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UK Fans of the Day Want Monday Afternoon Thoughts

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It is a big Monday full of news, views and videos of Ryan Lemond being knocked down. But like Chumbawamba, when he gets knocked down, he gets up again. For instance, at times he leaves us speechless:

Couldn’t have said it better myself Ryan. A few thoughts:

— It is going to be interesting to watch the UK football recruiting class over the next few months as it seems almost certain top schools will be coming after the UK commitments. In addition to having a number of highly ranked recruits now, Kentucky has a number of guys who are projected to potentially rise in the rankings. If Kentucky has a slow start to the season, one would assume the power schools will come and try to pounce. However what makes me confident that Stoops will be able to keep the majority of a top class together (it is currently ranked #20) is what we saw toward the end of the recruiting season last year. He took Hatcher from USC, Timmons from Florida and held commitments from players like Zadarius Smith when top schools came calling. When Stoops sells his program, he is selling a system that works. So far there has been no adversity, but when some comes (and it surely will with the hardest schedule in college football), I still expect him to be able to make it work.

— There are likely to be a couple of more commitments in the next few weeks. The most likely candidates as of now are four star WR Derek Kief and four star Safety Darius West. Needless to say, both would be huge additions. Kief is one of the biggest targets on the UK board, and even has his own website to follow his recruitment. He has offers from huge schools, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame, but he is from the area (Cincy) and loves Vince Marrow. Picking him up would be a huge statement. The same is true for West, who is also from Ohio, and has offers from Penn State, Missouri, Pitt and others. He is a difference maker on defense and a guy this staff loves. IF these two become the next two to “come on down”…well, the recruiting momentum then will be like nothing we have seen before.

— It is Derby week, which means as usual I will link to the definitive piece of Kentucky Derby writing, “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved” by Hunter S Thompson. The author is of course a Kentuckian and everyone older than 25 surely knows his work. But some of our younger readers may not, and his writings are a big step in the formulation of “first person” journalism that inserts the author into the story…which is basically my only style. Check it out when you get time and enjoy…it is as good as it gets.

— Everyone is of course talking about Jason Collins and his decision to become the first active male team sports athlete to come out of the closet while still playing a sport. I applaud him for his decision and love the fact that he has decided to be who he is publicly going forward. But did you know that Collins, who attended Stanford for college and played against Kentucky in the 1998 Final Four, was nearly a Cat? During Pitino’s last year and Tubby’s first few months, the Collins twins were UK recruits that picked the Cardinal over Kentucky. Many thought UK was the players’ second choice, before choosing to attend Stanford, where they roomed with a future Congressman (Joe Kennedy) and became friends with Chelsea Clinton.

Finally, take a look at this picture of a Tampa Bay Rays sideline reporter taking a selfie that came out today. She went in the outfield during batting practice and took a picture mere moments before a baseball flew by her. A number of sites have confirmed the picture is real (even though it looks photoshopped) and it has gone around the internet today. Pretty crazy stuff and maybe the coolest pic in some time.

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Article written by Matt Jones

35 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Monday Afternoon Thoughts



  1. asdf
    3:35 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    I didn’t even see the baseball until I went back and read the text. Not the way she looks!



  2. Roland
    3:40 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Jason just getting on the “I am gay” bandwagon.
    Even the gypsies have done that on “My big fat gypsy wedding”.
    wish him well, more info than I need.



  3. OverThePylon
    3:42 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t imagine that was the first time she had balls hurtling toward her head.



  4. Ripley's
    3:45 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Heeeyyyy – I’m diggin’ the Siamese Twins!



  5. Roland
    3:46 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    where is the “AFTER” pic of that ball hitting her head. Bet she was smiling.
    OUCH!
    Hope it was just a stinging thing.



  6. Biglaw Dawgin'
    3:48 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    That’s a pretty good pic. But the fact that she’s smoking hot nudges the pic into the “great” category.



  7. Roland
    3:49 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Is she holding her own camera?
    Vanity and Karma getting together?



  8. I Say
    3:51 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    7 Yes she is, thats why it is called a “selfie”



  9. brain
    3:53 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Damn good looking siamese twins.



