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Mud’s Saturday News and Views

I’ve seen 3 movies so far this summer, and I can say without a doubt that “Mud” has been far and away the best. In a society where we are saturated by previews (I was certain the Great Gatsby was going to come out 13 months ago…the 9th time I saw the preview), it’s hard to walk into a movie theatre without some notion of the story you are about to see unfold on the big screen. Sometimes previews today even reveal all of the best parts of the movie. I find this to be especially true of comedies. They’ve started showing all of the best parts in the previews, and then the rest of the movie fails to live up to the 5-6 funny parts you’ve already seen. Mud was the first movie in a long time that I can remember walking into the theatre and knowing absolutely nothing about what I was about to see. I didn’t know who was in the movie. I didn’t know the plot. I didn’t know any of the twists and turns. It was all a big mystery. And it was awesome.

… And not just the element of surprise either. The movie was great. Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon are the two names that stick out when looking at the cast, but the two young boys, Ellis and Neck Bone (yes, the character is named Neck Bone…and yes, he lives up to the name), completely steal the show. Without giving away too much, the movie revolves around the friendship of two young boys who live as neighbors on a river in Arkansas. The two set out to obtain an abandoned boat from a tree on a small island off the river. What they find is a shirtless Matthew McConaughey (some things never change). The two boys strike an unlikely friendship of sorts with McConaughey, and a young and naiive Ellis is willing to go to great lengths because he believes, or perhaps desperately wants to believe in the idea of love. The characters are funny, which combines well with a sometimes depressing and tangled story woven between the moments of humor. If you are looking for a good summer movie, go see Mud. You won’t be disappointed. And if you are, go watch one of the Fast and Furious movies or something.

 

And now let’s take a look at some of the news from today, and throw in a few views…

—–  A couple of important decisions and announcements regarding the future of the SEC were revealed today. All of the SEC news from the day was good for Kentucky. Perhaps the best news? The 8 game, 6-1-1 conference schedule is here to stay… at least through 2016. Following the 2015 season, the SEC will re-evaluate the decision and likely join most of other BCS conferences in having 9 conference games on the schedule. During the first few years of the Mark Stoops era, as Kentucky tries to make major strides with a new system and coach, the 8 game SEC schedule is ideal. Hopefully by the time the 9th game is added, Kentucky will be in a better and more competitive position within the conference. For now, thanks Mike Slive.

—–  The other po$itive new$ from the day regarding the $EC was that the conference distributed $289.4 million to the schools, which divided 14 ways translates to $20.7 million per school. Don’t forget that the SEC Network hasn’t kicked in yet either.

—–  As John Calipari has foreshadowed in many ways, the NCAA could be looking to make some big changes in the future– or they might face a potential exodus of schools. I think we are still quite a few years away from such big moves, but things might be getting set into motion. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said today that he would be in favor of a $4,000 yearly stipend for all scholarship athletes. With the SEC on board, that now makes 5 of the major conferences supporting the idea. The winds of change could be blowing, folks.

—– Speaking of things that might make John Calipari happy that aren’t Orange Leaf, inspirational books and being thrifty… Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News has Kentucky tabbed as his pre-season #1 ranked team. DeCourcy labels Calipari’s #1 rated recruiting class as having an “overwhelming influx of young talent.”

—– Joining Kentucky in the Top 10 were many of the usual suspects in men’s college basketball today: Michigan State, Louisville, Duke, Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Syracuse, North Carolina and Oklahoma State. Of the top 10, 9 of those schools are what I would call men’s basketball’s current “blue bloods.” Whereas last year’s depleted landscape in college basketball left the door open for some different names to pop on the scene, this year looks to be a return to greatness for many of the tradition-rich programs. As exciting as it is to have bracket busters and surprising stories throughout the season, college basketball is at it’s absolute best when schools like Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke and Kansas are all at their best. This will be one of those years. Brace yourselves.

—– In Anti-SEC news, Ohio State’s President Gordon Gee issued a personal apology to Bret Bielema. Bielema tweeted out the following picture as proof:

—–  Nerlens Noel’s name is still being tossed around as the probable #1 draft pick in just a few weeks. Today Noel posted a picture from his rehab. Keep up the good work, Nerlens.

—– At the time it felt like a bit of a blow when Shabazz Muhammad chose UCLA and it’s half-filled arena over Kentucky. During Kentucky’s up and down season there were also plenty of moments when it was easy to second-guess and imagine what life might have been like with a scorer such as Muhammad on the roster. Could he have helped? Certainly. Could Kentucky have helped Muhammad? Absolutely. A guy who was at one time tabbed as a near lock for the #1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft before starting his college career, a healthy debate has started about whether or not he will even be a lottery pick. Some even speculate that he could fall late into the first round. Given Calipari’s track record with top recruits, especially 5-stars, one would have to think that Muhammad wouldn’t have slipped so far on the draft board had he become a Wildcat.

