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Vin Diesel’s Wednesday News and Views

Two of my good friends in high school had a contest to see who could own the most Vin Diesel movies. I’m not making that up. I couldn’t make that up. I don’t remember the exact score or who was eventually declared the winner, but I remember one of them owned three copies of XXX — the regular crappy one, the director’s cut, and a special silver edition — and the other guy ordered a short film called Multi-Facial off Amazon from Vin’s early acting days. It was so fun to watch them argue over who bought Pitch Black first and if Saving Private Ryan counted towards the contest if it was purchased before anyone knew Vin Diesel was in it. Once again, this is completely true.

So why am I telling you this? I really don’t know. But it’s taking everything I have to not release the names of these two gentlemen and expose them for what has to be the lowest point of their lives. Luckily, they both grew up to be fine outstanding citizens with good jobs, but deep down inside they’ll always share that one common secretive bond: an undying love for Mark Sinclair Vincent’s acting career and a DVD collection that only an eighth grader in 2002 could love.

To the real point of this whole thing, the star of Chronicles of Riddick and Knockaround Guys turns 45 on Tuesday, although he doesn’t look a day past a mix between Jason Statham and The Rock. As a tribute to the anniversary of his birth, I could use the rest of this space to bore you with quotes from his Dominic “Dom” Toretto days, but I’ll just leave you with this clip from Multi-Facial.

(The language could be bad. I only made it 10 seconds into it.)

Happy Birthday, Vin.


 Cliff Alexandar. Remember that name, because you’re going to be hearing a lot of it over the next year, at the very least. The 6-foot-9 big man from Illinois picked up an offer from Kentucky on Tuesday morning, making him one of the first members of the 2014 high school class to do so. ranks him as the third best player in the class, while ESPN Recruiting calls him a “terror on the glass.” Alexander shattered a backboard in an AAU game back in April, which explains why Evan Daniels said, “No one dunks harder than Cliff. No one.”

Alexander lists a lot of school, as he should this early in the process, but he has said in the past that Kentucky is his “dream school.” His AAU director believes the Cats and Michigan State are the two biggest suitors, with UK being the best option for the big man. “I think Cliff would be a better player at Kentucky than at Michigan State,” he told ESPN.

 In gridiron news, the SEC Media Days kicked off on Tuesday afternoon in Hoover, Alabama. Kentucky had the day off from questioning but Joker Phillips will take the podium Wednesday morning at 11:50 a.m. to field questions from a room full of your favorite SEC media and journalism personalities. UK senior offensive linemen Larry Warford and Matt Smith will go back-to-back at 12:30 a.m. and 12:50 a.m., followed by defensive end Collins Ukwu on the mic at 1:20 that afternoon. We’ll have coverage from all four guys as it happens so stick around with us throughout the day as we switch gears to football season.

 Note to self: Don’t ask Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel if there is a chip on Missouri’s shoulder.

You get a lot of ‘we’re playing SEC now and it’s this great league’ and – as I go around this summer, I’ve got a place down in Florida – and people come up to me and act like we’ve been playing a bunch of high schools teams.  We played in a pretty good league.  I don’t think it’s a chip necessarily.  To me it’s being a competitor.  I think as a competitor you get challenged a little bit… Bottom line you got to go out and prove yourself and I’m fine with it.  I have no problem with it… You gotta go out compete and earn respect.  You gotta go out and compete to win.  And the only way you’re gonna get respect is winning games.  That’s the only way it’s gonna happen.”

Was that a yes?

 Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin took a different approach when talking about his team’s move to the greatest conference in college football. He said, “We don’t have 340 lb. linemen like a bunch of the teams in this league. It doesn’t mean we won’t have them down the road.” He added that his team needs to be bigger and faster to even compete in the SEC.

Does this mean he’s already mailing it in? Can Kentucky play the Aggies three times a year?

I smell fear.

 Hey, Wal-Mart, you’re going to want to stock up on these shirts.

Trust me. They just become a hot item in Kentucky.

 I’m told there is a warrant out for Terrence Jones’ arrest, because he is killing the NBA Summer League. After scoring 17, 16, and 17 in his first three games as a Rocket, Jones went out Tuesday night and scored 24 points with 12 rebounds on Portland. I think there are a few NBA GMs out there wondering why they passed on the kid who could’ve taught them ’bout Kentucky. He’s not only adjusting to the next level, he’s fitting right in and dominating the summer league competition. Houston might want to hold off on those trade talks with Orlando.

 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sat out his second straight game for Charlotte with that sore knee. He did enough in the opener; he deserves some time off.

