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Dennis Rodman’s Late Friday Notes


For well over a week now, the buzz surrounding the NBA’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony centered around what shocking entrance Dennis Rodman had in store and whether the greatest rebounding forward in the history of the league would upstage his counterparts with some sort of shenanigans.  But when it was all said and done, it was an emotional and humble speech that stole the show and served as a one-night reminder of just what made him into such a great player.  I’ll admit without any reservations that “The Worm” is one of my favorite players that’s ever played the game and there might be no one more fascinating in the history of the NBA.  Despite all of the hair colors and tattoos and wedding dresses and everything else, Dennis Rodman was a player that prided himself on hard work and playing a game that was so beautifully content and productive as a third-best player on his team during the prime of his career.  And that was what made him so intriguing and so easy to root for.  His flamboyant persona on and off the court made him appear to be an overly confident man that didn’t seek the acceptance of his peers, when the truth was that acceptance was all he ever wanted.  His Hall of Fame speech was honest, emotional and humble.  It was Dennis Rodman.  And I loved every second of it.

A few notes…

 – The biggest topic of the day continues to be the expansion of the SEC and which teams might eventually be pulled from other conferences to complete the unstoppable juggernaut under the direction of Darth Slive.  Matt reported earlier that he’s hearing that Virginia Tech might be the next team to get an invitation to join Texas A&M as new members, though questions still remain as to whether they’d RSVP with a “yes”.  The internet popped up with several other potential members Friday as well.  These schools seem to be getting the most frequent discussion

Florida State:  The Palm Beach Post reported late Friday that the school has already held internal discussions about how they would handle and invitation to join the SEC if it were presented.  They fit the “strong football, competitive basketball” mold that seems to be the common theme with most of the schools rumored to be considered, but you have to wonder if they’d want to jump at the chance to compete with so many top football programs – including in-state rival Florida – and essentially sign themselves up for an infinitely harder run at a national title and the BCS every season.  Also, as Matt noted, the SEC might not have much interest in bringing them over since they already hold a strong foothold in the state of Florida in terms of television.

Missouri:  The Tigers are most likely the next school after Virginia Tech to receive an offer, according to our handsome and charismatic blog leader.  They offer solid programs in both football and basketball, but feature a big television market in St. Louis, making them even more attractive.  However, there’s potential for tearing apart Mary Jo Perino’s heart at least once or twice a year and I’m not sure Mike Slive really wants to deal with that.

Clemson:  The other Tigers, who are not popping up nearly as frequently as other potential schools, are most likely not going to be an option because the SEC already has a strong presence in South Carolina.  Also, their annual climb to the top-10 in basketball during non-conference play before free-falling to the NIT would suit them for the SEC West and, geographically, that would not make sense.

Oklahoma:  The Sooners appear to be one of the schools the SEC would absolutely love to add.  Great football and a decent enough basketball team combined with a new market makes them very appealing.  But the word is that the SEC is less enamored with Oklahoma State and they’re seen as essentially a package deal at this point.  Much like Florida State, the conference would have to convince them that leaving for a stronger football division (SEC West vs. Big 12 North) would be a smart move.

Oklahoma State:  They say the SEC isn’t interested.  I say I didn’t want to watch us pound Travis Ford all the time.  Win-win for everyone.

NC State:  The oddball.  North Carolina State is not particularly competitive in either sport on a level that would make them a must-have for the SEC, but they’re in an ACC-dominated market and the two parties could be mutually interested in making the Duke, UNC and ACC triumverate squirm.  The Ryan Harrow revenge watch is on.

 – If you missed it earlier, Edgar Sosa loves the Cats.  Kind of.  He told reporters gathered at today’s Dominican National team media session that he’s enjoying playing for Calipari and he doesn’t think Big Blue Nation is as bad as those Cards fans have made us out to be.  From a fan perspective, I love it.  I love it because Louisville fans hate it.  But I’m still not sold on embracing Edgar Sosa.  I’m still not convinced that this isn’t some sort of mind trick aimed at getting a friendlier reception at Rupp and the Yum! Center.  When he wants to give back that three he made against The Billy Gillispie Experiment, then we can talk.  Until then, he is who we thought he was.

 – You want a playoff system in college football?  So do the Pac-12 and Big 10.  Wait, what?  It’s not a full-blown playoff, but the athletic directors of both conferences came to a consensus on a “plus one” BCS format, which would add the Cotton Bowl to the BCS and create a four-team playoff to determine the national title.  It’s not an official recommendation at this point and will not go before any NCAA committees, but it should continue to push the discussion in that direction, which is nice.  Here’s a summary of the whole thing.

