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International Sushi Day’s News and Views

Pretty sure I break 75% of these rules each time I eat sushi. Whoops.

I could have written about Blake Shelton, but I don’t know anything about country music, nor do I watch “The Voice.” I could have written about Paul McCartney, but I’m not that big of a Beatles fan (let the stoning begin). I could have gotten all artsy-fartsy on you guys and written about MC Escher, the artist whose drawings are so trippy they make you dizzy. But I like to write what I know. And I know sushi.

Tuesday is International Sushi Day, a random holiday far more worthy of being a random holiday than say, Bubble Bath Day (January 8th) or Tell a Fairy Tale Day (February 26th). Sushi is delicious AND nutritious, and as long as you don’t get the deep fried shrimp roll, pretty much guilt-free when it comes to the diet. Little known fact: the term “sushi” actually refers to the vinegared rice, and not the raw fish. I may or may not have learned that from a chopsticks wrapper.

So get out and celebrate at your favorite sushi joint Tuesday night. Don’t have one? Maybe your fellow KSR readers will be nice in the comments section and offer a recommendation.

Monday was a busy day, so let’s get to it.

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We are were number one!

For ten glorious minutes on Monday, the Kentucky Wildcats had the number one recruiting class in the nation. In football.

Turns out, Rivals messed up. On Friday, it was reported that 3-star WR Tyre Brady committed to UK, but Rivals held off on making the commitment official. For ten minutes on Monday, it counted, which explains UK’s bump to the top of the rankings; however, after talking to the local Rivals writers who firmly believe the commitment isn’t official yet, they took Brady’s commitment off UK’s list and the Cats fell back to number two behind Texas. For now.

Whether or not Tyre Brady is actually committed to UK (or, rather, if UK has accepted his commitment) remains uncertain, but the screen shots of UK atop the 2014 class rankings will live on forever. Glitch or no glitch, Kentucky football is making moves and gaining momentum with each passing day. Now, the staff has to get as many guys to join the movement before the season starts and the reality of the rebuilding process sinks back in. Next season won’t be pretty. Stoops might pull off a few surprises, but nothing can change the fact that Kentucky has the toughest schedule in the nation, with one of the least talented teams in the league. Things are getting better, but the real changes will happen in 2014, and more likely, 2015. The staff says they’ve properly prepared each recruit for that, as has Drew Barker, but the more guys they can get on board now, the better.

On that note, Stanley “Boom” Williams stopped by the radio show Monday morning to talk about why he chose to commit to UK. Boom (he’s totally okay with you calling him that, by the way) said he wants fans at Commonwealth to scream “BOOOOOM” after he scores touchdowns, and that Neal Brown’s Air Raid offense was a big part of why he decided to come to UK. Know what made me go “boom”? His enthusiasm: “I just really want to be a part of the new thing that’s going on in Kentucky.” Check out his full appearance at the end of Hour 1:


A very blurry picture of the “Wildcat Code,” by @briley_33

“The first rule of the Wildcat Code is: You do not talk about the Wildcat Code.” – John Calipari

With all of this football recruiting fun, it’s almost possible to forget we’ve got a preseason number one basketball team on campus. On Monday, John Calipari addressed the “Wildcat Code,” a points-based rewards system created by the staff designed to give incentives to those who put in hard work on the court and in the classroom. Over the weekend, Dominique Hawkins talked to the Courier-Journal’s Adam Himmelsbach about it, which prompted Cal to take to social media to explain it to fans. Cal didn’t give as many details as Hawkins did, but said that the system is designed to make players earn things instead of believe they are entitled to them. As Cal put it, “Nothing is given; everything is earned.” Why will this work for this group of superstars?

1) Incentives work

Hawkins said that some of the incentives you can earn through the Code is access to the locker room, a single room in the Lodge, and ultimately, your jersey. By making players fight for the right to use the team locker room or put Kentucky across their chests, Cal is teaching them the importance of hard work. Plus, what college kid doesn’t want their own dorm room? Even the most bullheaded player will work for that.

2) Competition works

We’ve already heard how competitive this team is in pick-up games. A common trait of the 2013 class seems to be their will to win. As any competitive person knows, that competitive streak doesn’t run cold off the court; it extends to every part of your life. Through the Wildcat Code, the players now have another goal to race towards, and in the process, take care of their academics, improve teamwork on the court, and develop their skills.

Cal should get 10 “Wildcat Code” points for the “Fight Club” references, although I really would have pegged Robic for Tyler Durden.

