Isaac Humphries may not have logged any minutes in Saturday’s game vs. Ohio State, but he did log some sightseeing time in New York City on Sunday. Shoutout to UK fans Chris, Susan, and Margaret, who spotted Humphries wandering around the Big Apple all alone on Sunday afternoon. When the rest of the team parted ways for Christmas, maybe he just wanted to have his own little holiday in New York City. Check out the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, pose with the cartoon characters at Times Square, see a show, eat a hot dog from a street vendor. You know, Home Alone 2, Aussie style.
Enjoy yourself now, Isaac, because it’s going to be a busy holiday week. Here’s a rundown of today’s agenda…
How far will Kentucky fall in the polls?
Kentucky went in to Saturday’s game ranked fourth in the country in the AP poll. How far will they fall after a loss to unranked Ohio State? Considering it was on a neutral floor and UK didn’t have any excuses to lean on like they did vs. UCLA, I’m guessing somewhere between 10th and 15th. Louisville went in to the weekend ranked 19th in the AP poll and 16th in the Coaches’ Poll. Will the Cats still be ranked higher than the Cards? Probably, but after watching UK play Saturday, I’m hesitant to give them more than a 50/50 shot on Saturday.
…Okay, 55/45. Fine, 60/40. I’m sure I’ll talk myself up to 70/30 by the end of the week. It’s Calipari vs. Pitino in Rupp Arena, after all.
The team has a few days off
After the Ohio State loss, the players were free to go spend three days with their families before returning to campus on Wednesday to prepare for the Louisville game. After a piss poor performance in Brooklyn, I have a feeling Camp Cal won’t be quite so jolly, so drink in the holiday cheer while you can, boys.
Will there be any news on the football front?
On Friday, UK made the firings of Shannon Dawson and Tommy Mainord official. Will we hear anything about their replacements today? The smoke around the offensive coordinator position continues to blow around Cincinnati’s Eddie Gran, and the Bearcats play Thursday in the Hawaii Bowl. I still have no intel to back it up, but continue to like the idea of Craig Yeast at wide receivers coach. Yeast coached wide receivers at Division II Tiffin University and currently coaches the team at Fremont Ross High School in Ohio, which includes his son, 2017 UK commit Russ Yeast.
Hopefully we’ll get some more clarity before Christmas.
UK Hoops got a big win over Duke last night
Last night, we took my dad to Tony’s Steakhouse in Lexington for his 70th birthday (amazing, by the way) and on the way out, I was happy to see that UK Hoops advanced to 10-0 with a win over #13 Duke. It’s been a trying year for Matthew Mitchell’s squad, but right now, they’re rolling, and a win over a top 15 team in front of 17,000+ at Rupp Arena is certainly a nice way to kick off the holidays. You go, girls.
Boogie almost took down a rim
DeMarcus had 15 points and 9 rebounds in the Kings’ 104-94 win over the Raptors, while Rajon Rondo chipped in 19 points and a whopping 13 assists.
Please, DeMarcus, don’t hurt ’em.
I started “Serial” Season Two
My husband and I made our way to Danville yesterday for the holidays, and spent the three-hour drive listening to the first two episodes of “Serial” Season Two. We were big fans of Season One — going as far to follow Adnan’s story on the spin-off podcast “Undisclosed” — so we went in to the new installment with high hopes. So far, so good. Season Two tells the story of Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier who left his outpost and was taken prisoner by the Taliban for nearly five years before being rescued. Of course, there’s so much more to it than that, but two episodes in, I’m intrigued.
The Sunday Morning Sports Talk crew takes over KSR
Matt is spending an extra day in NYC and Ryan is in Mexico, so Mark Buerger, Larry Vaught, and Anthony White are answering the call to bring you two hours of UK sports talk. Hear their take on UK’s disappointing loss to Ohio State in about an hour.
I’ll leave you with the clip everyone’s talking about this morning: Steve Harvey crowning the wrong woman Miss Universe last night.
Take heart, guys. No matter how bad your Monday is, it can’t be worse than Steve Harvey’s. Or Miss Colombia’s.