“I have no idea to this day what this cotton candy was made from. Truth is, I don’t wanna know. Some things are better left unsaid…”
Happy Birthday to Morgan Freeman who turns 74 today. Morgan has always been a favorite actor of mine from the first time I watched him in the Shawshank Redemption. No matter how many So and So Almighty movies he makes or The Sum of All Fear’s, he will still be my answer to ‘voice I would like to have narrate my life,’ questions. You know, assuming Gus Johnson isn’t available. Plus you have to love Morgan Freeman for being the go to co-star for our own Ashley Judd.
On to the news and views:
— Biggest news of the day yesterday was Calipari continuing his friskiness at the SEC meetings in Destin. Fresh off his tweets calling out the ‘triumvirate,’ and their ‘compadres,’ Calipari decided to take some shots at both the Big East (for their ability to get a million teams in the tournament and underperform,) and Duke (for their flopping culture.) That’s the attitude of a Final Four coach – and a coach that knows his team is going to be sick next year. I’ve gotta say, Calipari has unleashed the swagger lately, and I can only hope it continues into next season. Preferably with him telling Tipton ‘that’s just a bad question,’ after the first win of the season.
— In a little draft news, it looks like Brandon Knight will work out for the Kings on Thursday. It’s probably unlikely that Knight slips to 7, but if the Kings like what they see, they might trade up for him. This would give them two Cal point guards and Cousins, potentially moving them into the mandatory UK fan favorite if they could ever start winning. Meanwhile, Enes is scheduled to work out with the Jazz, the Raptors, the Cavs and the Timberwolves in the next couple weeks.
— Speaking of Enes, apparently somebody out there was spreading a nasty rumor the he had bad knees. According to Draft Express, internet rumors were circling that Kanter’s knees could not be trusted. I don’t know which one of you out there started it, but shame on you. Knee issues are a big man’s kryptonite when it comes to the NBA (just look at Oden and Orton,) so it’s relieving to note that the rumors were proved false with the release of medical examination results from the Chicago combine. And yes, in case anyone wants to know, we will now be giving out complimentary FreeKneenes T-Shirts as our prizes for all our imaginary contests.
— We got a little clarity with the Jasper to Texas Tech news from Monday, as we now know that the former UK Point Guard will be joining Billy Gillispie’s staff as a graduate assistant. What we don’t know, though, is if he will be in charge of teaching how to block free throws or serving as the equipment truck auxiliary bus driver.
— According to the Georgia 247 site, SEC commish Mike Slive has communicated to them that they won’t be getting rid of conference divisions in basketball. At least not next season. Frankly it seems a little early for this to be any sort of ‘final say,’ in the matter, but Slive did comment that he was interested in hearing support for the idea. Even if they don’t do away with the divisions next season, I would be surprised if there wasn’t a legitimate push made towards a no-division conference in the next few years.
— Looking for a good read on the hypocrisies and general stupidity of the NCAA rules? I stumbled upon a piece written by Jeff Weyant earlier yesterday, and he takes a look at the way the NCAA handled the Derrick Rose, Cam Newton, and now Jim Tressel cases and makes some interesting points in each. It’s nothing out of the ordinary, but if you’re looking to fuel your NCAA hate-fire, you should check it out.
— The Heat won game 1 of the NBA finals. I was going to bring Beisner in to guest commentate on that story, but he’s not returning my texts or my facebook pokes. According to my unscientific poll on the side of the site, this news makes a lot of you sad, just as it does me. Don’t fret though, it’s just game one of a seven game series. Plus I’m currently writing on a Miami Heat Hate blog that will probably get in LeBron’s head enough to swing the series. And that’s why Scottie Pippen thinks I’m probably a better blogger than Michael Jordan.
— Speaking of LeBron and Michael, I know I didn’t get enough of a reaction last time I made the comparison so I’m going to do it again. Mainly because this is a pretty well put together video (with an obvious bias towards Jordan.) I think the only reasonable answer to the Jordan/James debate is that James has the tools to be as good as and maybe better than Jordan, but he’s not there yet. But it’s more fun to pick a side and yell at the other one, so how dare anyone say LeBron is better.
— Finally, don’t forget to keep TC Drake in your thoughts and prayers. He has stabilized but remains in critical condition – we should know more over the next couple days. The Big Blue Nation is behind you.
Stick around for more news than you can butter a biscuit with – all day long.