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Hansen’s Tail’s Saturday Night Post

All you fine folks at Keeneland today surely some of this blue tail-feather action from a certain horse’s entourage.  A controversial happening took place at the track today when a ‘tail of two colors’ became an issue.

Matt mentioned this earlier, but Dr. Kendall Hansen (supposedly) wanted to celebrate #8 in the most logical way possible – by painting the tale of his horse, Hansen, Kentucky blue and running it in the Blue Grass Stakes.   When the rumor of his horse’s tail spread, the stewards called him up to the office and said that this was a rule violation (which Hansen knew because the NY track folks told him the same thing previously) but that if this was corrected before Hansen got to the paddock, then there was “no harm, no foul.”  The blue was washed out and his crew shrugged in unison.  Maybe next time.

You know what this discrimination against blue means right?!  #OccupyKeeneland

Oh wait, you guys already do that.  Nevermind.  On to the day’s news…

 Graduating Wildcat Darius Miller took to the road today for his ‘BBN Swat Tour’.  Darius stopped to sign autographs in Pikeville, where a huge crowd showed up as evidenced by this picture.

 The other senior got in on the action, too.  Eloy Vargas hit up Henderson, Owensboro, and Bowling Green for his signing tour and snapped some great photos with fans like this one below, where he took a lucky gal to prom.

 Tonight was the Jordan Brand Classic game featuring Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin, and Anthony Bennett.  (What? You didn’t think we could cover a game with Nerlens involved and not use his tiny head shot again.)  The West team (Bazz, Goodwin, Bennett, Poythress) overcame a slow start to beat the East (Noel) 99-95.  This was a good showing by the Cats (and possible-Cat), as Nerlens quickly drew all the Anthony Davis comparison you could possibly imagine when he raced off to blocked three shots early.  We don’t have the final stats for everyone, so we’ll save that for tomorrow morning).  But I will say that Archie and Poythress look fantastic together.  Really excited for both guys.  Nerlens is amazing on defense, but he didn’t get enough offensive looks to see what his repertoire actually entails.  Bennett moves extremely well for such a big-bodied guy, and he would fit in perfectly with this Kentucky team.   Several others players impressed, including Shabazz, Kaleb Tarzewski, and Rodney Purvis.  Shabazz and Purvis were both named MVPs.

 The UK baseball team defended their No. 1 ranking after dropping two games this week.  In a double-header with Bobby Petrino’s dating service the University of Arkansas, the Bat Cats won the first game 5-4.  In the second game, they won the series by beating the Hogs 2-1.  KSRcollege’s David Wilhoff reports that this was the first time the Cats have taken a series in Arkansas in over a decade.

 The UK women’s softball team got a nice win today.  The softballers topped No. 11 UGA 4-0 behind Lauren Cumbess’ no-hitter.  Great win.

 The UK men’s tennis team defeated Vanderbilt today.  More importantly, the men’s tennis team completed an undefeated SEC season, clinching the SEC title.  It seems that the SEC Player of the Year is likely to be the wondrous Eric Quigley, as well.

 Allow me to leave you with this – Last night was Baron Davis’ birthday.  He’s made a nice return to form this season in the NBA, but John Wall had a special gift just for his special night.  Posterized!

Article written by Chris Thomas

27 Comments for Hansen’s Tail’s Saturday Night Post

  1. Kristen
    11:33 pm April 14, 2012 Permalink

    i think you meant “no harm, no foal”

  2. tdogg40330
    11:42 pm April 14, 2012 Permalink

    maybe its just me, but Cal’s recruits even have an unselfish look in all star games, unlike alot of kids

  3. WeareKENTUCKY
    11:45 pm April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Noel struggled a little with all the fouls the refs called on him but Goodwin and poythress looked stellar. I’m excited to see these guys develop into future stars. Can’t we all agree it’s great to be a Kentucky fan?

  4. IMO
    11:47 pm April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress will be “da man” next year. …. And we might keep these guys for more than 1 year.

  5. The Giver
    11:48 pm April 14, 2012 Permalink

    Why hasn’t Noel signed his LOI? Is he waiting for Davis to officially declare?

  6. Eric K
    11:52 pm April 14, 2012 Permalink

    If you count Polson and Twany, we have 4 spots if no one comes back right? Bennett will be a CAT! That’s three spot’s left. IN CAL WE TRUST!! GO CATS!! All the new guys looked good tonight! #2 good call! These kids will keep it rolling BBN! Enoy the ride! GO CATS!!

