Woke up this morning to see bubonic plague, Black Death and Frosted Flakes were among the top trending topics worldwide, so there’s that. Just another day in 2020, I suppose. Anyway, here at KSR, we’ll focus on happier things like all the good news around Big Blue Nation. The weekend was pretty newsy for a holiday weekend with no sports and I assume you were busy doing other things to read it all, so let’s recap the big stuff before we tackle a new week.
The Paul Finebaum sitcom (yes, the Paul Finebaum sitcom) has some serious legs.
Paul Finebaum opened up to the Charlotte Observer about a number of things, but the most interesting is the status of his sitcom. According to Pawl, not only is the sitcom still moving forward as rumored, but a major Hollywood star is on board to play a younger version of Finebaum for the show.
Who? He wouldn’t say. “Until we get to the next phase, the producers have strongly encouraged me not to reveal the name,” Finebaum said.
My guess is Zac Efron.
PGA TOUR: Bryson DeChambeau 2.0 earns first PGA victory.
DeChambeau added FORTY pounds before the PGA restart, and the extra weight has added miles of extra distance to his game. Mega Bryson won this past weekend’s Rocket Mortgage with the highest driving distance ever recorded in a win: 350.6 yards per drive, breaking Tiger Woods’ record of 341.5 in the 2005 Open. DeChambeau’s approach shots averaged just a little over 100 yards, which makes it much easier to play golf, and the win marked his seventh straight tournament inside the top 10.
DeChambeau seems to be a real jerk (who yells at a camera man?) but there’s no denying how he’s changing the PGA. He already had a weird hat, a weird swing, and all his clubs are the same length; now he’s hitting bombs and in contention every weekend.
(Note: The win is DeChambeau’s sixth on tour, but his first since he went up two shirt sizes.)
The Basketball Tournament started on Saturday.
The Basketball Tournament is back. You remember it, right? The winner-take-all basketball tournament with a bunch of former college stars we all know and recognize competing for a million dollars. It kicked off over the weekend with some exciting action on ESPN with Isaiah Austin’s return to basketball leading the headlines, although it came in a loss.
The tournament is back on tonight at 7 pm with back-to-back games: Brotherly Love vs. Eberlein Drive, followed by Team CP3 vs. Golden Eagles Alumni (Marquette).
For more information on the entire tournament and its field, read Tyler’s preview from Friday:
Kentucky Football added a holiday weekend Yahtzee.
The 4th of July has been good to UK Football over the years (Kash Daniel committed to UK on the 4th) and this year Mark Stoops’ recruiting class added fireworks in the form of Montez Thrower.
Thrower is not a quarterback, unfortunately, but he is a three-star linebacker that was being recruiting to the SEC, including offers from Mississippi State, Tennessee and Arkansas, as well as offers from our recruiting rivals at Michigan State and Nebraska. A native of the great state of Georgia, Thrower get bonus points for announcing his commitment with a Power K hat:
“They have been with me, they never gave up on me and they made me feel important.”
— ChadSimmons_ (@ChadSimmons_) July 4, 2020
ICYMI: Skyy Clark received an offer from UK, then hopped on KSR’s Sources Say Podcast.
Last Thursday night, Kentucky extended a scholarship offer to Skyy Clark, a five-star guard in the Class of 2022. Clark is the first guard in his class to get the coveted UK offer and he confirmed his heavy interest in the Cats to our own Jack Pilgrim, saying, “They are definitely, definitely in my top five.As you all know, Coach Calipari is an amazing coach. Everything about Kentucky is on a new level. They try to get you to the league, which is my ultimate goal. They’re going to push you to not only be a player in the league, but one of the top players in the league. That’s something I’m definitely looking for when I go to college.”
Clark loves Calipari and Kentucky, and has for a long time, so he was ecstatic to finally get the invitation. If you’re setting the odds on where Clark eventually ends up, Kentucky is the heavy, heavy, heavy favorite.
Could Devin Booker move to the East? In New York?
At least one person, Marc Berman, believes so. Berman says he is the authority on all things New York Knicks for the NY Post, and in his latest Knicks mailbag, he writes that Booker’s connection to Leon Rose, Booker’s connection to Worldwide Wes, and Booker’s frustrations in Phoenix, make him the ideal candidate for the Knicks in the trade market.
VIDEO: This is the best ball roll I’ve ever seen.
From the World Indoor Bowls Championships back in January, this is one of the most impressive things you’ll ever see in rolling balls.
The KSR radio show is taking you to Graves County.
We’re going to Graves County on today’s show (in spirit, not literally). Ryan Lemond is on vacation in Florida, but Matt Jones and Shannon The Dude are ready to go and I’ll be taking Ryan’s seat all five mornings this week.