It is a moment in history today as we honor the passing of an American political icon, Ted Kennedy. While much will be written about his accomplishments in the Senate, his ability to produce the most important pieces of legislation of the past half-century and his amazing ability to cultivate strong friendships on both sides of the political aisle, for me Teddy’s death is more about the ending of an unbelievable political era. The three Kennedy brothers shown above represent the best of America in terms of their love of country and desire to serve (not to mention the 4th and oldest brother who died on a risky mission while serving in World War II). One was a Senator and then President. Another was a Senator, then Attorney General and ran for President. Another was a Senator for an astounding 47 years. Two of the three were gunned down and killed during their time in public service and the other spent an entire life in the political minefield, some of it because of his own personal failings. But in all three cases, these men literally gave their lives to public service and pursuing their vision of the common good. All three were tremendously wealthy. All three could have lived lives of luxury and leisure. Yet all pursued the calling of public service. No modern family (including the sisters who did so much in the private charity sector) has given more to America. And with Teddy’s death, that era has ended. He will be missed.
A couple of morning things….
— The team basketball workouts begin today and all talk will be about the new group of 13 to wear the Blue and White. It is worth remembering just how large the turnover has been for this UK team. Only 6 returning scholarship players will be on the court this season when the Cats begin against Morehead State. Yet, UK is still considered by most to be the #2 ranked team in America preseason. I doubt there has ever been a team with such turnover that also has such expectations.
— I talked to a student at UK last night who ran into Patrick Patterson and told me that he is built “like a sculpture” after his workouts in San Francisco. While I tried to avoid more detail due to awkwardness, the student said, “no person is in better shape than Patrick..it would be impossible.” Darrell Bird of TCP had similar comments last night and also said Daniel Orton had lost a great deal of his baby fat. Amazing stuff…wait till they send Claude Bassett out to San Francisco next summer.
— CoachCal.com had an EXCLUSIVE news report today that Mark Krebs will get the 13th scholarship this season for the Cats. So if you are grading at home, how many of you had Matt “Beast” Pilgrim, Kevin Galloway and AJ Stewart not on scholarship but Mark Krebs on scholarship. Not many I bet. I do like Mark a great deal though and think he might surprise a couple of people with his outside shooting.
— The UK football team has the day off today as they get ready for their first day of classes. The UK football luncheon is in Louisville today and we will let you know if any news occurs. For now, it is finalizing the depth chart for the first game, which is now just 10 days away.
— And the news late last night that might surprise a bit is that Stacey Poole, son of former Gator star Stacey Poole, has UK as his leader now in his recruitment. I remember Poole’s dad playing and the thought of his son now being ready to potentially be a Cat makes me feel old.
More in just a bit….