It’s Tuesday, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation. Today’s big story is the Kentucky Wildcats softball team, known around these parts as the Hittin’ Kittens. The #15-ranked Wildcats swept the #8 LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, with Kelsey Nunley (who else) starring as the Wildcats shut out the Tigers for three straight games, including a complete-game shutout in the series finale.
After being swept at home by the #3 Auburn Tigers last week, this series was a remarkable bounce-back effort that puts Kentucky right back in the SEC race at 11-4, with only one more loss than 12-3 Florida and 9-3 Auburn. Kentucky is 34-8 overall with 12 more games left in the series. The Kittens take the diamond again tomorrow in a mid-week tilt versus nearby Eastern Kentucky.
Tweet of the Morning
per espn. vegas book odds for winning ncaa tournament. duke 9-2. Kentucky 6-1. villanova 8-1. @BlueStarMedia1— Dick Weiss (@HoopsWeiss) April 12, 2016
Landon Young revises and extends his remarks on Urban Meyer, trying to mend fences a bit, apparently. Laudable.
Meyer’s comments, in my opinion, were both instructive and disappointing. First, he blames the pejorative comments on his staff:
“I did read it. We have a lot of respect for him as a player, a lot,” Meyer said. “I was very disappointed in our staff that we didn’t offer him earlier. Then about the treatment thing, we don’t do that on purpose, if that’s his feelings. I went back and talked to our staff about it.
So here, he admits fault but passes the buck. He then promptly rationalizes it:
“We don’t want that to be happening, but that was one [recruit] out of 650 saying ‘Someone has treated me bad.’“
Yes, but as we know, for every one saying that, a number more are thinking it and just keeping quiet. So please, spare me the rationalization. Meyer did good when he admitted fault, and then defecated all over his own good intentions with buck-passing and excuse-making. Perfect.
The Spring Game is coming:
Can you believe that Jojo Kemp will be a senior this season? It seems only yesterday that he was a freshman, and had Mark Stoops thinking he was going to “pull a knife out of his sock and stab somebody.”
2016’s most surprising players. Derek Willis is last on this list. I think he belongs at the very top.
Speaking of Derek Willis, did you know he was a Native American? He’s just one of a very few Native Americans playing college basketball at the Division I level. Here is an interview he had with the Indian Country website about his heritage and how it is percieved.
Ah, the Duke Basketball Report. Their ability to plunge into nonsequiturs and fallacious argument is doubtless among the greatest in all of SB Nation’s many blogs. This one is short, but hilarious in it’s head-shaking torture of logic.
I guess losing Derryck Thornton to transfer has slightly addled their thinking, and even there, they try to somehow find stuff to hurl at Kentucky fans. Well, because rivalry, I guess. Or abject hate. Whatever.
Rod Strickland talks with an Oregon station about Coach Cal, among other things.
Other Kentucky sports
- College football coaches can now send unlimited texts. Kelvin Sampson could not be reached for comment.
Let the games continue:
Syracuse pg kaleb joseph is transferring to creighton. @BlueStarMedia1— Dick Weiss (@HoopsWeiss) April 12, 2016
Expect a call from Rick Pitino, then:
From late Monday: Washington State's Que Johnson told @CBSSports that he's decided to graduate and transfer. Immediately eligible. 11.3 PPG.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 12, 2016
Wow, Villanova has more wins in the last two years than UK? Amazing.
Most wins:— Rob Anderson (@_robanderson) April 5, 2016
last 2 years: Villanova 68, Kentucky 65, Gonzaga 63, Kansas/Duke 60
last 3 years: Villanova 97, Kentucky 94, Gonzaga/Arizona 92
Other sports news
Jordan Spieth’s collapse at the Masters was epic, to be sure. I haven’t seen a professional leading a golf tournament lay the sod over two shots in a row like Spieth did at #12. All he had to do in the world was hit his first shot over the water, and he very likely wins the tournament with two par 5’s to go.
This reminds me of Greg Norman’s collapse back in 1996, when the 12th once again smote a leader’s ruin into the salubrious turf of Augusta National. Norman would only be competitive in the Masters once more after that, but he was much older than Spieth is.
It will be fascinating to see how he comes back from this debacle. It’s funny how, in the big scheme of things, there is really no difference between losing by one or by 20 (except for the really nice 2nd-place paycheck and all those FedEx cup points), but the psychology of a collapse like this in the game of golf is different from any other sport. Golf is played so much more between the ears than between the white stakes, and a fiasco like this one carries the potential of significant metaphorical brain damage. Ouch.
In a rather bizarre twist made “only in America,” Spieth’s sponsor, Under Armor, experienced a stock meltdown immediately after the Masters, as if people suddenly don’t want to be associated with such a misadventure by virtue of their athletic apparel. Double-ouch.
LSD the brain “more complete.” Well, I’m sure a bunch of 1960’s Woodstock attendees will be glad to hear that.
A turbine the size of a desk could power a town of 10,000. You have to admit, that’s pretty cool, but “supercritical carbon dioxide” sounds rather energy intensive to make, although I’ll bet nuclear reactors could get the job done …
How fast is the universe expanding? Too fast to be explained by the Standard Model, apparently. Scientists are postulating “dark energy.” Why does everything mysterious these days have to be “dark?” Just askin’.