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Michael McKean’s Wednesday News & Views

Some actors are best identified by the roles they’ve played (I call them the “Oh that guy”s). Michael McKean is one of them. McKean, whose acting career has spanned over forty years, is probably best known for his role as Lenny Kosnowski on “Laverne & Shirley” as well as his numerous roles in Christopher Guest ensemble films This is Spinal Tap, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind. He also put in a season on SNL, earning cred for his impersonations of Bill Clinton, Howard Stern, Robert Evans, and Gary Busey. He’s even won a Grammy for Best Song for “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” in A Mighty Wind (which he shares with Eugene Levy and Christopher Guest).

McKean made the news for a different reason earlier this year when he was hit by a car while walking in New York City. He suffered a broken leg, but was apparently more upset that he had to miss his curtain call on Broadway that night. Turns out that in forty years, he had never missed a curtain call (talk about an easy understudy role). McKean is fully recovered now, and is partnering with Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, and Ed Begley Jr. once again for the HBO “mock-doc” series “Family Tree,” which will definitely find its way onto my TiVo Season Pass list.

Happy 65th birthday, Michael. Be careful walking around out there.

— First things first: 2013 PF Marcus Lee will announce his college decision at 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The 15th ranked player in the 2013 class (Rivals) is down to Kentucky and California, but all signs point toward him picking the Cats. Lee was in town for Big Blue Madness and by all accounts (including his own Twitter and Instagram), had a wonderful time. On Monday, Lee’s brother told reporters that Marcus planned to visit Cal this upcoming weekend and then take a week or two to make his decision. I don’t know about you, but Lee canceling his Cal visit and moving up his announcement makes it pretty clear he’ll be putting on a UK hat this afternoon. I’m just glad he isn’t making up sit through another episode of ESPNU Recruiting Nation.

— Remember all the brouhaha a while back about Julius Randle not wanting to play with the Harrison Twins? It’s hogwash, people, hogwash!! Randle addressed the rumors in his latest blog for USA Today’s high school basketball site. He said the rumors were the “craziest thing” he’s ever heard and, in fact, if he played with the Twins at Kentucky, “we would have a legit shot to win a national championship in our first year.” Sounds good to me.

Next up on Randle’s agenda? An official visit to Oklahoma for the Notre Dame game on October 27th.

— Wednesday might as well be Kentucky day at the ESPN headquarters. Not only will UK’s All-Access series debut at 7 p.m., but Cal will be in house going through what the network calls “the car wash” (which sadly, has nothing to do with Rose Royce). Once again, here’s his schedule:

9:15 a.m. – Mike and Mike
10:20 a.m. – SportsCenter
10:50 a.m. – First Take debate
3:15 p.m. – Scott Van Pelt Show (ESPN Radio)
4 p.m. – Numbers Never Lie (ESPN2)
5 p.m. – SportsNation (ESPN2)

To me, Cal’s visit to ESPN and the All-Access series demonstrate a clear shift in ESPN’s attitude towards the Cats. Sure, it may just be the swag that comes along with the National Championship, but there’s no denying that the Worldwide Leader has been a bit more Cat-friendly lately. Not so long ago, Kentucky might as well have been Rodney Dangerfield to ESPN, who waxed poetically about the Dukes and the UNCs of the world before tossing the Cats the leftover scraps. Kentucky’s rise to the top under Cal has not only changed the game of college basketball, it’s changed the media bias as well. On one side, you have ESPN dedicating a weekly series to the Cats and Cal’s stronghold on recruiting, and on the other, you’ve got CBS Sports’ trio of writers (Goodman, Parrish, Norlander) using an anonymous coaches’ survey to accuse Cal of cheating. And don’t forget Mr. Thamel over at Sports Illustrated and Pat Forde at Yahoo. While ESPN’s intentions are without a doubt ratings-based (Nike doesn’t keep making so many UK shirts because they like the color blue), it’s still refreshing. Now, if only they’d get rid of…

— …Bobby Knight. Knight made news Tuesday morning when he announced he was putting his three National Championship rings up for auction, along with other items, in part to pay for his grandchildren’s educations. That’s great. Also, Knight said that he doesn’t put up any memorabilia in his house: “I don’t put anything up in the house. If you came into the house you would think I was a mailman.” Mailmen across the country could not be reached for comment.