  10. espn hunter
    3:57 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Hunter S. Thompson was also a big Kentucky Basketball fan and hated the Louisville Cardinals. Here are some of his espn articles on the cats.

    Hunter bragging about the cats
    http://espn.go.com/page2/s/thompson/030311.html

    Hunter after losing to UAB his misery he felt and wanting Tubby Fired
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=thompson/040323



  11. UKDMD
    3:58 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    “I’d hit that” – baseball



  12. Billy
    3:59 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    WHO CARES ABOUT JASON COLLINS. THIS IS A SPORTS BLOG NOT A GAY RIGHTS BLOG. If he had come out of the closet and said that he had 3 wives and was a polygamist I don’t think people would be so supportive.



  13. Tanks fer Nuttin
    4:00 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t the girl on the right play in “My Name is Earl”?



  14. Roland
    4:03 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    12, if he had 3 wifes, I would call him a masochist. I couldn’t handle ONE.



  15. SexnNursinHomes
    4:08 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t worry guys, I’m in the Tampa Bay area, I can this woman mouth-to-breast resuscitation.



  16. lexslamman
    4:08 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    12. I’m sure there were people like you 46 years ago saying “Who cares about Jackie Robinson?”



  17. Liberalsareidiots
    4:12 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with Billy. Since when is sexual preference so news worth. Are you going to report when each straight NBA player announces they are straight? Doubt this will get posted!!!!



  18. Idiots
    4:16 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    17, (aka: Liberalsareidiots) Why do you have to segregate us?



  19. apples
    4:21 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Stop comparing me to oranges.



  20. beans
    4:39 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    I am the Magical fruit.



  21. Joe
    4:39 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    If the guy only averages 3.6 points per game, he is no doubt worried about staying in the league next year. This way, no GM can cut him without being attacked by the MSM. So he gets a fat contract no matter how washed up he is as a player. Smart move!



  22. Joe
    4:40 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    All things considered though, he would probably be a lot happier playing in Europe, where he’d be a majority.



  23. jojean
    4:49 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    I believe Jones gets his photos from the twitter account @kentuckyhot They have amazing pictures of female UK fans. Everyone should check them out



  24. lexslamman
    5:10 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    I love it when conservatives use a userid like ‘libearlsareidiots’ to say perfectly idiotic things.



  25. TAXman
    5:20 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Jason Collins saw that 4 NFL players will be coming out soon, and he saw his chance to become the first person in a major sport to come out of the closet. He saw all the marketability in this and knew to strike when the iron’s hot. This isn’t anything “brave”, it’s a calculated effort to maximize his value. Smart. Not Brave.



  26. Every male
    5:29 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    I’d let my balls fly close to her head any day!



  27. T4i
    5:45 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    No way that’s a selfie. Show me the proof.



  28. Yep
    5:56 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Collins played a total of 385 minutes in the 2012-13 season. Shot 31% from the field, averaged 1.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.2 assist per game. Paid 1.35 million for the season. That’s somewhere in the neighborhood of $3500 per minute. He is a free agent and if he is not signed to a contract you can guarantee that (in the eyes of the media) that it will be because he is gay and not because he scored an average of 1/10 point per minute and is on the downhill side of an uneventful career.



  29. Teachable Mo'
    6:22 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Behind her?



  30. yo
    6:35 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    #smokeshow



  31. Patrick Yo
    7:16 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    Shutter speeds on phone cameras are pretty slow most of the time so I would be surprised if that photo is real since there is very little motion blur on the ball. Not impossible but pretty unlikely. She is hot though so who cares. Chive On.



  32. Todd
    7:45 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    That is not the stadium in Tampa.



  33. T-Mac
    7:59 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    33rd



  34. Catlanta31
    8:46 pm April 29, 2013 Permalink

    UK women’s hoops has 3 openly gay players and one more coming in next year. Is it just more accepted in women’s bball?



  35. Tampa Satchel
    10:55 am April 30, 2013 Permalink

    Catlanta- Yes. It would not be too much of a strecth to say that lesbians are close to the majority. My HS girls team back in the 80’s was according to my girlfriend at the time.