It is way too hot in this city right now, so I am couped up inside ready to watch golf, NASCAR road racing and read a book about Havana being run by the mob in the 50s…and you say that a blogger’s life isnt sexy. Some notes….
— Last night was UK football Fan Day and from all indications, it was a great success. UK announced that it was the largest crowd in the history of the event and I personally thought the parking lot has never seemed fuller. The players were great as always and Rich Brooks and company stayed around long past the end to sign autographs. Brooks has a team on the field this year that you can really get behind…now they just have to win, which wont be easy with this schedule.
— Caliapri is in China and will be spending a few days putting on basketball camps for the Chinese basketball players. I was going to make a joke about a Chinese person coming over here and doing basketball camps in return, but then I realized that I dont know the name of one Chinese person that isnt Yao Ming. That is depressing.
— The John Wall dunk video is all the rage on the internet today. You saw it here yesterday and it showcases Wall driving past Reggie Bullock (a Tarheel recruit that looks silly), ignoring the outreached arm of one Poop Tooth (a Duke recruit) and then dunking on Jerry Stackhouse (who I didnt know was actually still alive). Great stuff and it gets me excited for the upcoming parade of highlights we will see this season.
— I counted the other day that Perry Stevenson has tweeted that four movies were “really good” this summer….Transformers, The Proposal, GI Joe and The Ugly Truth. Should we now call him the anti-Siskel and Ebert?
— There is something soothing about the sound of British soccer announcers when you wake up on a Sunday morning. I really have to start incorporating the words “magnificent” and “rubbish” into my daily vocabulary more often.
— Dustin tweeted last night that CJ Leslie is headed for a visit to UK in the coming weeks. Another great player headed to campus….now we just need a couple to commit.
— Met with two former Kentuckians who live in New York and DC last night about a project they are considering in which they follow the UK fanbase through the course of a season. The goal is to showcase the impact UK basketball has on the state and its fans. Both are interesting guys, both of whom are very intelligent and one of whom used to work for Michael Moore. It sounds like a great project and is they type of documentary that could easily end up on HBO or ESPN in the future.
— Alfonso Smith got a minor injury in practice Saturday and will be held out until early next week…apparently not a huge deal.
Thats about all we have. This week we start our preview of UK football opponents and I am guessing we might see a schedule announcement by the end of the week (or at least when the tv show announcing the schedule will occur).