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“This is the End’s” Monday News and Views

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It is really hard to make me laugh out loud at a movie. I am not sure when this happened and to be honest, I am not all that happy about it. Watching (or listening) to something genuinely hilarious is one of life’s great pleasures, but for whatever reason the movie screen rarely does it for me. I can think of at least five tv shows (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Louie, 30 Rock, Veep, Arrested Development) and a number of radio shows (Stern, Kornheiser, Carolla, Ron and Fez) that lead to loud guffaws from me, but when it comes to movies, it was hard to think of the last one that had me lose it in the theater (maybe Superbad, Tropic Thunder or Anchorman). But that was until I saw “This is the End” today. For my money, “This is the End” is the best comedy in at least three years and it isn’t even close. With Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, James Franco and others all playing themselves, “This is the End” is the first movie I have seen in years that had me lose it in the middle of a crowded theater (sitting by myself of course). Now to be fair, it is really dirty, and not the type of movie you would want to see with your parents or virtually anyone that gets easily offended. But if you can make it through those hurdles, the reward is a consistently hilarious movie with golden interactions (the McBride-Franco insult battle is one of the funniest things I have ever seen) and a bizarre premise that is amazingly creative. And interestingly enough, it actually has some religious themes centered around it, including what it really means to be a honorable person, live a good life and be worthy of eternal salvation. It’s not perfect (it is probably 10 minutes too long), but I highly doubt I will see a movie that will make me laugh more for some time.

With that, a quick look at the weekend’s news:

— The story of the weekend, as has been the story of the past few weekends is the amazing job done by Mark Stoops and his staff with UK football recruiting. The Cats picked up three more commitments over the weekend, ranging from 3 star DT Adrian Middleton (who picked UK over UL and is from Kentucky) to 3 star WR Tyre Brady to 2016 OL Landon Young (also from Lexington). The Middleton commitment put Kentucky up to #2 in the rankings, although two late weekend commitments for Tennessee and Texas led them to their current #4 spot. The amazing precipitous rise of UK football up the standings has been all anyone wants to talk about wherever I go and the same question continually gets asked…How is this happening? From my perspective, four things are in play:

1. A Young, Hungry, Energetic Staff: When you meet the guys on this staff, one thing is obviously clear…they are excited and PASSIONATE about what they are doing. With the possible exception of Neal Brown and Bradley Pevuto, every one of these guys is taking on more responsibility than they ever have before and they are reveling in the opportunity. They are young, energetic and their goal is to shock the world to win here. If you spend two minutes with Vince Marrow or Tommy Mainord, you can’t help but want to buy what they are selling. Any time spent with Stoops or Brown reveals a strong belief in the possibility of the future and an understanding that a plan is in place to turn around Kentucky football. That energy is contagious and the recruits are feeling it.

2. Ohio Has Become Kentucky North: UK right now has seven commitments in the 2014 class from Ohio and more are coming. Why? Well first because Kentucky has targeted the state, something that didn’t use to happen. But more importantly, the staff they have in place has major ties in the area. Stoops and Marrow are both from Ohio and have been recruiting the area for a long time. For Marrow, he is able to tell players that he was trying to convince to come to Nebraska, why not stay in Kentucky, which is much closer to home. That is a huge advantage that can then be added to the SEC selling point to make the Cats a player in the state. Ohio State may rule the state, but if UK could just become a solid second, then they will be rolling in players for years to come.

3. Drew Barker and Other 2014 Recruits: I am not sure I have ever seen a recruiting class do more to try and get other players than this group has done. We have of course seen it most obviously with Barker, who is trying to organize the class on his own, calling the top guys and becoming the leader. He has written about his efforts on KSR and behind the scenes, he is taking on the role of Class President. But others are playing a role too, including Thadeus Snodgrass, who has been working the phones to try and get people to Lexington. That combination has made the UK commitments feel like an exciting club and when another joins, their collective voice only gets stronger.

4. UK Fans Making Their Voice Heard: I am confident that there is no fan base that has a stronger online presence than that of the Big Blue Nation. This showcases itself in many forms, from sites like this to the number of clicks UK articles get to the massive amount of UK fans on Twitter. But ultimately where we are seeing some of the strongest proof of UK fans’ presence is in the world of recruiting, where players continue to talk about all the “BBN love” on Twitter. Multiple players have commented on the showing of the UK fans and the 50,000 plus fans at the Spring Game made clear that (as Larry Vaught has always said) UK can be a football state. Recruits notice it and it matters.

None of these are of course solely determinative and there are other factors as well. But they are a big part of what we are seeing now in Lexington…the best recruiting run that UK football has ever had…and hopefully it is just getting started.

— On the basketball side, the business of basketball recruiting is about to pick up. I will freely admit that I have lost some of my passion for basketball recruiting, in part due to the UK FB success, but also due to Calipari’s domination in the area. Simply put, in a world where John Calipari tends to get almost whoever he wants, it is hard to get too worked up about following any one player. To put it another way, UK lost out on the best high school recruit since Lebron this past year…and guess what, they are still the favorites to win the national title. Ultimately, UK will be fine.

