Don’t I know that Ramblin’ Wreck? That Anthony Allen fellow who ran for 128 yards in only five carries for Georgia Tech last night sure did look familiar. Didn’t he used to play somewhere around here? I swear I know that name. Seems like I’ve seen him somewhere before, you know, wearing red and black maybe.
Make the playing field level. I say anybody who likes the NFL OT rule is an idiot. It is simply not fair. Both teams should have a chance to win the game playing both sides of the ball. Just because Tennessee’s D couldn’t stop the Steelers last night should NOT have prevented the Titans’ O from attempting to score also. The NFL can tweak the college rule all they want — make the teams start at the 40 or 50 or wherever — but they have to change it to something akin to that used in college. Not only will it make the OT fairer, but also a lot more exciting.
Former Future Governor Calipari’s gaffe. While anybody with any sense of perspective realizes our nation is seriously and dangerously divided politically, the reaction of some UK fans to their hoops coach’s intention to send the president a Wildcat jersey is dumbfounding. Actually, that’s not correct. It is dumb. Period. And very very sad.
How do they see the ball, let alone hit it back over the net? I’ve watched the early rounds of the U.S. Open a lot more than any tennis tournament in a long time. There were some rallies during the Nadal/ Monfils match the other night that were stunning. Those guys were smashing rocket shots back and forth. One rally went on for 31 shots. I was exhausted at the end. I can’t imagine the kind of shape those fellows need to be in. Isn’t Andy Roddick’s serve supposed to clock sometimes at 150 mph? That’s a third again faster than the mightiest arm in MLB.
Spending Thanksgiving through New Year’s at Freedom Hall. U of L finally released its basketball schedule. As usual the Cards play just about every nonconference game at home. This year, it’s all but three. The Cards travel to UNLV and UK, and meet Arkansas on a neutral court in St. Louis to open the regular season. From the third week in November to the end of the calendar year, the Cards play 10 home games.
The non BEast slate is not as tough as last season, but does have some interesting matchups. Not the least of which is the exhibition with Scotty Davenport’s Bellarmine Knights on November 4. I was serious when I said that the Knights ran the motion offense last season with more discipline and precision than any team I saw at any level. Despite the difference in talent level, this game will be far from a walkover for the reigning BEast champs. Western Ky comes to town on 12/19. The Cards’ series with the Hilltoppers has been fraught with drama for decades, going back to the days of Uncle Ed Diddle and Peck Hickman. And won’t it be fun to Bobby Lutz again when Charlotte comes a callin’?
Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods.
Brett Favre. While I strive — but often fail — to not say anything bad about anyone nor wish them ill, haven’t we really had enough of You Know Who? I mean how cool would it be if that damaged arm of his fell off during the Vikes opener? I mean literally. Then they could fly him down here to Louisville where specialists could reattach it and we’d get to report on him every single day. Favre makes the likes of Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson look stable.
Coach Cal, Part Deux. UK’s hoops savior is not only getting rocked by some of his Big Blue Acolytes, but also some folks up Massachusetts way. Seems he’s been invited back to Boston for a celebration of UMass b-ball. And some think it not such a good idea. Check it out here.
Today’s Sign of the Apocalypse. FC Barcelona — that would be a soccer team, whose jersey I proudly wear from time to time — has indeed pushed the envelope. The team signed a 7 year old to a contract. That is not a typo. The kid’s name is Kais. He had been signed by another team, Olympique Lyon, but Barca made the youngster an offer he obviously couldn’t refuse. At the end of the school year, he’ll be moving to Barcelona, where he’ll attend the team’s soccer academy.
– Seedy K