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Maggie Smith’s Wednesday News and Views

“Bitch please, it’s my birthday.”

If you’re like me, whenever you read a book, you create the perfect movie cast for it in your head. And if you’re like me, you’ll know that sweet, satisfying feeling that comes when that person you envisioned for the role is actually cast. Case and point: Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter series. Can you imagine any other person playing the powerful and wise professor? Maggie Smith plays McGonagall perfectly, right down to the dry and brutal wit with which she steals scene after scene. It’s as though JK Rowling had her in mind while writing the series. Smith, an actress so distinguished on stage and screen that she received the title of “Dame Commander” in 1984 (so badass), has mastered that combination of spunk, sass, and sarcasm that many (including myself) will spend a lifetime trying to achieve. While I confess I don’t know much about her early work, it’s hard to change the channel when the stiff Reverend Mother tears up in Sister Act, or when Gunilla Garson Goldberg attempts to help out the First Wives Club. I hear she’s brilliant in “Downtown Abbey,” but haven’t had the chance (or room on our TiVo) to check it out.

Anyways, on your seventy-seventh birthday, here’s to you, Dame Maggie. Keep killing ’em.

News and views? Okay.

— Probably the biggest news of the day comes from one of our trusty sources, who said that Kentucky is interested in renewing the Indiana series, but would prefer if the series returned to its neutral site format, with games rotating between Louisville and Indianapolis. While I’m sure we’ll all be sad not to get sweet revenge on the Hoosiers in Rupp, our old floor in Freedom Hall will do just fine. Right?

— It’s rivalry week, which means it’s time for some quality gamesmanship from both sides. Because he’s traditionally quick on the trigger, Rick Pitino kicked things off on Tuesday with the announcement that he will stop coaching once his contract with UofL is up in 2017. The news came during Pitino’s press conference leading up to the Cards’ game against Georgetown tomorrow night, in which he waxed poetic about living in the moment, something he’s learned after 59 years–waaaaaaaait wait wait…Pitino’s only 59?!


It’s amazing what 15 years–or 15 seconds?–will do to you. Everything about Pitino’s announcement seems odd, but considering his behavior over the past year, that’s just about right.

— With a game on Wednesday night against Lamar and Saturday’s match up against Louisville looming, everyone wants to know how Terrence Jones’ pinky is doing. Jones has worn the gold jersey during practices this week, which means no contact, and Cal said he and his staff would decide after Tuesday’s late practice whether or not he’ll suit up on Wednesday. There are two schools of thought here: 1) Keep Jones on the bench against Lamar to prevent re-injury and continue healing or 2) If he can, play him to knock off some rust. I personally favor the former, but I also see no harm in dressing the players in bubble wrap when they’re not in the court. #maternalinstinct

— Oh, and don’t worry: Kyle Wiltjer has recovered from his illness and returned to practice on Tuesday. Please stop sending him chicken soup.

— If Wednesday night’s opponent seems familiar, it’s because Louisville played them earlier this season. Lamar kept the game within five points until Louisville pulled away with five minutes left, and they also put quite a scare into Ohio State little over a week ago. They’re coached by Pat Knight, former Texas Tech coach and son of Bobby, and feature a veteran squad capable of lighting it up from the outside. The Cats must defend the three better and focus on the task at hand instead of looking forward to the Louisville game on Saturday.

— During Cal’s time with the media on Tuesday, he touched on what he considered unfair coverage of his team’s performance academically, specifically reporters who only mention it when players perform poorly and imply it’s because they’re a part of the “one-and-done” system. Ears perked, Jerry Tipton asked what media members Cal was referring to, which led to a delicious moment in which Cal said “When you throw that rock, Jerry, into a pack of dogs, the one you hit (goes), ‘Yelp! Yelp! Yelp! Yelp!’ It’ll start yelping.” The media room burst into laughter, with Tipton insisting he “wasn’t yelping.” Cal laughed it off and told Jerry he was “telling on” himself, and moved on to say how proud he was of his team. Exchanges like this between Cal are media are funny, but still serve as a reminder of the ridiculous negative slant to which Tipton constantly angles his pen.

— In news that won’t surprise you, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist continues to embrace the role of leader. In comments to the media on Tuesday, MKG said that despite his youth (he’s the youngest player on the squad), he is “ready to lead.” In fact, he compared himself to Tim Tebow, saying he will do “everything it takes” to help the team win games. Before you open up Photoshop, slow down: MKG says there won’t be any “Tebowing.” As for the Breakfast Club, Michael said they are now up to eight members and that the group has built up a lot of chemistry, going so far as calling it a “brotherhood.” We also learned that Gilchrist’s first recruit to the Brotherhood of Biscuits was Anthony Davis. Shocker.