With that said, now is the time that 2014 college basketball recruiting kicks into high gear. Kentucky now has Karl Townes in the class and is trying to complete the group with other top talent. Over the course of the next week, we will introduce you to more of those players and give you a sense of where UK is headed. It does look as if Kentucky may be expanding the group of offers it has currently given (7 or 8 depending on who you ask), in part because some of the top offers could be difficult to lock up. With Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones considered a long shot by some, and a school of though suggesting Trey Lyles may be drifting from the Cats, the next few weeks could see a different look for the 2014 targets. It is an interesting class for UK…one has to assume some of the stocked talent in this class will return but the question is how much. While the 2014 class has not held much interest for me yet, I think it will pick up quite a bit through the end of June and July.

— We are one week from the KSR RADIO TOUR kicking off and most of the locations are finally set. Here they are:

June 24: Prestonsburg……Stonecrest Golf Course
June 25: Williamson, WV….Historic Coal House
June 26: Paintsville…….Arby’s
June 27: Whitesburg……..Pine Mountain Grille
June 28: Pikeville………East Ky Expo Center

July 1: Columbia……….Burger King
July 2: Jamestown………The Cove Steakhouse
July 3: Somerset……….Mr Gatti’s

July 8: London…………TBA
July 9: Monticello……..Conley Bottom Resort
July 10: Augusta, Ga…….PEACH JAM
July 11: Augusta, Ga…….PEACH JAM
July 12: Augusta, Ga…….PEACH JAM

July 15: Bowling Green…..TBA
July 16: Morgantown……..TBA
July 17: Madisonville……Hudson Toyota Chrysler
July 18: Morganfield…….Verlie’s Restaurant
July 19: Owensboro………Don Moore Toyota

July 22: Glasgow………..Glasgow Country Club
July 23: Danville……….Bluegrass Community Bank
July 24: Maysville………Big Rock ATV Park
July 25: Lexington………Lexington Legends
July 26: Louisville……..Safelight

Hope to see you at one (or more) of our stops. Finally, we are still going over the KSR WRITER APPLICATIONS…we will be contacting those we are interesting in taking with further by the end of the week. Thanks to all who applied…the quality of applications is really unbelievable…you guys are very talented. And tomorrow on radio, UK COMMIT Stanley “Boom” Williams will join me on the show. Make sure and check it out…until then, here are some UK fans at the Calipari Father-Son Camp this weekend: photo-44

Article written by Matt Jones

47 Comments for “This is the End’s” Monday News and Views

  1. Teachable Mo'
    10:36 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Bridesmaids (2011)

  2. Cruisemaster
    10:54 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    ‘The End’ was absolutely horrendous. Wall-to-wall juvenile, low-brow, vacuous, aren’t we clever, crap. Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill are completely devoid of talent–especially comedic talent. Seriously, it was gawd awful. Worse than that.

  3. KyBlueRay
    10:56 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Matt,are you guys still taking a RV around on this trip?

  4. Pacman
    10:56 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Its good to see that Richie Farmer was able to attend Caliparis camp this year

  5. Funny Flick
    10:59 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    I saw this movie and was laughing uncontrollably at the same scene last week. Was crying I was laughing so hard.

  6. Believe me when I say
    11:01 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    The old guy is Mark Daugherty from Pikeville. His daughter (Fran) is SMOKING HOT!!. Surely Matt can find a pic of her wearing some UK stuff & post it on here.

  7. Perry's Poptart
    11:05 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    I expected better with that cast. Danny McBride saved that movie. Michael Cera’s scenes were funny as hell too.

  8. Jen
    11:08 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Who’s Townes? Did we get another commitment? Is he as good as Towns?

  9. I Say
    11:11 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    By far the funniest movie I’ve seen in 3 years. Loved every minute of it.

  10. Movie Snob
    11:11 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    How could you leave of 21 Jump Street (2012)?! Definitely the best comedy for awhile.

  11. mudcreekmark
    11:13 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    OK, who called me old?

  12. Queen James #6
    11:26 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Did everyone like my choke job in the 4th quarter tonight? 2-10 in the second half of the biggest game of the year, lol.
    not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6.

  13. Bigcat312
    11:34 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t believe you didn’t talk bout Sting and what he said. Also how much fun you had at wrestling Saturday night. Nice meeting you there.

  14. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    11:43 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Not enough praise can be given to Stoops and Co. for creating a whole new “Catmosphere” in the Bluegrass. I always had hoped that UK could have good recruiting classes and compete. I have more confidence in this hard working group of coaches than I ever have of any other group in my 45 years of watching. This is a lot more fun than just going through the motions and already expecting a bad outcome–not that I did not support the team, just that there were stretches where we knew we had no shot. Thanks for the fun times and excitement–it has been a long time coming.

  15. Scooby
    11:49 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    For the last time… We did not accept the commitment from Tyre Brady!