Troubling news about Nerlens

The NBA Draft is next Thursday, and unfortunately, it looks like Nerlens Noel is going to have to fight to be the number one draft pick. On Sunday, some discouraging reports came out from ESPN’s Ryen Russillo about Nerlens’ handlers, whom he called “epic bad dudes.” Russillo told Bill Simmons that Nerlens’ entourage is being very uncooperative with agents, teams, and media wanting information about the talented Cat, and that they almost seemed more concerned about their futures than his. The good news? Nerlens still has time to right the ship. On Thursday, he meets with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the number one pick.


— On Monday, four-star WR Blake Bone narrowed his list of schools to four, and Kentucky made the cut, along with South Carolina, Ole Miss, and Louisville. Rivals ranks Bone the 47th best receiver in the nation, and he visited UK a week ago. Drew Barker and the other 2014 recruits have been recruiting him pretty hard lately, and Bone hinted on Twitter that he was going to move up his decision date. With Derek Kief committing to Alabama, he’s Kentucky’s new top priority at wide receiver.

— The state of Kentucky now has a five-star recruit: John Hardin DT Matt Elam. Elam jumped 231 spots to the 10th best player in the nation on Monday, and was also given a five-star ranking. 247 now considers the 6’6″ 370 lbs. superstar the 2nd best defensive tackle in the country and the best player in the state. He visited Kentucky last week, and things went so well that Drew Barker says he’s not worried about Elam committing anywhere else. Kentucky will have to cling to that “come be a hero” campaign; Elam visits Notre Dame next week, and won’t announce his decision until January.

— On the basketball side of things, the Cats offered 2015 center Stephen Zimmerman a scholarship. He’s the second member of the 2015 class to get a scholarship offer from UK, the first being power forward Skal Labissiere. Zimmerman is the second best prospect in the 2015 class, according to Rivals. Word also broke late Monday night that UK has also offered 2015 SG Charles Matthews, Rivals’ 9th best player in the class.

That’ll do for now. See you in the morning.

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.

30 Comments for International Sushi Day’s News and Views

  1. RC
    11:21 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    This NBA draft is really shaping up to be one of the absolute worst since the early 80’s. Noel is not a lock to be anything more than a serviceable bench contributor for his career. And it’s hard to gamble on that with the #1 overall pick- even in a weak draft.

    Look, I love me some Nerlens Noel, but The Association is a much different game than what he faced in college. He’s physically weak to begin with to play the 5 at the next level and he’s coming off knee surgery. Greg Oden had a far better resume coming out of Ohio State and turned into a bigger wasted #1 pick than Olowakandi or Kwame Brown.

    Maybe this story isn’t true but it’s the worst news Noel could get a week before the draft. The last thing any teams need is a non-basketball reason to pass on Noel. Because I’m here to tell you, the basketball reasons alone are shaky. Even in a weak draft.

  2. Duke blows
    12:42 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    2) How can you compair Oden to Noel! Oden had a completely different injury then Noel and he was ONLY a bust because of that! ACL’s are coming a common injury to recover from now and to say Noel is only going to be a bench player is short selling him. He might not be the next Shaq but he’s as good or better then Chandler at the same age. Strength will come with age and the draft is more about potential then right now!
    Most of the negative press is started by other teams anyway. ESPN is famous for putting stories like this out so viewers will watch the draft and to have a little drama. I’d wager Noel goes in the top 3 !

  3. New Breed of Football junkie
    1:22 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    I want Matt Elam worse than I ever wanted Wiggins, Elam might be the best player for the blue and white in generations especially coming out of this state.

  4. kingrex
    1:24 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Where is Cal when this entourage was chosen? Honestly. This is the kind of bs he is supposed to prevent.

  5. SeaCat
    1:25 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Please let’s talk about out Bball boys!!
    The new ones!!
    The best class ever, maybe.
    This football crap is getting stale…

  6. Big Brother
    1:25 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Lol, Louisville’s “trying to take over the state” now….

    ….They have ONE good year, and this………….

  7. SeaCat
    1:30 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry: our bball boys, to be
    not Nerlens, not Archie, not Shargj Alene ( sp? Intended)

  8. Mark
    3:24 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    9, get coherant man, damn…

  9. Cat
    7:03 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    This could just be pre-draft BS put out to the media by teams who would love for Nerlens to fall to them in the draft. Russillo only knows what people tell him. Don’t believe everything the media reports.

  10. Sushi lover
    7:42 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    You disgrace the art of sushi “quiet lo” (round eye).

