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Jul 26

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 2:00 pm | Leave a Comment (10)
Category: Looker of the Week

Courtesy of AP/Ed Reinke

In light of her trial that begins today in U.S. District Court in Louisville on charges of extortion, retaliating against UofL basketball coach Rick Pitino, and making false statements to federal agents, it is only fitting that Karen Sypher is this week’s “Looker of the Week.”  I’ll spare you the details of the case, as most of you are well aware of them.  Plus, the Courier-Journal can provide you with all the details to satisfy your interest.

Personally, I could care less about this trial and this story altogether.  One of the few things that I have found interesting about it, however, is how karma will either reward you or simply bite you in the arse.  C’mon, you know the story quite well…

Pitino was on the verge of creating a dynasty at UK when all of the sudden in April of 1997, he announced his decision to leave the Big Blue Nation for the NBA and the Boston Celtics.  Then, in 2001, after a disastrous run in the NBA, he came back to college basketball not at UK but at its bitter, in-state rival—the Dirty Birds of “Looavull.”  Our response:  WTF?!  It was mind-boggling and inconceivable.  We were stabbed in the back by Benedict Arnold himself.

So, after years of feeling anguish, betrayal, and pure rage, I think a smile (if not a downright outburst of laughter) came across the face of most UK fans once the news broke of Sypher (God, love her).  And, as we learned more about her, we continued to shake our heads and smile.

This trial, which should last about two weeks, should be entertaining of nothing else.  Pitino will likely get on the stand, and from what I’ve read, Sypher’s attorney will talk to him like no one ever has in his life.  Sypher may also reach the witness stand; if she does, I have a feeling we’ll see a tear or two.

Karen, the TGR family wishes you the best.  We’ll go ahead and get your “TGR Looker of the Week” t-shirt in the mail so that if you do reach the witness stand, you can wear it proudly.

As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know.  And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.”  Cheers!
Jul 19

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Ryan Richardson at 3:00 pm | Leave a Comment (2)
Category: Looker of the Week

The word “LOOKER” has been in my vocabulary for around 4 years now.  I used to use the word so much I lost the meaning of it.  At first I started using it for goofy looking people that I would see in my small hometown of Winchester, but after a while it took on other meanings.  Just about everyone I see, I can use the word “look” to describe them.  Sometimes I remind myself of a young obnoxious middle school kid that keeps going on and on until you want to beat them in the face with a crowbar.  Our normal LOOKER poster Nasty Nate reported that his dog ate his post and we were left scrambling to put together this weeks post, but fortunately for you all, we live in a world full of Looks.

Have you ever been so frustrated with something or yourself to where you threw a temper tantrum like a spoiled rotten 5 year old?  Well New York Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett went off Saturday afternoon after a horrendous third inning, banged his hands against a clubhouse door causing lacerations on his palms.  This man felt so stupid that he made up a lie to cover it up and then came out the next day at a press conference to tell everyone the truth.  In my opinion this guy is a ‘look’.

When I turned 16, Kentucky changed the law for getting your permit from 30 days to 6 months.  Well, I patiently waited my four BS months, never letting a day go by without cussing at our wonderful new law.  17 days after I got my license I was at a party and needed to go pick up this chick.  After a few drinks I left to go pick her up.  Well needless to say after pulling out of the driveway, I hammered the gas, went through someone’s front yard and ran a stop sign all without missing a beat.  Cops pull up behind me, I get so nervous that I let go of the wheel and run straight into a guardrail.  Let me remind you, I waited the 6 months to get my license and then 17 days after I get them, I loose them.  I thought I was stupid until I saw this article about a 17 year old Amish teen that runs a stop sign and leads police on a chase through his town on his horse and buggy.  He then proceeds to make a bad turn, crash his buggy, then leads police on a foot chase.  He was later arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol, overdriving, animal reckless endangerment, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.  Can someone please tell me what the police were driving in order to catch this look?

If you’ve got an off looking cat that you work with, or you’re out at dinner and see a potential looker of the week, send pics and info over to our boy Nate.

Let’s hope that our man Nate comes through next week cause after writing this post I just might be your next “Looker of the Week”.

Jul 12

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 2:45 pm | Leave a Comment (16)
Category: Looker of the Week

LeBron James is ridiculous.  We’ve known this for several years now.  Until last Thursday, however, we’ve reserved his ridiculousness to describe his skills on the basketball floor, as well as his ability to handle his superstar persona with great maturity for such a young person.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I surely don’t feel the same way about LeBron.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, he’s still ridiculous; just in different ways.  His ego is ridiculous; his slyness is ridiculous; and his ability to be a complete a-hole is ridiculous.  Let me explain.

As more details have been uncovered in recent days, the more I’ve grown a strong distaste for LeBron, and the more I come to agree with the words of Dan Gilbert in his infamous letter, which now has created controversy of its own (think Jesse Jackson’s comments and Jason Whitlock’s rebuttal).

For example, there are reports that LeBron, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade had been discussing the deal to all sign with the Miami Heat for months, not just weeks.  In other words, it definitely wasn’t a last minute decision.

We could also note the fact that LeBron paid Jim Gray for the interview (and Gray’s travel arrangements) on “The Decision” special that aired on ESPN last Thursday.  The details surrounding the special are sickening.

Then, we could point out how James turned his back on his city and hometown fans for a quick chance to win a ring to be built on money and egos, not hard work and genuineness.  This left one local sports writer in Cleveland to change LeBron’s nickname from “King James” to “Cling James,” as in “cling to players that can carry your back.”  Priceless.

With all of this said, TGR has decided to award “Cling James” with this week’s “Looker of the Week.”  Hey LeBron, we’ll be sure to send your “TGR Looker of the Week” t-shirt to your new address in South Beach.  You’ll never be truly comparable to Jordan now; hell, even Kobe for that matter.

As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know.  And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.”  Cheers!

Jul 6

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 12:30 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Looker of the Week

Photo courtesy of AP/Nick Jesdanun

I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend.  It was definitely eventful, to say the least, particularly in the world of sports.  Arguably the wildest moment in sports took place at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York—home of the annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut of San Jose, California won his fourth consecutive Mustard Yellow International Belt after demolishing 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes in the blistering heat.  While falling short of his world record of 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes, Chestnut’s performance was simply good enough for him to win; nothing dramatic, nothing special.  It wasn’t until after the match that the drama unfolded.

While Chestnut was basking in his victory onstage, six-time world champ Takeru “The Tsunami” Kobayashi attempted to rush the stage before being put in a headlock and dragged away by bouncers.  He was later arrested and charged with trespassing and resisting arrest.  Kobayashi, who was Chestnut’s most threatening opponent by far, was not allowed to enter the contest due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating, the governing body of all stomach-centric sports.

In result, he watched the contest from the crowd.  Although Kobayashi claims he went onstage to prove he’s “still the champ,” spectators perceived his intentions as possibly wanting to throw a punch or two at Chestnut.  On top of this, Kobayashi was wearing a black t-shirt that read “Free Kobi,” leading some to speculate that he went to the contest with the underlying purpose of being arrested.  Regardless, he was a hell of a time.

Due to such an entertaining display of pride and envy, TGR has decided to award Kobayashi with this week’s “Looker of the Week.”  I mean, as Chestnut noted during a post-contest interview, “The Tsunami” should have been out there competing.  Seriously, how complex can a contract dispute be for eating food?  What an arse.  Well, Kobayashi, we have something else for you wear during your next dramatic episode; the “TGR Looker of the Week” t-shirt.  It’s in the mail, big guy.

As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know.  And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.”  Cheers!