— We’ve discussed this ad nauseam, but Gilchrist showed incredible mental toughness last week when he decided to stay and play in the Loyola game in light of news that his mother was in the hospital, a decision he said he came to after “hours” of talking to Coach Cal in his office. Jerry Tipton couldn’t help himself and asked Michael if playing in the game was a way to get his mind off of his mother, which Michael denied, saying that she was on his mind the whole time and he just had to play through it for his team. #GoAwayJerry

2013 star Nerlens Noel arrived in Louisville on Tuesday to tour campus and attend the Cards’ game against Georgetown Wednesday night. Noel tweeted this early Tuesday morning:

Let’s hope he decides to swing by Lexington before leaving the state. I can’t stand the thought of that sweet high-top fade going to college somewhere else.

— In case you’ve been counting down the minutes, the 2012 SEC football schedule will be released at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Yaaaay.

That’s all, folks. We’ll be back bright and early to prepare you for Kentucky vs. Lamar. Matt returns to the airwaves at 10 a.m. after five days off. You know what that means…stories! See you then.

…oh yeah, sorry bout that Belk Bowl loss, Cards. I hope you at least get some Bojangles before you leave town.

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.

39 Comments for Maggie Smith’s Wednesday News and Views

  1. Michael
    11:38 pm December 27, 2011 Permalink

    Jerry Tipton sucks.

  2. blitzedanddazed
    11:41 pm December 27, 2011 Permalink

    I hear Patti Swope gave Ricky Three Stacks a “December to Remember”.

  3. kentuckygentleman
    11:44 pm December 27, 2011 Permalink

    This is actually good for the Cats right now, no one on campus period, it is dead as can be there right now.

  4. Toms
    11:56 pm December 27, 2011 Permalink

    Maggie Smith looks like Rick Pitino!!!

  5. old_school
    12:45 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    So what was the question about academics regarding. From reading this post – apparently Jerry Tipton isn’t the one who brought the subject up?
    Are grades in for the first semester and are their rumblings that a few of the future NBA stars didn’t do so well?

    Now – as proof that I can say something positive – let it be known right now that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist seems to be very hard-working, blue-collar type of kid that UK fans have long embraced and made fan-favorites.

    Not that the other players don’t work hard – I’m sure they do – but this kid seems to have something unique about him. I’m glad he’s wearing Blue and White and because of all he’s been through as a kid – I hope he embraces the love BBN will throw his way for the next few years.

    Enjoy it MKG! Understand there’s a responsibility to be a good role model – but enjoy it and it will benefit you for the rest of your life – whether you ever shake David Stern’s hand in July or not.

  6. lpool003
    12:47 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    I love when recruits visit a school everyone knows they are not going to. Should be funny to troll a UofL website though and hear them talk about how Noel will commit and come off the bench for gorgui dieng haha.

  7. rick
    1:15 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    who did UK lose to in their bowl this year?

  8. Corn Flakes Keep Me Regular
    1:16 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville Sports Radio! I get more info about Louisville on this site than I do any UofL blog! Thanks Matt…

  9. BrotherMichigan
    1:35 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    How does one equate “quite a scare” (referencing the Lamar-OSU game) with a 13-point halftime deficit and a 20-point win? Lamar won’t pose any problem for us on Wednesday.

  10. CalifCatFan
    1:38 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Ms. Thompson, will you marry me?

  11. Felt b16
    1:43 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Not a good 3 point shooting team at all

  12. Don't Be Jealous
    2:16 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

  13. UKFAN
    2:23 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Randolph Morris is playing well for Beijing with Stephon Marbury. Morris with a huge dunk at 2:00 mark.

  14. ukfan25
    3:00 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    I dont know where you got your information on the Lamar vs. Louisville game, but they were up 16 at halftime and Lamar was not 5 down with 5 minutes left. Do you just make stuff up? Anyway, I look for us to struggle with them early, but win by 25. We will definitely be looking ahead a little and this will show in the first 10-15 minutes, as we come out flat.

  15. Please
    3:13 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, you have got to stop letting your “interns” posting. She’s awful

  16. SexnNursinHomes
    6:14 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Maggie Smith is pretty hot for 77. She moves those nice osteo-boned hips like she’s 65.

