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Some late Christmas notes


Here’s what you might have missed while you were watching A Christmas Story twelve times…

– You thought this was the one day of the year that you could spend with your family and not worry about any heartbreaking Enes news?  So did I.  But, that turned out to not necessarily be the case as The Good Doctor Jerry Tipton included in his UK basketball notebook (headlined by a story on an ex-Vandy player) a note saying that it can be presumed that UK’s efforts to get Kanter on the court have failed.  The Good Doctor bases that assertion on the fact that the NCAA has not yet reversed its original decision.  While it could be very possible that Enes Kanter could ultimately be ruled  permanently ineligible again, it seems a somewhat goofy reasoning for making that presumption.  The folks at UK still have no indication as to which way the ruling has gone, so you’d have to presume (I like that word) that Mr. Tipton is just taking a stab at it.  If he had a source, you could presume (good word) that he would have cited it as such.  The #EnesWatch continues.

– In an unlikely twist five-star shooting guard Ricardo Ledo committed to Providence.  The nation’s #7 overall player in the class of 2012 was set to visit UK for the Coppin State game Tuesday and then take in the UK-U of L game as a guest of the Cards on Friday.  Instead, he’ll be doing a Roger Williams impersonation and taking his talents to Rhode Island, where he will deal with the painful realization that it is not Kentucky.

– Mitch Barnhart got in the holiday spirit and gave Tee Martin a two-year contract extension.  Compass Bowl tickets are on him.

– Rumors also circulated the internet on Saturday that DeMarcus Cousins could be bound for the D-League after his choking gesture and refusing a high-five from his coach.  It should be noted that the rumors of a demotion for the 5-22 team’s leading rebounder were also followed by rumors of the coach and general manager losing their jobs.  Should be a fun end to 2010 in Sacramento.

 – Christmas also gave the opportunity for other rumors to start circulating on Twitter.  Word circulated Saturday that Hulk Hogan had died and Jim Tressel had resigned as Ohio State’s coach.  Both turned out to be untrue.  Turns out Hogan is recovering from a spine surgery in the arms of someone who looks like his daughter and Tressel’s vest remains in charge of the Terrell Pryor Trading Company.  Here’s what the OSU athletic director had to say:  “Merry Xmas everyone!! Go back to drinking your eggnog!! Rumors not true. ”  Seriously, go back to your eggnog.

 – Lakers.  Disappointing.  Kevin Durant.  Awesome.

Finally, this might have been the closest we’ve gotten to a major heavyweight fight in about 10 years.  If Magloire wasn’t in that suit, there would be blood spilled.  Believe that.


See you in the morning.

Article written by Thomas Beisner