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Weird Al Yankovic’s Tuesday News and Views

He’s white. He’s nerdy. He’s been spending most his life living in an Amish Paradise. He’s churned butter once or twice, living in that Amish Paradise. And, today, he turns 53 years old.  That’s right, parody music fans, your favorite musician celebrates his 53rd birthday on Tuesday. (Please hold your excitement for another hour.)

Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic was born on October 23, 1959 in Downey, California. The only child of Nick and Mary Elizabeth Yankovic, Alfred was taught early in life that the key to success was doing whatever in life makes you happy. Apparently, to young Alfred, calling himself Weird Al and remaking popular songs with corny lyrics is what made him happy. That turned out to be a pretty successful career move, too.

Since his first comedy song in 1976, Weird Al has sold almost 13 million albums, recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and has performed more than 1,000 live shows. His works have earned him three Grammy Awards among nine nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. All of that and he’s still churning them out. He released a new album last summer, apparently.

So, have a piece of cake in honor of Weird Al on Tuesday. Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it.

Moving on…


 It’s Missouri game week and Kentucky can finally look across the field and see another team with quarterback issues. Missouri’s James Franklin is listed as doubtful on the Tigers most recent depth chart; he is still recovering from the torn MCL he suffered against Vanderbilt on October 6. If he has to sit out, redshirt freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser will start in his place. Berkstresser completed only 12 of 29 passes with two interceptions and zero touchdowns against Alabama.

Bring on Berkstresser. The injury Gods owe Kentucky a couple.

  It’s still the Jalen Whitlow Show (until they get in the red zone) on the UK side of the ball. Patrick Towles will attempt to practice on Tuesday but he isn’t expected to play against Mizzou. However, if he does get healthy in time to play, he will play.

“If Towles can play, he’ll play,” Joker said at his Monday press conference.  “It will be the same situation as we did in the Mississippi State game, but again he hasn’t taken a snap yet.  And we’ll take a look and see tomorrow.”

Joker likes the two-quarterback system and he believe it’s good for Whitlow. He said, “It’s definitely helped Jalen, when he’s able to step back away from it and then get back out there and I think the game’s definitely slowed down for him a bit when this happened.  So it would continue to do that.  Letting him step away from it.  But, again, (Towles) hasn’t taken a snap yet.  We don’t know anything.  All he’s done is dropped back in the training room and we’ll see on the practice field.”

  Joker also addressed the constant use of the draw play on third down, finally. His explanation: “We converted a third and 13.  We were (close) from converting a couple other ones, but again, sometimes on third and long what happens is you get three man rush.  You get linebackers backed up six or seven yards.  The secondary is a little bit loose also, trying to play the sticks.  So sometimes the run game gives you a better chance.  And especially with the young quarterback. So we called a couple of runs and hit them and got the first down.”

 Boone’s Butcher Shop Injury Report:

— Patrick Towles and Mikie Benton expected to practice on Tuesday.

— Zach West, Martavius Neloms and Cartier Rice will sit out until Wednesday.

  The SEC media preseason basketball rankings were released on Monday and your University of Kentucky Wildcats are projected to win the conference. The Cats received 17 of the 24 first place votes to finish ahead of Florida, Missouri and Tennessee. The SEC media voters also named Nerlens Noel to the All-SEC first team and Alex Poythress received second team honors. Whoever gave Tennessee a first place vote should be banned from covering any and all sporting events in America.

  Anthony Davis had a big night on the boards for the New Orleans Hornets. Davis grabbed 17 rebounds to make up for only scoring six points in the loss to the Mavericks. Darius Miller also scored six points on 2-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc.

  Here, enjoy Kentucky’s One Shining Moment again, just because.

  In recruiting news, Andrew Wiggins talked to and the best player in high school basketball said his options are still wide open. “Every school is the same to me right now,” Wiggins said of the rumors that Kentucky and Florida State are the two leaders. “I don’t have any favorites. Even if a new school wanted to recruit me they can. My options are wide open, but a lot of schools aren’t recruiting me because of what they think.”

Wiggins said he’s now receiving interest from Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State and Syracuse. He also said he would like for other schools to step up and starting recruiting him too.

  The KSR Dating Game is underway and we’re ready to start taking applications from the fellas. Guys, if you’re interested in being set up on a blind date with courtside seats for the Blue/White game, send an e-mail to Shannon The Dude ([email protected]) letting him know why you should be picked.

That’ll do it for now.


Article written by Drew Franklin

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

31 Comments for Weird Al Yankovic’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. cig107
    11:53 pm October 22, 2012 Permalink

    Video gives me chills everytime I watch it, lol.

