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Happy afternoon, guys. Just think, we’re almost four and a half hours from the start of the Predators/Blues game, which means we’re about ten minutes from my next caffeine fix. Let’s roll through some afternoon notes thanks to our friends at TwinSpires.com.
— Over the past few years, we’ve dealt with more than our fair share of recruiting dramas, but has there been a May with this much uncertainty about next year’s roster? Mohamed Bamba could be a game-changing recruit, but zero information is leaking out of his camp, while Calipari is taking quite the gamble in waiting to hear what Kevin Knox decides while Cam Johnson is being wooed by other suitors. I’ve said it before, but given next year’s lack of experience, Johnson seems like he should be the bigger priority here, especially since there has been almost zero positive momentum in Kentucky’s direction with Knox in recent months. This is a delicate, tricky situation, and I’m certainly glad I don’t have to be the one to deal with it.
— Meanwhile, after being approved by the Athletics Committee this morning, the UK Board of Trustees just signed off on the deal to rename Commonwealth Stadium Kroger Field. According to Jon Hale, two of the 17 members of the Board of Trustees voted against renaming the stadium, the outgoing student body president and a faculty member, who both said students’ reaction to the change was not positive and argued the name “Commonwealth Stadium” has historical significance to the state. I’m not sure I agree with that, but ultimately, it doesn’t matter. We are now in the Kroger Field era.
— Remember that absurd lawsuit UofL students filed against Katina Powell and the author and publisher of her book for “devaluing” their UofL education? WDRB’s Jason Riley reports that it was dismissed today, as was the counterclaim filed by the author and publisher against the students. Hilariously, this was the judge’s comments to the attorney’s in the case:
"The way you folks talk to one another is unacceptable," Judge Perry tells attorneys in this case. "Simply unkind to each other."
— Jason Riley (@JasonRileyWDRB) May 2, 2017
— The results of this morning’s KSR Movie Bracket Elite Eight, factoring in a tie-breaking poll:
- Shawshank Redemption over Wolf of Wall Street (tiebreaking Twitter poll)
- Pulp Fiction over Rocky
- Goodfellas over Star Wars
- Forrest Gump over Saving Private Ryan
I don’t agree with most of those decisions, but listen to everyone’s reasoning in the latter half of Hour 2 of the podcast:
That makes your Final Four:
- Shawshank Redemption vs. Pulp Fiction
- Goodfellas vs. Forrest Gump
Who ya got??
— Finally, if you haven’t seen Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional monologue about his newborn son’s open-heart surgery, stop what you’re doing and watch:
Anybody got some tissues?