Good morning, friends. While most of you are waking up to a winter wonderland, all we’ve got in Nashville is ice. There’s a chance an itty bitty band of snow will pass through here in a bit, but I’m not getting my hopes up; the Snow Dome is strong. Regardless, schools across Kentucky and Tennessee are closed, with 1-4″ reportedly falling across the Bluegrass. Enjoy it, kids. You know your parents stocked up on bread, milk, and eggs, so have some French Toast for me. No butter with syrup, please.
For those of you at home and those of you forced to go to work, I’ll do my best to keep you entertained. Here’s what we have to look forward to…
John Calipari will talk to his favorite media friends
…Or, the ones who are able to get to the Joe Craft Center, at least. Calipari will preview tomorrow’s game at Arkansas before the team heads to Fayetteville. Cal said changes will be made after the loss to Auburn, but will we get to hear about any of them? Probably not. At the very least, I think you can count on Derek Willis starting.
Hopefully, we’ll also get an update on Dominique Hawkins, who continues to nurse a nagging high ankle sprain. Dom isn’t the answer to this team’s problems, but having his veteran presence and high-energy defense late in games sure would help.
It was a big night for the NBA Cats
Here are some point totals for your favorite former UK players in last night’s games:
- Anthony Davis, Pelicans (vs. Timberwolves): 35 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks
- Karl Towns, Timberwolves (vs. Pelicans): 20 points, 13 rebounds
- Brandon Knight, Suns (vs. Pacers): 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
- Devin Booker, Suns (vs. Pacers): 32 points (!)
- Archie Goodwin, Suns (vs. Pacers): 8 points
- Enes Kanter, Thunder (vs. Nuggets): 25 points, 8 rebounds
I’ll have more on Devin’s big night here in just a little bit
Meanwhile, why is Brandon Knight always on the embarrassing end of plays?
Knight’s been the victim of several posterizing dunks during his career, and last night, Paul George got the best of him at the the top of the key:
Keep your chin up, B Knight.
ICYMI, UK football great Lou Michaels passed away
The College Football Hall of Fame lineman passed away at the age of 80 yesterday in his hometown of Swoyersville, Pennsylvania. Michaels played under Blanton Collier from 1954-57 and could do it all, from defensive to offensive to kicking and punting. He was drafted 4th in the NFL Draft in 1958 by the LA Rams and played 13 seasons in the league. Our thoughts are with his family.
Antwaan Randle El says he regrets ever playing football
Yesterday, The Washington Post published an interview with former NFL wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, who said he regrets ever playing football. The former Indiana star (the first dual threat QB I remember torching the Cats growing up) said he suffers from memory loss and can barely walk down the stairs after nine years in the NFL. The interview is heartbreaking and really makes you think about the price players pay to play the sport they love for a living. Check it out if you want some perspective.
Yes, I know KFC is now offering “Nashville-style hot chicken”
And yes, I’m going to be a hot chicken snob about it. I’m glad the rest of the world is on to hot chicken, because it’s truly delicious and everyone should benefit from its magical powers, but there’s no way something from a national fast food chain can ever live up to the real thing. Prince’s Hot Chicken is still the best, even if you have to wait an hour for it in not the nicest part of town. (Actually, I’d argue that’s part of the charm.) Enjoy your quick trip through the drive-thru to get your spicy fried chicken and soggy pickles in a nice little cardboard carton. I’ll enjoy hot chicken as nature intended: with a beer and a side of Wonder Bread on the roof of a car in the Prince’s parking lot with seasoning so hot it eats through the car paint (true story).
…and now I want hot chicken.
College basketball on TV tonight
- 7:00 p.m.: Georgia at Missouri, SEC Network
- 9:00 p.m.: Vanderbilt at Tennessee, SEC Network
- 6:30 p.m.: Nebraska at #11 Michigan State, BTN
- 7:00 p.m.: Wake Forest at #2 North Carolina, ESPN2
- 7:00 p.m.: Texas at #6 West Virginia, ESPNU
- 8:15 p.m.: Kansas State at #13 Baylor, ESPN News
- 9:00 p.m.: #15 Miami at Boston College, ESPN3
- 9:00 p.m.: Florida State at #17 Louisville, ESPNU
- 9:00 p.m.: #4 Villanova at Seton Hall, CBS Sports Network
Ryan Lemond and Tony Vanetti are taking over KSR
Matt’s off to Los Angeles for some reason, so Ryan Lemond and Tony Vanetti are manning the mics from 10-12. Will Vanetti’s son come on as well to throw gas on his rivalry with Shannon the Dude? Tune in to find out.