Good afternoon, KSR readers! You ain’t never caught a rabbit, but you’re a friend of mine, so how ’bout some afternoon notes? Sound good? Good.
— It’s a bye week for Kentucky football, therefore the Monday newswire is slow and the media didn’t get its free lunch. However, aside from the starving reporters, the bye week couldn’t come at a better time. Kentucky is banged up on both sides of the ball and the extra week of preparation will go a long way for the Florida game, one I think UK can potentially win. The Gators’ win streak is at, like, 40 million consecutive games, but this isn’t the explosive Florida we used to know and there will be a familiar face over on the sideline that many of the UK upperclassmen would like to send home with a loss. It sounds crazy, I know, but this is the best opportunity to upset the Gators in several years and Mark Stoops and his staff have two weeks to put together a game plan to pull it off.
— Kickoff for the September 28th game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and it will be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. It’s the first night game of the season, so show us what you’re made of in the parking lot, Big Blue Nation. It better be a crazy tailgating atmosphere throughout the entire afternoon. Anything like the last hour or so of tailgating before the Louisville game will be just dandy and you have all day to do it. Drink responsibly.
— Over at Cats Illustrated, Corey Albertson has a recap of Calipari’s in-home visit with Stanley Johnson last week. Johnson’s AAU coach told the Rivals affiliate, “Stanley said that Calipari told them that if he were to come in and perform well that the stage would be set for him to do something special.” The coach, Jules Milstead, went on to say that Johnson was really excited about Tyler Ulis’ commitment to the Cats because he likes unselfish point guards and Ulis is one of the best in America at sharing the rock.
Johnson, who Calipari told would be “the man” at UK in 2014-15, trimmed his list to five schools this morning: Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Oregon and USC. Kansas and UCLA were dropped from consideration. He’ll visit Lexington for Big Blue Madness next month.
— In an article I have a difficult time agreeing with, Jeff Goodman ranked Kentucky the 11th deepest team in college basketball for the upcoming season. Now, I won’t pretend to know a lot about some of the teams he put ahead of the Cats, but here are the 10 he believes can go deeper: Kansas, Louisville, Florida, Duke, Virginia, Harvard, St. John’s, SMU, Syracuse, and Notre Dame. Harvard, ladies and gentlemen. Harvard.
— Breaking Bad last night… WOW. That’s all.
— Surprise, surprise… Louisville fans are telling themselves they never wanted Jaquan Lyle all along. My favorite: “Just reaffirms what I thought all along. He’s a me me me primadonna biatch.” Yeah, OK.
— On this morning’s radio show, Matt and Ryan recapped Saturday’s loss and then got to the good stuff: Ryan Lemond vs. the Miss America contestants. Have a listen at TalkRadio1080.com. You’ll “be proud of who yourself” if you do.