I used to think streaming video couldn’t get any better than The Wild And Wonderful Whites of West Virginia and Cocaine Cowboys. I pay Netflix $7.99/month just to watch those two documentaries anytime I want, which is far too often. (I encourage you to watch them, if you haven’t already. “Y’all ain’t got no fiestas???”)
But then I discovered HBO Go and it changed everything.
Gone are the nights of going out and spending money on expensive meals, drinks, movies and everything else people do outside of their homes. Life is all about The Wire, Game of Thrones, and Curb Your Enthusiasm for me now. Since Insight added HBO Go recently, I’ve been playing catch up on all the great shows I regretfully missed over the years. It’s awesome. It’s all right there at your fingertips. It’s free (with an HBO subscription.) It’s awesome. I already said that but I thought it needed saying again. It’s awesome. That’s three times.
If you weren’t already aware, HBO Go offers every episode of every season of every show that has ever aired. On top of that, there is a great selection of movies to choose from, ranging from the classics to fairly new blockbuster hits. All you have to do is log on and hit play. And if this sounds like an HBO Go commercial right now, it’s because this is an HBO Go commercial right now. I feel that it’s my civil duty to spread the gospel of HBO Go to others. Check and see if it’s available to you.
Now, let’s run through these News and Views. If I hurry, I think I can get 9 or 10 episodes of The Wire in before I have to post the radio show thread.
It was a rather slow day for fans of news from UK, but the football team did return to the field Wednesday for practice after taking a break to swim the day before. The team put on the pads for a two-hour session Wednesday afternoon and Joker liked how his team responded to the grueling camp schedule.
“We concluded a 24-hour period yesterday where we had three practices and we have started another 24-hour period where we have three practices,” Phillips said after Wednesday’s practice. “That is what all teams are doing this time of year. Our last practice yesterday, I was really proud of our coaches because they did a really good job pushing our players and they did a good job responding in that last practice. Now, I want to see how they are going to respond in this next 24 hours. We just finished one today and had a lot of energy.”
They’ll have their second of three practices in a 24-hour span Thursday morning. It’ll include another red zone scrimmage, which is what the two sides did on Wednesday. Joker said his players were “going at each other with high energy levels” and he expects to see the same on Thursday.
“Tomorrow morning will be a physical practice and then we will take the pads off tomorrow afternoon and do more of a passing emphasis tomorrow afternoon,” Phillips said. “We need to continue to push the guys and this is the time of year where everyone in the country is mentally shot because of a lot of meetings and banging but we have to continue to push.”
Some of you might’ve noticed that the team returned to Twitter on Wednesday. Many of the guys were eager to tweet after being without social media for the past week and a half. The lift on the Twitter ban came with the move out of the dorms Wednesday morning. With a new crop of UK students coming in, the football team had to pack up and move out for the remainder of camp. They’ll return to the dorms Friday morning when they help the new students move in for the fall semester.
Unless you’re one of the lucky ones with access to that memory-clearing device from Men In Black, you probably recall a brutal showing by the wide receivers to start the 2011 season. Brutal is being nice, too. Kentucky’s receiving core had more dropped balls than Boy Scout Camp. It was a pathetic showing across the board. This season, hopefully, we’ll see a better showing (it certainly can’t get any worse), and Joker suggested that after Wednesday’s practice.
He said, “I think we will be better throwing and catching the ball. We have done a good job here on the practice field but you have to take it to the game field. That is a huge emphasis of ours to be better in that part of the game and not just throwing and catching, but big plays after the catch, too. We have guys that have the ability, but again they haven’t done it in the stadium or on game day. I feel a little bit better about that only because of the emphasis we put on it this spring and this fall, too.”
“Catch the damn ball!” was a common cry from the bleachers in Commonwealth Stadium and from households across the state last year. I hope that’s not the case for 2012.
Joker Phillips named his starting quarterba
In basketball news, there was no basketball news. However, we did get to see a glimpse of Tony Trocha, the International Man of Mystery. CityLeagueHoopsTV uploaded a video of Trocha from adidas Nations, proving that the young man from Colombia, who we’ve Google searched for months only to find nothing, does indeed exist. But like all highlight reels of big guys on YouTube, it’s hard to tell how skilled he really is. He just dunked and stuff.
At least we know he’s real.
Towson basketball picked up a commitment from a 6-foot-6 unranked small forward from Florida on Wednesday. Why am I telling you this, you ask? Because his name is Billydee Williams. If I’m lying, I’m dying.
And I thought Peter Jurkin was the best name from the class. Ha. Not anymore.
I can’t be the only one who thinks the cover photo on the Courier-Journal’s Facebook page should come with an explanation.
I feel dirty. Moving on…
Speaking of dirty, The Jeff Goodman Band will release its poll results from this hard-hitting question on Thursday: Who’s the best at bending the rules but not breaking them?
Now, I ask you, “Who is fishing for controversial responses and website clicks by asking a question like that?”
Raise your hand, please. Don’t shout out the answer.
It took 75 years to do it, but the United States finally crossed the border and beat Mexico in a game of soccer/futbol. I encourage all of you to stay away from authentic Mexican restaurants for at least a month or two. They take this stuff VERY seriously.
The KSR affiliate tour across the state is winding down and it’ll end with a very special stop in West Liberty, Kentucky on Friday. As you know, West Liberty was hit by an EF-3 tornado back in March, which caused extensive damage to the area. We’ll be broadcasting Friday morning’s show from downtown, right where the tornado did the most damage, where the Commercial Bank once stood.
If you’re in the area or can make the drive, we encourage you to come out to be a part of the show. We’ll be accepting donations at the remote broadcast for the West Liberty/Morgan County tornado fund and radio show listeners will also be able to make contributions online through a link on Friday’s show thread.
We expect it to be a very special two hours of radio, with special guest interviews from a number of high-profile personalities from around UK. Again, we encourage you to come out, listen, and donate to help rebuild West Liberty.
Matt Jones returns home to Middlesboro for Thursday’s stop on the KSR affiliate tour. Not only is it a homecoming for him, he gets to eat at the brand new Cracker Barrel in his hometown for the first time!!!