Oh hello there. Welcome to the second installment of my SEC Notebook from St.Louis, where the basketball is back and wilder than ever on Day 2 of the SEC tournament. Last night we said goodbye to Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, and today’s action has already sent Texas A&M home in a crushing last-second defeat. Three more teams will go before the day is over, and then it all gets real tomorrow when your University of Kentucky Wildcats begin their postseason in the quarterfinals.
Let me tell you a little about the SEC FEVER-catching through the first 24 hours of being here.
This morning’s KSR show was ridiculous.
Our loyal KSR listeners will all agree with me when I say today’s show went way off the rails. WAY off. We had Matt attempting to host without a voice, Ryan attempting to take over, and faulty equipment that couldn’t keep a connection. On top of that we had some bizarre topics of discussion and a room full of idiots staring at us in a Downton Abbey-themed rental home. I don’t really know how to describe it any better than that, so just tune in to the podcast if you didn’t listen live and need to know more. Click here.
Andy Kennedy is a media star.
My biggest takeaway from life inside the Scottrade Center is Andy Kennedy’s interactions with his new colleagues are very awkward. Everyone on press row and in the media room has to say hi to Kennedy, and he’s doing his best to interact when he probably wishes he was still in coaching. To make matters worse, he had to sit amongst all the beer-bellied, bald-headed writers while Ole Miss was knocked from the tournament last night. At least they’re all excited to have him.
Hosting “Hey Kentucky” is not easy.
With Matt under the weather and without a voice, I tried my hand at hosting tonight’s “Hey Kentucky” and I have a whole new appreciation for the gig. It’s one thing to stand there and have an opinion, which I attempt to do once a week as the co-host; it’s another thing to count down in your head while setting up the topics (that I knew very little about beforehand) without a teleprompter or any kind of assistance whatsoever. Luckily we have a good team behind the scenes who were a big help and very patient as Tomlin and I fumbled over words and forgot lines. Watch it tonight, if you want.
The hospitality room wasn’t very crowded last night.
I left my uncomfortable seat on press row to live the lavish life in the Champions Club last night. As much as I love sitting within arm’s reach of Sean Farnham and some sweaty guy from Auburn, I prefer the free prime rib and free Tito’s in the VIP area. Here’s some pics of the room, which, as you can see, did not have a great crowd Wednesday night.
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) March 8, 2018
I’ll end up back in there later, maybe within the next few minutes. (Definitely within the next few minutes.)
Mizzou fans got in.
Big Blue Nation leads the early attendance, but Missouri is a very close second. If the Tigers can handle their business against Georgia, the crowd for tomorrow’s game will be electric with a pretty even split of UK blue and French’s mustard yellow.
Everyone is excited for Michael Porter Jr.’s debut.
It’s all anyone’s talking about. I’m also very excited to see what he can do, although I think it’s a terrible decision on his part. Whatever, though. It’s not my NBA future on the line.
This is Sunkist’s Super Bowl.
Sunkist is all over the SEC tournament once again. I don’t think one can of Sunkist is consumed 51 weeks of the year, but that second week of March, the SEC runs on it.
On that note, it’s time for a Sunkist. (Maybe with Tito’s.)