Odds are if you’re under the age of 30, you were part of the phenomenon known as “The O.C.” Ten years ago yesterday, the angsty teen drama debuted on FOX, and for at least the first few seasons, defined what was cool, hip, and relevant in pop-culture.
The show centered around a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who goes to live with a family in an affluent neighborhood, which kind of sounds like the premise to about a million different stories, but what made it so big was how freaking “cool” everything seemed, from tragically flawed Ryan, to the even more tragically beautiful (and dumb) Marissa, nerdy Seth and the quintessential teenage dream girl Summer. Add in the Southern California backdrop, a hip soundtrack, witty dialogue, and some parents with an actual backstory, and you’ve got a bonafide hit on your hands. “The O.C.” brought us Chrismukkah, a bazillion indie-rock hits, and what may be one of the most best lines in TV history: “Welcome to the O.C., bitch.”
Why do I love “The O.C.”? Maybe it’s because my roommate during my study abroad in Florence had the entire first season saved on her computer, which meant it was our only form of English television for five months, outside of subtitled episodes of “Room Raiders” on MTV Italia. Or maybe it was because it was so self-aware. The writers loved to make fun of themselves so much that they wrote a parody of “The O.C.” called “The Valley,” and featured it throughout the series. Honestly, it was probably because they killed off Marissa (whoops, spoiler alert).
Anyways, thanks for the memories, guys. Anytime I need to cry, I’ll just pull up the “Hallelujah” scene. You know the one I’m talking about.
Let’s news it and view it.
— The big news on the football front came late in the day, when we found out sophomore cornerback JD Harmon will not be eligible this season because of academic issues. Harmon walked on the team last season and became a starter, leading the team in interceptions. His loss is doubly disappointing when you consider how thin the secondary is right now. Cross your fingers that Nate Willis joins the team in the coming days.
— Nick Roush has a full recap of practice here, but I’ll hit you with a few notes. Stoops said that freshmen wide receivers Alex Montgomery and Ryan Timmons stood out to him, along with freshman defensive end Jason Hatcher. In addition, he said that all of the veterans have improved since the spring, and a businesslike attitude took over on the team’s second day of camp: “Another good day. Good day. Just businesslike today. Not as much excitement, but I thought they were still very good, good energy and concentrating.”
— During Media Day, Maxwell Smith mentioned that he hadn’t had surgery since his shoulder injury last season, and now, it appears the staff is limiting his number of reps. Stoops said that Smith seems to be doing fine, but they are being a little cautious just in case.
— As mentioned above, Timmons was one of the players who stood out to Stoops at practice Tuesday, and according to linebacker Khalid Henderson, Timmons even took some reps at running back. By all account, Timmons is a playmaker, so get used to seeing him used as a dual-threat in the Air Raid, along with a few other players, namely Raymond Sanders.
— Does that have you ready for some football? Single-game tickets go on sale Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. ET. You can order them on Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, or through the UK Ticket Office. Tickets are $45 for the Miami and Alabama State games, $60 for the Florida, Missouri, and Tennessee games, and $75 for the Louisville and Alabama games.
— Smart fantasy football team owners and UK fans everywhere were dealt quite the scare on Tuesday morning, when word came out of Green Bay that Randall Cobb had to leave practice with a bicep injury. Cobb sat on the sidelines with ice on his shoulder for most of the rest of the practice, taking the ice off at the end to do some sprints. NFL insider Ian Rapoport says that the injury is “not serious,” so everyone just breathe. The Packers will really need a healthy Cobb too; fellow wideout Jordy Nelson also went down with an injury this week, and will miss the rest of training camp.
— Moving over to basketball recruiting news, Jahlil Okafor, the number one player in the 2014 class, announced that he will visit Kentucky on September 9th, which also happens to be the date of the UK Alumni game. On August 31, Okafor and his BFF Tyus Jones will visit Baylor. The two plan to be a package deal, and while many believe they are headed to Duke, the fact that Okafor is visiting the Cats is great opportunity for Cal and the Cats to make a good impression. There’s no word yet on if Jones will join Okafor on his visit to Lexington, and on Tuesday night, Rivals’ TJ Walker spoke to Okafor’s AAU coach, who said that the package deal might not be such a guarantee. If Okafor is having a change of heart, then a trip to Lexington is just the thing. As Drew pointed out earlier, last year Julius Randle came for the Alumni Game, and had such a good time that he reportedly committed to UK right then and there.
Come on down, Jahlil. We’ll have some chants ready for you.
— Another recruiting note in case you missed it during the KSR crash of August 2013: Emmanuel Mudiay has trimmed his list to five, and the Cats made the cut, along with Kansas, Oklahoma State, SMU and Baylor. Many consider the Cats to be a favorite for Mudiay, who will visit for Big Blue Madness.
— UK Hoops’ non-conference schedule was released on Tuesday, so break out your day planner and scribble down these very important dates:
2013 UK Hoops Non-Conference Schedule
11/03/13… vs. Eckerd College (Exhibition)
11/08/13… at Marist
11/10/13… at Wagner
11/13/13… vs. Georgia Southern
11/17/13… vs. Central Michigan
11/21/13… vs. Lipscomb
11/24/13… at Middle Tennessee State
11/27/13… vs. Bradley
12/01/13… vs. Louisville
12/06/13… vs. Baylor (AT&T Stadium)
12/12/13… at Depaul
12/15/13… vs. ETSU
12/22/13… vs. Duke (Rupp Arena)
12/29/13… vs. Grambling St.
Just kidding. Who uses a day planner anymore?
— Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin continued their transition to NBA rookies on Tuesday with a photo shoot for Panini trading cards. The NBA tweeted out some pictures from the event, which were so odd that I had to ask for your best captions:
Here were my favorites:
Archie: “Trying to grab a hold of it, bite my lip and give it hell….Coach wants ice cream!” (submitted by Jon Ross)
Nerlens: “What do you mean Cody Zeller is picked before me!?” (submitted by BigT)
During the photo shoot, Archie also reminded us he can dunk:
— Want to see that in person? The entire NBA schedule was released on Tuesday, so check it out to see when all of Kentucky’s 22 NBA players are in action.
— Finally, Drew, I think we need to give the Manning brothers some #TeamNF bracelets…check out their latest DirecTV commercial:
That’s just… Well, it’s something. See you in the morning.