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Daily randoms for Thursday:
WAITING ON FREE ENES – Know many are drawing comparisons between the the Cameron Newton and Enes Kanter eligibility cases, but we’ll have to see if the NCAA draws the same connection. Newton’s father was shopping his son, and the NCAA ruled (for now) that his actions were without the knowledge of his son. (Not sure I’m buying that, by the way.) The Kanter case goes back to the fact he was paid above and beyond reasonable expenses when he played for that Turkish club team. Even UK agrees to that, or at least that’s my understanding. What is in dispute is the intent of the money paid. The NCAA ruled that it did not matter that the Kanters used it for educational purposes. UK is arguing that it does matter. UK says the Kanters did everything they could to keep Kanter’s amateur status. And apparently the appeal was heard Wednesday. So we should know something by this weekend. Once and for all.
ON TAP — We media types are to get the UK basketball players and then head coach John Calipari today around 2:15 — time subject to change, of course — to preview Saturday’s game at North Carolina. I’ll have news nuggets and then video on the blog once the proceedings end. Cal doesn’t use the Memorial Coliseum media room for the press conferences. He likes to stand outside the practice floor, and we envelope him in a semi-circle. It’s a thick crowd, so the key for us with our trusty flip cameras is to get good position. We’re becoming good at boxing out.
WELCOME HOME (NOT) — Tonight will be all about LeBron’s return to Cleveland. Heard Cowherd yesterday warning Cleveland not doing anything stupid that would stain the city for years. Cleveland fans face their own decision, writes Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain-Dealer. Wright Thompson of espn.com writes on Believeland. But as my friend Jim, a Cleveland native, says: “It’s on Queen James.”
As for the Heat, they remind (old) me of the old Lakers, with Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West. LeBron is Wilt.
LeBron’s a lost cause, writes Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock. (Speakin of Jason, I notice he now refers to the author of “Tuesdays with Morrie” as Myth Albom.)
And I really liked this column from last week by Michael Rosenberg of SI.com on why people hate LeBron.
UK BOWL TICKETS — From UK football contact Tony Neely:
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A reminder to fans desiring to order tickets for Kentucky’s bowl game, advance ticket applications are due on Friday, Dec. 3.
Kentucky’s destination for its school-record fifth-consecutive bowl appearance and the opponent will be announced officially on Sunday.
Here is the ticket information:
- University of Kentucky season-ticket holders should already have a bowl application sent through e-mail and U.S. mail. UK season-ticket holders may order tickets by mail, fax (859-323-1269) or online through their “My UK” account by Friday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. Ticket applications also can be delivered in-person to the UK Ticket Office at the Joe Craft Center, which is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Non-season-ticket holders may access an application online at UKathletics.com. Those applications should be mailed or faxed (859-323-1269) by Friday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. Non-season-ticket holders also may order tickets in-person at the UK Ticket Office.
- Fans also may call the UK Ticket Office at 800-928-2287, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Because of the anticipated large number of phone calls, we encourage fans to order tickets via mail, fax, online, or in person at the ticket office.
- E-mail confirmation of all orders will be sent on Monday, Dec. 6.
KYRIE IRVING — Friend of mine, who knows his hoops, and I won’t say who, told me, “Brandon Knight is really good. But Kyrie Irving is better.” Irving sure looked good last night, leading Duke to an 84-79 win over visiting Michigan State. The freshman scored 18 of his 31 points in the first half. So far, anyway, Duke looks head and shoulders above everyone else. But we haven’t really gone that far, yet, have we?
Seth Davis says Irving is the best freshman Coach K has ever had at Duke.
And Dana O’Neill of espn.com says it’s safe to say that Irving has arrived.
OVC OPENERS TONIGHT — Eastern Kentucky and Morehead both open OVC play at home tonight. Murray State is at Eastern at 7:30. ESPN3.com has the livestream. UT-Martin is at Morehead State at 7:45. In other action, Tennessee State is at Eastern Illinois. And Austin Peay is at SEMO.
TOUGH SELL? — Mitch Barnhart tells Chip Cosby he wants a $150- to $180-million facelift of Commonwealth Stadium. That’s certainly desirable, but given the economy right now, will that be a hard sell?
JORTS OVERSIGHT – Forgot to include Jerry Tipton’s story on Josh Harrellson in the Big Blue Links.
LOUISVILLE WINS WITH A YAWN – Louisville had little trouble with Isiah Thomas and Florida International 92-55 last night. But Rick Bozich of the C-J writes that it didn’t offer much insight into how well Louisville is playing right now. Pitino has loaded up on the cupcakes this non-conference season, though it’s not necessarily his fault that Butler is bad. The Bulldogs play Duke on Saturday, by the way.
E-MAIL — From Eric:
poor stevie johnson. national unemployment rate of almost %10 and he’s working for the nfl. think he’s got anything to be grateful for?
You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FLORIDA’S FLOPS — First, the Gator football team experiences a fall meltdown. Now, the basketball team loses to Central Florida, abused by Michael Jordan’s son, Marcus. Could it get worse? Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel says that Central Florida is better than the Gators in both football and basketball. I think Florida will be ok, long-term. Billy Donovan is having a difficult time now incorporating his younger players with his veterans. Plus, Florida is having a hard time putting the ball in the basket.
REDS NEWS – John Fay of Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds have started preliminary talks with Jay Bruce and Joey Votto. Not a moment too soon, either, in my view. But the Rockie’s long-term signing of Troy Tulowitzki to big money will no doubt have an affect on Votto’s monetary prospects.
BUNGLES — Chances are, I may have made my last (1) trip to Paul Brown Stadium, but the defending champion New Orleans Saints are in the Queen City on Sunday. So expect Cincy to drop to 2-10. Question is will Marvin Lewis make it back for next season? His contract is up, and some have said he turned down extension offers earlier.
SONG LIST — A blog comment from yesterday’s post asking what music you would play when Bruce Pearl stepped on the floor at Rupp after his suspension:
I came up with several songs which might be appropriate for Bruce Pearl in no particular order:
1. Liar! – Three Dog Night
2. Come On a My House -Rosemary Clooney
3. Don’t Tell – Snoop Dogg
4. Sounds of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
5. Don’t Tell Anyone – Jonas Brothers
6. Love the Way You Lie – Eminem
7. Livin’ a Lie – Rihanna
8. I’d Lie – Taylor Swift.
9. Would I Lie to You – Eurythmics
10. Your Cheatin’ Heart – Hank Williams
11. Moonglow (Theme song from movie “Picnic”); also brings to mind Pictures at an Exhibition
For Brandy Pearl we have a mash up of the songs Better Man (Pearl Jam) and
a song from the thirties my mom would hum Its a Sin To Tell a Lie.
Even a Foggy Mountain Breakdown would be better than Rocky Top.
Really like the Eurythimcs reference. Bruce and Annie Lennox.
BIG BANG — Readers of this blog may know of my fondness for the sitcom the “Big Bang Theory.” Here’s a good New Yorker piece on its creator, Chuck Lorre.