“Wow, check out the size of #CardNation, that’s gotta be at LEAST 50 sq. miles!”
There are plenty of things that could be celebrated Saturday. First of all, it’s Saturday, which means no work, and in most cases, day drinking. A select few people also may point out that Saturday marks the 57th birthday of Tae-Bo legend Billy Blanks, who’s 45 minute workout cassette still carries on a lonely existence in my parents’ basement. Our fearless leader, Matt Jones might celebrate what would’ve been the 79th birthday of country music legend Harold Lloyd Jenkins, more affectionately known by his stage name Conway Twitty. The rest of us however, know that College Football will be the cause of our celebration, and celebrate we will. We made it, folks. So long to the monotonous dog days of summer, which are polluted with crazy idea that a fan catching a foul ball and not spilling his beer is worthy of the #1 play on SportsCenter. Football is back, and Saturday’s for me become 150% less productive until January. Life is good.
**Other’s Receiving Votes for KSR Night Post Dedication: Phil Fulmer (52nd birthday), “Dr. Phil” McGraw (also 52nd birthday), Germany (Invasion of Poland, 1939)
First off, the big news of the day leaving Lexington (literally) came from former Xavier Musketeer Dezmine Wells, who cut Kentucky from his list of potential transfer destinations after visiting campus the past couple of days. the sophomore guard, who averaged 9.8ppg last season for Xavier is still scheduled to visit Memphis and Maryland, and earlier today added Oregon to his list of upcoming visits. Wells will decide on Tuesday between the 3 schools. Closing the book on this brief recruitment, I had thought since the day I heard of his expulsion from Xavier that he could’ve fit in greatly this year as a backup at the 1/2 for Kentucky, but with the long shot odds of him being eligible this year and the monster class UK looks to have in 2013, the decision may have been the best one for both parties. At least he’s not going to Louisville.
Tickets for the Alumni Basketball Game on September 15th went on sale this morning at 10am. The game will be played at 2pm before the kickoff of UK’s game against Western Kentucky later that evening. With all the proceeds going to charity, don’t lie to yourself about having more important things to do and help save lives by watching your favorite ‘Cats of the last decade duke it out on the court. Also, you wouldn’t want to miss the chance of seeing an Antoine Walker shimmy after draining a 30-foot jumper over Matt, or Wayne “Burner” Turner putting some rich Kentucky executive on skates, would you? All seats are reserved and priced at $100 (premium lower level), $40 (lower level) and $20 (upper level). Tickets can be purchased only at the Rupp Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. There is a four-ticket limit per person. Online orders and phone orders will have additional fees attached.
In what may be the most asinine move by not only the NCAA, but any sport governing body in quite some time, the NCAA cleared the University of North Carolina of any wrongdoing after investigating an alleged (and I use that term loosely) academic scandal involving a decade’s worth of Football and Basketball athletes. In summary, if you majored in the Afro-American studies program at UNC, you were going to be eligible to play varsity sports. Not even the transcript of former UNC 2-sport star Julius Peppers, which showed that even with “fake classes” to boost his GPA, Peppers still could never raise his GPA above a 1.95, but somehow never lost eligiblity, hmmm. So in summary, either the NCAA is turning a blind eye to an obvious issue, or the NCAA’s investigative committee has less manpower than the 4-second Google search I just used to type this paragraph.
Billy Gillispie is still doing Billy Gillispie things, conditioning top-level athletes by force-feeding them Pop-Tarts and whatnot, and it has landed him in hot water in Lubbock. Some of the players on the team met with the Athletic Director the past couple of days, stating their displeasure with the treatment they have received from the head coach, ranging from verbal abuse, to 8-hour Saturday practices which are double the amount of time allowed by the NCAA. In an unrelated incident, Gillispie was admitted to the hospital early Friday for undisclosed reasons, but was in stable condition. No matter how much Kentucky fans hated his coaching, I’m sure we can all agree that we hope he’s back to drinking Dr. Pepper’s in no time.
It’s time for me to get rested for another glorious Saturday of College Football tomorrow, I’ll be back around 4:30 tomorrow evening to tell you more things you wanna know about Kentucky sports. When I look for College Football coverage I ask myself 2 questions: 1. Does this person love America? and 2. Does this person wear shirts? If you answer “yes” to to Question 1 “hell no” to Question 2, you’re alright by me. That’s why for in-depth coverage of Sunday’s Governor’s Cup QB battle, I’ll leave you guys with these wise words from a man who calls himself “The Kentucky Cooter”.