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Ladies Night’s Friday News and Views

During NBC’s prime time Olympic coverage tonight, it was hard to look past Bob Costas’ sudden decision to throw on a pair of trendy lenses. And then there was the additional challenge of trying to take Ryan Seacrest’s special segments seriously (he actually hasn’t done a bad job…but it’s still bizarre to see him talking about sports). Seacrest brought up an interesting point though, highlighting the contributions and enthralling performances of many female American athletes during the London Olympics. As Seacrest was finishing his point, the song “Ladies Night” hummed in the background. His point was a valid one though. These games were built up around the rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. The two were supposed to steal the headlines, an epic battle of the ages. Although Phelps ended his Olympics on a good note, and Lochte had his moments as well– the headlines have been dominated by the girls of summer. Missy Franklin burst on to scene and became one of the most recognizable, successful and likable faces of the Olympics. The Fab Five/Fierce Five/gold medalist gymnasts/whatever you want to call them took over right where Franklin and the rest of her swimming teammates left off, taking the podium and the spotlight during the second week of the Olympics. And then a few familiar faces stole the show late. Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings ended their string of dominance in beach volleyball with a resounding win last night. And a group of resilient soccer players who stole our hearts and attention last summer, our hearts breaking right along side theirs when they fell to Japan in the World Cup finals, made a comeback for the ages. Just a year after the gut wrenching loss, the USA women’s soccer team put together a thrilling ride on their way to the gold medal earlier this afternoon.

Take nothing away from the Phelps/Lochte showdown, or any of the other incredible performances by American athletes in this Olympics thus far. But the female athletes across the board have given us plenty to root for these past few weeks. And they have all seemingly done so with class and dignity. Not all brilliant athletes are likable. We are enjoying an era of likable and talented female athletes representing the United States. Hats Berets off to the ladies on a job well done in London.


And now on to some notes from the day…

Let me start off by saying that Manteo Mitchell is incredible. And had Drew not given him a nice tribute earlier today on the blog, the news and views tonight would have certainly been dedicated to him. If you haven’t heard his story yet, click here. 

– I woke up this morning and thought to myself, “You know who I haven’t heard much from lately? Jeff Goodman.” And as if on cue, what would have normally been a rather dull Thursday turned into Jeff Goodman Day. The excitement was supposed to center around his article that came out this morning to attempt to unearth some further information on the mystery that is World Wide Wes. As it turns out, we learned nothing new or earth-shattering about World Wide Wes. Instead, we learned a little something about Jeff Goodman. Jeff Goodman alleged that John Calipari tried to get him fired from one of his reporting jobs. The admission does bring into question just how unbiased one could be about someone who tried to get them fired. So…you’re saying Jeff Goodman might not be unbiased when it comes to John Calipari? For the second time today, nothing earth-shattering here. Move along folks, nothing new to see here. 

While we are on the topic of CBS articles… tomorrow poses another deep question: “Who is perceived to be the biggest cheater in the game?” I don’t want anyone to go all #NBCFail on me for throwing out any spoiler alerts, but I think you can guess how that one might play out. My vote is for Rick Pitino, but my perceived intent of the question might be slightly off…

– All of the articles as of late have been based on conversations with approximately 100 college basketball coaches who have been given the opportunity to remain anonymous. While the questions being posed are interesting, I’m not sure how much weight can be placed upon the answers considering the anonymity. Part of me thinks coaches would be more candid than usual, giving information we might not otherwise hear. And part of me could see personal agendas being furthered by the ability to hide behind the anonymity. The moral of the story? Read them with a grain of salt.

Pat Forde tweeted that the most interesting thing he has seen in London so far is World Wide Wes in a Team USA sweat suit. Clearly Forde leads an exciting life. In other news, Pat Forde still plays “Draw Something” and just changed his MySpace profile song to “I Gotta Feeling.”

– I’m sorry, but I’m bothered by Forde’s tweet enough to use another bullet point for it. Forde was in the Olympic swimming arena to see Michael Phelps make history. He saw Missy Franklin win her first gold. He watched a 15 year-old Katie Ledecky win gold in world record fashion, setting a blistering pace. In the words of Gregg Doyel, Pat Forde, “SHADDDUP!”

– John Calipari told WKYT something similar to a comment he made last week regarding Harrow. Calipari continues to hint at Ryan Harrow having some competition for the starting point guard position. Archie Goodwin’s name has been thrown in as a possible candidate to help with point guard duties as well.

