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Dowager Countess’ Monday Morning Wakeup


It speaks a lot to the breadth of Dame Maggie Smith’s career that I feel like I’ve known her all my life. Growing up, she was Granny Wendy in “Hook” and Mother Superior in “Sister Act” and “Sister Act 2”; during my teen years, she was Gunilla Garson Goldberg in “The First Wives Club”; she was the only one who could do Minerva McGonagall justice in the Harry Potter series; and now, as an adult, she is my spirit animal as the Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham in “Downton Abbey.”

If you haven’t watched Masterpiece Classic’s “Downton Abbey,” well, I’m afraid the gong is ringing a little late for you. Season six — the final season — premiered on PBS last night, and I’ve never been so excited to see a Viking River Cruises commercial. After avoiding spoilers myself since it premiered in Britain last year, I know better than to tell you what happens, but rest assured, you’re going to want to tune in over the next several weeks. I’m already dreading saying goodbye to Julian Fellowes’ world, specifically Dowager Countess. I hope when I’m 80, I have at least a thimbleful of her wit.

A sampling of her finest quips to enjoy over your morning tea:

I’m sure Dowager Countess would have some great little line about wasting time, so let’s get to it on a very, very busy day in UK sports.

At 11:35 a.m., John Calipari will speak on the SEC Coaches Teleconference

It’s the first SEC Coaches Teleconference of the season, which means whiny Kevin Stallings will be back in our lives every Monday until the end of the season. He has plenty to whine about right now after his team dropped one to LSU at Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday night, a really bad loss even when you consider Ben Simmons scored over a third of LSU’s points. Of course, Simmons and LSU are hosting the Cats tomorrow night, and even though the Tigers have been a train wreck for most of the season, you know they’ll find a way to turn it on tomorrow night just in time for Kentucky.

Johnny Jones is up on the teleconference at 11:28 a.m., followed immediately by John Calipari, so I’ll be on to bring you the news as it happens.

At 12:15 p.m., we’ll hear from an assistant and some players before they head to LSU

One media opp a day is quite enough for Calipari, thank you, so Tony Barbee, John Robic, or Kenny Payne will handle the additional media opportunity at 12:15 p.m. Some select players will also address the media, and hopefully, we’ll get an update on Dominique Hawkins, who injured his ankle vs. Ole Miss on Saturday.

At 1 p.m., Eddie Gran, Darin Hinshaw, and Mark Stoops will meet with the media

This afternoon, we’ll hear from our new offensive coordinators and quarterbacks coach. Gran, Hinshaw, and Stoops will address the media for the first time at Commonwealth Stadium around 1 p.m., and Drew, Nick Roush, and Freddie Maggard will all be there. In fact, Freddie’s on Tom Leach’s show this morning to preview it all with his Shuffle Bean coffee, so tune in.

The KSR Football Podcast crew will convene

I’m in charge of you guys today, so Nick, Freddie, Jared, and Drew will meet up for a special edition of the KSR Podcast to discuss all the developments in the program the last few weeks. According to Freddie, topics include offensive additions, the quarterback situation, a rant from Jared, and Freddie’s new juicer diet. In true KSR Podcast fashion, I’m most curious about the latter.

In between all of that, the new AP and Coaches Polls will drop

Kentucky is currently 10th in the AP poll and 11th in the Coaches Poll. After an impressive win over Ole Miss, will they rise any?

Matt’s back in studio after some time off

Which means he’ll probably share some stories, his thoughts on UK’s win Saturday, and, of course, a rant about Rick Pitino. Tune in in about an hour to hear it.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

7 Comments for Dowager Countess’ Monday Morning Wakeup

  1. lmdxn
    9:06 am January 4, 2016 Permalink

    TT will the new podcast be posted on the existing KSR podcast (the one that you guys did the football podcast on?) or a new podcast?

    • ukjaybrat
      9:23 am January 4, 2016 Permalink

      i would imagine the existing one. i was curious about matt’s new podcast and where it will be…

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      9:37 am January 4, 2016 Permalink

      It’s my understanding it will be on the existing KSR feed for a while as well as another feed just for his podcast.

    • ukjaybrat
      9:43 am January 4, 2016 Permalink

      thanks TT

  2. CatK
    9:36 am January 4, 2016 Permalink

    “Sometimes It’s Good To Rule By Fear” best line of the night.

  3. RealCatsFan
    9:55 am January 4, 2016 Permalink

    Sounds like I’m missing out on a lot of good TV shows, but I just can’t find the time to sit down and watch anything besides UK games, the news, and occasionally an episode of MythBusters (which I am very sad to see concluding this week). Any show that has plot development that depends on knowing what has happened in earlier episodes just won’t work for me the way life is right now. When people start talking about these shows, unfortunately I have to check out because I have nothing to offer.

  4. James
    12:21 pm January 4, 2016 Permalink

    In the very excellent, but seemingly forgotten , movie ” The prime of miss Jean Brodie ” Dame Smith won an Oscar. Great movie for anyone to see .