With all of that said, the question marks surrounding Muhammad might have just been too much for the NCAA to stomach had he played at Kentucky. I still believe that he would have had to miss a significantly larger number of games had he picked Kentucky. As if his story needed any more troubling chapters, today we found out that Muhammad’s father was indicted on federal bank fraud and conspiracy charges.

—– Our thoughts and best wishes go out to former NBA player Mookie Blaylock, who also happens to be the father of two members of Kentucky’s football team. Blaylock was in a car accident late Friday afternoon. Blaylock’s Escalade crossed the median and struck another vehicle, injuring two others, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Blaylock’s twin sons, Zack and Daron, will both be sophomore safeties for Kentucky this upcoming season.

In an earlier report, we had heard that Blaylock was on life support. According to an updated story, Blaylock’s condition has improved slightly. He is still in guarded and critical condition, but he has been removed from life support. All of our best to Blaylock and his family. #BBN

—– And the random picture of the day award goes to Rick Pitino and KSR’s favorite, Louisville fan Big Black… The two apparently hung out together in Miami last night. Naturally. Some coaches hang out with Jay-Z. Some coaches hang out with Big Black.

(h/t TheCardinalConnect.com)

—–  Last but not least… A BIG good luck to future Kentucky football player and KSR’s current all-star writer Drew Barker as he competes in the Elite 11 QB competition tomorrow.

Article written by Ally Tucker

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

37 Comments for Mud’s Saturday News and Views



  1. speak the truth
    10:55 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    “college basketball is at it’s absolute best when schools like Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke and Kansas are all at their best. This will be one of those years” .

    Go back and look at the NCAA tourney and National Championship game. Kansas:Kentucky got smoked by Louisville:Michigan in the ratings, as did the whole entire 2013 tourney(without UK? How?). I know you live in the Big Blue Bubble here but most of America probably enjoyed UK losing to Robert Morris in a 3000 seat gym infinitely more than winning games with a bunch of one and dones



  2. Ben
    11:00 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Get a life and stop trolling rival fan sites at 11:00PM on a Friday, #1. Pathetic.



  3. Ben
    11:01 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    And just to clarify, I’m only here because I just pulled 18 hours at work and am catching up on news for the day before I pass out. I wouldn’t be caught dead on a Louisville fan site at 11:00PM. Or 1:000PM for that matter.



  4. RealCatsFan
    11:15 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Glad to see Nerlens hitting the weights. His knee still looks kind of weird in that picture – like it is still swollen or something. Keep working had, big fella.



  5. Reece Witherspoon
    11:17 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Do you know who I am?



  6. TorpedoVegas
    11:49 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    1) Ohhhhh. So now it’s about which team gets the highest t.v. ratings? You UL fans are
    hilarious.



  7. You
    11:49 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Ok, Noel is trying to bench 195 & seems to be having trouble. He’s very weak.



  8. Nathan
    12:03 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    7, its better for everyone to assume you’re a moron that to open you mouth (post a comment) and prove it. #learntocount



  9. mashburnfan1
    12:10 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    To say Bazz dropped in draft rankings because of not playing for Cal is just stupid. What did Cal do for Archie or Alex, they dropped as far or farther but no mention of that. Cal does and AWESOME job, except for last season, of recruiting NBA type players. He is not why they are NBA players. Wall would have been #1 pick out of high school, Davis and MKG were there out of high school as well.



  10. Funky Monkey
    12:14 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t know about all this other crap, but yes,… Mud is a super movie.



  11. DA
    12:53 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Nathan, #8, there are 3 25lb plates on each side & the bar weighs 45 lbs. That coils be a 5 lb plate on the right. That could make it 205 lbs. Talk about a idiot. You are an idiot who’s never been in a weight room.



  12. DA
    12:54 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    Could



  13. Arnold
    12:56 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    #8, your retarded. The plates clearly say 25 pounds.



  14. lost
    1:15 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    How much does a pound weigh, anyway?



  15. Skaggs
    1:46 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    A pound is a unit of force not a unit of mass

    A slug is a unit of mass



  16. lost
    2:10 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    £ – learned a lot tonight. Used to think pounds were what the Brits used to buy tea and crumpets (crumpets are much better than muffins). Now I know how to mass my force to repel the slug. Goodnight to All. Go UK!



