I’d be willing to bet that 99.999% of you reading this website tonight have had a good laugh at at least one of Will Ferrell’s several comedy movies or Saturday Night Live sketches, so it’s only right that we honor him on the eve of his 46th birthday. Ferrell celebrates his 46th on Tuesday and in honor of his big day, here are my 10 favorite Will Ferrell characters from movies and television:
1. Frank “The Tank Richards, Old School
2. Chazz Reinhold, Wedding Crashers
3. Ron Burgundy, Anchorman
4. George W. Bush, Saturday Night Live
5. Ricky Bobby, Talladega Nights
6. Ashley Schaeffer, Eastbound & Down
7. Alek Trebek, Saturday Night Live
8. Brennan Huff, Step Brothers
9. Harry Caray, Saturday Night Live
10. Gene Frenkle, Saturday Night Live
I’m sure everyone has their own list, so leave yours in the comments section. Also, check out the trailer for Anchorman 2 below. Ron Burgundy and the news team are in New York City this time around. It will hit theaters on December 20.
Sweet Lincoln’s mullet, let’s get to the News and Views…
The SEC football media days get underway tomorrow, beginning with comments from commissioner Mike Slive at 12:30. Our own Mrs. Tyler Thompson will be in attendance, making it the first time KSR has had representation at SEC media days since the time we sent BTI to cover the women’s soccer media days in Columbia in 2007.
Mark Stoops doesn’t take the microphone until Wednesday morning, but Tyler will have plenty of coverage from football’s greatest conference over the next three days. Send her any questions you might have for any of the league’s coaches or star players.
The University of Kentucky confirmed what we learned over the weekend regarding running back Josh Clemons; he sustained an Achilles tendon injury, will undergo surgery, and is expected to miss the entire 2013 football season. Coach Stoops said, “We are extremely disappointed for Josh because he has worked so hard and come so far. He ran well during the spring and was eager to contribute this season. We are hopeful for a full recovery and look forward to his return to the field.”
Like Stoops mentioned in the release from UK, Clemons had a productive spring and it looked like he was finally over the knee injury he suffered in 2011 that kept him out all of last season. Clemons was expected to be a contributor in the backfield this fall, but now a brand new injury has taken away yet another season. It’s a terrible break for the kid from Fayetteville, Ga. and a hit to the UK depth chart.
Two Wildcats expected to miss the upcoming season are hoping an appeal to the NCAA will allow them to suit up immediately. Chris and Dimitrious Davis filed an appeal with the NCAA to play right away at Kentucky, rather than sitting out a year due to transfer rules. The Davis twins are arguing that a late coaching change in their recruiting process (a week before they signed with Pitt) led to broken promises in their first year. They sat out their first season with the Panthers and the hope is that the NCAA will count that as the transfer season. It’s very unlikely the request will be granted, but it doesn’t hurt to try, I suppose. Kentucky could certainly use them in the secondary and passing game next season.
Kentucky and Western Kentucky will kick off in Nashville at 6:00 p.m. CT on August 31st under the lights. It was announced on Monday that the game will be televised on ESPNews. Yes, the 24-hour-a-day sports news channel will host the first game of the Mark Stoops era and arguably the biggest game of UK’s 2013 season. Bram Weinstein is happy to have a night off.
#shoutout to the 73 UK student-athletes on the 2012-13 SEC First-Year Honor Roll. Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin, Julius Mays and Tod Lanter made the list from the basketball program; football was represented by Patrick Towles, Jon Toth, Jordan Swindle, Landon Foster, Jalen Whitlow, Zach Blaylock and Zach Myers. Way to go, Cats.
Want an Archie Goodwin summer league highlight? Of course you do. It’s right here. That may have been Archie’s only highlight. He finished with two points, zero assists, and five turnovers in 18 minutes.
The KSR Radio Affiliate Tour continues on Tuesday with a stop at Final Finish in Morgantown.
Bring your own lawn chair!
Before we part ways for the night, I’d like to share a story with you I received via e-mail Monday. Luke, a three-year-old Kentucky fan, fell off a diving board and landed on the back of his head on the concrete. His father tells me he was unresponsive for as long as 15 minutes after arriving at UK hospital. Once he finally opened his eyes, they told him he was at UK, and he responded with this:
His father wrote, “He didn’t throw up an “L” so I had confidence our prayers were answered and we would escape brain injury.”
Way to go, Luke. Hope you get to feeling better, buddy.