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Lane Goodwin’s Thursday News and Views

Every now and then, someone comes along in this life who finds a way to leave a deep impact on the world, even for people who have never met him or her. Lane Goodwin was one of those people. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that people all across the world were deeply saddened tonight to hear about the passing of a young 13-year old boy named Lane Goodwin. Goodwin, who had been fighting cancer, passed away tonight– but not before leaving a print much larger than life on this world. Lane was able to do one of the hardest things in this life: bring people together. With so many differing opinions, views, values, etc. in so many different walks of life, Lane found a way to simply bring people together on the same page, even if for only one thing and in one moment. #ThumbsUpForLane became the symbol for not only Lane’s will to live and stay positive in his battle with cancer, but also a symbol of unity. The generosity displayed by people of all ages, from all different places in the world, to give Lane some encouragement by throwing their thumb in the air and sending a positive thought his way, was incredible to watch unfold over the past few weeks.

Big Blue Nation became especially tied to Lane Goodwin. Lane was a big-time Kentucky basketball fan. Not only did many members of the Kentucky basketball program, most notably of which was Nerlens Noel (read one of the neatest stories you’ll see here) reach out to Lane in support, but the entire fan base rallied around the young man in his final weeks. Not everyone can say that they left the world a better place, but Lane Goodwin can without a doubt. All of the kind words in the world wouldn’t be enough to comfort a family in a time of loss such as this, but the best thing that I can think to say in this moment is simply a “thank you.” I think we will all probably throw a thumb in the air for Lane and his family tonight.

In addition, some Kentucky fans have already begun thinking of different ways to honor Lane Goodwin during the course of this year’s basketball season, considering his close connection with the team and his love of UK. I’ve heard some great ideas already, such as the crowd putting their thumb up right before the players are announced each game, or right before the tip. I’m sure we will all come up with a way to honor and remember him. If nothing else (not to sound cheesy),  maybe we can all just attempt to be a little bit more like him.

And now with a heavy heart, let’s carry on to the news from a very busy day…

—Today has been one of those many “memorable” days for Kentucky basketball since John Calipari’s arrival. Nearly every day is eventful in some way, with at least a trickle of news or excitement (not a Pitino joke, seriously)… but today falls into the category of one of the days when it feels like every 30 minutes something is happening. We knew from the get-go that today was going to be great, with a Marcus Lee announcement on the horizon and the All-Access Kentucky series starting tonight. With a docket already filled, the day just grew with more and more news. Let’s take a look at the big 3 from today:

1. Marcus Lee picked Kentucky.

Anytime someone commits to Kentucky, that news tends to steal the spotlight. Marcus Lee had been sending tweets and posting Instagram pictures all week that led many to believe he was on the brink of a commitment following his trip to Lexington for Big Blue Madness. Lee didn’t disappoint the fans when he announced late this afternoon that he would be spending the next 4 years (hey, it sounds good) at the University of Kentucky. Marcus Lee becomes the 5th player in the already loaded 2013 recruiting class, joining Aaron and Andrew Harrison, James Young and Derek Willis. Depending on which site you trust the most besides KSR, Lee is ranked anywhere from the #15 overall player in the class to the #38 overall player. Lee is a 6’9 center and a 5-star player. Calipari wanted him at Kentucky. What more do you need to know?

This picture of the 2013 recruiting class at Kentucky just never gets old…

2. The NCAA told USA Today that Nerlens Noel is cleared to compete.

John Calipari mentioned Nerlens Noel being able to practice and compete in games while on his ESPN tour this morning and from that moment on, the news was on and then off, on and then off. A number of reports and interpretations began to surface following the first breaking of the news, but USA Today looked to clear things up this afternoon. USA Today quoted NCAA spokesman Bob Williams saying that, “Nerlens Noel is cleared to practice and compete.” For now, all is good.

3. Kentucky went “All-Access” with ESPN. And it was nothing short of brilliant.

Much like this year’s NBA draft night was essentially an infomercial for all things Kentucky basketball, the ESPN Kentucky All-Access series (part I) was perhaps an even better one. The 30-minute episode, the first in the series, was packed with everything you could hope for when showcasing the Kentucky basketball program. Not only was it something interesting and cool for Kentucky fans to watch, but it was yet another recruiting tool for Calipari and an avenue for non-Kentucky fans to catch a glimpse into what makes Kentucky and Calipari at Kentucky so special.

If you missed the show, we recapped some of the highlights for you here on KSR. 

—Between the 3 major events of the day, Kentucky spent the entire day in the lime light. For a while, I think it was safe to say that North Carolina and Duke had become the epicenter of college basketball. While both are still at the forefront, along with a few other programs, Kentucky is now  (or once again, is probably more accurate) the epicenter of college basketball. Coming off of a national championship, with what looks to be potentially 5 straight #1 recruiting classes and a permanent spot in the spotlight from a marketing standpoint… who else could even try to claim the “epicenter” title right now?

—Speaking of top recruiting classes, here’s an alarming statistic for you: with the addition of Marcus Lee this afternoon, John Calipari has landed 19 5-star recruits of the 25 TOTAL signed/committed to play for UK. All of that has happened in just 3 years. Name me someone who is better in the game right now, and I’ll poop ice cream while calling you a liar.

—The 2013 class is already 5 players deep, 4 of which are 5-stars. It’s October. For those who remember how late some of the best players in the class tend to announce, Calipari’s haul this early in the year is impressive. He’s not finished yet. Who will be the next to join the 2013 class? Julius Randle? Aaron Gordon? Andrew Wiggins? Tyler Roberson? Add one from that list and we are a national title contender. Add two, and we are bringing Cliff Hagan and his incredible hair back to re-raise some more banners in 2014.

—Julius Randle told 24/7 Sports today that, “it switches back and forth all the time. One day it is Kentucky. Then it is Florida or Texas. For sure I want to play with great players. My goal is to win a national championship.” Can we now assume that Texas is out?

— Many started to wonder if the Marcus Lee commitment should signal any worry about some of the other potential recruits in the 2013 class. Matt reiterated on the radio show this morning that most in the recruiting circles do not think that Lee’s commitment will hinder Kentucky’s chances with the likes of other big men such as Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon or Andrew Wiggins. One thing that will be interesting will be to see if Calipari brings in a 6-7 man class (which it appears could be a good possibility at this point), who from the 2012-2013 will stay behind? With so many top level players leaving college basketball for last year’s NBA draft, the crop of available players is not as deep or talented as usual. Some of the guys who in other years might have stuck around for two years, might be tempted to go because of the weaker pool of players and the projected much stronger pool the next year. I know it’s way too early, but if you had to guess right now as to who on this year’s team will return next year to join the loaded 2013 class, who would you pick?

—Before we start looking too far into the future, we have one of the most intriguing college basketball seasons just around the corner. I say one of the most intriguing because of how concentrated the focus will be on the Kentucky/Indiana/Louisville triangle. In USA Today’s pre-season coach’s poll, the coaches put Indiana in the top spot, followed by Louisville and then Kentucky at the #3 spot. Tobacco Road might be sharing the attention this season and may not have the monopoly on the “basketball triangle” label. And I continue to hold this belief, with all due respect to both Louisville and Indiana…but if those are the 2 best teams in the country, even with the young and inexperienced team we have this season– we can be contenders.

The rest of the top 10: 4. Ohio State, 5. Michigan, 6. N.C. State, 7. Kansas, 8. Duke, 9. Syracuse, 10. Florida

—One member of Louisville’s team made a comment about one major difference between Kentucky and Louisville over the past few years. Peyton Siva said, “They never get hurt. Everybody on my team gets hurt, and no one on their team gets hurt.” (I hope all of you reading this just knocked on wood like I did).

— “Hey, over here! Don’t forget about us!” -Kentucky football.  The major news coming out of the Kentucky football program today was rather quiet in comparison to the day Kentucky basketball had, but there was still a few noteworthy items.

-Rich Brooks attended UK practice today. Brooks was also in attendance for the Arkansas game last weekend. I hope he’s giving tips on a few more things besides tomato harvesting.

-Joker Phillips gave a vote of confidence in the continued appearance of Morgan Newton at various times at the quarterback spot during games. Phillips said that Newton will continue to give Jalen Whitlow “a chance to step back” and gather himself during games by taking a few snaps and series.

-Injury report: Unfortunately Mikie Benton, Patrick Towles and Martavius Nelons will all be out again for Saturday’s home game against Georgia. The student section and upper levels of the stadium are listed as “questionable.”

And now I’ll leave you with some of the best Calipari quotes from the day, because there were literally hundreds from his ESPN tour:

The Harrison twins on Calipari: “We just know that Coach Calipari can make our dreams come true faster than a normal college coach can.”

“They’re a team of stars who share, which is unusual.”

“Before I retire, I’d like to have a team that goes 40-0, because they say it can’t be done.”

Cal on All-Access, “They’re not helping us recruit. What are we going to be? 1 and 1-A?”