Mike DeCourcy watched the Cats practice on Monday and wrote a lengthy write-up for The Sporting News. From his report, it seems as though everyone in the Craft Center is focused on teaching the freshmen the basics with little over three weeks before the Maryland and Duke games. Ryan Harrow told DeCourcy: “You just have to bear with them. If I’m ahead and they’re behind, it’s not going to work. So if all of us kind of get it together and work together, we’ll all be good and it will all flow. Just like last year’s team.”

Once the Cats (quickly!) establish the basics, it’s all a matter of chemistry. While Cal has preached over the last few weeks that this team isn’t as good as last year’s, he issued a challenge to his squad before practice on Monday:

“We’re different than last year’s team, but I’ll tell you what, you have a chance to be better: They lost two games. You want to be better than them, they lost two games.”

No pressure or anything.

— Another drool-worthy tidbit from DeCourcy’s piece:

“Poythress has genuine star quality with his absurdly powerful arms and hands, one of the few basketball bodies in the past three decades that is reminiscent of former Pitt star Sam Clancy, who was a contemporary of Calipari’s in Western Pennsylvania high school ball.

Clancy eventually made his living as an NFL defensive end.

“I want him to be the best offensive rebounder in the country,” Calipari said.”

— Your favorite BBQ-lovin’ coach and grocery store worker turned ESPN analyst is ready for some basketball! Bruce Pearl shared his thoughts on the upcoming season with Florida basketball beat writer Kevin Brockaway, and he predicts that the Cats will win the SEC, but will lose at home for the first time under Calipari because “they are so young and young guys are not perfect every night.” Well, if anyone would know about losing in Rupp, it would be Pearl. (h/t to NJT for that gem)

— What does Vegas think of Kentucky’s chance to repeat? The odds to win the 2013 NCAA national championship were released on Tuesday and the Cats came in as the second favorite, with 7-to-1 odds. Indiana was first at 6-to-1 and Louisville third, at 8-to-1. Tom Crean likes those odds a lot. A whole lot.

— Want some good news about Saturday’s game against Georgia? The Bulldogs’ star linebacker Jarvis Jones, projected by many to be the #1 pick in the next NFL draft, may not play. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jones is still recovering from an ankle injury and is listed as day-to-day. He has yet to practice this week, but head coach Mark Richt said that if he can go, he will go: “If he’s healthy enough to play, we want him to play. There’s no thought of holding him out this game so that he’s 100 percent next game.” Dangit.

— Two guys who really hope Jones doesn’t play are Jalen Whitlow and Morgan Newton. Randy Sanders told reporters on Tuesday that they plan on using both quarterbacks against Georgia. In the ultimate tease, Patrick Towles dressed for practice but did not play. He is still listed as doubtful.

— Let’s not end on a bad note. Want to try on Cal’s ring? Become Miss Kentucky:

Rough life.

We’ll have coverage of Marcus Lee’s decision, Cal’s day at ESPN, and the All-Access special throughout the day. See you soon.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

42 Comments for Michael McKean’s Wednesday News & Views

  1. tdogg40330
    11:10 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    Indiana is just an average team outside of that cracker box they play in, they
    wont win a title.

    WE WANT TOWLES !!!!!!

  2. wyvern's diary
    11:14 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    what in the hell was that that just slid under my bed?????????????

  3. Enes Kanter (off camera)
    11:15 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    “Okay your 2 minutes are up, Coach. Hand her over.”

  4. haters gonna hate
    11:23 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    rose royce really.

  5. Archie Goodwin
    11:29 pm October 16, 2012 Permalink

    I’m glad we are getting lee but from what I have read and watched online(and I know that doesn’t tell the whole story) the kid looks really one dimensional offensively. He doesn’t really create his own shot nor does he really take any jump shots. To hang #9 or #10(depending on this year) we’re gonna need Randle.

  6. UK
    12:10 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    5) This doesn’t mean we are not going after Randle. Lee seems to be an athletic leaper who is a skilled shot blocker, but also needs to put on weight. Randle is still the biggest priority with the class now (assuming Wiggins doesn’t reclassify). Also, we don’t need to worry about scorers in this class with the Harrisons and James Young already locked up.

  7. J A Brooks
    12:43 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe my favorite player in the 2013 class commits tomorrow. That would be some great news! I love Marcus Lee’s talent. Still very underrated by a lot of the recruiting services. BBN will love this kid. He’s scrappy as hell! Long arms with great insticnts on the defensive end and an explosive athlete around the rim.

    Will be truly truly ecstatic if we land this kid. I was thrilled with the Harrison’s and Young but I’ll do a backflip if we get Lee

  8. dave
    12:44 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    espn did a similar media day for billyg when he was at UK so there really hasnt been a new shift since cal. it’s just that billyg’s was awkward & involved billy throwing a newspaper for some reason.

