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Roger Ebert’s Friday News and Views

The world said goodbye to its top film critic on Thursday when Roger Ebert passed away after 70 years of movie watching. The last thumb in the Siskel & Ebert team had been in a long battle with cancer for over a decade and it was revealed earlier this week that the cancer had returned. His wife said in a statement that they were on their way home for hospice care when he “looked at us, smiled, and passed away.”

Though Ebert will always be remembered for his honest and witty movie reviews, it’s important to not overlook what an inspiration he was after cancer made its way into his life. He never surrendered to the illness and continued to work, churning out reviews for all of us to enjoy, when most would’ve called it quits. While undergoing operations for cancer of the thyroid, salivary glands and chin, Roger Ebert’s spirit, passion and work ethic never wavered. When cancer took his ability to eat, drink and speak, Ebert continued to write about the movies, just as he had done for over 40 years.

In 2012, when he relied on tubes for his daily meals, Ebert watched over 500 movies and wrote reviews for half of them. “When I am writing, my problems become invisible, and I am the same person I always was,” he told Esquire magazine a few years ago. “All is well. I am as I should be.”

We’ll see you at the movies, Roger.


 The Final Four is a mere 40 hours away and there’s only one thing on the minds of Kentucky fans as college basketball’s biggest stage approaches. His name is Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins, the top-ranked high school player in the country and one of only two uncommitted prospects in the Top 100, is getting close to picking a destination and Kentucky is still strongly in the mix with Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State. Though some reports suggest he already knows which school he’ll attend, we still believe it’s anyone’s game in his recruitment. This is how it stands as of Thursday, April 4, 2013:

— Ask a Kansas fan and they’ll tell you Andrew Wiggins is going to Lawrence to play for Bill Self. KU message board rumors have been rampant this week with talk of Wiggins becoming a Jayhawk, in part because Nick Wiggins tweeted that his younger brother will “shock the world” when most expect it to be Kentucky or FSU. To top it off, Kansas commit Wayne Selden said he feels good about Wiggins joining him after talking briefly in Chicago during the McDonald’s All-American festivities. Those are two things we don’t want to hear right now.

— Ask a North Carolina fan and they’ll tell you Andrew Wiggins is going to Chapel Hill to play for Roy Williams. They say Wiggins grew up a Michael Jordan fan and can’t pass on the opportunity to follow in MJ’s footsteps. To that, I say, “Who in this generation didn’t grow up a Michael Jordan fan?”

— Ask a Kentucky fan and they’ll tell you Andrew Wiggins is going to Lexington to win a title with John Calipari. Being the headliner of the best class college basketball has every seen will work wonders for Wiggins’ marketability on down the road, as will winning an NCAA championship and potentially going undefeated. It’s the perfect situation for a future superstar like Andrew Wiggins.

— Ask a Florida State fan and they’ll ask you what a basketball team is.

 For all of you out there hanging on to every word Andrew Wiggins says, which includes me, USA Today’s Jason Jordan spoke to Andrew Wiggins and Wiggins told him his primary goals in college are to win a championship and get ready for the NBA. “I just wanna win at all costs,” he told Jordan. “I wanna win a lot next year.”

Wiggins spoke highly of all four programs in the interview, as expected, but emphasized the potential for complete domination at Kentucky next season. He said, “Coach (John) Calipari said we’d win games by a lot if I came to Kentucky because no one could play help defense. I love that because I love to dominate. Who doesn’t like to win by a lot? But I have to be prepared for the league. I’m really focused on that. Just gotta figure out where that preparation will happen.”

You can read Jordan’s entire article on Wiggins here.

 As most of you already know, all hope is out the window for an Archie Goodwin return to Kentucky next fall. The young man from Sylvan Hills, Arkansas has yet to sing with an agent, but he will sign autographs for fifteen bucks a pop at Lexington Sports Cards in Lexington this Saturday from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Archie confirmed the autograph session with Dick Gabriel Thursday night on Gabriel’s radio show. Even if he were to back out of the appearance, Lexington Sports Cards is already selling tickets to the event online, meaning Archie’s amateur status is officially extinct.

 Now that Goodwin has cemented his decision to enter the NBA draft, it’s time to play the guessing game of where he’ll land. If you trust the experts, you’ll have a headache because they all seem to have conflicting opinions of the former Kentucky guard. For instance, Jonathan Givony at currently ranks Goodwin as the 17th best prospect entering the draft and the fourth-best shooting guard behind Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo, and C.J. McCollum. But another mock draft website,, projects Archie going 34th overall to the Phoenix Suns in the second round with California’s Allen Crabbe and Michigan’s Glen Robinson Jr. leaving the board before him. There’s still a lot of evaluating to be done before the big day comes, but for now it appears Archie Goodwin could go anywhere.

