The Big Blue Daily Mail -- Independence Day Edition

Happy Independence Day - USA (via Tobyotter)

Happy Independence Day, Big Blue Nation.  I hope everyone enjoys their Fourth of July activities, and remember the risk our Founders ran when they wrote it.  I offer this remembrance:

"We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."

    -Benjamin Franklin in the Continental Congress just before signing the Declaration of Independence, 1776.

Now, for the news:

  • RealClearSports - Calipari: The Devil Wears Zegna

    Four freshmen and a junior are heading to the pros from the Kentucky campus, having learned the vital lesson that nothing will be expected of them beyond the sidelines. Calipari believes that young people will flock to his program, looking to add their names to the school's glorious list of first-round draft choices.

    He's probably right. The devil has always been able to tempt the unwary by appealing to their vanity.

    Well, what can I say?  RCP does a good job with politics, but they are out of their depth in sports coverage.  This is just the sort of thing I mocked in this piece.  Kathy Bates in her role as The Waterboy's mama could have written this missive -- "Calipari is THE DEVIL!"

    Heh.

  • Kentucky walk-on Krebs' mom dies after 9 years of fighting cancer | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal

    All our prayers go out to the family.

  • Voice Tribune

    If John Calipari wanted to cut expenses and give the savings for scholarships for poor kids, he could trim his UK staff and forget about spending money on recruiting.

    All he will have to do is send ESPN’s tape of the NBA draft and newspaper clippings to the six or seven recruits he wants. The Wildcats’ coach certainly won’t have to twist any arms because the finest high school seniors in the United States of America will be lining up outside his office, begging to play for the Big Blue.

    Heh.  I think maybe that's the message he was sending on draft night.  Message received, I'm sure.

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