Yeah, I know these pictures were already on the site. Don’t even pretend like you’re upset about us using them again. I’m not opposed to posting them everyday for the next year. I think they’re that funny.
So how ’bout those notes?
— Multiple internet reports are saying Khem Birch has left the Pittsburgh basketball team and is on his way home to Canada today. Others say Birch’s return to Canada is for Christmas break, but that doesn’t add up considering Pitt has a home basketball game tomorrow and two more game before Christmas Day. Even if Birch does indeed leave the Panthers, a transfer to Kentucky isn’t a lock so don’t roll out the welcome mats just yet. He’d likely reopen the recruiting process all over again before making any decision on his next destination.
— We’re still getting questions about how to watch tomorrow night’s game. Here’s the television coverage, via Cat Scratches:
Insight – Channel 505 throughout Kentucky with digital cable or mini-box
Dish Network – HD channel 429, non-HD channel 420
DirecTV – HD channel 631 (YESHD)
AT&T U-verse – YES (channel 702 in most Kentucky markets)
I hope that helps.
— In Orlando, Daniel Orton is getting healthier but coach Stan Van Gundy said Orton is too inexperienced and isn’t ready to be thrown in the game right now. Vandy Gundy said his second-year center is looking trim and mobile but “he needs a lot of learning time, another learning year.” One guy in Orlando who won’t be using this season as a learning year is DeAndre Liggins. Dwight Howard said after practice yesterday that he really likes the way DeAndre is playing. That’s great to hear because an endorsement from a team’s star player is always a good thing for a rookie. DeAndre should see a lot of clock for the Magic this season.
— According to the smart people in Sin City, Kentucky is now the favorite team to win the title. Oddsmakers bumped UK ahead of North Carolina to +300. That’s 3-1 in sportsbook terms.
— A reader sent me this story about a Kentucky high school football player who lost his battle with cancer over the summer. The sad, inspiring story was sent to Russell Athletic’s “Fight Like Dylan” contest. Please take five minutes out of your day to read about Jacob Irwin and the legacy he left behind in Edmonton County.
I was on the radio with Matt this morning. I don’t want to brag but it was one of KSR’s five best shows this week. Take a listen…