There are certain times in civilization when the entirety of the human race is united as one. The Boston Marathon bombings. 9/11. The shooting of Martin Luther King, Jr. The day Twinkies were taken off the shelves. And now, Sharknado.
More menacing than a tropicamel storm but nowhere near as terrifying as a raptoricane, a sharknado is, quite simply, what it sounds like: a tornado filled with sharks and the premise of SyFy channel’s latest made for TV movie. I’m not going to recap the movie for you; you can read that here. But I will say these two things: one, I now know that a chainsaw is the most proven method for killing a bloodthirsty shark, and two, when that one girl said, “They took my grandfather. So I really hate sharks,” I was like, “same.”
Nearly 24 hours after it was introduced to the world, Sharknado is pretty much already done with its fifteen minutes of fame, but my, it was glorious while it lasted. Hurry, get your news and views before the rerun starts.
-Let’s get the bad news over with. Sophomore running back Josh Clemons was injured today in a workout and was scheduled to have an MRI tonight. There are no official reports about the extent of his injury, but sources say it could be an Achilles tendon injury. As you probably remember, Clemons tore his ACL last season, interrupting what was looking to be a really promising start for the young guy, and had shown well in practices thus far. A UK spokesman has confirmed that Clemons has a leg injury and that we will know more on Monday. Keep your fingers crossed that this is one of those “not as bad as it looks” things, because I don’t have it in me to make Clemonade out of Clemons.
-If the mailman isn’t bringing letters from Kentucky, 2014 commit Mike Edwards wants those other letters NOWHERE near his mailbox.
–Peach Jam Cliffs Notes: Malik Newman is the man. Cliff Alexander is a beast. Keep an eye on Thon Maker. Stanley Johnson has high potential but may still be a little raw.
–Speaking of Stanley Johnson, the 2014 small forward ranked 8th best in his class, made a statement with 33 points, 14 rebounds, and four steals in his team’s win today. Just as exciting were his comments about visiting Kentucky (who has offered him as their only small forward at this point) for Big Blue Madness:
“That’s supposed to be the biggest show ever. I talked to Cliff [Alexander], he went last year. I have a couple people that went last year. The coaches have explained it to me. I told them I want to be there for the best. I want to see Rupp 30,000 deep.”
Dude’s hyphie. Can you blame him?
-After watching Tyus Jones and Malik Newman play today, Coach Cal made an exit from the Peach Jam to travel to Philly for the Reebok Breakout Classic’s all-star game, featuring Josh Perkins, Rashad Vaughn, and Emmanuel Mudiay.
-Those Trey Lyles comments that had everyone all riled up yesterday? Well, he seemed to realize some of the backlash and clarified to my husband TJ Walker at the Jam that “U of L develops them better because they have them for long periods of time, but Kentucky has had a lot of guys go one year and done and when they’re in the league they’re actually doing something.” So chill, brah.
-While we back at home await his final transfer decision early next week, Kyle Wiltjer contributed two points in Team Canada’s win over Team USA, which puts the Mounties into the quarterfinals.
-In NBA summer league news, Eloy Vargas raised some eyebrows today with a nice little stat line: 19 minutes, 4-5 field goals, 9 points, and 2 rebounds for the Knicks’ summer team. Somewhere, Hayley Minogue is Vining about this.
-Other summer league lines? For OKC, DeAndre Liggins scored two points while Daniel Orton had twelve, and Darius Miller had twelve points for the Pelicans;
-Here’s an interesting little nugget for your Friday night: Lexington was ranked the 13th best city for SEC sports fans. Okay, I can understand how football may put us in the bottom half, but thirteenth out of fourteenth and only ahead of Vanderbilt? That seems silly.
I’ll be back tomorrow morning, y’all. The parents I’m babysitting tonight are at a Wilco/MMJ/Bob Dylan concert. It’s cool. I’m not bitter.