Good morning, friends. Excuse me if I’m a bit distracted this morning; last night, my husband and I finished up the season finale of “Westworld,” and man, that’s some pretty messed up stuff. I won’t spoil anything, but there were some things I saw coming and some things I did not. In terms of intrigue and suspense, “Westworld” is the new “LOST” in our household…hopefully it has a more satisfying ending.
Let’s roll through today’s agenda so I can go back to reading recaps.
1. Joel Justus will preview the Hofstra game
From time to time, John Calipari likes to let his assistants handles pregame press conferences, so today, we’ll hear what Joel Justus has to say about the squad before they take off for New York to play Hofstra on Sunday. This is Justus’ first year as an assistant coach after a year as the director of analytics and another year as the special assistant to the head coach. Calipari’s great, but I’m looking forward to hearing a new perspective on what’s going on with the team right now.
A few players will also talk to the media, so check the site around 2:30 for a live stream and after that for a full recap.
2. UK Hoops hosts Middle Tennessee
After dropping a heartbreaker to Louisville, Matthew Mitchell’s squad returns to Memorial Coliseum for a four-game home stretch, starting with Middle Tennessee tonight at 7 p.m. If you can’t make it to the game, tune in on SEC Network+ (on the computer). Or, you can check the site later tonight for a full recap.
3. ICYMI, a whole bunch of football Cats got SEC honors yesterday
The Associated Press named senior center Jon Toth First Team All-SEC and sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones and sophomore safety Mike Edwards Second Team All-SEC. Meanwhile, the league’s coaches named running back Benny Snell and offensive lineman Logan Stenberg to the All-SEC Freshman Team. Speaking of Toth and Stenberg, Alabama’s Jonathan Allen, considered the best defensive player in the country, told reporters that he thinks Kentucky’s offensive line is the best he faced all year. I think he probably knows what he’s talking about.
4. UK sold through it’s initial allotment of bowl tickets already
Each school is given 8,000 tickets to start sales and Kentucky burned through theirs in three days. You guys must be excited about New Year’s in Jacksonville. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, don’t worry; UK got some more just in case. Lower-level tickets are still available for the game and can be purchased by visiting UKFootballTix.com or through the TaxSlayer Bowl’s website. Kentucky sideline is on the WEST SIDE of the stadium, so take that into consideration when choosing your seat.
5. Lonnie Johnson will announce on Tuesday
Tuesday at 5 pm at west side media room hit me if your coming to support ðŸ™ðŸ¾ðŸ™ðŸ¾ðŸ™ðŸ¾.
West Virginia â›°â›°
It's time ðŸ™ðŸ¾ðŸ’¯
— LONNIE JOHNSON (@Lonnie30johnson) December 8, 2016
The nation’s top junior college safety visited Kentucky last weekend and will visit Georgia this weekend. We’ll know for sure where he’s going on Tuesday.
6. It’s about time somebody called out those creepy SEC commercials
Every Day Should Be Saturday’s Spencer Hall did what he does best yesterday with this hilarious takedown of the SEC’s weird new commercials. You know the ones, the blonde lady walking on the beach or in a library, or a bar talking about how the SEC “just means more.” I could go on and on, but Hall’s way funnier than I am and you owe it to yourself to click here and check out his post.
7. Steve Spurrier trying to take a selfie with his trophy is everything
Last night, Spurrier won the “NCFAA Contributions to College Football Award,” which is basically an excuse to get Spurrier on stage to make a speech and we were rewarded with this great video of him trying to take a selfie with his trophy:
This is Steve Spirrier trying to take a selfie with his trophy. I love this man so damn much. pic.twitter.com/98xXjQnYQ1
— Morgan Moriarty (@Morgan_Moriarty) December 9, 2016
I miss him already.
8. RIP John Glenn
The American hero passed away at the age of 95 yesterday. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth back in 1962 and the oldest American to go to space in 1998 aboard the shuttle Discovery. He was also a highly decorated Marine who flew 149 combat missions in World War II and Korea. Because that war and space hero weren’t enough, he was also a politician, representing Ohio in the United States Senate for 24 years. Trailblazer, hero, legend, all of the good words belong to him.
9. All of the good words also belong to Karl Towns for this dunk
Mercy me, Karl.
10 .#KSRtoVegas starts today
Tune in to the show today to hear the guys prepare for their grand adventure. This will probably be the most coherent and well-rested they’ll be over the next week and a half. Speaking of Vegas, that forecast for next weekend sure looks nice compared to the arctic blast most of us woke up to: