Thank you Kevin Bacon, for inspiring my wardrobe for all 25 years of my life.
I was all set to dedicate the night post to Toby Keith, when I realized I would likely never hear the end of it from my friends. I’ll admit to Toby Keith being a guilty pleasure of mine – particularly when I’m a couple bourbons in – but I don’t think I can write a full intro about him. So Toby Keith was in Broken Bridges with Kelly Preston who was in Death Sentence with Kevin Bacon. It’s also Kevin Bacon’s birthday today, so happy birthday to both you guys. Bacon is most famous to me for the six degrees of Kevin Bacon game, where pretty much any actor in Hollywood can be connected to Kevin in under six steps. I’m sure Tomlin would be much better at this game than I would, but for those of you who want to cheat at home the internet is here to help. Bacon has been in a number of movies – only two of which I have seen, being Apollo 13 and A Few Good Men. Both fit squarely into the “if they’re on television, we’re going to be late to go bowling because I have to finish them” category, so at least he’s got that going for him.
A One. A Two. A News and a View.
— The big news from the week continues as the summer evaluation period keeps going strong. Yesterday Calipari deviated from his original plan of heading to Akron in the morning to stick around a little longer in Indianapolis. While there, he was able to watch a number of big name recruits – Perry Ellis, Kaleb Tarczewski, and KSR’s namesake Chris Thomas. After wrapping up in Indianapolis, Cal made the trip to the Lebron James skills camp along with every other college coach in history it would seem. There were a number of Kentucky targets, namely Shabazz Muhammad, but there were also some college stars you’re likely familiar with. The likes of Jared Sullinger of OSU and Andre Dawkins from Duke were joined by Kentucky’s own Anthony Davis and Michael Gilchrist. It was a proverbial who’s who of amateur basketball and lucky us – we get one more day of it.
After the fact, Jared Sullinger tweeted this out…
It’s good to see Anthony Davis is making friends… But Sully was probably just excited that Jorts hasn’t passed his fastball down to Davis. Yet.
— Speaking of Anthony Davis, word on the street (AKA, word from SLAM magazine,) is that Davis got a chance to catch up with Duke Blue Devil Mason Plumlee. Then he posterized him. After throwing down what SLAM called a ‘thunderous dunk’ on the blue devil, Davis shrugged it off, saying “I ain’t saying nothing. I know he’s caught a lot of people and I don’t want to be the one he catches, you know, coming after me for revenge.” He’s modest, too. Is there anything Davis can’t do? So far no video of said dunk has surfaced, but it’s rumored that LeBron James had it confiscated. So he could study it. To learn how to be a winner.
— While no big news has broken regarding commitments, we have heard positive feedback from a few of the top players in the 2012 class. A few days ago Shabazz Muhammad named Kentucky as the only school he was certain to visit, and yesterday Ricky Ledo followed suit. While Muhammad may prefer schools that wear Adidas and Ledo may still have a list longer than BTI’s nose hair, it can be nothing but positive for Kentucky to be the first – and only – name on recruits minds at this stage in the game.
— It’s precisely because of that last statement that I’m not too concerned with the 2012 recruiting class. Look, I understand the reasons for concern. At this point we only have Ryan Harrow to count on. There are a lot of kids out there that are already committed. There are no ‘Kentucky Locks’ like there have been in the past. But when it comes down to it, you have to believe that Calipari will connect on at least 75% of what he shoots for (and that’s a conservative estimate.) We may not get every player he wants this go around, but we will get enough to pair with Harrow to have a more than serviceable class, and if the top targets end up picking different schools… I wouldn’t be shocked to hear some recruitments open back up.
— Want more Twitter with your news and views? CBS rounded up the ‘must-follow’ sports personalities, and of the 50 named three had connections to UK. Coach Cal for his philanthropy, Boogie for cracking walmart jokes about the lock out, and Stevie Johnson for calling out God (and being funny every now and then.) Also receiving mentions were John Wall and Terrence Jones. So yeah, #BBN #WeKnowWhatsUp.
— Meanwhile, Bruce Pearl is looking to his next coaching gig. While it’s still a ways off, Pearl claimed in a radio interview that “I do think I’m going to have the opportunity to coach again.” Where it will be or when it will be is still a mystery, especially knowing that the Committee on Infractions won’t rule until August. You know, they’ve been busy recalling game balls and all that.
— Finally, remember reading sometime last week that Lexington was the laziest town in America? Well guess what. We may be lazy, but we’re awesome at business and stuff. Forbes ranked Lexington 4th in the US in ‘best places for business and careers.’ Which is probably why my parents keep hounding me to ‘get a real job…’ Thanks a lot, Forbes.
This has nothing to do with Kentucky sports, but has everything to do with hilarity.
Scratch – take notes.
Stick around all day as we continue to bring you updates from Calipari’s wild ride around the nation, and all the news you can fit into a Popsicle wrapper (hey, it’s the off season.)