Doug Gottlieb said today that he will forever believe that UNC was the best team at the end of last season. Hey Doug, I’ll forever enjoy looking at this in Rupp Arena…

The UK Football team had another day of practice, and therefore Joker Phillips met again to give the media some insight following the practice. A few highlights…

Phillips can’t say enough great things about wide receiver Demarco Robinson. He speaks as highly about him as any player on the team. Phillips seems to have a belief that Robinson could be the “big play-making receiver” that Kentucky has missed since the departure of Randall Cobb.

– ______  _____will be the starting quarterback when Kentucky steps on the field against Louisville on September 2nd. We still don’t know, and we probably won’t for a while. Phillips on the QB competition: “It’s way too early. We’re still installing.” Phillips wants to see how all 4 QB candidates “move the team. I’m talking about getting the ball in the end zone.” Phillips will look for more answers on the subject during the team’s scrimmage Saturday.

– One nice change from last season following the first week of practice is that there have been no significant injuries. Knock on every piece of wood in your line of vision right now. Do it. No, seriously. Do it.

In a non-UK related football note, Missouri announced that they have officially sold out their season tickets. Approximately 46,500 have been sold, a first for the program. #SECEffect #UnlessYouDontMakeABowlGame


– Anything less than a gold medal for Anthony Davis and his Team USA basketball team would be considered a huge disappointment. That’s not being harsh or placing too much pressure on them– that’s what the team expects of themselves. The collection of arguably some of the best very best basketball talent in the world all on one court for the same team results in an expectation of nothing less than the best. Team USA is two wins away from the ultimate prize. Tomorrow they will take on Argentina, a team they faced in the preliminary rounds, with a spot in the gold medal game on the line. Argentina features a few big names themselves, including Manu Ginobli, Luis Scola and Andres Nocioni. After staying in the game throughout the first half, Team USA pulled away 126-97 in the contest with Argentina on Monday, behind a stellar performance from Kevin Durant. The semifinal game will tip-off at 4:00 p.m. ET on the Olympic Basketball Channel (aka NBC Sports Network).

“It’s not going to be easy,” Durant said. “We have to come out there and play hard from the beginning.”

John Calipari spent his evening taking in the Patriots pre-season game with his son, Brad. The man doesn’t stop moving…

Speaking of pre-season football, former Wildcat and new Broncos TE Jacob Tamme was on the receiving end of Peyton Manning’s first completed pass in a Broncos uniform. Tamme could be in a good position to have a great season for the Broncos with a familiar arm throwing his way.

Randall Cobb also continued his successful ways for the Green Bay Packers by scoring a touchdown (finished with 4 catches for 58 yards) in their pre-season opener. Somewhere in Nashville Tyler Thompson just smiled. Tim Masthay also had a nice night, averaging 44-yards on 8 punts, with a long of 62.

– And finally, in the major NBA news of the night…I think Drew Franklin put it best:

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

27 Comments for Ladies Night’s Friday News and Views

  1. Big Blue 66
    11:16 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Isnt Gasol going to be part of the trade?

  2. RDAY
    11:31 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Nice job Ally! A thumbs up for the quality Pitino quip, and another for the Card-Heister slap-down.

  3. BPsycho
    11:32 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    #1 I hope they trade Artest’ ruhtarded ***.

  4. Bradley
    11:33 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    The Lakers will be lucky to win the west. I guarantee they don’t win the title. Nash is drawing social security and may be the worst defensive player in NBA history. Kobe is still great, but past his prime regardless. Howard is simply a loser.

  5. Dear UL and IU fans, We are national champions; you are not. The end.
    11:51 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Missy Franklin is the shit.

  6. SoCal Will
    12:17 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    How can anyone hate on Steve Nash? Even if the Lakers don’t win watching him leave the
    ball at the rim from every angle for Dwight and Pao is going to be like watching Picasso paint.

  7. BPsycho
    12:30 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    #4 If Steve Nash can trouble his old *** to play for more than 48 secs at a time they could manage a decent record IMO

    But El Heat are going to win again.

  8. bluristhurr
    1:26 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Lakers won’t make it past OKC PERIOD Drew is from Madville I lived there once and thank god I got out of there when I was young so I could learn some common sense.

  9. BPsycho
    3:22 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Pat Forde, yet another moron who thinks people can’t get something unless they sell it at Walmart.

