On Saturday, August 11, runners and walkers will take to the streets of downtown for Lexington’s signature 5K, the 34th running of A Midsummer Night’s Run presented by Lexington Athletic Center. The evening will also include the Fastest Kid In Town race, a 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, and a festival featuring food vendors, a beer garden, & live music. Register today at www.amidsummer5k.com.
Good morning, friends. Long time, no type! I am back from my two-week hiatus and ready to roll for Kentucky’s trip to the Bahamas. I am extremely grateful for the time away; however, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss you guys a little bit. Huge shoutout to Nick, Drew, TJ, Jack, Maggie, and the rest of the staff for holding down the fort while I was gone; it was very much appreciated.
Enough me, let’s talk Cats, starting with…
The team leaves for the Bahamas today
John Calipari and his squad will hop aboard a chartered jet today to make their way south to the Bahamas for a week in paradise. Today, the team will acclimate itself to island life before getting to work. Here’s a schedule of activities as we know it.
- Tuesday, 1:30 PM: Open practice at Imperial Arena (fans allowed)
- Wednesday, 7 PM: Kentucky vs. Bahamas National Team, SEC Network
- Thursday, 7 PM: Kentucky vs. San Lorenzo de Almagro, SEC Network
- Saturday, 7 PM: Kentucky vs. Mega Bemax, SEC Network
- Sunday, 4 PM: Kentucky vs. Team Toronto, SEC Network
I don’t arrive in the Bahamas until Wednesday afternoon, but Drew and our photographer Dr. Mike will be on the scene at Kentucky’s open practice on Tuesday to bring you all the sights and sounds…if we can get them out of the waterpark:
If you listened to The OTT Podcast last week, you heard Fake Barney sing the praises of Kalik Gold, a potent Bahamian beer. Our photographer Dr. Mike sampled it last night and can attest to its strength and flavor.
At seven percent ABV, this beauty is not to be messed with; if you’re headed to the Atlantis, have your cab driver stop off at the liquor store to grab some, and, as always, drink responsibly…or soak it all up with conch fritters. If you want something slightly lighter, try Bush Crack (and yes, that’s an actual beer).
Back to the actual basketball. How do I know Calipari likes his team? He goes all caps on social media:
We are going on this trip to come together as a team, learn about each other get a better feel for what we are and where we are trying to go. THE ONLY WAY FOR THAT TO HAPPEN IS TO BE CHALLENGED EACH GAME! https://t.co/IGo5QNL5Em
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) August 5, 2018
Fall camp is underway
There’s no football media availability today, but rest assured, the team is working hard to prepare for the season opener vs. Central Michigan. I spent a lot of yesterday reading our excellent coverage of Media Day and Saturday’s open practice, and, I’ll be honest, I’m a little worried about the uncertainty at quarterback. Hopefully a month of practice and scrimmages will result in either Gunnar Hoak or Terry Wilson pulling ahead in the race for the starting spot, but I’m already missing the comfort of knowing Stephen Johnson will be behind center.
With all the football coverage over the weekend, a day without is a bit jarring; thankfully, KyWildcatsTV is here to give you a fix. Here’s their footage from Fan Day:
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 5, 2018
Who up, Barren River Lake?
If you follow me on social media, you know that my husband and I just purchased a lake house on Barren River Lake. Like any home purchase, it’s made for a pretty stressful summer, but I am beyond thrilled to own a piece of property in Kentucky again. This house will mostly be used on the weekends (or during the week as internet allows) and after our first weekend exploring the lake via boat, I cannot wait to spend more time there. If you live in the area, please holler and give us some more recommendations. I’m already a huge fan of Paradise Point.
Five great things to watch
When I wasn’t running to and fro to buy things for the lake house, I did my best to stay off my phone and computer. A lot of the times, that meant watching movies. Here’s what I really enjoyed over the past two weeks:
- Won’t You Be My Neighbor: By now, you’ve heard about the Mister Rogers documentary, and I’m here to tell you it’s totally worth seeing. As a child without cable, I cut my teeth on Mister Rogers, and watching his story brought a tear to my eye, I will not lie.
- Sorry To Bother You: This won’t be for everyone, but an incredible satire. Think Get Out but even kookier.
- Eighth Grade: Do you remember how awkward middle school was? If not, Eighth Grade will remind you. This hit home on so many levels, which is why I was able to laugh along with it so fondly.
- Chappaquiddick: The events surrounding Ted Kennedy’s mysterious car accident in 1969 are finally explored in this excellent film starring Jason Clarke.
- Blockers: Because sometimes you need a silly movie after a long day of moving stuff.
KSR in one hour
The last one before the Bahamas. Are you ready?