Sometimes you hear things that make you feel old…and as I get older it seems to happen more and more. The latest example was the look of shock that came on my face when I realized that today is Scott Baio’s 50th Birthday. Maybe I should have known that fact, as I know he did a VH1 show recently that was centered around the fact that he was getting old and needed to settle down, but for whatever reason it did not process. For some of you, your Baio knowledge goes back to “Joanie Loves Chachie” days, but for me it is all about “Charles in Charge.” Taking the notion of “syndicated bad comedy that I watched intently” to a high level even before it was maximized by “Saved By the Bell”, Baio on “Charles in Charge” was a revelation. It gave us Willie Ames in the crazy neighbor role as Buddy, Nicole Eggert pre-“Baywatch” as she became a beautiful young woman and a series of other forgettable siblings who got Charles into jams as he tried to be in charge of their days, nights, wrongs and rights. With Baio now 50, the reality that I am getting old continues to creep towards me. I will put it off for as long as I can…but it is coming.
Lets get to some notes:
— The developing story all day has been the coverage of the Louisville gender discrimination case by the Courier Journal and the scrambling by the newspaper after waiting five days to initially cover the verdict won against the Louisville Athletic Department. If you were on the site yesterday, you saw our stories about the lack of coverage and I then ranted on the radio at the beginning of this morning’s show, before the Courier Journal finally released a small story around lunch. Since then, they have been scrambling, with a longer story and a blog post by Eric Crawford saying how disappointed he was in the Department. We suggested that the lack of coverage showcased more control by Tommy Jurich over Louisville media and when a reader gave that thought to writer Jason Riley (who did the story), he got this email from him:
With dozens of suits filed everyday, some fall through the cracks when they are filed. We did know this one was going to trial but there was a mix-up as to whether sports or news was covering the verdict. On Friday, when the verdict came down, I was working on a Sunday story and the sports reporter was off to cover the football game. It wasn’t a conspiracy to protect Jurich, just some bad luck and miscommunication.
Because of other stories, I didn’t hear about the verdict until late yesterday and got a story online as quick as I could this morning. Honestly, the ball got dropped.
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So the explanation seems to be that the Courier Journal, the largest and most important in the state, literally DID NOT KNOW that the verdict came down, even after it had been on tv Friday night, on message boards over the weekend and talked about around the city. Only after the blog post on our site late yesterday did they realize that it was time to get a story up. I will take the newspaper at its word but honestly, the Jurich explanation actually may have made it look better.
— The Cats are two days from the Swamp and getting confident. Vegas has moved the game line (at least on some books) to 14 1/2 from 16, suggesting that some early money went towards Kentucky. I thought the line should be around 13 (using my highly scientific “it feels right” analysis), and we all seem to be heading in a general consensus about the Cats’ chances. People on ESPN are starting to mention the game as having upset potential and it will likely be a talked about game on College Gameday (live from Boise) on Saturday. Noise can be made in Gainesville that could pay huge dividends for the program…lets cross our fingers. 24th time is the charm.
— Among the many things Calipari talked about today on the radio was the play of Eloy Vargas, the mysterious UK player. Eloy was a Top 25 player out of high school, but did little at Florida and wasnt part of the summer team we saw in Canada. Calipari said he really liked Eloy’s athleticism and ability to get to the ball. He thinks he needs to get shape and tougher, but he is positive about Vargas if Kanter cannot play. But Calipari did warn that “we will only play six guys if we have to”, suggesting that he feels he can take a thin team and make it thinner if people dont step up to where they need to be. Without Kanter, that could be what UK would be forced to do. So Free Enes!
— If you are in Louisville tonight, you know about the John Calipari Tipoff dinner at the UK Convention Center. The KSR crew had a night phone conference as we tried to think of jokes for me to tell at the dinner that would be (a) funny and (b) not too offensive for a crowd that doesnt really know who I am. We may have found a few topics (Pitino, Sypher, Clyde, etc) that work. Censoring the Turkey Hunter, Tomlin, Drew Franklin, Beisner and Mosley isnt easy, but this is a collective effort. Calipari is always great in these events and I hope you will attend if you can.
— Dick Vitale released his list of 12 Diaper Dandies for the year, leaving out Kanter and Selby because of eligibility concerns. His list was:
1. Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina
2. Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State
3. Brandon Knight , PG, Kentucky
4. Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke
5. Perry Jones , PF, Baylor
6. Will Barton, SG, Memphis
7. Fab Melo, C, Syracuse
8. Terrence Jones , SF, Kentucky
9. Tobias Harris , PF, Tennessee
10. C.J. Leslie , PF, NC State
11. Cory Joseph , PG, Texas
12. Patric Young , PF, Florida
Pretty good choices from my view…even though Vitale has seen exactly none of them play in person. But hey, I like him either way.
— Finally, if you are like me you really want Louisville to get Tony Wroten Jr. His tweet last night that “Coach Patino” visited him made me realize again just how wonderful he will be for UK comedy and KSR gold for the next four years. We all need to focus on the Free Enes! movement, but forgive me if “Become a Dirty Bird Tony!” isnt far behind for us.
More all day as we get ready for the game in the Swamp….stay tuned.