  17. TheDecker
    6:19 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    14. According to ESPN, Lamar was down 13 at halftime to Louisville (36-23). With 5:37 left in the game Lamar was down 5 (50-45).

  18. Dee
    7:23 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    This is wrong…i know….but…I’ve always had a “thing”….for Maggie…

  19. CliffFrankLou
    7:32 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    I’m wondering if old school is Tipton. They both seem to enjoy the role of being the turd in the punch bowl.

  20. Nassau65
    7:40 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    19. one way to find out. throw a rock and see if he yelps.

  21. BPsycho
    7:56 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    #13 Playing “well” with Marbury is a great accomplishment in itself, cause Marbury = Epic Douche of Epic porportions.

    #15 I just want to know if BTI was Kate all along… Honestly I really believed that lol

    #16 lmao

  22. Labowski
    8:08 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Opening off with Harry Potter, I had to skip nearly the entire post. WTF, the dude don’t care about child’s play. Got a lil better towards the end though. #DBagJerry

  23. Nassau65
    8:24 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    16. ewwwww

  24. BPsycho
    8:27 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    #22 Hating on Harry Potter is dangerous dude, believe me I got verbally blasted for 15 minutes strait in a Joseph Beth’s once. To put in Stuart Hammer don’t hurt em terms: I would watch The Big Lebowski aprx 100 times in a row “Or Dateline NBC for that matter” before I would watch the first 30 minutes of that spoon fed kid wizardry.

  25. Stan
    8:32 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Ricky Three Stacks,Please don’t retire. We hate to see the quickest man in Ky leave. 15 SECOND QUICKIE RICKIE……HAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tipton sucks QUICKIE RICKIE!!!!!!!!!

  26. BigBlueLush
    8:35 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Did I really just read something about an old woman actor?

  27. nolablue
    8:48 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    It’s just a li’l ironic you switch right from a loving tribute to Smith/McGonagall, to the word “anyways”.
    My high school English teacher did everything but beat us with sticks to get us to remember there
    is no such word as “ANYWAYS”. Assuming you’re loving the writing gig, as you seem to be, don’t
    forget to hold yourself to the highest standards! That way, if your “ship comes in” for a writing
    gig, you’ll be “packed and ready to go” with all the knowledge you need, to step up to the
    next level! Other than the glaring “Anyways”… nice post!

  28. Nassau65
    8:50 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    16. again, ewwww

  29. Tom Selleck's Mustache
    8:52 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Maggie is great in Hook! I enjoy Tyler’s posts, if you don’t like reading someone’s stuff, just skip it.

  30. Get a life
    8:53 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    It amazes me to see how many people are so obsessed with another man’s ejaculation.

  31. harlancountymoutaingibberish
    9:00 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Ms. Tyler Thompson,

    Downton Abbey is on Netflix streaming and it is amazing. She is a tough old bird in that show. In fact, one of her last lines for season one is, “Put that in your pipe and smoke it!” Gotta love that.

  32. Nathan
    9:04 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    old_school = tipton

  33. Half Indian
    9:15 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    30. I agree with you.. However I do know a lot of middle school and young high school students visit KSR .. It makes me uncomfortable in my own skin to continuously read about that deal with him and the time frame in which it occurred. I also hate to read those posts that say “Cal just rolls the ball out there.”–besides that im pretty good I guess

  34. Rappleyea
    9:37 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    A great birthday pick, Tyler, if a little risky in this young, male-centric group. If you haven’t seen it, I’d recommend her in Ladies in Lavender, an indie film where she stars with that other grand dame of theater, Judi Dench.

    GO CATS!!

  35. Champ
    9:50 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Dont get me wrong, i enjoy jabbing at rick pitino when talking to U of L fans…but this 15 seconds thing is getting SO OLD. I think we should give it a rest and make up some new jokes. IMHO . GO CATS

  36. atlantacat
    11:13 am December 28, 2011 Permalink

    In her younger years, Maggie Smith was a stunning woman. Very British, great body and could/can really act. “The Prime of Miss Jean Brody” is a great example. (Might be Brodie)

  37. CalifCatFan
    1:25 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    UL is going to get a beatin’.

  38. CalifCatFan
    1:28 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    Free Drew Franklin!

  39. TheColoradoWildcat
    4:00 pm December 28, 2011 Permalink

    #19 – Makes you wonder which “orifice” he came through when he was born, does it not?

    #30 – It is not that, rather his stamina, or his lasting powers that we make fun of. Do ya’ll realize that if he had chosen any other school, he would be basically a “nothing” to us at this point; and we would have missed out on years of fun?