Being an ex-pat Kentuckian isn’t always easy; homesickness happens, especially around the first Saturday in May, football and basketball season, and pretty much anytime you see someone eating country ham or drinking bourbon. That’s why I was so intrigued by The Bluegrass Box, a subscription service that delivers a surprise box of Kentucky-made products to your home every three months. I agreed to try out a box, and mine came in the mail yesterday. It includes Integritea Bluegrass Breeze iced tea sweetened with passion fruit and mango, Bourbon Barrel Foods Barbecue Sauce, Shell-bee’s Gourmet Steak Seasoning, and some really cool Kentucky coasters made out of fence posts from Funky Junk Gifts. I can’t wait to try out all of the products, which I guess means this week, I’m going to be grilling, drinking iced tea, and putting that iced tea on a coaster.
So, if you’re an ex-pat like me and want a taste of home, or if you live in-state and simply want to try out some new Kentucky-proud products, give The Bluegrass Box a shot. Check them out at thebluegrassbox.com or on Twitter @thebluegrassbox.
Meanwhile, here’s what’s going down in UK Sports land today…
Mark Stoops and UK Football will go through the ESPN Car Wash
Mark Stoops and the UK Football program are coming off a big weekend that included the Sunday Night Lights camp that’s already resulted in one commitment, 3-star wide receiver Clevan Thomas. The Miami, Florida native picked Kentucky over Syracuse and Vanderbilt yesterday, becoming the fourth wide receiver and the eleventh commitment in the 2017 class. Stoops can’t talk about that on ESPN today, of course, but it might put a pep in his step as he makes the rounds in Bristol.
I’ll have a recap of his comments as the day progresses. Speaking of football…
Single game football tickets are on sale now
Schedule too busy to commit to season tickets? Single game tickets just went on sale through UKFootballTix.com and the UK Ticket Office (800-928-2287). Here’s the pricing for all seven home games:
Sept. 3: vs. Southern Miss — $50
Sept. 17: vs. New Mexico State — $45
Sept. 24: vs. South Carolina — $60
Oct. 8: vs. Vanderbilt — $60
Oct. 22: vs. Mississippi State — $60
Nov. 5: vs. Georgia — $60
Nov. 19: vs. Austin Peay — $45
Tickets to all five road games are also available from the Kentucky allotment at the following prices:
Sept. 10: at Florida — $60
Oct. 1: at Alabama — $75
Oct. 29: at Missouri — $75
Nov. 12: at Tennessee — $70
Nov. 29: at Louisville — $80
ICYMI, the UK Basketball non-conference schedule was released
The big news yesterday was the release of the 2016-2017 UK Basketball non-conference schedule. We already knew about all of the marquee games, so there weren’t many surprises, but the slate of Michigan State, UCLA, UNC, Louisville, and Kansas is another reminder that John Calipari isn’t scared to take on the big boys. In fact, Calipari tweeted that it might be his most difficult schedule yet.
“What we try to do with our schedule every year is challenge our players with the best teams in the country. We also try to prepare them for that March run, which is what this program has been built on. Building a schedule to challenge our players is not an easy task, and sometimes we go too far. Hopefully this isn’t one of those years. When you combine the teams we’re playing with the travel we have, this might be the toughest schedule we’ve ever attempted.
Some columnists criticized Calipari for scheduling only one true road game (at Louisville), but those same columnists should remember that last season, UK traveled to both UCLA and Kansas, who are returning the favor this go around. We won’t fall for your trolling, columnists!
DeMarcus Cousins’ summer vacation video will put yours to shame
I’m pretty sure my summer vacation videos mostly consist of my friends making fools of themselves after a few too many or yet more pictures of my dog, so I guess, when it comes to the latter, DeMarcus Cousins and I are totally alike. Yesterday, Cousins shared a video of himself playing with his dogs and some jet skis set to a slightly NSFW soundtrack:
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– DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) July 18, 2016
Summer vacation ended yesterday for Boogie with the start of Team USA Training Camp in Las Vegas. They’ll continue to practice against the USA Select Team, which includes Devin Booker, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Julius Randle, until Friday, when they scrimmage Argentina.
KSR at the RNC, Day 2
The boys were already giddy on day one of the Republican National Convention, so I can’t wait to hear what mood they’re in on day two. Tune in an hour from now to find out.