We like to dedicate these night posts to one person at a time, but I can’t in good conscience ignore either of these guys who filled my childhood and adolescence with so much laughter.
Robin Williams may be the funniest stand-up comedian ever, as proved by his famously vulgar and accurate take on golf (which is, of course, very NSFW). His movies were equally hilarious, from the far-fetched (Mrs. Doubtfire) to the flamboyant (The Birdcage). But Williams pulled a Jim Carrey before Jim Carrey did, showing his ability to “do serious” with turns in Dead Poets Society, Patch Adams, and Good Will Hunting (which earned him an Academy Award). And he’s the only guy that could have possibly filled his roles in Aladdin and Hook, which would have been very different, and much emptier movies without him.
Don Knotts, meanwhile, had a different comedy career, most famously starring alongside Andy Griffith and Ron Howard in the Andy Griffith Show. But his career went beyond that, and he was the star of several different comedies that I loved watching growing up, like The Incredible Mr. Limpet, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, and The Apple Dumpling Gang, alongside Tim Conway. His best work to me, though, has to be as “straight man” Inspector Winship in The Private Eyes, also with Conway, which spoofs on the 1980s “Who-Dun-It?” genre in a way that only Barney Fife and Dorf can, and includes one of the funniest repeated gags I’ve ever seen.
Happy birthday to these two hilarious clowns.
On to the news.
-The big stories today come from in and around Commonwealth Stadium, as Mark Stoops and company were busy with recruiting, camps, and new jerseys. The biggest story of the day has to be the commitment of 4-star defensive tackle Cory Johnson, whose name I like already, even if it’s spelled a bit funny. Johnson’s commitment further bolstered the Cats’ 2014 class, which rose back to #3 nationally, with an average ranking of 3.25. There’s still more potential commits that we could hear about over the next little bit, so hopefully Cory’s the the start of a weekend trend.
-As if a new commit wasn’t enough, recruit Matt Elam tweeted out a picture of a new football jersey color scheme, held by commit Denzel Ware:
The gray is reminiscent of the basketball team’s “platinum” jerseys against Tennessee, and should hopefully have the same results. Also check out the matte black helmet, which looks pretty sleek, and is just another thing this football staff is trying to do to garner excitement around the program.
-Speaking of Denzel Ware, Jeff Drummond tweeted out this picture of Ware and the future UK D-Line, and dang. Talk about intimidating. They make Mark Stoops look like a 14-year old looking for their autographs.
– Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) July 21, 2013
-In a little bit of basketball news, Archie Goodwin is trying to show that he was the steal of this year’s draft. He finished tonight’s summer league game against the Raptors with 20 points on 5-5 shooting, and a team-high +14 differential. Things are looking way up for Archie in the League right now. Hope he keeps it going.
-2014 basketball recruit Devin Booker will cut his list to five at the end of the summer. The 6’6″ 2-guard is described as a “sharpshooter” and averaged 30 points a game through his most recent season in HS. He could be a great guy to spread the floor to give bigs like Karl Towns space to work down low. He’s one to keep an eye on.
-Finally, in “Oh yeah, there are other sports” news, current UK sophomore Chandler Shepherd has been named a Cape Cod League All-Star for his summer play with the Harwich Mariners. He’ll be back in Lexington this coming season to hopefully get a little bit better record than the Cats finished with last year.
I can’t promise there will be a lot of news tomorrow, but anything that’s out there, we’ll get it to you. Maybe we’ll have a Yahtzee or two. I can’t promise it’ll happen, but the way this staff is, I can’t promise it won’t happen, either.