If you’ve followed KSR for a while, you know there’s nothing I love more than popcorn. I love popcorn so much I insist on having my own at movies. Two small popcorns, no butter, for this couple, and no sir, we don’t care that the large is cheaper. (If replacing a meal, we sometimes splurge for mediums.) Today is National Popcorn Day (yes, there is such a thing), so to celebrate, I’ll be popping some of my microwave favorites, or maybe even popping over to the movie theater to buy a bag of the good stuff and then leave. (You probably won’t be surprised to find out that’s not the first time I’ve done that.)
Did you know that the world’s oldest piece of popcorn, at 5,600 years old, was found in a bat cave in New Mexico in 1948? Or, that the average American eats 17 gallons of popcorn a year (probably more for me)? Or, that popcorn consumption declined significantly in the 1950’s when the TV was invented because people stayed at home instead of going to the movies? Did you also know that’s why microwave popcorn was invented?
On a day I’m moving a little slow (Madonna didn’t go on until 10:30 p.m.), it’s nice to know there’s some delicious, salty popcorn at the end of it, my own version of a carrot on a stick.
Chad Scott is leaving UK
In case you missed the news late last night, Chad Scott is leaving UK to go coach tight ends at North Carolina. The news comes after a shakeup in which Scott, the former running backs coach, switched to the wide receivers group when new offensive coordinator Eddie Gran came onboard. Scott has history with the Tarheels, transferring to Chapel Hill after his sophomore season at UK and coaching as a graduate assistant in 2006.
What will happen to the much maligned wide receivers group? Great question.
Calipari wants his player to “earn it”
I was too busy Vogue-ing last night to listen, but according to Nick Roush, John Calipari told his players he wants them to fight like Tyler Ulis.
“Let’s earn it,” Cal said. “Every guy has to be responsible for doing their job.”
Unfortunately, Dominique Hawkins was not able to practice last night, further proof that the high ankle sprain is still one of the trickiest injuries in the sport.
Calipari put up a MLK Jr. message on his blog late last night
After a day of recruiting, Calipari celebrated the holiday by posting a blog on his website about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the influence he’s had on the world. Calipari recounted a story from his childhood and urged his team to remember their forefathers and have empathy for others:
I try to tell my team that they should feel a sense of responsibility for all those before them who risked their lives and everything they owned to make this world a better place, and not lose sight of all those who walked an arduous road to get all of us to this point.
We’ve come a long way and we still have a long way to go, but by trying to take on each day with the mentality that you’re going to improve someone else’s day, we can continue to make progress.
Check out CoachCal.com for the rest.
College basketball on TV today
#1 Oklahoma went down last night hours after being crowned the nation’s top ranked team. They’re the fifth #1 team to lose so far this season. What’s next in a very odd college basketball season?
- 7 p.m.: Mississippi State at Florida, ESPNU
- 7 p.m.: #24 South Carolina at Ole Miss, SEC Network
- 9 p.m.: Alabama at Auburn, SEC Network
- 9 p.m.: LSU at #10 Texas A&M, ESPN
- 6:30 p.m.: #18 Butler at #16 Providence, FS1
- 7 p.m.: Illinois at #25 Indiana, ESPN
- 7 p.m.: #3 Kansas at Oklahoma State, ESPN2
- 8 p.m.: Northwestern at #7 Maryland, BTN
- 8 p.m.: Clemson at #13 Virginia, ESPN3
- 8:30 p.m.: Georgetown at #5 Xavier, FS1
- 9 p.m.: Houston at #8 SMU, ESPNU
Madonna was great
I went in to last night’s concert at Bridgestone with tempered expectations after the Material Girl was allegedly drunk on stage and talked in a hillbilly accent at her Louisville show on Saturday. Madonna was in great form last night, performing like a 57-year-old diva who’s made a pact with the devil to stay young. (I mean that in a good way.) She did enough of her old stuff to make me tolerate her new stuff, and even though it was a very late night for me and my fam, it was an enjoyable one.
Matt returns to KSR this morning
After jinxing the Cats by going to the Auburn game, Matt’s back in studio to recap his trip and preview UK’s game at Arkansas, which, thankfully, he won’t be attending. Tune in for story time.