For those in Central Kentucky, it’s a sad Saturday, the final weekend of the Keeneland Spring Meet. You still have until next Friday and plenty of good weather, but the end is nigh. For those in Louisville, it’s the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year — Derby Season.
Half a million people will gather on the waterfront in Kentucky and Southern Indiana to watch the annual spectacle that begins with an air show at 3:00, with the fireworks going off at 9:30. Even if I wasn’t commanding KentuckySportsRadio.com today, there are only two things that would motivate me to fight the massive crowd.
- The soundtrack to this year’s fireworks is provided by The Louisville Orchestra.
- The people watching.
People think the state fair is home to the best people watching, but those people are wrong — it’s at Thunder Over Louisville. A place where face tats and mullets are not uncommon, high school kids will get into scuffles at the skate park and people in crocs will ride motorized coolers on the streets.
The top contender for “best people watching” is also happening today in the eastern part of the state. Hillbilly Days is happening this weekend in Pikeville. Unfortunately, there will not be any former basketball players taking in the sights and sounds as a part of their autograph tour, but you can still see the best the state has to offer, like these guys.
The EYBL Heads to Indianapolis
And you better believe John Calipari will be there. All 12 2017 targets with UK offers will be playing throughout the day at Jonathan Byrd’s Grand Park Fieldhouse on the north side of town. Here are the 12 that are expected to participate:
- DeAndre Ayton
- Mohammad Bamba
- Wendell Carter
- Michael Porter Jr.
- Kevin Knox
- Hamidou Diallo
- Jarred Vanderbilt
- Gary Trent Jr.
- John Petty Jr.
- Nick Richards
- Trae Young
- Tremont Waters
We’ll provide updates throughout the day to let you know who Cal has his eye on.
Marques Bolden Watch Continues
Will the big man announce anytime soon? That’s a good question. His father had us expecting to hear something by the end of the week, yet we’re still here. There is some good news that came out yesterday for the BBN. Duke center Amile Jefferson was granted a fifth year of eligibility. Maybe this is exactly the kind of thing that needed to happen to swing his parents in favor of the Big Blue.
Mac Jones is at Rivals’ QB Challenge Finals
The 2017 quarterback commit is in Baltimore with 12 other quarterbacks from around the country to compete for Rivals’ top prize for QBs. He already picked an offer from Alabama, but if he wins his third consecutive camp MVP honor, more offers will roll into Jacksonville.
Mark Stoops Offered another Local Protege
Stoops was smart when he extended Landon Young an early offer. Unheralded as a sophomore, Young ended his high school career as a five-star prospect. The case could be the same for Scott County freshman Bryan Hudson. Hudson is a 6’4″ 260-pound athletic offensive lineman. Just like Young, he excels at throwing the discus and shot put for the track team. It’s very early, but t’s worth keeping a keen eye on Hudson’s development.
Boogie’s Bobblehead Actually Looked like Boogie
Well, kind of. It’s better than most bobblehead attempts that take a caricature one step too far.
NBA Cats in the Playoffs
There are a few Wildcats in action today. Even though most of the games have been snoozefests, the first game at 3:00 could be a close one. A look at the complete schedule:
- Raptors (Patrick Patterson) at Pacers, 3:00 on TNT
- Heat at Hornets (Aaron Harrison), 5:30 on TNT
- Thunder (Enes Kanter & Nazr Mohammad) at Mavericks, 8:00 on ESPN
- Clippers at Trail Blazers, 10:30 on ESPN
Prince is still Gone
My parents are haters, but I keep finding videos of mesmerizing performances. People love to talk about his Super Bowl performance, but his Super Bowl press conference might have been even better.