For the first weekend in a while, I had two full days off, meaning it was time to tackle a mile-long to-do list. Shopping, errands, yard work, etc. dominated my Saturday, but my husband and I capped it off by going to see “Creed.” I’ve been wanting to see the latest chapter of the Rocky saga since it came out, and it did not disappoint. Not only is “Creed” the best sports movie I’ve seen in a long time, it’s the best movie I’ve seen this year. Michael B. Jordan (Vince from “Friday Night Lights”) plays Adonis, Apollo Creed’s son from an affair just before he died in the ring, who longs to follow in his father’s footsteps and seeks the help of Creed’s friend/foe Rocky Balboa.
I grew up watching the Rocky series and went in with high standards, and was pleasantly surprised by how the movie honored its roots but still felt fresh. A lot of that is thanks to Jordan, who deftly balances his character’s troubled past with his desire to prove himself. Sylvester Stallone was equally as impressive reprising his iconic role, portraying Rocky not as the larger than life figure, but rather the humble, vulnerable and funny character we first came to love in the original.
Most of all, I loved how director Ryan Coogler shot the movie, especially the fight scenes. Adonis’ first professional fight was filmed in one, long single shot — against a real-life professional boxer, nonetheless — an effect that pulls the audience into the ring. Coogler mimics that method later on as Adonis and his team head out of the tunnel for the ultimate bout, giving the scene an tense, tight feel. The best sports movies make you feel like you’re part of the action, and “Creed” succeeds on that front, a worthy, visceral sequel. It runs a little long, but it’s good enough to crack my top three Rocky movies behind #1 and #4. Ranking the Rocky movies is a post for another day, but do yourself a favor and go see Creed, even if you have to fight holiday mall traffic to do so.
In case you missed it last week, Funkhouser’s Josh Juckett also reviewed Creed. Before I talk myself into giving up on Monday to go see it again, let’s run through today’s agenda.
How far will UK drop in the rankings?
The AP and Coaches’ Polls come out this afternoon and we’ll find out how far UK drops after a disappointing loss to UCLA. Given the revenge/home court/Ulis-Lee injury factor, I think they’ll definitely stay in the top eight. From there, who knows. Even before UK’s loss, voters were itching to anoint Michigan State and North Carolina should make a jump after getting Marcus Paige back. Whatever happens, keep in mind it’s December and doesn’t really matter.
EKU comes to town on Wednesday
I don’t know about you guys, but I didn’t quite know what to do with myself with no UK game this weekend. After watching the Cats lay a clunker in LA, I’m anxious to see them get back out on the court and turn the page. Unfortunately, we’re going to have to wait until Wednesday for that to happen. The struggle is real. Thankfully, we have this insane touchdown celebration by Antonio Brown to keep us entertained:
Calipari returns from the recruiting trail
On Saturday, Cal watched signee Wenyen Gabriel put up 17 points, 14 rebounds and 9 blocks in Rhode Island and on Sunday, he stopped by the Marshall County Hoop Fest to see 2017 standouts John Petty, Jarred Vanderbilt, Trevon Duval, and Billy Preston. Petty and Vanderbilt already have offers from the Cats, and the former is emerging as one of UK’s top targets in the 2017 class. More on him later.
Rajon Rondo is still doing Rajon Rondo things
Willie Cauley-Stein may be out 4-6 weeks with a dislocated finger, but DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo are giving us plenty of highlights in his absence. Last night, Rondo had 13 points, 19 assists, and 4 steals in the Kings’ loss to Houston, including this ridiculous behind-the-back bounce pass:
Brace yourselves, Nashville: Louisville’s in the Music City Bowl
The Cards will play Texas A&M on December 30 in downtown Nashville, which means I won’t go anywhere near Titans stadium or Broadway until after the New Year. Especially since Bobby Petrino told reporters he loves country music and “may go down and do a little two-steppin’ and swingin.'” Swingin’? Yikes. Ladies and ladies of the night of Nashville, you have been warned.
The #KSRDoesAmerica trip is over
Did Matt, Ryan, and Shannon survive the trip home? Tune in to find out and hear some stories.