On March 7th, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell received a patent (U.S. Patent No. 174,465) for his invention of the telephone. Bell was born in 1847 in Edinbergh, Scotland, but moved to Ontario and then eventually settled in Boston where he became an inventor. Bell’s patent of the telephone did not come without controversy, as another claim for the patent was made just two hours later on the same date by inventor Elisha Gray. After Gray and fellow inventor Thomas Edison tried to develop their own version of the telephone, Bell sued for his patent rights and the case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in Bell’s favor. In the years to come, Bell withstood many legal challenges but would would end up laying the foundation of the modern telecommunications industry. Bell imagined many great uses for his telephone, but it’s not likely he envisioned smart phones, the ESPN College Football App, or the DeMarcus Cousins “Call Me” sign.
In honor of Alexander Graham Bell’s patent of the telephone, let’s move on with tonight’s news and views…
–A long day of high school basketball at Rupp Arena started at noon today when Dominique Hawkins scored 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting in Madison Central’s win over Wayne County. John Calipari, his son Brad, Kenny Payne and Orlando Antigua were on hand to watch Hawkins. When asked about playing with the Harrison twins, he had this to say about his dream school: “Even if I’m a backup, I know I’d still be pushed hard in practice and get even better”. Hawkins also said that an offer to play at Kentucky “would be really hard to turn down”.
–What did Dominique Hawkins do after his game, you ask?
Madison Central player told me earlier today that Dominique Hawkins attended UK practice today following Sweet 16 opening round win
– Dan Rieffer (@drieffer) March 7, 2013
—Hawkins and Madison Central will play again Friday at noon against James Bolden and Holmes, in a battle of two guards drawing interest from Division I programs. Bolden has already received an offer from Xavier.
–Speaking of Xavier, UK baseball defeated the Musketeers today, 6-3, at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Click here to read David Mulloy’s recap. The Bat Cats are now 11-1 and take the field again on Friday to start a 3-game weekend series at home with Michigan State.
–Indiana did the most “Indiana-thing-ever” last night when they cut down the nets at Assembly Hall after their loss to Ohio State.
–We have bad news from the bubble tonight. Villanova defeated No. 5 Georgetown and pretty much sealed the deal on an at-large bid, and Iowa State improved their chances with a win over No. 13 Oklahoma State. On the bright side, Maryland lost to UNC. The good news is that UK can still most likely control their own destiny by winning two of their next three games.
–KSR Sweetheart Mary Jo Perino announced via twitter she is leaving the television business to be able to spend more time with her son. We will miss her a lot and wish her the best.
—Marcelys Jones, a 6’5â€³ 325 lbs. offensive lineman committed to Ohio State, picked up an offer from the Cats this morning and according to Rivals’ Justin Rowland, he is “very interested” in Kentucky and will visit soon.
–John Calipari took time this afternoon in between recruiting and practicing to spend time with the Kentucky National Guard.
–Tomorrow will be a full day of previews leading up to the Georgia game at 7 as well as other UK news presented in the most ridiculous manner possible throughout the day. Until then, I leave you with this video of some young UK fans and KSR readers from Maysville making crazy “beer” pong trick shots: