Did you hear the good news? The fine folks reached an agreement on the debt ceiling and have sent it over to the Senate for a vote. I know. I don’t care either. Not on a day like this. Not on a day when Randy Moss retired from the National Football League. Word broke Monday afternoon that though we’ll all be getting our dose of football this fall, it won’t come with the 6’4″ cherry on top that is Randy Gene Moss. The man who went from one of the most electrifying rookies I’ve ever seen to one of the most dominant wide receivers in the history of the game decided he’s ready to just be what he’s always been. Randy Moss. That means fishing and grinding on Miss Kentucky. And for that, we salute him this morning.
Now onto a few UK notes…
– First and foremost, Kentucky got a football commitment. I think. Read the post below if you haven’t seen it yet. And then hope that Tee Martin checks his voicemails.
– Who wants some commitments? I think we’re all just about ready for that. Fortunately, we seem to be entering that time of year. Jeff Goodman alluded to it Monday on The Leach Report and ESPN’s Dave Telep wrote a little Insider article on the idea as well. It’s that time. Over the next several weeks, the mess created during the evaluation will start to sort itself out as players set their visits and then start committing. For Kentucky, things are slightly different, since the players they’re targeting are primarily lumped at the top of the class, where things typically drag out a little longer. However, that doesn’t mean that things can’t pop up over the next few weeks leading up to Madness. At this time last season, the Cats already had Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague in the bag and landed Anthony Davis in mid-August and Kyle Wiltjer later in the month. This is the month where things should start to sort themselves out a little better and we can start to get a more clear picture of what the 2012 class will bring.
– Along that same line, the Kansas site Jayhawk Slant reported Monday that Kaleb Tarczewski will be making a decision Tuesday or Wednesday. The situation with the seven-footer from New Hampshire is a little peculiar in that Kentucky was not believed to be much of a player a few weeks ago before resurfacing again in the past few weeks. Matt was told at the Peach Jam event a few weeks ago that the Cats were in a much better spot than anyone realized, which was followed by Kentucky showing up again as a possible destination when Tarczewski was interviewed there. Jody Demling reported Sunday that there’s a significant amount of buzz in Orlando surrounding the Cats and the five-star center, but have they done enough to close the gap on Kansas and Arizona? According to Jayhawk Slant, we should have an answer in the very near future.
– Oen of the other names brought up in the Goodman conversations, Ricardo Ledo, is making a strong impression in Puerto Rico. The five-star shooting guard is trying out for the Puerto Rican national team, once set to be coached by Rick Pitino. According to Adam Zagoria, Ledo has been offered a spot on the team thanks to his strong showing at the tryout camps. If Ledo accepts the challenge (every indication is that he will), he’ll get to see a certain Division I head coach at the FIBA Americas tournament this summer and, more importantly, get more time to talk professionalism with JJ Barea, with whom he’s spent some significant time already. This seems like a very good situation all around.
– With just about no one paying attention, the Big East released its preseason predictions Monday night and Louisville was picked to finish seventh in their conference. But don’t worry about that. Charlie Strong is the greatest recruiter ever and they’re going to turn it around this year because they beat Southern Miss and he is a good recruiter and they’re going to sneak up on people and he is a good recruiter and the play at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and he’s a good recruiter and the have new uniforms and he’s a good recruiter. Also, Charlie Strong is the greatest recruiter ever in the history of the world. Wake up media and Vegas oddsmakers! Tha Cards are for real.
– In the most unsurprising thing ever written on this blog: Randall Cobb is doing very well in Packers camp. Sports Illustrated raved about Cobb when they made their stop at Packers camp and ESPN came away similarly impressed. Cobb is practicing with the first special teams group and the Packers seem intent on using him there for now, with a possibility of giving him more time at wide receiver as camp progresses. There are even hints that they might put in a few plays that will put him in the backfield. I miss you, Randall. I miss you a lot.
– Finally, don’t forget to stop in for the DeMarcus Cousins autograph tour. Boogie will be in Elizabethtown Tuesday and back in Lexington Wednesday at Fan Outfitters. The stop in E-Town will be at the Kentucky Korner in the Towne Mall and will be free. It runs from 6-9.
That’s it for now. Make sure you stick around for fun stuff all day. Matt will host his radio show, appropriately called Kentucky Sports Radio, on Talk Radio 1080 from 10-Noon. Make sure you check it out. In the meantime, watch this commercial again. It is awesome.
See you in a few…