We start today by giving a shout out to Mark Krebs, because he and a couple of former UK managers are putting together the UK Barnstorming Tour, which begins tonight at 7 pm at Newport High School in Northern Kentucky. Krebs has put together a stacked lineup that includes Patrick Patterson, Ramon Harris, Perry Stevenson, Mark Krebs, Ramel Bradley and the great Woo Obrzut. In addition, Jared Lorenzen will be there to play for the Newport team. It is going to be a great event and will start at 7 p.m at Newport High School, with Doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are only $5, with autographs available afterwards and merchandise available for purchase. I will be there to MC part of the event and there will be a host of former UK players for you to meet and greet. I love these events because it truly is the BEST chance for you to get to interact and meet with the UK players and this is a great group to see. So come out and support the events and a portion of all of the money raised is going to the fund for Mark Krebs’s mother’s cancer battle. Hope to see you folks there.
To the news:
(1): The big story of the day was the decision by CJ Leslie to become a member of the Wolfpack, joining some other top recruits and Ed Helms. Leslie originally had committed to the Pack, but it was thought he would look for a bigger school. Today he showed that the people who thought such things were utter morons and instead, he would stay in Raleigh to help the hometown team. I said earlier that I was glad he ended up choosing to stay home, and I still hold to that opinion. Leslie is a tremendous talent, but he comes with a lot of baggage and the Cats will be fine at the PF position either way. It is a big get for Sidney Lowe and it leaves Woo without the chance to do what he said he would do in the podcast a few months ago when he said, “if he comes here, I will have a talk to him about some things and it will hopefully help him on other things.” If only that could have happened.
(2): That leaves the 6:30 pm Friday decision by Terrence Jones as the next hurdle for UK fans in the seemingly never-ending recruiting watch. Jones will be making his decision after school on the West Coast, ensuring that those who are stumbling home from the Kentucky Oaks curse about the lack of service as they try to refresh KSR. Larry Vaught tonight reported that sources were tellling him that Jones was headed to UK, but of course last week, he tweeted that sources were telling him Teague was going to UL, John McCain had won the 2008 election, Conan O Brien was getting the Tonight Show renewed for another ten years and Stuart Scott’s eye was not creeping me out. So I am not sure whether we can take a lot from it. It seems that most of the folks around the UK program believe they are in good shape with Jones, while some of the national folks seem to think Washington may lead. Either way, decision time is less than 48 hours away and then we will all know whether my dream of seeing “Jones” on the back of a UK basketball jersey will become reality.
(3): Andy Katz commented today that he believed Daniel Orton was leaning towards staying in the Draft and not returning to UK. The news was not shocking but was an interesting tidbit from Andy, who may have been somewhat shellshocked from earlier in the day when I (true story) accidentally texted him the picture of our crazy new law billboard (Kentucky Law Works….the KLAW) that is going up soon in Eastern Kentucky, which shows me, the Bruce and six other lawyers looking tough and fighting for your rights against big insurance companies. He wrote me back with simply a series of ???? and I didnt respond because I was embarrassed that my attempt to send it to “Andy” with whom I went to law school ended up in the hands of the well-coiffed one from the Worldwide Leader. But surely that is what spawned him to report the Orton news, so all is not lost.
(4): For the record, that last note may be the oddest ever written on this site. Moving on, the UK baseball team lost a thriller to Louisville in a game that was amazing to follow. The Cats were down 6-4 in the top of the 9th, but scored five runs to take a 9-6 lead into the bottom of the inning. The Cards came up, the bats got hot and they ended up winning 10-9 in a game that one writer told me was the best college baseball game he had seen. The Cats and Cards end up splitting the season series and UK’s difficult baseball season continues, victim to crazy losses that seem to crush in new ways each time.
(5): If you havent seen the story of Dale Earnhardt Jr stealing a former UK football player and now coach’s wife, you need to check it out. First reported earlier today by the National Enquirer, apparently Tommy Cook’s father has confirmed that while Amy Reimann was married to Cook, she met Earnhardt Jr and ended up leaving her husband for him. Now I admit to having been a Jr fan. I liked his father and even though his son is the most overhyped non-restrictor plate driver in history, I always pull for him. But I am done for now…if you steal a Wildcat’s wife, especially a Wildcat like Cook who spent so much time giving for the team and worked as hard as anyone during his time at Kentucky…well that sir is the last straw. I cant cheer for Johnson or Gordon, and even though I like Mark Martin, you Mr. Jr have ended the whole Hendrick bunch for me. Junior has hurt a Cat and for that, he must be scorned. Below is a picture of those involved….
if I had told you yesterday that an beloved former UK football Cat, a Nascar Driver, a scandal and a tabloid magazine would be involved in a story today, you would have certainly had your mind racing. Sure, it is believeable that Jeff Snedegar could be involved in a love triangle with Juan Pablo Montoya on the pages of US Weekly. But Tommy Cook and Junior in the National Enquirer? Only in Kentucky folks….