Hard to choose between these two, for completely different reasons. Danny McBride might be the worst person imaginable, but is hysterical on Eastbound & Down. Disclaimer: don’t watch it around your family. Unless your family is lewd and vulgar or you want to get them out of your house. Meanwhile, the delicate Alison Brie is famous for entirely different reasons: while not as vulgar, she’s certainly a little bit prettier than Danny McBride, and used that to good effect on Mad Men and Community. Both brighten up a television lineup otherwise inundated with piss-poor reality TV, and both celebrate birthdays on the 29th. We already got them their presents, and it’s a win over Louisville. Speaking of which, on to the news…
Kentucky Beats Louisville, 73-66
After a year’s worth of misery, balance has been brought back to the Bluegrass as Kentucky gets basketball bragging rights over the filthy Cards. There’s a lot to take away, like great performances from Andrew Harrison and James Young, and continuing struggles at the free throw line, but those can wait until tomorrow. Or Monday. Whenever. Point is, we have a lot to be happy about tonight. Here’s some highlights, which are just as good reheated. Like an Arby’s sandwich.
Cats Responded Without Julius Randle
Beating Louisville is good. Closing out Louisville without Julius Randle for the crucial part of the second half is great. After leaving with cramps, a lineup consisting mostly of Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress put together some terrific minutes and played great defense in keeping their feet on the Cardinals’ throats. This team has to realize that each one of them is capable of playing good basketball, and they don’t have to rely on Randle’s dominance to win games. For Randle, it should take some of the pressure off of being “The Guy,” and keep the number of triple-teams down in future games. As worrying as it was to play without him, getting a W with him on the bench is great for this team.
Rupp Crowd Brought It
Rupp gets a lot of flack for pandering to the rich and famous rather than the “hardworking” students. But sometimes, it doesn’t matter how old you are or how much money your seat costs: everybody’s there to get excited. Today was one of those days, and I could heard the noise from all the way up in my nosebleed seat in 232. The noise was terrific, but we still need to work on the clapping. Plus, and this might be just me, but I think the “T” section in the C-A-T-S chant needs to get its act together. Consistently a half second late. But apart from that, “electric” is a great word for the atmosphere, and it showed. Louisville’s players (and the refs, if you ask Ricky P) were a little flustered, forcing the Cards into 4 more turnovers than they’re used to.
Pitino Elected Not to Have a Post-Game Press Conference
How many of you read “Pitino Erected” there, just out of habit? That’s understandable. But he pulled something of a whiny move by pulling out too early. Plus he left quickly tonight. Maybe he’ll have more to say on Monday, when he gets his hearing back. But even if he doesn’t, I think his team said plenty tonight.
Josh Hutcherson Put the “Y” in “DreamY”
There may or may not have been a loud fangirl contingency screaming around me in Section 232, and I may or may not have been the first person to shout “That’s Peeta!” when they showed Josh on the screen the first time. Some were asking were Josh Hopkins was, but for my money, Hutcherson has more momentum right now with Catching Fire so recently in theatres. Hutcherson posed with the eRupption Zone and tried to get a wave started from midcourt. Plus he looked so much taller without Jennifer Lawrence standing next to him. #TeamPeeta #SuckItGale
I won’t keep you any longer. Go celebrate. Crack open that New Year’s sherry a little early and go a little crazy. We’ve earned it.
Go freakin’ Cats.