Well, summer’s finally here. School’s out for summer, keeping kids out of the books and away from fantastic talent show performances like this:
Even though summer doesn’t give us great moments in sports, we do have the Rio Olympics to look forward to. Every now and then, we get blessed with basketball in August, providing great moments like this:
It will be difficult to work, for me today, for you when you get back to your office on Tuesday, especially when the weather continues to improve. From here, it’s only getting better. Whether you’re on the golf course at the lake, in the words of Mungo Jerry, have a drink have a drive*, go out and see what you can find.
Let us not forget why we are celebrating summer’s start this weekend. Monday is Memorial Day, a day reserved to honor all of our fallen veterans. Whether they are deceased, active duty or a veteran, try to do whatever you can to let them know you appreciate their service to our country.
I have a few I’d like to take the time to thank. First and foremost, Corporal Matthew Bradford, who did an excellent job filling in yesterday with Cameron Mills on The Leach Report. The Maggards deserve plenty of praise for serving our country, but as much as I love ’em they aren’t my favorites (sorry).
To my goofy first cousin, Combat Rescue Officer Ryan Kelly, I can’t wait to see you in your element at Moody AFB in a few weeks. And to my Grandpa Duke, it’s a shame I never met you, but considering that me and a tank share your namesake, it’s a daily inspiration to live up to the high standards you set many years ago.**
Now, onto the news that lies ahead…
Patrick Patterson’s Season is Over
It was only a matter of time before LeBron James took control of the Eastern Conference Finals. Despite the Raptors’ efforts, the series was ended in Game 6 with a 113-87 Cavaliers’ win.
Can OKC End the Warriors’ Season?
I kind of hope so. Plenty of people loved to see Steph go bananas during the regular season, but more and more people are cheering against him now. I’m not quite sure what it is, maybe Draymond is starting to rub off on him? Billy Donovan, Nazr Mohammad and Enes Kanter will try to close them out in Game 6 tonight at 9:00 on TNT.
The EYBL is in Atlanta
It won’t be quite as action-packed as previous events because colleges coaches cannot attend, but we’ll let you know what Calipari’s recruits are up to in Atlanta. Just a short list of who’s caught Cal’s eye and received a scholarship offer in the 2017 class: Trae Young, Mohammad Bamba, P.J. Washington, Hamidou Diallo, Lonnie Walker, Kevin Knox and Gary Trent Jr.
Landon Young goes for State Titles
After a runner-up finish in the 6A football title, a heavyweight wrestling championship, Landon Young wants two more. Today he’ll compete for the shot put and discus state titles at the State Track and Field Championship Meet.
If you wanna check it out, head over to UK’s Outdoor Track and Field Complex around 4:30. Or you can wait until I post the results later tonight. Either way, you should get in a little prep by reading Mark Story’s story on Landon’s “tradition” high school experience.
UK Men’s Golf is at the National Championship
It’s day two at the NCAA Champions out at the Eugene Country Club in Oregon. The Cats are tied for 12th after shooting a combined +9 in the first round. The team will play 18 today and tomorrow, with the top eight teams qualifying for Monday’s final round.
Hopefully their practice round paid off. Coach Rich Brooks has probably played every golf course within 500 miles of Eugene, and earlier this week he helped the team find a place to practice.
* Don’t drink and drive, because duh.
** You might be a little confused, but to save everyone from knowing a family story, here’s a little context. My grandfather, Sylvester Theodore Nicholas Quillman, was known by everyone as “Duke.” A hard-nosed military man, he served for General George S. Patton in Italy during World War II, followed by a tour in Korea. His remaining working years were spent designing tanks at Fort Knox, pulling a few strings to get the tank to Shively’s City Hall. He spent his free time at the VFW, serving as a volunteer fireman, and as an author, writing anonymous satire for the Dixie Post. If you aren’t a fan of my work, you can blame it all on him.