A few random thoughts before we go into the weekend….
— I am not sure when we get the final word on the Kyle Wiltjer decision, but all indications are that Wiltjer has become very torn as to what he is going to do. When the announcement was made, I am told that Kyle was 99% out the door. But then he visited Gonzaga, talked to some of his current teammates who encouraged him to stay and felt the tug of some in Lexington who would hate to see him leave. Now he is much more torn. As one source close to Kyle told me, “I think he visited Gonzaga with the intention of committing there. He didn’t and that told me he is really torn.” He has been with Team Canada (which means two current Gonzaga players) this week, but at least as of now, the UK door isn’t completely shut.
— I hope you heard a bit of the talk on radio this week about Dominique Hawkins. Because the Twins haven’t arrived fully yet, he has gotten some first team run in pickup games and the reviews of his play are very high. I expect to see him get playing time this year in a meaningful role.
— I am not worried about the Harrison Twins and James Young not yet being in Lexington. It would have been nice to have them here this summer (those who act like it isn’t at least a small disappointment are incorrect in my view), but it isn’t the end of the world. The UK folks hoped to be able to get them enrolled in person last week, but it didn’t work due to the late date and now they will take classes in Texas and Michigan (they can’t live on campus unless they are enrolled). The Twins at least will still be here for a couple of weekends through the rest of July until they arrive for school fully in August.
— There will be a likelly #Yahtzee next week (we wrote about that earlier), but then we start the movement towards talk about this year’s UK football team. I still see 4 wins on the schedule (WKU, Miami, Jack St and Missouri) with another two that could be stolen (Tenn, Miss St). But four is my pick as of today…it will still be fun either way.
— This past week has shown me the best of KSR fans on this statewide KSR Tour. The crowds at these tour stops have been insane. We will post pictures this weekend, but we have had at least 50 at all eight stops and over 100 at 6 of the 8 stops, culminating in 175 folks in Somerset on Tuesday. To have those kind of crowds to hear a morning radio show during the week blows my mind. It showcases all the UK passion out there and has been an amazing experience for us. Last year we did this same tour and had 30 people or so each stop. This year has been unbelievable. The people we have met have been amazing and it has been one of my two or three most rewarding experiences since being with KSR. And most of you seem to be enjoying it, so I hope it continues as we head to Central and Western Kentucky. I can’t thank you guys enough for the support of the show and the site.
With that said, any time I read the comment section on here, I grow sad. While the vast majority are still normal (even in an anonymous comment section, a place that brings out the worst trolls on every site), the 15 or so consistent negative/stupid commenters make me weep for our common humanity. Those that (a) dont realize NJT is a joke, (b) dislike a post and then write about how bad it is and what a waste of time it is, without any irony as to the way they are spending their moments, (c) can’t even fathom the notion of anything but the most perfect scenario…aka getting mad at the mention that John Calipari just might not coach until he is in the grave and (d) think that a blog comment section is the best place to argue world politics/religion/government/philosophy…complete with misspellings, grammar errors complimented by calling the other person an “idiot”, (e) post consistently that “THIS ISNT ABOUT UK SPORTS OR WHAT THIS BLOG IS ABOUT”, when they haven’t been reading the site long enough to know that off topic segues, stupid videos and dumb jokes/photoshops are EXACTLY WHAT THIS BLOG IS ABOUT and always has been, probably should find something else to do. Lighten up…people disagree…some things are meant to be funny and stupid…we don’t have to talk UK sports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For better or worse this site, while a business, is also a labor of love for all of us. We use it to write about our opinions, our thoughts and our shared interest, UK sports. You may not like some of it…but ignore that part, as I am sure there are things you would enjoy (just as I ignore anything involving Rick Reilly on ESPN). And if you don’t like all of it, then just don’t come on here. We understand and won’t take it personal. We will likely get to a registered comment section soon, which will make the site both better and worse. But until we get there, can we not at least take a collective chill? Maybe not
And with that, enjoy your weekend. Peach Jam coming next week, which is always some of the finest KSR site/show time.