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The real-life Game of Life’s Tuesday News and Views


Looking back on it, I’d rank my favorite board games growing up in the following order: 1) Life, 2) Monopoly, and 3) Mouse Trap. Playing the “Game of Life” almost made you feel like a grown-up without the actual minivan or stick figure kids. Now, a man in Japan has taken his love of the board game to another level, creating a real life “Game of Life” in Yoron, Japan.

Takanori Iwamoto came up with the idea to turn the 8-square mile island into a real life rat race after being stuck inside with his family playing Life during a typhoon last year. He noticed that the island had an uncanny resemblance to the game’s spinner, and designed the real life version as a way to boost tourism and raise relief funds. For $5, participants can join the month-long match, which will feature all the signature pieces from the board game: a life-sized roulette, 18 square foot boards, and a bus parading as a game piece, shuttling players from marriage to retirement, or one side of the island to the other. Iwamoto says the game will feature “Amazing Race”esque challenges, and it’s designed so no one goes home broke.

So, who’s coming with me?


— We knew Monday would be a big day for Mark Stoops and Kentucky, and the staff delivered. Three- and four-star safeties Mike Edwards and Darius West committed to Kentucky Monday, becoming the 13th and 14th members of UK’s 2014 class. First, let’s talk about Edwards, who was in Lexington all day with the current 2014 commitments, who spent their time together talking up the Cats and convincing him to commit. It worked. Edwards chose the Cats over Louisville, Wisconsin, Nebraska, West Virginia, Vandy and others. Rivals ranks him the 33rd best safety in America, and the 19th best player in the state of Ohio.

In an interview with Steve Jones, Edwards’ high school coach calls praised his versatility:

“He’s one of the best football players in the state of Ohio,” Winton Woods coach Andrew Parker said. “He is probably one of the most versatile kids we’ve ever coached. He can play cornerback, receiver. He’s just a football player.”

— Once Edwards was on board, it didn’t take much to convince Darius West, his close friend. The two have advertised themselves as a package deal, and both came very close to committing to UK in the past few months. After hearing that Edwards committed, West came to Lexington, met with Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow, and came out of the room a Cat. He chose Kentucky over Louisville, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Vandy, and others. West’s rankings are even more impressive than Edwards; Rivals ranks him the 15th best safety in the nation and the 5th best player in Ohio.

— Speaking of Ohio, how dominant have Vince Marrow and company been in the Buckeye State so far? They’ve got commitments from the 4th, 5th, 8th, 19th, 29th, 32nd and 34th ranked players in the state, and they’ve only just begun the summer recruiting season.

— Of course, any commitment isn’t official until the wide receivers coach cries Yahtzee:

A few hours later…

Screw Life, Yahtzee‘s my new favorite game.

Edwards and West’s commitment moves UK’s 2014 class to #6 in Rivals’ team rankings and #5 in 247’s. Yes, it is very early, and yes, the Cats likely won’t finish with a ranking that high, but let’s just take a moment to appreciate the surreality of it all. Earlier on Monday, I discussed how Mark Stoops has rebranded the Kentucky football program, creating a buzz that is impossible to ignore. While it may take longer to see those results on the field, the ears of the elite talent across the country are perking up to what’s happening in Lexington. This is the first time in the Rivals era that Kentucky has four commitments rated as four-star prospects (Barker, Snodgrass, Horton and West). As Mark Stoops tweeted on Monday night, it was a “big, big day” for the football program.