Considering Coach Cal wanted him to return to school for his sophomore season, one would assume the scouts aren’t high on Goodwin right now. Cal had discussions with NBA personnel before meeting with Archie last week, so if his recommendation was to return, it’s probably the case he didn’t receive a lot of positive feedback, if any. Either way, as much as we’d love to have him back, we’re happy for Archie making the jump and we look forward to covering him over the next few months as he goes the process of increasing his stock and preparing for the draft.

 If you missed Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American game, this highlight reel from the game will get you up to speed on all the action. Watch as Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon put on a show with some of their closest high school basketball friends from around the country:

Not to knock his MVP performance, but Aaron Gordon did a lot of floating around halfcourt to score a lot of his points. Defense isn’t expected in all-star games, but fans would at least like to see everyone get back and in something close to position. Wiggins, on the other hand, played defense like all of Canada was relying on him to shut down his man.

 A’dia Mathies was a participant in the College Basketball Skills challenge in Atlanta Thursday evening. The Kentucky guard, one of the most important players in the history of UK women’s basketball, competed in the women’s three-point competition on ESPN. She shot across from Delaware’s Lauren Carra, who Kentucky defeated in the Sweet 16 in Bridgeport. Mathies hit 12 of her three-point attempts in the opening round, two shy of matching Carra’s 14, but failed to advance to the semifinals. She has no idea how much she’ll be missed by UK Hoops fans in the future. What a great career in Lexington for the Kentucky native.

 Also from Thursday’s ESPN programming, Dakari Johnson tallied 17 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks in the NHSI quarterfinals on ESPNU Thursday afternoon. Johnson’s Monteverde Academy took down Oak Hill, 77-71, in overtime to advance to Friday’s semifinal against Emmanuel Mudiay and Prime Prep. The game will be televised on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m.  Tune in to catch Dakari in his third straight game on national television versus Mudiay, who Calipari is drooling over for this 2014 recruiting class. It’ll be a goodin’.

 Kentucky football will practice Friday morning and then again on Saturday as the spring game approaches. Coach Stoops tweeted that guys have been competing with more urgency this week, which is something Kentucky football fans haven’t heard in a long, long time. The talent on the field still has a long way to go, but there’s a lot to be said about the new attitude and intensity in spring practices under the new staff. I can’t wait to see how it translates onto the field in the fall.

 KSR will be coming to you live Friday morning from College Day at Keeneland on opening day. Matt and Ryan will take in the sights and sounds of the peaceful morning at the track before all hell breaks loose to kick off the spring meet. We may not have spring basketball in Kentucky this year, but Keeneland is back to ease the pain.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

46 Comments for Roger Ebert’s Friday News and Views

  1. LansingCat
    11:05 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Le Premeier?

  2. LansingCat
    11:05 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink



  3. Surgeon Michael
    11:06 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I give this post 2 thumbs up, Drew

  4. Bleed Blue
    11:06 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t know what message board you were looking at with Kansas, but the ones I have seen they have all, but signed Wiggins to UK. We lead for him as of now over UNC. FSU and KU are out of it. I feel like Wiggins will sign in in the next 2-3 weeks, probably after the Jordan Brand after he gets feel for playing with the Twins, Randle, and Dakari all on the same team.

  5. mashburnfan1
    11:17 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I can care less at this point on Wiggins. The kid says he hates attention and spotlight yet seems to stay in both by not announcing. Yet does all kinds of interviews letting out “slips” as to where he may go. He will either be here or he won’t but I now can care less. UK was here long before Andrew Wiggins and UK will be here long after one Mr. Wiggins.

  6. Lenny
    11:21 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    My family lives in Huntington, WV and have become close with Andrew Wiggins and taken the kid under our wing. We have met his parents a couple of times and they are very good people that honestly are open to him attending any of the final schools on his list. That being said, Andrew has become very close with a girl down in Tallahassee. He also wears FSU gear often but that is likely due to his parents being star athletes at the school and that he followed the school as a kid. When my wife asked him which school he liked the best overall, she said he did not hesitate to say FSU. He said UNC was a close second. With the girl attending FSU and his parents wanting him to follow in their footsteps, I think he ends up at FSU. He could surprise us and choose UNC or even UK, but I think it is a small chance. Our entire family are diehard UK fans and would love to see him play for Cal in Rupp Arena next season. We will do what we can to promote UK, but I think it will not help much.

  7. Duke Sucks
    11:27 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Theres one thing i know for sure Our BIG JOHNSON let it all hang out today over Oak Hill. Kid plays like a stud. i dont know how is measurables are but he can play on the court. WCS will have to work his rear off to keep this kid on the bench.

