Good morning, my KSR brothers and sisters and welcome to Wednesday, September 9th. El Capitan Jones is out trying to find a way to tear down the UK basketball program, so here I am giving you the goodness once again. Unfortunately for you Michael Buble fans out there, we’re not going to be celebrating his birthday this fine morning. Instead, today, we will be honoring two titans of the three-point shot and co-lovers of the Eggo waffle, B.J. Armstrong and “Thunder” Dan Majerle, who both celebrate birthdays today. Thunder Dan turns 44 today and Armstrong 42, but don’t make the mistake of thinking they’re washed up. I’d bet my KSR salary that somewhere they are wreaking havoc in an old man’s YMCA league with the only thing that gets better with age: the long ball. Well, that and the fat man’s hook shot. I’ve always been partial to Majerle myself (especially after he appeared on the extremely underrated Pros vs. Joes), but I won’t hold a grudge if you’re a B.J. guy.
Anyway, on to some UK news….
– The big, late-breaking news is that Billy Gillispie has checked himself into rehab in Houston. Clyde will be in the John Lucas After Care Program (named after Jai’s dad) and will be there an undetermined amount of time. While it might be easy to take a few cracks at Clyde, good for him for trying to get his personal situation under control and, hopefully, we’ll see him Bounce Back. <—-Cal owes me $20 for that.
– To get things started in the best possible way, check out the great Tom Leach chatting with former Cat Jacob Tamme about the big win over Miami of Ohio on Saturday. The Colts’ tight end was impressed with the defensive speed and the way the receiver stepped up…and tha maturation of Mike Hartline, which he thinks is Woodson-like.
– As we hit the midway point on a weird early-season bye week, the Cats remain a fairly healthy and optimistic team. With Marcus Davis out for the season, the only major injury issue for the Cats remains Danny Trevathan’s wrist, which underwent surgery on Monday. The plan remains for linebacker to not miss any time and play with an air cast, but Trevathan will be held out of practice until at least next Tuesday – an advantage of the bye week. Despite the added depth, keeping everyone healthy, as usual, remains very important.
– Also, the Cats got some strange poll news today. Following their blowout win over Miami, they still received no votes in the AP Poll, but strangely earned fewer points in the USA Today Poll, dropping to 8 from 9. But, despite the fewer points, they still climbed from 42 to 39 in this week’s ranking. At this rate, they will be ranked #3 at the end of the season. Mark it down.
– Jeff Goodman continued to make himself a staple of this website, earning his third mention this evening with a brief piece on the contract extension of Texas State basketball coach Doug Davalos. In the blurb, Davalos mentions the high hopes and excitement generated by the transfer of AJ Stewart, who Davalos says “can be a Player of the Year candidate in our league”. Stewart never seemed to really get things going with the UK coaching staff, but always seemed to be a bit of a fan favorite. Let’s hope that he finally gets his time to shine in San Marcos. It sounds like the staff is counting on it.
– On a day where the President talked to the kids of the nation without mentioning any type of legistlature (I still had to sign a permission slip for this?), another expert in the world of healthcare got some good news as Rick Pitino and the Filthy Cards scooped up a commitment from Zach Price, a center ranked by Rivals as the 66th best player in the class of 2011. The 6’8″, 225 pounder from Ohio picked Louisville over Ohio State, Michigan State and Wake Forest. Many folks expect this to be a potentially big start to a stream of recruiting positives for Ricky P over the next few days, possibly capped off by a verbal from Marquis Teague.
– If you’re not watching Sons of Anarchy on FX, you must start. A little cheesy at times, but always a lot of fun. Plus, Henry Rollins was on this week. How can you not like that? <—– I expect Henry Rollins to be as popular as herpes around here.
– And, just in case you were wondering if Duke basketball players were as dorky off the court as their law graduates, take a look at this riveting piece. Stick around for Kyle Singler playing “Hot Cross Buns” and Pooptooth getting down with “Lean on Me”.
Well, that’s it for now. Stay tuned throughout the day as we continue to bring you all the important Kentucky basketball stuff and lots of other useless information. See you in a few…