It’s a beautiful day in the bluegrass to celebrate the official start of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival. With clear skies and 60-degree weather in the forecast, hundreds of thousands will pack the Louisville waterfront to see the annual fireworks phenomenon.
The air show begins at 3:00, with fireworks following at 9:30. If you’ve never gone, today would be a great day to start (unless you hate disco, because this year’s theme is “A Disco Thunder”). Before you go, see where roads are closed and what you can and cannot bring. And please, let me be the first to wish you a Happy Derby Season.
Jarred Vanderbilt Declares for NBA Draft
After hearing nothing but crickets for weeks, yesterday the freshman forward announced he will test the NBA Draft waters but wait to sign with an agent, leaving open the door for a possible return. How far Vanderbilt can dip his toes into the water is unclear. He finished the season on the sideline with an injury. It’s awfully tough to evaluate someone who is not healthy enough to participate.
There are now three Wildcats who have declared for the draft without signing an agent — Vanderbilt, P.J. Washington and Wenyen Gabriel. The only person we have heard nothing from is Quade Green. That could change before you return to work Monday morning.
EYBL Season Begins
The AAU shoe circuits return to action this weekend. John Calipari’s coaching staff is all over the country watching top targets in the 2019 class. We’ll let you know who’s watching who where throughout the day.
John Wall’s Wizards got the win and Kyle Lowery got his shot tossed off the backboard.
? John Wall chases it down at the rim! ?#DCFamily back up 18 in the 4th.
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— NBA (@NBA) April 21, 2018
More on how the rest of the Cats fared later. First, today’s Playoff schedule:
- 2:30 — Sixers at Heat on TNT (76ers lead 2-1)
- 5:00 — Trail Blazers at Pelicans on TNT (NOLA leads 3-0)
- 7:30 — Rockets at Timberwolves on ESPN (HOU leads 2-0)
- 10:00 — Thunder at Jazz on ESPN (Tied 1-1)
UK Gymnastics Falls in Nationals
The Kentucky gymnastics team did not advance in their first ever National Championship appearance. The Cats were a point away from finishing in the top three and placed sixth in the night session. Mollie Korth’s valiant effort was not enough to carry the team to the next stage, but the sensational sophomore did earn All-American honors in the vault and in the all-around.
Florida Hands Bat Cats L
A nice night for Sean Hjelle was not enough to get a win. He held Florida to four runs in seven innings, but Kentucky’s bats didn’t start working until after the bullpen surrendered five runs to put the game out of reach. Kentucky’s 9-4 loss gave the Gators the series victory. The Cats will try to avoid a sweep today at 1:00.
No Wins at All
It was a rough night for Kentucky teams. Even the softball team took a tough L. Grace Baalman only allowed one run, but the Cats could not win the pitchers’ duel, falling to No. 6 Georgia 1-0. They’re looking for revenge at John Cropp Stadium this afternoon at 2:00.
This is my favorite video of 2018 and it’s not even close pic.twitter.com/x26F4XDrxo
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) April 20, 2018
Freddie Maggard has returned to his UK football family. KSR’s maestro of football will be the Director of Player Development for Mark Stoops’ Kentucky football team. We will miss our frequent podcasts and football talk with Freddie, but could not be happier for him and his family. Never forget that it’s not personal, it’s personnel.
The newest member of the KSR crew is only a few hours away from getting hitched. Here’s to a beautiful start to a long a prosperous life for Hannah and T.J.