Welcome to the first of these…our morning posts telling Big Blue Nation to wake up and get ready for the day ahead. Last night we saw Dustin Johnson choke as very few have ever choked before, three putting from 12 feet to miss the US Open playoff by one stroke. Johnson played the best of anyone all day except for short putting, where he was truly awful on the greens in the last 12 holes. It reminded me of my golfing prowess where the inability to make a five footer consistently has rendered me incapable of ever getting really good at golf. For Dustin, this could be the kind of ending that sticks with him as few golfers get the Scott Hoch-esque choke on a short putt that takes away a major trophy. But before we all feel too sorry for Dustin, one reminder that this is his wife, she is Wayne Gretzky’s daughter and he is rich. He will be ok.
Five Things to Start Your Day:
1. Jamal Murray:
We are all waiting on Jamal Murray to make his decision and most of the signs aren’t pointing well for the Cats. In addition to all the Oregon scuttlebutt of last night, I haven’t heard much confidence in UK coming from any recruiting experts or folks in Lexington. But there is still time…generally speaking when Kentucky is going to get a recruit, you will start to see confidence building from Lexington sources and I begin to get a good feeling about the ultimate decision. If that doesn’t happen today, I sense that Tuesday at 6 pm will be a bummer for Big Blue Nation.
2. Draft Chatter:
Karl Towns is clearly going first but for the rest of the UK guys, the roller coaster will really take off in the next two days. There are signs that Willie is slipping (some believe if Sacramento doesn’t take him at #6, he could fall to 11). Devin Booker is rising (hard to see him going past Charlotte at #9) and the take on Trey Lyles is all over the board. It is usually around this time in the process when players get their “wink, wink” guarantees from teams that they won’t let them slip past a certain point. It will be interesting to see if Dakari in particular gets such an assurance as it could be the difference in him staying in the first round.
3. UK-South Florida Tickets Released
The tickets for UK’s game in Miami versus South Florida are on sale and we will have the link to buy them later this morning. While I think UK’s other non-conference games in Chicago, New York and LA will be packed, I wonder about what will happen in Miami for a game that is Thanksgiving weekend, right before the UL football game. My guess is that if you want to see Kentucky up close and personal, you have a chance to get some very good seats today for a doubleheader with the Cats in a place they rarely play.
4. Something to Read
You think referees are crooked? Well then take a minute to read this article from the weekend about former NBA Ref Tim Donaghy. You might remember he was the official who bet on games and went to prison, but in the article he talks about how he has become a savant in Vegas, as he knows what actually goes on that changes outcomes in NBA games. This “insight” includes what referees favor what players, lineup issues and other outside factors that are often overlooked. You may think its a bunch of nonsense, but some of what he says may have a slight bit of merit and it is interesting that in Las Vegas, where money talks, his words are not being ignored.
5. KSR Tour Begins in Prestonsburg:
We start 8 weeks on the road this morning in Prestonsburg at the Stonecrest Golf Course. If you don’t know where we are going on the tour, just scroll down a couple of posts. This is the best time of the year on the radio as these tour shows are always fun and you never really know what will happen. We start in Prestonsburg, where their mayor used to MMA fight and locals argue over whether Johnny Depp’s aunt lives there (I hear the argument every time we visit). It is one of the friendliest places on our tour and we always love going…plus the golf course is great. So listen up at 10 am and if you would like go to KentuckyBranded.com and get a KSR Tour shirt…they are mighty fine. And remember All American recruit Kash Daniel will join us live tomorrow in Paintsville at our second stop…should be very interesting.
That is all…enjoy the morning my friends