Hello, friends. I hope you’re well, and happy 2012! It’s great to see you today and trust your new year was fantastic. But between us, it’s January 4 – you can probably stop dressing like a grown baby now, but I applaud your holiday spirit. I’m just saying, you know?
Sometimes, friends, rumors get out of hand. Like certain contemporaries of Patrick Patterson’s committing to UK, or perhaps that Adolph Rupp’s body is cryogenically frozen and is tended to in a sub-basement of Kennedy Book Store. Some of these rumors are simply that: rumors. But some have some truth to them. So how do we know which rumors to dismiss and which to take seriously? You let your old friend Tomlin help you out with a little bit of Rumor Control. I hope this helps, and have a great Wednesday.
The Rumor: Highly-ranked recruit Shabazz Muhammad will stay in his hometown of Las Vegas and play ball at UNLV.
Status: Undetermined. Though many are speculating that Muhammad is leaning toward being a Runnin’ Rebel, he continues to confound guessers by continuing to show interest in a number of top programs, among them UK, UCLA, Duke and USC — and once included Kansas and Arizona on that list as well. At this time, no one can tell if Muhammad will leave Sin City for greener pastures or stick around for his assumed single year of college play.
The Rumor: Former UK center Demarcus Cousins demanded a trade from Sacramento Kings administration.
Status: True or False, depending on who you ask. After relieving Cousins of duties against the Hornets on Sunday, Kings coach Paul Westphal maintains that Cousins requested a trade. Cousins then released a statement on Monday declaring that he in no way issued the reported request. Kings owner Geoff Petrie allegedly met with Cousins and his management Monday night to discuss how the UK alum can best serve the team going forward, but no definitive proof has been offered either way as to the allegations.
The Rumor: New details emerging in Rupp Arena’s revamping project suggest that corporate money could dictate the new facility’s name.
Status: True. As Lexington city officials and UK authorities discuss possible solutions for renovating or rebuilding the Wildcat’s home base, it seems very likely that a sparkly new entertainment district in the downtown area would also include a renaming of the Rupp area to feature a corporate sponsorship. Current frontrunners for the new name include “Orange Leaf Indoor Stadium,” “Chinoe Pub Arena,” “Kentucky After Dark Pavilion” and the retro favorite “Ed & Fred’s Desert Moon.”
The Rumor: Jay-Z is a UK fan.
Status: True. Mr. Z did sit on the front row of the UK-UL game this Saturday and was rumored to visit the locker room after the game. Plus several lyrics from his latest album Watch the Throne with Kanye West pointed to the fact that he’s a Wildcats fan, as may possibly be indicated in this deleted portion of the song “Who Gon’ Stop Me:”
Watchin’ hustla T-Jones
While I’m eatin’ Southwest Chicken Egg Rolls at an ESPN Zone
Breakin’ a hundred, blue lights like Kmart
Getting free windshield wiper fluid from O’Reilly Auto Parts
I’m the full-time Y I get mine like Harrellson
You come to me I’ll hit you with both barrels, son
Doron three goggles straight up like a B-boy
While Coach Cal workin’ findin’ a role for Eloy
The Rumor: Louisville no longer exists.
Status: False. Though the slogan swept through the Bluegrass this weekend and helped propel the Wildcats to a victory over the Cardinals, it should be noted that the rally cry should not be taken literally and we have been contacted by several of the city’s institutions, including Louisville Gas & Electric, that the city does exist and UK fans living in Louisville are still expected to pay their issued bills for December and January or risk termination of service.
The Rumor: Notable UK Alum Ashley Judd and pal Morgan Freeman are slated to play Sandy Bell and Tubby Smith in an upcoming biopic on UK athletics in the 2000’s.
Status: True. The thriller Rules of Compliance, which focuses on an administrator and a basketball coach fleeing Russian agents who believe they are in possession of evidence which links the Kremlin to a series of Bolivian political assassinations, is filming now at Warner Brothers. Also attached to star is Nick Nolte as young NCAA phenom Billy Gillispie. It is slated for release in summer 2013 in time to take on I Only Cry When It Hurts: The Roy Williams Story (Paramount).