Arrr. It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Seventeen years ago, two friends were playing racquetball and instead of their usual trash talk, decided to start talking in pirate slang. They found they had more fun doing that than playing racquetball, so they started a holiday on which they only spoke like pirates. Seven years later, with the help of Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Dave Barry, that spiraled into an actual International Holiday. It’s even on my desk calendar at work, along with National Grandparents Day and Administrative Assistants Day. (The printer clearly has priorities.)
So, to get you ready, here is some basic pirate lingo, courtesy of www.talklikeapirate.com:
Ahoy! – “Hello!”
Avast! – Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Whoa! Get a load of that!” which today makes it more of a “Check it out” or “No way!” or “Get off!”
Aye! – “Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.”
Aye aye! – “I’ll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over.”
Arrr! – This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. “Arrr!” can mean, variously, “yes,” “I agree,” “I’m happy,” “I’m enjoying this beer,” “My team is going to win it all,” “I saw that television show, it sucked!” and “That was a clever remark you or I just made.” And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!
List your favorite pirate in the comments section. I’m going with Johnny Depp. I bet a lot of you are going to say Mike Leach.
Avast, ye news and views!
— ANDREW WIGGINS NEWS! According to Wiggins’ high school coach, Rob Fulford, Wiggins’ parents are coming to Huntington Prep in “a few weeks” to make a decision about Wiggins’ future. AKA reclassify. AKA commit to the Cats. AKA help us bring home #9. Or #10…with Cal, we have to learn to dream bigger.
— Rick Minter and Randy Sanders faced the media on Tuesday, with not a lot to report other than the fact that Florida’s really, really good. Also good? Demarcus Sweat, who moved up the depth chart after a stellar outing against Western. Sanders said Sweat’s only problem is “being where he’s supposed to be” on the field, a symptom of being a rookie. Sweat had a good game on Saturday, but I’m starting to wonder if the Cats have a consistent playmaker at wide receiver aside from La’Rod King (and maybe Aaron Boyd). After each game, we’ve heard the coaches rave about a different young wide receiver. First, it was Darryl Collins, then DeMarco Robinson, and now Demarcus Sweat. Having multiple threats on offense is great, but some consistency would be great too. They need to earn those Randall Cobb comparisons.
— Boone’s Butcher Shop Injury Report:
Co’shik Williams participated in practice on Tuesday, but was limited. He’s listed as day-to-day, but Running Backs Coach Steve Pardue said he is doubtful for Saturday’s game in the swamp.
Day-to-day: Cartier Rice, Darrian Miller
Doubtful: Josh Forrest
Out: Gabe Correll
— Mitch Barnhart attended the Joe B. Hall statue unveiling Tuesday morning, but left town afterwards. When contacted by reporters for a statement on Joker Phillips’ job status, UK spokesman Tony Neely echoed what Mitch said prior to the season: “We’ll go through the season and evaluate at the end of the season.” Arrrr.
— Traveling when you’re the #2 pick in the NBA Draft is just better. Check out MKG and his fam on “travel day”:
Where are the screaming kids, cramped seats, chatty neighbors and bad food? The only thing MKG’s “travel day” and mine have in common is sweatpants.
— Technically, fans aren’t allowed to start camping out for Big Blue Madness until Wednesday morning, but that didn’t stop a few diehards from setting up shop across the street from Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday. Starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday, they’ll be able to cross the street to claim their spots. If you’re still packing up your tent, pajamas and Lunchables, you better hurry. Even though they don’t distribute tickets until Saturday morning, those in line can get a control card starting at 2 p.m. on Friday. In any place other than Lexington, that would mean you have plenty of time, but this is the Big Blue Nation. We don’t mess around.
— The Lance Thomas jewelry scandal came to a disappointing close on Tuesday when Thomas and the jeweler who sued him for defaulting on a $67,800 payment reached a settlement. Are there still questions about how a college kid came up with $30,000 in cash for a down payment? Yes. Do they matter? No. The only chance the NCAA had at making a legitimate case against Duke relied on getting the jeweler to talk, which won’t happen now that the jeweler’s been paid. Let’s move on.
— According to New Jersey Hoops Haven’s Jerry Carino, 2015 manchild Karl Towns will visit Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, Kentucky & Duke this fall. Towns also told Carino that LeBron James advised him to “treat everyone in high school like they’re me.” Those poor, poor high schoolers.
— We posted a ton of pictures of the new Joe B. Hall statue outside of the Wildcat Coal Lodge on Tuesday, but this one is priceless. According to Ky Forward’s Jon Hale, Joe B. glanced at his statue while posing for pictures and said: “You poor soul. Talk about stress. Gillispie doesn’t know anything about stress.” Cal’s reaction?
— Kudos to A’dia Mathies, who has been named to the preseason “Wade Watch” list for The State Farm Wade Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top women’s basketball player each year. Mathies, a senior, was an absolute super star last season, led UK Hoops in scoring, assists, steals and 3-point field goal percentage last season. You go, girl.
See you in the morning, me mateys.