John Clay's notes: Dykes' 'Baseline Breakdown' a hindrance to UK viewers

Herald-Leader Sports ColumnistJanuary 22, 2014 

Random notes:

■ Apparently the boys in Bristol are running out of ideas given Jimmy Dykes' "Baseline Breakdown" segment during ESPN's Texas A&M-Kentucky telecast on Tuesday.

This may come as a shock to ESPN, but viewers do not want to watch a basketball game from over the shoulder of Dykes while the analyst is on one knee underneath the basket.

Next game, maybe Jimmy will analyze the action from the top row of the upper deck. With any luck, he won't make it back down to his seat until the game is over.

■ Willie Cauley-Stein is learning that blonds do have more fun. Since returning to his original hair color, the sophomore has slipped into a serious slump.

■ Do you start Dakari Johnson on Saturday against Georgia? I do.

■ So Louisville football plays Miami, Clemson, Florida State and Notre Dame next season. Don't think UK fans can use the "they-don't-play-anybody" argument against the Cards now.

■ John Calipari looks tired to me. Does he look tired to you?

■ Enjoy talking to John Robic when the UK assistant has subbed for Calipari recently with the media. Robic gives a different perspective. And not once has he used the term "Basketball Bennie" even though he is definitely a "Basketball Bennie" in the best sense.

■ So the Reds lost out on signing Grady Sizemore. This may qualify as the high point of the Cincinnati off-season.

■ The surprise was not that former UK coach Hal Mumme accepted the job as head football coach at NAIA school Belhaven in Mississippi. The surprise was that Mumme left his head coaching job at McMurry in Texas to work for June Jones at SMU. Mumme likes to be in charge.

■ Right now, I'm leaning Seattle in the Super Bowl, but let's wait and see what the weatherman says about the Big Apple. Got my fingers crossed for a blizzard.

■ Had no problem with Richard Sherman screaming at America roughly 10 seconds after he made the biggest play of his professional football career. What, you wanted Sherman to behave like a character from Downton Abbey? Get real.

■ I just hope that Fox Sports' Pam Oliver and her hair are too busy doing her sideline reporting to read the comments on Twitter about Pam Oliver and her hair. Some tough stuff there.

■ Movie patrons complaining about the 507 uses of a particular profanity during The Wolf of Wall Street apparently never attended a Bobby Knight basketball practice.

■ Few deserved a head coaching gig more than former Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer who, at age 57, is finally sitting in the head chair with the Minnesota Vikings.

■ Once they were the Bungles. Now the Bengals have lost both their offensive and defensive coordinators to head coaching jobs in the same season. Defensive boss Zimmer to Minnesota. Offensive boss Jay Gruden to Washington.

■ Mel Kiper predicts the Houston Texans will take Johnny Manziel with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. If so, they're nuts not to take Teddy Bridgewater.

■ How did Kansas center Joel Embiid not make the Wooden Award mid-season watch list?

■ Incoming UK quarterback Drew Barker tweeted out a picture of himself in the team's new alternate gray uniforms for next season. Nothing against Barker, but it makes the players look like they're wearing sweat suits.

■ I'm all for the NFL proposal to do away with extra points. Give a team seven points for a touchdown. It could still run a play for an extra point, but a failed conversion would mean the team would lose a point.

■ Another young pro sports millionaire bites the dust: Vince Young files for bankruptcy.

John Clay: (859) 231-3226. Email: jclay@herald-leader.com. Twitter: @johnclayiv. Blog: johnclay.bloginky.com.

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