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Yesterday’s “Brief Notes and First Impressions From The Final Four” seemed to go over well so I’m going to run it back today. And considering I slept until noon, a lot of this stuff is from last night. So here’s some random rambling while I listen to Cal ramble…
— My night began with a lonely dinner and drinks at St. Elmo Steakhouse — Franklin, party of one, please. The place was packed but I managed to find a spot at the 1933 Lounge upstairs, where the two bartenders looked like Maxim models in tuxedos. They were great; the take-her-home-to-mom and high-five-dad type. Anyway, I finally got my World Famous Shrimp Cocktail and HOLY HORSERADISH that stuff will open you up. Delicious, but violent. You gotta try it.
— After St. Elmo, I walked across the street to Le Meredien — which is French for slowest service ever — to meet Matt and a group of people for another dinner. Because fat. The group included Heshimu Evans and Michael Eaves, two guys I never met until last night, and they’re both awesome. I sat next to Heshimu and he talked about his time at UK while I did my best not to fanboy. After hearing some of his stories I can’t wait to get him on the pregame show tomorrow; he’s going to be good. Eaves was fun, too.
— From there, some of us went over to the Marriott to hang out before going to a party. We ran into Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow in the lobby and chatted a little about football. Those guys are excited about next season. And still a little heartbroken over the Louisville game.
— The guy next to me right now won’t stop complaining about his job. Dude, you’re at the Final Four and they’re feeding you vegan lasagna and blue Powerade for lunch. Hush. I really hate everyone here.
— Last night at the Pump brothers’ party, I used a little liquid courage to talk to a young lady at the bar. (You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take, guys. Remember that.) Things were going swimmingly, to my surprise, until I was pushed aside by Mr. Born Ready himself, Lance Stephenson. I mean, he completely bulldozed me to talk to her. It’s like I wasn’t even there at all. And I loved it because this:
— mak (@bigmakball) April 3, 2015
She wasn’t my type anyway. I hope they have a miserable life together.
— Another quick tale of love: I finally met Shannon Spake last night. She’s really nice. I hope there’s a Shannon Spake out there for me somewhere. (And shout-out to Ashley Judd for offering to be my wingman. I need all the help I can get.)
— Coach Cal is on fire right now. This is his Super Bowl.
— If one more reporter asks Andrew or Aaron what’s it like playing together, I might jump off the top of Lucas Oil Stadium. I don’t know how these guys handle the same questions over and over and over. “Hey Willie, is it true you played football in high school?” “Karl, tell us about Karlito.”
— There is a piÃ±ata in the far corner of the media room. I don’t know why there is a piÃ±ata in the far corner of the media room, but if there is a baseball bat nearby, I would like to hit the guy next to me.
The special two-hour edition of KSR begins now on 630 WLAP in Lexington, 1080 WKJK in Louisville and on your iHeart devices. Tune in to hear our live commentary of Kentucky’s open practice here in Indianapolis. I gotta run…