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.
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.
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.