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Late Saturday notes

It seems a bit stagnant around here, huh?  Matt is off at a bachelor party and I took a couple of hours tonight to go see Public Enemies – a movie I’ve built up a lot of internal anticipation for (that’s what she said?).  Fortunately, my anticipation didn’t lead to expectations too high and leave me with disappointment (see The Wrestler).  This movie is awesome.  Easily one of my favorite movies already.  If you have two and a half hours to spare, definitely go check it out.  If you don’t, then you need to make time.  Johnny Depp, who you’d be hard pressed to find a movie I don’t like with him in it, is fantastic as usual and Christian Bale is solid as his FBI counterpart.  I might go see it again tomorrow….and that’s saying something because I’m cheaper than Matt Jones’ television wardrobe.

A couple of notes…

 – If you slept in today and missed the picture earlier of the Pattersons in San Francisco, you might want to scroll down and check it out.  There were a lot of very polite and kind words about the family in the comments of that post and every single word is true.  Patrick Paterson has become a legend at a school where legends don’t just happen and he’s done it during one of the roughest patches in the program’s history.  That’s not a simple feat…but it’s one that goes well beyond the basketball court and the two people pictured in front of the Golden Gate Bridge with him deserve a lot of the credit.  Patterson’s basketball talent might make the fans root for him, but it’s his combination of class, character and a great work ethic that makes us all love him.  And, as I’m sure all of our moms and dads are ready to remind us, those are the types of things you learn from your parents.  We might be watching our last season of #54 and there will be plenty of talented big men to follow after him and win all kinds of awards.  However, it’s going to be tough for any of them to truly follow in his footsteps.  We shouldn’t take the Pattersons for granted.

 – The good doctor, Jerry Tipton, writes that recruits view Coach Calipari as a lottery ticket and a big selling point for them is that he willingly accepts one-and-done players.

 – The Orlando Sentinel is running down the most powerful people in college sports and Coach Cal ranks in at #14.  That’s one spot behind Urban Meyer and 98,752 spots ahead of Billy Gillispie.

 – I feel like I should make some commission for linking the Orlando Sentinel twice but they’ve taken a look at how Billy Donovan’s star has dimmed since winning his back-to-back titles,

That’s it for now.  I’ll get up super early and post some more links (maybe) and I’m sure Dustin will have another wrapup….but does it really matter?  You’re going to be watching Public Enemies, right?

Article written by Thomas Beisner