Matt may have a problem with people posting pictures of their dog on Instagram, but I clearly do not. Especially when it’s my dog, or a dog that belongs to a UK player. Therefore, I present Dakari Johnson and his new pup, Rowdy. If that’s not enough to make you say “aww,” here’s another pic from Dakari’s mom, Makini:
After this, I’m going to have to go hug my dog.
It’s Friday, so feel free to do a little dance as we roll through today’s agenda…
If you missed it, Isaac Humphries to UK became official
Yesterday, Aussie big man Isaac Humphries confirmed he will join Kentucky and reclassify to 2015. As many of us have, John Calipari compared him to Josh Harrellson.
“I watched Isaac when he first came over to the United States in high school in Indiana and was impressed with his skill and size,” Calipari said. “He reminded me of a much bigger Josh Harrellson. He’s very skilled, has great hands and is a great passer. To have a 7-footer who just turned 17, he has a lot still in front of him, and the best part is he wants the challenge of playing at Kentucky.”
I love Cal for the last line, a definite message to players in the 2015 class that have chosen an easier route with more playing time.
Also, Jamal Murray will be on campus soon
Murray was NOT on the final roster for Team Canada on Thursday, which means he’ll be on UK’s campus very soon. While it’s a bummer that Murray won’t be able to represent his country at FIBA Americas, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t relieved he’ll be in Lexington earlier to bond with his teammates. The more time in that incubator, the better.
I love Patrick Towles’ moxie
UK’s starting quarterback/HP aficionado went on The Paul Finebaum Show yesterday to talk about the Cats, and didn’t hesitate when Pawwwl asked him his expectations for the season.
“I think we can get to Atlanta, and I can say that with as much confidence as I’ve got. We’ve got the pieces in place, we’ve got the coaches, and we’ve got the guys. I’m confident in my receivers and my offensive line and my defense. We’ve got leaders all around. I have no doubt in my mind, we have the talent to get to Atlanta.”
While I saw a lot of jokes on Twitter saying the only way Kentucky could get to Atlanta was to drive by on their way to Athens, I love Patrick’s moxie. Of course, you always want your QB to be confident, but Patrick could have deferred to the safe coach-speak line of “We’re only worried about the next game.” I’m glad he didn’t. If you’re the leader of a program like Kentucky, you’ve got to put yourself out there if you want to make some noise.
We’ll hear from Patrick and the offense this afternoon
After a day off, I’m itching for some football news. It’ll come this evening when the offense addresses the media. Personally, I’m hoping to hear more about the budding chemistry between Patrick and his receivers, and whether or not Boom Williams is back at full strength. And if Ryan Timmons is out of that boot.
Kent Bulle starts a big run in Knoxville
KSR’s favorite golfer is tied for 29th at 3 under in the News Sentinel Open down in Knoxville and continues his run starting at 9:30 a.m. He’ll have Drew there to cheer him on, along with the rest of us following along on PGATour.com.
High School Football begins
And KSR will have our preps writer Trey Huntsman on the scene for Pikeville at Prestonsburg. For more high school coverage, click here to see Trey’s games of the week, and if you’re in Prestonsburg, please go say hello. Also, go Ads. Larue has no chance.
In turn, it may be a “Friday Night Lights” kind of day around the KSR Nashville compound
Like clockwork, every August I rewatch “Friday Night Lights” (my strides per minute triple when Dillon takes the field). With cool temperatures on tap and high school football starting up, I have a feeling tomorrow may be a FNL type of afternoon. If time allows, look for a Top 5 Best/Worst FNL Characters post. I have strong thoughts about this, but leave your picks in the comments.
Isaac Humphries will call in to the show
Want to get to know our mysterious new basketball player? Tune in to the show at 10:30 a.m. to hear him talk to the BBN for the first time. Hopefully Ryan won’t tell him to throw another shrimp on the barbie.