  11. tickle
    7:56 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    that sushi crap will give you worms

  12. Sushi lover
    7:57 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Darn auto correct. Round eye is – quiey lo

  13. Bubba
    8:04 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    The best sushi place in Nashville is Roy’s BBQ sushi on Granny White Pike

  14. SeoulCat
    8:18 am June 18, 2013 Permalink Loves me some sushi. I think negitoro is on the agenda tonight.

  15. tom
    8:31 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t understand this obsession with constantly stating our early positions in the 2014 football recruiting wars. None of the top players in America have committed yet so we are going to drop precipitously once those chips begin falling. It’s like an owner going nuts when their horse goes all out for the first quarter mile of the Derby yet everyone, including the owner, knows full well the horse won’t keep up that pace.

    I think it makes us look small…like rushing the court.

  16. UK Guy
    8:44 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve been eating sushi for years and learned a couple things. Bendoya on5th in downtown Louvul is delicious and today is buyoneget one free.
    NBA scouts put out negative crap every year about players to make others shy away from them, it’s partof the game.

  17. RC
    8:55 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    #2- you’re correct that Oden and Noel had different injuries. But Noel blew out his ACL diving for a loose ball. Mostly because he’s too thin and weak physically.

    The NBA is a grown man’s league. Noel is going to get destroyed by DeAndre Jordan, Tyson Chandler, Zach Randolph, Tim Duncan, Marc Gasol, DeMarcus Cousins, Dwight Howard, etc. etc.

    I can’t fathom Noel filling out to 240 lbs, which is really what it would take him to be successful at the next level. He doesn’t have anywhere near the offensive game that Anthony Davis had, so despite Davis being a little thin and weak he was able to perform well offensively. Noel has ZERO offensive game outside of 5 feet, so he’s going to have to go up, over or through bigger defenders.

    All I’m saying is that I wouldn’t be surprised that teams look elsewhere with the top picks because Noel is not a guaranteed success. It’s a horrible draft in terms of legit prospects, so why roll the dice on a 7-foot giraffe that can’t handle other bigs in the paint?

  18. BeerCanChicken
    8:55 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Check out for your family friendly UK Sports Forum. We might be in the offseason, but there’s plenty to hash out with Stoops and Co. killing it on the recruiting trail. Come visit the recently upgraded site.

  19. RahRah
    9:00 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    I’m one of your biggest fans, Mrs. T, but never for one minute do I forget that we have the #1 basketball class arriving in Lex! CATS 2014

  20. Michael F. Jox
    9:03 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    #18 is exactly right.

  21. Michael F. Jox
    9:03 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    My bad, meant #19. No hard feelings, #18 🙂

  22. Michael F. Jox
    9:04 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Damn it, who keeps moving these numbers around!? I give up, RC is exactly right!

  23. lonnieb
    9:23 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Noel was blocking the ball off the backboard not diving for a loose ball.. he didnt tear his ACL b/c he is weak…he tore it b/c the way he landed and hit the stansion(spelling) and hi knee was in textbook biomechanical position for an ACL tear. Literaly….textbook….while i agree about your assessment of his ability vs other bigs.
    Also quite frankly the has not been a ton of success in basketball with coming back from ACL’s. Basketball has so many more instances than football where your knee is in bad (ACL) positions….thats why a lot of people in basketball end up tearing it again…

  24. Ozell
    9:40 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Krogers make the best sushi

  25. Rcrogers23
    9:42 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    School restaurant on old Todd’s rd in Lexington has the best sushi in Kentucky and they even have a conveyor belt!

  26. theSkinny81
    9:42 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    24 – lol. By far….

  27. theSkinny81
    9:43 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Sugano’s in Lexington is the best, followed by Seki. (IMHO)

  28. Dan
    9:45 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    15- We all know that we won’t stay at #2, but the point is when have you ever seen Kentucky football recruiting close to this point even in the early game? Also, I’m not sure that we’re going to drop that far, really. Now that Matt Elam is the 10th best player in his class, if we get him and our recruiting class maintains some of the momentum we have now, then we should stay top 10. Even if we fall to the 10’s or 20’s, it’s still going to be way better than before and is something to be excited about. Hell, Stoops has already pulled in more 4* recruits for 2014 than Joker did his whole time as coach.

  29. tom
    10:28 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    28 – Dan, point taken and I didn’t mean to sound so negative. In recruiting, Stoops is way over Joker. Now Stoops has to prove it on the field. I sometimes get frustrated by the young, inexperienced writers on this blog that have at least four pairs of blue tinted glasses on or repeat the mantra of Matt Jones, who is in bed with the UK Athletic Department. Personally, I like to read a fan page BUT with some realism in it. Some of these kids just don’t have the historical knowledge to make solid comparisons.

  30. BNClay
    2:21 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Wow I am not near cultured enough to properly consume sushi.