  10. kj
    4:32 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Drew & you are both idiots NO WAY an aged Kobes & Nash wil win anything bank it & cash it!

  11. Justin
    5:31 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    steve nash and kobe doesnt sound like it would work well together… kobe hates not having the ball in his hands… I cant see any way kobe scoring 25+ a game next season unless nash is ok with averaging about half the assists hes used to…

  12. LetItGo
    6:15 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a UK fan, but I think it’s funny when writers bash us. It’s free entertainment to see some of the simpleton writers on this site get worked up.

  13. Really
    6:17 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Drew Franklin knows nothing about sports. Gasol is going to be traded you dolt.

  14. putinrichie
    6:20 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    I HATE PAT FORDE…..I can’t say that enough. That said, I think some of you are very illogical when it comes to Forde’s tweet. For starters, if I had to go to London, England(not Kentucky) to report on the Olympics and WWW showed up…..I would probably tweet about it too. I would consider it to be pretty interesting too. You expect to see Olympians, other members of the media, tourists, foreigners, and lots of Brits. You don’t expect to see WWW and if you do than I don’t see the problem in tweeting about it.

  15. LetItGo
    6:24 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    13) Actually, Gasol was taken out of the deal at the last minute. You would have had to stay up half the night to know that though. since Franklin has no wife, no kids and not a real job, I’m sure he was up late.

  16. Geoff
    6:38 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    I normally don’t give a care, but conjunctions to start a sentence galore here, to the point of distraction. Let me try it in your words: “During KSR’s coverage of tonight’s olympics, it was hard to look past Ally’s terrible grammar. And doesn’t need to start the next sentence.” Perhaps this will help as well: “Take nothing away from the Phelps/Lochte showdown, or any of the other incredible performances by American athletes in this Olympics thus far. But the female athletes across the board have not started sentences with ‘But.’ I apologize. I did love the material, just not so much the writing.

  17. BPsycho
    7:18 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    #14 Yeah see, if he would have tweeted “Saw WWW in London wow!” I don’t think anyone would have cared much. He said that WWW gracing him with his presence was the most interesting site in London. If he comes to that conclusion he shouldn’t have been invited or sent/however they got his big *** ******* head to London. It’s basketball, the USA basketball team. WWW is all about basketball and is friends with the players.. It’s not interesting to see him anywhere basketball players are.

    If he wanted to know how he got the sweat suit he should have bobbled his head over there and asked him, oh yeah that wouldn’t have worked cause WWW would have said who the **** is Pat Forde?

  18. yesterdays
    8:11 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    I still think the Lakers will have trouble with the Thunder. The Lakers roster is stacked with big names, but who will stop Westbrook? Kobe aint fast or quick enough and Nash cant guard Harden or Westbrook. Also, Artest will be the “shooter” on the wing when teams collapse on Howard? I think they will be good, but thats an old, slow team they have put together. Lets see how mighty Mike Brown fits those pieces together. Hes not exactly the king of x’s and o’s.

  19. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:28 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Of that Lakers lineup, who guards Durant? Until that can be solved, The Lakers are a Western Conference Finals team at best.

  20. justin
    9:30 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    19.) …uhh… kobe does?

  21. Head Bussa
    9:43 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    The Heat aren’t losing for a few more years.

  22. UK
    9:45 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone always gets so mad at LeBron…this is the third time Kobe has had a team bought for him to win titles

  23. HamnEggs
    9:49 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    America, where we celebrate and elevate ONLY the caucasian female olympians. Some things will never change

    Not implicating Ally at all. Just curious why the female hoops players and the many track and field stars just don’t capture our attention. Since it’s primarily media driven I consider it very telling.

    Perhaps it’s more to do with the particular sport they are in more than their race but it is still something I noticed as a middle-aged white man

  24. HamnEggs
    9:51 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    Oops. Looks like we got a black gymnast after all. So I guess everybody is happy

  25. Rockfield, KY
    9:56 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    23. Allison Felix. After getting a silver in ’04 and ’08 she finally gets the gold in most likely her last Olympics. Great story and nice to look at to boot.

  26. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    10:32 am August 10, 2012 Permalink

    #22- Do you still have “The Decision” taped on your DVR? Kobe > Lebron after all is said and done.

  27. DickenOscar
    12:56 pm August 10, 2012 Permalink

    If Gottleib thinks NC was the best team at the end of last season, how does he explain their 13 point loss to Kansas?