— If all of that wasn’t enough to get you amped for football season, check out what Western Kentucky handed out to its faculty over the weekend:


— It wasn’t all football news on Monday. Word broke that UK may be pursuing Austrailian 5-star combo guard Dante Exum, who will likely attend college in the US this season. Exum will be eligible for the 2014 Draft, and says that the Cats have expressed interest in him, along with Indiana and Louisville. He’s already visited Indiana, and says they’re the favorite right now. He says he’ll make his decision by the end of the year, and if he does attend college, enroll in January. Just in time for the conference season…

— Your Kyle Wiltjer goes to China update of the day: on Monday, Wiltjer and Team Canada beat the Latvians, 82-40 before heading out for another province. However, the real highlight of the day may have been when his translator scored him and his teammates some American snacks:

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Archie Goodwin worked out for the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, and according to Grizzlies beat writer Brandon Speck, feels he could come in and play immediately for the Grizzlies. Archie also said that John Calipari didn’t want him to leave Kentucky because he felt the Cats had a point to prove, but that he was comfortable with his decision. Archie will work out for the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

— Congrats to Lexington native Jake Bell on being named the SEC coordinator of officials. Bell is a Georgetown and UK alum, as well as the former head football coach at Henry Clay. Doug Shows, you have been warned.

— Finally, can we all agree that the judge who turned down Chad Johnson’s plea deal because he tapped his lawyer on the butt is a wee bit stuck up?


If only we all had that bailiff’s sense of humor.

— And with that, it’s time for bed. Matt and Ryan will be live from the Clear Channel Golf Scramble in the morning to talk about Mark Stoops’ big Monday and reveal the winner of the “I haven’t been totally honest with you” prank. 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.

29 Comments for The real-life Game of Life’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. Billy Glide
    11:12 pm June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hope Ocho doesn’t get violated in the stinko!

  2. bosshogg24
    11:14 pm June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Both Edwards and West are 4 Star players! That makes three 4 Star players in 24 hours!

  3. Han
    11:15 pm June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Exum joining a team this coming January? If we’re recruiting him, then Cal must not have given Polson the last schollie (unless someone else is going to disappear before fall enrollment).

    Also, it’d be surprising if Cal can convince another point guard, one with his eye on the Draft, to come and play behind/with Andrew, at least if he’s eligible for the ’14 draft. Is it expected he’ll play again in the ’14/15 season?

    Wouldn’t put it past Cal, and I don’t know if Indiana or Louisville would offer more PT, but wow.

  4. UKBlue
    11:18 pm June 10, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t ever walk into a court room with a smart ass attitude or even give the appearance of being disrespectful unless you want to totally screw yourself. Ocho is an idiot so who cares if he’s in jail.

  5. Rixter
    11:25 pm June 10, 2013 Permalink

    NUMBER FIVE class nationally… 7 months after losing to Vanderbilt 40 – 0. Unbelievable turnaround.

  6. Brink
    12:05 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    #5 amen brother. Just unbelievable.

  7. Yahtzeecat5
    12:15 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    It’s crazy to think the uk football team is gonna end up with a top 15 to 20 class this year!

  8. Han
    12:29 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    4) It’s nice to see that the age-old power of a judge to just do whatever they want to people hasn’t gone away with the development of society, right? Apparently being rude means a judge can just imprison you. I’ve never been fond of a judge’s ability to force you to lick their boots or else they can hold you in contempt and restrict your freedom based on how much money you can come up with.

  9. GET REAL # 8
    12:49 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Force to lick boots? Where was that in the video? Development of society? Let me guess, the development of the society you believe in right? Let everybody off for everything. Its someone elses fault. Get back to your Obama support videos on msnbc and stay out of the real world. You dont belong.

    Geeze, where do you people come from?

  10. Get Real #9
    1:14 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Wow did #8 step on your nut or something?

  11. SadCat
    1:30 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s give Kyle’s scholly to Exum!!

  12. Ukbradstith
    2:52 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Lets not give Kylie’s scholly to Exum. He’s a good player, but only going to play half a season in college.

  13. Wildcatsteeler
    5:21 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    The saddest part is the bailiff who does this everyday for a living and isn’t shocked. Chad is a joke and had he learned this lesson a decade ago he had the talent to be mentioned with the greats.

    Giving up Kyles scholarship isn’t even an option for me. We have our team.

  14. GrumpyOldDude
    6:40 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Chad Johnson is a narcissistic head case and got the punishment he SO richly deserves. Maybe he’ll finally get it that life is not a reality TV show and we’re all his cast.

