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Saved by the Bell’s Thursday News and Views

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years since “Saved by the Bell” debuted. For people of a certain era (my era), “Saved by the Bell” was mandatory viewing on Saturday mornings, and pretty much encapsulated what it meant to be a teenager in the early 90’s. All the girls had a crush on Zack Morris or A.C. Slater, and all the guys worshipped Kelly Kapowski. We all longed to have the giant cellphone, “TIME OUT!” life, or hang out at The Max. There were iconic moments, such as the unforgettable scene with Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) strung out on caffeine pills, sobbing “I’m so excited! I’m…so…scared!!!!” in Zach’s arms. While every episode had some kind of PSA for viewers, that one was particularly ridiculous, and may be the series’ most memorable moment.

Here’s a bit of trivia for you: the show was originally a spin-off of “Good Morning, Miss Bliss,” a show that aired from 1987-1989. More: Mark Paul (Zack) dyed his hair blonde for every episode, and Berkley went through a can of hair spray each shoot. Scott Wolf, Denise Richards, Soleil Moon Frye, and Tori Spelling all guest starred on the show, which, because it starred a lot of teenagers, had a lot of teenage drama. In fact, the drama has spawned a Lifetime movie about the series, which seems flat out hilarious:

Maybe it’s because I’m old now, but those kids look WAY too young to be playing those parts. Regardless, if you loved/watched “Saved by the Bell,” the Lifetime series will be hilarious after a few, if only to see the scene where the actor playing Dustin Diamond yells “I AM NOT SCREECH” at a fan.

News and views…

After a rough day, the Cats responded with “enthusiastic” practice

DJ Eliot called Wednesday’s practice “the most enthusiastic” of fall camp, which is comforting after the Cats’ apparent lackluster effort the day before. Eliot said he liked how energetic his defense responded after a bad day, although Mark Stoops wasn’t quite ready to recognize the “Bad Boys” nickname they’ve given themselves. “We’ll see if they play like bad boys.  I’ve been around some Bad Boyz, so we’ll see,” Stoops chided.

On the other side of the ball, freshman wide receiver Blake Bone had a big catch and continues to impress, and linebacker Ryan Flannigan is quickly catching up after a late start.

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The football team saw the movie “Lucy” this past weekend

The most random tidbit from practice is the news the team went to see the movie “Lucy” this past weekend. If you haven’t seen it, “Lucy” starts Scarlett Johansson as a woman “accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic,” according to IMDB. I haven’t seen the movie, but one of my best friends almost walked out on it, so the fact that the UK football team went to see it this past weekend cracks me up. Scarlett Johansson may be pretty, but you can only stare at pretty so long before being bored.

John Calipari says David Blatt is a better coach for the Cavs than he would be

After seeing the Cats play in the Bahamas, I can’t get enough of John Calipari talking about how he doesn’t want to coach the Cavaliers. The latest comes via Sirius XM NBA Radio show “The Starting Lineup,” in which Cal said that current Cavaliers coach David Blatt “can really coach,” and is “a better choice than me to coach that team.” With an epic season in the wings and a possible exodus of talent to the NBA afterwards, I will never tire of hearing those words. Rock on, David Blatt. Please.

His guessing games continue

Last night, he had fans guess where he was, when the picture he took clearly read “YANKEE STADIUM” in the background. Tonight, he posted this picture and asked his followers who it was. Non-Googled guesses?

(It’s NY radio host Mike Francesa.)

Team USA beat the Dominican Republic 105-62

Eloy Vargas, Karl Towns, and the Dominicans were no match for Team USA tonight. Anthony Davis had 7 points and 4 rebounds and DeMarcus Cousins 2 points and 8 rebounds in USA’s 105-62 win. Eloy Vargas had 2 points and 3 rebounds, while Karl Towns failed to score, but Coach O and his crew will get another chance to prove themselves on Friday. If you missed it earlier, Karl Towns will NOT play with the Dominican team at the FIBA World Cup in Spain because he wants to focus on academics. Because he’s perfect:

According to Chris Sheridan, final roster cuts for Team USA will start after Friday’s game against Puerto Rico. Here’s hoping Boogie puts in another good performance to solidify his spot.

