Hello, friends. It feels like a million years since we last spoke. …even though I got back on Friday. …and covered the game Saturday night. Regardless, it’s good to be home and greeting you this morning. Our trip to California was amazing, but sadly, your run-of-the-mill Californians didn’t share my enthusiasm for all things C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS.
Except for the folks at Zeke’s. While in San Francisco, we watched the UK/Florida game at Zeke’s Diamond Bar, a true gem in terms of hole-in-the-wall sports bars. (If you know me, you know I love hole-in-the-wall sports bars. I search them out like Matt searches out home cookin’ country diners.) Over the years, I’ve heard tales of the watch parties at Zeke’s, and it was a bit ridiculous how much I looked forward to watching the game with fellow Wildcat fans without a computer in my lap (no offense).
It was quite the adventure. Turns out Zeke’s is about to be renovated, which is not a bad thing because it really needs it; however, there was some confusion over the closing date of the bar, which led to a slightly smaller crowd than usual. Nevertheless, it was like watching the game in your uncle’s basement, complete with random, laminated MS Paint graphics of Tubby Smith and Chuck Hayes. The outcome of the game wasn’t what we had hoped, but I can’t thank the crew at Zeke’s enough for their hospitality. As an ex-pat Cats fan, there’s nothing better than watching games with your fellow Cats fans when you’re away from home. I was particularly moved when I got back and got a message from one of the San Fran fans, Luke, who told me that Tom Pasco, one of the regular UK fans at Zeke’s, passed away this week. On Saturday, they left his stool open in his honor:
Cheers to you, Tom. All of our efforts are in your honor today.
On that note, here’s today’s agenda…
Mark Stoops will talk for the for the first time since UK’s big win
It’s an understatement to say Mark Stoops was a happy man after his team beat #25 Missouri on Saturday night, and today, we’ll get to hear from him after a day of reflection. After last week, it’s certainly refreshing to head into the week on a positive note, and I expect Stoops to hammer that home in his press conference at noon.
New Depth Chart!
We’ll get one in a few hours…let’s hear your predictions for who’s in and who’s out of the starting lineup.
Drake Jackson and Kash Daniel are officially Cats
These pictures of them signing their Financial Aid Agreements should make you very happy:
— Drake Jackson (@THE_DRAKE_52) September 27, 2015
On that recruiting note…
JaQuize Cross continues to be my spirit animal
The 2016 defensive tackle commit posted this pic from a Color Run 5K he did this weekend to prove he’s #AllIn. I approve.
The leadup to the Big Blue Madness Campout continues
Yesterday afternoon, I received this picture of fans already camping out along the Avenue of Champions:
— Alex Priar (@A_Priar94) September 27, 2015
We say it often, but y’all (meaning we all) are crazy. Big Blue Madness Campout begins on Wednesday morning, with tickets distributed Friday night. It’s become an annual tradition in Big Blue Nation, and I look forward to seeing this new, slightly mysterious, group of players get to know the fans. We know Marcus Lee will by hyped.
Thoughts out to Eddie Montgomery and his family
Yesterday, his 19-year-old son Hunter passed away following an accident that put him on life support. Montgomery, of course, is half of the famous country music duo Montgomery Gentry and a huge UK fan.
“My son Hunter went to heaven today,” Montgomery said in a statement. “I appreciate all your prayers and love and thank you for giving us privacy as we grieve and say goodbye.”
Randall Cobb plays tonight
Randall Cobb and the Packers play the Chiefs tonight in Monday Night Football, putting Goldeneyes even more in the national spotlight. Randall’s the star of my fantasy team, so I’ll be paying close attention. I heard a nasty rumor that Ryan Lemond also has Randall Cobb on his Fan Duel team, so hopefully Goldeneyes can escape the Curse de Lemond and seal a big victory for Cobb Me Maybe.
You’ll listen to KSR in about one hour.