Good morning, friends, and welcome to a new week. Let’s usher it in with this pic of two Cats fans at the top of Mount Toubkal in Morocco, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Fellas, if you see any UK sports news, let me know because it looks pretty slow from here. Only 40 days until kickoff, right?
Here’s what’s happening, that I could find.
DeMarcus Cousins’ team advanced to the TBT Championship Week
The Bluegrass Boys may be out of it, but you can still cheer on some former Cats in The Basketball Tournament. Team Loyalty is Love, which is managed by DeMarcus Cousins and whose roster includes Daniel Orton, beat the Fort Wayne Champs to win the Lexington regional and advance to Championship Week in Chicago Aug. 1-6.
Team Loyalty is Love will face the winner of the Richmond Regional, which tips off this week. Headlining that group is Overseas Elite, the four-time defending champions.
Having TBT in Lexington gave us some great moments. Not only did the current Kentucky team take in the festivities from the sidelines, we got to reconnect with former players like DeMarcus, Wayne Turner, Dominique Hawkins, Marcus Lee, and Daniel Orton, who has been welcomed back into La Familia. Daniel and DeMarcus were even kind enough to drop by KSBar and sign the wall:
— KSBar and Grille (@KSBarAndGrille) July 21, 2019
Seth Greenberg, part of the TBT announcing team for ESPN, came by as well.
Great dinner at @KySportsRadio Sports bar last night. I had nachos and a burger @CJVosters vegetables hummus a salad with balsamic dressing and salmon. This guy just doesn’t know how to eat on the road.
— Seth Greenberg (@SethOnHoops) July 21, 2019
After seeing this study of each state’s most hated foods last week, I’m just glad to see someone in Lexington enjoying hummus:
Basketball recruiting is heating up
With the EYBL circuit in the books, Kentucky’s efforts in the 2020 recruiting class are ramping up. On Thursday, five-star shooting guard BJ Boston will start his official visit to Kentucky, and the following weekend, five-star small forward Cam’Ron Fletcher will do the same. On Saturday, Jack Pilgrim reported that Jalen Green, the No. 3 player in the class, will also visit Kentucky “very soon.” Combine all that with the ongoing possibility that N’Faly Dante will reclassify and it’s a big month for basketball recruiting.
The Football Women’s Clinic is Saturday
SEC Media Days got us all excited for football, but we’ve still got two weeks until the start of fall camp. Ladies, if you need a fix before then, the annual Kentucky Football Women’s Clinic is this Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodford Reserve Club at Kroger Field. Registration is $75, which includes a t-shirt, lunch and the chance to win some great door prizes. Click here to secure your spot.
LSU’s new locker room sure looks nice
We’re obviously big fans of Kentucky’s football training facility, but LSU’s new locker room, featuring individual sleeping pods, just raised the bar:
Setting The Standard pic.twitter.com/d7QUJfKL6M
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 22, 2019
This is why you come to LSU pic.twitter.com/qoDcoguQ2y
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 22, 2019
Can we get some of those pods in KSOffice?
KSR Dog of the Day
I love to feature pictures of your dogs wearing Kentucky blue on the site, but today, I gotta brag on my own pup. If you follow me on Instagram, you know my Gatsby girl is very photogenic, and on Friday, we found out she was selected for Framebridge’s summer gallery wall at their flagship store in Washington D.C.:
A closer look at the actual picture:
If you need me, I’ll be trying my hardest not to become a stage mom.
Did anyone start the new season of Last Chance U?
If so, you’ll want to refresh that podcast feed because Independence Community College coach Jason Brown is joining Aaron Torres to discuss a tumultuous year. Here’s a preview:
??BIG. GUEST. ALERT. On tomorrow's Aaron Torres Sports Pod, "Last Chance U's" Jason Brown joins the show. We discuss last season, what went wrong and will he coach again. WILD interview. Here is a preview. Subscribe to get tomorrows show delivered to you https://t.co/qSpx3zYSwc pic.twitter.com/tcu4jOfc7X
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) July 21, 2019
The KSR Summer Tour is in Somerset
Today, the gang is hosting a golf scramble at Woodson Bend Resort in Somerset, but first, they’ll take to the airwaves to recap the weekend. Here’s where you can see them the rest of the week:
7/23 – Somerset @ Associates in Eye Care
7/24 – Monticello @ Conley Bottom Resort
7/25 – Campbellsville @ Mr. Gatti’s Pizza
7/26 – Lexington @ Lexington Legends