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Steve Buscemi’s Thursday News and Views

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.

— 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:

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…

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.

40 Comments for Steve Buscemi’s Thursday News and Views

  1. Big Mike
    11:04 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Rajon could have been one hell of a punter. We are Punter U!

  2. steve b
    11:07 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    i was donny in the big lebowski. how does that go unsaid?????

  3. Rondo island
    11:10 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    I think rondo could be a lock down corner. Great speed and quickness!

  4. Big Blue 66
    11:11 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Rajon wanted to be a QB, he wore the number 4 in basketball for Brett Favre

  5. SuperCats
    11:18 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Rondo NFL sure no question
    but by now he would be crippled and broke.
    Stick with basketball or baseball if u r a
    super athlete.

  6. James K
    11:24 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    I think Rondo could’ve been an incredible safety or corner. With his hands, leaping ability and quickness, I actually think he might be right.

  7. Dayum
    11:33 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    With weight training and coaching Rondo could have been a great CB or more likely WR. HIs hands are HUGE, he has exceptionally long arms and can fly and jump through the roof. And he’s fearlesss. not a doubt in my mind that he could have made it.

  8. Bulldawg
    11:33 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Wow it is crazy how many great prospects in the Kentucky area there is that were not interested in coming to UK before the coaching change…

  9. Bob Saget
    11:38 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    What an awful way to end the night. This site isn’t worth reading anymore with the B team. Steve Buscemi? And you still haven’t done Dan Aykroyd. You know the guy who carried the first season of SNL? Ghostbusters anyone? No? He wrote it, among other things. But lets not ever do him.

  10. bigbluebear
    11:46 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    If rondo.had focused his time on being good at football he would easily have been able to be an NFL receiver or corner. His athleticism and quickness would have made him a star ain any sport he chose to pursue.

  11. The dude
    11:49 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    The dude bids you adieu #2. Throw them a ringer the whites

  12. Idiot
    11:49 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    10) You don’t know much about sports do you?

  13. Shawon
    11:51 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink


    This site has gone into the absolute dumpster! Where is Beisner!?!?

  14. The dude
    11:52 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody remember Anthony Epps talking about a PG who could play football. Remember when he signed with UK most thought it would have been in football. Also Epps was the BEST pure point I’ve seen at UK.

  15. Gavin S.
    11:52 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    As Peter Griffin said of Steve Buscemi “every one of his teeth is in business for itself.”

  16. Shawon
    11:57 pm December 12, 2012 Permalink

    I think Anthony Epps was a flag football Hall of Famer while at UK. If he had gone out for the football team, Pitino’s reaction notwithstanding, he probably would have caught quite a few passes.

  17. #9 is an idiot
    12:02 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    That is all!

  18. eddie vedder
    12:03 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    #14 Couldn’t agree more. My favorite player to ever wear the blue. He was clutch as hell too. Never forget the 95′ SEC championship game, which is one of the most underrated UK wins that I can remember.

  19. The dude
    12:05 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    #16 he was hell of a high school player. There was a lot of talk of him getting a fifth year and playing.

  20. Nowahs
    12:05 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    #13 , is a loser!

  21. The dude
    12:10 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    #18 hope Cal shows Harrow some of Epps game film. Show him how a PG is supposed to run a team. Cal should know first hand Epps was the difference in the 2 games we played UMass that year. Shepard played the point the first game we lost and Epps played the second.
    Also UMass gets lost because of how great our 96 team was but most forget UMass was #1 most of that season and they would have won the championship any other year. The national semi final that year was the championship game for all purposes.

  22. The dude
    12:12 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    #18 also I have yellow Ledbetter in my CD player as we speak.

  23. I Say
    1:28 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Rondo played Quarterback in highschool, football was actually his first love over basketball, look it up.

  24. TravisB
    1:42 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Yo Louisville is one of the top 20 dirtiest cities in America…… Losers!

  25. Ukalum
    1:56 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Is there any word on Darin hinshaw? Nothing has one up since it was first reported the other day. Is he on board or not?
    Also has anyone else noticed the developing story that the 7 non football Big East schools could vote to dissolve the league entirely. Meaning Louisville would have to be independent or join a lesser league for next year if it happened. The best part of the story is UCONNs president begging the 7 schools to not leave the Big East when a week ago his school was begging for the ACC.
    And Louisville fans thought we were just busting there chops about not being in a real conference. Pathetic.

  26. White Castle Sliders
    2:20 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    I love four thigs: Cheeseburgers, loose women,cheap beer, and UK SPORTS ……Anyone else agree?

  27. BPsycho
    2:42 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    #26 and money.

  28. Catfan68
    3:05 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    #21 Actually Tony Delk played the point when we lost to Umass the first time we played them the 1995-1996 season. Pitino had the bright idea to play Delk at the point to prepare him for the NBA. Delk played the point in the Maryland game also. We beat Maryland but didn’t look great doing so. After Umass beat us, Pitino scraped the idea of Delk at the point and went with Epps…he later called Epps “the straw that stirs the drink”….Delk was a great player but wasn’t a point guard, much like Archie this season.

  29. josh
    3:40 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    #13 And yet you’re still here… Sure none of us would mind if you go somewhere else. Please go somewhere else.

  30. don of dons
    5:05 am December 13, 2012 Permalink


  31. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    6:49 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Boardwalk Empire is the best show on tv right now. Thanks for giving Steve and that show their props!

  32. GoCats2
    7:02 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    I dont believe Buscemi died in Monsters Inc.
    surprisingly, he did not die in Armageddon when just about everyone else did.

  33. Neil
    7:37 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Rondo could have been a great wide receiver….probably still could be.

  34. Tired Of Being 1 of 12 Games
    7:59 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    How many new football players can UK bring in this year?

  35. steve b
    8:30 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    did you guy s know before i become a hollywood star i was a fireman in NYC? and when 911 happened, i went back to my old fire station and got some gear and went to the twin towers to help out?

  36. SeaCats
    8:44 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Tyler, you are fun to read.

  37. njCat
    8:48 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    26. finish it off with a double of single malt and a cigar and you’ve got the perfect day.

  38. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:54 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    Fargo is my favorite Buscemi death. The scene when the cop walks up on the guy while he is putting Buscemi’s leg in the wood chipper is classic.

  39. Jonah Hex
    9:57 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    I coached (football) against Rondo when he was at Eastern, very good ballplayer.

  40. thats budda
    11:55 am December 13, 2012 Permalink

    It gave you nightmares Tyler, it gave me “Barney Google, with the goo goo googly eyes” stuck in my head for a week.