When you think American heroes, who do you think? Maybe individuals such as Martin Luther King or possibly military heroes like Pat Tillman? All those are great choices…but dont forget about the man who brought the military into our living rooms, Jim Nabors, aka Gomer Pyle. Jim Nabors is one of the more unique people in American life. Part comic genius who played a goober on two successful tv shows and part American classic music singer, who finds a way to belt out the Indiana state song at the Indiana 500 every year. In fact, we all know Jim (whose birthday is today) originally from the “Andy Griffith Show” and “Gomer Pyle” (the former being only the greatest comedy show pre-“The Simpsons” besides “Green Acres”), but I think Nabors is far more fascinating in his singing career. When Nabors speaks, he sounds like he is from deep in Owsley County….but then he sings and he sounds like he is from just to the west of Venice, on his way to the opera with the “Three Tenors.” There hasnt been that type of speech fluxuation since Hillary Clinton went to Southern churches and faked a good drawl for the congregation. I like Nabors, and while I will never buy a Nabors album, I always enjoy his work, no matter the genre. And as they say, “Goober says hey….hey to Goober.”
To the news….
(1): The big news of the night is two-fold. Part I was our interview with 2009 wunderkid Daniel Orton. One of the top 5 players in America, Orton is a big-time player with skills that you dont often see in a big-man package. Tonight he was on our show and showed himself to be a very well-spoken young man with a good head on his shoulders….probably my favorite interview of the 2009 class so far. Orton said that he enjoyed the UK Elite Camp and that he is very close with Coach Gillispie and has known him since he was 8, when Coach began recruiting his brother. He said that he hasnt narrowed his list yet, but that Kentucky would probably get one of his five official visits. The interview is below (along with the opening segment of our show) and is definitely worth a listen.
(2): Part two of the news came from this source in New York that another 2009 star (and I mean star) Lance Stephenson has Kentucky in his final list of three schools, joining Kansas and UCLA. Stephenson may be the best overall talent in the class (depending on who you ask) and can do everything on the court. One has to think UK is third at this point, but Stephenson says he will be visiting UK….get him on campus and committed, and it could be time to cut nets down in Lexington….hit on one of Orton, Stephenson or John Wall, and it will be a special year.
(3): We will talk more about this later today, but the development of Ramon Harris is truly something. Razor had a chance to be one of the “summer wonders” last year, when info leaked that he was improving his game on a daily basis. But then he went and backed it up on the court, becoming a consistent starter and likely the best perimeter defender on the squad. Harris is continuing his work this summer, where he played on the Athletes in Action tour of Africa and scored the most points of any player on the trip. Ramel Bradley told me a month ago that Ramon Harris was the hardest worker on the team….if that continues, watch out.
Here is a video of Matthew Pilgrim from a game last year at Hampton. Shows some of his talent:
More throughout the day….who will be the next media member to get rated?….