  7. The Giver
    11:53 pm April 14, 2012 Permalink

    All 3 Cat commits looked good. I hate to sound like a sore loser but I really don’t think Shabazz was willing to be “all in” as coach Cal wants his players to be. I think Howland will have a really good team but I believe he is going to have problems keeping peace between the income group and the upperclassmen. Plus Howland promised to change his style of play to fit Shabazz. I can see a coach doing that 10 games into the season when that player is taking over as the leader but before he steps foot on campus is a little much for me.

  8. Eric K
    12:01 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    I see alot of 5 for 20 shooting nights in Bazz’s future. Kid can’t do anything but dunk. He would have never fit in here with the way things are. THE CAL WAY!! We didn’t lose anything we that kid picked ucla. All of the kids commited here are going to be great!! CAL will take care of the rest!! GO CATS!!

  9. mashburnfan1
    12:10 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    Agree with others as Shabazz looks selfish, and did in his high school games as well. I was very impressed with Alex and Archie and did not get to see enough Of Nerlens to speculate…of course it was an all-star game so hard to see much anyways. I did love how Alex had 2 straight dimes early in 2nd half where most kids would not have passed..both looked like team oriented players and all 3 played D. Bazz could care less about the D end and I think Cal would have had trouble getting him into the team first mode. Yes he has talent, lots, but we may be better off without him.

  10. here ya go
    12:52 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    “That’s the power of Big Blue Nation,” said Noel, who suited up for the East. “I knew they would have my back. That’s a major reason that I picked Kentucky. You can’t find better fans anywhere else on the planet.” nerlens noel on going from 23,000 followers to 44,000 on twitter, when he announced he was going to Kentucky

  11. Caliparty
    1:36 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    #4 hit the nail on the head. Poythress will be the difference next year. He gets in the lane and finishes well, plays great D and has a jump shot…. kid is the real deal.

  12. citycat
    2:01 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    Hansen’s owner is a lunatic. Its horse racing not a circus.

  13. Drew Franklin's Tongue
    4:57 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    Why re-use photos and stories from the previous post? Seems like a waste of bandwidth, and a lack of creativity, to me. Should’ve just let Matt’s post be the nightcap, sheesh.

  14. SexnNursinHomes
    7:54 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    Noel did fine given that hardly no plays were set up for him. Harrow will fix that.

    Poythress is a man. He’ll absolutely torture a 3 and glide right around a 4.

    Goodwin- like he how he can handle the point for being a shooting guard. Nice to know Harrow has a good back up. Overall, Pretty impressed by our new guys. Once they under Cal, watch out bitches.

  15. GrumpyOldDude
    8:15 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    13 – He’s a doctor with a successful practice trying to help bring some attention back to KY’s flagging horse racing industry…..which is the “lunatic” part?

  16. StuckinACCcountry
    9:12 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    So, LSU floats Tubby’s name out there to make the fans excited when they hire an otherwise terrible Johnny Jones. Well played, tigers.

  17. NC-CAT
    9:30 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    I love John Wall. Hope sweet if Davis goes to Wizards with #1 pick.

  18. hater alert
    9:40 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    wall with the dunk brings the wiz within 17, ha! that game was friday night, they lost to the knicks by 38 … the team only scored 65, wall was 2-12 with 8 pts and 7 to … terrible season, 3-38 on 3s … that’s 8% … and as bad as he was in his rookie year, his assists are down this year and his turnovers are up

  19. barn
    9:49 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    after watching shabazz again i believe cal would have a hard time converting him into a total team player. it’ll be interesting to see how the ucla team comes together. i hope we get some good news from bennett this week

  20. Ich Heise Neil
    9:57 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    19. Was waiting for you to tell us how much better Siva is than Wall.

    How has Sivas NBA stats compared to Walls this season? How about last season?

    Oh well, at least we know that he is better than wall, i mean knight, i mean teague, i mean harrow.

  21. Aaron C Bunch
    9:58 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    All you dudes talkin’ bout Shabazz and Noel, didn’t even notice the girl Eloy took to prom was cute. Lol Come up for air fellas.

  22. Mocat
    10:00 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    Lamb tweeted “#onemoreyear #9”

  23. SeaBlue
    10:02 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    Man if we get Bennett, 9 is very possible.
    We will need some defensive improvement
    from Wiltjer tho.

  24. SeaBlue
    10:06 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    23 ) is that true?! I don’t follow Lamb

  25. lexslamman
    10:33 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    Shabazz looks amazing but I doubt any team he is involved with will end up making it past the round of 16 in the tournament – and with UCLA’s recent issues, they’ll be lucky to make it into the tournament.

  26. nassau65
    10:35 am April 15, 2012 Permalink

    25. he didn’t say “i’m coming back for #9”. I wish he would, but i can’t see the kid passing millions and chance getting hurt. I think he’s sayin It will take one more year for #9, knowing the talent we have coming. That’s just my opinion, and you know what they say about opinions.