  2. Jeff in KC
    11:53 pm October 22, 2012 Permalink

    This…is horrific news. Someone talk me off this ledge.

  3. Fred Rogers
    11:56 pm October 22, 2012 Permalink

    I have an odd feeling UK is gonna win the Mizzou, Vandy and Samford game and who knows who the Vols will be by then. I have been 100% on the fire Joker bandwaggon but I’m coming off for now. I like how we played against Georgia (minus the secondary) and my main reason is I have no faith Mitch can get a good replacement. Best case= we get rid of Joker pay him 2.6 mill and get a good coach that turns things around and starts winning and putting butts in the seats. worst and most likely=fire and pay Joker 2.6 mill and hire some old washed up coach that sucks as bad as we got for another 3 years and also pay him millions of dollars to go away. What we will be left with will be beyond repair forever. So lets keep the Joke for one year and let the market be more in our favor next year to get a big name coach. The young guys are getting better and if by some crazy chance they get a whole lot better and Joker is still coach then bam lets keep him. If not we owe him nothing more….. Just a thought and it makes me feel better because I have felt guilty as hell the past few weeks rooting against my Cats just so Joker will be fired. That’s my story for now……….but if Petrino or Leach say’s I’ll come than see ya Joker!!!haha

  4. Reggie
    11:57 pm October 22, 2012 Permalink

    2. what horrific news you talking about?

  5. Jeff in KC
    12:06 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    The Wiggins info…

  6. Jared
    12:06 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, did you know you are in the video at the 2:09 mark? Right behind cal and Teague hugging.

  7. Cope
    12:12 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    2. No need to worry man, Wiggins is gonna be Cals to lose and i just dont see any school catching the ground we have made with him… Cal was the first to recruit Wiggins and he knows where to go if he wants to get used to playing with the best players on the college level. Bottom line___ Wiggins will be a CAT BABY!!!!!

  8. Duke sucks
    12:24 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    #3 You want to keep Joker because of the way we played in a loss? I would agree with you if we had won a some games then played close in others. We have either been blowed out of every game or atleast total dominated with the UGA game being the exception. Don’t care who we get next we need a change even if it is wrong. Joker has made UK the “joke” of the SEC. Brooks was a old washed up coach you speak of, he did all right last time I checked. I have plenty of confidence in Barnhart. Joker has failed miserably, but I still think he was a good hire at the time. Don’t forget the reason Joker was made HCIW was because their was other schools wanting to hire him. Joker has failed, but he earned the right to have this opportunity.

  9. ChadSmithsKid
    12:27 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    RHCP’s bassist, Flea, turned 50 this week. Now that’s a Holy S*** moment if I’ve ever seen one. Somebody is cleaning up big time in Vegas on that one. Get him in the news and views!!!

  10. The jokes on us
    12:53 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Somebody please send lorenzen to talk to towles about the benefits of redshirting. I respect the fact that this kid wants to play, but way wast a year for 4 games. Him getting hurt and being able for a medical redshirt was a blessing. Joker should listen to Cal about putting the players first. Pulling towles redshirt in the first place was Joker trying to save his job. This isn’t some 3star lineman. This is the future of the program. It’s obvious we can’t protect he passer this year. We have had 3 QB get injured this year. Why would you throw your future QB out there in a situation for zero success for 4 games. If you wanted him to learn under fire why didn’t Joker let him start all season.

  11. chills
    2:52 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks Drew–for One Sshining Moment–could watch it everyday…just because

  12. SATAN
    4:19 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    How one good effort can change anyone’s mind about Joker is beyond me.

    If he can get them up for this one game and this one game proves that he can coach then WTF has he been doing all year long? Sandbagging? Pretending to be incompetent? Drinking with Gillispie? Screwin’ Scratch?

  13. SATAN
    4:23 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Other schools wanted to hire him as OC not HC…

  14. SATAN
    4:24 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    They should have let him go. He’d have been fired by now and we’d be laughing at someone else.

  15. putinrichie
    5:12 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    8 – I don’t think Joker is the best long term fit for UK. I look forward to the day that we move in a new direction with UK football, but I don’t see that day coming and I don’t think a new UK coach will change much.

    For starters, I don’t think Mitch hires a coach that will fill the seats or change UK football. Secondly, modest success by the next coach will be unacceptable. Joker has won 6 and 5 games respectively the last two seasons. With young QB’s like Towles, Smith, and Whitlow, and an improving young core, I think even Joker would win 4-5 games with next years team. That means if we hire a new coach and he doesn’t take us to a bowl next year than I think we have failed.