 – The NFL preseason continued Friday night and a pair of Cats saw the field.  DeQuin Evans registered a tackle for the Bengals in his first professional game, Micah Johnson got a pair of tackles (one for a loss) for the Chiefs and Corey Peters registered two tackles for the Falcons.  Their performances came on the heels of Alfonso Smith getting 31 yards on 5 carries for the Cardinals, Derrick Locke rushing for 15 yards on 2 carries for the Eagles and Braxton Kelly and Wesley Woodyard combining for six tackles for the Broncos Thursday.  On Saturday, Randall Cobb, Chris Matthews, Stevie Johnson, Mike Hartline and Jacob Tamme will be in action.

That’s it for now.  Stop by all day Saturday and keep Drew company.  He’s going to bring breakfast.  In the meantime, enjoy the greatness that was Dennis Rodman’s Hall of Fame speech.  See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

30 Comments for Dennis Rodman’s Late Friday Notes

  1. travis
    12:59 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Micah Johnson had a tackle for loss for the Chiefs. Maybe more I barely watched the 2nd half.

  2. JBR
    1:00 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Come on Beez, do your homework a little better on former Cats in the NFL…Micah J looked good in the 4th quarter for the Chiefs tonight also…had one real nice play on a TFL off a blitz.

  3. Thomas Beisner
    1:06 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Worst part about forgetting Micah Johnson: I watched every play of that miserable game.

  4. The Realist
    1:13 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    What was great about the speech?

  5. Tyler Durden
    1:15 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    My picks
    #1: OU
    #2: VT
    #3: Mizz

    Adding either of those schools is going to add a ton of eyeballs, licensing gear, and recruiting, to the SEC Network.

    When you consider those 3 schools, it makes the T A&M pick look weak, imo.

  6. Inside Your Mind
    1:34 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Dennis Rodman a hard worker? The guy never wanted to practice and Phil Jackson let him get away with it because the guy could rebound like no other. Then there were all the on court issues like kicking camera men in the balls for no good reason. The guy was a douche bag. Great player? Absolutely but far too often people tend to say good things about bad people after their playing days. Then there’s his off court issues. The guy was just freakin’ weird. I guess you can respect that he never hid who he was but the guy was freak.

  7. 44 Stitches
    1:42 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Jim Beam is good!

    With that said Oklahoma is not going to jump to the SEC. OU about went West to the Pac whatever last year but at the last second decided against it. Where OU goes OK St will follow,belevive that. OU joins the SEC it is just a harder football game for them every Sat and not much to gain recruiting. If OU goes West they tap into Cali for recruiting to go along with their pipeline to Texas and easier conference games weakin and weak out.

    Clemson adds no new TV market and can’t win in the ACC in football. Plus they are a origanal member of the ACC. They get crushed in our SEC.

    Missouri was so hard up to go with Nebraska to the Big 10 last yr they have thier bags packed and would bounce to the 1st BCS conference that invites them to join.

    NCst I don’t have a clue.

    FSU I would love to come the SEC but who knows.

    Jim Beam is good.

  8. Bourbon over whiskey
    3:07 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Oklahoma even if it means the SEC has to take in Oklahoma St. to get them. And apparently FSU is already discussing the possibilities of moving to the SEC.

    I’d prefer that Slive and the SEC continued to look west instead of trying to raid the ACC. Just my opinion but whatever they do they’d better do it quick and all at once because the Pac ten, twelve? Big Ten, Eleven, Twelve whatever they’re called these days are all on buzzard alert and won’t sit still long.

  9. Andre Riddick's Love-child
    3:11 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    #6. Didn’t work hard? Are you kidding me? Dennis Rodman was the definition of hustle. The man built his career on hustle at the defensive end, diving after loose balls, sacrificing his body etc. When do you ever see guys diving on the floor in the NBA unless it’s the playoffs? It wasn’t just “rebounding prowess” or “knack for the basketball” that allowed a 6-foot-6 man to average over 13 rebounds per contest over 900 games. He played harder than anyone I’ve ever seen on the NBA level and earned every board he pulled down.

  10. PatPattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor
    3:20 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Florida will NEVER let FSU join the SEC. Take that to the bank, friends.

  11. dave
    4:39 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    FSU already competes with UF in fball & bball… what you talking bout beez?

  12. Buzzard
    4:49 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Rodman was my least favorite player ever…I hated him

  13. TheGhostOfShipwreckKelly
    5:06 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Rodman made an amazing speech, I truly enjoyed him with the Pistons/Spurs/Bulls, one could not have asked for a harder worker.

