Martin Scorsese kicks back with Robert De Niro

Martin Scorsese kicks back with Robert De Niro on the set of Taxi Driver (1976)

Evening gents. And gentettes. Or something like that. Let’s get this party started, shall we? Many moons ago, a great director was born. They named him Martin. That director, Martin Scorsese turns 72 today. This guy has been a force in the motion picture industry for decades. From Taxi Driver, to Casino, to Goodfellas, to The Departed, and everything in between, he has put a lot of butts in theater seats and won plenty of awards. His next project due out is the musical about a young boy called Hugo, which I can’t say I’m too excited for. But Sinatra lies ahead after that, and one can only imagine how epic that will be.

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Kentucky took Kansas to the woodshed without playing anywhere near their potential Tuesday night in NYC. Okay, maybe not the woodshed, it was only a 10 point win. How about the outhouse? Either way, people are still buzzing about our team succeeded on the national stage for the first time. But you guys already knew that. Still, it’s worth at least mentioning again, right? They better get used to it. This roller-coaster is officially a beginning its ascent up the big hill. Be sure to hold your hands high. In other news, Drew Franklin is a bada** for punking out a couple of Dukies.

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A fantastic NAIA matcup took place between 1# UPike vs. 2# Mountain State at the East KY Expo Center in Pikeville. The defending NAIA National Champs and formerly-Pikeville-College Bears got the win, 98-93. The big story was the huge fight that broke out. Scratch that, TWO fights that broke out. The second ended with plenty of fouls that included Mountain State’s Peterson and both head coaches being ejected. Anthony Wireman and Scott Anderson live-tweeted the events, included the playing of “Cotton Eye Joe” in the final minute, which is the Pike County equivalent of Sandstorm. UPikes Setty went off for 30 pts (19 first half). He’s a Mason County product, so Darius Miller loves him like a son.

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UCLA sucks and Shabazz knows it. Come on down to where the big boys plan, son. You won’t regret it. Ben Howland has already had to humbly reinstate his best player, Reeves Nelson, after suspending him just days ago.

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In other recruiting news, Devonta Pollard is no longer considering the Cats. Cool. Oh, hey there Alex Poythress. Wonder if you had anything to do with this. Wait…hold the phones. SCRATCH THAT; the latest person to talk to Pollard says he still lists Kentucky as a school of interest.

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Reports out of Louisville state that Peyton Siva has a bum ankle and will miss the Butler game. Check Louisville Sports Radio for more on the matter. And check out these pics Eric Crawford dropped on twitter. Well done. The basketball gods are currently hating hard of Rick Pitino. Looks like the angels in heaven had their own little ‘Louisville Hate Day’ and decided to turn it into a couple month long thing.

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Speaking of NBA failures, Billy Hunter has been spewing out stuff this evening regarding the NBA players taking a shot at creating their own league. He points to plenty of venues being able to host the games. But what sponsors/venues would be willing to go against the NBA owners and ruin any future chances with the actual league? Who knows. Anything could happen at this point. I’m on the player’s side here, but I would LOVE to see a Replacements-style year. Someone let us sign up a KSR-squad.

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It’s official: BRUCE PEARL will be on KSTV sometime next week. Actually, they’re just re-airing an old episode of Supermarket Sweep.

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Travis Ford’s team did the improbable tonight. First, they were getting the butt handed to them by UTSA. Second, the OSU Cowboys somehow came back after being down 7 with 32 seconds left to win 90-85 in OT.