Good morning my beautiful KSR family and welcome to the first day of the rest of your miserably mundane work life. Normally, it’s the one we call El Capitan Jones leading us into another battle with our indestructible nemesis, Monday, but, since Matt is either working his way through his twelfth plate at the all-you-can-eat prime rib buffet or involved in something that would get him 5-10 years in Middlesboro, you get the pleasure of kicking off your work week with a little dose of Thomas Joseph Beisner. Today, we dip our toes into the political world a bit and pay tribute to Berea native Tony Snow, who passed away on this day two years ago. I’m not one to get too involved in a political debate and I don’t plan on doing so on your watch either, but I had the pleasure of hearing Snow speak about three months before he died and he was absolutely the most engaging and interesting speaker I’ve ever heard in my entire life. At that point, he was losing his battle with colon cancer, though you’d never know it from the energetic way he delivered every word he spoke and how he took the time to shake as many hands as he could. To be completely honest, I don’t remember exactly what he spoke about that day (though I do know that I wasn’t supposed to be in that room), but I can’t forget the way he delivered it and the way he made me feel just as passionate about it as he did for the time I sat there in the conference room. So, for that, Tony Snow earns some Monday morning recognition.
Now, onto some very short UK notes…
– Everyone’s favorite Washington Wizards player made his debut this evening in front of what turned out to be one of the biggest summer league crowds I’ve ever seen and what some were saying was the biggest crowd since Kobe showed up. What started out as a shaky performance and a nonsensical amount of commentary from Kevin McHale about nervousness shaped into a fairly strong first outing for John Wall, who put up 24 points and 8 assists next to *cough* seven turnovers *cough*. Wall found a friend in Javale McGee and a liability in JP Prince, but ultimately found himself in shooting 7-15 from the field and 10-11 from the line against a defense that seemed to play off of him nearly every possession, though it still appears that Mr. face-on-his-calf in the picture above still got his ankles tweaked a bit. All in all, a solid first outing for John Wall on the court and one that Kentucky fans can certainly get behind. Especially since he walked off the court and told Matt, “Tell Kentucky fans they are the best and I won’t forget them.” Sounds like a Disney movie.
– Also in the crowd was 2011 recruit Quincy Miller, who must have taken the world’s fastest plane back from Hamburg, Germany, where he was a part of a gold medal-winning team on Sunday. Miller tweeted out that he was impressed with the UK fans in attendance and that he was going to commit to the Cats on Monday. Half of that sentence is true.
– In other Vegas news, Patrick Patterson had his worst game as a pro (a large sample set), scoring only two points on 0-5 shooting. However, he did pull down seven boards and didn’t tell anyone that he should have gone to Florida or Duke, so it wasn’t all bad.
– On Monday, the pro career of DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe will get going as the Kings take on the the Clippers at 10pm eastern time. Cousins, as noted earlier, has been scoring points for maturity and leadership with the Kings while Bledsoe, who just signed his contract, is looking to make a splash in summer league and earn his way into new coach Vinny del Negro’s rotation.
– The Courier-Journal’s Josh Cook writes that UK football commit Josh Forrest is hoping to play basketball too at UK. Forrest is a 6’4″ rising senior at Paducah Tilghman and earned a football scholarship to UK after playing last season for the first time since 8th grade.
– On a non-sports note, make sure you watch the Kevin Hart special on Comedy Central. It is awesome.
– On another non-sports note, if you watched the Chad Ochocinco show on Vh1, I’m very disapointed in you. You’re better than that.
That’s it for now. Stay tuned throughout the day as Matt stops by again briefly and reveals the seeeeecrets that he teased earlier on Sunday and, hopefully, doesn’t tell anyone how creeped out Mark Cuban was when he found out that I owned 17 Dirk Nowitzki bobblehead dolls. It’s going to be a fun day. See you in a few…