Keith Bogans and five other Cats are headed to the Hall of Fame

(…and the world’s gonna know their name…sorry. I hate you Rory McIlory)

On Wednesday, UK announced that Keith Bogans, Pat Etcheberry (track and field), Marty Moore (football), Passion Richardson (track and field), Terry Shumpert (baseball), and Sarah Witten (tennis) have been inducted to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place in late September during Hall of Fame weekend. It is a well-deserved honor for each former Cat, specifically Bogans, who is still playing in the NBA. Bogans ranks fourth on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,923 points, and is second to only Tony Delk on UK’s three-point field goals made list with 254.

Nerlens Noel is worried about his britches in the Ice Bucket Challenge

I’m sorry, famous people doing the Ice Bucket Challenge hasn’t gotten old yet. I’m sure it will tomorrow.

KSR is live at the State Fair in the morning

What do Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond, Drew Franklin, and pigs all have in common? They’ll all be at the State Fair Thursday morning to talk Cats and do the “shooting game,” as Matt calls it. Sounds like a recipe for a hilarious show to me. See you then.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

18 Comments for Saved by the Bell’s Thursday News and Views



  1. Brady
    11:30 pm August 20, 2014 Permalink

    Mike Francesca



  2. Vanillaice
    11:30 pm August 20, 2014 Permalink

    The ice bucket challenge is getting really old. I understand it is to raise awareness, but why don’t some of these extremely rich people donate money instead of just dumping ice water on themselves? See Charlie sheen’s “ice bucket challenge…. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qat9gR5nrpM



  3. Tony
    11:41 pm August 20, 2014 Permalink

    Dr. Veviorkian? The challenge has raised millions of dollars. I’m pretty sure the celebs donate the money anyway but still take the plunge for publicity.



  4. a21CATSfan
    11:47 pm August 20, 2014 Permalink

    Who knew Lisa Turtle started “3 goggles?”



  5. a21CATSfan
    11:49 pm August 20, 2014 Permalink

    And that’s Mike Francesa; sports radio host in NYC.



  6. jwall
    12:34 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    What does that PSA mean first paragraph?



    • royal blue
      5:02 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

      Public Service Announcement



  7. jw
    2:57 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    Hey whatever raises money but I agree if your an A list celebrity why not 1 million this is different than cancer. You can almost beat cancer the 1st go around but not ALS.



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  9. rockatao
    6:39 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    Can anyone provide an update on Bogans? It appears he only played six games last season, the last on Jan 7. Injured? Released? Expected to play this season?



  10. Every guy
    8:29 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    “Scarlett Johansson may be pretty, but you can only stare at pretty so long before being bored.” = WRONG



  11. Scarlett Jo Hater
    8:46 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    I feel some resentment going on towards Scarlett Jo but maybe I’m just bored at looking at this post too long.



  12. GummyBear
    9:12 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    Is the T-shirt Cal’s doctor that did his hip surgery?



  13. ThatCrackerBZ
    9:36 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    Ummm, this was my generation too, and the last thing i wanted to watch was saved by the bell. Ren & Stimpy was where it was at on Saturday Mornings.



    • Axe Cop
      9:56 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

      THANK YOU. I hated Saved By the Bell as a kid. I always thought it was so cheesy.



  14. DT in DC
    10:10 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    I loved SBTB! We were in the same “class” except they did an extra year of high school. I don’t remember Scott Wolf being on there. What episode was that?



  15. tvor03
    11:40 am August 21, 2014 Permalink

    @rockatao

    I follow the Celtics almost more than I follow UK. He was a throw-in piece in the Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce trade. After a few games, Bogans started complaining about playing time. He started getting attitude with the coaches and staff, so the Celtics GM basically told him to go away because they don’t need him. He was still getting paid, but he was permanently excused from all practices and games and public team events.