  8. mashburnfan1
    11:29 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Lenny, how many times u gonna post this crap. Hope the mods do something so we can have our site without all the bs. For the record, I have family in Huntington, WV and Andrew has really taken a liking to my Aunts next door neighbors cat. Said he loves cats and would like to be a “cat” for a year to see what it is like. Don’t know if that means anything but my Aunt is going to try to keep promoting Lipscomb University as she went there in the mid seventies.

  9. Cats
    11:34 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    Lenny, just stop it. There’s no way wiggins would let a girl influence his decision.

  10. SeaCat
    11:38 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    looking better and better, Dakari Johnson is great.
    Wiggins wants to play with a loaded deck.
    Soon we will wrap this up…

  11. Bobbum man
    11:38 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    6- there you are! Hadn’t heard your tale in several days

  12. Bobbum man
    11:42 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    But really if wiggins main goal is to win and get ready for the nba how would he chose Kansas (see josh Selby) much less anyone other than UK? And I don’t get people saying he onbviously wants all the attention because he hasn’t decided… Maybe he hasn’t? But he’ll be a cat idgag what Larry or whatever his name up here says

  13. Larry linebeard
    11:43 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    6- cool story bro

  14. FrankfortFan
    11:45 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    #5- As I recall, P Pat – whom we all love and who was was a great ambassador for UK – also took his time in naming his collage choice. I had written him off as a self-centered kid that would not be a team player. How wrong. I hope what I read on one of the other posts is correct – that he is going to wait until the day after Lou wins the NCAA (heaven forbid) then announce that he’s coming to UK thereby making Lou the number 2 story of the day. So sweet.

  15. duke Sucks
    11:47 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder what Bamm has to say about Ebert dying. didnt Ebert say he was glad one of Bamms friends got killed a few years back.
    Lenny please stop changing who knows wIGGINS. WHEN YOU STARTED THIS TALE IT WAS A NIEGHBOR now its your family. My guess your full of $hit.

  16. duke Sucks
    11:51 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    5 Who realy cares what you think? This is a big choice and a limelight that will never come around Again! if I where him i would wait untill the last minute to. The schools get to make alot of money off these kids, so he should get to enjoy as much love from the fans as he can get. Its his world the rest of us are just living in it!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. ebert
    11:59 pm April 4, 2013 Permalink

    good bye guys and gals!
    it was fun!

  18. Tim kathlina
    12:03 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Hate that Archie will not listen to sound coaching and advice.So many guards will use this NCAA performance and declare for the draft, further pushing Archie down the draft board. Of course we all wish him the best,but feel like he is making the road to the NBA as hard and long as possible when it doesn’t have to be.

  19. Mack
    12:28 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I know a guy that lived in Huntington back in 93 and he said that Wiggins’ girl friend plays basketball for St. Joe High School in Huntington. There you go.

  20. Lincoln
    1:24 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Are there really people that would pay for Archie Goodwin to write his name?

  21. Georgia Blue
    2:58 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Dakari Johnson will have a hard time next year. I watch both game . Yes the kid is big but he don’t get off the ground to high. It will be interesting to see how he play against people his size. I thought Aaron Gordon was the best player on the court. This kid is a manchild. Boy I wish he had of committed to UK instead of ARIZONA. He will go in the top 5 NBA DRAFT 2014.Aaron plays on both side. I didn’t see that from any of the UK commits. Cal will have his hands full again teaching these kids to play DEFENSE

  22. Ok man
    3:05 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    21 – your team is in FF. Let us deal with and speak freely of the future. Amazing our boards are so infested w BS.

  23. CATandMONKEY
    3:15 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Georgia Blue:
    Your GRAMMAR is calling. Please listen to her sage advice and don’t speak or post unless you become less ill-informed.

  24. UKBlue
    3:22 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Archie that kid you can’t tell anything to because he has all the answers; he can’t hear the truth that he isn’t that good right now. Even as bad as this draft is going to be, it’s going to be hard for an NBA GM to justify wasting a first round draft pick on Archie. Kid will get drafted low, more than likely without guaranteed money, will play in the D League if even that, and will end up in Europe. He’s really going to regret it next year when his future is totally uncertain, and he’s watching the team hang another banner & get rings. Archie leaving, he just did us a favor.

  25. Fyi
    3:32 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Archie, split that money with those crickets. They be working hard. Charging that for YOUR autograph, joke.

  26. SeoulCat
    5:33 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    RIP, Roger. You will be missed.
    Jonathan Rosenbaum, the number of quality film critics on this planet just got a lot smaller today. Stay healthy. We need you.

