Throughout time, various songs/lyrics have left us with lingering questions and hotly debated topics. “What did he mean by that?” “What are the actual lyrics of this song? (Bennie and the Jets?)” Such questions have been posed, answered, disputed, refuted, re-answered and posed all over again. Meat Loaf, short for Marvin Lee Aday and better served with a topping of ketchup, celebrates his 65th birthday today. And when it comes to lingering questions and hotly debated musical topics, one of his most popular songs “I’d Do Anything for Love,” has left the door open for years as to what exactly it is that Meat Loaf would NOT do for love. Also, has there ever been a more bizarre music video? Ever? “Total Eclipse of the Heart” is a close second.
“And I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that. No, no. I won’t do that.”
What won’t he do for love? Cheat on his wife? Sit through the results show of “Dancing with the Stars?” Use Facebook to “like” the Fray lyrics on his girlfriend’s status update about their relationship? Encourage his lover to participate in No-Shave November? Date a Louisville fan? Tolerate her Crown Royal habit?
Put alcohol up his… Join a Tennessee fraternity? Buy the Bobby Knight Groupon? Tailgate with Eli Capilouto?
The world may never know exactly what it is that Meat Loaf would not do for love, but rest assured that he would do anything else for love…anything you’ve been dreaming of, but he just won’t do that.
And now for some news and a few views…
– The hottest news item of the day without question revolved around the UK President, Eli Capilouto. Capilouto drafted an e-mail on his typewriter and passed it along to someone to send to the entire UK student body before he went down for his afternoon nap. The e-mail let students know that there will be no alcohol, bands, or DJs in the student tailgate area on Cooper. The decision was made due to some unfortunate behavior on the part of a portion of students before and after the WKU game 2 weeks ago. As with most things surrounding Kentucky football, such as the defense finally showing up to play early when the starting quarterback is unable to play, the timing could not be worse for an announcement like this. Attendance for football games has been dismal already. For years now, the student section has caught grief from a variety of directions for being too quiet, too sparse and for not showing up for kick off (or not staying through the final whistle). No one will argue that the game day environment/atmosphere at Commonwealth Stadium simply does not stack up with the rest of the schools in the SEC. Regardless of the reasoning, sending a message like this to the student body will do absolutely nothing to improve the already shaky attendance. I guess the old saying, “it only takes one person to ruin it for everyone” applies to both the students who made the situation a liability, and Capilouto who is making a tough (and harsh, if the students on Twitter today are any indication) decision on the tailgating scene.
– DJs at a tailgate? Capilouto is clearly not a regular at the student tailgate scene…unless the person who brings the iPod and constantly switches to the next song before the current one is over counts. In that case, I’m all for the dismissal of DJs.
– For the fans, underworked DJs and sober students who show up for the South Carolina game on Saturday, they can expect to see Maxwell Smith on the field. According to Joker Phillips, Smith threw the ball well today at practice and will make the start against the Gamecocks. Then again, we all thought Smith was going to be the starter at this time last week…
– Injury report: Ashely Lowery is doubtful. CoShik Williams is out. Mister Cobble will be available, though he didn’t get much work in this week.
– Joker Phillips spoke with the media today and touched on a few points. Phillips on the challenge ahead this weekend with yet another difficult SEC opponent: “It’s a grown man’s league. We can improve, but everybody else is improving also. They’re improving with some older guys.”
Phillips on whether or not he was keeping the news of Max Smith from the media last week: “I wasn’t trying to mislead you guys last week. I kind of get that but I wasn’t trying to.” When asked whether or not he was trying to mislead last year before the Tennessee game, Phillips joked, “You guys didn’t ask. That was the thing. You guys didn’t ask (laughs). Good thing we were indoors too. Plus, nobody was coming around at that time.”
Phillips talked about two young running backs as well. Phillips said that the staff is definitely looking to redshirt Justin Taylor this year. When asked about the number of carries for Dyshawn Mobley, Phillips concluded that it wasn’t necessarily things he was doing wrong– but that the other guys in front of him were just playing really well. Phillips noted that he struggles some with protection as well.
– Two of ESPN’s SEC football writers have etched in their predictions for the South Carolina/Kentucky game on Saturday. The bad news according to both of these guys? We lose. The good news? At least we score. What are your score predictions for the game Saturday?
– A source close to 2013 prospect James Young says that he is down to just two schools, Kentucky and Syracuse. Young will be in town this weekend for an unofficial visit. The 8th ranked player in the class was once thought to be the next player to pull the trigger for Kentucky in the 2013 class.
– Speaking of recruitment, Nerlens Noel shared an interesting tidbit in a story on SI.com about how some schools dealt with the competition (Kentucky) during his recruitment. Noel discussed a specific conversation, though he didn’t name names, with a coach during his recruitment who seemed to believe that money might play a factor in luring him to Kentucky. The coach should have been more worried about the number of first round draft picks under Calipari, the brand new Wildcat Coal Lodge, the player’s first program, the recent national championship and Tolly-Ho luring him to Kentucky.
“I was shocked that he would say something crazy like that,” said Noel, the No. 2 player in the Rivals150 last season. “Of course I would never accept money and of course Kentucky never offered me money, but to hear that from him turned me off. I didn’t hold it against him because I know coaches get jealous at times. I just look at it like they’re really just insecure about themselves.”
– Dick Vitale came up with a list of 5 players who he thinks will have to step up for their teams in 2012-2013 in order for their teams to succeed. Vitale believes that all of the players on the list must increase their role from the previous year. One of those 5 players listed? Kyle Wiltjer.
– John Calipari received the inaugural Nell & John Wooden Coach of the Year Leadership Award tonight in Washington, D.C. John Wall was supposed to be Cal’s date to the ceremony, but according to Cal’s Twitter, he had trouble getting there from New York in time. Calipari spoke about what the honor of receiving the award means to him, and how he wants to be remembered years from now:
“At the end of the day, 50 years from now, people are going to look back on the job we’ve all done, how we’ve been as a husband, as a father, how we’ve done with the communities we’ve been in, how charitable we’ve been, what kind of legacy did we really leave, and there won’t be emotion or agendas to it.”
(John Calipari pictured with Nan Wooden after receiving the award)