Damn, Joe beat me to the story about the NHL player and the Canadian gossip site.
My headline is what Kentucky MWildcats basketball fans are probably posting on 'Cats blogs tonight after the storied program, the winningest of all time as they never tire of reminding people, lost to Gardner-Webb 84-64. Gardner-Who? Now, admittedly, I'm not an avid follower of the Atlantic Sun conference, home to such wonderfully named teams as Lipscomb and North Carolina Upstate, but I'd never heard of their program before. Imagine my delight to find out that G-W is located in Boiling Springs, North Carolina--what a great town name!
Billy Gillespie must be wondering what he's gotten himself in to. The former Texas A&M coach landed one of *the* most prestigious coaching jobs in all of college sports with the UK position and now his team has been thoroughly schooled by 20 points by a team most people outside of the mid-Atlantic region have never heard of. The MWildcats started the game by promptly going down by 14 points and they never recovered. Classic quote from Gillespie that should be filed under "Duh!": "You can't just show up on the court and think you're going to beat somebody because you wear a certain jersey". Really? Let's take a wild guess whose job it is to make sure their players don't have that mindset going in to a game....
In any case, I'm just glad that college basketball is back on the sports radar. To be fair, I don't really pay all that much attention at this point in the season, which is a de-facto exhibition season; to me, the season starts in earnest when conference play starts in January. My beloved UCLA Bruins are ranked #2 at this point but they have been rocked by a wave of injuries that doesn't bode well. The rest of the Top 10 is rounded out by the usual suspects like North Carolina (mmmmmm.....Roy Williams), Kansas, Georgetown and Washington State. Wait: Washington State? What the heck? It's a long season, of course, and luckily, the polls don't have the weight they do in college football in determining the eventual champion.