Friday the 13th was unlucky LOOOOOOOONG before Jason Voorhees made every teenager in America wet their pants. The taboo’s origins cannot be traced to history until 19th century England, when someone who I’ve never heard of before died on ‘an unlucky day, on his most unlucky number’. 13 is unlucky because of the Bible (12 apostles, 12 tribes of Israel etc.) and Friday is unlucky because some other Englishmen that wrote The Canterbury Tales picked Friday as a bad day to start a journey (I’ve never read it, so feel free to criticize inaccuracies). This year Friday the 13th falls on a day that could be favorable to Kentucky fans. The Cats #13- FR WR Jeff Badet- got his career rolling against Miami last week with 3 catches for 80 yards, including a 56 yard touchdown. The Cats need their Freshman to perform above expectations tomorrow if they plan to haunt the Dirty Birds’ Dreams for years to come (just like Jason Voorhees).
– Before we begin the football hype, the biggest story of the day is one that breaks Drew Franklin’s heart; 5’9 PG Tyler Ulis picked Kentucky over Michigan State. The #38 prospect in the nation may be 8 inches shorter than the PG before him Andrew Harrison, but he has been referred to as, “a quarterback” by Jason Jordan of USA Today, saying, “he really throws to areas because he knows the tendencies of his teammates. He really thinks the game like 2-3 plays ahead. He’s just really smart. He makes the right play on every possession.” Ulis has the potential to become a cult hero of some sorts at the University of Kentucky. Since Coach Cal has been on campus, there’s always been a WOW factor from a player(s) on each team: first it was Boogie and the John Wall Dance, followed by Jorts, a Unibrow, a Flat Top and Twiiiiiiiiins (see Classic Coors Light commercial). As a mini-me type player (even Ryan Lemond thought he was Jahlil Okafor’s little brother) with positive production Ulis will easily become a fan favorite. I just hope girls aren’t as crazy about him as Jarrod Polson.
-Tomorrow’s showdown between the Cayts and Cards has had a different build up compared to most Governor’s Cup games. Even I have gone through uncharacterstic anxiety leading up to this game. Matt and Drew attempted to inject some hype into the game by spreading their hate Thursday, but in case that wasn’t enough the mayors of Louisville and Lexington are now in on the action. Each respective city’s top political figures are making a friendly wager on the game; If Kentucky wins, Fischer will owe Gray a personalized Louisville Slugger bat, and if Louisville wins, Gray will owe Fisher a bottle of Town Branch Bourbon. I’m just happy Mayor Fischer isn’t throwing in an expected bottle of Crown Royal on the side.
If that doesn’t fuel the hate in your heart, then hopefully the image of this awful Louisville fan will help.
– Kentucky fans are just now growing accustomed to big-time talent on campus. After years of mediocre recruiting, this weekend is packing the first powerful recruiting punch of the season. The two biggest targets for Stoops’ staff that have yet to commit are Matt Elam and Marcelys Jones. Jones has actually already committed to
THE Ohio State University, but is since comitting last Christmas he hasn’t shut it down. Currently Alabama is Kentucky’s closest company to stealing the #8 prospect. Elam will only be there for the first half (he has a game tomorrow night), but nothing can go wrong with his buddy Drew Barker by his side. Some other 2014 commits that are expected in the stands tomorrow: Boom Williams, Nick Richardson, Mikel Horton, Thaddeus Snodgrass, Dorian Hendrix, Tymere Dubose, Jarrett LaRubbio, and Mike Edwards. If they can’t make an impact on guys like Elam, Jones and 3-Star WR Dorian Baker than I don’t know what will.
– On the basketball side of recruiting, Coach Cal is in the middle of a nationwide tour of in-home visits. His next target appears to be the #23 player in the nation James Blackmon Jr., the son of former Kentucky guard James Sr. Cal is in direct competition with Ole Roy, who paid the superstar guard a visit today. Let’s be honest though, do you really have to worry about Goober stealing a Kentucky Son? In the words of the wise Wilson Wilson Wilson, “I don’t think so Tim”.
If that last Dirty Bird didn’t make your heart cringe, this loser below will. I don’t EVER condone violence, but WHAT IS THIS GUY’S DEAL?
– I hate to do this to ya, but we have to end on some sad news tonight. Unforgettable Richie Farmer plead guilty to misspending money as Commissioner of Agriculture, despite making the Best Kentucky Proud commercials this state has ever seen. Richie’s deal will likely land him two years in jail while repaying the state $120,000, with official sentencing set for January 14. Richie was the best face for politics, but probably not best suited for the job. Things may work a little different in Clay County, but you can’t build a basketball court at your house, hire your friends and girlfriend, or use your assistants to dog-sit with government money. Hopefully the #BBN has seen the last of this tragic story.
GAME TIME IS ALMOST HERE! Don’t Geek, KSR will have you covered all morning from the scene at Commonwealth Stadium, to what you need to know for tomorrow’s game. (THE BEST ADVICE: show up early, like before 10:00. It may cost you an extra hour of sleep, but bypassing the traffic and enjoying the great atmosphere will make your Governor’s Cup day that much more enjoyable). @RoushKSR