Quick, name the best Italian that you know off the top of your head. Some may have said Rudolph Guiliani, others might have gone with Al Pacino and some may have even thought about The Disco Inferno. But for my money, there is no Italian more valuable to our nation’s well-being than Tony Danza, the star of Who’s The Boss. Danza was part of the golden age of ABC sitcoms, when his “Whos the Boss” joined “Growing Pains”, “Mr Belvedere” and “Full House” as a group of comedies that were hilarious if you were like me, aka 12. Tony’s “will he or wont he” banter with Judith Light, the introduction of the official “hottest girl on television” Allisa Milano, and the worst actor to ever grace American television, the Pintauro kid. All in all a great show. Today is Tony’s birthday and while his talk show was not able to recreate “Danza at his heyday” glory, he remains a part of American pop culture forever…..and would be a great live blog guest if Gregg Doyel is ever not available.
To the news….
(1): The most important news of the day came late, as Larry Vaught spoke with Daniel Orton’s father and confirmed that Orton is now 100 percent committed to coming to Kentucky. In the article, Orton’s father said that after meeting with Calipari in New York this weekend, Daniel became convinced that he could fit in the system entirely and that this was the place for him. His father said that the one constant for Daniel throughout the process was that the fans of Kentucky made him feel welcome and that was only reinforced during his time in Louisville for the Derby Classic. Calipari told Daniel that he would play outside and inside and get to showcase his entire game….music to the Orton’s ears. A great day for Kentucky and a great commitment from a kid that UK fans will love.
(2): The other big news of the day has been the continued wavering of the Xavier Henry clan on their decision. We began the day with an interview from a Kansas site in which Henry’s father said that his sons would not be visiting UK and would make a decision on Wednesday. Then came an interview with Zagsblog in which the father said they were coming to UK this weekend. Tonight, we get an interview from Jeff Drummond at TCP in which CJ Henry (the forgotten Henry) says that he doesnt believe they are coming, but doesnt know and that the entire thing is pretty much Xavier’s decision. So what have we learned today? Maybe nothing. The Henrys either will or will not come to Lexington, but most everyone thinks a decision will come one way or the other by the end of the weekend. I admit that I have absolutely no read on the Henrys and havent even attempted to make contact with a family that is already completely put out with media questions. We will just wait and see what happens. To get the commitment as soon as it comes out, sign up for the KSR Twitter account and make sure to set your text message updates to “on.”
(3): There is a growing sentiment around the Kentucky program that Patrick Patterson is seriously considering leaving Lexington. A couple of folks have expressed to me privately that Calipari believes he will leave and Andy Katz reported a couple of days ago a similar thing. What is missing is any indication whatsoever from the Patterson family. Over the past couple of years, I have gotten to know Patrick and his family well and they are completely silent on the issue now, as well they should be. I have said throughout the past year that I think this will strictly be a business decision for Patrick. If he is projected in the late lottery, then he really has to go as that will be a spot that it would be difficult to rise from. If he is projected late first round, returning may be in his best interest. As we continue to hear the scuttlebutt from UK hinting that Patrick may leave however, it is important to remember that he has said nothing….and that all talk is just speculation until the workouts start to take place.
(4): Finally, Vee Sanford, the PG from Lex Catholic signed with Georgetown today and Coach John Thompson III. Sanford is a kid who had a great Senior year and whose stock rose throughout the year. He was looked at a number of times by Gillispie while at UK, but was never offered in the end. Georgetown was high on him from the get go and stayed interested throughout the year. Sanford has a lot of potential and while he may not be a star right away, I think you will see him contribute down the road. We wish him nothing but the best.
Should be an interesting day….certainly more on the Henrys, we start getting ready for the NFL Draft and the Final Four of the “UK Haters Tournament” is announced. Stay tuned….
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