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Tom Colicchio’s Wednesday News & Views

It seems as though half of the shows on TV these days are reality shows. Of that, maybe a handful are worth watching. I consider “Top Chef” to be one of them. Why? Aside from featuring some delicious looking creations that make me long for the day “smell-o-vision” is invented, “Top Chef” showcases people who have actual talent, whereas most reality TV shows do pretty much the opposite. Also, the head judge on “Top Chef,” Tom Colicchio, may be one of the coolest people on television. Not only is Colicchio one of the most successful and talented chefs in the nation, but he manages to guide, instruct, and judge the contestants on his show without being a total asshole, something that is rare in the reality-TV-judge profession. Plus, for a somewhat overweight bald man, he comes off as incredibly suave, and interestingly enough, looks better bald than he does with hair:


On your 50th birthday, please unpack your knives and cook something for us, Tom.

Now, on to the news…

— To say Tuesday was a slow news day would be an understatement. It was so slow, the football team decided to take their annual “pool day” and relax after three practices in a 26-hour period. UK Athletics has a nice gallery of the mid-camp reprieve, along with a video of the festivities, which include an impressive back flip from Joker and many, many dives from offensive guard Stephen Duff:

— Don’t think an afternoon at the pool means the team is any less focused on beating the Cards on September 2nd. In fact, Joker is impressed with how the team is bonding and mentally preparing for the season:

“We have a great locker room right now, I love this locker room,” Phillips said. “We have guys doing the things the right way and especially the guys at the top are leading the young guys and teaching them how we do things. We need all 105 of these players to be with us when we play Sept. 2.”

— Keeping with the theme of family, Joker extended an invitation to all former Kentucky football players to attend practice on Saturday and stay for lunch to meet and greet with the current players. It’s a nice gesture by the staff, who is going out of their way to include the alumni, some of whom have been very vocal about the future of the program over the past few months. Several former Cats have voiced their opinions, both good and bad, about Kentucky football, and it’s encouraging to see Joker and his staff make sure they are heard. Any former players interested in participating in the event should contact Jeremy Jarmon to register. Coincidence? I think not.

— If you haven’t read about the UNC academic fraud scandal, scroll down and check out one of the multiple posts on it. In short: Julius Peppers’ transcript, which was accidentally published on UNC’s website, is now proof that the fraud has been going on for at least a decade. Gregg Doyel was one of the first national media members to acknowledge the story on Tuesday, calling not only for an NCAA investigation, but for the banners to be taken down in Chapel Hill. What happens from here remains to be seen, but the issue is becoming harder and harder for the NCAA or media to ignore. Gregg will come on the radio show Wednesday to talk about the scandal, so be sure to turn in.

UK Hoops’ non-conference schedule was released on Tuesday, and features some huge matchups. The ladies will open the season against Delaware State on November 10th before traveling to Waco, Texas to take on 2012 National Champions Baylor in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic on November 13th. After a four-game homestead, they will face Louisville in the Yum Center on December 2nd, and in what has become an annual tradition, they will play a game in Rupp Arena, against DePaul on December 7th. Get it girls.

— After winning a National Championship and the gold medal, Anthony Davis has big expectations for his first year in New Orleans:

That’s all for now. Matt and the gang will be live from the Tap Room from the Whitaker Bank Ballpark in the morning in what promises to be a show not to miss. Don’t believe me? John Short will be there.

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.

18 Comments for Tom Colicchio’s Wednesday News & Views

  1. alkdna
    11:08 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    the jump at the very end of the video is pretty sweet to watch.

  2. Kaboom
    11:30 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Okay that was a great post…and it’s been like that all day. It’s a little weird and definitely against the norm but great job KSR. You are the voice of us all!

  3. Isaac in Long Beach
    11:33 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    This whole UNC thing and the way it’s being handled by the national media has got me incensed. The only new article ESPN has up about it is a piece essentially saying that the NCAA should stay out of it and let UNC deal with it internally. The writer goes out of his/her way to mention a few times that UNC already took punishment from the NCAA from the initial investigation. The bias is so thick you can cut it with a knife. If it happened at UK or UNLV, it’d be over. How much do you wanna bet that somebody with ties to UNC is behind the Shabazz eligibility questions. Sick and tired of this. Justice needs to be served, swiftly and heavily.

  4. bigbluejon
    11:48 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Really pulling for this group of football Cats. Get that W Sept 2nd, and let’s start the slow climb up the steep hill that is the SEC.

  5. Lennon-McCartney
    1:13 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t help but feel excited for this football season. Joker has promoted the program well this summer and really helped himself out in the interview with Matt. Barring any major injuries, we should be competitive against Louisville and I think we’ll have a good shot at winning. Then again, I also paid money to go to the game at South Carolina last year, so my opinion doesn’t count for much.

  6. jeremy
    1:19 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Slap on the wrist is all unc will get

  7. Buckets
    4:30 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Who the f#%k is Tom Colichhio?

  8. Beavis
    6:51 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Another example of “selective” reinforcement by the NCAA gestapo. Why should the NCAA stay out of it,,,academic fraud is against NCAA rules.

  9. barn
    7:49 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    7–and wgaf? hard to believe tim teebone is 25yrs +1day today. gonna go turn on the boob tube now and see what news espn has on about the unc academic fraud.

  10. Concerned
    7:55 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone know (or have pics) if Alabama’s, LSU’s, Ohio St’s, or even now Vandy’s coaches are providing ice cream trucks or pool parties for their players? Joke must be the most loved 4-8 / 5-7 coach in America (at least by his players).

  11. Patriot
    8:11 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, you need to return the funeral home tractor that you snagged while in Somerset yesterday——>

  12. MIDDAY
    8:17 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Are you allowed to say “asshole” here?

  13. big boy football
    8:40 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Glad the UK football team is having fun now – its all down hill from here. Getting you teeth kicked in and azz whooped for 3 months ain’t gonna be much fun.

  14. Han
    8:43 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Looking at the growing scandal among the powder blue, let’s say worst case scenario happens and UNC self-reports violations, NCAA investigates, and 6-18 months down the road, they find that for a decade plus, x basketball players (I don’t much care about their football program, but obviously they’d get additional sanctions) were basically given grades to keep them eligible. Every game those players took part in is vacated (likely eclipsing the massive penalty to Penn St, season-wise), including titles, and the program is put on probation and given a post-season ban of 2-4 years. Then current players are allowed to transfer without penalty, and ole Roy retires to avoid the shame.

    My question is, does the University address all the degrees that should be invalidated? Both major and minors in the department and also people who filled required elective credits. It would be a massive issue, especially since non-athletes took some of those classes. I imagine they wouldn’t, right, and they’d say it was a system problem and not the fault of the people that took the classes, right? (Even if many of them knew they were basically being assisted in cheating by the school.)

  15. Rockfield, KY
    9:01 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Chris Walker has guaranteed a title for Florida. Let’s enjoy that.

  16. Rockfield, KY
    9:02 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

  17. beth
    9:17 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    With hair, that guy is Bobcat Goldthwaite.