  9. J A Brooks
    12:46 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    5)SMH. He’s ranked #9 in the class by one recruiting service! He’s super athletic, can dunk anything near the rim, and is a TREMENDOUS defender.

    6)Exactly, but Lee greatly reduces our need to have Randle (in order to still win the NC) because Lee can effectively replace both Wilther and WCS as a freshman but also doesn’t need the ball to greatly effect the game.

    Our class will end with Lee and Roberson in my opinion.

  10. J A Brooks
    12:48 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    5) I bet you a million dollars we don’t need Randle to win the NC… and since when have college 4’s HAD to have the ability to create their own shot? Do you think Tyler Hansbrough could “create his own shot?” He was what, a 4 time all american.

    Marcus Lee is a F’in stud

  11. SeaCat
    12:52 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Glad the beautiful babe
    did not put it on her ring
    Cal, stay away from gorgeous
    just sayin…

  12. WildestCat
    1:09 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Tyler, this makes me nervous.
    Let’s hope Cal does not step on
    his big d—…

  13. Dustin
    1:13 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Former UK football player speaks out against Joker in interview on Cordell’s Wildcat News.

  14. Archie Goodwin
    1:18 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone needs to take a breath. A couple of things:

    1. He’s ranked 15th by rivals, 28th by ESPN, and 38th by Scout. If you look at Matt’s earlier post he even says he is somewhere between 20-50 but probably the high 20’s. The opinion of scouts from the reports on the various sites is that he is an upside recruit. Under the right supervision(which is most assuredly Cal) he could develop into a star.

    2. We have a ton of wing scoring in this class, that much is obvious, but we need an inside presence to balance that out and to account for off shooting nights. Julius Randle provides that more so than Marcus Lee. Randle can take the ball to the basket from the high post, has a good mid range game, and can get up. Lee amasses points off of put backs, point blank layups, and transition points. In the half court he’s not always going to be wide open for us to feed the ball to so he needs some semblance of a post move.

    3. What do you mean 4’s don’t create their own shot? They’re called post moves, which from watching this kids videos they seemed to be limited at the moment. That is not to say that he couldn’t develop them but to assure a NC it would be nice to have someone down low who was an established offensive player. Aka the Terrence to AD. (I know TJ to jumpers but he also banged in the post)

    I’m not dismissing this kid, I’m excited to get him but I would like to an additional low post player not named Derek Willis in this class to compliment the array of guards we have already.

  15. JohnWooden
    1:28 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    14) yeah, we know that.
    But, Lee will play center. Randle
    will be a PF.
    This class has no true tall centers.
    What is your point? Kennedy Meeks?

  16. Archie Goodwin
    1:30 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    I look stupid reiterating this but my point is this: We need Randle because he’s better/I still like this kid and i’ll take him as well.

  17. stmlax03
    1:35 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Relax… Randle’s a lock. Every single thing he says or writes indicates he is going to be a CAT. If Cal wants him, he gets him… and he definitely wants him.

  18. JohnWooden
    1:45 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    I like Lee at center, Randle at 4,
    Gordon or Young at 3, Harrison’s
    at 1,2

  19. J A Brooks
    1:48 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry Archie but you’re a moron if you think Marcus Lee doesn’t help us next year… In fact, if Matt thinks Marcus Lee is 20-50 then he is a moron too. Let me say that again… If Matt Jones thinks that Marcus Lee is even remotely close to the 50th best player in this class then he is a moron in terms of evaluating talent.

    There is no way in the world Marcus Lee is even remotely close to the 50 side of that argument.

    24/7 just ranked Marcus Lee #9 in the Class and Rivals has him at #15. Rivals is the gold standard and they have him at #15 but other recruiting services have already bumped him as high as #9. 28th by ESPN who is the 2nd best service but 38th by Scout who is the absolute worse!!! Even the worse has him as #38… and you’re going to quote Matt on 20-50 talk? Wow!

    Marcus Lee makes us an incredible team next year. He’s a top 15 talent. He’s one of the most athletic players in the class and he’s a great defender. In case you forgot, we’re probably going to have Wiltjer and WCS back. Is that enough to package with the best backcourt in the country next year?

  20. J A Brooks
    1:49 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    18)Love Gordon but we’re not getting him. He’s Kansas bound.

    This will be a 6 person class IMO.

