(This picture perfectly depicts the absurdity of this show…)
I’ll be the first to admit that when I saw the previews for ABC’s new reality television competition, I said to myself, “I will never, ever watch that show.” And then I got a bad cold on the first weekend of Spring Break, and something magical happened. For about an hour, I was able to be fully captivated by what I feel comfortable labeling as “the worst show in the history of television.” I needed something to watch and Splash was just sitting there, lurking in the On Demand section. Some TV shows are good because they are cleverly funny. Some TV shows are good because they are outrageously funny. Others are even subtly funny. The other type of funny, which I sometimes prefer, is the “so absurdly bad that it’s funny” variety. That’s Splash in a nutshell. Within 5 minutes, I had at least 3 what I call “baha” moments. “Baha” is what I use (especially when texting) when something made me burst out in laughter for a moment. Seeing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on a springy diving board will do that to you. And if that won’t, seeing Chuy from the show Chelsea Lately will. And if that still won’t make you laugh, the awkward intros and outros (is that even a word?) before and after commercial breaks, which include synchronized swimming numbers and odd costumes/music surely will.
The thing that continually struck me about watching this competition was just how dangerous it all looked. The celebrities, and I use that term awfully loosely, literally dive from very high distances into pools of water. If you’ve ever jumped from a high dive, you know that even failing to point your toes when entering the water can cause a painful smack of the bottoms of your feet. Although these celebrities (and I continue to use that term awfully loosely) aren’t necessarily doing the most advanced dives known to man, some of them are still doing inward dives and flips that make me hold my breath for a moment. I honestly can’t believe anyone agreed to do this.
After losing an hour of my life to the absurdity of the show Splash, I will freely admit that I said to myself, “I will never, ever watch that show again.” And honestly, I probably won’t. But for sheer strangeness, you really have to watch, even if only for a few minutes.
And now on to the news and views from the day…
One of the most buzzworthy stories of the day came from Andrew Wiggins’ brother of all people. Nick Wiggins, who is in Atlanta for the Final Four with his Wichita State team, caught up with Adam Zagoria regarding his brother (#1 2013 prospect) Andrew’s recruitment. Nick said that he doesn’t necessarily feel like Kentucky would be the best fit for Andrew because of the number of talented players coming in: “I don’t feel like it would be the best fit for him to make his own legacy.”
At the end of the day, Wiggins’ brothers comments aren’t necessarily something worth fretting over. Wiggins has said that he will make his own decision. In regards to his comments about leaving a legacy though, here are just a few thoughts…
3 thoughts on the quote from Nick Wiggins:
1) I bet Nick Wiggins gets tired of answering questions about his brother’s recruitment during his own Final 4 run
2) Would you rather be LeBron James in Cleveland or LeBron James in Miami?
To me, the Andrew Wiggins situation plays out a lot like LeBron James’ situation– which is ironic considering the comparisons to James that Wiggins has drawn. Andrew Wiggins is almost certainly going to be the best player in college basketball next year, regardless of which school he chooses. In addition, Wiggins is almost certainly going to be the #1 draft pick when he decides to leave for the NBA, regardless of which school he chooses. LeBron James was arguably the best player in the NBA while in Cleveland, and that didn’t change when he went to Miami. LeBron James would still be LeBron James no matter which team he played for. The same goes for Andrew Wiggins.
In Cleveland, LeBron James was the best player on the team– but he was never going to win a championship. He would get close, but the pieces around him simply weren’t there. If Andrew Wiggins chooses a school like Florida State, he will without question be the best player on the team. But let’s be honest, he’s probably not going to win a national championship.
In Miami, LeBron James is still the best player on his team, but he’s also surrounded by some of the league’s best other players. Wiggins going to Kentucky would land him in a similar position. He will be the best on a team filled with the “rest of the best” in the country. LeBron James tried it on his own in Cleveland and eventually realized that he needed other players around him to win a championship. If winning a championship is really what Wiggins wants to do, playing with the caliber of players at Kentucky will give him the best chance– even over schools with talent as well such as Kansas and North Carolina.
3) Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony’s Legacy= Champions
When you think about two of the best college basketball freshman legacies in recent memory, you think of 2 names: Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony. Sure, there were other greats: Kevin Durant, OJ Mayo, Derrick Rose, Austin Rivers, etc. They all had very solid and short-lived college basketball careers. But Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony left a legacy and the common thread between the two is simple: they were champions. Leaving a legacy isn’t necessarily about being the best player in college basketball, or averaging the most points that season, or even racking in the individual awards. A legacy often comes from being a champion.
Let’s change gears for a moment and look at the football news from the day. Here are 5 Kentucky Football notes:
1) The Blue/White scrimmage is just over a week away. The staff continues to finalize the format, but Stoops has said that they want to give the scrimmage a competitive game-like feel. The QBs will alternate teams throughout the scrimmage and the two starters will be determined by a coin flip.
2) Tomorrow will be the final scrimmage for the team before next Saturday’s Blue/White game. The coaches call tomorrow’s scrimmage the last “moving day,” which means that players will have one more opportunity to move up or down on the depth chart.
3) 4-star running back Stanley “Boom” Williams de-committed from Georgia earlier today, and apparently Kentucky is now in the mix. “Boom” is the 8th best all-purpose back in the 2014 class and he has offers from Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Oregon. Here comes the Boom?
4) One of the best in-state prospects in the 2014 class was on Kentucky’s campus today for a visit. Elizabethtown’s 6’6, 325 lb. 4-star DT Matt Elam spent time with the Kentucky staff.
5) The fight for 2014 dual threat QB Drew Barker’s services continues. Barker said today that he will be attending Kentucky’s Blue/White scrimmage rather than attending South Carolina’s spring game. Barker believes that he has had the chance to see what South Carolina has to offer, and admits that he feels “very comfortable” with South Carolina. Barker said that he wants to give the other schools a fair chance, and that’s why he is spending so much time with Kentucky next weekend.
Matt talked about it on the KSR radio show this morning, but for lack of a better way to phrase it– it really has been “The Year of the Cardinal.” I don’t know about you, but personally I am “over it.” Louisville has earned the right to brag and celebrate after a great year, but I’m ready for it to be over and I’m ready to quit hearing about the following things:
1) Sugar Bowl
2) Men’s Final Four
3) Women’s Final Four
4) Rick Pitino’s Naismith Hall of Fame induction
5) Tom Jurich being the best AD in the country
7) The Steeplechase Championship
8) Okay, enough is enough.
Now, allow me to erase the 8 things listed above from your memory by reminding you what we have in store for us next year as Kentucky fans…
—– On the NBA side of things, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a nice night for the Bobcats in a losing effort. Kidd-Gilchrist put together a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds in a 10 point loss to the Heat.
—– And last but not least, a random tidbit of news: In case anyone was holding out for a Rodney Purvis transfer to Kentucky… don’t. The former NC State guard decided to transfer, and although Calipari had interest in his initial recruitment out of high school, Purvis will instead join the UCONN Huskies next year.
That’s all for now, folks. “What did you learn?” (*Corey Nichols voice*)