Cal on wearing his ring on the recruiting trail: “My staff makes me wear it.”

“We don’t have a magic wand. Other programs can do what we do.”

 

And once again, thumbs up, Lane. Rest in peace.

Article written by Ally Tucker

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

60 Comments for Lane Goodwin’s Thursday News and Views



  1. tdogg40330
    11:21 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Julius Randle come on down !!!!!

    IU and UL both suck …



  2. bsquared
    11:24 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    THUMBS UP!!!!!!



  3. CatLady
    11:28 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    It’s GRRREAT being a Wildcat fan!! THUMBS UP!!



  4. Mr. T's Mohawk
    11:29 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    #ThumbsUpForLane Rest in peace Lane. Praying for his family and friends.



  5. JBR
    11:31 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Ummm…Ally, Commonwealth is a stadium, not an “arena”.



  6. downtown shown
    11:33 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    I want to salute Lane and his valiant effort to fight a terrible disease. When I saw the Face-time video between him and Noel, you could tell he was very sick and fighting for his life. I have a daughter of the same age, and I can’t imagine the struggle and pain of seeing a young child go through this. I just hope that he gained pleasure in seeing the support, seeing his idols of KY BBALL, and the support of BBN, to give him comfort. He is in a great place right now, pain free, and free of sickness. Thumbs up to you Lane….may God Bless Your Soul….You are a KY FAN FOREVER!!!!



  7. Ally Tucker
    11:35 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    5- Long day. My mistake. Fixed.



  8. dgtuk
    11:41 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Having watched my 7 yr old niece die several years ago from cancer let me say there is nothing in the world more humbling than watching a child perish. Parents should never have to experience that. It is quite an inspiration to see so many people rally around Lane and his family. You all will never know how much that means to his family!



  9. OwensboroDavid
    11:42 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    RIP Lane. Everyone please pray for peace over his family in this time of loss. We are one Big Blue Nation and we lost one of our very best tonight.



  10. tyson
    11:49 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    7- thank god you fixed that. i mean, geez, really? you said arena instead of stadium?!? how could you???

    other than that COLOSSAL mistake, good post.



  11. Manbearpig
    11:56 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Very classy post Ally. #thumbsupforlane



  12. JBR
    11:58 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll forgive you this time, Ally. 😉



  13. JBR
    11:59 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    10, I was being sarcastic for all those spellchecking fiends on here



  14. Chad
    12:01 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    How about Lane’s family coming out and doing the “Y” at Rupp followed by 24,000 thumbs up.



  15. CATS
    12:11 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Thumbs Up For Lane!!



  16. Multiple scorgasm
    12:13 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    How bout the KSR shop sell a “thumbs up” shirt and the proceeds go to Lane’s family or to fight the type of cancer he battled.



  17. BBN
    12:13 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Heaven has a new “blue” angel tonight. R.I.P Lane 
    



  18. i
    12:26 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Why is it that UCLA didn’t crack the top ten in USA Todays poll?



  19. catfan68
    12:28 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Lane’s passing is too sad…I am praying for his family.



  20. Ryan
    12:41 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    So sad to hear about Lane’s passing. What a brave little boy.

    In response to the rest of the article – They are seriously still considering playing Towles? Redshirt this kid, please. Best case scenario for this season is 3-8. This kid is special and it’s better for the program for him to start 4 years.



  21. Linda Taylor
    12:54 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    When my husband was receiving radiation twice a day at the UK Med Center he reached a point where he had become so debilitated that he couldn’t drive himself so I took him. One day the medical staff rushed down a gurney on which a young child laid for a radiation treatment, tubes coming everywhere out of his little body, his skin so pale he looked like he was barely alive. His family followed looking sick with worry and exhaustion. It is a memory that is seared in my mind. It is sad enough when adults have to deal with cancer, but to see children so sick is heartbreaking. Prayers to the family and friends of Lane and thanks to all those in the medical profession who deal with this daily in order to help heal the sick.



  22. UK
    1:39 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    “Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are gonna carry on forever. Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” RIP Lane…Thumbs Up



  23. SeaCat
    1:56 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Ally, another great job!
    Change Tucker to Twain…



  24. jetblue
    3:03 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    I hate cancer. Prayers and thumbs up for Lane and his family.



  25. barn
    6:15 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    5–you may want to look up the definition of ‘arena’. i think commonwealth qualifies as one



  26. barn
    6:18 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    bless lane



  27. Joe
    6:40 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Cal needs to concentrate on Randle. We need him, and we don’t need him going to Florida. If he goes to Florida, that would put them at the #1 recruiting class, and we don’t want that.



