Happy Forecastle Y’all! We’re right in the middle of one of the most wonderful weekends of the year in Louisville, Kentucky. The weather’s hot, but there’s a nice breeze rolling off the Ohio. Hopefully it doesn’t blow in another little storm because last night’s hour delay was a bigger buzz kill than Buzz Killington.
Although slightly delayed, last night’s shows were nothing short of fantastic. They were almost too good. I’m sitting on the struggle bus, but I can’t stay down. I’m bringing plenty of heat onto the site before I get back at it to see the Alabama Shakes. If you’re in the neighborhood, come say hey to me or Richmond Bramblet of Funkhouser. Don’t worry, we won’t bite (at least before midnight).
The best of the best to look forward to today:
- Pokey LaFarge, 1:45
- Shakes Graves, 3:15
- Danny Brown, 4:15
- The Arcs, 5:15
- Local Natives, 7:15
- Big Gigantic, 8:30
- Alabama Shakes, 9:30
It’s the last weekend without much going on in the world of sports, but there are a few things to keep an eye on.
Murray vs. Ulis in the Summer League
Tonight’s NBA Summer League Quarterfinals features a combo we’re quite familiar with. Jamal Murray’s Nuggets will take on Tyler Ulis’ Suns at 6:00 on ESPN2. Will they act like nothing has changed, or will they be at each other’s throats? Should be interesting.
Skal Labissiere’s Summer League came to a close last night for the Kings. They took the L, but he looked solid once again, finishing with 19 points (8-11 from the field) and 5 rebounds.
The Basketball Tournament Begins
If Summer League Basketball doesn’t catch your fancy, you can watch other former Wildcats in The Basketball Tournament. Joe Crawford, Ramel Bradley, Shagari Alleyne and others take the court at 6:45; you can watch the action here. Drew has a preview of the game, one that should favor the top-seeded Cats.
A Big Football Recruiting Weekend
After kicking off talking season in Hoover, the summer recruiting season finale is starting today in Lexington. Stoops hates traveling to satellite camps, but he loves bringing kids on campus. There will be a few hundred in town over the weekend for the two-day finale. I’ll share some of the scoop later today.
Jon Toth wasn’t a Preseason All-SEC Selection
I’ve purposefully not mentioned it to Freddie. I’d fear for my health. However, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that UK players were left off the preseason teams by the media. Let’s face it, they only know Boom Williams. They don’t care about Kentucky. They’re not going to go out of their way for a center or for a couple of young defensive backs that Stoops is pumping up. Don’t let it get you down; if it does nothing else it should get the players fired up.
Leftovers from the Road
From June 15 to July 15 I spent three nights in my own bed. I feel like Johnny Cash, “Augusta, Columbia, New Smyrna, Birmingham, Hoover, Toledo and Orlando, I’ve been everywhere man.”
In the last week I’ve posted plenty, but there’s plenty I didn’t have time for that I stashed away for this special occasion.
Miss Kentucky Represented at the ESPY’s
Miss Basketball Kentucky, that is. Elizabethtown’s Erin Boley was there to accept the award for Gatorade National Player of the Year. Even though she’s heading to Notre Dame, it isn’t hard to tell who is number one in her heart.
It’s Nasty at the British Open
I’m not talking about the weather, either. Darren Clarke was so focused on making this putt, his chewing gum fell out of his mouth. Clarke wasn’t going to let it go to waste.
Phil Mickelson is in the lead at -10, but Henrik Stenson is right on his heels at -9. Leaderboard