Beisner can have all the Justified and Sons of Anarchy his little heart desires. Breaking Bad is the only show on television right now that matters. The AMC series is wrapping up its fourth season this month and my Sunday night’s just won’t be the same when it’s gone. If you follow the show, you know exactly what I’m talking about. The show’s writing and cinematography is like nothing else on cable television and it’s one of the few shows that literally pulls you to the edge of your seat in nearly every episode. There really isn’t a series out there that compares to Breaking Bad’s greatness.
I’ve always said I’ll never love another show the same way I loved The Sopranos, but Breaking Bad has made its way towards the top of my list, and Walter White and Jessie Pinkman are now sitting right up there with Tony, Carmella, and Paulie Walnuts. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and rent Season 1 this weekend. If you’re disappointed, next week’s KSR posts are on the house. And for my fellow Breaking Bad fans out there, this piece of fried chicken from Los Pollos Hermanos is for you. “I AM THE DANGER!”
Hey, there. News? Views?
— The big news of the day was Texas A&M’s attempt to move to the SEC. All of the SEC member presidents voted to accept A&M as the conference’s 13th team, but the process hit a bump in the road when Baylor threatened legal action against the Aggies for leaving the Big 12. The SEC made it clear that it would not take A&M if any individual Big 12 school pursued legal action. Therefore, A&M is stuck in limbo until it is free of all lawsuits. For most of the day on Wednesday, it seemed like Baylor was solely responsible for keeping A&M out of the SEC, but reports surfaced Wednesday evening saying Kansas and Iowa State are joining in on the lawsuit fun. The three schools don’t have much of a case against the Aggies, but the threat of a lawsuit buys the schools time to do whatever they need to buy time for. It’s obvious they’re just concerned with being left behind in conference realignment — as they should be.
— With Texas A&M eventually joining the SEC, a 14th team is bound to follow. The two leading candidates at this point are Missouri and West Virginia. West Virginia presents the most attractive option for Kentucky fans, because it would bring a border rivalry for the Cats and a doable road trip for away games. Plus, imagine a Calipari/Huggins in-conference rivalry – it’s not all about football, ya know. The only issue with Dub-V is the lack of a new recruiting base and television market. It would, however, be great for the ‘SEC is better than you’ debate. We’d see right away if one of college football’s stronger programs could compete in the strongest conference.
While West Virginia isn’t exactly a new frontier for the SEC to explore, Missouri, on the other hand, offers exactly that. Adding Missouri as the 14th team would open up the St. Louis television markets and recruiting for the Southeastern Conference. And for Kentucky fans, Missouri would add a beatable conference opponent in football (about like the Mississippi schools) and a suitable basketball rivalry out of the West for SEC Championships. The only issue is having to drive to Missouri. It just wouldn’t have the same feel of an SEC road game.
— The Big 12 is crumbling right in front of us, but that doesn’t mean the conference isn’t trying to stick together and make additions of its own during realignment. The Big 12 reached out to Arkansas to join the conference as a replacement for Texas A&M. Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said the university was approached about joining the Big 12 on Wednesday. Long said the phone call was expected and the discussion didn’t go very far. Arkansas says it’s ready to move on with the SEC as 13 to 14 team conference. Better luck next time, Big 12.
— The SEC presidents weren’t the only committee trying to make moves on Wednesday, the Rupp Arena task force met in Lexington on Wednesday afternoon to discuss how much progress they haven’t made. Mayor Jim Gray says the project is still on the first step of a 10-step process, and the task force will work aggressively but it’s not under pressure. The group spent most of Wednesday’s meeting hearing ideas for how to expand the current arena into the Lexington Convention Center, including possibly removing Vine Street between Triangle Park and the LCC. Designers hope to have a draft in place in six months, but first they will have to decide if a new arena will be built or if they’ll renovate what is already there. At the pace the task force is currently on, we can expect our great grandchildren to be in the front row of the eRupption Zone in the new arena’s first game.
— In related news, Jerry Tipton is impossible to understand on Twitter.
— We’re just a few days away from UK football’s first game of the season. Kentucky will play Central Michigan at home in the 2011 season opener. After practice today, Joker said the team is “acting like pros.” He noted that Morgan Newton looked good in practice and the wide receivers were doing a solid job of catching the balls throw to them. Hopefully, the good practices will carry over to the actual game. Remember, this Saturday is the first game of the season. They haven’t played a game yet. It is the first time we’ll see the offense under the leadership of Morgan Newton. We haven’t seen this offense before. This is the first game. You went to a church potluck last Thursday night. 3 days. #RISE
— Gambling friends, the spread for Saturday continues to drop and the Cats are only favored by 10.5 on some websites. If it hits -10 anywhere, put me down for one week’s KSR salary – if that’s enough for a minimum wager.
— That Archie Goodwin character we keep talking about made an announcement about his recruitment. Goodwin is down to Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis and UConn, and he will take visits to all schools. His visit to Lexington will be for Big Blue Madness, as we reported on here a few weeks ago. Goodwin said he will wait until the spring to make his final decision.
— USC will visit Shabazz Muhammad in his home this weekend. Friday is the first day of the next NCAA-allowed contact period and the No. 1 player in all of ‘Merica will spend his Friday evening the way Bryan The Intern spends his Friday evenings — contemplating if the Trojans are the right fit for him. Hopefully, like Bryan The Intern, he’ll toss the Trojans aside and go with what feels best. In this case, I think that would be Kentucky.
— Our beloved Dominican Republic team lost to Puerto Rico on Wednesday, but the team had already secured a spot in the semifinals entering the game. The Dominicans will face Argentina on Thursday to close out group play and determine the seeding for the round of 4. The hope is to avoid having to play Argentina again in Saturday’s semifinal game because it is the toughest matchup. The semifinals are kind of a big deal, too. The winners of the two semifinal games will qualify for the 2012 Olympics. No pressure. Regardless of the tournament’s outcome, Calipari has already taken the Dominican Republic National Team further than it has ever been.
— A couple positive surgery updates from around #BBN: Darryl Collins had a successful knee surgery and he’s eager to start the recovery process. Also, J.B. Holmes’ brain surgery went well and he wants you to see his battle wounds. There’s still no word on how Edgar Sosa’s surgery went yesterday but usually no news is good news. Good luck to all three of those guys as the wounds heal.
That’ll do for now.