  15. KIH
    7:16 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    9. TOTAL BS. i have spent my life in courtrooms, but this was a TOTAL OVER REACTION by the judge. a tongue lashing would have sufficed. the judge will realize that and this goofball ex football player will be released

  16. Bob
    7:46 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Tuck your shirt in, you’re in a courtroom for pete’s sake. Show some respect. Judge is not amused.

  17. NL
    8:04 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    3- I think he’s a 2 guard. I really hope Cal picks him up. Guards win championships and we are still a little thin in that area

  18. jim
    8:07 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Judges have long had a “God” complex. Not honoring a previous agreement is common place for judges. Chad Johnson may be on a troubled life path, but that does not excuse the Judge’s behavior. I know of an incident where a judge lied to an attorney and gave his client a prison sentence, after he agreed to no jail time for a guilty plea. The attorney slapped the judge in open court. The Kentucky attorney, Getty who is dead now, was barred from practicing law for two years. The judge, who is God in the court system, faced no retribution.

    I do believe criminals need to be locked up. But, arbitrarily giving a man 30 days, when a deal has already been worked out, is an abuse of power. Let’s raise a glass for those who have absolute power over our lives!

  19. Rockfield, KY
    8:30 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    I have a great idea. Don’t headbutt your girlfriend and get sent to court in the first place. Then you don’t have to worry about getting in trouble for acting silly in public.

  20. DublDownDrew
    8:40 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Clearly Mrs. Thompson never played High Stakes (w/a working mini-slot machine), Superstition or Dark Tower! Some of my fave board games growing up.

  21. Roflectomy
    8:57 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Should be Peter Dinklage’s news and views. He plays Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones and he turns 44 today.

  22. Mino Slick
    8:58 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    When is KSR gonna show sum love to Stanton Truit 2014 ATH outta GA. He’s on Barkers lists of recruits! This kid is Randall Cobb 2.0! Berrios is gd but he cant see this kid!

  23. Joe
    8:58 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    I thought Ohio guys were too slow for the SEC

  24. Musehobo
    9:03 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    It may have been an overreaction by the judge, but Chad is guilty of a crime. The judge has (and rightfully so) the power to reject plea deals and give someone the minimum to maximum sentence. It’s not very often that a judge can see someone’s true character in the courtroom, as most (rational) people are on their best behavior in order to get a lesser sentence. When Chad slapped the dude on the butt like he was on the field, it was a sign to the judge that he doesn’t take what he did seriously.

  25. Musehobo
    9:05 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, and a second thought here. If this were just some dude in a courtroom goofing off, I’d want the judge to throw the book at him. So I’m not gonna give Chad any more leeway than a normal person.

  26. JB95Jeep
    10:18 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    To Chad, the slap on the backside was probably a playful attaboy, but it seen as a disrespectful gesture to the Court when the rest of the courtroom broke out in laughter. It showed that Chad was still in a playful demeanor and did not appreciate the seriousness of the situation he was in. He was still playing the class clown. In my opinion, the Judge had every right to give him 30 days. He disrepected the Court and the proceedings. No matter what you think about the court system, everyone should give a Judge the utmost respect in a courtroom, especially when your freedom is on the line.

  27. DublDownDrew
    10:22 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    On the Steve Czaban show this morning they mentioned that the judge is legally blind so may not have seen the playful slap and only heard the snickers. Also it was supposedly not the 1st time Ocho had done something that elicited snickers in her court. Possibly an overreaction but much like when a cop pulls you over, it’s best to be on your BEST behavior and not be “playful”

  28. Living L-I-V-I-N-G
    10:27 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    leave ocho alone.. Before you judge somebody just realize how your living your life this morning by judging a man that couldn’t care less, effecting zero percent of his day. The guy is a trip and lives life to the fullest the way HE wants to. Some of you stuck up uptight people should actually try it for once.. If there weren’t no such things as mistakes, why invent erasers??

  29. chad b
    10:39 am June 11, 2013 Permalink

    If exum goes to Louisville we’re in trouble. I was very impressed with him at the summit. I even googled him during the game. lol