Born on this day in 1954, Jackie Chan entered the world as Chan Kong-sang and was destined to become a massive figure in pop culture lore. There’s really no need for introduction as you undoubtedly know his work. The world renowned stuntman has done just about everything in his Hollywood career and his Wikipedia page supports this claim. According to his page, Chan has been involved with acting, action choreographing, comedy, directing, producing, martial arts, screenwriting, entrepreneurship, singing, and stunt performance. (And here I am just sitting behind my computer blogging about UK sports.) He’s perhaps most known for his roles in the Rush Hour film series where he shared the limelight with Chris Tucker. However, nowadays, Chan is known for the above picture which became immortalized in internet meme lore. (If you’re unfamiliar, follow this link.) Whether you know Jackie Chan for his work in acting or his recent rise to internet fame, you cannot deny his impact on the entertainment industry. So here’s to you, Jackie Chan, because of your general awesomeness, Sunday’s News and Views are dedicated to you.
-Mark Stoops and his band of football Cats continued spring practice today, and from all accounts, it seemed to be one of the season’s best. When asked for comment on the offense’s performance, Offensive Coordinator, Neal Brown, told reporters that his offense was the best he’d seen it all season. To be specific, Brown stated, “Today was the first day where I really thought we looked like an SEC offense. I thought our guys had good energy, finished plays, and there’s no magic potion in the plays. They came prepared to play today, and every spring that’s just how it goes. The defense got the best of us the last couple practice, but we bounced back today.”
-Coach Stoops had a very similar opinion on the offense’s performance today. When asked on how he thought they performed, Stoops said, “Much better, much better. It wasn’t even close today. The offense didn’t really have a great day in practice [Friday] and they just had a mentality today, that’s what I was most proud of. They had a toughness and went out there and really executed and played well.
-While the offense was performing at a high level today, the defense wasn’t up to Stoops’ standards. When asked by reporters on the defense’s execution, Stoops wasn’t timid in his response. “I didn’t see great execution, I didn’t see great toughness, I saw poor leverage and just some poor football on the defensive side of the ball. I saw a lot of bad body language and just some things that were really disappointing.”
-In case you need a reminder to get pumped for next week’s Blue & White game in Commonwealth Stadium, here’s a video created by KYWildcatsTV to get you hyped.
-Today, Kentucky commit, Dakari Johnson, participated in the National High School Invitational and put in a solid performance. Johnson finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds in route to Montverde Academy’s national title victory. While his performance was excellent (apart from free throw shooting), he gave Kentucky fans a reason to look forward after the game when he said the following. “I’m going to win a national championship at Kentucky next year.”
-Women’s soccer at Kentucky isn’t the most popular sport, but when it comes to goodwill, their coach, Jon Lipsitz, is one of the premier coaches at the University. In the team’s travels to Indiana State, Lipsitz, shaved his head in support of the Locks of Love Foundation. Though he didn’t have enough hair to donate himself, he shaved his head as a symbol of his continued support of the fight against cancer.
-After a hard fought win over Louisville on Tuesday night, the Kentucky Baseball team ran into trouble when they traveled to Baton Rouge this weekend. In the two games against LSU this weekend, Gary Henderson’s squad has been outscored by a grand total of 19 runs (20-1). After today’s shut-out loss, the Bat Cats fell to 22-8 (6-5) on the season, which places them in third place in the SEC’s Eastern Division. Tomorrow’s series finale will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium.