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Jennifer O'Neill (H-L photo/Mark Cornelison)

Jennifer O:Neill (H-L photo/Mark Cornelison)

Twelve random notes at 12:

  1. Sorry, but John Wall’s debut became so lopsided I switched over to the World Series. Wall had 14 points and nine assists, but the Wizards were crushed 112-83 by the Orlando Magic. He made just six of 19 shots, and it wasn’t hard to see what sort of defense he will face. Foes will give him the outside shot. Now it’s up to him to make that shot. It’s a long season, I know. But for Wall, as far as winning, it could be a very long season.
  2. Touted UK Hoops freshmen Jennifer O’Neill sported a black eye on Media Day. She got it in practice. I think that’s a good sign.
  3. BTW, Matthew Mitchell was great at Media Day. And he didn’t even dance.
  4. No Derrick Locke is not good news for UK on Saturday at Starkville. I was not optimistic about the Cats’ chances against back-to-back Bulldogs, and less so now.
  5. I looked all day for a picture of Eric Bledsoe and his blue tuxedo, with no luck. It was part of the Los Angeles Clippers rookie hazing. EB played one minute and took one missed shot in the Clips’ opening loss to Portland on Wednesday night.
  6. NCAA Board of Directors wants to take a look at banning July basketball recruiting before actually doing away with July basketball recruiting. Hopefully this is just a step in the right direction, which would be to ban July basketball recruiting.
  7. Today was amnesty day for fast guys named Chris, says Dr. Saturday.
  8. Just a hunch, but I’m going to guess that we will hear something on #freeenes next week. Just a hunch.
  9. Tweet from Late Show head writer Eric Stangel: BREAKING: After his 1 strike in 14 pitch effort, the NY Mets have signed Derek Holland to a 4 yr $32 million contract.
  10. If you read this blog you know I have a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with ESPN radio’s Colin Cowherd, but I find myself enjoying Scott Van Pelt’s show that follows.
  11. I wish someone would hold a Rally to Restore Sanity for Sports Fans.
  12. Received this nice e-mail about Thursday’s column:

I’d like to offer you my sincere thanks for the article you wrote in this morning’s Herald-Leader. Was a teammate of Artie’s at Covington Catholic, and in the years passing since his death, my thoughts often go to him when reading about DUI arrests or seeing reports on the news about them. People – especially young people – don’t take the time to think about the possible repercussions to their actions.

Over the course of each school year, Covington Catholic offers several weekends in which their seniors can go on a “Christian Awakening Retreat”. In the last 12 years, I’ve helped run many of those retreats, and in running the retreats, the facilitators are asked to speak about certain experiences in their lives that have influenced the way that they live. Between participating faculty, alumni, and myself, I think Artie’s name is brought up on at least two or three of those retreats each year. Artie died almost twelve years ago, but I can assure you that he has not been forgotten in the Covington Catholic community. I’m glad to hear he is remembered elsewhere too.

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