A few quick thoughts while I watch a pretty well-played first half of Heat/Nets:
— I am a big fan of the type of schedule UK is putting together for next season. While most of the focus is understandably on the big name games (UNC/UL/Kansas/UCLA/Texas) and we have a pretty amazing run having to play four teams that could be ranked in the preseason top 10, it is also worth noting that the other games are filling in nicely. Kentucky is trying to schedule teams that are in line to potentially win their conference (EKU is the only public example we have but I hear others are coming) and the exhibition games have even ramped up a bit. Pikeville and Georgetown are probably two of the more difficult exhibition games UK could have scheduled and I like the idea of giving some games that could be competitive early in the season. The SEC is so far down that conference play is sure to disappoint slightly, but Calipari knows he has the horses and he is setting up a great schedule to challenge them. You have to like that.
I will grant you this picture is slightly creepy, taken by a person on an airplane sitting across the aisle from Rick Pitino (who was amazingly, flying commercial on a Chicago to Louisville flight). But for some reason, it is also fascinating. He looks about 30 years older and has the largest glasses this side of Bud Melman (look him up kids if necessary).
— I hope you got a chance to hear UK 4 star TE commitment CJ Conrad’s interview this morning on KSR Radio. There was nothing earth-shattering in it (scroll down and you can listen), but it did showcase yet another example of a kid that this staff has gotten who has the attitude necessary to turn the football program around. He talked about why he believed in this staff, how he came to Kentucky in part because he wanted to get immediate playing time and go for it in the SEC (he called it the “best football league in America”) and his desire to help change a culture. And he also mentioned that Drew Barker was a big piece of selling the whole experience of the Cats. This is how Stoops and company are doing it….Ohio, SEC, “Why Not Us”, Playing Time and Drew Barker…five pretty good methods for success.
— The state of Kentucky will be in the news non-stop over the next few months for the Senate race between McConnell and Grimes, but there will be few times we will have more (funny) coverage than today. John Oliver did a ten minute piece on the race on his HBO show last night and you can watch it here. Now let me warn you, it is REALLY NOT SAFE FOR WORK…like REALLY! So don’t blame me if you watch it…but behind the NSFW parts, are some funny and relevant truths about the stupidity of the messaging in the race versus the real problems in our state. Don’t let your kids watch it, but with really strong humor comes some recognition that we are in for a few months of watching our collective intelligence be insulted by candidates hell-bent on not dealing with what really matters in this state. And oh yeah, Rolling Stone today had a good article on Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul and the state as a whole today…it is also quite good and has less nudity.
— Tonight was the Lexington Mayoral Debate and I freely admit I didn’t watch it. There are three candidates running and if you look at the picture above, you might recognize two of the candidates, Mayor Jim Gray (the skinny guy with the glasses), former Police Chief Anthony Beatty (the black guy with the too-small knot in his tie) and Bill Bryant (the guy who looks like he runs a funeral home). Oh wait, sorry…Bryant is not the candidate, he was the moderator. The third candidate is Danny Mayer, a professor who came to the debate wearing a green shirt. Now look I know nothing about Mayer (apparently I am told he is quite smart), his stances on issues (apparently I am told he is quite liberal) or his qualifications (apparently he has good ideas). All I can judge him on is this picture…and well, Danny we have to do something about this performance. The button-up, short-sleeved shirt tucked in (or potentially front tucked in this case) is a look that almost NO MAN can pull off. In the entire history of male clothing, only one man has pulled it off successfully as noticed by KSR listener Chester:
So unless you are from Cobb County, Georgia and about to feud with The Mountie, I suggest this look is not for you. And this goes double when you are on television attempting to represent a major city as its mayor. Look you may have the best ideas, the best plans or be the best candidate…but you at least have to wear a coat. As a sloppy dresser myself, I must say even I know to where a jacket when I speak in public behind a podium, even if it is ill-fitting. Give the world a chance Danny Mayer…maybe we will like you. But to do so, you can’t just go with the short-sleeved button-up green shirt. Next debate, at least go with a navy sports coat…it will do wonders for your campaign.
And with that, commence hating each other in the comment section….