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Six CATSPYs Predictions

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Photo by Britney McIntosh | UK Athletics

The CATSPYs are tonight, which means UK’s best and brightest athletes are currently getting gussied up in their finest big and tall formal wear. What are the CATSPYs? UK’s very own version of the ESPYs, which celebrate the university’s 481 student-athletes. There are 24 individual and team honors, ranging from “Scholar-Athlete of the Year” to “Mr. and Miss Wildcat,” along with the usual “Male and Female Rookie of the Year,” “Performance of the Year,” etc. In lieu of going through and predicting which Cat will win each award, here are six of my predictions for what will go down in Memorial Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. (Tickets are available to the public, cost $5 each, and can be purchased at the ticket office in the Joe Craft Center.)

1. Twany Beckham will be the best dressed

There are bound to be some questionable fashion choices at Memorial tonight, but there is one player we can count on to look downright Draper: Twany Beckham. There are three things I know about Twany Beckham: 1) He loves dressing up; 2) He doesn’t smile in pictures; and 3) He is a fierce believer in bedtime snacks, aka “nightcaps.” Twany loves fashion almost as much as he loves the ladies, and if his frequent photos of blinged out watches and fancy shoes are any indication, he’s going to be ready to shine tonight.

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2. Willie Cauley-Stein will wear a bow tie

And glasses (I was going to say the black frame “hipster” pair, but he debuted a new set at the media opportunity today). The cummerbund is questionable.

3. Nerlens Noel will take home the most hardware

It was a rough year for the men’s basketball team. There’s no need for us to relive any of that pain. Accordingly, I doubt the basketball portion of the program will last long, and it will likely focus on the team’s lone star, Nerlens Noel. Noel will likely sweep most of the men’s awards, including Rookie of the Year, K-Association Male Athlete of the Year, and of course, the Community Service Award. He’s also a favorite for the Character Award after being the heart and soul of the squad and his poise after his season-ending injury. Nerlens’ pledge to be a lifelong Wildcat endeared himself to an already adoring fan base, and the school will likely want to show their affection and appreciation before he heads out the door.

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

4. Casual Cal is back

Last year, Cal channeled Mister Rogers and wore an chunky gray cardigan to the CATSPY’s. Considering he didn’t even bother with a tie for the last half of the season, I can’t see Cal donning a suit for a school awards show. It seems like Cal is trying to carve a niche for himself with the casual sportswear look, but I hope it doesn’t take a turn for the slob. Leave the blue pullover at home tonight, Cal. Bob Huggins is not a fashion icon.

5. It will be the girl’s night to shine

The guy’s team pretty much crapped the bed last season, while the girls went on to their second consecutive Elite Eight finish and the best season in school history. Last year’s CATSPYs was a celebration of the men’s basketball team winning the title; this year, it is UK Hoops’ turn to shine. I fully expect the ladies to win the majority of the awards, and for Matthew Mitchell to take home another coaching honor. If we’re really lucky, he’ll treat us to a dance. (Please!)

6. Mark Stoops will make an appearance

Football hasn’t been a huge part of the CATSYs in the past, for obvious reasons, but that’s about to change. With 50K fans at the Spring Game, recruits eager to join the journey, and nothing but optimism in the air, there has to be at least one reference to the football program, or more likely, and appearance by Mark Stoops. I can hear the “Stooooooooooooooops” now.

One prediction you can take to the bank? We’ll have pictures and videos from the event as soon as they hit the web.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

12 Comments for Six CATSPYs Predictions

  1. Tanks fer Nuttin
    5:09 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Nice grandpa sweater, Cal.

  2. Han
    5:35 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    By the way, the Seventh Woods video earlier today was nice (and Norlander also posted it at CBS), but the one circulating a few days ago showing him working with a trainer gives an even better idea of the young man, showing both his amazing athleticism and the work he puts in.

  3. I'm shy too
    5:47 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    I am baffled at the media reports and most Kentucky fans who claim that Wiggins is shy and does not like attention. If this were true… can someone please explain why this process is still going on? There seems to be a lot of you who know him so please enlighten me.

  4. I'm shy too
    5:47 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Still don’t have an answer …

    I am baffled at the media reports and most Kentucky fans who claim that Wiggins is shy and does not like attention. If this were true… can someone please explain why this process is still going on? There seems to be a lot of you who know him so please enlighten me.

  5. Turntable
    5:56 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Just left Joe Kraft….Almost walked right into AD staring down at my phone. Anthony is in the house this evening.

  6. Flippy23
    5:57 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Mrs. Tyler T is by far my favorite contributor. Exceptional job from the very start. Very authentic UK perspective on things… can tell she gets it. But I like the way she approaches the subject matter, the quasi-male phrases she uses…..the girl knows the score.

  7. HeadInTheSand
    6:07 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Nike is marketing him, Kentucky has strong ties to Nike(see Anthony Davis hugging Phil Knight and WWWes after the Championship game) That seems to be why other schools were asked to recruit him because the general consensus was Wiggins was a UK lock and if other big time schools werent pursuing him, we wouldnt be seeing all this hype. Remember J.Randle had already gave a verbal to UK all the while leading other schools on for extra attention.

  8. Han
    6:52 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    3) Maybe he just wants to take his time with the biggest decision of his life and career. Picture this, it’s 20 years ago, before Wiggins is born. The top ranked player is having a tough time deciding where he’ll go. Weekly call-in radio shows in basketball land bring him up from time to time. The end of the signing period comes and he commits to a school and everyone moans or cheers and moves on.

    But because it’s 2013, we have blogs, tweets, a dozen ESPN channels, podcasts, articles, and a billion other ways to harass these guys to find out when they’re going to commit and where. If someone kept asking you where you were going to school, wouldn’t you just tell them to shut up? It’s amazing all these guys avoid doing that.

  9. Sweater
    6:57 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Cute Sweater, Cal…..

  10. seven nation army
    6:59 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    I agree will #7

  11. seven nation army
    7:01 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink


  12. Steal from others
    7:13 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    “We’ll have pictures and videos from the event as soon as they hit the web.” In other words, once some other media outlet actually is there and reports, KSR will steal it and put it on the site. Nice job.