Well, well, well. Happy Thanksgiving, one and all.
Hopefully you had a great day, saw who you wanted to see, managed to roll off anyone you didn’t want to see and had a solid day of warmth and gratitude.
And you know, there’s a lot to be thankful for this year. We’re still here, for one, and sometimes, that’s a good place to start. The classics are the classics for a reason. Still here. Still breathing. I’ll take it.
Red vs. Blue: Here’s another reason to be thankful this weekend: The big Governor’s Cup is tomorrow. Your University of Louisville fighting football Cardinals vs. the University of Kentucky winning Wildcats, also yours. Red vs. Blue. Lamar Jackson vs. the entire Wildcats defensive roster, including some larger than average they brought in from downtown Lexington as backup.
Game time is Saturday at noon at Lexington’s Kroger Field. Both teams are 7-4, so no big broadcast for this one; you’ll have to catch it on the SEC Network. Kentucky leads the series 15-14 and won last year’s matchup by a mere three points, 41-38. Louisville is a 10-point favorite.
ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gives Louisville a 71.3 percent chance of winning. And Athlon Sports predicts a Louisville victory coming on the heels of their 56-10 dismantling of the Orange of Syracuse. They say the Cardinals will win by a score of 38-24.
And pretty much everyone else agrees, at least with the Louisville winning part. USA Today picked up the Courier Journal rundown of expert and media picks, everyone from the CJ’s own writers to the folks at The Sporting News, ESPN, Yahoo and on and on and everyone but the Lexington homers have Louisville on top.
And that’s no knock on the homers. You’re supposed to root for the home team.
Louisville coach Bobby Petrino tells USA Today beating Kentucky “makes life a lot easier.”
I should think so.
Sports Illustrated predicts all the postseason bowl matchups for all 39 bowl games. They believe Louisville will face Arizona in the Hyundai Sun Bowl and Kentucky will face Northwestern in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
Jackson is one refined quarterback prospect. I’m telling you. Way more often than not, he swiftly avoided pressure like it was white noise around him, then uncorked a rocket 20 or 30 yards downfield into the hands of a tightly covered receiver.
And while we’re at it, we can’t rule Mr. Jackson out of the Heisman race just yet. Here’s ESPN’s Mel Kiper on this weekend’s implications on his standing:
This is still Baker Mayfield‘s trophy to lose, but his antics Saturday had to have hurt him in the eyes of Heisman voters. And Lamar Jackson, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, is right there with very similar stats to what he put up in 2016. In fact, he has been a more efficient passer with less talent around him. That’s what’s hurting him in the Heisman discussion — Louisville has lost four games and isn’t as good as last season. But if he goes out and puts up five touchdowns and 400 total yards in a win at Kentucky on Saturday, shouldn’t he move up the rankings? At the very least, he deserves to be headed back to New York City for the second straight year.
We’ll all find out together.
The Pies Have It: Here’s a good Thanksgiving story for you: NPR talks transparent pie, an Eastern Kentucky tradition.
That story comes courtesy of Louisville’s Ashlie Stevens of WFPL. She’s good people so always excited to see her get picked up nationally or internationally.
She takes the trip to Magee’s Bakery in Lexington — the original Magee’s Bakery opened in Maysville, Kentucky in the 1930s and popularized transparent pie.
Said Greg Higgins, president and head baker at Magee’s:
“It’s one of the most basic pies that you can make in terms of the ingredients, because it mainly consists of sugar and eggs and milk with a little bit of flour. You just have a pie shell with that liquid filling that you pour off and bake off.”
Transparent pie dates back to the frontier days of Maysville and all the ingredients would have come from standard items in just about every pantry.
Kentucky native George Clooney has been outspoken in his love for Magee’s transparent pie. Here he is talking about it at the Maysville premiere of “Leatherheads.” He calls it “the greatest thing you’ll ever taste in your life.” Skip to the :45 second mark to hear him talk about it:
The pie is not actually transparent — not even translucent, really — so the name is a bit of a mystery. One thing for sure, it is absolutely not to be confused with this unholy clear pumpkin pie concoction coming out of Chicago.
— James Cunningham (@jamestellsjokes) October 24, 2017
— Tasty Food ! (@Manger_Sain_) October 22, 2017
Dear God. Did we learn nothing from”Frankenstein?” You’re meddling with forces you can’t possibly understand, Alinea. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you ought to do it.
The Magee’s recipe is kept under wraps — as it should be — but if you want to take a crack at it, Cindy Gibbs of My Country Table has a recipe for “Maysville’s Historic Transparent Pie” you can try.
Exposed: Last week, Jennifer Lawrence joined The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Actress Roundtable; this week, she’s going solo on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast. We talked a few weeks ago about awards buzz for Ms. Lawrence for her performance in Darren Aronofsky’s suspense-horror-thriller-allegory “mother!”
