Congratulations to CJ, a German Shorthaired Pointer who won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last night. CJ, only three years old, beat out 2,751 other dogs in 199 breeds and varieties to take home the title of top dog in America.
Watching the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a ritual in our family and to pass the time until Best in Show, my husband and I made up fake intros for our own dog, a pound puppy from the Danville/Boyle County Humane Society. (“Now introducing Gatsby, a mixed breed, known primarily for her flatulence and ability to sleep almost the entire day. This occasionally energetic little dog excels at burrowing under covers, begging, and dragging her butt across the carpet when company’s over just to embarrass her owners.”) This year, we actually knew a dog in the competition, a Norwich terrier named Eddie that got honorable mention in his best of breed competition yesterday afternoon. Let me tell you, you haven’t lived until you’ve watched a live stream of a dog show on your computer on a Tuesday afternoon.
CJ is a beautiful dog, but personally, I was partial to Dario the Leonberger, who just wanted a treat from his handler, dangit:
CJ may be best in show, but Dario is the people’s dog.
Here’s what you have to look forward today…
John Calipari will speak to the media this afternoon
Tomorrow, the Cats will look to avenge their loss to Tennessee two weeks back, and John Calipari will meet with his favorite media friends around 2:15 p.m. to talk about it. Calipari took a short trip to watch his son Brad play earlier this week, so this will be the first time we’ve heard from him since his brief comments on Monday’s SEC Coaches Teleconference. If I had to guess, I’d say he’ll continue to stump for Tyler Ulis as National Player of the Year. (ICYMI, I made the case for Tyler last night.)
Will we get an update on Alex Poythress?
I sure hope so. On Monday, Kenny Payne said that Alex is now lightly jogging on his sore knee. While the team has done unbelievably well during his absence (to the point you almost wonder if they play better without him), you know there’s going to be a game in which we need him, and it would be a shame if he’s not able to take the court for his Senior Night. We’re hearing good things, so cross your fingers for a good update from Calipari today.
The first episode of my podcast will drop around lunchtime
Today marks the debut of my new podcast, The OTT, and for my first episode, I interviewed ESPN’s Shannon Spake. Shannon was in Lexington over the weekend to interview Isaac Humphries, and while in town, also visited the Breakfast Club. We talked about that and much more, like how she thought Jamal Murray was a wimp for only lifting 20 lbs. weights (true story!). Hopefully it’ll be up around lunchtime. Be easy on me, it’s my first time!
Willie Cauley-Stein is headed back to Sacramento
UK fan Clay sat next to Willie on his flight from Lexington to Sacramento this morning, and even though Willie’s making pretty good money now, he still flies coach. Normally, I’d praise that frugality, but if I was a 7-footer with a little bit of money to spend, I’d definitely go for the upgrade.
From the looks of it, Willie picked up another inspirational book from the John Calipari library as well: “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck. “The Energy Bus” seemed to work pretty well for him last season.
College basketball on TV tonight
It’s a huge night for college basketball, with Duke/UNC being the marquee game on ESPN at 9 p.m. Here’s the rest of the slate:
- 7 p.m.: Auburn at Arkansas, SEC Network
- 9 p.m.: Alabama at LSU, SEC Network
- 6 p.m.: #15 Dayton at St. Joseph’s, CBS Sports Network
- 6:30 p.m.: #4 Iowa at Penn State, BTN
- 7 p.m.: #1 Villanova at Temple, ESPN2
- 7 p.m.: Syracuse at #18 Louisville, ESPN
- 7 p.m.: #23 Providence at #8 Xavier, FS1
- 8:30 p.m.: Nebraska at #22 Indiana, BTN
- 9 p.m.: #3 Oklahoma at Texas Tech, ESPNU
- 9 p.m.: Virginia Tech at #11 Miami (Fl), ESPN3
- 9 p.m.: #20 Duke at #5 North Carolina, ESPN
- 9 p.m.: Arizona State at #12 Arizona, ESPN2
There are still tickets left for tomorrow night’s game for $25 each
For tomorrow night’s game against Tennessee and next Tuesday’s game against Alabama, you can get $25 upper level tickets by going to Ticketmaster.com and using the promo code “THANKS” for rows AA-KK in Sections 231-234. The offer is valid until two hours before tip-off of both games. For more information, check out the UK Ticket Office.