  17. Idiots...allofyou
    2:59 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    To all trying to figure out the weight… you are all wrong! It is 185 lbs. This is assuming that the weights that are 2nd from the inside of the bar are 25 lbs, just like the very inner weights. The outer, larger weights say 15 lbs, not 25. add in what looks to be 5 lb weights on either side and a 45 lb bar and you’ve got 185.



  18. rj
    4:15 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    anybody who has ever lifted can see that its 185 . the problem with most of the guys that come to this site is the only weights they have lifted is a guys junk off there chins. also it looks like pitino has a new boyfreind, I guess after karen he wanted to go in the opposite direction.



  19. O. Saycanusee
    6:02 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    @14: a pound weighs about 1 lb.

    Shabazz will be fine; truth be told, and the point is, UK did not need that (dad’s) baggage.

    Nerlens will be fine.

    Pitino looks uncomfortable.



  20. kentuckyjoe
    7:09 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    Those weights. It looks to me like one says 15 lbs, one of the ones on the other side says 25 lbs. and they all look like 45 lb’ers. My eyes are going wacky so they could be anything.



  21. Why didn't I wear an undershirt ?
    7:36 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    In my picture with the Big Black? Always wear an undershirt especially if you are wearing a white shirt Pitino. No one wants to see that.



  22. Dan
    8:11 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    First pitbull then this guy, slick Rick is j/ riding that wave and hanging with people you never want to meet.



  23. Hey Weight Arguing people
    8:44 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    Whether it’s 155, 185, or 225, you can’t argue strength or weakness because there is no context. Is this a 1-rep max, or is he still warming up and planning on popping off 30 reps of that weight? The fact there is spotter tells you nothing, because they always have one handy in a workout. Relax folks.

    And yes, that knee looks pretty funky.



  24. Seven Eight Nine
    8:45 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    “Some coaches hang out with Jay-Z. Some coaches hang out with Big Black.” Are you implying Cal wouldnt hamg out with lesser known UK fan celebrities like Pitino is doing? Thats what it sounds like. That statement just makes Cal and UK fans in general sound concieted is all.

    And before anyone calls me a troll, im not. Im a regular here. I would just admire a coach the most who hangs with the ordinary, regular, everyday fans as opposed to celebrities all the time. That is not to say hanging out with celebrities all the time is bad either.

    I dont think Calipari or Pitino or any coach at any major programs is like this or really can be like this, but itd be neat. And acting as is we are all high and mighty because our coach hangs with a more famous celebrity than another coach is a bit childish



  25. Dr. Andrews
    8:51 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    That scar on his left knee is not typical for an ACL repair.



  26. Blazer85
    9:06 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    21 – spot on….can’t believe Rick rocks a white dress shirt minus the white T. Must want people to see that ridiculous ink he got at 60



  27. Hazard Kidd-Katt
    9:19 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    Mud was a good movie. I know it’s making big bucks but disappointed in Iron Man 3. Star Trek was surprisingly good.



  28. Some Guy in Kentucky
    9:36 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    Eric Vogel, the Pacers head coach, played J.V. basketball at UK and graduted from UK in 1998. Has KSR missed this? With the amount of non UK posts lately I would think it would merit a post or 2.



  29. idiot
    9:56 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    #28, a couple of things. 1, His name is Frank Vogel. 2, they have mentioned it multiple times. fail



  30. jpizzle
    10:49 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    Mud is really good. Saw it last night



  31. Jake from State Farm
    10:51 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    Matt Jones has a huge head.



  32. Casey Johnson
    11:36 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    That knee looks wicked bad. Tell Nerlens that Marc will have him fixed right up if he wants to come over. I’ll be there nude.



  33. outside the box
    1:05 pm June 1, 2013 Permalink

    Let me address the 2 pics if I may; 1. Did anybody think maybe Nerlens is working on the weight used for the NBA combine. I think it’s 185lbs. 2. Big Black needs a new nickname unless he’s squatting down to take a pic with Rick. I figure Pitino is 5’10 at best. What’s that make Big Black 6’1?



  34. adolph oliver bush
    1:19 pm June 1, 2013 Permalink

    Worst responses to a post I’ve ever seen………Can’t wait for basketball season to roll around so you retards
    have something to talk about, aside from our football program



  35. Lil c
    2:30 pm June 1, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like a giant #8 on Big Blacks shirt. Thanks for recognizing UK’s number of Championships!



  36. Casey Johnson
    5:03 pm June 1, 2013 Permalink

    #34 don’t be some glum, chap. I’ll be over to give you a nice butt massage to ease the tension. Maggard will whistle a show tune in the background shirtless.



  37. Some Guy in Kentucky
    6:45 pm June 1, 2013 Permalink

    #29 Idiot(?) What a great personality you must have.