While you’re out running errands today for your trip to Canada this weekend, you might notice that it is a ghost town out there. The roads are completely clear, businesses are closed, and downtown looks like a scene from Vanilla Sky. No, everyone isn’t at Kenny Perry’s birthday party or at the lake celebrating the Declaration of Independence of Quito – Madden ’11 hit stores last night at midnight and everyone has locked themselves indoors and are going ham on the sticks. It’s that time of the year when relationships abruptly end, Energizer and Mountain Dew quadruple their sales, and your alter ego, who is a 99 speed, breaks the NFL record for yards in a game with 700. And for some of you, it is the only time the Bengals will ever win a Super Bowl (depending on your skill level.) This year’s 22nd installment of the video game franchise features Drew Brees as the cover boy and, more importantly, the addition of Gus Johnson to the play-by-play crew. That’s right folks, for just $59.99 you can have Gus Johnson audio right at your fingertips. Sold.
Now let’s run through your Tuesday News and Views so you can get back to that online dynasty…
— The big news of the day in UK land was the UK summer basketball practice last night. The team practiced for 90 minutes in preparation for the upcoming Canada trip. Matt was among the media in attendance and he has a pretty solid analysis of the practice in the post below this one. For those of you who are too lazy to scroll down, just know that this team is going to run a lot, the freshmen are looking good, and no one is playing better than Deandre Liggins.
— Speaking of the Canada trip, it’s looking like Kentucky will be without Enes on the trip. Heartbreaking, I know. Big Jorts will hold down the paint for the Cats as Eloy Vargas and Enes will stay home and Terrence Jones nurses his ankle injury. Jones will make the trip but his playing status is still unknown. What is known is that Jorts is becoming an unstoppable force on the international scene. First he conquered China, now he has Canada in his crosshairs. May God have mercy on their souls.
— 2012 super-recruit Isaiah Austin committed to Baylor last night. The 7-foot high school junior is Rivals.com’s second ranked player overall in the 2012 class. Austin chose Baylor over Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, Georgetown, Oklahoma State, Iowa and Arizona, although Kentucky was never really in the running. Now that Isaiah Austin is a Baylor Bear, it is up to the Baylor coaching staff to decide on how to use him. Baylor can either build around the big man, or have Isaiah grow his hair out, put him on the women’s team, and claim he is a girl. It’s wrong, but if any school can pull off the Juwanna Mann, it’s Baylor.
— Baylor wasn’t the only school making moves yesterday in the 2012 class, Indiana received a commitment from Peter Jurkin. I googled “Peter Jurkin” to learn more about the kid’s game but couldn’t navigate my way through all of the pop-up ads to find what I was looking for. ESPN calls him a long, athletic post player with a lot of potential but let’s face it – he’ll never survive his first road game in college basketball.
— Chicago Sun-Times. Anthony Davis Jr. Chicago Sun-Times. Anthony Davis Jr. Lawsuit. Chicago Sun-Times. Anthony Davis Jr. That’s all I really have to say about that.
— Rumors are swirling all over the net that Quincy Miller is now leaning towards Louisville. According to HighSchoolHoop.com, a reliable source says Quincy wants to sign with Louisville but is worried that Pitino could potentially hold him back from being a one-and-done player. I find this hard to believe because, as we recently found out in the Sypher trial, Rick Pitino isn’t afraid to let his kids go early. Miller was believed to be a lock for Kentucky for the longest time, but the addition of Tim Fuller, who is very close to Miller, to the Louisville staff has drastically changed things. The recruitment of Quincy Miller is one for the ages, as Quincy will become public enemy #1 to whichever school he dismisses. We’re either going to love him or hate him.
— As I’m sure you already know, Michael Gilchrist was on campus this weekend taking in the life of a Kentucky Wildcat. Gilchrist’s fun-filled weekend included UK football’s Fan Day, “chillin n the room with D Lamb,” and a late night Tolly Ho trip with Stacey Poole. Gilchrist still has another year before he moves to Lexington but it seems like the future Cat is already in love with all things Big Blue.
— 24 days til football season. Must. Beat. Louisville.
That’s all for now, friends. Check back in with us throughout the day as we bring you Boone’s Delicious Deli Deals with a side of University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.
As always, Go Cats.