A clown has terrorized Northampton, England for almost a week now by doing absolutely nothing on the sidewalk. Looking frightening is the clown’s only crime, and that’s not enough for Northampton police to apprehend it. So it keeps doing its thing, nothing, except scaring the bejesus out of Northampton’s residents. Some refuse to leave their home until something is done. Others post updates and sightings on the clown’s new Facebook page to alert fellow citizens.
I mean, look at this thing:
See why they’re terrified?
But now a hero has arrived in Northampton to save the day, he says. His name is Boris The Clown Catcher, and though his identity is unknown, his mission is clear: put an end to the fear and anxiety caused by the painted one. I don’t know what he plans to do, but good luck to him.
The first of three open weekends is ahead of us, folks, and I won’t lie to you; this is pretty boring. For me it’s a weekend free of work, and I should relish it, but that’s not the case. I want Kentucky football. You want Kentucky football. We all want Kentucky football. But, it is a bye week, and a perfectly-timed one at that. Two critical players, Max Smith and Donte Rumph, need the additional rest to overcome injuries sustained against Louisville and the entire team could use the extra week of practice to be ready for Florida on September 28. Not to mention, the forecast in Lexington calls for thunderstorms so we’re dodging bad weather over Commonwealth Stadium. Again, the timing is pretty perfect.
With a slow week of football news coming off the press, basketball recruiting has become the center of attention. Coach Cal has been all over the country in the last 10 days, since the September recruiting period kicked off early last week, and with his long list of in-home visits comes quotes from those he has visited. On Thursday, Cats Illustrated released a story on James Blackmon and his Monday visit with UK.
Blackmon told Corey Albertson, “The visit went great. Coach Calipari told me that (if I go to Kentucky) I’ll have a chance to come in right away and play on the biggest stage there is.”
Calipari also told Blackmon he’ll split time at point guard with Tyler Ulis if he becomes a Wildcat. Blackmon likes the idea of playing both guard spots and likes the idea of playing at Kentucky, a lot, he says. He plans to make up his mind shortly after visiting Big Blue Madness in October.
Stanley Johnson also made some noise on the recruiting circuit Thursday when Jason Jordan tweeted out that Johnson told him it’s very likely he’ll attend college with Justice Winslow. If that’s the case, Arizona is the heavy favorite and Kentucky is barely in the mix, if in the mix at all. Winslow does have an offer from UK but the communication between the two parties has been minimal as of late and Winslow’s mother says she isn’t even sure if her son is considering the Cats.
Jordan jumped on KSR to discuss the “package deal” and he told Matt that he’d pick Arizona for Johnson and Winslow if the decision were to happen today. However, package deals rarely pan out and Johnson still has an official visit UK for Big Blue Madness ahead. The Cats are still very much in it, despite his recent comments.
The story of Matthew Mitchell eating up all of the Morris family’s deviled eggs during the in-home visit is hilarious to me. I can imagine Coach Mitchell showing up to these visits and plopping down on the couch with his feet on the coffee table, asking if they have any Diet Coke or sweet tea in the kitchen and if someone will grab him one. In this case, his country boy persona worked and it landed him a big in-state recruit from the 2015 class.
Taylor County sophomore Quentin Goodin dropped by the Craft Center Wednesday to watch UK basketball practice and chat with the coaches. Goodin is one of the top guards in the 2016 class nationally and he’s already attracted scholarship offers from Indiana and Tennessee.
Kentucky is holding off on offering Goodin for now but one better come before too long. Kentucky fans won’t be able to handle another in-state kid sneaking off to a rival school and playing well against the Cats, a la Chris Lofton and Alan Houston. He’s still young, though. Very young.
Be sure to read the profile on Jon Hood over at CoachCal.com. It’s a side of Hood most fans haven’t seen before.
This one slipped through the cracks Wednesday: ESPN.com’s Myron Medcalf believes John Calipari is the coach with the most on the line entering the 2013-14 college basketball season.
It’s odd for a man with a national championship and Final Four appearances in two of the past three seasons to have something to prove. But that’s the position John Calipari is in after assembling the greatest recruiting class in college basketball history. Sure, there’s no guarantee this class will live up to the hype. But no group — ever — has warranted this much hoopla and excitement. He has six McDonald’s All Americans, and that’s just the freshmen. In all, Calipari boasts eight players who might be first-round picks in next summer’s NBA draft.
Medcalf says, “the stench of last season’s tumult still remains” and many “demand” a national title. I won’t argue with that.
Also from ESPN.com, Seth Greenberg wrote a scouting report on each Wildcat after seeing them play during Calipari’s fantasy camp. The highlight of Greenberg’s report: “Randle is the most impressive physical specimen I have seen since LeBron James.”
And that, Myron Medcalf, is one of the reasons so many people demand a national title.
In case you forgot…
Za’Darius tweeted earlier this week that he wants to hear the fans in Commonwealth scream “Big Z!” next time he brings down the quarterback.
So scream, we will.
Take ’em home, James…