“Do you have your Powerball ticket??”
Confession time! Until Wednesday night, I had never bought a lottery ticket. Not even a celebratory one when I turned 18. It’s not for moral reasons (I double down on Blackjack like nobody’s business), nor because I think it’s a waste of money. Everyone deserves to get their rocks off with a little risk here and there.
So, when the twenty-third person told me that the Powerball jackpot was over $550 million, I decided it was time to cash in my lotto V-card. In a crowded Shell station, I filled out my first lotto ticket (admittedly with the help of a friendly casier), using as many UK-related numbers as I could. Sadly, the little balls in the bin weren’t UK fans.
As of Wednesday night, the odds of winning the Powerball were 1 in 175,223,510. In the spirit of a gazillion disappointed people across America and a few smug lucky souls, here are 10 things more likely to happen than winning the Powerball jackpot:
1. Getting hit by a car while crossing the street (1 in 701)
2. Being drafted as an NBA player (1 in 6,864,000, or for Cal at Kentucky, 1 in 1.786)
3. Dying in air and space transport incidents (1 in 7,178)
4. Being a movie star (1 in 1,505,000)
5. Being struck by lightning (1 in 134,906)
6. Dying from a hornet, wasp or bee sting (1 in 79,842)
7. Being born with extra fingers or toes (1 in 500) — Um, eek
8. becoming a U.S. president (1 in 10 million)
9. Being attacked by a shark (1 in 11.5 million)
10. Making a hole-in-one on a par 3 (1 in 12,500 if you’re an amateur golfer)
Still hopeful? Here are your Powerball numbers…
5-23-16-22-29 PB: 6
Congrats! You won some news and views!
— On Wednesday, we continued to ride the high from Mark Stoops’ hire. Coaching legend Bobby Bowden called Stoops one of the big reasons for Florida State’s turnaround and said that led by the right guy, Kentucky football can win. In fact, Bowden can see why Stoops took the job: “When I came to FSU, FSU was 0-11, 1-10. People say, ‘Why do you want that job?’ But that’s the kind of job you want. You don’t want those 11-0 jobs, because you can’t go anywhere but down.”
After this season, that’s certainly the truth.
— Part of that rise is getting a good offensive coordinator. After Stoops offered current Florida State offensive coordinator James Coley the job Tuesday night, there were multiple reports that Coley will accept. Miami Hurricane website CaneInsider.com reported that Coley is expected to take the job as early as Sunday, barring any changes, and the ever reliable FootballScoop.com cited several sources saying the same, but did not confirm. If true, Florida State’s really, really going to hate us when we get Andrew Wiggins.
— With the Notre Dame game looming on the horizon, it’s time to turn back to basketball. The biggest news out of the pre-Notre Dame presser was Cal’s statement that he is firmly behind Archie Goodwin as the team’s point guard. Cal said Archie earned the position, and Harrow’s return will allow the team to play with two point guards at a time, which all of his best teams have had.
— Harrow also faced the media for the first time since returning to campus. As he told CoachCal.com on Sunday, Harrow said that he always gets ill around this time of the season and he never considered transferring. He also said that he felt good in his last two practices and will be ready if Cal calls on him to play against Notre Dame. As for those rumors that he couldn’t handle the pressure of being Cal’s next point guard? Hogwash. “There’s no pressure, I’ve just got to be me.” But what about Cal berating him on “All Access”?
“What you all saw on that show is just half of me and Coach Cal’s relationship. You all didn’t see the part where me and him just go sit in the office and talk. You don’t see the part where me and him are hugging after practice and he’s telling me I did a good job. You all just saw the Coach Cal in Coach Cal practice mode.”
All the same, I hope Harrow’s mom put up some more inspirational posters around his room over the break.
— Speaking of, it was Harrow’s mom that made him cut the flat top. #mammaknowsbest
— Cal didn’t sound the least bit excited about Kentucky’s first true road game in South Bend. In fact, the Cats opened as a one-point underdog to the Fighting Irish. Cal reiterated that he has no idea what to expect when the Cats take the floor Thursday night, saying that he only expects 40 Kentucky fans in the stands. (I hope those of you in the area take that as a challenge.) While Cal may not know much about his team right now, he said he thinks they “figure it out” by February. But, he encouraged fans to be patient: “So, as I’m saying to you, I’m not looking for us to be just a good basketball team. I want us to be special. And to be special, we’re not close yet.”
Patience is not the BBN’s best virtue.
— If you’re going to the game Thursday night, wear your brightest blue and/or white. Notre Dame is preparing a “blackout,” becoming approximately the 26,291st team to do so against Kentucky.
— For Louisville, it was the best of times and the worst of times on Wednesday. We awoke to the news that Louisville would be joining the ACC. The Card fans came out of the woodwork to crow about the move, and the rest of us just laughed at the idea of Duke and UNC fans tailgating at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. However, the Cards’ joy, like their coach’s stamina, would be short-lived, as a Birmingham newspaper reported on Wednesday night that the beloved Charlie Strong interviewed with Auburn. Strong later issued an angry denial..and you do not want to see Charlie Strong angry…
— The Cards’ move to the ACC brings up another interesting possibility: if Maryland gets out of their $50 million buyout and Florida State & Clemson move to the Big 12 as expected, could Duke and North Carolina abandon ship for the SEC? The Sporting News reports that the SEC has been chasing Duke and UNC for the past three years. If it happens, the SEC would be the best conference in both football and basketball, and we’ll finally get a home and home series neither Roy or Coach K (or Cal) can wiggle out of.
— During the Indiana/North Carolina game on Tuesday night, you may have heard Dickie V mention Cal telling him that he wanted to open next season against Indiana in the Barclays Center. When asked about at his pre-game presser Wednesday, Cal said he actually told Vitale that three weeks ago, and that he was asleep during the game:
“I was in bed; I didn’t get it, but I got all kind of texts the next day. I’m like, ‘What’d he say?’ You texted him during the game. What? I was sleeping during the game. I’m exhausted all day. I can’t stay up that late anymore.”
He is human! #teamsleep (Just make sure Doron Lamb doesn’t see, Coach)
— Kudos to the women’s team, who beat Miami of Ohio 92-53. Bernisha Pinkett finished with a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. The ladies play Louisville on Sunday at 6 p.m.
We’ll be back in the morning to get you ready for the Cats’ big trip to South Bend. See you soon…
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