For nearly three months, fans of The Office waited with a little bit of anticipation and a little bit of dread for the debut of James Spader’s “Robert California” character, who was sent to replace the now departed Michael Scott. After one episode, I can say with no reservations that I hope the writers of the show take next week’s script, put California in every scene and let him become the face of the show……and then shove it up their butt. He’s the worst.
A few notes….
– This will be your only conference realignment note and we’ll move quickly, I promise. I’m just as sick of it as you are. Two days after the Birmingham News reported that Missouri had “informally” agreed to join the Southeastern Conference, the schools’ chancellor held a press conference and said the Tigers are committed to remaining in the Big 12. Matt thinks – or at least his Twitter account does – that this means the SEC will now shoot for Virginia Tech or be content in settling down as a thirteen-team conference. Some people reported that Navy might be targeted as the fourteenth school. Those people are morons. Punch them if you’re brought in close contact. Regardless, Missouri is now apparently off the table as a potential SEC school and Mary Jo Perino’s heart can remain divided without conflict. What’s that? The chancellor said “anything is possible” when asked if Missouri would leave should the Big 12 not find a compromise? Nevermind then. This stuff is ridiculous.
– Also, it now appears that Texas A&M’s move to the SEC will not be contested and they’ll be ready to go next season. That was the second conference realignment note. Sorry for lying to you. It won’t happen again. Unless it’s convenient.
– Kentucky’s football team has a game with Florida tomorrow night, though you wouldn’t necessarily know it right now based on fan interest. There’s no question that Florida is a much better football team than Kentucky. You don’t need to look at a line that jumped ten points in less than a week to know that. But UK fans still generally find a bit of optimism when it’s time to face the Gators and that seems to be lacking this year. Most everyone seems to be expecting a blowout and that’s not a feeling that’s been very prevalent for quite a while in this program. And it sucks. The Cats don’t need to win the game to pull some of the fans back from the ledge and the doom and gloom that three poor performances have brought, but they need to put up a fight and keep from letting Florida paste them early with big plays. If the Gators blast out of the gate from the start and Kentucky sputters on offense, the crowd might get ugly. But if they can play inspired football and keep themselves competitive, that might just be the spark they need to break the funk of the season’s first three games.
– On a somewhat similar note, it seems like the football staff has started to sense the frustration and backlash this week and has gotten a little defensive. Joker Phillips stood before everyone Monday and confronted criticisms head-on, saying that he loves the program as much as anyone and pointed out that the Cats were 2-1, not 0-3. Thursday he called out a Courier-Journal report about their play tendencies and questioned the accuracy of it and even offered up what he’s tracked himself. It could be coincidental, but it’s almost seems like Joker is starting to get defensive and that’s generally not a good thing for a coach when there’s a potential battle in the court of public opinion. Again, a lot of things can be fixed with a better performance this week, but if the Cats come out and play poorly against Florida, the frustration will only RISE and those types of questions will continue to come his way. I’m not sure if that’s the best way to handle it.
– Cal was in Chicago doing what Cal does best. He checked in on Jabari Parker, who some think might be the best high school basketball player in the country, regardless of class. The last time people said that about a high school junior, his name was Michael Gilchrist and that worked out pretty well.
– If you’re looking to put a wager on which story will be told the most this weekend during the game, bet on this one about Ryan Tydlacka that was Tweeted out by Samantha Steele: “I have eaten 130+ wings, a bowl of ice cream & slice of cake in single sitting & was still hungry.”
– They celebrated on our field and now they’re brainwashing our kids. Lexington Catholic quarterback Kyle Bolin committed to Louisville Thursday night, proving that good kids can sometimes make bad decisions. The deliciously named JC Shurburtt says Bolin is rated as a four-star player, which makes him pretty darn good and gives the Cards a nice piece to their 2013 recruiting class. Kentucky is settled in pretty nicely with Patrick Towles in 2012, so nothing to get too bent out of shape about. Bolin also had an offer from Illinois and was getting looks from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, UNC, Notre Dame and Tennesee.
– How about that Matt Moore? We’re all Yankee fans this weekend. Only two games out.
– In case you missed the radio show, you should know that Ric Flair will not be appearing on KSTV. That wheelin’ dealin’ son of a gun requested $750 for five minutes of Skyping with our very own Matt Jones and we already had that money budgeted for Matt’s haircuts next month. I thought the monetary demands would be the surprising part of the story, but then no less than 20 people contacted us offering to contribute money in order to get him on the show. I love you all, but what the hell is wrong with you? Seriously.
That’s it for now. Make sure you stick around all day as we get ready to finally snap a 24-year streak of futility against the Florida Gators. Matt will be by to get your weekend started with Kentucky Sports Radio on Talk Radio 1080 at 10am. In the meantime, just know that this is coming to a television set near you…
See you in a few…