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
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:
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) August 25, 2015
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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