There are very few things in life that make me scream like a little girl who just unwrapped a life-sized Justin Bieber doll on Christmas morning. It takes something very special to get that kind of reaction out of me. Something, like, TACO BELL LAUNCHING A BREAKFAST MENU!!! OMG!!!!!!!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS???!!!!!!!! THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!!!
Yum! Brands, the same company that gave us Pizza Hut, KFC, and disappointing basketball, announced on Thursday that Taco Bell is launching a new breakfast menu in 800 locations across 14 states. If the new breakfast items are a hit, Taco Bell plans to have breakfast on every menu in the nation by 2014.
Unfortunately, Kentucky is not part of the first round of First Meal. The rollout is taking place in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Texas, Ohio and Oklahoma. If anyone has an open bedroom in one of these states, I am willing to move immediately.
Now wipe that drool off your face and come get your News and Views. Now featuring miniature UK logos!
Let’s kick things off with a bit of interesting news out of the Hyatt lobby. Tonya Knight, the mother of Brandon, is suing the Hyatt Regency and the hotel’s operations director, Jeff Westin, for discrimination, battery, assault and defamation over an incident that allegedly occurred before Kentucky’s home game against South Carolina. As Mama Knight tells it, she was at the popular pre-game hangout with copies of her new book, Diary of a Basketball Mom, when the alleged incident occurred. Knight claims a friend asked her for three copies, so she pulled two from her purse and went to grab another from a box of copies she had with her. When she set the box on the bar to get the third copy, Westin approached her and told her she’s not allowed to sell the book in the lobby. According to the report, Knight told Westin she understood but refused to put the box away because she’d have to walk back to her car and she was there to socialize with friends. That’s when Westin alledgedly grabbed her by the arm, shouted racial slurs, and threatened to have her arrested. Knight claims Westin’s grip left a bruise on her arm during the exchange.
The Hyatt Regency manager declined comment until after an investigation. I guess I shouldn’t comment either because I wasn’t there and the accusations are serious. That said, I can’t imagine anyone — especially an employee of the hotel — acting like that in front of a crowd like the one that gathers in the Hyatt before games.
According to LEX 18, Knight is suing for intentional infliction of emotional distress in addition to discrimination, battery, assault and defamation. She is seeking compensatory and statutory damages, attorney’s fees and a jury trial.
Brandon is averaging almost 17 points in his last four games.
Pardon The Interruption is one of the best shows on ESPN, and it was even more enjoyable than usual on Thursday afternoon when John Vincent Calipari stopped by for “Five Good Minutes” with his boys Tony and Wilbon. Cal answered the guys’ questions about a number of things — most of which you’ve already heard over and over again — but there was a part that was particularly pleasing to Kentucky fans when he was talking about the NBA. Tony Kornheiser asked Cal if he’d like one more crack at the league, and I think you’ll like his response:
“I’m not thinking in those terms right now. If I wasn’t at Kentucky, I’d probably say, “Hey, well, I’m at Kentucky. I’m at Kentucky! I’m like I may have the best job in basketball.” The only time I’ll watch any NBA games is if Derrick is playing, John’s playing. If one of my guys is playing, I’ll glance at the game. My focus right now is let’s get this thing to the next level and let’s separate. Let’s get Kentucky on its own playing field.”
Does that mean he’s here forever? Of course not. But it’s nice hearing Cal say publicly (on national television) that he’s not interested in jumping to the association.
That concluded the interview; you can hear the rest here on the PTI podcast. ** WARNING: He compares Anthony Davis to Marcus Camby and says this team should be tougher. **
Have fun with that.
Pat yourself on the back for dominating the two polls we linked to on Thursday. It’s a lopsided battle on Syracuse.com’s “Syracuse vs. Kentucky” poll, with UK leading the way with 7,569 votes to 1,953. Note the name of that website: Syracuse.com. Nice job.
In the other poll, Coach Cal has taken the lead in his region of the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. Voting is open through March 8th so keep voting everyday. $100,000 will be donated to Samaritan’s Feet if Calipari is the leading vote-getter.
On the women’s side of things, Matthew Mitchell’s squad keeps on rollin’ through SEC play. UK Hoops got a 64-48 victory on the road at Auburn Thursday night. National Player of the Year candidate A’dia Mathies led the way with 20 points and the No. 6 Wildcats forced 30 turnovers to get the win. The Cats lead the nation in turnover margin — they forced 49 and 47 in games earlier this season; that’s absurd — and they’re off to the best start in school history. If the wins keep coming, Calipari and the boys be won’t the only team in Lexington eyeing a Final Four in the postseason.
Taylor Harry over at KSRCollege.com has a great post for you stat lovers out there. It has a lot graphs, lines, numbers, and comparisons to teams from Coach Cal’s past. Check it out.
2013 small forward Troy Williams trimmed his list to four schools and UK received a rose to advance to the next round. The 6-foot-6 wing out of Virginia is down to Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgetown and Villanova. Scout.com ranks him No. 2 at his position in the class and No. 8 overall. Williams said he’s already made a couple of visits to Lexington.
Speaking of Lexington, we owe all of the radio show listeners a big THANK YOU for tuning in to Kentucky Sports Radio radio every morning. The show’s first Lexington ratings came out on Thursday and KSR is No. 2 in the market, ahead of ALL talk shows. Only country music had better numbers.
We’re coming for you, Alan Jackson.
Friday is a big day as we get ready for the Tigers of Louisiana State. Until then, I’ll leave you with a public service announcement from the SEC Heavyweight Champ: