To say that the growth of KSR over the past few years and the way it’s changed the lives of those of us involved with it is surprising would be a tremendous understatement. It’s probably even more ridiculous than the banner promises. We’ve been very fortunate (shoutout to all of you reading this) that you guys have sent us on this ride from goofing off to goofing off and making a career out of it. So thank you. Having said that, there have been a couple of times over the years when we’ve been told about someone reading the site and we’ve kind of just shaken our head and wondered why. This one might be the strangest. I was told yesterday by someone that wouldn’t make it up that UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma reads KSR every day. In fact, he reads it enough that he felt comfortable in calling one of our writers – not the one you would guess either – an idiot. I’m not sure if it was BTI’s blatant sexism toward female athletes or the constant ripping of Jim Calhoun that drew him in, but I have it on good authority that he’s committed to keeping up with his UK sports in the most ridiculous manner possible. So, this Thursday is for you, Coach Auriemma. May your day be enjoyable, may the KSR posts be to your liking and may Matthew Mitchell whip your Husky tail this year. Toast!
Now onto a few UK notes…
– There’s no longer any uncertainty to it. The Dominican vs. Legends game is on at the Yum! Center. Calipari will make Louisville Second in their tour of the state and take the floor in the House That The Colonel Built August 16, just one night after putting on a show at Rupp Arena. Don’t forget that tickets for the game will be available for pre-sale this morning at 10am. You can follow this link to order them. The password is “GAME”. DO NOT SCREW THIS UP!!!!
– Not surprisingly, the news brought outrage from those ungrateful Cards fans who can’t see this for what it really is. It’s an opportunity to see good basketball in outstanding basketball facility. There’s no debating that the Yum! Center is a fantastic venue and anyone who says it’s not is not being completely genuine. But only playing Louisville basketball inside of it seems to be selling taxpayers short. Give them a quality team and program. The facility deserves it. The best way I can summarize it is this: We were given beautiful dishes and silverware for our wedding, but my wife is still the one cooking the food, so it’s not really like being at a five-star restuarant. If a great chef from down the road offered to come serve a five-course meal on the dishes for us, we wouldn’t complain. We’d embrace it. Do the same, Louisville fans.
– The other portion of the collective Louisville meltdown involved the participation of former Cardinal coach Denny Crum, which is now official. John Calipari announced Wednesday night that Crum would serve as an assistant coach for the UK Legends team during both exhibition games. Crum will assist one-time nemesis Joe B. Hall in leading the team of former Kentucky greats and serve as a final reminder for Louisville fans that Big Brother will always and forever be Big Brother.
– The question now remains whether or not the game in Louisville will sell out. Considering there’s an exhibition the night before in Lexington, it might not, but there should still be a very good sized gathering of Cats fans in The Bucket. The original release from Ticketmaster made it appear that tickets would be significantly more expensive than they were for the game in Lexington, but we’re being told that there will be some available in the upper level for around $15 and lower level tickets start at $35. That should make it a lot easier for fans to find themselves a spot and pretty much eliminate any excuse you Louisville Cats fans might have. And just remember that if it doesn’t sell out, there’s always a way to spin it. When all of your Cardinal buddies start cracking jokes about UK not filling the house on the second night of an exhibition, just tell them the empty seats are a tribute to Coach Crum. I probably attended 20 games at Freedom Hall over the last two years of Crum’s tenure and the highlight of each was having room to spread out and listening to my UofL friend scream, “Give your tickets to a real fan!” as people made their way to the exit with at least 10 minutes to go in the game. At least one school in this state cares about treating Denny with respect. You paying attention, Jurich?
– The day was full of meltdowns from Louisville fans across the board, which were both understandable and thoroughly appetizing, but Rick Pitino’s reaction was absolutely priceless. He thought he was supposed to talk about his team heading to the Bahamas, but Pitino was sneak-attacked with questions about Calipari and the Kentucky Legends invading the Yum! Center – and on the day Bubba Smith died, no less. Pitino did what Pitino does and repeated something enough until it sounded believable to him, noting that he had no idea and doesn’t pay attention to what his competitors do. Yep. Pays so little attention that he and his boss made sure UK could not play in the Yum! Center. He was, however, kind enough to invite Lady Gaga to visit.
– And just in case that’s not enough international flavor for you, Darius Miller has made the World University Games team. He’ll represent Team USA alongside guys like John Jenkins, JaMychal Green, Trevor Mbwake, Ray McCallum, Tim Abromaitis, Draymond Green, Ashton Gibbs and Scoop Jardine in China. The team will continue to practice in Colorado Springs before leaving for China August 8. The squad will be coached by head coach Matt Painter and assistants Brad Stevens and Cuonzo Martin.
– On a completely different note, three-star defensive end Langston Newton will make his decision Thursday. Newton is the brother of Morgan Newton, who is Kentucky’s quarterback. In case you didn’t know that. The Cats already have four defensive lineman committed in the class, but that position is a focus, so Newton could end up going with Kentucky. Honestly, I don’t know. I’m just trying to make it sound like I do. Rivals ranks him as the 14th-best player in the state of Indiana.
– I am going to say something and then completely distance myself from it and never acknowledge it ever again. I almost feel bad for Duke right now. Almost. The possible secondary violation by Coach K has been all over the news the past few days and it’s pretty stupid when it comes down to it. Would Calipari be roasted from Bristol to New York to LA over it? You bet. That’s why I don’t feel completely terrible about it. But I think it’s run its course. We can all get back to talking aboute Corey Maggette and Derrick Rose. That’s the real injustice.
– What are you talking about? I never said anything about feeling bad for Duke. What? You read it on this site? Liar.
– Finally, I would just like to take this time to put on my Nostrabeisner or Nostrathomas hat and inform you that the Atlanta Braves will win the World Series. I will not back this up with stats or facts. It’s just a gut feeling. Place your bets accordingly.
That’s pretty much all there is for right now. Make sure you stop by in the morning as Matt Jones and Oscar Combs talk about the exhibition game in Louisville and all of the wonderful joy that comes with it. From there, it will only get awesomer and more awesomer. In the mean time, rest easy knowing that our good buddy Eric C. Conn never really left us.
See you in a few…