It is a very slow news day for UK, but that doesnt stop the excitement. Fresh off one of my favorite radio shows I have done, we will get to some notes:
— There was very little in the way of actual “news” that came from the Women’s Clinic, but the little that did was on the topic of how Kentucky will play next season. Calipari said that he plans to utilize some Pick and roll this year in a different way. Rather than simply using the pick and roll to either create a driving lane, open shot or pass on the block, Calipari said they will use pick and roll to actually begin the offensive flow and allow for the correct spacing on the floor. When Brandon Knight rolls off the screaner, he will be able to create the beginning of the Dribble-Drive offensive flow and create a second way to begin movement on the court. Calipari mentioned that such a concept “just came to him one night” and it will be interesting to watch it move from theory to practice.
— Proving that there is little Kansas can do except be the copycat “K” basketball state behind Kentucky, the Jayhawk Fans have started a “Free Selby” campaign for their own Freshman having eligibility issues. They started a Facebook campaign and some lame message board threads, but they will never have pro golfers, fans from all over the nation and random buildings around their state supporting the movement. Create your own ideas George Lopez and worry less about the C-A-Y-T-S, CAYTS!
— Today is the day that we will hear the announcement on a school from Tony Wroten. He is scheduled to pick his choice at 6 pm Eastern and most believe he is headed to Washington. If the Huskies history is any indicator, he will stay committed there for at least a few minutes and then end up at Kentucky, but who really knows. What is certainly the case is that if he picks U-DUB, then the Louisville Cards are one step closer to seeing their dream 2011 class fall apart and this so-called “bridge” year, looking more like an ultimate destination rather than a journey.
— In the “Why couldnt this have happened last week” department, some message board rumors suggest that up to 17 Ole Miss players could be out for their next game due to suspension. Granted Kentucky should have beaten the Rebels even if Dexter Mccluster suddently got eligible, but it would have been much better for that to have happened our week, rather than this one.
— If mocking his practice video were not enough, one could go to ESPN and see Pat Forde’s college football conference rankings. He decides that the Pac 10 is the best conference and ranks the SEC #2. We get it Pat…you like being a contrarian and you think it is cute to say we all should get on the “Boise State bus.” But in its worse year, the SEC kicks sand on the feet of the Pac 10 in its highest form. Spare me your contrarian views.
— The Reds had a tough beginning to their playoff lives, but fear not Cincy fans. Because tonight you can get behind America’s Team, the Atlanta Braves. I have no delusions that the Braves will do anything but get swept by the Giants, but nevertheless I am excited to see them back in the big show for the first time since 2005. At this point the Braves lineup is so rag-tag that it should have Billy Gillispie coaching it, but that doesnt mean we cant do it for Paul Zuvella and Ken Oberkfell and pull out a shocker. So lets get it done Bobby….somewhere Skip Carey has his fingers crossed.
More all day and until that happens, you might want to check out the Guilty Pleasure day on the KSR Podcast. We opened up the phones for songs that you were embarassed to admit you liked and got a crazy wide range of choices, from Celine Dion to Barry Manilow to the winner (in my view), Michael Jackson’s “You are Not Alone.” I went with “Bed of Roses” by Bon Jovi and there were some other great selections. Certainly a good way to pass an hour on a boring Thursday afternoon: