Calipari Remembers 9/11

September 10, 2009 reports that Calipari will be in New York for a book-signing of his latest book, Bounce Back, on Thursday and plans to visit the World Trade Center site afterward.  Proceeds from the book will go to the September 11 Memorial and Museum.

“Knowing that I will be signing books in a store adjacent to the World Trade Center site on the eve of 9/11 moved my wife, Ellen, and I to make this donation in hopes of honoring those who lost their lives on that solemn day eight years ago,” said Calipari.


LeBron James High School Teammate now UK Assistant Coach

September 10, 2009

Jerry Tipton over at the LHL’s blogs on a report that UK has hired Brandon Weems, who played with James at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio.  The two have remained very close.  Jeff Young, who coached Weems at Walsh University says Weems will be more than just a recruiting tool:  “He was hired because of who he is,” Young said, “not necessarily who he knows.”   Get more details at

Rehab Rumor Confirmed by Gillespie

September 10, 2009 has confirmed former UK Coach Billy Gillespie’s plans for alcohol rehab at the John Lucas Athletes After Care Program. Gillespie was quoted:

“I’m not very proud of what happened in Kentucky two weeks ago,” said Gillispie. “That’s inexcusable at this stage of my life. It should have never happened.  I think one of the things I’ve always been is honest and truthful. I’ve never been afraid to accept responsibility. I am accepting responsibility by going to spend some time with John Lucas in Houston. He’s got the John Lucas Athletes After Care Program. He’s going to deal with some alcohol issues for me.”

Read the story here.

Gillespie — To Rehab or Not to Rehab

September 9, 2009

InmatePhotoFormer UK basketball coach Billy Gillespie’s run-ins with the law, liquor and the like  have been the topic of much buzz given his most recent arrest for driving under the influence.

The Kentucky Kernel and Lexington station WKYT report now that the former coach has checked himself into the John Lucas Aftercare Program in Houston, TX.  The Lexington Herald-Leader, however, spoke to Gillespie’s lawyer who only indicated the former coach was only “considering” rehab.  The lawyer would not confirm the WKYT or Kentucky Kernel reports.  Read the Herald-Leader story here. Read the Kentucky Kernel piece here. View the WKYT footage here.

OK I’m back — with a small gripe and some cool, new stuff!

September 8, 2009

Sorry about that little lie about the hiatus.  It was a little hiatuser than I had planned.  Long story involving exploding computers, the gout, and lots and lots of tomatoes.  Hope I didn’t lose any of my readers . . . or . . . reader.

So, I know it’s day late/dollar short’nall but I must tsk tsk the portion of the Big Blue Nation (hereinafter BBN) that has already gone all fickle and is bustin’  a nut (term of art) over Cal wanting to spread the word about the UBBN (United Big Blue Nation) by giving the President of the United States a jersey.  Geeze.  Stop it.  You’re making this adventure of mine unpleasant.  Read more of it here.

Now, fun fun stuff!  I finally, FINALLY got my t-shirt, sticker and blue rubber bracelet.  Wooohoooo!!  Here they are.  Lust after them.  Or go to and get your own.

The shirt.  Some Chinese stuff (Coach) and then "John Calipari"

The shirt. Some Chinese stuff (Coach) and then "John Calipari"

Autograph of the one and only.  I'm pretty sure my shirt was the only one with it.   If you want it, I'll put in a good word.

Autograph of the one and only. I'm pretty sure my shirt was the only one with it. If you want it on yours, I'll put in a good word.

The blue, rubber bracelet sets off the entire ensem'.

The blue, rubber bracelet sets off the entire ensem'.

On hiatus…

August 19, 2009

Posts will resume August 28th!  I know you can’t wait.

Porcini Website Shut Down

August 14, 2009

UPDATE:  It seems to have recovered.

As of 8:00 am this morning the website for Porcini’s restaurant seems to have crashed because it exceeded its bandwidth, and I don’t think it’s due to a new special they’re running.  I have a funny feeling there are going to be a lot of reservations tonight for dinner at a particular table there.