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Ron Livingston’s Wednesday News and Views


For my generation, Office Space may be the perfect movie. Every time I rewatch the 1999 classic, I find something new to laugh at, from the “jump to conclusions” mat, to Michael Bolton’s unfortunate name, to Milton’s red stapler, and all 15 pieces of flair on Jennifer Aniston’s suspenders. Anyone who has ever worked in an office has dreamed of taking the unruly fax machine/copier/printer/computer out in a field and beating it with a bat, and had a boss like Bill Lumbergh. They’ve probably also had a cube neighbor with a high whiny voice (looking at you, BTI), or one who listens to the radio from 9 to 11 (grr, Aaron Flener). In fact, if you’ve done the 8-5 corporate routine, odds are you fantasize about pulling a Peter Gibbons and joining Team NF at the office once a week. For bringing that fantasy to life on screen, I will always love Ron Livingston.

Livingston’s been in a number of other movies and TV shows, including “Sex and the City,” in which he made women around the country rethink their stance on Post-Its. He was in Swingers and The Cooler, and “Band of Brothers.” But to me, he’ll always be the guy who gutted a fish on his desk.

Happy 46th birthday, Ron. I’m going to take a bat to the KSR fax machine given to us by Richie Farmer in your honor.

“Why not chase” 40-0?

Who said the radio show would be boring in Matt’s absence? On Tuesday, CBS’ Gregg Doyel stepped in and hit it out of the park, with special guests Dan Dakich and John Calipari. Despite Dakich’s best attempt to play nice for the BBN, Calipari’s appearance was definitely the highlight of the show. Cal trotted out his best lines (“Michael Kidd-Gilchrist took the 4th most shots, Anthony Davis the 5th most shots,” “Players first,” etc.) and, in true Cal fashion, took over the interview. He spent most of the time defending his team’s quest to go undefeated, mentioning three of his past teams in particular that had tried that and failed: 1996 UMass, 2008 Memphis, and 2012 Kentucky. Cal recognizes a similar thirst for greatness in this group and asked “Why can’t you think that way? …Why not chase it? Everyone says it can’t be done, let’s go for it.”

Sounds good to me, Coach.

To all the critics who point to last season’s struggles as proof that Kentucky’s expectations are way too high this season: Cal has a quote for you too. “I knew we weren’t very good last year. I knew our guard play wasn’t what it would need to be. I knew that the first game of the year, I could tell.”

Cal showed off his softer side as well, opening up about why he loves the song “Hey Soul Sister.” Cal said that it’s his and his wife’s special song and that whenever it comes on the radio, one of them will call the other and they’ll listen to it together. Nice, Cal…that’s almost enough to make up for you comparing your wife’s dancing to Elaine’s from “Seinfeld.” No brownies for you!

The freshmen roll into town

Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, Dominique Hawkins, and Derek Willis have arrived in Lexington, and by now, are probably at Target with their parents shopping for shower caddies and yaffa blocks. The rest of the freshmen will join them soon. Word to the wise guys: don’t go for the case of Easy Mac. It seems tempting, but you’ve got Chef Chris downstairs ready to make you whatever you want.

Boogie’s going to camp

On Tuesday, we found out that DeMarcus Cousins received an invitation to the Team USA Mini-Camp in July. This comes as a surprise to some, since last summer, Jerry Colangelo said Cousins would have to grow up in order to represent his country, but Colangelo said that it’s a “new year, new summer, and new opportunity” for the talented big man. Cousins has definitely had bouts of immaturity since entering the league, but he seems to be taking all the necessary steps to change that. At the end of the regular season, Cousins opened up to Bleacher Report about being cast at the league’s villain and how he’s misunderstood, and recently shot down rumors that he wants to be traded. Boogie will join his buddy John Wall and Anthony Davis at the mini-camp. Let’s hope he shows Colangelo and Coach K just how much he’s grown.

Matt Elam picks up an offer from Ohio State

On the football side of things, Elizabethtown defensive tackle Matt Elam had a big day. Not only did Elam receive an invitation to the US Army All-American Bowl in January, but he picked up an offer from Ohio State as well. Elam is finishing up a visit to Alabama, and will head to Kentucky early next week to visit with the staff and 2014 commitments. He plans to announce his college decision at the US Army AA Bowl, which will also feature Drew Barker. Hopefully Kentucky’s “Come Be a Hero” campaign is enough to hold off offers from two of the top teams in the country. We’ll have more on the site about this on Wednesday, but if Elam does decide to come to UK, I believe his commitment will be just as important as Drew Barker’s for the future of the program.

And now in your odd news of the day…

College coaches will say some crazy things to get kids to commit to their schools. Tom Crean will tell you he’s thinking about you a lot (a whole lot), Scott Drew will text you every day and litter your front porch with flyers, and Roy Williams will try to blind you with a box of championship rings. But an unnamed elite college coach recruiting five-star defensive end Da’Shawn Hand may take the cake. According to Hand, the coach said that since he’s the number one player in the country, he was going to arrange for Hand to meet Michael Jackson. After Hand pointed out that Jackson had been dead for four years, the coach said “Well, all right, you can meet Tito.” Hand said after that, he was “done.”



When he wasn’t dissing his wife’s dance moves or calling Matt “a lawyer with a bad voice,” Calipari was meeting with his friend, Matthew Bradford. We’ve mentioned Bradford on the site before; he’s a Marine who was wounded in Iraq by a roadside bomb that cost him both of his legs and his eyesight. Bradford was introduced to the crowd at Rupp last season and is a big fan of the radio show. Apparently he and Cal keep in touch, and Bradford stopped by to pick up his autographed piece of the 2012 National Championship floor. Cal wrote this about the meeting today: “Matthew Bradford stopped by the office today. Not only is he one of our heroes, I’m proud to call him a friend. Every time I see Matt, I’m absolutely amazed at his positive outlook on his life and his family’s life.”

Amen. Thank you for your service, Matt.

Finally, don’t forget to submit your questions for “Dear Mrs. Tyler,” my new advice column I’ll be launching later this week. Got a Big Blue dilemma? Let me solve it. Submit questions via email or Twitter (use the hashtag #DearMrsTyler).

The fun doesn’t stop on Wednesday, starting with BTI’s latest masterpiece and Ryan Lemond’s football roundtable from 10 to 12. See you then.

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.

19 Comments for Ron Livingston’s Wednesday News and Views

  1. dave
    11:32 pm June 4, 2013 Permalink

    “mr samir naga… naga… not gonna work here anymore”
    “PC Load Letter? What the f*** does that mean??

  2. GoCats2
    11:37 pm June 4, 2013 Permalink

    Without a doubt one of the greatest movies ever for anyone working in an office.
    “It’s not that I’m lazy, I just don’t care” is the my screensaver and my boss hates it.
    “What did you do all weekend?”
    I did nothing, I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I dreamed it could be.”

  3. Michael Bolton
    11:44 pm June 4, 2013 Permalink

    Why should I change? He’s the one who sucks.

  4. SeaCat
    11:53 pm June 4, 2013 Permalink

    Ron 46?
    i thought 36 at most.
    He is great, sorry to see that age catchs up with him, too.

  5. jmfatz47
    12:25 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    So after a year of practice with the team and after the first game of the year last season, Cal knew Harrow was garbage? Hindsight is 20/20. With that being said, this years crop of studs are a different breed. Sometimes you just know when a group of players possess the “it” factor:)

  6. SeaCat
    1:16 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    5) yes, but
    Last year was a monumental blunder for Cal:
    Harrow, Archie, Poythress, Mays.
    What the heck happened?!?!
    Very bizarre year…
    Let us hope this never happens again.

  7. bigbluetrue
    5:52 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    I am always inspired by people like Matthew Bradford. God bless you for your service and sacrifice on behalf of our country.

  8. Slang
    7:34 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    In regards to the recruit saying he was “done” when the unnamed coached offered him to meet Tito Jackson: Done can mean that one finds a situation so humors that they do not feel like continuing the conversation. Maybe I misunderstood you but it sounded as if you thought he meant he was done with said coach and/or school. Obviously, I don’t know what he meant, but generally the writers are not up to date on their current slang. I’m glad I could assist you. And if by some chance you actually read all of this,

  9. Cliffhanger
    7:35 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    ^ :O

  10. Marshall
    8:01 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    I’d put money on a hunch that the unnamed coach in question was Lane Kiffin.

  11. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:04 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    I hope that last year taught Coach Cal UK must have a bench. You may only play 7 or 8 players, but you better have some players that can play on the bench. UK also needs some veteran players to go with the freshmen.

  12. Bill Lumbergh
    8:14 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Ummm, yeah….

  13. Joe
    8:14 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Heard Pitino kicked Zach Price off the team. Must be getting another recruit. Why doesn’t anyone call out Pitino for taking schollies away from players? And this kid is from Louisville. Way to go Pitino!

  14. DCS195
    8:32 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t agree that in the long run Elam may be as important to get as Barker. The fact that Barker committed early, has shown so much leadership already and continues to be a major recruiter makes him possibly the most important recruit in history, both in the past and the future, for his part in turning this program around.

  15. Rockfield, KY
    8:43 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    The kid should have played along with the coach and not let him in on the fact that MJ is dead. Wouldn’ve made an even better story.

  16. Rockfield, KY
    8:44 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    “2 chicks at the same time”

  17. tutty
    9:33 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, come on. We have to find out who this “unnamede” coach is, no? That may be the funniest thing I’ve ever heard.

  18. dave
    9:47 am June 5, 2013 Permalink

    14-he hasnt even enrolled yet…

  19. Stoops Troops
    1:05 pm June 5, 2013 Permalink

    CHEF CHRIS KICKS ASS! I’ve played poker with that CAT!