Six games. Six games before the end of the regular season. That’s all. It seems to have flown by (which is odd considering that watching individual games has at times felt like watching a sloth eat molasses as it waits for Christmas), yet here we are. Six opportunities for Coach Cal to invent and implement a season-saving ‘tweak.’ Six chances for this group to “get it.” Six precious intervals of forty minutes are all that remain before these youngsters are thrown into the unforgiving deep end of tourney-time where there are no more chances nor room for mistakes. We have seen teams overcome their regular season struggles, peek at the right time, and go on a deep run in March. The 2013-14 team that streaked its way into the National Title Game is a good example. It happens. With all its talent, it can happen with this team. However, the chances to make it happen are quickly flying by.
•The Top 25 Polls are out, and Virginia hasn’t been ranked this high since Ralph Sampson roamed campus. The University of Kentucky has fallen out of the rankings yet again after dropping three straight games for the first time in the Calipari era.
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) February 12, 2018
•If you need a reminder that Cal can, in fact, recruit, read Eric Bossi’s article ranking the best recruiting classes of all time. The Wildcats wear the crown with 6 of the top 10 classes and the top 4 classes overall.
•E.J. Montgomery (#3 PF, #12 overall in 2018 class according to 247Sports.com) has scheduled a visit to the University of Kentucky on February 24th. The 6’10” forward made an unofficial trip to North Carolina yesterday and has plans to spend Valentine’s Day in Durham snuggling and canoodling with Duke. Originally an Auburn commit until Tigers Asst. Coach Chuck Person was arrested in the FBI’s probe into NCAA recruiting violations, Montgomery re-opened his recruitment the day after Person’s arrest. The Blue Devils are thought to be the favorite to land his services, because of course they are ever since Mike Krzyzewski decided to become the honey badger of college basketball recruiting.
•Coaches Brad White and Michael Smith were introduced as the latest additions to the staff. Read more about them in our article.
•Check out UK’s profile of softball player Erin Rethlake and why big things are expected as the softball team kicks off the 2018 season.
UK Cross Country
•Running really far and hitting the books- that’s what UK Cross Country does! Multiple academic honors were bestowed to both the men’s and women’s squads from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
•Andy Kennedy and Ole Miss agreed to consciously uncouple at the conclusion of this season. Kennedy will leave the Rebels as their all time winningest coach after 12 seasons.
Here’s something most probably don’t realize: Entering this season, Kentucky and Florida were the only SEC schools to win more games than Ole Miss since the day Andy Kennedy was hired in 2006. https://t.co/brxRYD8wGx
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) February 12, 2018
•Johnny Manziel discussed his mental health and substance abuse issues in an interview with Good Morning America. Manziel claims he is sober and being treated for bi-polar disorder. It’s easy to make jokes, but if he is truly working on himself it’s time for everyone to extend some grace and understanding his way. Here’s hoping he works his way back to the NFL. It will be a long, hard road if does.
•Kobe Bryant claims he would’ve protested the national anthem if he were still playing. Sure thing, Mamba! It’s easy to take a stand now that it wouldn’t cost you anything.
•After being banned from the Olympics for systemic doping, Russia has decided to hold an ‘Alternative’ Olympics. I think Russia may be on to something here- if athletes are willing to risk their bodies by taking performance enhancing drugs, let them do it out in the open. So what if your dangly bits shrink! You know what goes great with a gold medal? A lady mustache. Most Olympians sacrifice their lives to training and diet already, so if they’re aware of the risks and still want to take steroids, growth hormone, or some other Lance Armstrong-approved cocktail, why not let them? Everyone knows it’s all about which country finishes with the most medals anyway. Medal Count is the true “spirit” of the Olympics. Camaraderie of sport be damned, let’s see what true peek human performance looks like and what kind of records these monsters set! Steroids for all!! стероиды навсегда!!!
It’s Mardi Gras- Laissez le bon temps rouler, and stay safe out there.
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