— A prep school is coming to Louisville. Aspire Academy will move from Scottsdale, Arizona to Louisville, Kentucky this fall, bringing elite basketball talent to the Bluegrass. With plenty of prep school events across Kentucky, it makes sense to set up shop nearby.
The team will feature elite high school talent, but they will not participate in KHSAA events. Instead, Aspire Academy play a national travel schedule. The best part? It’s not that it could bring potential Cats close to Lexington, it’s that their homeschool will be my alma mater, DeSales High School.
Hear from the dynamic duo running the program in T.J. Walker’s report.
— Derek Willis’ wild interaction with a fan. During the autograph tours, former Cats run into some passionate fans. Every now and then, one might take things a little too far. Derek Willis shared a story about how a “90 something” year old woman asked him to sign her chest. Hear the entire story:
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— Phil Simms is out of the broadcast booth. The Louisville native, Morehead State alum and Super Bowl Champion was a pretty good quarterback but a pretty terrible color commentator. He used to put me to sleep on Sunday afternoons, until his awfulness made me too outraged to fall asleep. After Tony Romo slid in next to Jim Nantz, Simms will slide into the studio to replace the departing Tony Gonzales.
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— Are Cal and Trump friends? I’m burying the lede on purpose for the “stick ta sports” crowd. In honor of the Patriots’ trip to the White House, the first championship team honored by President Trump, The Ringer penned an article about No. 45’s relationship with sports.
Before diving into his early baseball career and his time as an owner of the USFL, Bryan Curtis lead’s with an anecdote from one of Trump’s fellow Mar-a-Lago Country Club members. Here’s the first three paragraphs of the piece:
When the New England Patriots got behind in this year’s Super Bowl, Lee Lipton, a guest at Donald Trump’s Super Bowl party, remembers Trump saying, “I guess Brady’s got a lot of work to do, because he’s going to win this game.” Then Trump left the party.
Some took the view that Trump’s exit, which occurred before 9 p.m. ET, made him a lame frontrunner. But Lipton — a member of Trump’s Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, who still calls the POTUS “Donald” — said it was merely the price of winning big league. “Donald comes in and watches as much as he can, depending on what’s going on in his world,” Lipton said. “And then he splits.”
As Lipton tells it, being in the company of the new sports-fan-in-chief is heady stuff. Around Christmas, Lipton spotted Trump having lunch with Tiger Woods, who was still wearing his gray Santa beard. Another time, when Lipton and Trump were having dinner, Kentucky coach John Calipari called on someone’s phone. Trump said, “Put John on. He’s a friend of mine” — the ultimate Trumpian compliment.
For complete context, read the rest of The Ringer story.