I know it’s not sports and the mere mention of politics drives some folks insane in here, but I couldn’t let the experience of this past weekend go by without one mention by me on here. The time as MC of Fancy Farm this weekend was one of the cooler things I have done. It is a scene unlike any other, with people in the crowd amped up about politics and ready to scream their lungs out for their candidates. As a speaker, I must tell you that it was the hardest crowd I have ever been in front of. People are yelling at you and if you say something they don’t like (which is impossible not to do when you are making jokes about the candidates), they yell. However it was very cool and quite an honor to be a part of. The picture above is that of Mitch McConnell as I began telling a few of my jokes about him…he didn’t seem to happy with me and I would think it is likely an audit is coming my way in the relatively near future. I know to some all mention of politics are treason, but for those of us that are a part of this site, we write also about our lives. And Saturday was a very cool day for me…plus Drew is going to mock everything in a post in the next day or two and I have a feeling it will be brilliant.
With that, some thoughts for the morning:
— The big news of the weekend is Isaac Humphries and the possibility of him joining the UK Basketball team this fall. I wrote more about this earlier (just scroll down), but the main thing to remember is this. An addition of Humphries is important for this year but also for the future. Calipari really likes this kid and the UK staff believes he can develop into a player. He will give them minutes this year, but his most important role will be potentially the next season. He still must get eligible however and until that happens, his announcement for the team will not be official.
— The 2016 class as a whole is starting to take more shape for Kentucky. I am starting to hear a lot of buzz about De’Aaron Fox as potentially the next recruit with major Kentucky interest. A couple of national recruiting guys switched their pick to UK this weekend (which matters), but I think much more important is the way the UK staff is moving in on him. He, like some of the other top guys in this class, has risen through the summer and has seen his interest from UK rise accordingly. He can get to the basket and reminds me a bit of Brandon Knight, not so much in look but in style of play. He would be a great get in a class full of very good point guards.
— Football Camp starts this week…and the guys are very excited. There is an excitement about the team by the kids in the program that is really fun to watch. They are all chomping at the bits to get on the field and the momentum of the last few weeks around UK football is enthralling. There are a number of questions on defense but I truly believe the offense is scheduled to absolutely take off this year in every way possible. For me it all comes down to Patrick Towles and everything I hear suggests that he is ready to take control and make a big step up this year. If he does, the Cats will score a lot of points.
— Quick question for everyone…if Kentucky football improves and the schedule can improve accordingly, which major opponent besides Louisville would you want to see on the schedule? It is an interesting question and one that could come into play as the schedule gets made for 2017 and beyond.
The day will continue today with a lot of football news as the players start to get ready for the season…Media Day is Friday so get ready for the football fix to continue. The KSR Tour heads to Bowling Green at Chaney’s Dairy Barn. Ryan is going to milk a cow and we are going to talk about Humphries and behind the scenes at Fancy Farm…should be fun.