The most money in the history of the lottery is on the line in tonight’s Powerball drawing — over $800 million. Even though it’s a long shot (and that’s an understatement), I bought a pair of tickets. Why not? Because what if some how, some way I get just a piece of that pie. We’ve all thought about it. Here’s my short-list.
- Pay off student loans.
- A Kentucky-blue Jeep Rubicon.
- An obscene Vegas weekend. matching the money spent to a charity.
- Win the Kentucky Derby. I don’t mean place a winning-bet, I mean aggressively pursue winning the world’s finest horse race with a stable full of Champion thoroughbreds.
I’m sure you have plenty of ideas of what to do with $800 million, so go ahead and throw down a dollar. Besides, somebody’s gotta win, might as well be you.
UK Takes on Alabama’s Avery Johnson
It’ll be weird seeing Avery Johnson on the Alabama sidelines. When I think of Johnson, NBA Shootout 2001 is the first thing that comes to mind. My first basketball video game for Playstation, his squad was one of my favorites — Johnson, Sean Elliot, Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Steve Smith — to play against Shaq and Kobe’s Lakers. Primarily because Derek Anderson was the Sixth Man and when you have an autographed poster hanging on your wall, of course you’re going to use him in your video game as much as you possibly can.
Johnson has done a lot since he was a Spur on NBA Shootout 2001. He spent some time as an NBA analyst for ESPN, he coached the Nets for a couple of years, and he led the Dallas Mavericks to their first ever Finals appearance. His transition to coaching in the college game hasn’t been too bad. The Crimson Tide are 9-4, without a “bad” loss, even though they’ve taken a couple of ass-whoopings (a 19-point loss to Xavier and 32 to Dayton). However, they’ve yet to get a signature win to build momentum for the program, which could come today against Kentucky.
Nothing will come easy for the Cats on the road this year, and tonight is no exception.
Does Anyone in Alabama Give a Damn?
Freddie Maggard likes to joke, “Nobody South of Jellico even knows they have a basketball team.” We’ve heard Calipari use the phrase “we’re everybody’s Super Bowl” but that will not be the case today. Alabama’s Super Bowl is in Monday’s National Championship game. Should it affect the players? No, but it will definitely make the atmosphere in Tuscaloosa typical for a time when Kentucky is in town.
Was asked by Alabama fan friend, "Do Cousins and Bledsoe still play for UK."
— Freddie Maggard (@FredMaggard) January 9, 2016
Three Cats are in U.S. Army All-American Bowl at 1:00
Look out for Drake Jackson (#50), Landon Young (#67) and Kash Daniel (#52) for the West Squad on NBC at 1:00. Freddie Maggard and I will be providing updates on the site throughout the game. They’ve been killing it all week in practice. Hopefully some of that is taken into today’s game. Just in case, bring some maple syrup with you because Landon and Drake are fixing pancakes.
Kobe Smith will NOT be Enrolling Early
The 3-star defensive tackle decommitted from Kentucky two weeks ago, but left the Cats in the mix. Today he planned on choosing between UK and South Carolina, and enrolling for the Spring semester. He shared his plans for the future, but they were different than expected.
A mistake has happened with my credits so I won't be making my decision today and enrolling early…
— THE BEAR (@k9be5) January 9, 2016
It’ll be interesting to see how things shake out for Smith.
A Cincinnati QB is Coming to Kentucky
Many people expected 2014 All-American Honorable Mention QB Gunner Kiel to follow his coaches to Kentucky to play immediately as a graduate transfer. We were right to think a UC QB would be coming, but it isn’t Kiel, it’s walk-on Travis Wright. Wright played in garbage time as a freshman, completing 1 of 3 passes for 16 yards. It isn’t the homerun hit the staff is looking for, but it does add a body to a position that needs all the help it can get.
Turtlenecks are (Apparently) Back in Style
First Danny Kanell, then Rand Paul. I don’t know who their inspiration was — Cousin Eddie, Phil Dunphy, Number Two — but I believe no man should ever have have to suffer with a cold neck. Turtlenecks for all!
The NFL WildCard Begins Tonight
- 4:35, Chiefs at Texans on ESPN
- 8:15, Steelers at Bengals on CBS
Luckily the Cats will get finished in time for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky fans to catch their Bengals. There’s also plenty of good college basketball on the television too.
- 1:00, #21 Texas A&M at Tennessee on the SEC Network
- 1:00, #3 Maryland at Wisconsin on ESPN
- 3:00, Vanderbilt at #22 South Carolina on ESPNU
- 3:00, Baylor at #13 Iowa State on ESPN2
- 8:00, #6 North Carolina at Syracuse on ESPN
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