It’s Memorial Day weekend. If you aren’t grilling out, ducking away to the lake for the weekend, or karaoking in patriotic gear (oh, just me?)… chances are you will probably find your way to a movie theatre at some point this weekend. Memorial Day weekend is notorious for new movie releases, especially from the category I like to call “why do people like mediocre movies in the summer?” Memorial Day weekend tends to mark the release of the first big action blockbuster movies of the summer. This year, two of the weekends’ biggest movies are sequels. Many of you are probably planning to either see the Fast and the Furious 32 this weekend, or the Hangover (I refuse to give them separate numbers, because they are just the same movie taking place in a slightly, slightly different setting).
I do have faith though that the 3rd in the line of the Hangover movies will be better than the 2nd. I mean, it has to be right?
And now on to the news and views from the day…
“Winning the national championship has gone through our minds. Now it’s stuck in our minds. That is all we plan on doing, especially since we are all big competitors. We will refuse to lose next year.”
3 things I love about the demeanor/perceived attitude of this recruiting class:
1) They do not remind me of last year’s team at all.
2) They seem almost competitive to a fault. How good will those practices be next year? These guys are going to push each other day in and day out.
3) They are genuinely excited to come to Lexington.
“You’d think that we talk about how I can help Kentucky and basketball things like that, but we don’t. … He moreso talks about what I should want to be in life period…”
This guy sounds like Nerlens Noel 2.0. And if Cal is having these types of discussions with all of the recruits, that has to be a mother’s dream, I would think.
1) Matt Elam says that with the schools who are recruiting him the hardest, it’s essentially a 3-horse race between Kentucky, Louisville and Alabama. How often do you hear Kentucky (or Louisville for that matter) in a final 3 list with Alabama? Elam is that good, and Kentucky has put itself in good position to be a final contender for his services.
2) 3-star Offensive lineman/Offensive tackle Ty Barrett out of Dallas, Texas has cut his list of schools to 7 via Twitter. Kentucky made the list along with some other big names:
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kentucky, TCU, Texas Tech, Baylor and Ole Miss.
3) 3-star Safety Mike Edwards out of Cincinnati, Ohio also used Twitter to announce his top 6 schools. Edwards was once thought to be headed to Kentucky, but the tides changed a bit recently. Kentucky is still in play though:
Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Kentucky, Wisconsin and West Virginia
4) 4-star WR Derek Kief out of Cincinnati, Ohio also trimmed his list to 5 on Thursday. Kief showed his creativity by using a nifty (haven’t used that word since i was carrying about a L.L. Bean backpack with my initials on it in 7th grade) graphic/rap lyrics. Kentucky also made the list, along with Notre Dame, Ohio State, Northwestern and Alabama. That’s 2 big time players in which Kentucky and Mark Stoops are going toe-to-toe with Alabama for… Is that a sentence you expected to read about 2 years ago?
5) The National Football Post released their rankings so far for the class of 2014. Despite the early rankings, Kentucky cracked the top 25 with the #21 ranked recruiting class in 2014.
-“It went very well. We got a lot of work done. We still have a long way to go, but I was excited. Our players had a great attitude, worked extremely hard and we got a good start on things.”
-“We have to be more physical, but I feel like our coaches approached it the right way. We were as physical as we could be in the spring. We’re looking forward to having a great summer…getting bigger, getting stronger.”
-“We’re still packed up there (referring the quarterback race). Jalen had a real nice spring game. He gives us that other dimension with the running.”-
-“I was excited about Raymond (Sanders). I was happy with him.”
Parrish on why Cal would work:
“Calipari is a master of convincing great players to play hard and well together, even if this past season flies in the face of that statement. Yes, I know, he’s widely considered to be a “failed NBA coach” because of his stint with the Nets. But Calipari has changed so much since those days, and he’s much better suited to manage egos now than he was when he got his first NBA job at age 37.”