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The Dollar’s Wednesday News and Views

Hello, friends. Today we’re going to look past the birth of 50 Cent and celebrate the birth of the dollar. (How ’bout that for irony?) On this day in 1785, the dollar was unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States. Today, it is the most used currency in international transactions and it’s one of the world’s reserve currencies. Several countries use it as their official currency and several men use it to compensate young ladies for their ability to dance and hang upside down in rhythm to T.I.’s “Whatever You Like”. Whatever you use it for – whether it be purchasing a McChicken or a scratch-off lotto ticket – the dollar is the widely accepted unit of happiness and today it turns 226 years old. Let’s all take a minute to appreciate it today. Some may have more to appreciate than others, but that’s okay. I have zero of them. I write for KSR.

Raise your hand if you want news. Raise your hand if you want views. Okay, put those hands down. Let’s do it…

— Today marks the beginning of the first Summer Evaluation Period in recruiting. Beginning today, college basketball coaches all over the country are free to travel to AAU camps and tournaments to watch their targeted players in action. The best high school basketball players in the country will be playing in at least two or three games per day, and they’ll be doing it with a lot of evaluating eyes watching from the stands. The Summer Evaluation Period is a great opportunity for players to prove themselves and rise to the top of their class. Undiscovered players or players who share the spotlight at elite high schools can use this time to showcase their skills and generate a buzz going into their high school season. But the in-crowd scouting is as far as the recruiting process will go for now. The NCAA prohibits coaches from having any contact with players at these events. Coaches will spend all of their time during these two ten-day periods chasing their targets around from city to city and gym-to-gym, only to watch from the crowd of the packed gymnasiums. The first of these Summer Evaluation Periods begins today and will last through July 15. The second Summer Evaluation Period is July 22-31. But you knew that already.

— With the Summer Evaluation Period officially underway, one can only imagine how busy Coach Cal and his staff are going to be. You better believe someone from UK (and Syracuse) will be present in Akron, Ohio today at the LeBron James Skills Academy, where DaJuan Coleman is scheduled to play. Coleman will move on to the Nike Peach Jam next week and his two favorite schools will be sure to follow.

— Shabazz Muhammad is another 2012 recruit Coach Cal will be following around for the next ten days, especially now that he is the consensus #1 player in the 2012 class. released it’s updated 2012 rankings Tuesday and Muhammad jumped Andre Drummond to claim the top spot on the list. Most people in the know believe Muhammad will end up in UCLA blue, but that’s not going to keep Coach Cal from going after him.

— Speaking of camps, the Kentucky basketball program has announced the 2011 Prasco John Calipari ProCamp for three days in late July. The camp will be held July 28-30 and it’s open for future ballers in grades K-12. The 6th grade and younger group will go from 9:00 a.m. – noon each day and the 7th-12th group will go from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Brandon Knight, DeAndre Liggins, and Josh Harrellson will be making appearances at both camp sessions. For more information go to

— In football news, those flashy new uniforms keep bringing the kids in. Kentucky picked up a commitment from offensive lineman Jordan Watson on Tuesday. Watson had offers from Mississippi State, USF, Wake Forest and Indiana and he also received interest from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee. He’s the 12th commitment in the 2012 and what seems like the 50th offensive lineman to commit in the last two years. Welcome aboard, big fella.

Danny Trevathan was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, which goes to the best defensive player in college football. Trevathan is coming off one of the best seasons ever for a Kentucky linebacker and he’s poised for another superstar season for the Cats defense. By that, I mean if Kentucky is going to stop anyone, Danny Trevathan will have to be the one to make the tackle. He’s one of 65 players on the preseason list for the Bednarik Award.

— I’ve got some bad news for all of you female UK football fans: Andre’ Woodson is off the market. Woodson got married over the holiday weekend in a beautiful ceremony that neither you nor I attended. But that doesn’t mean we can’t show our support. The Woodsons are registered at Macy’s and it would be very kind of you to buy a gift. It’s the least you can do for the guy who beat Louisville and LSU. I bought the set of four iced beverage glasses. I recommend you go with something from the Martha Stewart collection. It’s all very affordable and a necessity in any household.

Casey Anthony trial. Did that really just happen?

— The UK Alumni Association has plans for a bronze Wildcat statue across from Memorial Coliseum in the Wildcat Plaza. However, I prefer the suggestions you gave in the comments section Tuesday morning. You all suggested statues of Bill Keightley sitting in a courtside chair, Rondo with Patrick Sparks’ girlfriend, John Wall pooping ice cream, and Brandon Stockton chest bumping Tubby Smith. Can’t we just scatter all of those across campus?