  28. JBlue
    6:57 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    This should go down as a classic KSR moment, this quote is epic.
    “Name me someone who is better in the game right now, and I’ll poop ice cream while calling you a liar”



  29. iucansukabigblue.....
    7:03 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Heaven got a lil Wildcat last night.

    Rest in peace lil guy. My the family find their peace.



  30. God's Peace
    7:08 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Ally, I hope you never have to love someone through cancer treatment, and that you
    never lose someone you love to cancer. If you ever do have to live through that horror
    and grief, you will learn never to say “lost [his/her] battle to cancer”. You see Ally,
    when someone has cancer, and they live just one day through cancer treatment,
    that person is a warrior of a special sort; a warrior who has won. Just one day
    through cancer treatment is a walk through hell. Lane lived many, many days
    through that living hell, and he did it with a smile and with love for others.
    Plenty of people who live through pain, become focused on that pain, and
    therefore on themselves. By this you can see, that Lane lost NOTHING to
    cancer, in the way of battles. What he lost last night, and what we grieve,
    is his life.

    It is proper and appropriate to say that someone “died from cancer” or
    “died from complications associated with cancer” or even “died after
    a long illness”. But for the love of God and all that is good, please consider
    what I’m writing here, and teach yourself not to use the term “lost [their]
    battle” with cancer. It turns a warrior into a loser. Lane didn’t lose any
    battles with anything at all. He died valiantly and with great courage
    and love, as any true warrior would.

    Rest in God’s Peace, young man. You taught us well.



  31. Jon Hood
    7:39 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Eff you Peyton Siva!



  32. RealCatsFan
    7:44 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Lane is still very much on my mind, and his family will be in my prayers. Yes, it is a tough situation, especially for a child, but the positive thing to take away from this is that Lane was able to leave this world with dignity and peace, surrounded by the love of friends, family, and total strangers that he touched along his journey. It is great that he got to see how many people he positively affected – not a lot of people get to take something like that with them into the afterlife. Let’s also say a prayer for the thousands of children around the world who also pass into the next life way too early, and some of those pass in even more tragic circumstances, without the support network that Lane had. Let’s take Lane’s legacy with us throughout the year to try to be a little bit more kind and understanding of those around us – you just never know what might be going on privately in their world.

    Some great ideas for memorializing Lane are coming down the pike from the BBN. Let’s hope that some of them get put into motion. I especially like the T-shirt idea and having the family on the court for the “Y”. I also think we need to get the word out to guys like Dickie V to give a shoutout to Lane’s family during one of the game broadcasts. Maybe the players can sport a ribbon on their uniforms in support of Lane and the fight against childhood cancer.



  33. RealCatsFan
    7:47 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    #31, I was taken aback by Peyton’s statements as well, and I generally like the kid. Yes, the Cats were very fortunate the past few years not to have any significant injuries, but they paid their dues back during the BCG days with Meeks, Jasper, et. al. out for the season. And I’m sure the football team could take the same attitude about injuries when comparing themselves to the UL football team. How do you think the Cards would be fairing with The Hobbit behind center instead of Teddy?



  34. Beavis
    8:14 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Fox Sports had a replay of the UK/Arkansas game on last night. Just unbelievable. What a complete embarrassment. Hell,,,,if I were the U of L fans I would be embarrassed to even mention that we beat UK. Coaching makes all the difference. Compare the BB program under BCG to Calipari.



  35. Axe Cop
    8:15 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    There is no god.



  36. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:17 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    You can add up all of the “News & Views” after the Lan Goodwin post, and they still wouldn’t be one millionth as important as the Lane news. For that reason, out of respect for Lane, I have decided to skip the remaining “News & Views.” Instead, I will just say R.I.P. Lane.



  37. FrigFullofBeer
    8:25 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Thumps up little buddy!!!!!!!! Anyone who missed Big Blue Madness will be replay on FSN at 9AM



  38. Rockfield, KY
    8:35 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Ally, you got me a little choked up this morning at work. Nice piece of writing. It seems like everyone lost a member of their family last night. I guess the Big Blue Family really did. What a good kid. As sad as his family must be, they should also be that proud of the kind of person he was able to be at such a young age.



  39. Devastation INC
    8:36 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    God bless you Lane.



  40. SW52
    8:38 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Thumbs up for Lane! I like to think he was greeted in Heaven by other kids who may have left this world in the same way, and they took his hand and led him straight to Jesus’ open arms. Watch over us Lane.



  41. Catgirl
    8:49 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    #30 – You need to ease up on Ally. She was not trying to be disrespectful to Lane or his family in any way. Everyone knows he was TRULY a fighter and lectures are NOT what is needed right now.



  42. billy
    8:50 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe now some Kentucky fans will stop saying and believing that ESPN is partial to UNC and Duke.



  43. billy
    8:53 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    27 why do we NEED Randle. You must believe that UK can’t win a championship without him. It would be a great team with him but NEED HIM??????



  44. SteveM
    8:58 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    God bless you Lane…you’re in God’s loving arms.



  45. Big Daddy
    8:58 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Forget the three goggles. Thumbs Up after every three pointer made. The three goggles need retiring anyway and Lane deserves it.



  46. JayCee
    9:05 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    30- My father and 3 grandparents all lost their battles with cancer. To call it anything other than losing a battle means you weren’t around to actually see a human life expire and what that looks and sounds like.

    I miss them all too much to give two shits about how someone refers to their struggle with illness. Get the fawk over yourself.



  47. catfan013
    9:19 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    THUMBS UP!!



  48. CatSinceBirth
    9:23 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    God’s Peace….I’m 65 years of age, and I have always referred to it as “lost” when someone succumbs to this terrible disease. I feel it’s unfair for you to chastise someone else’s choice of words. You use your terminology and let her use her’s. You choice is not and better, nor worse than hers. We all followed Lane’s struggles, and we all hurt. Through the social media I felt very close to him. We all know he is in a better place. Well, not all, but most of us believe it. And yes, that precious young man “lost” his battle today with cancer, but he’s also a “winner” today, because he’s flying with angels. In the future I would encourage you to not try to push your thoughts and beliefs on others. Keep it up Ally as you did absolutely NOTHING wrong.



  49. Kat4Life
    9:28 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Lane’s family during this most difficult time. I have lost several family members to the disease and understand the pain they are going through. Why not honor all of those who have passed from this dreadful disease. He was very brave in his struggles but there are thousands more who have died from cancer, that are deserving of rememberence. Not everyone chooses to go public as his family did, but they are no less deserving. I say we honor everyone.



  50. kycatman
    9:35 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    @ #35, “There is no God” !!! come on, if you actually believe that I really feel sorry for you. I know there are people in this world who do not believe in God and that is so sad. What a GREAT GOD we have and serve and that one day, we will all have to answer to. For you to come on this Website and actually post your disbelief is inappropiate. It shows no respect what so ever for Lane and his family in their time of loss. You should really be ashamed! May God be with you today and forever more Lane. R.I.P. up there and be our Coach in the sky!!! Go God!!!!!!!! Go Cats!!!!!!!! Go Cal!!!!!!!!



  51. RealCatsFan
    9:40 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    #35, maybe not in your world, but He exists in mine, and that is all that matters to me. Best of luck finding meaning in your life.



  52. JayCee
    9:50 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    50- There have been something like 2,500 “gods” recognized by the human race throughout time. You choose to believe in 1 and not believe in the other 2,499.

    You’re 99% atheist already. You’re just selective in your beliefs due to the convenience of choice.



  53. Hoops Malone
    10:09 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Rich Brooks showing up for practice at UK is like Bill Clinton showing up at Obama campaign stops.



  54. kycatman
    10:11 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    52~ Maybe you should start believing in one of those Gods yourself. And if you did, it just might lead you to the one and only God, the only one that i know. I’ve never really heard of your so called 2,499 other Gods and to be perfectly honest with you, I don’t care or want to know to them. 99% atheist!?!? Really!!!! I think everyone on here who is reading these post know who the atheist is!!!!



  55. GodLover
    10:21 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    52 those “gods” never brought a dead man back to life or made salvation available for every soul. Not believing in false gods doesn’t make a person 99% atheist, it makes them 100% saved. You can spread all the negativity that you want but you won’t put a dent in our faith.



  56. buzzard
    10:21 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Thumbs up Lane! You have been an inspiration to us all. The world is a better place because of your love. RIP



  57. bigbluejon
    10:51 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t want Lee, wanted Randle and Gordon. Don’t think Gordon commits now, but i think we’ll get Randle. Damnit Lee.



  58. Everything
    11:47 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Dont need god to have meaning in your life. We are all one consciousness experiencing ourselves subjectively. We are all one, everything is one.



  59. RealCatsFan
    12:11 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    #58, pass the bong dude, I need a hit of that stuff!



  60. Jackson Purchase
    1:53 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Rest in Peace Lane.