  16. Django
    12:11 am June 17, 2013 Permalink


  17. Boone72
    12:17 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Being a loyal little of Uncle Tony I’m surprised you say the movie was only ten minutes to long. He said on his show that he felt he was in the theater for three or four hours even though the film was only a hour forty minutes and as we know Uncle Tony promptly leaves the movie ten minutes before the ending of any film.

  18. Tropic Thunder??
    12:17 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Seriously, Tropic Thunder? The worse movie
    ever. Hope Floats was more funny.
    Come on Matt! Ur better than that.

  19. Matt Jones
    12:19 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    #17 love Uncle Tony but he is old. This isn’t really his type of movie

  20. SeaCat
    12:29 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, you have never had passion
    for recruiting. You have said so.
    But, many fans like me, only care
    about recruiting and the NCAA
    tourney. 90% of the games before
    the NCAA are a farce…

  21. Jpo
    1:25 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    8. Thank you. Such a pet peeve of mine when players names are spelled wrong. Polsen, Mayes, Randall, John hood, Neil brown etc. it’s one thing in the comment section but writers c’mon…

  22. Conglomerates unite
    2:16 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone want to pool some money and buy and report the news

  23. Sposed to be SEC
    3:29 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Ohio has a lot of talent and I’m pumped we’re reaching from there, but I’m just worried about speed. Buckeyes have been known to get burned buy these kids from the South.

  24. Sposed to be SEC
    3:30 am June 17, 2013 Permalink


  25. Ozell
    4:01 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    There recruiting base is South Ohio
    Their are many fast players their

  26. [email protected]
    4:39 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Every UK follow twitter account @kentuckyhot it’s a must follow trust me

  27. John G
    6:29 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    With the fan base in the Nashville area, how do we get KSR caravan to the come south for a day?? I think that would be great to have you broadcasting from Broadway on this years tour.

  28. Dicky Lyons
    6:41 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    If Matt likes this movie then it must be crap. Think I’ll pass on it now.

  29. timer
    6:53 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    We’ve invaded Ohio with great success. Next year, we move on Pennsylvania.

  30. classof68
    7:44 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    The “End” cast is the same crew that did Pineapple Express. Some parts of it are too funny, especially the Rogan-McBride interaction.

  31. GoForIT
    7:50 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    #10-Good call.

  32. kyle heavy
    8:07 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    The movie is terrible. I admit, the Franco-McBride scene is one of the funniest scenes I can remember. I actually laughed out loud in the theater too. After that, I was just wondering when the movie would end. It had so many weird and very uncomfortable moments that were not funny at all. Everyone in the theater was laughing in the middle of the movie, but by the time it ended the look on everyone’s face, as they exited the room, was a look of “what the hell was that?”

  33. jimmyhall
    8:42 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Mark Daugherty is a baller. Good to see Jason Chaney on main left.

  34. Northern Kentucky
    8:46 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Just saw your locations for the KSR Radio tour and was curious as to why you won’t be coming up to Northern Kentucky? Looks like most of the state is being covered but Northern Kentucky seems to be left omitted. Could you not find a location for you to use?

  35. Kidding Yourselves
    8:54 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Reasons for Kentucky’s recruiting “success:”

    1) Immediate playing time in the SEC.
    2) See above.

  36. tom
    8:58 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    It’s about time we took something from Ohio. All their vacationers have taken tons from Kentucky along with littering our beautiful state and not even coming close to obeying the speed limit on I-75. Admittedly, they have left a few tourist dollars behind.

  37. This is the End
    9:11 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, you arrogant goober, this movie sucked. It was nothing more than watching an episode of South Park. Juvenile attempts at humor and reaffirmation that the entire cast is gay. That said, Louisville fans should love it.

  38. Larry David
    9:22 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Absolutely hilarious movie. One of the funniest I’ve seen in years. If you’re over 40 or are easily offended though, you probably will not be a fan.

  39. Alex
    9:43 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Spot on. When McBride and Franco were arguing about the magazine and then started in on each other, I laughed so hard I got lightheaded and honestly thought I’d pass out.

  40. Tampa Satchel
    9:51 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    @34-There is no radio affiliate NKY.

  41. I've never seen the movie
    9:52 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    I have not seen the movie, but if it makes me laugh as hard as #37 comment.. Then I’m in.
    In my head I picture that movie as sort of a Louisville fan movie..

  42. Feesh
    9:57 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    The “Business” of Basketball Recruiting. Well said.

  43. Laker Cat 18
    10:00 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    The Cove Steakhouse is in Russell Springs, not Jamestown. Their prices are outrageous and service takes forever. Better off at the newly renovated McDonald’s.

  44. Haha
    10:15 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    The comments are showing who is old as crap and who isn’t. Movie was hilarious. I can’t tell if I wanna out it ahead of old school for my top comedy

  45. joe21
    11:09 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    I thought this was Drew’s birthday week off?

  46. Lamont
    1:15 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Drew Franklin is an ananist

  47. Harvey
    12:55 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    What about comin to Middlesboro for another live show on like July 31?