To be fair, I started this post before Joker Phillips tweeted this out, so you can argue whether Scott Van Pelt is deserving of being the ESPN Pesonality of the Day. I don’t care. You can call me funny if you’d like, but all I know is that SVP doesn’t need makeup to look that good. And that’s why you get to look at him for next 60 minutes or so.
Now some notes….
– You don’t really have to be intelligent to cover recruiting. You really just need to like sorting through tons of crap and talking to people that you’d prefer to not put into your circle of trust. So that’s why it’s refreshing to see that Dave Telep and Eamonn Brennan of ESPN (I’d put one in my circle of trust) put together a primer of the top 2012 prospects. The bad news is that it’s only the top players. The good news is that you’re a Kentucky fan so that’s all that matters to you. Enjoy it and make sure you wrap it up neatly for the next person. That’s what she said. That doesn’t even make sense. What is going on? My life is spiraling out of control. You should have stopped reading six sentences ago. Sorry. Make that eight sentences.
– In news that sucks for those of you who flew out to Vegas for the Super 64 championship game, Shabazz Muhammad injured his ankle and will not play. The proof is below. Fear not, though, the buffets will still be open.
– One of the big names of the 2013 class, Julius Randle, has decided to attend Duke’s Midnight Madness this year. The big man from Texas ranks as Rivals’ second-best overall player in the class and does not hold an offer yet from Duke. Outside of the offer to attend Madness, that is. He wrote a little recruiting diary for ESPN.com, but didn’t mention Kentucky so don’t feel like you need to click on it. Those jerks aren’t hurting for money over there anyway.
– Tennessee fan and columnist extraordinaire Clay Travis started a website recently called something like LookAtMeIHaveABeardAndDidITellYouThatIBangHotChicksAndImSmarterThanYouAndYouShouldWantToBeMeBecauseImAwesome.com or something of that nature and kicked off the party with a post about Alabama football players being tied to a suit store. Now, a new site called “Suitgate” has popped up featuring only pictures of the suits and players in question. Pick out something you like and send the bill to Nick Saban.
– Speaking of public displays of ignorance, South Carolina quarterbacks coach GA Mangus was arrested and charged with nuisance conduct. What was the crime? Urinating in public. In most situations, the players are supposed to learn from the coach. In the most backwards of states, Coach Mangus apparently picked up a few tricks from quarterback Stephen Garcia. Well done.
– The Southpark episode that mocked the NCAA was nominated for an Emmy. In the documentary category.
That’s it for now. I’m going to go run away and never talk to another human being again. While I’m doing that, make sure you listen to Matt’s return to KSR this morning by clicking on the podcast below. It was just as awesome as you’d expect to be and, according to a few sources, even more so. Enjoy it. Love it.