Good morning and a belated Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to our readership. How are we feeling today? Have we finished digesting all the food from yesterday? I’ve moved from maternity pants to sweat pants so I’ve made some progress.
One of the things I’ve most appreciated about December 25th is the diversity in which we celebrate it. Maybe you’re in picturesque Panama with the orchids in full bloom. Perhaps you spent the morning under a tree fishing out presents, and later hosted family and friends for a meal. There are others who passed their time eating at a Chinese buffet followed by watching a movie.
We each have individual experiences, but in the end, hopefully what ties them together is they are imbued with feeling love and catching up on relaxation. In the mean time, we should keep in mind - and maybe doing something about - those who are less fortunate in spirit and/or financial resources. Without any shame, I would suggest checking out GiveWell.org at your earliest opportunity.
[Steps down from soap box] To your Quickies...
Tweets of the Morning:
Sometimes your favorite gift will surprise you. " The best presents don't come in boxes." pic.twitter.com/Ikt3rYU2HQ— Calvin and Hobbes (@Calvinn_Hobbes) December 25, 2016
I've come to believe that in Home Alone, Kevin is a dead little boy who torments everybody who visits his home.— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) December 24, 2016
This entire thread is worth the read.
@jelani9 Also, is "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause" about an affair or role play? And which is weirder for the kid to see?— Katie Garth (@katiegarth) December 25, 2016
In the vein of critical readings of Christmas pop culture, we shouldn’t overlook extending the same courtesy to Christmas songs.
The football team has departed for sunny Jacksonville. Landon Young promptly found a fishing hole. Only five days until the game, and Georgia Tech remains a 3.5 point favorite.
- How UK bounced back from an 0-2 start. In short, the team embodied their scrappy head coach.
- Who would be at the top of Mark Stoops’ recruiting wish list? Hint: he’s from Ohio.
- I meandered over to Wildcat Lair recently and noticed our old pal Todd Greenwell had posted a series of film breakdowns of Georgia Tech. It’s great stuff per usual from him, and a Georgia Tech fan also visits to provide more perspective and add to a great discussion on scheme and tactics.
- Later this week, a post on why I think UK’s passing offense is the key to beating Georgia Tech, and Paul will have his opponent preview on Friday.
- Reader Oldcat’69 wrote a Fan Post breaking down each player and what skills he hopes Santa delivers them.
- Auburn upsetting UK is one of its to moments of 2016.
Other Kentucky sports
- The Leach Report: Monday Wildcat Links
- Mississippi State (-14) faces Miami (OH) today at 11AM EST in the St. Petersburg Bowl, and later Vanderbilt plays NC State (-6) at 4PM EST in the Independence Bowl.
- Hawai’i had their best season in years.
- Where did Lamar Jackson come from? Jackson is a great example about how development at the college level is just as important as your recruiting ranking.
- What did S&P+ get wrong in the preseason? Kentucky wasn’t one of the most underrated teams, but the ‘Cats were close.
- By my count, there are no FBS college basketball games scheduled for today.
- Torn ACL best thing to happen to NC State player.
Other sports news
- A tremendous game occurred between Cleveland and Golden State yesterday. Former UK player DeAndre Liggins started the game in place of injured JR Smith. Steve Kerr thinks Stephen Curry can make better decisions.
- Speaking of the Cleveland-Golden State final, did Russell Westbrook engage in some trolling?
- The Steelers came from behind to defeat the Ravens yesterday afternoon.
- Writer of MMA details his first fight. As someone who was MMA-obsessed for years prior to training Muay Thai and BJJ, this struck a chord with me.
- Just as I was going to adopt The Raiders as my playoff team, Carr breaks his leg.
- The Vikings secondary went rogue Saturday versus The Packers. As someone in his fantasy football final that was playing Jordy Nelson, I heartily approve of their dissent.
- Today is Boxing Day, so there’s a full slate of Premier League soccer.
- Lexington’s shifting restaurant scene is doing away with some long-time haunts.
- 2016 takes another musician from the world and claims George Michael who died at the age of 53.
- Picking the right movie to watch with family over the holidays is an important decision. You don’t want to make the rookie mistake of watching movies like Gia, Y Tu Mama Tambien, or Behind The Candelabra with your grandmother or children. In that spirit, here’s a guide.
- A mediation on the newest addition to The Smithsonian.
- I didn’t know Mary is the only woman mentioned by name in the Koran.
- How the “War on Christmas” would actually play out. Money quote, “I cannot think of too many worse environments to infiltrate and exfiltrate than the North Pole...I have no idea how many elves would remain loyal to Santa, but given the open terrain, you’d want to surround his workshop with at least a company of Army Rangers.”
- A Craiglist plea from a struggling family goes viral, and reveals the true meaning of Christmas.
- The best Christmas present.
Apropos of nothing, besides it’s the end of the year and there aren’t enough sports links for today, I present: a full-proof, scientific, and definitive listing of pop culture in 2016. If you have Best Buy, Amazon, or Barnes and Nobles gift cards burning a hole in your wallet, you can’t go wrong with what’s below.
Some of these are now on streaming services too. While you’ll see I prefer my art playing in “gray areas”, I assure you the rankings below are unassailable facts, and are beyond the realm of opinion.
Top Ten TV Shows of 2016 Ranked:
- Veep (HBO)
- The Americans (FX)
- Atlanta (FX)
- Game of Thrones (HBO)
- Fleabag (Amazon)
- Catastrophe (Amazon)
- You’re The Worst (FX)
- Bojack Horseman (Netflix)
- Gomorrah (Sundance)
- The Night Manager (AMC)
Top Ten Movies of 2016 Ranked:
- The Lobster - very funny in dark ways, and well thought-out world-building.
- Hell or High Water - beautifully shot, acted, and written.
- Moonlight - beautifully shot, acted, and a world I know nothing about.
- The Nice Guys - hilarious.
- Weiner - stranger than fiction.
- Arrival - thought-provoking and well-directed.
- The Green Room (or “When Captain Jean-Luc Picard Gets Murderous”) - an actual smart AND scary movie.
- The Handmaiden - well directed, written, and acted.
- Deadpool - near perfect deconstruction of a superhero movie.
- Hush - another smart and scary movie; and Rogue One - fantastic final 35 minutes (tied)
Top Comics of 2016 Ranked (and the first three were improbably all written by the same guy, former CIA operations officer Tom King):
- Vision (12 issues - series completed)
- Omega Men (12 issues - series completed)
- The Sheriff of Babylon (12 issues - series completed)
- Paper Girls (ongoing)
- Saga (ongoing) and Darth Vader (12 issues - series completed) (tied)
Top Albums of 2016 Ranked:
- “Coloring Book”, Chance
- “We Got It From Here”, A Tribe Called Quest
- “anti”, Rihanna
- “American Band”, Drive By Truckers
- The Hamilton Soundtrack, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and others
Top Video Games of 2016 Ranked:
...Don’t you dare @ me.