    Harrison, Harrison, Young, Willis, Lee, Roberson/Randle

  21. Archie Goodwin
    1:50 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

  22. Derek
    1:50 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    only this blog which is the king of copy and paste, meanig they never have info of their own can get a announcement time wrong. this is too funny

  23. J A Brooks
    1:56 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    21) Seen it 5 times. What’s you point?

    Randle is a great player. He’s also better than Lee. What I’m saying is we don’t HAVE TO HAVE Randle to win the title. I firmly believe Lee will be the last required piece in order for us to be the title favorite.

    Lee is arguably the best defensive big man in the class and he can play the 4 or the 5 due to that defensive ability and athleticism. He’s a great shot blocker, runs the floor like a guard, has great hands, and jumps like he’s on a pogo stick. Most feel he has one of the highest ceilings of any player in the class.

    Please don’t ever say he’s between 20-50

  24. Duke sucks
    2:37 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    I want Randle as bad as anyone but this talk of having to have him is crazy. More then likely Wiljer will be on the team next year. I don’t see Randle or Gordon beating him out next year. Wiljer will be a stud even though his game doesn’t lead to top draft pick. With these 4 plus the returning players we NEED no one else. Would like to have them but we don’t need them. If wiggins comes in 13 we wouldn’t get Randle anyway.

  25. mark
    2:49 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Rolls Royce

  26. comeon
    2:59 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    24… It’s WILTJER not wiljer

  27. Kevin C.
    3:40 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    @ 4 & 25…. way to show your ignorance. Tyler was referring to the 1976 music hit “Car Wash” , by ROSE ROYCE, from the movie of the same title. If you don’t know, don’t post…it’s that simple.

  28. Joey
    6:37 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    I am super excited about Marcus Lee. But I still want Randle and Wiggins (if he reclassifies). That would be awesome. And if Randle commits early, that will free Cal up to concentrate on recruiting for 2014 and 2015. Look out if that happens.

    Come on Lee, come on Randle and Wiggins we want you too.

  29. reservations for a title run
    6:48 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    marcus lee is simply jumping on board before the window closes and someone ELSE takes his seat on the title express

  30. AaronJ
    7:18 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    It’s 11:30 PST, 2:30 EST

  31. SexnNursinHomes
    7:33 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not a betting man (because I’m dirt poor), but if I was. I’d put $20 on it that says Miss Kentucky looks great naked.

  32. Huh?
    7:36 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Lee is picking between Cal and UK. Aren’t they the same school?

  33. Rixter
    8:15 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    31, I’ll loan you the money if you wanna make the bet. It’s as safe as betting Georgia – 28

  34. stopsniffinglue
    8:26 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    #31 is really going out on a limb there isn’t he. Maybe you should give gambling/betting a try….seems like you have a keen eye for the details….

  35. Got CAL?
    8:32 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    IU won 2 games on the road last year. They where lucky to reach the sweet 16 last year (trailed VCU by 9 with minutes left in the game?) To win a NCAA title you must be able win away from home. They also won 1 game in the Big Ten tourney last year, which was held in Indy. Maybe they where tired from the travel, since Indy is so far for IU fans to travel to.

  36. barn
    8:53 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    i don’t get the criticism of lee. since when do we not want a player who’s rated by rivals as the #5 best pf in his class? there will always be busts in these recruit rankings but when rivals has someone ranked in the top 5 they usually live up to their billing.

  37. barn
    8:56 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    did you notice the shiny thing on miss ky’s finger? evidently cal knows what women like too

  38. bluefan
    9:00 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Wow. Seriously hope recruits don’t read comments here. Cannot imagine why some of you are criticizing this kid. He’s the kind of kid who would go to UofL and never get a real chance but will shine under Coach Cal’s leadership and become a draft pick. When will we learn to just trust our Coach on all things recruiting? Can’t wait to see Marcus Lee wearing blue.

  39. Matt Jones
    9:11 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    #19…slow down compadre. I said he was somewhere between 15-39 in most rankings. I said I put him in the high 20s. Not sure where you are getting me saying he is the 50th best recruit.

  40. Devastation Inc
    9:25 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Very glad to get this guy. We have plenty of shooters. Now we need snake eaters inside and that is what this guy is.

  41. SexnNursinHomes
    9:59 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    33- ha! you seem pretty confident. Maybe $100 then.

    34- hahaha

  42. theWilkman
    10:37 am October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Jarvis Jones isn’t playing?!?! Call your bookie and place some bets! The Cats are now a lock for the upset!!


    They could forego filling his position and only start 10 on defense and we’ll still lose by 35