— What’s that? You want another Calipari quote? We can do that. We can always do that. Coach Cal told Andy Katz that Anthony Davis has to be on the floor this season. “He has to play and be on the floor,” Calipari said. “We’ll figure out how we’re going to play against zone and overall offensively.” I couldn’t agree more.

That’s all I got.

Matt will be on Talk Radio 1080 at 10:00 AM. Patrick Patterson will be on YouTube right now…

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

17 Comments for The Dollar’s Wednesday News and Views

  1. tdogg4033011
    12:42 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    should I be more impressed with the Coleman kid than I am?? The few videos I’ve seen didn’t do
    much for me. I’d say if Calipari is after him though he must be pretty damn good.

  2. ChiTownCat
    12:48 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    Hope they registered elsewhere or people suck at getting things checked off the registry because otherwise they’ll be buying a lot of that stuff on their own. (Yes I looked, I can’t sleep and it’s 11:45, nothing else better to do)

  3. bigbadjon
    12:55 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    All these things have a common bond…BEAST. Calipari, Muhammad, Trevathan, Davis, Watson, Woodson, 7′ Wildcat, and PPatt…all beasts in there own right.

  4. bigbadjon
    1:04 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    Not sure tdogg….j

  5. bigbadjon
    1:06 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    Not sure tdogg… just please don’t text or tweet him…please don’t

  6. gob bluth
    1:40 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    1) dude if you think you are going to get an idea of how good a kid is based on a highlight video you are an idiot anyway…but i have say i knew you were dumb when i realized your name was “tdogg”…smh

  7. Buckets
    4:30 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    6 – So says the goob. I mean gob. smh

    I’m with you tdogg. He just looks like a big, wide body and he’s only 6-8. One video I saw of him was not impressive and it didn’t look like he could jump at all. Never dunked. Then he was throwing it down in another video, I think from a year later. He’s ranked highly and Cal obviously wants him. Good enough for me.

  8. TheVig
    4:33 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    I vote for a 50 foot bronze statue of John Wall pooping ice cream right in front of Baskin Robbins.

  9. FU of L
    5:32 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    I vote for a statue of drunk Billy Gillispie wearing a cowboy hat and boxer shorts doing the Aggies’ guns up salute.

  10. SexnNursinHomes
    6:42 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    Value of the dollar over the years



  11. test
    6:47 am July 6, 2011 Permalink


  12. Big Blue Barber
    7:14 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    FIRST OF ALL those new football uniforms are UUUUGGGGGLLLLLLYYYY!
    The blue one is ok…but just ok because it’s blue. The white one has a stripe on the back of the pants that looks like old fashioned stirup baseball socks. We now have an old fashioned Alabama stripe on our helmuts. UK should have nothing to do with secretariat. (I love Secretariat).
    SECOND OF ALL….most folks were “persuaded” by the liberally biased news media coverage of the Casey Anthony trial and were NOT in the jury box. She may have been guilty…I don’t know, I wasn’t there…..but YOU GOTS TO PROVE IT!!!!! Did Matt Jones cover this trial?
    This concludes my expert coverage and commentary of the 12:14 a.m. post….Your Welcome

  13. tdogg4033011
    7:50 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    7) LOL, I hear ya buddy

    6) Morehead State, go watch a highlight film of that & tell me how good they looked
    during the 1st round of the NCAA tourney.

  14. Alan Cutler's Fart
    8:35 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    The best possible way to punish Casey Anthony is to let me, SexInNursingHomes, and Drew Franklin tag team her. If you want to get into cruel and unusual then toss in BTI.

  15. SexnNursinHomes
    9:06 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    14- me, you, and Franklin triple team her. we’ll show that b***h

  16. Jacob
    9:07 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    #1 I agree, I’m not impressed with what I’ve seen either, but it’s hard to tell from 1 or 2 highlight tapes. But from what I’ve seen from Andre Drummond, I’m really impressed. I’d rather have Drummond than Coleman, but it’ll be tough for Calipari to pry him away from UCONN.

  17. ares
    9:46 am July 6, 2011 Permalink

    How about a bronze statue of Clyde and Eddie sitting at the bar sipping a cold one. OK that was bad but honestly I think they should get more statues of wildcat players coaches from the past around campus. I suspect bronze is a bit expensive but I think that would be cool to have statues around campus of some sort. I guess it would start from the Mount Ruppmore Rupp, Ledford, Issel Hall/Mashburn and go from there. I guess they would have to wait to make one of Pitino until he leaves or retires from Louisville. That thing would get defamed a lot.