Kentucky Wildcats Afternoon Quickies: Tour de France Opening Day Edition

Marcel Kittel of Germany wins stage 1 of the 2014 TDF - Doug Pensinger

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Nerlens Noel plays his first game since he was injured at Florida. Kyle Wiltjer talks return to basketball and Coach Cal. More.

The first stage of the Tour de France today produced a lot of fireworks. Mark Cavendish, trying desperately for the stage, caused a crash that may put him out of the race.

Here are the team by team outlooks for this year's TDF by Podium Cafe:

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  • Paul Prather writing for the Herald Leader has an article today about cognitive dissonance, but he can't quite put the proper name to it. He starts with the fact his father, a minister and ethical man, reacted with violent opprobrium when his beloved UK Wildcats were accused of scandalous behavior by the Herald-Leader back during the Eddie Sutton regime. Consider:

    You encounter people who think it's patriotism to defend their country's policies, even when their country is sanctioning torture. Or they'll fight you to the floor over their church's holiness, even when the church has acted dishonorably.

    I don't know why this is.

    Let me help. This is called "cognitive dissonance," and it happens when we are faced with two contradictory beliefs. This normally happens when people want to believe one thing about something important to them and are faced with a set of facts that contradicts what they want to believe.

    It is a difficult problem to overcome. Usually, the person experiencing the dissonance will resolve it by rejecting, and usually rationalizing the discordant set of facts, as we have with Prather's father. Dealing with the dissonance by accepting the discordant facts requires a lot of effort and a strong desire to deal with objectivity, rather than live in subjectivity.

  • 2016's Udoka Azubuike mixtape. He's on UK's radar:

    Hat tip: NBC Sports

  • 2016's Derryck Thornton's mixtape, also drawing UK interest:

    Hat tip: NBC Sports

  • Andy Katz talks about Kentucky in his latest three-point shot. Calls Kentucky's schedule "loaded." I don't think there's any doubt about that.

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