Its a happy day in Big Blue Land, especially for those of us in the Louisville area, so lets look to some notes:
— The best part of the game last night may have been watching the slow dismantling of Ben Hansborough, after an amazing start that nearly cost UK the game. As “Psycho B” started going off early, he began to get cocky and started shooting fake pistols into the crowd in order to get the masses worked up. This caused the crowd to taunt Psycho B, he began to try a bit too hard and the result was a slumber through the rest of the game. 19 points in 12 minutes led to only 2 points in the last 25, causing Notre Dame to have little offense and to end up in a loss. The Cats went Box and One, Psycho B wilted and a lesson should have been learned by players everywhere. Only taunt and talk trash if you can back it up…not if you are having an unprecedented hot streak that isnt your norm.
— If #45 (Cooley) on Notre Dame is not the first cousin of Luke Harangody, then you can call me Shirley. Never have I seen a player who had all of the bad attributes of a player (specifically in his case, appearance) and none of the good (in this case, talent).
— One note that came from the postgame talk, John Calipari said that Stacey Poole would get Jon Hood’s minutes after he was particularly upset at Hood’s play last night. Two defensive miscues, a missed easy shot and a bad foul mean that Poole could see more time…something that the UK folks in Jacksonville have to like.
— I am disappointed at the news that Kyrie Irving’s toe injury may make him miss the year. The kid is a great player and an good kid and I hate to see any team lose a player to injury, even if I dislike the team. If Irving is out and thus comes back for next year…well lets just say that Duke and Kentucky next season will both be unbelievably loaded.
— In football news, Jordan Aumiller was named First Team All-SEC Freshman, the only UK player to make the list. Somewhere Larry Vaught did a backflip while listening to “She Couldnt Change Me.”
— Pat Forde wears glasses straight off the set of “Mad Men.” That is all.
— There are a number of message board rumors that Rick “Nuclear” Minter will be the UK Defensive Coordinator. I havent confirmed that with anyone and as of now, it looks to be strictly rumor-based. I agree with Chip Cosby’s report yesterday that UK’s list is Randy Shannon and then Minter. We will likely know by the first of next week who will be the actual pick.
Finally, it was a great day on the radio today as Woo did his thing and tore it up. We found out what Tubby Smith used to do to motivate the Cats for the Indiana game and how Woo likes to go fishing and what UK basketball player joins him for some illegal gaming. Its a good show and well worth the listen below. Stay tuned for more later.