I’ll be honest, guys: I was struggling for a news and views honoree this evening. For a split second, I contemplated dedicating the night post to the new “50 Shades of Grey” trailer, but virtual stones immediately started soaring towards my face. (However, if that is your thing, you’ll love Hoda and Kathie Lee’s reaction.) After perusing the celebrity birthdays, I considered the incomparable Estelle Getty only to realize I’d dedicated the night post to her two years ago, rolled my eyes at the other celebrity birthdays (Matt LeBlanc? Snooze), and finally came across this picture of the Iowa State 400-pound bench press club on Twitter.
Now, there’s a lot going on in this picture. Let’s start with the fantastic mullet in the back, all “Imma kill you” in the front and “Let’s chill with a cold one” in the back. Next, you’ve got Mr. Bucket Hat Long Hair, who looks like Magic Mike, a fisherman, and a 90’s rock band bassist all in one. The other guys seem pretty normal, save the fact that they’re draped in heavy chains, the accessory of choice in weight rooms across the country. My favorite guy might be the one who is being held up push-up style by his friend with the big bicep sleeve. The push-up gave him a mean case of creepy eyes, but you can tell he’s still friendly by the two thumbs up. It’s all good. Just fun times here in the 400-pound bench press club.
Consider this my challenge to the UK football team to come up with a better picture. Can I get two thumbs up for the news and views?
Will it be Kentucky or Florida for George Brown?
Friday at 1:30 p.m., we will finally find out where George Brown, a three-star offensive tackle from Cincinnati, will go to school. The drama has been building around Brown’s decision all week, with everyone trying to read the tweet leaves and figure out whether the 42nd best offensive tackle in the country will choose Kentucky or Florida. Brown visited UK for the Friday Night Lights camp last weekend, and by all accounts, had a fantastic time, going so far as to tweet that he’s got a “UK hat on my head and it won’t come off.” Well, Brown visited Florida early this week, and judging by all of his activity on Twitter, the UK hat may have come off. He unfollowed most UK players and coaches, followed a dozen or so Florida players and coaches, and Will Muschamp accidentally tweeted a congratulatory DM that may have been meant for him. If the signs weren’t bad enough for the Cats, Brown’s buddy Tevon Coney, a three-star inside linebacker, tweeted that he’s going to whichever school Brown picks, and right now, Florida is a 87% favorite in Coney’s Crystal Ball. The Cats are also recruiting him, but not considered a major player at all. Ugh.
HOWEVER, experience has taught us that it’s best not to read too much into teenagers’ Twitter accounts, and not just because it’s creepy. You never know, Brown could be messing with us and trying to put out a smokescreen to heighten the tension for his big announcement. Stranger things have happened, and the UK staff says they’re still confident. Regardless, all of the drama will be over in 15 hours.
Time Warner and the SEC Network reach an agreement
Probably the most exciting news for UK fans on Thursday was the announcement that Time Warner and the SEC Network have reached an agreement. TWC and Bright House Networks will carry the SEC Network when it launches on August 14, which means if you have Time Warner, you won’t miss out on the Cats’ last three games in the Bahamas as well as two of the football team’s first three games of the season. DirecTV is now the last major cable and satellite provider not to pick up the SEC Network. We’re hearing they’re working on it, and hopefully the announcement will come before the launch on August 14.
The freshmen held a photo shoot in the locker room
After doing a real photo shoot in their uniforms on Thursday, the freshmen held their own little photo shoot in the locker room, which means we finally have pictures of them in UK blue and white. Karl Towns also hinted that he might change up his hairstyle soon, tweeting “Definitely looking to do something with my hair. Time to go to the hair wiz @THEwillieCS15 for some inspiration.”
Please no bleach, Karl. Please no bleach.
Football Fan Day is set for August 9 at 9 a.m.
On Thursday, UK announced that the annual Fan Day will be held on Saturday, August 9. Players will start signing autographs at 9 a.m., and an open practice will follow at 10:45 a.m. While that’s pretty early and definitely puts a damper on any tailgating plans, the event is still a great way to meet the players and get your first look at the team in action. I can only imagine how many pictures we’ll have of normal-sized people next to a larger-than-normal-sized person, like Za’Darius Smith.
UK also announced that they’ll have three open practices for fans and media the mornings of August 11, 12, and 18. If you’ve ever wanted to write your own practice report for the site, this is your chance. Make us proud.
Winston Guy’s Throwback Thursday picture is great
While in high school at Lexington Catholic, Guy dressed up as Stevie Johnson for Halloween. Both are now playing pro ball, Stevie for the San Francisco 49ers and Winston for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Cheick Diallo’s Throwback Thursday picture is pretty great, too
The 2015 power forward posted this shot of himself with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis at the Nike Big Men Camp last month. He looks pretty at home with La Familia, doesn’t he? UK is currently tied with Kansas at 42% in Diallo’s Crystal Ball.
Calipari and Kenny Payne watched recruits in Vegas
John Calipari is still enjoying the dry heat and cold gyms in Vegas, watching Stephen Zimmerman, Skal Labissiere, and Jaylen Brown in the Adidas Super 64 event. Cal made me proud when he was sighted at an In ‘N Out, a requisite stop on any Vegas vacation. He also took this selfie with a fan:
It’s good to see Cal looking tan and relaxed again. I’m hoping I’m the same way after my trip to Florida next week.
Don’t worry, I’ll still be here in the morning to get you through the George Brown announcement. Matt and Ryan will be at the BW3’s in Paducah to wrap up the second to last week of the KSR Summer Tour, so stop by if you’re in the area for two hours of Cats talk and delicious wings. See you then.