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“Hard Knocks” Thursday News and Views

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I spent an hour tonight watching a show that undoubtedly at this point is my favorite show on television. Year in and year out, the HBO Documentary “Hard Knocks” is the best such show on television. HBO goes into every an NFL training camp and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at a team and their preparation for the upcoming season. The premise began a few years ago with the Baltimore Ravens, morphed over to the Cowboys and then the Chiefs and now is back in Dallas again. The show always illustrates the life of an NFL team, from the roles of the coaches and owners to the lives of the star players to the guys at the end of the roster just trying to make the squad. I have watched every season and I always root for the little guy, get caught up in the personnel dramas and even get a crush on the player girlfriends (remember Brody Croyle’s wife?). Tonight’s first episode was great, as we saw all we needed about T.O., Jerry Jones, Tony Romo (sans Jessica Simpson) and even Dave Campo of all people, who has returned to the team as an assistant after being a head coach (in other news Eddie Sutton will now be Billy Clyde’s assistant). If you arent watching it, you should and if you dont subscribe to HBO, that is mandatory. Dont make me come after you when the new season of “Entourage” begins in September….

A few notes….

(1): Today the UK basketball team held their second Elite Camp, otherwise known as the “Daniel Orton Invitational.” Orton was in attendance, with his father, and actually celebrated his birthday in Lexington. He however did not play at the camp, which I actually think is a good sign as it showcases a guy who is willing to come to town, even when he will not take the court. Apparently the players that were on the court were virtually all local guys who filled up the remaining spots. Jacob Jenkins once again apparently played well against the low competition, again leading to calls from some fans for an offer. As a person who has seen Jenkins on multiple occasions, I think he is a good kid and a decent player. But he isnt good enough to play at UK, especially with offers to players like GJ Vilarino, KC Ross Miller and Dakotah Euton already out. Jenkins should play mid-major level basketball and he will do well there. As for Orton, no word on when he will decide….but he has suggested it could be before schools starts. We shall see.

(2): The media fell in love today with Randall Cobb again, as the coaches once again praised his ability. Rich Brooks has said that he expects Cobb to get more looks at QB and it may be the case that this becomes his future. But whatever the case, Cobb is an athlete that the Cats are THRILLED to have. He told the media today about Tennessee’s attempt to recruit him after his commitment to UK and the absurd nature of their comments that they “hadnt seen enough of him” when he went to school in Alcoa, 10 minutes from UT’s campus. He saw through those lines and clearly holds a grudge against the Vols….could he help lead the first victory since 1985 during his career…..sure would be nice.

(3): The competition continues to heat up for the other Cornerback spot next to Trevard Lindley. David Jones is still presumed to be the leader but Rich Brooks singled out our man Randall Burden, he of the “Soulja Boy” videos last year, as a player who is standing out and will likely see some playing time. In addition Cartier Rice is stepping up the chart and those two guys may have played their way into the lineups.

(4): One basketball Elite Camp participant confirmed by Jody Demling on “Sports Night” tonight was Tanner Jacobs, the former Trinity star who led to my first batch of hate mail, when I didnt pick him as a preseason Top 10 player his Senior year. He played his first season at Georgia State, but is looking to transfer and hoped to potentially have UK as an option. Jody suggested that UK was not looking at a scholarship but wanted him to attend junior college and then potentially re-evaluate things soon after. Tanner may be looking to go Division I now and not lose the year of eligibility, but Jacobs’ situation is one to follow.

More later today as we do another Media approval rating, pick another Fan of the Day and give a little more info on the confrontation between a former UL football player and a certain radio host from this site……

Article written by Matt Jones