 It’s still early in Marquis Teague’s debut with the Bulls and the young fella is off to a pretty rough start. Hopefully he can get something going in the second half.

 Team USA head coach Mike Kryzasweakssiskwaziasi had some kind words about his young center on the 2012 Olympic team. Coach K said, “Anthony’s a young guy. In a game like this, he’s 10 years younger than any of those big guys he’s playing against. He’s going to be a terrific player. I think the experience of being with this team as we move along as he gets accustomed, we have three more exhibition games, and five games of pool play. By medal round, I don’t know what type of experience playing time-wise he’ll get, but he’ll get a lot of experience just being with this team.

“Remember, he’s just been with us a couple of days. He doesn’t even know all the sets and that. But our emphasis is not on him. It’s on the guys who are going to play the majority of minutes.” [Sporting News]

Brow. Now.

  Matt and I #wheelsup for the Peach Jam on Wednesday afternoon. We’re looking forward to seeing what this Andrew Wiggins guy is all about. Have you heard about him?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

24 Comments for Vin Diesel’s Wednesday News and Views

  1. RommeyWoodson
    11:04 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink


  2. phipps
    11:08 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    How tall is cauley? Looks taller than 6″10.

  3. bmt22033
    11:15 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Any truth to the rumor that Chris Walker finally picked up an offer?

  4. jey hey
    11:16 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    just found multi-facial on the net…looks like vin really had to go out of his way to get the part…oh, wait….just found the vin deisel version….nevermind

  5. Kentucky14
    11:17 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Actually TJ had 24 and 12 but we all know KSR isn’t stat central or anything.

  6. HamnEggs
    11:19 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Coincidentally, a Vin Diesel strange factoid (from “What the F*** Facts today via Twitter):
    “Vin Diesel has been play Dungeons and Dragons game for over 20 years and is still a devouted player of the game”

    Now you know

  7. kfund
    11:31 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Free the brow

  8. capt
    11:35 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    cauley is a big mofo.

  9. Blasphemy
    11:41 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    I could have swore that Matt Jones was writing this post at first considering the whole Vin Diesel thing. I was thinking Jones was talking about Drew and TJ Buyz. So apparently DREW, not Matt, is talking about Jones…….. I always knew he was a VD fan….. oh wait….

  10. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    11:55 pm July 17, 2012 Permalink

    Wait… so “Vin Diesel” isn’t his real name?

  11. Ice Cube
    12:58 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    You have to admit Vin’s XXX is much better than my sequel.

  12. Kyrunner
    1:26 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    I feel like Cauley has to be a legit 7 feet, seeing as Wiltjer is 6’9″ and he looks at least 3 inches taller than him.

  13. BPsycho
    1:40 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    #6 And I wont ever forget it thanks a lot.

  14. RackEm
    3:45 am July 18, 2012 Permalink diesel isn’t the wrestler..and plays d&d????? I thought I was on 4chan… Wrong site.

  15. SexnNursinHomes
    6:34 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    Vin Diesel was in Multi-Facial? didn’t know he did gay bukake videos. learn something new everyday.

  16. OogieBoogie
    7:25 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    Glad to see TJ tearing up the summer league. Although remember, he scored 50 in the Blue/White game this past year too. I look forward to seeing what he can do for real in the NBA.

  17. JO JO
    7:57 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    Coach K: “This is not the USA Team of Anthony Davis”

  18. Katdaddy
    8:30 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    Coach K isn’t going to play AD much if any! The UK hatred runs deep!

  19. DCS195
    8:52 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    #18. The UK hatred is not what’s keeping AD on the bench. Had Coach K hated UK and AD so much to affect how he handles the USA team, AD would not have been selected for it. Does anyone think there is anyone on the team that K didn’t want on it. AD is not playing for the reasons K said. Remember we’re not talking about Bobby Knight here.

  20. Will S
    9:10 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    Kind and true words from Coach K regarding AD. I don’t feel there’s any hatred there. We really don’t dislike UK nearly as much as you guys hate us. Wish the best for AD and especially my boy MKG in Charlotte!

  21. SloJoe
    9:40 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    “Dont sleep on Willie”… damn he is a big boy!!!

  22. Laker Cat 18
    9:56 am July 18, 2012 Permalink

    No Fast and the Furious shout out?

  23. Unboltedharp
    12:23 pm July 18, 2012 Permalink

    Doesn’t know the sets. What a joke, most of the first half was heaving three’s up from anywhere they happened to be open. AD could have shot those too, but he probably would have made his. The weasel coaching this team is a joke.

  24. 23
    12:13 am July 20, 2012 Permalink

    The harp knows what he’s talking about! He’s a little weasel!!!