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College’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup

Classes start at UK today, and with a touch of fall weather in the air, I feel like grabbing my old backpack and bounding up the hill towards Chambers. Maybe it’s because I am a total nerd, but there was no beating the thrill of the first week of school growing up, and in college, the first week of partying with your friends. Who did what over the summer, who got cuter, whose beer pong skills have improved. My liver flips a little just thinking about it.

Now that I’m in my thirties, late August isn’t quite as exciting as it used to be, but a huge wave of nostalgia still rushes over me, especially when back-to-school movies come on TV. I probably spend way too much time thinking about this, so here are my top five six:

1. Old School: This will always be one of my favorite comedies. Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn were at their absolute funniest, and even though I’ve seen it a million times, if it’s on TBS, I get sucked in. Who wouldn’t want to be at Mitchapalooza featuring Snoop Dogg sponsored by Speaker City? Losers who can’t pull off green hats, that’s who.

1A. Animal House: Most people’s #1 and always a classic. Stands up to the test of time, even though kids today probably only know it for the poster of Belushi wearing the “College” sweatshirt.

3. Dazed and Confused: About high school, not college, but still in my top five. I totally wanted to be bitchy Parker Posey, and the field party at the end reminds me of high school days in Danville.

4. Van Wilder: Wouldn’t win any awards, but it came out my freshman year, so I had to love it. Perfect movie to have on when you’re getting ready to go out on Friday or hungover on Sunday. Plus, Ryan Reynolds.

5. PCU: Hilarious, doesn’t get enough credit. Jeremy Piven back when he was somewhat likable.

5A. Road Trip: Another brainless wonder, but for some reason, I liked it too. The frat party at Tennessee looked like so much fun I had to comfort myself that it was fiction. Man, remember when Tom Green was famous?

I’m sure you all will have lots of thoughts on my selections in the comments. Before we get there, let’s go over today’s agenda.

Game prep officially begins

Because classes begin today, there will be no media opportunity with the team. Earlier this week, Mark Stoops told us that game prep begins today, with the coaches beginning to scout the Ragin Cajuns and install game plans. With nine days to go until the season opener, ish is getting real at the Nutter Training Center, and thankfully, the Cats have come out of camp healthy. Yesterday, Shannon Dawson told reporters that Boom Williams is at or close to 100% and a myriad of players have overcome minor illnesses. Now we just need to get Ryan Flannigan back to 100% and we’ll be ready to roll.

Randall Cobb was on “Hollywood Game Night” last night

If you missed it, Funkhouser’s Richmond Bramblet has a full recap for you below. After Jordy Nelson’s unfortunate injury, Golden Eyes has been everywhere this week. The media swarmed him at yesterday’s Packers practice, where he was catching balls from the jug machine while laying down:

This is Cobb’s year to shine, and more than ever, I’m thankful I drafted him in the late rounds of my fantasy football draft in 2011. Because I’m in a keeper league, that means I still have him, as a 5th round pick nonetheless.

Guilty reality TV Pick of the Week: “Below Deck”

Bravo’s reality show about the crew of a super yacht is in its third season, and I’m a bit ashamed about how much I looked forward to last night’s premiere. Not only do you get to see bright and shiny rich things, you get to see how spoiled and snobby bright, shiny, and rich people can be, all through the help’s eyes. It’s like a modern day “Downton Abbey,” but, you know, cheap and on Bravo. Next time you’re bored and there’s a marathon, I recommend tuning in for a bit. I already hate Rocky.

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10 Comments for College’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup

  1. android guy
    9:08 am August 26, 2015 Permalink

    Don’t forget “Back to School” with Rodney Dangerfield. A hilarious comedy that is not the usual lowbrow college humor (though there’s some of that, too). Even Kurt Vonnegut makes a cameo playing himself in this one!

  2. inside info2
    9:47 am August 26, 2015 Permalink

    Android beat me to it. Back To School, at the time, was a hilarious college comedy. I haven’t watched it in awhile, so I don’t know if it still holds up. But I agree with the rest of your list. Animal House used to be my favorite until Old School came out. I still watch it when I can and laugh and laugh and laugh.

  3. Pcefrog5
    10:13 am August 26, 2015 Permalink

    Revenge of the Nerds has to be worked in the list somewhere

    • Duff
      10:16 am August 26, 2015 Permalink


    • SCCat
      10:26 am August 26, 2015 Permalink

      “These NERDS are a threat to our way of life” – Stan Gable to Betty Childs. Classic line

  4. Duff
    10:18 am August 26, 2015 Permalink

    Honorable Mentions:

    Sorority Boys

  5. CatManDo
    10:19 am August 26, 2015 Permalink

    The Sure Thing with John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Nicollette Sheridan, Anthony Edwards, Tim Robbins is probably the most underrated comedy in this genre. Check it out if you haven’t seen it in a while or have never seen it.

  6. RC
    10:35 am August 26, 2015 Permalink

    Animal House- should be #1 on any list. Period. A true classic.
    Back To School- Dangerfield at his best. Truly funny.
    The Sure Thing- Completely underrated as a top 10 comedy of the 80’s.
    Old School- 2/3 of it rocked the other 1/3 kind of sucks.
    Revenge of the Nerds- see above.
    American Pie 2- Sneaky good and better than the 1st. Captures Summer before college well.

    If you’re going to have a H.S. movie on the list it must be Fast Times at Ridgemont High. No debate.

  7. catdaddyd
    2:00 pm August 26, 2015 Permalink

    Animal House
    Road Trip (Bob Hope could jump that in a golf cart)
    Old School (only half of it good)

  8. Lance-a-boil
    9:36 pm August 26, 2015 Permalink

    In no particular order:

    Real Genius
    Old School
    Back to School
    Animal House
    The Sure Thing
    Better Off Dead
    Ferris Buellers
    Rock n roll high school
    Pandemonium (honorable mention)
    Harold and Kumar
    Fast times