The guy on the bottom? That’s Pitt’s punter.
Uh oh. It’s me. If you’re just waking up this morning and you’re thoroughly disappointed, I apologize. But, let’s be serious. You’ve woken up to worse and at least no one is going to see me sneaking out of your place in your favorite t-shirt. But, like I said, there will be no Matt Jones this morning, as he is currently in the middle of a cross-country road trip.
Damn, you would think that ambulance would have to stop sometime for gas or something.
Anyway, I was thinking we could kick this off by talking politics (what a debate!) or maybe even celebrating the birth of such music superstars as Gwen Stefani, Tommy Lee and Chubby Checker. Instead, I’d like to make you aware of Dave Brytus – the rare kicking specialist who might be the baddest MoFo on his entire football team. After the treble in Palin’s voice kicked my cowbell-induced headache into overdrive, I flipped the dial over to the usual mid-week Big East game between USF and Pitt and was immediately drawn to Pitt’s punter. The guy has what is easily the worst assortment of tattoos that I’ve ever seen in my entire life and, like a train wreck, it’s so terrible that you can’t help but look. He has assorted gothic letters and tribal designs all over both biceps and forearms, none of them meshing together and each them equally unpleasant to the eye. He looked a lot like most MMA fighters, who just seem to throw stuff on their body randomly. So, I figured I could just google a picture and make a joke and call it a day. It turns out, though, that this guy is an actual MMA fighter. I mean, he actually fights people – and not in bars like most big-time football players. And, he’s such an angry physical specimen that he sometimes breaks cinder blocks and sometimes he breaks boards to the Three Six Mafia. So, that’s it. I know nothing else about you Dave Brytus and, quite frankly, I don’t want to because I’m frightened. I never thought I’d see a punter as badass as Glen Pakulak and then you show up all mis-tatted and ready to rumble. Consider this mind blown.
Now, onto the UK news…
(1) The football scuttlebutt of the day was that 2009 TE recruit Ed Hazelett committed to Western Kentucky to play both basketball and football. At 6’9″, 270, Hazelett is certainly an intriguing physical specimen and would have been some sweet instant gratification following Justin Jones’ decommitment (which he’s not entirely committed too – maybe), but isn’t a massive loss for the Cats, who have already taken two commitments from TEs (Anthony Kendrick and Jordan Aumiller). Hazelett was rated as three-stars on Rivals and the 44th best TE.
(2) It seems that Rich Brooks continues to knock ’em dead on the interview trail. This time, Brooks turned on the charm for The Birmingham News in an interview about Saturday’s game. My favorite part? “Hey, we’ve flown under the radar ever since I’ve been here, except locally,” he said. “That radar was pretty intense for a while. I had burns on my skin from that radar.”
(3) When you have the history of UK, doubt often creeps in when you have a bit of success. With that in mind, ESPN asks if the UK defense is really what the numbers say it is. I think the consensus of the UK fan base all season is that we’ll know after the Alabama game what to really expect from this team. Is the defense as good as we think it is? Can our offense score on an SEC defense? I guess we’ll know soon enough.
(4) If anyone is making the trip to T-town for the UK-Alabama showdown, the Catwalk will be at 12:15 at gate 23, just off of Paul Bryant Drive so make sure you head over and get good and rowdy. The rest of us will be forced to watch the game on CBS and people not getting the game live, are able to stream online through CBS Sportsline.
Well, that’s it for now. Sorry it was so brief, but it’s time for this old man to get to bed. Stay tuned for more throughout the day for all kinds of goodness including Know Your Enemy: Alabama and this week’s Previews, Predictions and Potty Humor. Plus, there will be some other stuff too. Probably. Until then, enjoy this piece of history and know that Saturday will be the 11th anniversary of this game. Coincidence?