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The Final Episode’s Thursday News and Views

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I think it was Boyz II Men who once said, “Its So Hard to Say Goodbye.” But then they also said that “MoTownPhilly was back again” and that didnt turn out to be correct, so who knows. Tonight is my last night on the Freak Show as I make my return to the regular world of life and end my 3 am weeknights followed by morning law practice. I will miss the experience and I had a great time doing television on a nightly basis. Ultimately however, it was just a bit too much and I look forward to being able to actually do things in the evenings. We have a fairwell send-off lined up, complete with a Billy Clyde story, phone call from an old KSR friend and other surprises. If you remember the last Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Bette Midler sang “One More for the Road” to Johnny as he shed a tear and even though we tried to get Kige to recreate the moment, it wasnt possible. Still I look forward to getting a chance to do one last production tonight and then head off into the tv sunset, hopefully to return on a radio airwave this fall.

To the news….

(1): The big event tonight is of course the NBA DRAFT (Live Blog with the entire KSR Crew begins at 7 pm) and the question remains, where will Jodie Meeks be taken. I spoke this morning to an individual who works in the front office of an NBA team and they told me that Jodie had a “40 percent chance of going in the first round”, the highest such percentage chance I have seen assigned to him. At this point, the most likely landing areas for Meeks if he is to get in the first round are Minnesota and Chicago, both teams with multiple first round picks and a late round selection that could be used on a guy like Meeks. Jodie worked out on Wednesday in Memphis and his possible destinations are endless. It should be an interesting night to see where Meeks lands and if the decision to pull the trigger early ends up paying off.

(2): It was visitor time on campus today as Doron Lamb came to Lexington for his unofficial visit. As we talked about this morning, Lamb is a dynamic scorer who the Cats covet and we received multiple reports of Lamb around campus and making the scene. There is a lot of talk that a Lamb decision could come as early as this weekend and much of the speculation centers around his stated desire to get things done early if the situation was right. Lamb has stated his admiration for Calipari in the past and would seem to be a perfect fit for the Dribble-Drive offense. Lamb could be the first piece of the 2010 class, if all works out as hoped.

(3): It was announced today that Kentucky’s game against Miami (OH) in football will be on ESPNU at noon September 5. The game is of course in Cincinnati and the news is a perfect example of the early effect of the new SEC television deal on UK. A game against a MAC opponent like Miami would have almost never been considered for national television coverage in years past. However this season, the standard has changed and SEC games recieve such priority, leading the Cats to play on ESPNU. While the telecast wont dominate the football landscape, it can be watched and all coverage is good coverage, especially of a second tier game. A good piece of news for UK and the conference.

(4): As we stated a few days ago, Darius Miller made the USA team for the Under 19 championships. Below is the first picture of Darius in uniform and a good look at the Cat playing for his country:

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We will have more all day as we build towards the NBA Draft, possibly one of my top 10 Sports days of the year and the NBA Draft live blog and our last show. Stay tuned and enjoy…

Article written by Matt Jones