For anyone going to Chicago for the UK-MSU game looking for a hangout spot, check out Vincenzo’s. From what I hear, it’s newer and is a really nice place. They are located 1 mile, about a 10-15 minute walk, straight down W. Madison St from the United Center. However, they are also offering a shuttle starting at 5:15 pm that runs every 15 minutes.
Vincenzo’s will be having 1/2 price appetizers from 4-7pm, $5 burger and fries and will also be offering drink specials. They are excited about the possibility of being overrun with UK fans. There will probably be a UK flag flying outside and may be one inside as well. So, if you’re interested, check out all the details below.
Walking distance to United Center (1 mile – http://goo.gl/maps/3PUcs)
Shuttle begins at 5:15pm and runs every 20 minutes
1/2 price appetizers from 4-7pm, $5 burger and fries
We already knew Pitino had no shame. It seems now he’s just trying to see how much he can get away with. And given the Louisville AD’s and Louisville fans lack of shame, we’ve only seen him scratch the surface.
Kentucky will enter the season ranked #1 in the USA Today Coach’s Poll. This is the first time in the history of the poll that any team has started the season ranked #1 after finishing the previous season unranked.
Do they deserve that ranking? That remains to be seen. However, the distractions from last season are gone. They have a very capable point guard, unlike last season. They have many good players, so no lazy, pudgy, slow player can hold the team hostage and expect to receive playing time without working for it. On top of that, Kentucky will not be relying on a single player to make a difference in the game. This was not the case last season when the season was all but over after Nerlens Noel went down with a season ending injury.
This Kentucky team has all the makings to have a special season. On paper, they are just as talented, if not more talented than the 2012 championship team. And that team only lost 2 games. This could be a very special team. And tonight at Big Blue Madness is only the beginning.
Louisville announced that Chane Behanan was suspended indefinitely for a violation of university rules. What the violation was isn’t exactly clear. Multiple sources are reporting it’s the result of a failed drug test. The rumor is, both Chane Behanan and Kevin Ware failed drug tests and were told to clean up their act. Ware did, but Behanan supposedly did not.
Rick Pitino went so far to say that Behanan is no longer a part of the program. But when talking about the possibility of Behanan coming back, he added, “it is possible, it’s not probable.”
If anyone believes that, I have a bridge for sale. Rick Pitino has made a career of hyperbole. Mark my words, Behanan will be back on the Cardinal team before the season is up. I’ll go as far to say he will be reinstated before the game against Kentucky. If Pitino says a player won’t be back, you can bet the house he will.
If you’re from Kentucky, you probably know who Eric C. Conn is. If you’re from eastern Kentucky, you definitely know. For those not enlightened to his ways, Conn is a disability lawyer that runs his practice out of a complex of double wide trailers, which I like to refer to as Connalot. Conn also bumps the cheesiness factor up to 11 with his Lincoln statue, replica Statue of Liberty, and a statue honoring Charles Ramsey. If you watched Breaking Bad, think Saul Goodman times 10.
Growing up in eastern Kentucky, I always had a hunch the practice was shady. And this CBS expose all but proves it. While nothing has been determined yet, things don’t look good for Eric C. Conn. Better call Saul.
I’m not a Nebraska Cornhuskers football fan. However, after hearing Bo Pelini’s recent missteps, I think his days are numbered as head coach.
First, Pelini responded to criticism by former Nebraska great, Tommie Frazier, by saying they (Nebraska) don’t need him.
Tommie Frazier Tweet
Then, if that wasn’t enough, audio recorded 2 years ago came out of Pelini criticizing Cornhusker fans by calling them “fair-weather” in a profanity laced rant (NSFW language). That triggered this “apology” from Pelini:
“I want to sincerely apologize for my comments from two years ago which became public today. I take full responsibility for these comments. They were spoken in a private room following the Ohio State game. I was venting following a series of emotional events which led to this moment. That being said, these comments are in no way indicative of my true feelings. I love it here in Nebraska and feel fortunate to be associated with such a great University and fan base. I again apologize to anyone whom I have offended.”
Translation*: “I didn’t realize I was being recorded and I’m sorry I got caught. Please don’t boo me mercilessly at home games. Also, please allow me to remain head coach so I can make lots of money. We cool?”
In case you missed it last night, Danny Trevathan, formerly of Kentucky football, intercepted a pass and had a clear path to the end zone. Except, he willingly dropped the ball around the 1 yard line. The ball ended up going out of the end zone for a touchback and Baltimore regained possession.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the fumble lead to the injury of another former Kentucky player. Wesley Woodyard attempted to recover the fumble and was injured on the play. However, Woodyard would be OK and Trevathan learned a valuable lesson.
Former staffers told “Outside the Lines” of multiple examples of questionable practices, including:
• Targeting specific head coaches and programs presumed as being “dirty,” particularly within a separate in-house group investigating basketball.
• Enforcement and NCAA staff sharing and reviewing information about student-athlete academic transcripts at various times with the media, a violation of federal privacy laws.
A head coach and a program presumed dirty… hmm… Where could I find one of those? Let me think for a second. Rival fans say John Calipari is dirty. They say Kentucky is dirty. Yet they don’t have a shred of proof. I’d say that falls under the “presumed dirty” category.
Let’s go one step further, Mark Emmert used to be the president at the University of Washington. Kanter decided to go to Kentucky where he was ultimately ruled ineligible. Emmert states that it was a no brainer that Kanter was ineligible. Yet, Washington had accepted a commitment from Kanter while Emmert was president. Think that would give him a reason to target Kentucky?
Read JP Scott’s article on the Kanter situation. It’s not hard to see why UK fans would feel something shady is going on.
I’ve said it before many times, Mark Emmert is dirty and he needs to go. Not only is he targeting programs such as Kentucky, he is turning a blind eye to perceived “clean” programs such as Ohio State, North Carolina and Duke. He has made a mockery of the NCAA and it’s only going to get worse as long as he is in charge.
During the Pirates and Reds game on Sunday, Reds announcer Thom Brennaman whispered a little too loud during a break in the action, proclaiming, “this guy sucks.” It came after the Pirates pitcher Locke walked Zack Cozart on 4 straight pitches.
However, and this is just my opinion, I have my doubts it was directed at Locke, who was leading the game 1-0 at the time. I also don’t believe it was meant for Cozart, since he just walked on 4 straight pitches out of the zone. No, I believe it was directed at Mr. Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride, Corky Miller. Miller nowadays is pretty much a full time minor leaguer for the Louisville Bats. He’s currently with the club because starting catcher Ryan Hanigan is on the disabled list.
If you listen to the video, you’ll hear the stadium announcer say Corky Miller is coming to the plate. After this announcement is when Brennaman, who looks more and more like his dad Marty every day, does his best Harry Doyle impression and whispers, “this guy sucks.”
I can only imagine as Cozart was making his way to 1st base, Brennaman took a look toward the on deck circle to see Corky Miller coming to the plate. As he finished his sentence, he turned to his broadcast partner, Chris Welsh, put his hand over the mic and not so subtly gave his views on Miller. Afterward, he took a swig from his cup filled with Jack Daniels.
Don’t worry Thom, we’re all entitled to our opinion. And as a life long Reds fan, I can relate.
Wiltjer, a 6-foot-10 forward, announced in late June that he was debating leaving the Wildcats, although he had second thoughts soon after his visit to Gonzaga. After going back and forth, it seems that he is officially a done deal to the Bulldogs.