Coach John Calipari

Hoosiered: CBS Sports, The Indy Star and ESPN report your university of Kentucky winning Wildcats fell to the Hoosiers of Indiana last Friday night. Final score: Indiana 73, Kentucky 67.

Much was made of the Kentucky and Indiana meeting in the second round, so early in the tournament. Once bitter rivals, the two haven’t squared off since 2012, when the schools couldn’t agree on how to continue the series.

Said University of Kentucky coach John Calipari:

“I didn’t want to play home-and-home. I told them we would play two years in Indianapolis if you want. I didn’t want to play home-and-home. I didn’t want to go there, and they didn’t want to have to come to us. So that ended the series.”

This win advances the Hoosiers to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in three years.

Bleacher Report looks for “who’s to blame for UK’s early exit.” Their findings: the coach and most of the players are at fault.

Fox Sports says the team received a lesson in failure. Not that the lesson will be applied next season — coach Calipari says everyone’s going pro and he’s “going to have a brand new team again next year. Surprise!”

And he’s not kidding. NBC Sports, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports and ESPN say, according to Calipari, every eligible Kentucky player will declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft, including walk-ons.

A new NCAA rule allows players to work out with teams, participate in the combine and then return to school within 10 days, so long as they do not sign with an agent. And they can submit up to three times.

Coheed and Cambria

Coheed and Cambria

But Can You Dance to It: Fortune, Billboard, Metal Underground and Loudwire report progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria have taken the words of Sen. Mitch McConnell and turned them to song. The band uses Sen. McConnell’s quotes — cited in the video — defending his position to refuse to consider Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

This is the band’s second trip to Funny or Die. Last year, they turned the late Antonin Scalia’s statements on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act to song.

Offerman Berry

Wendell Berry and Nick Offerman. Photo: The Seer.

Honored: Vulture reports the National Book Critics Circle Awards honored Wendell Berry with this year’s lifetime achievement award. Nick Offerman of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” introduced Mr. Berry for the NBCC.

Mr. Offerman, safe to say, is a Berry fan. He talks about Wendell Berry in his book, “Gumption,” and co-produced a Berry documentary, “The Seer,” a 2016 SXSW Film Festival award winner, filmed in Henry County.

So when it came time to introduce the Kentucky legend, Offerman had a lot to say. Vulture teases about the length of the speech, but it’s really quite eloquent and lovely, befitting the man being honored.

Here’s an excerpt:

We like people to tell it like it is. Those who most effectively wield this ability, gently holding up a mirror to ourselves with patience, creativity and compassion, comprise the body of women and men whom we consider to be our best writers, the select few whose gift allows all humanity to feel that this writing is specifically referring to them alone. Tonight we want to make this writer feel our gratitude for the ways in which his telling of the truth has made us feel. When such a writer so skillfully imparts the very things that we have forgotten that we need to hear, with a candor that is sometimes tricky to register through the din of contemporary distractions, but once we’ve caught the tune of the thing and felt it thrilling our very blood, to epiphany and stark understanding, then we call that writer Wendell Berry and we say thank you for your lifetime achievement.

In other Offerman news, for fans of the late “Parks and Recreation,” The Chicago Tribune writes the actor gave the cast and crew special gifts. A skilled woodworker, he made canoe paddles from the show’s set, emblazoned with the seal of Pawnee, Ind.

"Jennifer's Louisville" will be hung at the Kentucky Center.

Jennifer Lawrence

No News is Good News: This week brings us a true mighty “In Other News…” rarity — not much on Jennifer Lawrence this week. This has happened only once before in the history of the mighty “In Other News…” column, all the way back on July 25, 2014.

Here’s what was happening that week:

Forecastle had just ended, with raves about Jack White’s set in particular. Here’s a clip of him covering Jay-Z into “Icky Thump” from the festival (language warning):

Shoni Schimmel, Record-Breaker

Shoni Schimmel, Record-Breaker

University of Louisville battling basketball Cardinal alum broke a record in the WNBA All-Star Game with 29 points. She’s about to start her third WNBA season with the Atlanta Dream this May.

Ken Ham

Ken Ham

Ken Ham of The Creationist Museum/Answers in Genesis said we should stop searching for life among the stars because even if we find aliens out there, they’re all going to Hell anyway. Ham’s Answers in Genesis will open the much discussed Ark Encounter on July 7.

Louisville was named one of the unhappiest cities in the country, according to a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

And I managed to work in a clip of Andy Warhol at Wrestlemania:

Said Warhol: “It’s the best I’ve ever seen in my whole life. The most exciting thing.”

We also saw the first image of Ben Affleck as Batman for the upcoming — now here — “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” movie.



So far, reviews have not been kind. As of this writing, it’s sitting at 31 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. NPR calls it “A ponderous, smothering, over-pixelated zeppelin crash of a movie”. Vox calls it “an unstoppable bullet train to disappointment.” But it’s early yet, and more reviews are coming. Audiences ratings at Rotten Tomatoes are far more generous, for what it’s worth, at 75 percent.

I needed reviews to be better. No one in this film is British or French, which automatically puts me at a disadvantage getting Megan interested, and “bullet train to disappointment” isn’t going to be as persuasive as I’d like.

See you next week.