Posted October 2, 2013, 9:59 pm
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Posted October 2, 2013, 1:28 pm
There are already over 650 tents set up outside Memorial Coliseum and that number continues to grow.
There were 595 tents last year, which was the previous record. That record will likely be shattered by over 100 tents.
Posted October 2, 2013, 12:22 pm
Saturday, October 5th
#25 Maryland at #8 FSU 12:00 PM ESPN FSU -14.5
Prediction: FSU 35-14. Bet FSU –14.5
Georgia Tech at 14 Miami Fl 3:30 PM ESPNU Miami -5.5
Prediction: Miami 28-21. Bet Miami –5.5
#6 Georgia at Tennessee 3:30 PM CBS Georgia -10.5
Prediction: Georgia 45-24. Bet Georgia –10.5
Arkansas at #18 Florida 7:00 PM ESPN2 Florida -10.5
Prediction: Florida 27-14. Bet Florida –10.5
#10 LSU at Mississippi State 7:00 PM ESPN LSU -9.5
Prediction: LSU 31-26. Bet Mississippi State +9.5
#24 Mississippi at AUBURN 7:00 PM ESPNU Mississippi -2.5
Prediction: Mississippi 28-24. Bet Mississippi –2.5
Kentucky at SOUTH CAROLINA 7:30 PM South Carolina -21.5
Prediction: South Carolina 48-21. Bet South Carolina –21.5
#22 Arizona St. at Notre Dame in Arlington, TX 7:30 PM NBC Arizona St. -5.5
Prediction: Notre Dame 28-27. Bet Notre Dame +5.5
#4 Ohio St. at Northwesterna 8:00 PM ABC OSU -5.5
Prediction: Ohio State 27-24. Bet Northwestern +5.5
#15 Washington at #5 Stanford 10:30 PM ESPN Stanford -6.5
Prediction: Stanford 42-20. Bet Stanford –6.5
Leemo’s Five Star Lock of the Weekend: Notre Dame +5.5 and Stanford –6.5
2013-2014 College Football Season
Year to date (Straight up picks): 24-6
Year to date (Against the spread): 15-15
Year to date (5 star Locks): 3-3
Posted October 1, 2013, 4:17 pm
Fans will be able to begin camping out for Big Blue Madness outside Memorial Coliseum tomorrow morning at 5:00. But that's not good enough for BBN, so people are already camping out for the campout. I have a feeling they're not going to walk across the street in the same order.
Posted September 28, 2013, 2:46 pm
Coach Tubby Smith was inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame last night. The Teletubster got a bad rap for some mediocre recruiting and a string of ho hum seasons his last few years, but when you look at what he did as a whole at Kentucky his accolades were quite impressive. He was National Coach of the year three times: 1998, 2003 and 2005. He won five SEC regular season titles and 5 SEC tournament championships. His teams went 23-9 in the NCAA Tournament including a National title in 1998.
Obviously he inherited the '98 team, but don't fool yourself into thinking anybody could have won a championship with that team. The 1998 team wasn't nearly as talented as the '96 team or '97 team, not even close. Tubby overcame a double digit deficit in three consecutive games to cut down the nets and bring title #7 back to Lexington. His comeback victory over Puke (down by 18 in the second half) was one of the most impressive coaching jobs I have ever witnessed. Tubby outcoached Coach K the entire second half and absolutely wore Wojo completely down (with a little help from Jamal Magloire).
Tubby also put together a perfect SEC season (which hadn't been done in 50 years at the time) and would very likely have cut down the nets again if Keith Bogans hadn't injured his ankle. He was also an overtime away from going to the Final Four against Michigan State. In Coach Smith's ten seasons at Kentucky he never won less than 22 games.
Coach Smith ran the program with class and was a great ambassador for the BBN. People didn't truly appreciate Tubby until the Billy Clyde Gillispie debacle happened. Don't get me wrong, I'd much rather have Calipari coaching the Cats but I have a ton of respect for Tubby Smith. I got to meet him in person and he is a great guy. I'm very happy for him to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. His name deserves to be in the rafters at Rupp Arena and hopefully one day it will be.
Here's a video clip from Tubby's induction cermony speech:
Posted September 25, 2013, 2:59 pm
Here's what's happening around the BBN:
- Tickets to the Champions Classic Kentucky vs Michigan State game on November 12th go on sale October 1st.
- Many experts including Jeff Goodman are now saying they would take Julius Randle as the #1 pick in next year's NBA Draft over Andrew Wiggins. Randle is impressing everybody that sees him.
- Dick Vitale is picking the Cats as his pre-season #1.
- USA today ranks Kentucky as their pre-season #1 as well. They also listed Julius Randle as a First Team All-American.
- Who would you guess was the leading scorer in yesterday's scrimmage? If you guessed Derick Willis you are correct! You are also a liar.
- A basketball blog called Run the Floor recently ranked the top coaches by how many Twitter followers they have, and apparently Coach Cal has almost more followers than all the other coaches combined. Coach Cal has 1,244,546 followers. The coach closest to him is Tom Crean with 124,481 followers, over a million more. That is ridiculous and that is the power of the BBN. #KentuckyEffect
- Trey Lyles, a 5-star 2014 stud has whittled his college choice down to two schools: Loserville and Kentucky. Trey has already broken the hearts of Hoosier fans. If he chooses Kentucky he will do the same to thousands of Lousy fans and will instantly become one of my favorite players. A commitment from Lyles would also put Kentucky in a great position for yet another #1 recruiting class (assuming a few other chips fall in place).
NBA Former Cats News:
- Nerlens Noel officially signed with the 76ers yesterday and will be hauling in $3,172,320 his rookie season, $3,315,120 in year two, $3,457,800 in year three (option), and $4,384,490 in year four (option.)
- Shaq became a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings a few days ago and has vowed to build the team around Demarcus Cousins and mentor him.
Around the SEC:
- Marshall Henderson The Land Shark will be participating in Ole Miss' first practice Friday. Apparently you can't stop a Henderson, even with failed drug tests.
Around the NCAA
- P.J. Hairston is already back with the UNC Tarholes. Unfathomably, Ole Roy just yelled, "Dadgum it", slapped him on the wrist, and forgave all of his multiple violations.
Posted September 25, 2013, 9:46 am
Thursday, September 26
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech 7:30 PM ESPN Georgia Tech -7.5
Prediction: Georgia Tech 28-14. Bet Georgia Tech –7.5
Saturday, September 28
#15 Miami at South Florida 12:00 PM ESPNU Miami -19.5
Prediction: Miami 38-13. Bet Miami –19.5
#8 Florida St. at Boston College 3:30 PM ABC FSU -21.5
Prediction: FSU 42-20. Bet FSU –21.5
#6 LSU at #9 GEORGIA 3:30 PM CBS Georgia -2.5
Prediction: Georgia 31-30. Bet LSU +2.5
#14 Oklahoma at #22 Notre Dame 3:30 PM NBC Oklahoma -3.5
Prediction: Notre Dame 21-20. Bet Notre Dame +3.5
#21 Mississippi at #1 Alabama 6:30 PM ESPN Alabama -16.5
Prediction: Alabama 35-14. Bet Alabama –16.5
#20 Florida at Kentucky 7:00 PM ESPNU Florida -13.5
Prediction: Florida 28-17. Bet Kentucky +13.5
#10 Texas A&M at Arkansas 7:00 PM ESPN2 Texas A&M -10.5
PredictionA: Texas A&M 49-31. Bet Texas A&M –10.5
#23 Wisconsin at #4 Ohio St. 8:00 PM ABC Ohio State -7.5
Prediction: OSU 35-31. Bet Wisconsin +7.5
USC at Arizona St. 10:30 PM ESPN2 Arizona St -5.5
Prediction: Arizona St. 31-27. Bet USC +5.5
Leemo’s Five Star Lock of the Weekend: Georgia Tech –7.5 and Texas A&M –10.5
2013-2014 College Football Season
Year to date (Straight up picks): 17-3
Year to date (Against the spread): 11-9
Year to date (5 star Locks): 2-2
Posted September 20, 2013, 4:14 pm
Tickets for Big Blue Madness will be available on Saturday, October 5th at 7:00 AM at the Memorial Coliseum ticket office as well as on Ticketmaster.com Tickets are free again this year but there is a limit of 4 tickets per person. If you buy them through Ticketmaster there will be a service fee applied. If you are going to camp out and wait in line you can begin camping at 5:00 AM on October 2nd. A maximum of four control cards per tent are available and you must be present to receive a control card.
Camping out for Big Blue Madness (Midnight Madness back in my day) was one of the funnest times of my life. I did it every year for several years. The most memorable time was in1997. My friends had put up a tent three days prior and they insisted nobody could cut infront of them unless they stayed in the tent at least one night. So on the last night before Madness I was leaving Last Call at 4:00 AM and decided to walk over to Memorial Coliseum and slip in the tent. Back then there were only about 60 tents. I finally found my friends and crawled in. They immediately went to their dorms. As soon as they left a bad storm hit. It was ridiculously windy and cold and the rain poured down on the tent. At least an inch of water was in the bottom of the tent. I took off my sweatshirt and hung it from the top of the inside of the tent to try to keep it dry but it didn't work. Pretty soon it was dripping water on me and I was miserable. After a while the tent completely collapsed on me and it was like I was wearing a wet sleeping bag. I didn't know what to do and I didn't want to lose the place in line they had kept for the past several days. When I peeped my head out of the tent I noticed many other campers had given up and left. So I dragged the tent further up the line. Throughout the next couple hours as the storm continued more and more people gave up and left. I kept dragging the tent up the line every time someone would leave. It was an absolutely miserable five hours but it all ended up being worthwhile.
At 9:00 AM I found myself at the edge of the payment and there were only two tents ahead of us. When they started letting people in I was the 9th person through the door. We all got to sit on the front row center court. UK Cheerleaders pulled out one of my buddies and he got to shoot a three pointer for a thousand bucks.... He bricked it bad.
Other memorable moments from Midnight Madness / Big Blue Madness:
One year I switched seats with a girl named Otis. About ten minutes later they told everybody to look underneath their seats for a program. Three programs were autographed by Rick Pitino and sure enough the seat I MOVED FROM was one of them. Otis ran down the steps and out onto the floor and got to shoot a free-throw to win free Papa John's pizza every Friday for a year. She air-balled it by at least six feet.
I was also there when Walter McCarty and Tony Delk ascended from the rafters dressed as Batman and Robin. That same Madness I watched SkyAntoine crowd surf around the corner and into the oblivion within four seconds flat.
Much more recently, I was there for the Coach Cal State of the Union address about the "Kentucky Effect".
Bottom line, if you've never attended Big Blue Madness you should go. If you're in college at UK you should definitely camp out. It's an atmosphere unlike anything else and every member of BBN should go at least once in their lifetime.
The Kentucky Effect