No matter where you are this Friday morning, you can’t be worse off than Chicago Bears fans. Chicago shook up last night’s NFL draft by trading up a spot to get Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick. Throw in the Bears’ offseason acquisition of Mike Glennon and the franchise has about $47 million in guaranteed money owed to those two quarterbacks. That’s comedy. Trubisky? Bust in the making. And they traded several valuable draft picks to get him!
Hug your Bears friends today!
1. Cameron Johnson did not commit while on campus.
Johnson’s official visit to Kentucky wrapped up yesterday and he left town without pledging his commitment to the Wildcats. (Rats.) That could mean (1) Calipari is holding out hope for Kevin Knox or (2) Johnson wants to wait and take other visits before deciding. Whatever the case may be, I still think he will wear Kentucky blue next season until I hear something that will convince me otherwise. Hopefully we hear something from Johnson about his trip to Lexington soon.
2. KSR Movie Madness continues.
Yesterday we eliminated half of the field by voting our way through the first round. Today we’ll try to declare a tournament champion from the 32 remaining movies:
3. Blue Smith now asking for 10,000 retweets.
Blue Smith, one of the top priorities on Mark Stoops’ board, is now asking for 10,000 retweets from Big Blue Nation. We quickly got him the 5,000 he wanted yesterday and now that number has doubled for a commit (although it’s very unlikely this is serious).
— BLUE SMITHâ¶ð“…“ (@bluesmith_) April 27, 2017
In related news, Smith announced his 10 finalists yesterday. They are Alabama, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee.
4. De’Aaron Fox moved out of the lodge.
Fox flew out to Los Angeles yesterday, leaving Lexington behind. He will spend the next several weeks getting ready for the draft. #HeGone
5. Patrick Patterson is in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Patterson scored a late game-tying dunk to help his Raptors beat the Bucks in Milwaukee in Game 6. The win clinched the series and propelled Patterson and the Raptors to the Eastern Conference semis, where LeBron James and the Cavs await.
John Wall, Patterson’s former teammate at Kentucky, will try to punch his ticket to the other East semi tonight when the Wizards take on Atlanta at 7:30.
6. Andrew Harrison’s playoff run is over; Jerry Lawler hit by chair at the game.
The Spurs took down the Grizzlies last night, ending Andrew Harrison’s first NBA playoff appearance. But the real story here is Jerry Lawler, new friend of KSR, taking a chair to the back from Buff Bagwell.
— 929ESPN (@929espn) April 28, 2017
Buff Bagwell, there’s a name.
7. George Adams’ baby boy went sixth overall in last night’s NFL draft.
Jamal Adams, a Kentucky legacy, is now a multimillionaire and soon-to-be NFL star with the New York Jets. The former LSU safety is the son of George Adams, a football alum of Lafayette High School and Kentucky. The younger Adams had an offer from Kentucky out of high school but never really considered the Cats before he decided on LSU. He’s one of the main reasons Mark Stoops and his staff have made it a priority to get all alumni more active and involved in the program.
8. An update on our friend Radar.
Many of you know Radar and used him to get home a time or two on UK’s campus, and you know he had a severe medical scare over the weekend (story here). Well, Radar called me yesterday and said he is recovering at his mother’s house in Eastern Kentucky and getting better each day. When I asked how long until he’ll be back on his feet, he told me he is already trying to make it to the UK softball games this weekend. My man loves some UK sports. Good to hear he is recovering well.
9. Blue got in on Jeopardy.
Um, what is the University of Kentucky?
10. Ready for more movie talk?
It’s coming your way in one hour.