Good morning, friends. As you read this, I’m driving down I-65 to Hoover, Alabama to cover my third straight SEC Media Days. Because of vacation, I’m getting a late start to my trip, but if all goes well and Birmingham traffic allows, I should be there in time to see Steve Spurrier take the stage at 9:00 a.m. CT. The Ole Ball Coach is one of my favorites and never disappoints at the podium, a breath of fresh, salty air in a room of stagnant coach speak. Nick had a great post this weekend with some of Spurrier’s best quotes over his 23 years at Media Days, and I can’t wait to see what he has to say today.
Speaking of, here’s today’s Media Days schedule (all times Central because it’s the best):
I’ll be Periscoping throughout the week, so if you’re into that (you should be), follow me @MrsTylerKSR for behind-the-scenes coverage. If you’re lucky, Lonny Demaree will accept my interview request and we can talk movies.
Six Cats are up in the Summer League
When you get tired of SEC Media Days coverage, flip on over to NBATV to watch six former Cats do their thing in Las Vegas. Here’s the schedule:
- 3:30 p.m. — Washington Wizards vs. Dallas Mavericks (Darius Miller)
- 7:00 p.m. — Boston Celtics (James Young) vs. Miami Heat
- 7:30 p.m. — Phoenix Suns (Devin Booker, Archie Goodwin, Josh Harrellson) vs Utah Jazz (Trey Lyles)
Last night, Trey Lyles and Karl Towns went head to head, with Trey putting up 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 1 block for the Jazz, and Karl racking up 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for the Timberwolves. Matt, Drew, and Tomlin travel to Vegas on Wednesday afternoon to cover the action, so prepare yourself for plenty of news about former Cats and lots of snaps.
Put Estes Park on your vacation bucket list
My family made the trek out west for my cousin’s wedding in Estes Park, Colorado this past weekend and, as everyone said it would be, it was gorgeous. I’ve only been to Colorado during the winter, so seeing the mountains in the summer and being able to explore Rocky Mountain National Park was a treat. Even the drive from the Denver airport up into the Estes Park area was stunning, watching the landscape shift so dramatically in such a short distance. With the beautiful scenery, low humidity, and tasty local beers (more on that in a minute), I can see why so many people want to live in Colorado. I’ll settle for visiting as often as I can.
Shoutout to Tom Hayes at New Belgium Brewery
I love craft beer and New Belgium’s brews are some of my favorites, so a trip to the brewery in Fort Collins was a must; however, tours book up waaay in advance–like three weeks–so it seemed we were out of luck. In further proof that the BBN and KSR fans are the best, several of you reached out with tips and connections, and Tampa Amy put me in touch with Tom Hayes, her close friend, UK alum, and devoted KSR fan who works at New Belgium. Tom was kind enough to take us on a tour of the facilities, an excellent way to spend a Friday morning. Because I know they’re reading, big thanks to you two for your help and hospitality. It was very much appreciated, and keep repping the Cats out west.
The KSR Summer Tour rolls in to Whitley City
Come on out to the McCreary County Public Library (6 North Main Street) to see Matt and Ryan. I’m setting the over/under on how long it takes them to get shushed at five minutes.