    Finally, I see everyone come up with these lists of who they want for the next coach. I wouldn’t be surprised if our next coach isn’t any of these people. I think you will run into a similar situation that happened with the Rich Brooks hire where we end up with the 7th or 8th guy who is offered the job. Barnhart will definitely try to swing for the fences with this hire. I just don’t think he lands any of his initial targets.

  16. Don't Do It
    5:54 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    If that idiot HC plays Towles he needs to be fired. He is trading the kids future for 4 meaningless games. All he’s doing is trying to save his job. Time to face the music. This dance is over

  17. Bart Scott
    6:12 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Cant wait…for the 24hours of basketball on ESPN.

    Joker wont get fired by Mitch. Remember the press conference from the loss after Ark…Joker said he has a great friendship with Mitch. He said they talk to each other about non-football issues everyday just like any best friend would.
    So how is Mitch going to fire a guy who thinks he is his best friend?
    Also Mitch will believe…and has always believed Joker’s excuse of ”we are too young” when every year we get the same caliber of players and never improve talent wise.

    Its one thing to take bad players and turn them into good players…that coach will get a lot of praise. It is another thing to take average players and make them look bad…which is what Joker is doing. The few players that have stood out is because of their own doing and we are now seeing that from the players in the NFL starting and making big plays.

    One of the biggest problems with UK is the play calling, not the players or Joker. Georgia was surprised in 1st series but did not panic. They knew UK was one dimensional and would only run. In future no team will be surprised after this Georgia game…look for more blowouts.
    Vegas even thinks UK will still get blown out after this improvement vs Georgia. They know it was homecoming and once in Missouri the blowouts will continue.

  18. Joe
    6:17 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    It sounds like Wiggins won’t be reclassifying. But UK is probably still in good shape. Cal has recruited him all along.

  19. CPACAT
    6:21 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Note from long time UK fan: Great games against Georgia (almost every year probably due to # of GA boys on the team?) ALWAYS generate enthusiasm about the team and their chances for the remainder of the season, and they are ALWAYS followed by unexplainable losses to team we could have beaten. The Kentucky Football Effect !!!

  20. barn
    6:58 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    just saw on the news that keith richards is still alive

  21. Good morning sunshine
    7:37 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    If you want to have a serious discussion about UK football and the facilities going forward you can’t miss this kind of news. I’ve said it before and been beaten down, but whats happening on the academic side is going to weigh on what amount of the bonding is used on athletics.

  22. BPsycho
    8:05 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    #20 Hahah

  23. Radio Dial
    8:30 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Might it be possible please, to create a link somewhere on KSR that we can click,
    which will show us wherever we are in the state, what radio stations carry
    KSR, and what time it’s on? That would be such a great help!!!

  24. stevie
    8:37 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Are some UK fans really that fickle?

    Kentucky football is pathetic and we lost another game but some don’t count it as a loss.
    They count it as a win. And, from that they have us winning from here on out.

    Our football needs redoing from the very to.

  25. Yesterdays
    8:51 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Not sure why the 3rd down draw play worked against Georgia. Their d coordinator should be fired for getting fooled by Randy Sanders. I detest the 3rd down draw- Its a microcosm of Jokers philosophy of playing not to lose and doing things conservatively. It should be the exact opposite- We should play like we have nothing to lose because we are UK football. Let it hang out, ruffle feathers, create excitement.

  26. DublDownDrew
    9:51 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    If you didn’t go to the Weird Al show at the Louisville Palace a couple of weekends ago, you missed a GREAT show btw.

  27. DCwildcat1742
    9:58 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    @ the 2:10 mark look who is in the back ground…its Drew Franklin!

  28. ROBBIE
    10:40 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Hope Wiggins is just wanting to experience the recruiting scene (as i would)and this isn’t a sign that he won’t be coming to UK. Haven’t been as excited to see a kid here since John Wall.

  29. Huh
    10:42 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    16. If he is cleared by doctors to play and Joker doesn’t play him, then he still can’t get a red shirt. The only way he can redshirt is if the doctors do not clear him for the rest of the season. If he is able to play you may as well play him because keeping him out does not earn him the redshirt!

  30. notv
    11:14 am October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Quarterback by committee never works.

    Redshirt Towles and let him SUCCEED and have a strong career. Your job is already going to someone else…

  31. BigRush
    12:46 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    When watching one shining moment I can’t help but think… Man it must suck to be Stacy Poole.