Brad Calipari’s outfits are taking the college basketball world by storm. Every time Kentucky hits the court, Brad is first thing fans want to see. Usually we want an ill advised three pointer so deep that it would make LaMelo Ball proud, but this season we want to see what amazing outfit Brad has graced us with today. He has had so many great outfits that I needed to rank them.
#6. RIPIP to when Brad Cared If you have kept up with Brad Calipari, you know that the ever so rational Kentucky fans did not like his outfits too much. Brad definitely got the swaggy Cal gene, because this is right out of his dad’s playbook.
#5. Oversized plaid hoodie I don’t actually know if it is oversized, but it makes him look like he is a solid 220 when I know he is 180 soaking wet.
#4. Straight Outta Pleasant Park Not sure if this is a Fortnite reference or if he actually lived in a bougie paradise called Pleasant Park. I love this picture, because of how uncomfortable he looks on a basketball court.
#3. Brad $wag Not hating on any of these outfits especially, because I know each article of clothing cost more than what I pay in rent.
#2. Thanos Travis Wouldn’t exactly call someone who averages 11 and 7 Thanos, but this is still pretty sick and I want one.
#1. Night at the Roxbury The all time crowd favorite and the outfit that started it all. The chain and the turtleneck sweater that stole the hearts of millions.
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Sports movies have a special place in all of our hearts. Films such as the ones I will be ranking have made me cry, laugh, and be inspired to be the extremely mediocre athlete I once was. Today, I will be giving my undeniable Top 5 ranking of the best sports movies of all time. Again, this is 100% my opinion, but it is 100% correct.
5.We Are Marshall
Now here is a movie that I know not everyone is going to agree with me on. We Are Marshall is one of the toughest stories based on true events. After the Marshall football team’s plane crashed and 75 players, coaches, and boosters tragically died, the team was suddenly no more. There was no more football, no one wanted to think about the tragedy that had occurred, until Jack Lengyel arrived. Coach Lengyel wanted to bring this team back. To bring back a community so ingrained with the university and this team, and to show people that this pain will pass, but the men that were lost will never be forgotten.
This one pulled deep at me, because the loss was so great. Jack was able to bring this sport and this school together and while facing backlash, never backed down. This is another example of “bigger than sports”. Jack understood that, and although they went 2-8, they ended with the support of not only the Marshall community, but even competitors and those around them. One personal reason that I also am drawn to this is because one of my coaches in High School was on that 1971 team, I remember him talking about Marshall and always wearing his Thundering Herd shorts to practice. He was through and through a Marshall man and this story is something I will never forget.
This one may be controversial, but the film Glory Road combined everything a great sports movie needs; Sports, Brotherhood, and Struggle. I have never had to endure anything like the guys from Texas Western had to endure, from ignorant racism to constant oppression from their peers, these men were inspirations to the game of basketball. When new Head Coach Don Haskins brought black players such as Bobby Joe Hill and Harry Flourney to Texas to play basketball, it was a recipe for disaster. However, these men started a revolution and brought truth to everyones minds. Sports aren’t dictated by the color of ones skin, it’s about determination, strength, and character. These men fought for what they believed in, and pulled off one of the biggest upsets in sports history to win the NCAA championship in 1966.
If you don’t like the Italian Stallion you can just get out. Rocky is what I wanted to be growing up. A rough, tough, fighting machine that wouldn’t let anything bother him or knock him down. Sylvester Stallone’s incredible screenplay is still one of the biggest surprise box office smashes of all time. I mean, there’s a damn statue of him (Rocky not even Stallone) in Philly. Rocky was a boxer that just didn’t understand the word “can’t”. He took on the best fighter in the world in this film and in my opinion and everyone else’s, he won the fight. Fighting the superstar Apollo Creed, not a person believed in him except for Mick, Pauly (kinda), and Adrienne. RIP Mick. What an incredible movie and inspiration to never give up no matter what the odds, what the obstacles, and if you wanna see some low quality punches thrown with no one getting confused for real contact on the punches, this is the movie for you. Easy top 3 for me and always a joy to watch.
The Sandlot is a completely different film from the previous, but has a special place in my heart. I have seen this movie probably 100 times, and every time it is just as good as the last. If you haven’t seen this film, you’re essentially not American. Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez and the rest of the squad battle against the biggest monster in history. The Beast. After Scotty “Smalls” makes the genius idea to take his Step-Dad’s BABE RUTH SIGNED BASEBALL and play ball with it, the ball gets launched over Darth Vaders yard and the Beast takes it as his own. The boys try anything from a vacuum to hanging Squints as a human chew toy to get the ball back. Obviously not a true story and in all honesty, not even a great movie. To me, it’s an easy top 5 though. This movie got me interested in sports as a kid, and the appreciation I have for it goes beyond words.
1.Remember The Titans
Last but not least, my absolute favorite sports movie of all time, Remember The Titans. Another movie where race and eventual brotherhood are the centerpieces of the story. I don’t have enough time to write about this movie and you don’t have enough patience to read the capstone I could write on it, but it is a masterpiece. Denzel taking on the head coaching job of a town struggling with racial separation is a triumph in its own, but it just explodes from there. From making the white players sit on the bus and room with a black player, to making them struggle and fight as a team, I know I have overused this word in this post but it really is inspirational. Still the best part of this movie in my opinion is Denzels character telling Gary Bertier, played by Ryan Hurts, “who’s your daddy”. Classic. The T. C. Williams high school football team set the tone that they would not stand for the blindness people had when it came to acceptance of others. Having played football in as a kid and having the brotherhood that these guys shared, it really strikes a chord with you while watching. These guys fought for each other, even after the tragedy Gary suffers, his “brother” Julius, (i really struggled putting quotations because they were just as real brothers as it gets) was there for him when Gary needed him most. Go watch this film, let it crush your heart and warm it at the same time. My favorite sports film, easy.
About a week or so ago, Vatican City announced that they have launched a state sponsored track and field team. A lot of news outlets were reporting it, but Soft 7 Sports took a particular interest in the squad. I even wrote a unique take on it. <–Read it here. Since that day, I have been becoming more and more obsessed with this group of priests and nuns competing athletically. I know so much about this team that I think that me and my bloggers can beat them.
That’s right. I believe that my bloggers can outrun these Olympic hopefuls. We officially challenge the Vatican City Track and Field team to a race. More specifically, a relay race around Vatican City. The country is only 0.17 square miles, so a 4 X the entire country, if you will.
We have dubbed the event CATHOLICS VS. CONTENT CREATORS
Our lineup will be Me (Wic), Parmesan Don, Juice, and Buck. Their’s can be whatever they want. If they really want to show some confidence, they can put that 62-year-old of theirs against us. Bottom line is that it. don’t. matter.
The Catholic Church loves to teach acceptance as one of their core values. To stay true to those values and the teachings of Jesus, they should accept this challenge. I know it will be rough to lose to a couple of bloggers, but I know a guy that is pretty good with forgiveness.
Seriously, if anyone can help us out finding a contact for the team captain Monsignor Melchor Jose Sanchez de Toca y Alameda. Yes, that is his entire legal name. Even if you can just find the name of a member of the team, that would be great. In fact, anyone that can help us will get a free Soft 7 Sports t-shirt and 5-pack of S7S stickers.
UPDATE: I found an e-mail address for Monsignor Sanchez de Toca and he ACTUALLY RESPONDED. Nothing is set in stone, but expect a huge announcement in August!
Since Wic and Parm allowed me to join their blog, I’ve been forced into the biggest and hardest decision I’ve had to make in awhile. I am a Tottenham Spurs fan and I know nothing about Soccer. I have never played soccer, never watched it unless it is the World Cup, and I’ve absolutely never checked stats, ever. But, let me tell ya, it’s definitely too much.
I don’t want to be just another person who says they hate soccer and never gave it a shot, so that’s what I’m doing. But wow, there are so many games in so many leagues, cups, aggregate, I don’t know what any of them mean. For instance, last week Tottenham lost to Chelsea 2-1 but it went to Penalty Kicks because on aggregate, it was 2-2 so they needed to determine a winner. First off, no. You play 2 games? Everyone knows it is best of 3, not 2. But to my amazement, Wic thought Tottenham won and caused quite the stir. But they didn’t because they did not count “away” goals as meaning more. To put this in terms of everyone, including our soccer folk, that is like claiming that the Yankees technically beat Boston in the ALDS because they scored more on the road than Boston did. It’s just silly and wrong. But again, what do I know?
