I found myself with some downtime this weekend, so I checked out one of the hits of the summer: HBO’s The Night Of. Even though the eight-part miniseries wrapped up last night, I’m only three episodes in and totally hooked. Based on the BBC drama Criminal Justice, The Night Of tells the story of Nasir “Naz” Khan and a night out gone terribly wrong. Long story short, Naz, a Pakistani-American college student, goes out on the town with the best intentions and ends up picking up Andrea, aka moody sexy lady, in his dad’s cab, and well, makes a bunch of terrible decisions. Without spoiling it, Naz ends up in jail with no recollection of the crime, and the rest of the series (so far) deals with the fight to get him freed. Interestingly, the late James Gandolfini is listed as an executive producer, and during the planning stages of bringing the BBC version to HBO, was set to play John Stone, the attorney that ends up representing Naz. John Turturro plays that role now and does it well, but it’s interesting to wonder what the great Gandolfini would have done with the part. Sadly, we’ll never know.
With the clock slowly ticking down to college football, I have a feeling I’ll roll though the rest of The Night Of pretty quickly this week. Be a friend and please don’t spoil it, okay?
Now, let’s go over this week’s agenda…
Karl Towns dominated the Coach Cal Charity Softball Classic
Last night, former Cats and local celebrities gathered at Whitaker Bank Ballpark for Coach Cal’s Celebrity Softball Classic, the culmination of the Calipari Fantasy Camp. I wasn’t able to be in Lexington for it, but judging by all the reports on social media, Karl Towns was the star, winning the Home Run Derby and leading his team to an 18-12 win over Calipari’s squad. Here’s one of several big hits from the Rookie of the Year, who played baseball growing up:
– Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) August 29, 2016
As for the real reason behind the weekend, the Calipari Foundation raised over $1.5 million that will be presented to 14 different organizations. Sunday’s softball game alone raised more than $300,000 for Louisiana flood relief, a number that will soon increase through a partnership with Papa John’s.
Here are some more highlights from the event from our pals at KyWildcatsTV:
– KYwildcatsTV (@KYwildcatsTV) August 29, 2016
It’s Game Week
Football is oh so close, and today, we finally get on the regular season schedule. At noon, Mark Stoops will host his first weekly press conference of the season. Check back around lunch for all the video, notes, and quotes from Stoops you can handle, along with the new depth chart, which we should get our hands on in a few hours.
It’s almost here, guys.
Freddie’s new podcast debuts
Freddie — who you can currently hear on The Leach Report’s Monday Morning Quarterback — is everywhere this week, and later today, will debut his new podcast, entitled “The Depth Chart Podcast.” Each week, Freddie will interview a beat writer for UK’s opponent, and today, he’ll start with Hattiesburg American’s Jason Munz, who covers Southern Miss. I can’t think of a better way to prepare for Saturday.
The finals of the Tailgate Food Bracket are finally here
It’s been a long road, but Wings and Fried Chicken have advanced to the finals of KSR’s Tailgate Food Bracket. Later today, I’ll set up the polls and bring you our panel’s opinions on the poultry vs. poultry matchup.
The KSR Golf Scramble is this afternoon
After today’s show, the guys will hit the links at Oxmoor Country Club for KSR’s second annual golf scramble. It’s completely sold out, but don’t worry, I’m sure there will be plenty of stories to share on tomorrow’s show.
First things first. Tune in an hour from now to hear stories from the weekend, including this controversial hit by Ryan Lemond, which was ruled foul, but upon further review, looks pretty fair to me: