Ladies and gentlemen, I’m back and better than ever before.
You’ve seen my byline on here infrequently over the last two weeks. During that time I’ve transformed. Nick Roush is now bringing Dad Strength to Kentucky Sports Radio.
What exactly is Dad Strength you ask? It’s Austin Powers’ mojo, Mike’s Secret Stuff and Popeye’s spinach all rolled into a ball of butcher knives. It’s all thanks to my son, Duke, who will help me curate my Dad Strength into a superpower previously unseen in man. Through this journey I’ll be sharing tidbits from the lessons I’ve learned and pointers on how you too can master this superpower.
Until I get into the nitty gritty of how this transformation took place, I must admit hat many of the hours were spent sleeping and watching things while quarantined inside of my home. A few of the best watches available to watch during the pandemic…
Hunters, Amazon Prime — Tarantino taught us that killing Nazis is always entertaining, no matter how incredulous. This 10-episode series starring Al Pacino isn’t quite as wild, but each episode brings something different to the table. There’s even some solid humor in there thanks to Josh Radnor, a.k.a. Ted from How I Met Your Mother.
The Roosevelts, PBS — You cannot properly sculpt your Dad Strength without the help of Ken Burns.
Schitt’s Creek, Netflix — I’m still not sure if this show is good yet because I can fall asleep at any given moment, a valuable asset for a sleep-deprived Dad that enjoys background noise while caring for a newborn at any given hour.
Troop Zero, Amazon Prime — In order to adequately prepare for the kid content in my future, I had to check out a few features. Onward was a solid Pixar production but Troop Zero was my favorite flick for kids. It had an original story set in the 70s, with the protagonist hoping to earn a spot on the Voyager’s Golden Record. The excellent adult cast (Jim Gaffigan, Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Mike Epps) accompanies the sweet story that I will probably end up watching again, even before my baby boy is old enough to enjoy it.
Paternity leave was a joy. I’m grateful for all of the extra blogs our wonderful staff logged in my absence and for all the well-wishes from across the Big Blue Nation. Now, I’m just excited to dive headfirst back into the content game. I hope you enjoy (and pardon all of my sleepy-eyed typos).
The G-League is Recruiting Terrence Clarke
Tuesday afternoon Michigan commit, and former Wildcat target, Isaiah Todd announced he will bypass college to sign a contract with the NBA’s developmental league. Hours later KSR reported Rod Strickland is also pursuing Kentucky commit Terrence Clarke with a deal that could be with up to $500,000. The fourth-ranked player in America is John Calipari’s highest-rated 2020 commit. Despite the development, folks around UK’s camp are still confident Clarke will end up on campus.
Just got a text from a source I trust a lot saying “I still think it is very likely Terrence Clarke goes to Kentucky”
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) April 15, 2020
Not Great News for the 2020 Football Season
The good news is that it’s not technically official news, except that an official said it. But just like the rest of us, this state official is operating under the same uncertainty we all are after a month of social distancing.
That official is Governor Andy Beshear. On Tuesday the G-O-V was asked at his daily briefing about potentially restarting sports across the Commonwealth in time for the rescheduled Kentucky Derby and the opening of college football season on Labor Day weekend.
“In the fall, I think we ought to be really hesitant to have 60,000 people together at something,” Beshear stated on Tuesday afternoon. “but we haven’t seen exactly where this is going to go.”
While Beshear is not optimistic, it’s important to note that “we don’t know, until we know.” A fluid situation, much can change between now and Sept. 5. While we play the waiting game we must consider that if Kentucky football does return in time for the 2020 season, it may not look the same as every season before it.
Nick Richards will not return to Kentucky
Big Nick Energy is heading to the NBA. On Tuesday Junior Nick Richards announced he will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft. The best developmental story of the John Calipari era, Richards thanked his coaches, teammates, and most importantly, the BBN on his way out the door.
“Thank you Big Blue Nation for welcoming me into your family,” Richards said. “I heard your cheers and they meant everything to me. I hope you know I left it all on the court and will forever be thankful that I chose to play here. Go Cats!”
We are now up to four Wildcats who are all in on the 2020 NBA Draft — Richards, Quickley, Maxey and Hagans. Those decisions were expected. Now the BBN awaits E.J. Montgomery’s decision. It may not be good news for Wildcat fans based on the following statement Calipari made Tuesday.
“I have two returning players from last year’s team … ,” said Calipari, via Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader. “We’re going to be a totally different team playing a totally different way.”
In less depressing news, on one of John Calipari’s 17 daily Zoom calls he described the best form for picking up dog poop. Apparently, his dog does not poop ice cream.
Another Quarantine Cal update: Talking the importance of having a sound dog poop cleanup strategy with @ShannonSpake.
— TJ Beisner (@tjbeisner) April 14, 2020
A Pair of Podcasts
One player who will be on campus this fall is Davion Mintz. The Creighton grad transfer joined the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast to share why he committed to Kentucky and much more. We also have some football talk available on the KSR airwaves. After a few weeks away, Adam Luckett and I scratched that itch with a few ingenious ideas for college football this fall. Subscribe to 11 Personnel and give it a listen.
Steak, it’s what’s for Dinner
Miss Taco Tuesday? Don’t you worry. KSBar has you covered with a special every single day this week. Tonight you can pick up two steak sandwiches, fries and a six-pack for only $20. Buffalo chicken sliders are on the menu Thursday, Great American Burgers are Friday’s special, followed by the prime rib dinner Saturday and Sunday. You can have have KSBar and Grille delivered with Grubhub and DoorDash, or you can pick it up by calling (859)554-6081. Gift cards are also available online for your convenience.
Quarantine Football Tips
Who said you can’t learn a thing or two about football fundamentals while social distancing?
— WVU Football (@WVUfootball) April 13, 2020
Jack Harlow joins KSR
What happens when a rapper who’s an enormous UofL fan talks to Matt Jones and Kentucky Sports Radio? Tune in at 10 a.m. to find out.