It’s here. It’s finally here. Welcome, my friends, to KSR’s Fourth Annual Louisville Hate Day! Yes, you can argue that everyday is a Louisville Hate Day – because they are – but today is special because we push the Kentucky news aside to focus on that very dark spot in each of our hearts; the spot where we store our feelings for our wittle bitty brudda, the Louisville Cardinals. I know it’s a petty thing to bully the Cards fans like we do, but, frankly, we don’t care. Like my favorite author, Clayton Bigsby, said, “If you have hate in your heart, let it out.” And let it out we will. The posting will begin at 8:00 AM and last through tomorrow night – with a few guest appearances from writers of KSR’s past along with a couple of KSR debuts. We’ll have one anti-Louisville post on the hour, every hour, and a couple of ways to get you guys involved too. I’ve always said Louisville Hate Day is our Super Bowl, and we plan to leave it all on the field today. And go to strip clubs to celebrate tomorrow night. It’s Louisville Hate Day, folks. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the annual bashing of baby bro.
Let’s knock out a little bit of news so I don’t get trouble before the big day…
— Coach Cal finally returned home to U.S. soil this week and the recruiting news is rolling out right behind. A lot of names on Kentucky’s radar have been talking about their recruitment this week – some good, some bad – as the class of 2012 gets closer to taking shape. Let’s go over some of the latest scoop from each recruit:
— Archie Goodwin… As Matt wrote earlier, Goodwin may announce his decision in the next week or two. On Twitter he said he’s had a change of heart and he’s thinking about making his decision soon. Goodwin and Kentucky have been on each other’s lists from the beginning and it’s been long believed that he’ll either pick the Cats or the in-state Arkansas Razorbacks. Kansas is also in the mix. He plans to visit Big Blue Madness next month and it’ll hopefully be as UK’s first commitment of 2012.
— Shabazz Muhammad… Coach Cal flew out to Vegas on Tuesday to watch Shabazz work out at Bishop Gorman during the day and then meet up again for an in-home visit at night. According to Shabazz, the visit went great and he really likes the way Kentucky is recruiting him. Calipari told him he wants to use him at the two-guard, the position he prefers to play. Cal also told the No. 1 player in America that he is Kentucky’s No. 1 priority.
— Perry Ellis… If what Mama Ellis says, Perry Ellis could be close to a commitment. Perry’s mother said her son could make a decision after all the in-home visits from the four schools he is considering. The Ellis family hosted Kansas last Friday, Kansas State on Monday, and Wichita State Tuesday evening. Kentucky will be the final in-home visit for the 6-foot-8 forward when Calipari stops by Friday night. Ellis doesn’t have any official visits scheduled, so if he does decide based on this week’s visits, John Calipari will be the last face he sees before he decides.
— Mitch McGary… Mitch McGary gave all of us a bit of scare when he said he doesn’t know if he’ll visit Kentucky. McGary is still considering the Cats, he just isn’t sure if he’ll get to visit or not. That may me why Coach Cal is going to him on Saturday. Calipari is flying to Massachusetts to watch McGary work out at Brewster Academy with his new high school teammate, T.J. Warren. Warren is also high on UK’s radar.
— Kaleb Tarczewski… We said goodbye to Kaleb Tarczewski this week when he announced that he’s down to Arizona and Kansas. There goes our hope of nicknaming him after his AAU team, the New England Playaz.
— Anthony Bennett… The staff also showed Anthony Bennett some love while they were out visiting Shabazz in Vegas. Bennett is a product of Findlay Prep in Vegas and he got to work out in front of Coach Cal before Cal made his way over to Bishop Gorman to watch Shabazz.
— Willie Cauley… Cauley may be an elite basketball recruit but he’s making a name for himself on the football field, too. He leads his Kansas league in receptions (15), yards (248) and touchdowns (six) through two games this season. Don’t worry, though. He realizes his future is on the hardwood. Just don’t get hurt, please.
— Chris Walker… Walker just backed out of his free seat at Big Blue Madness so he can attend Midnight Madness in Kansas this year. However, he still has love for Kentucky according to his last tweet: “What can I say I love the #BBN.” Walker is a 2013 recruit so we’ll bring him into Big Blue Madness next year.
— So, apparently, LeBron James was in Lexington this week. You might’ve heard about it. King James played pickup in the Craft Center with Cats young and old for a few days before leaving for the next stop on his NBA lockout tour. An eyewitness told me LeBron’s team lost at least six of the pickup games but he did throw down some pretty nasty dunks over a few of the college kids, one of them being Darius Miller. Miller had the honor of guarding LeBron in most of the games. On his way out of town, LeBron used his Twitter device to thank Big Blue Nation for the hospitality.
— Dick Vitale announced his Dozen Dazzling Diaper Dandies and 25% of them will be playing for the University of Kentucky this upcoming season. Anthony Davis, Michael Gilchrist, and Marquis Teague all made Dicky V’s list.
— We heard some unfortunate news from the football team just two days before the biggest game of the season. Starting running back Raymond Sanders injured his knee but the extent of the injury is unknown at this point. I’m sure Joker will address the injury before practice this morning. Sanders had knee surgery over the summer and was just getting back into game shape.
— If you’re looking for something to do the night before the big game, there is a block party going down on Limestone called “Rally Time On Lime”. The businesses in the area got permission from the city to shut down Limestone between Avenue of Champions and Maxwell from 6:00 – 11:00 on Friday night for a UK pep rally. The band, dance team, cheerleaders, and, more importantly, Andre Woodson will all be a part of the festivities. I’ve been to events like this in the past where they shut that section of the street down and it’s a lot of fun. You should definitely go if you’re in town.
— For you Twitterers out there, put the hashtag #LouisvilleHateDay in your tweets today and we’ll use some of our favorites on the website. Whether you’re making fun of Brian Brohm, eating at Porcini’s, or just taking an afternoon dump, you better be tagging it with #LouisvilleHateDay. Who knows, you might end up on the website. Get to it.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to work. There’s a lot of hating to be done and I have an all-nighter of it ahead of me. I’ll leave you with some of the best from the Hate Day Vault…