In the hour-plus podcast she discusses just about everything from her career to celebrity to her current relationship with Mr. Aronofsky. But the big takeaway headline, according to ABC News, TIME, Vanity Fair, Fortune and the loathed E!, comes from her discussion of the Apple and Sony hacks of 2014, the former releasing personal photos of Ms. Lawrence and many other celebrities online.
Newsweek ran the headline: “Jennifer Lawrence’s Nude Photo Leak in Fappening Felt Like a ‘Gang Bang.’”
I don’t know. Newsweek using the term “fappening,” a term coined for the hack, just seems like your grandfather saying he’s thirsty to talk about his lit squad. It’s just not who you’re supposed to be, Papa.
“I think that I’m still actually processing it. When I first found out it was happening, my security reached out to me. It was happening minute-to-minute — it was almost like a ransom situation where they were releasing new ones every hour or so. And, I don’t know, I feel like I got gang-banged by the fucking planet — like, there’s not one person in the world that is not capable of seeing these intimate photos of me. You can just be at a barbecue and somebody can just pull them up on their phone. That was a really impossible thing to process.”
On forgoing litigation against Apple:
“A lot of women were affected, and a lot of them reached out to me about suing Apple or suing [others] — and none of that was gonna really bring me peace, none of that was gonna bring my nude body back to me and Nic [Lawrence’s former boyfriend Nicholas Hoult], the person that they were intended for. It wasn’t gonna bring any of that back. So I wasn’t interested in suing everybody; I was just interested in healing.”
“I think, like, a year and a half ago, somebody said something to me about how I was ‘a good role model for girls,’ and I had to go into the bathroom and sob because I felt like an imposter — I felt like, ‘I can’t believe somebody still feels that way after what happened.’ It’s so many different things to process when you’ve been violated like that.”
I recall my neighbor at the time saying, “Well, y’all (actors) like to be looked at anyway, so what’s the big deal? Probably just upset she didn’t get paid for it.”
Which is about 40 different shades of wrong. Happy I moved. I mean, sure, my new neighbors just sort of drunkenly wander up and down the street, shouting nonsense indiscriminately, but it’s better. If they’re saying something crazy, you can’t really make it out and none the wiser or worse for wear.
It’s like you’re giving a PowerPoint for the big conference of that-important-thing-you-do, and someone thought it would be funny to change out some slides to some photos of you at that one college party doing the things with the people in various stages of intoxication and undress. And nobody could remember how the goat got there or whom it belonged to, but apologies to all involved.
That made sense to Neighbor in a way that likely hit way too close to home.
There are some images we’re more than happy for people to see and there are some we’d prefer to keep private.
And we wouldn’t allow that sort of if-you-don’t-want-to-share-don’t-have-it to any other private property. If you don’t want people to steal your car, don’t own one.
Anyway, I’m struck by another portion of the interview. Many of you know, every year, Ms. Lawrence visits local hospitals and spends time with patients and staff. Not a huge media play — most coverage comes out of people in the hospital posting on Twitter and the like — just someone trying to spread a little good where she can.
Here she is again from the “Awards Chatter” podcast:
“I had, up until this point, only thought about myself. ‘How is my life going to change when I become famous?’ ‘I wonder how many clothes I’m going to get for free?’ And then I met a girl who had been burned all over her body. She said — this will still make me cry — she said that when she read these books, she finally felt proud to be ‘the girl on fire.’ She owned it and she was proud of it and she didn’t feel embarrassed anymore and it changed the way that she looked at herself.’ And that was the first time that I realized that — it’s so simple and it’s something I love doing, but — [celebrity] can actually help people, important people. When I go to the hospital at Christmas to sign posters and visit the children who can’t be home for Christmas, it’s, like, you know, three hours out of my day, and it’s just such a gift that I get to do what I love, and with it, people who really, really matter, you can make them feel better, you know? You can sign something for them and make them feel better, or say hello to them and make them feel better. So that was the first time that I realized that.”
That’s just good people, is all that is. You really only get a few choices when you find out what your superpower is: you can wave it like a wand, wield it like a sword or hide it from the world. The last one is lazy, the second is destructive, the third is the one where you get to leave the world a better place than how you found it.
So this being Thanksgiving weekend, I’m going to throw gratitude the way of the people out there just trying to do right by people and put some good out there in whatever way they can, be it those in position to quite literally save the world all the way to the stranger who saved your world at a particular moment on a particular day by making you smile without knowing how much you needed just that. Thank you for using your powers for good. We need you now more than ever.
And I’ve been married now for a whole two months, which feels just crazy that it’s simultaneously only been two months and already been two months, so that’s an extra thing to be thankful for this year.
And per usual, I’m always thankful to you for stopping by and don’t take you for granted even a little. So a special “thanks” to you.
See you next week.