An historic day has culminated in America, with many high points. We had the sight of Dick Cheney officially turning into the character from Dr. Strangelove; someone still believing Bill Bellamy is worthy of “VIP” seating; the Chief Justice forgetting his lines; a minister actually saying the words “when the Red man can get ahead, man”; the realization that Dan Quayle is still alive and 2 million people celebrating something that has nothing to do with Miley Cyrus. But none of those feats quite reach the importance or historic nature of the monstrosity of a head warmer that was worn by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Until today, the legendary singer had been best known to people of my generation as the woman who our parents listened to in years past, but we have just watched grow fatter by the year. But today she showed us so much more. While singing a patriotic tune, Franklin violated the official “no hat” rule on stage and did so in the most extreme way possible, by becoming a living, breathing Christmas present ready to be unwrapped by Chris Tomlin. Aretha belted out the lyrics, made up words and generally perplexed me, but ultimately set a standard that will ensure we remember her legacy forever. Future generations will have their performers on stage at the inauguration….Beyonce has already been booked for the 2048 ceremony where we inaugurate Jared from the Subway commercials. However all will have their headgear measured against the absurdity of our Queen Aretha today and they are almost certain to fall short. Today, change has come to America as Aretha has made sure that bad hats will no longer just be the province of Shriners around the world. You go girl!
To the news…..
(1): As we get ready for the Auburn game, there was some concern from the players and coaches about the Tigers team they face. Auburn is built a lot like the VMI and San Diego teams that plagued UK in the past couple of years. They like to penetrate, get off quick shots and use athleticism and dishes to open shooters to put the ball in the basket. Allow a team like that to get confidence and make shots early, and it can be the recipe for a potential upset. Billy Gillispie was adamant that this Auburn team is better than their record indicates and the players hammered home the theme that this game was dangerous. Getting off to a big start may be more important than ever tomorrow night and thus the first ten minutes will once again, take on crucial importance.
(2): There is still some lingering concern about Patrick Patterson’s finger. As we reported on here yesterday, Patterson missed some practice on Monday and Coach Clyde is worried about whether the injury will linger. Patterson had another X ray and this one found some minor, but not long term, damage that is of concern to the coaches and staff. Nevertheless, it is not expected that he will miss time due to the finger, but the coaches and staff continue to watch carefully and the story continues to linger.
(3): Brian Eldridge of Kentucky Sports Report reported yesterday that UK football commitment Ridge Wilson is wavering on his UK commitment after a visit to Indiana. Wilson was a strong early get for the UK staff, but he decided to visit Indiana (home to maybe the worst BCS football program in America) and now has said that he is a lean and not a commit. Expect these stories to continue as we get closer to Signing Day, but the staff likes Wilson a great deal and will do everything in their part not to lose him. There is also speculation that Deuce Finch may be in town on Wednesday for his official visit, although that has not been confirmed.
(4): Some bad news in the SEC as Alabama’s Ronald Steele is done with his basketball career due to his lingering foot injury. Steele has had a very difficult career at Alabama, thanks to injuries and personal difficulties. He is however a true talent and a nice kid and it is sad to see his career end like this. Tennessee however got a big win and one that we may look back on as being very important tonight, as they won on the road at Vanderbilt. Road wins are tough and winning in Nashville will be difficult for both the Cats and the Gators. This win by Tennessee could end up giving them back the game that they lost in Knoxville, depending on how the rest of the season plays out.
Finally, it is Wednesday and we will be getting ready for Auburn all day.
Otherwise it is Auburn day around here, something we dont get to do too much for our Western opponent. Stay tuned………