Happy 33rd birthday to the man we all affectionately know as ‘Dumbass.’ I have to admit to being a fan of That 70’s Show. It was never a show you made sure you saw every new episode for, but as far as channel surfing goes, it was often the winner of the ‘what show do I not mind having on the least,’ roulette at mine and many of my friends houses. Topher found a role that was perfect for a not exactly handsome, skinny, and awkward kid and rode Eric Foreman to moderate notoriety. Unfortunately those same characteristics have likely type cast Grace, as it’s tough to take him seriously as a super villain or a romantic lead in a rom-com. So thank you Topher for making us laugh occasionally after school and good luck with your future writing career. Oh, and happy birthday!
Quarter cup of news and a pinch of views and you’ve got…
— While most people are waiting out the hot summer months by counting down the days until Football season and Big Blue Madness, one man is out hitting the road. That man is John Calipari. The Calipari nation tour continues as he went to check out Forward Perry Ellis once again yesterday. Or so we think. Cal claims to have put on his hat and sunglasses in order to enter into ‘incognito mode,’ but the reports had him watching Ellis once again in Wisconsin. This makes the 7th time Cal has watched the kid play, and we’re hoping Perry is starting to get the message. We certainly are.
— Speaking of recruits, ESPN had a nice wrap up of the Adidas camp in Indianapolis from this past week/weekend. In it they went over the performances and games of a number of stand out recruits, many of which were interested in Kentucky. I’ve pulled the two you are most likely interested in, but they also ran down some of the 2013 names you probably aren’t as familiar with, so hop on over to ESPN for the full wrap up.
Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/ Bishop Gorman)
2012, SF, 6-4, 190 pounds
Muhammad is the ultimate energy-giver who elevates his team’s performance. He has an uncanny ability to finish plays thanks to his power and elite athleticism. He has lots of range on his jumper and he can drive past his opponent with a quick first step, especially going left. Muhammad’s dominant play has been very consistent because his effort is fantastic and he’s making a case for the top spot in the class.
Perry Ellis (Wichita, Kan./ Wichita Heights)
2012, PF/SF, 6-8, 215 pounds
Ellis is one of the better talents in the 2012 class and he can play either forward position, but is probably best as a mismatch 4-man. He is too big for small forwards and too quick and skilled for power forwards. However, the key is that he can guard both positions himself. Ellis is a very good rebounder and at his best inside 17 feet on the offensive end where he can catch and shoot or put the ball on the floor score. Ellis is being recruited by all of the big-timers and it is easy to see why.
— But while looking at the future is nice, it’s often more important to look at the present. Presently, Terrence Jones has been almost the forgotten commodity of next years edition of Kentucky Basketball. All the talk has focused around the talented freshmen, what role Darius Miller will play, and if Doron Lamb will break Jodie Meeks record of 54. Meanwhile, Terrence Jones has the potential to be the biggest star of the bunch next year. As far as raw talent goes, Jones may be second only to Anthony Davis on the team. Throw in the year of experience, familiarity with Calipari and his system, as well as a more balanced offense that will open up opportunities for the sophomore and he is looking at a monster year. I am as excited as anyone to see the new cats suit up and take their place in the Big Blue history books, but Terrence Jones version 2.0 has me doing back flips.
— Meanwhile, the football team continues to exude positive energy. This is great news, as most Kentucky football fans are less than optimistic about the season – but if the team believes, then we will too. Jacob Tamme’s biggest fan Larry Vaught caught up with a few wildcats, and they had nothing but positives to say about the new weapons UK will be bringing out on Offense. The praise about Newton assuming the leadership role continues to be a huge story line, but freshman running back Josh Clemons has popped up as a name to watch now, too. According to former high school team mate and new Kentucky commit Jordan Watson, Clemons has the ability to ‘control the game’ with his run and be the guy to ‘break a 60-yard run to score,’ and shift the momentum back in your favor. Now whether he will be able to do that in the SEC is yet to be seen, but I’ll add Clemons to the list of Freshmen to keep tabs on.
— The news I most enjoyed yesterday was that of the rebellious Ohio State visitor. I hesitate to call them a student, because we assume Kentucky fans have more sense than to go to Ohio State, but there are always extenuating circumstances. Still, Jared Sullinger tweeted out “So this guy on our campus is rocking an UK shirt on. Mad respect. He has a lot of balls. #Pause.” yesterday. The only thing that would have made it more perfect would be if the guy had pulled out a basketball and hurled it off Sully’s chest. I know it may not seem like a huge act, but when I went with my older sister so she could visit Duke in 1999, my dad made sure I wore my Kentucky Final Four shirt around campus too. I’m not positive that any Duke players saw me and then tweeted about my balls, but I think it’s a safe bet.
— Big Blue Nation, we are needed. I know as well as you do just how dominant an internet force we can be when we get riled up (or when we’re bored,) and gosh darnit, we’re riled up right now (also: bored.) Well you may remember the ESPY’s commercial featuring John Wall and B.J. Raji in a dance off. If you do, the Huffington Post sports section is running a poll asking who has the better dance moves. If you haven’t seen the video, you can do so there before voting. John is losing by about 20% right now, a number I think we can surely make a dent in by the morning. I know the HuffPo has a tendency to be a liberal communist socialist fascist hangout, but let’s not worry about that and focus on what really matters. John Wall, winning a poll on the internet about his dance moves.
Finally, if this clip can’t get you excited about soccer then you never will be.
More all day as we track what disguise Cal will use next in his ever changing game of Hide and Tweet.