Couple of quick thoughts before we tape the first “Walk-Ons Podcast” from the past few weeks:
— For me, there is one question left to determine about this team. Do the basketball Cats still want to be playing basketball? The best teams at the end of the season want to go out on a high note and play with a desperation, knowing they are getting the last few chances to shine. Other teams just want the season to end and do almost everything possible to hurry up that result. That is why you so often see such mailed-in performances by the worst teams in the SEC Tournament and the first round of the NIT. Does this team still want to play? Do they want to take the humiliation in Knoxville, turn it around and make something positive? We won’t know for sure until Gameday on Saturday, but we will get a pretty good idea when Vanderbilt comes to town Wednesday.
— Speaking of Gameday, the national spotlight will be squarely on the Kentucky team this weekend, at a time that we probably want it least. With all of the Gameday hoopla in town, everyone will be asking what is wrong with the Cats and can they fix it. Just as a game in Knoxville wasn’t the best recipe for what ailed the Cats right after the Noel injury, this isn’t really the ideal week for Gameday to make its way here. But we can only hope the Cats can rally and make a statement. The season isn’t over. There is still plenty of time to make it into the Tournament. The question will be how bad do we want it.
— As I said a couple of days after the injury, don’t sleep on the idea that Nerlens Noel could be back for a second season. John Calipari says a lot will depend on how his rehab goes and I think that is correct. But considering that he will miss Summer League and most of Training Camp, thus finding his way to the D-League most likely when healthy, an argument exists that returning is the right choice. I trust Calipari and Noel to make the right decision for him, but those in the national media that think it is ludicrous that he could return, don’t understand how real that possibility could end up being.
— 45 years ago today, Bobby Kennedy began his “poverty tour” across America by heading into the middle of Eastern Kentucky. That tour is still remembered by many in the area and was at the height of his Presidential campaign. The picture below is from the Hazard Herald of that day and standing next to Bobby Kennedy is a man in a hat asking him a question. That man is none other than a then Hazard reporter, Oscar Combs. Very cool:
— Because of the beginning of Spring Break, the UK students didn’t use up all their allocation of tickets for the Florida game. Those tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster. I know its Spring Break but the idea that tickets would be available for UK-Florida shocks me. But that is the continued changing world of live sporting events, which in the HD TV age, become less and less attractive except for the biggest moments.
My hope is the SEC Tournament will still be much fun. Nashville is a great place and I assume it will still be overrun with Blue. If not, I know I and the KSR crew will have fun and make it worthwhile. Until then, Burger King’s Twitter got hacked and here is what the hacker posted. He could have done much better:
More later tonight…and don’t forget, the Bachelor Diary is tomorrow morning. I know some of you are very excited!