My buddy tells me the other day that Michael Sanchez is committing to Arkansas. The prep school route is still being looked at but word from the Hill is that Sanchez is staying in Arkansas.
I like the upgrade in talent for next year's squad and will be happy when the siging period is over. The first reason is that the 16th is my b-day and secondly I can begin the process of summer planning. Looking at who will play and what damage they can do. What wonders will the next season bring? Hurry up with the schedule already! I am ready to chart the season game by game (victory by victory? glory be!) Rosters of opponents must be obtained which means I must catch up on their spring news and chart their summer and fall progress.
All summer I will wonder what our new coach and the team will be up to. Are they ready for the transition? What are Coach Gillispie's plans for the returning players? Sure wish the NCAA would let the coach and his assistants have more time over the summer with the players. Are they as excited about a new season as I am (i.e. have they bonded, gelled, become blood brothers?) One would speculate that since it is they that are on national tv and not myself (nor about 90% of UK fans),their excitement for the upcoming season would swallow mine like Jonas was by the whale.
With that first exhibition game ever so far away and midnight madness seems but a dream, I know I can do my boys proud by keeping busy this summer scouting and strategizing while they practice, play pickup games, hit the books and practice some more. The folks on these message boards will keep their eyes peeled and flag items that need perusal for hidden and sometimes blatant information. Will the days pass with indeterminable length or will midnight madness come blazing forth like the front of a screaming steam locomotive out of control?
All I know is that my b-day will signal the beginning of my summer. Here's to hoping it is a glorious b-day and a damned quick summer!! GO BIG BLUE!!!!