Belmont Saturday is a much different setting in 2016 than it was in 2015.
Even though plenty of people wanted to compare Nyquist to American Pharoah, the undefeated Kentucky Derby winner couldn’t get in done in the mud at the Preakness, something the Triple Crown Winner pulled off successfully. Preakness winner Exaggerator will be the morning line favorite, but he can’t create the buzz that was palpable a year ago.
Relive that magic moment when AP ended a 37-year drought.
The Football Coaching Staff is Satellite Camping
I was going to break the news on the radio show yesterday, but time flies when you’re in front of the mic. Most of the coaching staff will be traveling to a satellite camp in Florida to check out the best prospects the sunshine state has to offer.
It’s a great idea because I became a big fan of satellite camps after my first experience. I’ll have more on what it means for college football recruiting later today.
Cats in the MLB Draft
Three BatCats were selected in yesterday’s MLB Draft. Junior pitcher Zack Brown was the first off the board, picked by the Brewers at #141 overall. JaVon Shelby was the following pick in the fifth round, #142 to the Oakland Athletics.
Kyle Cody returned for his senior season, but the UK ace could not dramatically improve his draft stock. After being picked at #73 by the Twins last year, he fell to the 6th round, picked by the Rangers at #189.
Boogie Made Team USA
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
DeMarcus Cousins will represent the red, white and blue in Rio. Even though training camp doesn’t begin for a mother month, Boogie discovered yesterday that he’s made the final cut. First he’s taken over America, next, the world.
Rest In Peace, Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali was laid to rest yesterday in Louisville following a four-hour procession through 100,000 people over 19 miles. The Yum! Center Interfaith service featured countless speakers over three hours, from family and friends to leaders of different faiths. The seats were filled by Louisville natives, famous politicians, boxing legends and other exceptional athletes — Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Jim Brown, Pat Riley and many more.
John Calipari received an invitation from Lonnie Ali. Accompanied by Kenny Payne, he shared his experience on Twitter.
Rest In Peace, Gordie Howe
He was “Mr. Hockey” before “The Great One.” Yesterday Mr. Howe passed away at 88. 2016 has been a tough, tough year. The deaths need to cease.
The Cavs are Done, Finished
The Cavs built up to an 8-point lead in the third quarter but the Warriors looked like a 73-win team throughout, taking down Cleveland at home. They’ll return to Oakland with a 3-1 lead, essentially wrapping up the series. As someone who wants basketball season to last as long as possible, I was upset LeBron couldn’t put the team on his back in the 4th quarter. I was not upset when this crazy person ran onto the court.
The O.J. 30 for 30 Begins Tonight
If you didn’t get your O.J. fix watching the FX mini-series, I’m sure you’ll enjoy a 30 for 30 that stands apart from the rest of the pack. The ESPN production chronicling the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson is broken down into five two-hour episodes. Get your popcorn ready.
A Weird Movie Recommendation
While exploring Netflix over the last few weeks, I recently stumbled upon the movie Bernie, portrayed by Jack Black, also starring Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey and directed by Richard Linklater.
If I tell you the premise, you probably won’t watch it. But I’ll tell you that the acting is excellent, the music is fantastic and the storytelling is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. It’s based on a true story that shook up a small town in Texas. The primary players are actors, but the people who narrate the story are the locals that lived through the drama. It’s small-town gossip at its finest.
Listen to Yesterday’s Podcast
Yesterday is one moment I will not take for granted. For the first time, I sat in “The Big Chair,” hosting KSR alongside Justin Rowland and Freddie Maggard. For football junkies, it’s an enjoyable and (hopefully) entertaining two hours of radio. For me, it was a surreal experience.
Five years ago I discovered KSR. Spending the summer working in the basement of a law firm, I passed the time going through files by listening to the show. As Matt took callers and answered questions, I prepared my own unique responses in my head. “I could do this,” I thought to myself. Yesterday, I finally did it. Way up, I feel blessed.