I’m not exactly sure how, when, or why it happened, but at some point in the past five years, Bill Murray went from a normal famous person to a cult icon. Murray is now a hipster messiah, his face emblazoned on t-shirts, bumper stickers, flags, and pint glasses. The New York Times’ Steven Kurutz just wrote a great article about Murray’s “Peculiar Ascent to Secular Saint,” which includes stories about the actor’s penchant for randomness, from crashing weddings, karaoke parties, kickball games, and apparently, even Elvis Presley’s funeral back in the day. Over the years, Murray’s randomness has even been documented on KSR, with the actor sporting a Lexington Legends hat in 2009 and rocking out to Kentucky native Chris Stapleton at a concert in July.
Simply put, Bill Murray is an awesome dude, which is why I wasn’t surprised in the least that his new Netflix Christmas special, “A Very Murray Christmas,” was awesome as well. It’s 56 minutes of total Murray bizarreness, starring Murray and a whole gamut of celebrities, including Amy Pohler, Maya Rudolph, Jenny Lewis, Jason Schwartzman, George Clooney, Chris Rock, Rashida Jones, and Miley Cyrus, who sings an incredible version of “Silent Night” that reminds us she’s actually talented under all that crazy:
It’s directed by Sofia Coppola, whose artful shot of Murray looking out of his window at a snowy New York City on Christmas morning is enough to make you take it all seriously for a second before something totally absurd happens, like this:
If you haven’t seen it yet, put it on your holiday to-do list. We’ve got a lot of time to kill between basketball games over the next few weeks.
Because of that, it’s probably going to be a pretty quiet week around here, but we’ll do our best to keep things moving. On that note, here’s the agenda for the day…
Will there be any football staffing changes?
If you heard Monday’s show, you heard Matt predict two to three football staffing changes in the coming days. The recruiting period is officially over, meaning the staff is back in Lexington and Stoops now has an opportunity to review the season and make changes where he sees fit. What will happen? We’ll keep our ears to the ground, so stay tuned…
Calipari heads to Massachusetts
Tomorrow night, John Calipari will have his jersey retired at UMass as part of the program’s 20th anniversary celebration of the 1995-1996 Final Four team. Today, Cal and his family will head to Boston for a dinner with his former players and UMass family and on Wednesday, they’ll head west to Amherst for the big festivities. It’s been a big year for Cal, and even though his haters continue to come out of the woodwork to bash him (cough, Shaughnessy, cough), tomorrow night will be a celebration.
I’m still surprised Malik Monk didn’t make the Nike Hoop Summit roster
Yesterday, USA Basketball announced the roster for the Nike Hoop Summit and three future Cats made the cut: Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, and Wenyen Gabriel. That’s right: Malik Monk, considered the 5th best player in the class by ESPN and 247 Sports, was not included. What the heck? Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony said the snub was probably “due to fit.” I don’t buy it, but whatever. Only three of your five future players making an all-star game roster is definitely a “BBN Problem.”
It’s still finals time
If you’re a UK student, you’re probably reading this on very little sleep during a study break. Or, you’re finishing up your finals and getting ready to rub it in people’s faces. Finals continue through tomorrow at UK, so hang in there, guys.
On his call-in show last night, Calipari said the players will bump practice time back up to two hours today, but Alex Poythress will be held out as a precaution after hyperextending his knee on Saturday. Meanwhile, Cal assured fans that Skal Labissiere is hard at work after Saturday’s disappointing 0-point, 0-rebound performance. In fact, Skal stayed at the Calipari’s house Saturday night and did 30 extra minutes of conditioning before practice began yesterday.
Have you voted for Jordan Smith to win the “The Voice” today?
You should. The Eastern Kentucky native has killed it this season on NBC’s singing competition, but needs your help to win. Voting ends at noon today, so go go go. The finale is tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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