I can’t be the only one that wakes up every morning hoping that this has just been a horrible nightmare and that we are still, in fact, right in the heat of March Madness. Instead, we enter another day of sportless America.
Personally, I find myself with way too much free time. I look over to the picture that I received for Christmas and think that I, for once, don’t have an excuse not to hang it, but now I find myself not wanting to waste a chore.
Alas, this is the world we are living in today. When will we be back to normal? Your guess is as good as mine. Now onto the news you need to start your Sunday:
Gov. Beshear announces 87 confirmed cases; third death in state
We start today with the biggest news worldwide. Yesterday, in his daily briefing, Governor Andy Beshear announced that the state of Kentucky currently has 87 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In addition, he brought the sad news that the state had its third death as a result of the virus.
Beshear announced that the Governor’s Mansion would be lit green in honor of every Kentuckian who passes related to the virus.
The governor also added, “In Kentucky, we are known for caring about each other I think more than anywhere else in the country and that is why I need everyone to continue to follow our guidance, to practice social distancing and to make sure you are the person that is doing your part to help us get through this.”
Beshear will have another briefing this evening at 5 p.m. You can watch that, and all of his briefings, on his Facebook and YouTube channels.
Kentucky Classic series plays all-time great yesterday
On March 25th, 2011, I was celebrating my 14th birthday. I wanted only one thing: The Cats to take down Ohio State in the Sweet 16. In what I liked to think was in my honor, Brandon Knight hit a running jumper in the closing seconds and Kentucky took down the #1 overall Buckeyes by two points.
With no basketball, UK affiliates across the state have been replaying classic games from the history of Kentucky basketball. Yesterday’s game was this one. I really enjoyed sitting back and listening to Tom Leach and Mike Pratt’s call of the game. It is much more enjoyable when you actually know the outcome.
In celebration, KSR reposted a few posts from that night yesterday afternoon, including this one from TJ Beisner.
The series will continue next weekend with the 1978 Championship on Friday evening and the 1996 Championship on Sunday afternoon.
‘Grandma V’ becomes my favorite person
People in this state might disagree on a lot. Whether it is Democrat or Republican, Kentucky or Louisville, Reds or Cardinals; we can all find common ground on one topic: Duke sucks. Yesterday, CBS replayed a game that I specifically left out of this post for reasons we all know.
Instead, it makes more sense to choose this post from Drew yesterday that introduced us to ‘Grandma V.’ Now I never got the pleasure of meeting her, but I know for a fact I would have liked her.
In a story by NPR, they introduced us to the Duke-hating Grandma that would write poetry to show her dislike of the Blue Devils:
Trying to find something to watch on TV
The Florida–Duke game sounded good to me.
So I got my popcorn and can of coke
Hoping the game would not be a joke
Neither height nor quickness could help duke win
And they couldn’t get the ball to go in.
Watching Duke get beat was great
Especially when it’s the team I hate.
Love, Grandma V
I have no idea if there is an award for the top poem of the year, but this should win it hands down. For more from Grandma V, click the link below. It is a great way to turn your mood around during March Sadness.
Report: NBA to move forward without scouting combine
According to a report by CBS’s Jon Rothstein, the NBA is unlikely to host scouting combines and instead will rely on Skype interviews with players.
Sources: Several NBA teams are preparing to make their selections for the 2020 NBA Draft based on Skype interviews and prior in-person scouting. Many are moving forward with the expectation of no combine, no workouts, and no in-person interviews.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 21, 2020
What does this mean? Well, it makes things very interesting for certain Kentucky players. We think it is all but a given that Nick Richards and Tyrese Maxey will enter the draft. The two names this might affect the most though are EJ Montgomery and Immanuel Quickley. Is the elimination of these in-person workouts enough to force someone who is on the fence to return?
Obviously, this is a decision that each individual player will have to make, but it is something worth keeping an eye on moving forward.
Happy 44th Birthday to Wayne Turner!
We want to wish a happy birthday to two-time national champion Wayne Turner! Only Darius Miller has suited up in the blue and white more than the Maryland native.
During the run to the 1998 championship, Turner was named the MVP of the SEC Tournament and the MOP of the NCAA Regional.
Best Thing You’ll See Today
It is no secret that Rex Chapman’s Twitter account has taken the world by storm. What started as the simple “Block or Charge,” has morphed into a haven of videos that will make you laugh, smile or even cry. Earlier this week, I saw the video below, but Rex posted it to his Twitter yesterday and I just had to watch it again. So to close your news for the day, I leave you with twins discussing the quarantine and the Coronavirus.
These twin babies discussing Coronavirus at bedtime is the best thing you’ll see today… pic.twitter.com/p2QyV52tub
— Rex Chapman?? (@RexChapman) March 21, 2020
Say it with me, “GO AWAY GERMS!” Have a great day and Go Cats!