Calipilarious: Pat Forde just straight rips UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart in a piece that appeared yesterday on ESPN.com. The thuggish-ruggish Memphis coach arrives to an 8-year, $31.65 million deal, which Forde thinks is just crazy business. In his official introduction — it’s not been lost on a single reporter or commentator that today is April Fools’ Day — Calipari referred to himself as a “gatherer” about 10 times (you know, he gathers good people together, and they make things happen) and even invoked the chestnut cliche “It takes a village.” How many villages does $31.65 million buy?
Making it possible: This is funny and clever. And sure, it’s also cheesy and goofy and self-referential in a kinda odd way. But Jesus, laugh at yourself a little. It’s April Fools’ Day!
Stevens getting off (ugh): Alaska Sen. and Criminal Ted Stevens (R) will walk, because the Justice Department has decided to drop the case. The NYT calls it a “stunning development.” That’s a few adjectives short of appropriate.