Hello, friends. It is with dramatic tan lines and a happy belly that I write for you tonight. My husband and I just got back from a six-day trip to New Orleans, which is quickly becoming my favorite destination in America, simply because it feels like you need a passport to go there. There is no place like Nola. This was only my second visit to the Crescent City, the first being last year for a birthday party, so this time around, it was actually nice to see what the place was like outside of all of the bars. For almost a week, we toured, ate, drank, walked, and stumbled our way across the cobblestones, taking in as much of the city’s culture as we could handle. I learned all about the creepy yet efficient above ground tombs, the city’s bounty on a giant rat species called the nutria, that all gumbos are not created equal, and the best music can often be found right on the street and not in a club. Did I mention how uneven the cobblestones are?
Of course, I had to stop by the famed Bourbon Street Web Cam to make sure the UK sticker was still proudly on display, which it was, and I added a small one of my own. Unfortunately, it looks like some Hoosier troll already got their troll on and covered it up:
I guess when Tom Crean’s your coach, you’ll do just about anything to make yourself feel better. If you’re heading to New Orleans sometime soon, please put these fools back in their place.
Anyways, the entire time we were there, I couldn’t help but imagine what the city must have been like during the 2012 SEC Tournament and Final Four. Not being there will go down as my one big regret in life, and if traveling back every year to eat, drink, and dance is my penance, then so be it. Some recs for those of you who may be headed that way, we loved Sylvain, Irene’s, and Cochon for food, Bar Tonique for drinks, and Frenchman Street for music. And of course, the best bar in the world, Lafitte’s.
Before we all book our flights back, let’s go over the news of the day.
UK will play exhibition games against Pikeville and Georgetown
More scheduling news! A source told KSR on Monday morning that Kentucky will play its exhibition games against Pikeville and Georgetown. Alan Cutler’s sources added that those games will go down on November 2 and 7, respectively. So, if you’re keeping score at home, UK’s non-conference schedule stands at…
November 2: Kentucky vs. Pikeville (Ex.)
November 7: Kentucky vs. Georgetown (Ex.)
November 18: Kentucky vs. Kansas (Indianapolis)
December 5: Kentucky vs. Texas
TBD: Kentucky vs. Providence
TBD: Kentucky vs. North Carolina
December 20: Kentucky vs. UCLA (Chicago)
TBD: Kentucky at Louisville
Who would the state of Kentucky pick first in the NBA Draft?
I mean, yeah. We love Julius so much that…
…Somebody wrote a rap about Julius
…and the language is not quite safe for the workplace, just a warning. I’m sure you’ll share what you think of it in the comments section.
When he wasn’t killing people like Rambo in the saddle at Cowboys Stadium (maybe the only line I could understand), Julius was accepting his invitation to the NBA Draft Combine, which will take place Thursday and Friday in Chicago. James Young will also be there, but I’m sure we’ll see him on the sideline of a playoff game before then.
UK visited CeCe Jefferson on Monday
In related recruiting news, the UK staff was in Jacksonville, Florida on Monday to visit CeCe Jefferson, a five-star defensive end. Jefferson is considered the top defensive end and fifth overall player in the 2015 class by 247 Sports Composite, and has offers from all the big guys. Stoops and company have a ways to go to beat out Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, and USC, but the fact that we’re even in the conversation shows how things have changed.
Right, Matt Elam?
S/o To My Boi @cecejeferson7 Wherever He Goes I Wish Him The Best Of Luck But It Will Be Better Me Saying It While We Are Getting A SackðŸ˜ŽðŸ’¯ðŸ‘Œ
— Matt Elamâ„¢6âƒ£9âƒ£ (@FballIsLife69) May 13, 2014
Slice will meet the media on Tuesday
Barry Rohrssen, everyone’s favorite actor turned assistant coach, will get his first turn in front of the Lexington media on Tuesday. We’ll have a live stream of the presser on the site for you at 2 p.m., and a recap afterwards. Odds Lonny Demaree asks him why there was a chicken in the hotel suite at the beginning of “The Hangover” because he’s an actor? What will Jerry Tipton ask? Leave your best guesses in the comments.
Cal is eating lots of pasta and sleeping in Florida
Someone called into the show Monday morning to report they saw John Calipari eating at a Carrabba’s in Florida over the weekend. Sources tell us Cal is in Florida for the next few weeks to recover from his hip surgery and get some much needed R&R. Knowing Cal, he probably has a giant stack of inspirational books he’s been waiting to read. Enjoy, Cal, and don’t forget to put sunscreen on your feet. I always do.
Meet me back here in the morning to do it all over again? Sounds good.