Everybody expected to load up KSR late Saturday/early Sunday and see cartoons on the front page, right? I didn’t expect to put any up there, until I saw that legendary Japanese storyteller Hayao Miyazaki celebrates his 72nd birthday today. You might recognize some of the characters above, and you might not. But Miyazaki’s films have long been set the standard for fantastical storytelling, and they’re only animated because no live action movie could contain the amount of imagination he sets forth. From action-oriented movies like Princess Mononoke, to whimsical stories like Ponyo or The Secret World of Arietty, all the way down to the mysterious yet warming Howl’s Moving Castle or Spirited Away, each one is a unique story, with incredible detail and enjoyable characters.
If you haven’t seen any of his movies, and have a taste for that sort of thing, they’re really very good. I realize the overlap between sports fans and Japanese animation fans is very narrow, but if I like both, there might be someone else who does, too.
Now, before I get stoned to death, on to the news…
–Charlie Strong is either leaving Louisville or staying. Not sure what’s gonna happen, but we know it’s one of those two options. His move to Texas seems to be nothing short of an inevitability by this point, but something seems to be holding up the deal, and we’re not quite sure what.
–Matt Elam delayed his decision til the spring signing period. Considering all the momentum that was swinging Kentucky’s way, this is certainly a disappointment. Now that Stoops and Saban have equal recruiting time, Bama may make up some groung for the elite lineman. Who ever thought that sentence would be on this page?
–Karl Towns almost picked up his second quadruple double. No stranger to gaudy stats, Kentucky recruit and 2015 cornerstone Karl Towns, Jr. racked up a 29/21/11/6 line today in a 69-53 St. Joseph’s beatdown.
–Marcus Lee got dunked on by Dominique Hawkins and had to put on the Helmet at practice. Lee just gave the Helmet to Aaron Harrison, but now is relegated to wearing it for the foreseeable future after the dunk by “Tomo-Hawkins.” Is it too late to start that? Gosh, I hope not.
–Drew Barker led two touchdown drives during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, throwing 4-6 and displaying great skill and awareness. Nick Roush got half a chub just thinking about next year, so you know it’s going to be exciting to see Barker in Blue. Turns out that he’s not only a great recruiter, but a good quarterback, too.
That’s about all for today. What looked like a super-busy news day turned into something of a dud with Strong still on the fence and Elam postponing his decision, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have fun, right? Tune in tomorrow for more stuff, maybe some Charlie Strong info, and I promise I won’t throw up pictures of cartoons. Okay, maybe one.