  27. bigbluelou
    5:57 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    @ 23- your response had me rolling on the floor. Couldn’t have said it any better. As for Archie, I seriously wonder how many people show up to waste $15 for an autograph of a player who essentially did nothing during his short tenure at UK. Wish you the best kid, but you are living in a dream world.

  28. Kevin
    6:24 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    What’s wrong with singing with an agent? Some people like to perform on stage.

  29. sonny in bville
    6:40 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Now that AG is offically gone from this point forward when I see his name on this site, I can scroll dow to the next paragraph. Just like I do Cousins!!! I hope he does not waste his $45.00 on anything foolish.

  30. Troya scifoza
    6:48 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Are you sure Cal wanted AG back? According to Cal, he was uncoachable. Cal probably told him that he would be better off to leave.

  31. Why you so stoopid, stoopid
    6:50 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Archie made the best decision possible for him, lets respect that and be thankful he is not coming back.

  32. pioneer
    7:04 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    #21 Aaron Gordon is the real deal by far. However his performance in an all star game should not be taken too seriously. He had at least 10 of his points on cherry pick dunks. I saw ZERO offensive moves, other than flushes, and his defense was based on effort as it should be. Arizona is going to have a crowded front court next season, but their issues will be in the back court.

    And if all Cal has to do is teach this group to play DEFENSE, then I like their chances. They are not going to have any trouble scoring, that is for damn sure! Depth in practice will create competitive practice, which will lead to “pit bull” like defense during games. Point blank, period.

  33. Jeff
    7:08 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I think Goodwin will end up in Tokoyo or Taiwan. Either way, it wont be the League next year. Imagine him uncontrollable driving into Labron next year? yea right

  34. richard Thistle
    7:28 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    since when do comments on any fan site help determine at all, where a recruit will go?
    you people need to get a life.

  35. El Pollo Loco
    7:31 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    His brothers “Shock the world” tweet was him joking around that he’d commit to Witchita St (the Shockers) where his brother plays. Not sure how that could be taken as him choosing KU other than they’re in the same state.

  36. Ridge Runner
    7:39 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Watched the dunk contest and it was like something a few of us strung together within 5 min or so. Get whoever we can to judge, tape some paper together with sharpies to show the scores, and let a few kids from whatever school dunk. I dunno…just more strange than the past.

    Anyway, yup wish Archie well but even though he hustled his rear off…not sure him not listening to Coach in his decision is any different to him not listening in many of the games.

  37. Say it ain't so
    7:39 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Is it true that the Kentucky coaching staff told Connor’s QB that they would not offer any other QB until he makes his decision. Tell me it ain’t so. Move on, recruit the top prospects in the country at QB. Read this on another site, this can’t be correct. I don’t get it. Big stats for schools that play no one mean nothing.

  38. Big Daddy
    8:02 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Archie has yet to sing with an agent? I didn’t know he was into karaoke.

  39. RealCatsFan
    8:09 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I didn’t know Archie could sing. It says he has yet to sing with an agent, so I guess that means he is thinking about giving up on basketball and becoming the next pop idol or rap artist. Maybe Jarod “Beez” Polson is planning to join him.

  40. PlanoCat
    8:25 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    Seems a little foolish, but I guess I’ll go and let Archie pay me 15 bucks to sign his name.

  41. Rockfield, KY
    8:33 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll preface this by saying that I’d have been excited if Aaron Gordon chose us, but that kid is all about getting dunks and scoring. He would barely even fan at his man on defense and if he got the ball in open court, he was going to shoot it. And with the ball in his hands, he as the one “in and out” move and he always goes to his right. He’ll get better but guys that just dunk and do nothing else don’t impress me. I thought Chris Walker was a ball hog too, even though he has a ton of upside.

  42. Rockfield, KY
    8:35 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    37. It’s not about stats. Its about size, technique, and the ability to be coached.

  43. Burr
    8:38 am April 5, 2013 Permalink


  44. bil
    9:53 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    So Wiggins can dunk in many different ways. So what. So can a lot of other players. Remember, teams play defense in college. Can he shoot midrange jumpers and threes as well as he can dunk? If Wiggins is alll that he just needs one other player on his team to give him the ball from out of bounds and let him score.
    As good as Jordan was and Bird neither one could win a championship until some other players that could score were added to the team. Remember Pippen and all those players on the Celtics? Bryant is as good as it gets but can’win by himself.
    What does UK need Wiggins for now that they have all those other players coming in?

  45. tuxedo park
    10:03 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    I imagine Archie’s autograph must be pretty messy since he’s bound to fall to the floor at least once or twice.

  46. uk4
    10:57 am April 5, 2013 Permalink

    EVERYONE… Andrew Wiggins has a girlfriend who is going to Notre Dame to play college basketball. don’t believe me, google it. so no girl will influence his decision.