Fast-break points from the Y.E. Yang bandwagon:
21. Indiana Hoosiers. With a whopping one winning season in the 2000s, IU had 21 football commitments for 2010 as of noon Monday.
20. Vanderbilt Commodores. Long-time SEC doormat had 20 football commitments for 2010 as of noon Monday.
19. Michael Vick. Committed a repugnant crime, served his time and now deserves the opportunity to relaunch both his career and his life.
Never miss a local story.
That is the American Way.
18. More Michael Vick. His signing with the Philadelphia Eagles brought a classic tabloid headline from the feisty Philadelphia Daily News: Hide Your Dogs.
17. Y.E. Yang. If you had ever heard of the journeyman South Korean golfer before his giant-slaying weekend, you are way too into golf.
16. Tiger Woods. Well, he is human after all.
15. Usain Bolt. Not sure he is.
14. Kentucky basketball schedule on TV. I have no question that the level of public interest justifies the forthcoming television program to unveil UK's men's basketball schedule, but actually doing so on the tube still seems over the top to me.
13. Mad Men. On a TV show that captures an era (early 1960s) of unquestioned male supremacy in the workplace, isn't it intriguing that the three most interesting characters are Peggy, Betty and Joan.
12. Baylor Bears. Long-time "worst in any BCS conference" program had 12 football commitments for 2010 as of noon Monday.
11. Louisville Cardinals. Embattled staff of Steve Kragthorpe had 11 football commitments for 2010 as of noon Monday.
10. Mississippi State Bulldogs. Brand new staff of Dan Mullen had 10 football commitments for 2010 as of noon Monday.
9. Mark Martin. If the venerable NASCAR star misses The Chase for the Sprint Cup, that ill-considered decision not to come in for gas Sunday at Michigan — which caused a top-three car to finish 31st after it ran out of fuel — is going to haunt Martin forever.
With three races left before The Chase cutoff, Martin is now a measly 12 points ahead of Brian Vickers for the final playoff spot.
8. Kyle Busch. Hate him or hate him, The Chase won't be nearly as fun if the NASCAR bad boy, currently 70 points out of the playoffs in 15th, doesn't make it.
7. Jeremy Mayfield. The career meltdown of the Owensboro product is no joking matter. Still, after his estranged step-mom was arrested on Mayfield's property over the weekend, I couldn't help but think the suspended NASCAR driver has missed a wonderful chance to turn his life into a boffo reality show.
6. LSU Tigers. I was going to pick Les Miles and crew to win the SEC West till I took a hard look at the brutal LSU schedule — back-to-back games at Georgia and with Florida, plus road trips to Alabama and Mississippi.
5. Mississippi Rebels. Going back to the days when he resurrected football at Murray State, I've always been bullish on Houston Nutt as a coach. Still, I'm skeptical of Ole Miss living up to its immense pre-season hype.
4. Derrick Locke and Alfonso Smith. Is either UK runner physically durable enough to be a featured back in the punishing SEC?
3. Kentucky Wildcats. Had a whopping three football commitments for 2010 as of noon Monday. Notwithstanding the contention of Rich Brooks that all is well, I don't blame UK fans for being agitated over the lack of prospect pledges.
2. John Calipari. To his credit, Calipari is already giving it the old college try in appealing publicly for Rupp Arena fans to take the high road when Rick Pitino and Louisville visit this coming season.
1. Rick Pitino. Whatever else happened on the night of Aug. 1, 2003, Pitino made one very good call: Apparently knowing he planned an evening of alcohol consumption, he had a designated driver with him.
Would that all in such circumstances did the same.