Due to a balanced combo of laziness and seniority, it’s been awhile since I’ve assumed weekend duty on KSR and I just found out that there is a weekend night post. Not sure when that started, but it’s a nice touch. And it’s also the perfect time to give a shout-out to UK’s Rondel Sorrillo (name spelling dependent on what site you’re looking at), who won the NCAA 200 meters today, just a day after placing second in the 100 meters to Jeff Demps and his 9.96. I got a little nauseous from my World Cup Fever and spent part of my day watching the UK track and field team compete with nearly no previous knowledge of them and came away quite impressed (except for the dropped baton in the 100 meter relay). Sorillo is the star and can boast of being the last man to beat Usain Bolt (in a preliminary heat at the Beijing Olympics) and now can add “only 200 meters champ in school history” to the superlatives in his yearbook. Amazingly, according to his Trinidad and Tobago track profile, he didn’t start competing in athletics until 2004 at the age of 18. Obviously, the Pump brothers need to start a Caribbean track and field program.
– Don’t forget that tickets for the UK Canadian Vacation go on sale Monday and can be purchased through the University of Windsor, who doesn’t have the technology to do it online. You’ll have to call (519) 253-3000, ext. 2437. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids and can be paid for in cash, credit card or moose pelt.
– The college football turf war continues to brew, but Saturday brought a new gang into the mix. According to our faux-hawked friend Gary Parrish, FedEx CEO Fred Smith is prepared to offer $10 million per year to any BCS conference that would admit the Memphis Tigers, offering to us. With FedEx pulling out of their Orange Bowl sponsorship, Smith has earmarked the money for a sponsorship with a conference that let’s Memphis join. The Tigers, as you know, play half their games inside the massive FedEx Forum and athletic director R.C. Johnson, who has never been shy about flaunting his orange and blue (he even tried to make Memphis wear FedEx jersies) leases a house in the palm of Smith’s hand. Publicly, I’d expect any conference commissioner who is asked for a comment to shrug it off. Privately, the potential high-dollar sponsorship opportunities could be intriguing. Once UK gets word of this, I expect the Wildcats to be playing in the Southeastern Coal Conference.
– The Cats will apparently be getting a visit from five-star big man Johnny O’Bryant, who looks nothing like you’d expect a “Johnny O’Bryant” to look like.
– Hey, did you hear that the US tied England today in the World Cup? If you didn’t, you must live under a rock. From what I understand, in basketball terms, this is like winning one out of two games on the road to start a series. In basketball terms, it also means casual fans should just tune in when the games have more meaning.
Thanks for spending Drew Franklin’s birthday with me. I’m glad we had this time together. I’ll never forget you.