The cultural phenomenon of the weekend was tonight’s finale of a show I had never seen one moment of before tonight, “Lost.” The show is allegedly a huge hit and revolutionary television, even though it (a) gets mediocre ratings and (b) has never been a topic of conversation in any circle I have ever been a part of. Having not seen a moment of the show, I thought myself to be quite qualified to judge the finale by watching the final 40 minutes of the last episode after the Lakers-Suns game. Those 40 minutes of course made no sense to me and the Turkey Hunter and I instead spent the time trying to figure out who amongst the characters is most dreading the end of the Lost franchise. Since the show basically seems to only have Matthew Fox, a couple of people I recognize from other middling tv shows and the bald guy who always comes to the Kentucky Derby, the selection was thin. But after much debate, we decided that the fat guy has to be the most bummed. He was clearly the most recognizable of the cast and now that it ends, he has to find other work in the business…not the easiest thing for a guy that is very overweight and has long frizzy hair. So tonight as you are judging the merits of the finale (I think it stunk but then again, I kept waiting for the Cookie Monster to show up), keep our man above in your thoughts. The next few years will be difficult.
Gotta do this quick, so lets go:
— This was the weekend of Kenny Payne in Lexington, with the most talked about potential Assistant Coach since Scott “I told you I would bring European recruits but instead I just brought an amazingly slow 10k time” Rigot arrived in the Bluegrass. Payne visited the campus and he and the coaches had two nights of visible public appearances, with trips to Bakers 360 on Saturday and Sal’s on Sunday (by the way, I love those of you who send me such information…it is the “US Weekly” part of KSR and I am a fan). It is expected that Payne could be announced as coach as early as Monday, and if so, we will get to see if the recruiting forte we hear so much about, is actually true.
— John Calipari has made a number of public statements that there is still one recruit left to nab in this class. I was told this weekend by a good source that the top choice is Arnett Moultrie, the transfer from UTEP with pro potential. Arnett is big, strong and would be able to immediately come in and start, although not next season due to his transfer year. There are a couple of other players in the pipeline as backup plans, but Moultrie is the focus this week. I would expect he will make his decision rather quickly and it will either be Kentucky or Texas.
— If you didnt read it hear earlier this weekend, Kentucky will play Portland in November at the Rose Garden in Portland, what surely will be one of the stranger road games the Cats have played. Kentucky wanted to play one game on the West Coast as part of their trip to Maui, and initially there had been some speculation that it could be either Stanford or Cal-Berkeley. But the commitment of Terrence Jones changed the thinking and now if the Oregon newspaper report is correct, Jones will get a game in front of his friends and family in the Portland area. One has to think this was part of the recruiting sell to Jones and is yet another example of smart thinking from the UK coaches and administrators.
— There may be another Calipari book coming soon. It will likely chronicle the early parts of the UK experience and while it is not finalized, I am told it is in the works. So get your Papa Johns coupons ready and save up your appetite for another delicious pizza-words combination for dinner this fall.
— Thanks to the folks at the Childrens Adovacy Center who put on the Bachelor auction on Friday night. We taped our podcast there (and it is linked below and worth a listen) and had a great time with Dave Baker, Matthew Mitchell, Drew, Will and Hubby. I was bought by the great star of owner of KimSoper.com, who bit the bullet and spent cash on the KLAW. Thanks to her and everyone else at the event for a great night, including two of KSR’s favorites, Kristen Pflum and Ryan Lemond on the microphone.
— Did anyone but me notice that Marv Albert’s hair is blond now? The piece on his head during his interview with Obama was almost unfathomable. Go get em Marv!
— Rajon Rondo is really good…even when he isnt on his game, he is now really good. Amazing to see his dramatic improvement this year.
We have more coming all day, including Kenny Payne, a look at the recruiting class versus last year and some thoughts on what the Canada trip this summer might look like. Stay tuned….