day for UK football, and according to Randy Sanders, the Cats will continue to rotate QBs on Saturday verses Vandy. Even if Jalen Whitlow looks as good as he did during UK’s first two drives against Missouri? “We’re going to do whatever Joker says he wants to do. He’s the one with a comma in his check.” Fortunately, Randy Sanders won’t be taking any math or punctuation tests soon.
On the other side of the ball, David Turner said that the staff is using video of Vandy star RB Zac Stacy’s 8-yard touchdown run from last season in which he pushed UK defenders into the end zone to motivate the players heading into Saturday’s game. Turner went as far as to send the video to the players’ cell phones, which is like, totally messing with their Temple Run scores.
We’re only a few days away from Kentucky’s first exhibition game against
Long Morning Northwood, in which we’ll finally be able to see this squad square off against some outside competition. Heading into the game, Cal is sticking to his preseason stump speech of “We are a terrible, no good, very bad basketball team,” going as far to tell the Associated Press that “If we had to play a game right now, we’d probably be the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth team in our league.” I’m well versed in “Cal speak” (a special blend of 60% BS, 25% truth and 15% WTF), so excuse me if I roll my eyes. The Cats are young right now, but games against Northwood and Transy are the perfect opportunity to tinker with lineups and adjust before the season opener against Maryland. But for real, Cal says, be prepared:
“Defensively, we’re going to have breakdowns. Offensively, we’re going to look like ‘what in the world are they doing?,’ and it’s going to be the process we go through.'”
Anyone else picturing some awesome Calipari body language with this quote?
The best piece of basketball news from Tuesday? The university announced that all games will be broadcast in high definition, including those on the UK IMG Sports Network, which previously had the resolution of a Nokia cell phone camera. Hurrah! Finally, we can see Dave Baker’s rosy cheeks and Kyle Macy’s bald pate in all their high-def glory.
Speaking of, for those of you wondering, the Barclays Center seems to be holding up fine after Hurricane Sandy. According to NetsDaily.com, the arena is fine, minus some “small links,” and that the Knicks-Nets season opener on Thursday will be played as scheduled. You are now safe to continue planning your trek to Brooklyn.
In recruiting news, 2014 guard Jaquan Lyle narrowed his list to ten schools on Tuesday, and the Cats made the cut, along with Texas, Louisville, Indiana, Georgetown, Illinois, N.C. State, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Tennessee. Fellow 2014 star Jahlil Okafor (#2 in ESPN’s Top 60 for 2014) also wrote on his USA Today blog that he was very happy to see the Harrison Twins commit to Kentucky as a package deal, hinting that he and Tyus Jones, the #1 recruit in ESPN’s Top 60 for 2014, may do the same. Bring it on.
The Frank Martin era at South Carolina is off to a booming start, as the Gamecocks need a last second layup to beat Kentucky Wesleyan Tuesday night. Martin was 45 minutes late to his post-game press conference, and once there, told reporters that after eight knee surgeries and at 50 lbs overweight, he could out-rebound his players. Also, he’s listened to more Pitbull than all of them combined. (On that note, I hope I’m not around when he and Rick Pitino meet.)
Turns out the Cats are ranked #1 in at least one preseason poll. Ken Pomeroy, college basketball’s favorite stats wunderkind, put the Cats atop his preseason ratings. Before you get too excited, some of the stats KenPom (I love he is referred to as this, btw. Can I just go by TyThom?) used are from last season, and may take a few games to level out. Whatever, any poll that puts us #1 and Louisville #8 is fine by me.
Speaking of rankings, the women’s team was ranked #7 in the ESPN Coaches’ Preseason Poll, the ladies’ highest ranking ever in that poll. It’s the third consecutive season they’ve made the preseason top 25. Get it, girls.
Ah, last and yes, least. Tom Jurich and Rick Pitino joined hands to announce Pitino’s ten-year contract extension on Tuesday, which means Rick will be in our state (and our Italian restaurants) until the year 2022. Pitino said that although he was born a New Yorker, he wants to “die a Kentuckian.” I guess Pitino’s latest strategy at beating the Cats is outlasting Cal, and we all know how good his stamina is.
Finally, be sure to send me your best UK-related jack-o-lanterns and costumes by noon on Wednesday. I’ll post the best ones on the site in the afternoon.
See you soon.