Get your weekend going with some headlines, thoughts and other notes on this Saturday morning.
The WNBA gave us a sample of what the NFL Draft may look like next week.
The WNBA Draft was held last night, virtually, and with no Rhyne Howard on the board until another year I can’t imagine many of you tuned in to see how the selections played out. But if you did, you got a glimpse of what the upcoming NFL Draft may look like next week when it’s conducted in a similar fashion (but on a much grander scale because it’s the NFL).
There were home celebrations for the top picks and video shout-outs from people like Kevin Durant in what appeared to be a successful night given the circumstances. This coming Thursday we’ll see the stars of last college football season in their living rooms and the league will likely have video shout-outs from the NFL’s veterans, alums and famous fans.
One thing that really seemed to stand out from last night’s twist on the WNBA Draft is how it allowed the young women to show more of their lives and personalities. Rather than following the script of dressing up and walking across a stage, they each had to plan their own draft nights and pull back the curtain to show more of themselves and their families.
(Full disclosure: I did not watch the WNBA Draft but I read more WNBA Draft tweets than one should on a Friday night).
Also of note from the WNBA Draft: tears were shed when Gianna Bryant, Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester were named honorary draft picks.
There is a new KSR Football Podcast + Zoomcast.
We’re going to make a hard right turn onto Kentucky Football Street because we got the band back together for a KSR Football Podcast and it was something. With a little help from tech support and the guys in the KSR IT department, we were able to record the show on a Zoom videocast which we then uploaded to YouTube.
Check it out as Nick Roush, Freddie Maggard, Charles Walker and I talk NFL draft, life and more.
Today In Sports:
Let me check the schedule real quick and yeah no sports today. Bovada is currently taking action on Call Of Duty, Ukrainian table tennis and eSoccer. For real.
Immanuel Quickley confirms the pick-up game story Calipari has told 100 times.
In an interview with our own Aaron Torres, Immanuel Quickley tells us what we already knew: that the team played basketball as soon as they got back from Nashville.
“When we got back we immediately played pick-up, we just loved playing with each other,” Quickley said. “That’s another thing we had, we liked playing with each other, we liked hooping with each other so we played pick-up as soon as we got back. A couple guys cried in the locker room knowing it was going to be our last moment together.”
Tyrese Maxey signed with super-agent Rich Paul.
The Wildcat one-and-done picked Rich Paul and Klutch Sports for his professional representation. Paul’s client list also includes Anthony Davis, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Nerlens Noel and Trey Lyles, and of course LeBron James, Paul’s best friend and business partner.
Coming soon: “Black in Blue” to air on KET.
The documentary on how the Kentucky football program broke down the color barrier in the Southeastern Conference is set to air Monday on KET. Learn more about the legends Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett, and Houston Hogg; complete listings can be found here.
Black in Blue, the documentary from @universityofky graduate Paul Wagner chronicling @UKFootball’s breaking of the @SEC color barrier, will receive its broadcast premiere on @KET this coming Monday, April 20 at 9 pm. ?? #WeAreUK
— Kentucky Athletics (@UKAthletics) April 17, 2020
It’s Smoked Prime Rib Day at KSBar and Grille.
Beginning at 3 p.m today you can get the Prime Rib Dinner for Two (or Four) and it. is. delicious. Check out KSBar and Grille on Facebook for more details or more awesome specials in the future and as always thank you for supporting our restaurant.
That’ll do it for now. Y’all keep being good neighbors.