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.