We told you there were a lot of KSR birthdays in June. Happy Birthday to the man, the myth, and occasionally the legend Thomas Beisner as he celebrates his birthday the way any true Kentucky fan would, tweeting out every mock draft update leading to the actual thing. Or at least that’s what I assume he’ll be doing. Beisner has been around a good two years longer than I have, but I’m going to talk about him like my opinion matters, because it’s my night post and that’s how I want to do it, dammit. KSR was always a favorite site of mine to visit, largely for the same reasons you likely enjoy it. However, it took a giant step forward when it put the lock down on one Thomas Beisner. He’s consistently funnier than most of us, writes in an easy to read fashion, and is almost always super nice to me to a fault. Plus, waaaaaaay back when during one of his random late night live blogs, Beez told me I could be his way to early favorite to win the Who Wants To Be A Blogger Contest (before it had even started,) and I’m pretty sure that’s the only reason I’m here writing this today. You either think that’s neat, or now hate Beisner a little more. You’re welcome.
On to the Beisner News And Views:
— The newsiest of news today was Coach Calipari’s appearance on the Matt Jones Variety Hour and the revealing of his top secret plan to take over the world. And by take over the world, I obviously mean fix some issues with the current NCAA system – mainly from the monetary side and how to let schools and players see part of the revenue they generate. Cal basically suggested that all the programs that are capable of profiting from their brand take their ceremonial game balls and play in a four super conference league of their own – similar to the BCS. They would have their own TV deals, their own tournaments, their own money. That’s what it basically boils down to – the teams that can make the most money will make it and keep it for themselves, generally used to reinvest in their schools, giving players a living wage, as well as giving the school money for academic ventures. It’s not something that will likely happen any time soon, but it seems like a viable ‘what if’ solution for major programs to bypass the middle man that is the NCAA.
— From a KSR standpoint, it was kind of cool to see the show and website get some publicity over the Calipari comments from a number of national sites. CBS cited ‘friend of the blog, Matt Jones,’ (hey, that’s our line) in their article before discounting the idea as not the best. Yahoo offered the story with little in the way of commentary outside saying that some of the Drama of March would be negated by not letting the Morehead State’s beat the Louisvilles. ESPN also gives the idea a hearty – well sure… but no. Meanwhile, CBB blog Ballin is a Habit leads with “Whether you love or hate the fact that a couple of die hard fans were able to turn a sports blog into a radio and TV show…” (which seems a little strange coming from an outside Kentucky based blog unless they are secretly those guys that pick on Matt Jones for his tipping habits) before going into another ‘thanks but no thanks.’ The majority of the dissension comes from the idea that fewer Cinderella stories makes the tournament less compelling, which is true in a way, but I don’t see those same opinions on NBA Playoffs. Or the NFL Playoffs. Or supporting Boise State when they want to get a BCS bid. The idea surely has faults, but I don’t know that ‘fewer Cinderella’s’ is the most important of them. But as Calipari surmises, it may not be the best idea, but it’s at least an idea. Let’s get to thinking if we want a better one.
— Meanwhile in non-NCAA-mutiny talks, both Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight are displaying confidence heading in to tomorrows draft. Yesterday, Andy Katz reported that during pre-draft interviews with the players, both thought they should – or would like to – be the number one pick. I don’t think either will ultimately go to Cleveland at the top of the draft (maybe at 4) but if there is one thing that has been made clear over the years, it’s that you don’t have to be the top pick to be the most successful player in your draft class. It also helps if the top pick has injury issues and internet scandals involving similar to one Anthony Weiner. I’m looking at you Greg Oden. And Kyrie Irving.
— Speaking of Kyrie Irving, the video of him that was rumored to exist dropped late last night. I don’t know why you would want to check it out, but if you do you can do so here. Obviously, it’s of a very NSFW nature.
— Back to the draft, it will be an interesting night for Kentucky fans – especially if the Patrick Patterson rumors prove to be true. Houston has had a tendency over the past few years to spend a lot of time accumulating assets – yet they rarely do anything with them. Still, Patterson has found his name on the trade rumor mill more than a couple times as of late, though we’re still not sure how many of those rumors were legitimate or merely fan speculation. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see Pat Pat moved, as the Rockets have a lot of depth at his position, and he’s likely the most valuable asset they have down low given his untapped NBA potential. Either way, some NBA team is likely to find themselves with new fans in the bluegrass state, either by picking up Patterson or drafting one of the Kentucky four. Is there any team you wouldn’t become a fan of if they drafted a Kentucky player?
— Turns out the actual Kyrie Irving video didn’t get released. My bad, ya’ll.
— In the administrative land of Kentucky Sports, we saw the departure of Clifford Snow to Louisville to take up the same ‘director of football operations’ job that he held at Kentucky. I still don’t really get why one would make a lateral move across the state unless they’re paying him a lot more money or he just really dislikes watching good conference football, but to each their own. Philosoraptor wonders – If there is a new director of football operations at the University of Kentucky… does that include operation win?
— Just because I haven’t had the chance to give my point of view on the fake blogger that trolled some of the internet this past recruiting season, I wanted to get my two cents in. In order to fool a bunch of reporters, fans, and recruiting junkies the guy scoured message boards reading reports from AAU tournaments, read up on recruits, reported breaking stories, made educated guesses as to where those kids were headed and reported them as ‘scoops,’ amassed a following through reporting recruiting news… at what point does the line become blurred? I mean, it sounds to me like the guy put in the work to actually call himself a recruiting analyst, short of actually going to the tournaments. At some point, when you act like a duck, quack like a duck, and ReTweet like a duck, you’re going to be a duck whether your predictions on where Deandre Daniels would be signing were true or not.
— Finally there were apparently some crazy storms in Louisville last night. So far we haven’t heard of any injuries, but there were reports of wind damage and tornado sightings. We hope that everyone stayed dry and safe throughout it all, regardless of fan loyalties.
Wish Beisner a happy birthday for me when you see him, and until then, we’ll be bringing you all our pre-draft news with a little splash of Cat Pictures thrown in.