  14. Delk4three00
    7:14 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    6 – Dennis Rodman worked hard on and off the court. Don’t speak unless spoken to anymore man. Dennis Rodman actually came up with the idea of a machine that trained you to rebound. He came up with the plan and the trains made it for him. So he didn’t work hard?

    And I’m pretty sure Braxton Kelly had 7 tackles by him self.

  15. Delk4three00
    7:15 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    6 – Dennis Rodman worked hard on and off the court. Don’t speak unless spoken to anymore man. Dennis Rodman actually came up with the idea of a machine that trained you to rebound. He came up with the plan and the trainers made it for him. So he didn’t work hard?

    And I’m pretty sure Braxton Kelly had 7 tackles by him self.

  16. ebell55
    7:52 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    6 we sitting up here talking about practice not a game but practice? I’m the best rebounder in the game and you talking bout practice!!!!!!!!!

  17. DirtyOldMan
    8:09 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    NC State, Missouri, or Clemson would make us feel like a Braves fan at playoff time…All hyped up, then major let down.

    I’d rather keep it at 12 if I can’t get Va Tech, FSU, TAM, or OU and hope they change the rule to let us play Vandy and Miss St 4 times each in football.

  18. SexnNursinHomes
    8:15 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    I hated everyone of those effin michael jordan teams. hate with passion. BUT Rodman on the otherhand, was fun watching. That guy has the best motor of any forward I have ever seen. Never quit, never say die. Plus he I like his morals of sleeping with lots of skanks. When I think of a Mexican Donkey show, I think of Dennis Rodman. Good quality human being and one of my idols.

  19. Ky76
    8:36 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Loved “The Worm”….back in the day…….There will never be another worm…..

  20. Billy Bean
    8:44 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Random question: anyone know what the heck happened to former UofL QB Brian Brohm? He’s not listed on the Buffalo Bills roster anymore. I couldn’t find anything saying he had been released. Was he simply not re-signed? If someone would have bet me $100 at halftime of the 2007 UK-UofL game that neither Brohm or Woodson would be on an NFL roster in 2011, I would have lost. Unreal.

  21. SexnNursinHomes
    8:46 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    20- Brohm is on a roster. McDonald’s roster. He works 6-9 tonight. Drive-Thru.

  22. Rumor
    9:25 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Has anything be mentioned regarding the La’Rod King injury rumor? I hope and pray it’s not true. If it is, we will struggle to put points on the board.

  23. whocares
    9:29 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Big time paraphrasing on the Sosa comments…just sayin

  24. UK Champion
    9:34 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Come out and meet 1996 & 98 NCAA Champion and 2005 NBA Champion Nazr Mohammed Saturday, Aug 13 at Wildcat Wearhouse in the Fayette Mall from 1-2pm and at Lexington Sports Cards off E. Reynolds Road from 3-4pm.

  25. WalltoCousins
    9:51 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    22) Hope that is not true. We may not be able to move the ball without King.

  26. Jack
    10:14 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    How many in “a pair “? Evans, Johnson and Peters! Back to counting school for you.

  27. beenthere...
    10:35 am August 13, 2011 Permalink

    who the hell invites their mom to their HOF induction ceremony and then throws her under the bus?

  28. Axe Cop
    12:09 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Wow that Rodman speech was like watching a therapy session.

  29. baddbeat
    12:21 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    Beisner, tape this to your desk:
    DeQuin Evans – 54 – Bengals
    Micah Johnson – 99 – Chiefs
    Jeremy Jarmon — 93 – Denver
    Wesley Woodyard — 59 – Denver
    Braxton Kelly — 48 – Denver
    Corey Peters — 91 – Falcons
    Alfonso Smith – 46 — Cardinals
    Ricky Lumpkin — 60 – Cardinals
    Derrick Locke — 33 — Eagles
    Trevard Lindley — 35 – Eagles
    Randall Cobb — 18 — Packers
    Tim Masthay — 8 – Packers
    Chris Matthews — 17 – Browns
    Stevie Johnson — 13 – Bills
    Mike Hartline — 9 – Colts
    Jacob Tamme — 84 – Colts
    Myron Pryor — 91 — Patriots
    John Conner — 38 — Jets
    Glenn Pakulak — 4 — Raiders
    Garry Williams — 65 — Panthers

  30. baddbeat
    12:31 pm August 13, 2011 Permalink

    #20 – Free agent QB Brian Brohm is not expected back with the Bills.
    Brohm was not even tendered as a restricted free agent in March after faceplanting in the season finale against the Jets. The Bills will be on the hunt for Ryan Fitzpatrick’s backup in free agency.(Buffalo News, May 2, 2011)