Whenever I get the opportunity to do the news and views, I like to impress my musical viewpoints upon the masses and this time will be no different. I’m definitely not a radio guy and I usually have my “classics” downloaded onto an ipod that rarely gets an upgrade in content. This AAU season has widened my current musical knowledge and one song really has seemed to cement itself as the “song of the summer” for the young kids. Swagger Like Us by T.I. featuring Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil’ Wayne is constantly bumping in arenas hosting the high school ballers all across the country. The line used in the chorus was originally made popular by M.I.A (pictured above fully pregnant) in “Paper Planes” but was sampled and turned into an eventual smash hit by T.I. While I enjoy the song, it features 3 rappers out of my top ten (sorry Kanye), I am getting a bit tired of it. The beat is catchy, the lyrics are…well…rap lyrics, and the chorus is catchy but c’mon. Playing a song three times during a 10 hour day of basketball is a little ridiculous. Now that I recognize the song I seem to hear it everywhere I go. Whether it is blaring out of some kid’s ipod in the line at McDonald’s or vibrating the trunk of some neon-lit lowrider, it is literally every single place I go. Last time, I told you about Chris Knight and his brilliance and tried to get you to take a listen. This time, I ask you please, AAU DJ’s, kids on the street, guy at McDonald’s, everyone, let’s please move on to the next smash hit and let this one die out. Personally, I’ve never questioned TI’s or Jay-Z’s swagger, and I certainly didn’t ever believe that anyone on the corner had any more swagger than Jay-Z, let alone when he teams up with TI, Weezy and Kanye. Now if Rich Brooks came out with a smash hit telling everyone how much more swagger he had than any other person standing on the corner, that would deserve multiple plays. With that out of the way, we can move on to the news of the day:
– The big news on Wednesday was from Rick Bozich, and later Larry Vaught, that UK’s former head man Billy Gillispie is working on a book that will be entitled “The Billy Gillispie Story.” His author, Steve Richardson, confirmed to Bozich that the book will include some tidbits from the UK era and actually started getting put together in 2006. Richardson also goes on to say that it may include some of Gillispie’s ventures at his new coaching job, which Richardson says could occur as soon as the 2010 season. I say, stick to book writing and let us bloggers predict when and where Billy will get a new job, Steve. My prediction: 2020/Coastal California School of Golf Course Maintenance.
– Football signing news: Congratulations to Myron Pryor for getting a deal with the New England Patriots. He received a four-year deal with a $79,000 signing bonus and a total base value of 1.829 million, according to Pro Football Talk. Today will also be the day that former UK football star and KSR uber-blogger Jeremy Jarmon discovers his football future. Let’s all wish him luck.
– In recruiting news that is not really news, Doron Lamb told TheShiver.com that he will be visiting Kansas next month. While it has been known for sometime that he will visit Kansas and Oklahoma, this is the first time that he has, sort of, set a date. He continued his story of setting five official visits for the fall and then making a choice shortly after. Although UK is in a good position with Doron, I fully expect him to take his time, whether or not this means a full five official visits, and weigh all his options before deciding.
– Rob Gidel bends all us twitter users over his knee and gives us a good spanking in his latest post to the site. It seems that the UK football hooplah all started when someone reported via twitter that UK football players had been arrested. From there, the fire spread but seems to be dying out a bit now. As WKYT’s Steve Moss reported, there doesn’t look to be any future arrests and the Lexington Police have not issued a police report and do not appear to be taking the investigation any further. Expect to receive plenty of tweets tomorrow confirming this.
– The latest in the Karen Sypher incident, according to an ESPN story, is that Jefferson County District Attorney Dave Stengel will not be taking any further action on the complaint filed with the police sex-offense unit by Sypher. A Kentucky prosecutor said that the complaint will not be prosecuted because of a lack of supporting evidence. Sypher spoke to WLKY about her reaction to the news. “I’m furious. If the investigation was thorough like it should have been, they would have found out what they needed to carry out this case. I’m not done yet,” she warned.
– Just when you thought Duke would have a massive back court problem, Coach K has apparently figured out a quick fix and may have his team on the track to achieving their normal mediocre season and early exit from the tournament. Jeff Goodman is reporting that it appears Andre Dawkins, a top 2010 recruit, will graduate high school early, get his clearance from the NCAA, and will be allowed to play with the Blue Devils next season. Dawkins is Scout’s #3 shooting guard and the #27 prospect overall. He is known as a three point shooter and could provide the lift the Devils’ back court needs with only two other players listed under 6’7″. So…yay!!
– In news that probably won’t go away anytime soon, Andy Katz reports that Calipari’s conference call seems to indicate that he will not be named in any penalties. Calipari was on the phone for three hours and, according to a few of Andy’s sources, was barely involved in the conversation, with only one or two questions directed at him.
More tomorrow as Brian the Intern gives us his picks to click, Gidel drops a football fix around 1 and Beisner does some heavy lifting. If you haven’t thanked your Beez lately, make sure you do, because he really does all of the hard work when Matt’s other job calls. Come Friday, I’ll also give you a closer look at Tobias Harris in the UK Recruiting Notebook. See ya then.