Good morning, sweet KSR readers, and welcome to a beautiful Wednesday, which comes on the heels of a fairly strange Tuesday (more on that later). While initially tempted to get suckered into Stephen Dorff’s News and Views because I have a GREAT story about an ex of mine that went on a few dates with the apparently psychotic Dorff, I decided to stay true to both my own upbringing and my KSR roots and go with a tribute to Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men, who turns 36 (that’s it?!?!) today. Wanya, who is apparently the “emotional boy” of Boyz II Men, is famous for singing so many of the famous chorus lines that provided the soundtrack to your middle school dance and the fodder for the bombing of a certain journalist’s live blog….which I still say I had nothing to do with. The Men, now a touring group of three, are performing in Osaka, Japan tonight for those of you in the area. For those of you who aren’t, feel free to join my campaign for a public apology from the band for recording the second greatest Christmas album of all-time….and being Jewish. If Harry Connick, Jr. turns out to be a Muslim, I’ll feel very lied to.
Now onto the news…
– Well, the theme to the day actually seemed to be that there was no actual news. After sending out a late night Tweet on Monday stating that he’d have “great news for everyone” on Tuesday, Calipari produced a whole lot of nothing. I think. Coach tweeted a few things today, but I’m not sure if any of them were “great news” for us. Let’s break them down:
1. The family is at the beach – Let’s be honest. That tweet had to be great news for a few of you. Especially the one guy who left the moderately creepy comment on Cal’s Twitpic page. This is an outside possibility.
2. Coach challenged Ashton Kutcher – Outside of the guy from last year’s blogger contest who worked on Punk’d, no one like’s Ashton Kutcher. So, maybe, Cal was trying to invigorate Big Blue Nation with this public throwdown. I don’t think this is it.
3. Coach beat the fam in putt-putt – Calipari shot a 37, narrowly beating Brad’s 39. I don’t think this is great news for anyone, but it is nice to hear Brad’s long-distance gift applies to golf, as well.
4. “No news” is the “great news” – Doubtful, but I’d never put it past that ol’ genius. Well played, Coach. Well played.
I guess we’ll continue to hope the “great news” comes out in the form of something news-ish and not necessarily promotional. I don’t think it will be though.
– Of course, there was the little news tidbit this evening that the Cats will be playing Long Beach State and Dan “I quit and paved the way for Tubby” Monson this season. Again, I wouldn’t count this as big-time news, but finally having the last game nailed down could lead to the release of the schedule..which would be news. “The Beach” might not be the sexy addition of a rumored Duke or Kansas game, but it does provide a lot of Snoop Dogg, Steven Spielberg and Terrell Davis fodder for potential bloggers. However, there will be no Evan Longoria jokes.
– Perhaps the most overlooked news of the day was the on-campus visit of four-star safety Isaiah Lewis. Lewis, who was shown the campus and facilities by fellow Hoosier Morgan Newton, is rising up the Rivals’ rankings and is down to two schools – Michigan State and UK – with a decision rumored to be coming in the next week. Rich Brooks recently commented on the staff’s more calculated recruiting strategy, which has them targeting higher ranked prospects than they had in the past, and Lewis could be the first big recruit landed by that strategy. If Lewis commits, he would become the third member of UK’s 2010 class, along with three-star DE Justin Henderson and two-star kicker Joe Mansour.
– On the basketball front, Larry Vaught caught up with Tywanna Patterson, who will likely be a member of the KSR Hall of Fame’s inaugural class. Mrs. Patterson told Vaught about all the hard work her son and Daniel Orton have been putting in this summer and even said Patrick has been knocking down some threes. We always hear a lot about summer growth from players or heightened expectations, but it’s especially nice to hear things this summer about returning players making strides in areas that not only benefit them individually, but as a part of a team. Patterson developing a more consistent jumper and Darius Miller re-establishing his outside shot and ball-handling are going to make them even more valuable in Calipari’s offense.
– And, we’ll just end on this. In an interview with SLAM Magazine, incoming Florida point guard Kenny Boynton had this to say about your Wildcats:
“To tell you the truth, I’ve thought about it and on paper they look good, but I think we match up with them. I think we have a better team. It’s going to be a real good game when we play, but I don’t think they’re as good as everyone says they are.”
Yep, have fun with that. Dustin will be by with an Orlando summary and I even smell a Mid-Afternoon Football fix. See you in a few…