How could I not dedicate tonight’s post to Steve Buscemi? The man with the big bug eyes turns 55 on Thursday, a birthday that, if you believe everything you see on television, I’m sure will include lots of scantily clad showgirls, gangsters, and all the illegal booze he can drink. I’m of course referring to Buscemi’s role as Nucky Thompson on “Boardwalk Empire,” for which he earned a Golden Globe back in 2011. Nucky is a corrupt and powerful politician in Prohibition-era Atlantic City, and let’s just say he does his fair share of womanizing. And killing. I won’t spoil anything, but the season finale gave me nightmares for days.
While Buscemi is currently known for his role on “Boardwalk Empire,” he’s been a renowned character actor for decades. You probably remember his parts in Reservoir Dogs, “The Sopranos,” Fargo, and several Adam Sandler films. He is particularly talented at dying in movies, as you can see in the clip below (SPOILER ALERT for anyone who hasn’t seen all of these movies: he dies in them. You have been warned!!!!):
In the early 80’s, Buscemi was a firefighter in New York, and after the World Trade Center collapsed, he volunteered with his old firehouse, working twelve-hour shifts for a week. Good on ya, Steve. You know you’ve made it in life when they sell a dress with your face on it:
Now that we’re all sufficiently creeped out, news and views?
— On Wednesday, Vince Marrow confirmed that he will be Kentucky’s next tight ends coach. Marrow, who was a graduate assistant and tight ends coach at Nebraska, is an impressive recruiter with many ties in the fertile football grounds of Ohio, where he grew up alongside Mark Stoops. Marrow said he took the job in order to help his longtime friend “turn this thing around.” He’s already on the road to Ohio to start recruiting before the dead period begins next week.
At Nebraska, Marrow had commitments from five recruits for 2013, four of them nationally ranked and all from Ohio, including two from Stoops and Marrow’s alma mater, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. We’ll see if the former Buffalo Bill can help the Cats stake ground in the Buckeye State.
— Footballscoop.com also reported that Jimmy Brumbaugh will be the Cats’ new defensive line coach. Brumbaugh has worked with Bradley Dale Peveto, UK’s new secondary coach, at LSU during the Tiger’s 2007 National Championship run and also spent time on the staff at Syracuse. While he was the DL coach at Louisiana Tech, they were 13th in the nation in rushing defense, allowing an average of only 103.9 rushing yards per game. Like all of Stoops’ hires so far, Brumbaugh has a reputation as a tireless recruiter. I sense a theme here…
— Another day, another accolade for Larry Warford, the Cats’ standout senior offensive lineman. Warford was given second-team All-SEC performance honors by Pheeeeeel Steeeeeeeele (sorry, Phil Steele)’s College Football magazine. Junior linebacker Avery Williamson and sophomore linebacker Bud Dupree were given third-team honors. Warford also accepted a bid to the Senior Bowl, which will take place on January 26th. He’s the first Cat to be selected for the Senior Bowl since Derrick Locke in 2010.
— Can you believe we’re still talking about football? Four-star wide receiver Rashaad Samples is now considering Kentucky since Neal Brown joined the staff. Samples committed to Oklahoma State over Texas Tech, but said the best relationship he had during his recruitment was with Brown. Get ’em, Neal. Brown was also in Owensboro Wednesday morning to watch Apollo OL Hunter Bivin, who is currently committed to Notre Dame.
— Anyone else having basketball withdrawal? With some time between games, Cal took a little trip to Charlotte Wednesday night to watch the Bobcats play the Clippers. Or rather, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist play Eric Bledsoe. Of course, Cal posted this picture of #lafamilia:
Cal tweeted that he was a little bit emotional leaving the two, a sentiment I think we all share. Just think, if they both had stayed, Bledsoe would be a senior right now and MKG a sophomore…
— Enough of fantasy land. Cal’s also using his spare time for a little business. On Saturday night, Cal will watch Andrew Wiggins play at the Boyd County Roundball Classic in Ashland after missing him at the Marshall County Hoop Fest earlier in the month. On Sunday, he’ll check in on his newest commit, Karl Towns, in New Jersey at the Hoop Group Tip-Off event.
— With Roy Williams in attendance, Wiggins scored 19 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked five shots on Wednesday night. Odds Roy spilled a little Co’Colar on his sweater vest after one of Wiggins’ dunks?
— Rajon Rondo has always had a lot of confidence, but this comment from him made my raise my eyebrows a little:
#Celtics Rajon Rondo: I respect what (NFL) players do, I don’t take it lightly, but I think I could have played, could have given it a shot.
— Scott Souza (@scott_souza) December 11, 2012
What do you think? Could Rajon make it in the NFL?
— After being mentioned for the Kentucky job, it looks like Kliff Kingsbury will end up as Texas Tech’s new coach. After years of Tommy Tuberville and Billy Clyde Gillispie, you’re welcome, ladies of Lubbock.
— Do you think you know more about college football than your fellow KSR readers? Well now you have the chance to prove it in the KSR 2012-13 College Football Bowl Pick ‘Em Challenge. We will post a link to the challenge Thursday morning at 11:00 am with contest rules and details on how to enter. There will be a limited number of spots for contestants so we’re giving you a heads up now to make sure registration is as fair as possible. One lucky winner will take home KSR bragging rights and a cash prize for 1st place and a Stadium Frame print will go to the runner-up.
That’s it for now. See you soon…