Notes before the only home “daily double” of football and basketball games on the same weekend:
— I am looking forward to tonight’s game against Clarion for a couple of different reasons. First, watching the offense with Wall at the controls will be interesting, to see if some of the stagnant nature from last week will be remedied. My guess is it will. But most importantly to me, I am looking forward to seeing Coach Calipari do adjustments. The most frustrating part of the Billy Clyde experience was his unwillingness or inability to ever change his gameplan, no matter how much it failed. Last Monday we saw a lack of aggressiveness and some strange performances from players that we are accustomed to seeing play differently. Lets see how that changes this week…my guess is that it will significantly.
— On the football side of things, I find it a bit odd that Trevard Lindley is reinserted in this game against Eastern after his injury. I am sure the coaches would say that they want Lindley in real game action before the crucial final three game stretch. However considering the nature of such injuries and the likelihood of them being repeated, it does seem like a bit of a chance to me.
— On the running back side of things, I hope for a big game for Alfonso Smith and Moncell Allen. Both have seemed to struggle to totally find their footing this year and this is a big chance for both guys. Plus this will be a time for Larry Vaught to make his weekly “I hope to see Donald Russell” play comment in the press conference…something I always look forward to.
— Even though I like watching him play, I was glad to see Lebron not get bailed out last night. The trend of star NBA players driving to the basket at the end of games and throwing themselves at the defense in hopes of getting a foul call is one that needs to end.
— I hate to say this because I like him so much and his writing could not have been a bigger inspiration on this blog, but the Bill Simmons book is a bit of a disappointment to me. 200 pages in and it can be a struggle to get through. WAYYYYYY too much on 1970s basketball…hey Bill, all your readers are under 35. Embrace it.
— Chris Fowler called UK and Vandy “perennial doormats of the SEC” last night on the ESPN game. I know lots of UK fans are up in arms, but unfortunately it is true. Havent had an above .500 record in the SEC in a long, long time. While we are better now and the improvement to the program that Rich Brooks has brought cannot be overstated, we still are only a slight notch above Vandy and Mississippi State on a year in, year out basis.
— That kid dancing in the video below is epic.
— The podcast this week should be great. We are doing it live from the Delta Tau Delta house at UK and our panel will include Kenny Walker and Keenan Burton along with our man Woo. Should be a great time. If you want to host a show in the near future, email me at [email protected] We already have invited to the Bobby Keith Classic in Clay County, another fraternity house at UK and a Bluegrass Stallions game in Lexington. Get on the list….its worth it just to hang with Woo.
— There arent many more glowing reviews of a player than this article about Chuck Hayes in Houston. It starts “Chuck Hayes is the most remarkable player on the NBA’s most remarkable team.” How is that for praise?