Another struggle of mine was figuring out who was on “my team.” I sat down with a diehard soccer fan, which was my mistake. He proceeded to tell me every single player Tottenham has and what position they play, spoiler: there are way too many positions in soccer. But nevertheless, I listened and even participated in what I saw as a solution, but it wasn’t. But hey, I tried so it counts. Another thing that helped me was the one and only Coach Lasso. He is the perfect representation of how I would’ve acted in this scenario.
As I continued to find fandom, I was mocked by a Chelsea fan after Tottenham beat them 3-1 and was told “It will never happen again so I don’t know why you’re talking.” But buddy, it did. On January 8th, Tottenham beat Chelsea AGAIN 1-0 and AGAIN on the road. So take that, Tom. And sure enough, that is what got me into soccer. So, come to find out, anything that allows me to brag or argue about sports, even if it’s fútbol, I will find a way to care.
So, in summary, I am a huge Tottenham Spurs fan. It’s literally a cock on a ball, which is comedy itself. I have no clue what goes on half the time, but I am learning. In fact, I got my first jersey. I got a beautiful Harry Kane jersey, just in time for him to miss 2 months. What a time for me. A new sport, a new favorite athlete who is already disappointing me, and Spring Training is about to start. Please baseball, come save me. Please.
I just would like to take a moment to express my utter disappointment in your inability to make the right call on that blatant pass interference on Tommylee Lewis. The man was literally mugged out there, cold clocked. It was as if I was watching WWE. That might have been one of the worst no calls to have ever happened in postseason history. It literally decided the game. I understand that the game went into overtime and the Saints had an opportunity to win it there, but the game should have never gone into overtime. If the right thing was done, the Saints would have had the ball on the 3 yard line with 1:48 left to go in the game, with the Rams only having 1 timeout, and a Saints 1st down. You completely took the NFC Championship game away from us. I have never seen such a call dictate the outcome of a game as much as that blown call did.
You took away much more than a NFC Championship away from this team and city, though. You took away Drew Brees being able to solidify his legacy before he retires; you took away the chance for this city to experience another Super Bowl; but worst of all, you took away all the potential revenue that come with your team being in the Super Bowl. All the money that would have been spent if the Saints were in the Super Bowl would have brought to this city and now will never be seen. You have single handedly effected the New Orleans economy and local businesses.
To the referees: I hope that this call haunts you for the rest of your lives. I hope you never find work again. I hope you never get that call about working another NFL game ever again, you bums. I hope every night you can’t fall asleep because you can’t stop thinking about how you took something away from the amazing people of the city of New Orleans.
All that being said, you can never break our spirits. New Orleans always comes back stronger than ever. You may have taken our chances at another Super Bowl, but there is something you can never take from this city… Mardi Gras.
Two things are certain to happen if a program were to hire Rick Pitino: their defense will be incredible and the NCAA will be watching them like a hawk. A team would have to be crazy to take a shot like this, but we may have finally found a suitor for Ol’ Rick… the UCLA Bruins.
UCLA fired Head Coach Steve Alford in December and replaced him with Murry Bartow, but only on an interim basis. Luckily, Pitino’s contract with Greek side Panathinaikos is up in May. Sources tell USA Today Sports that UCLA may be Pitino’s next job. To make things even spicier, one of UCLA Athletics top boosters WANTS him.
John Branca, UCLA Law graduate and executor of Michael Jackson’s estate, has vouched for Pitino’s hire. He was part of the search committee instrumental in the hiring of Chip Kelly for UCLA Football. If you can convince a school to hire anyone from the incompetence that is the Kelly family, you can convince anyone to do anything. Sadly, UCLA Regents have said that they would not approve Pitino if he were to be hired.
This would be a great move for Slick Rick. The man just loves to coach. He took a job half a world away even though we was only going to be there for 15 seconds. Just so he could be around the game he loved. From a UCLA administration standpoint, this would be an absolute nightmare. UCLA Basketball wise, however, awesome decision. It would make them a powerhouse again with the defense and player development Pitino brings. He will be on a tight leash for sure, but that doesn’t change the fact he is one of the best college coaches alive.
Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio actually made a very good point about this situation. He said this would be a good move since he would not be the biggest sports figure in LA. Not by a long shot. Growing up in Louisville while he was the coach of UofL, I can say that he and Tom Jurich had control of all things Louisville sports. He wanted the Yum! Center. He got it. He didn’t want an NBA team. We didn’t get one. He wanted Brian Bowen… well, he almost got him. Being the Head Coach of UCLA would make him somewhere around the 226th most important sports figure in LA. No control over anything, except his own starting lineup.
The best part about this move would be that Pitino would make UCLA good. With UCLA being good, they will attract good recruits (legally, of course). Good recruits like LaMelo Ball. I am not sure the stance that the Ball family has on UCLA anymore, but Lavar Ball and Rick Pitino doing anything together would entice me to pay an excessive amount of money to watch.
Well, the season began in the absolute worst way possible… with a 34 point loss to Cam Reddish and the Duke Blue Devils. Since then, it has been a wild ride. They won 7 in a row after Duke, none of them too pretty besides Monmouth. Then they lost a heartbreaker against Seton Hall in the Garden… in overtime. The Cats started to turn things around after that. Their stretch in December was a game on Saturday, a week of practice, then another game Saturday. This helped in a big way, as we saw the emergence of the star of the team, Ashton Hagans.
Going into North Carolina, Kentucky had yet to have a breakaway star. But in that game, much like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander against Louisville last season, Hagans broke out. Hagans had 7 points, 4 assist, 3 rebounds which does not sound like much, but he had 8 steals and +11. No one knew what to expect against UNC, especially since the last big game we got blown out, but this game changed the perception of Kentucky, or so we thought.
Kentucky then went on to beat Louisville, handily in the YUM! Center which is always the best feeling in the world. But then they fell off and really haven’t been the same since.
After losing to Alabama by 2 in Tuscaloosa, Kentucky has fallen off. The last three games, Kentucky goes down immediately. Against Texas A&M, they went down 10-0 early and eventually won by 11. Kentucky is definitely showing some promise, but here is what needs to improve and it is only one word….consistency.
Kentucky may have two of the best big men in the league in PJ Washington and Reid Travis. The thing is, they’re either hit or miss. Reid is a bully. A huge game changer and when he’s on, Kentucky is on. But, since Alabama, Reid hasn’t really been himself. A big issue with Reid is his inability to play against athletic, quick bigs. But, he had put that suspicion to bed until recently. With Reid, you have to get him involved early and often, then you avoid the issue and get his confidence up and moving. With PJ, it’s different. He’s either there or not and you never know which one will show up. As KP (Kenny Payne) said, “when we win or lose I always look at PJ’s line, if he played bad we probably lost.” Just as I said with Reid, PJ needs to get going early. I think the first possession should always go down to Reid or PJ and the 2nd should go to the other. If they start fast, Kentucky will beat anyone.
Keldon Johnson is the best player all around. He can bring 20+ every night or he just gives us an easy looking 15+ and 10+. Keldon is a special athlete and right now, I think he is the only one that is NBA ready, but a lot can change.
Tyler Herro is a special player, but with him, again, it’s consistency. Against Louisville and Texas A&M he was lights out. Other games he’ll miss a ton and just lay low which can’t happen. He has improved a ton on defense, which has allowed Cal to play him more minutes, even if he isn’t making shots.
Quickley and Hagans are my two favorites. They plays balls to the wall, every second of every game. Both of them are the best defensive players we have and have both improved their offense which is a key for Kentucky moving forward.
And of course, my player that I wish would succeed the most, Sophomore Nick Richards (s/o @kysportsradio). Richards has played some minutes recently, but against Texas A&M, he changed the game. His shot blocking ability and the fact that he is so aggressive (sometimes) on the boards make him a special athlete. But, he is really hit or miss. I wish more than anything that he becomes the reason why Kentucky wins #9 this year, but he will have to be more consistent in order to do so.
Kentucky has a lot of time left, 16 games left to put it in perspective. I think they will win 12/13 of those. I think they will finish in the top 20 and probably enter as a 3/4 seed. They have a lot of time left, with still a ton to prove. I’m circling January 26th. The game at Rupp against Kansas could change my opinion on everything…but until then this team is Sweet 16 at best. I hope I am wrong, but I just do not see them winning it all. My pick right now is Tennessee…..but don’t count out Cal just yet…..