Sometimes I run into random signs at restaurants, usually in the restroom.
This year I went to the Kentucky Derby for the first time in a long time. It was a blast and I even saw a horse. With the dates making it so it didn’t conflict with Worlds or Summit for the first time I figured I had to go while I had the chance. I’m glad I took it because with back to back Summits in the future I don’t think I’ll have as good of a chance for a while.
Kentucky is now 5-7 and the season is over. The season ended with a 38-24 loss to Louisville after jumping out to a 24-7 halftime lead. Without earning at least 6 wins the Cats are not bowl eligible, therefore the season is over. Sadly for the football team, the basketball team already has more victories this season.
On the national scene there are 2 undefeated teams remaining, Clemson and Iowa. Both will secure spots in the playoff with wins in their conference championships games this weekend. Both will play 1 loss teams with Clemson meeting North Carolina and Iowa meeting Michigan State.
The other teams in solid playoff contention are Oklahoma, Alabama, and Michigan State. Oklahoma has played their final game before Selection Sunday so I’m certain they’ll be in. Alabama plays Florida and Michigan State plays Iowa with Alabama and Michigan State being all but certain of securing a spot with a victory. What will be interesting to see is who gets in if Clemson or Alabama lose this weekend.
Last weekend I went to Louisville to credential at JAM U. I didn’t get to hear many people speak, but enjoyed listening to those I had the chance to. Those were Sydney McBride talking about giving your gym an identity, Tom Stec regarding what you are doing wrong from a judge’s perspective, Jessica Legette and Tom doing a Q&A session, Sarah Smith talking scoring, and Mike Blaylock talking about passion disguised as a talk about championship practices. It was the first time I’ve heard Sydney, Tom, and Mike talk and was impressed with all of them.
The highlight of the weekend was going to Jeff Ruby’s with Jessica. A good steak with a good friend that has good conversation and good bourbon is hard to beat, but we’ll try in Atlanta in a couple weeks.
Last week Kenny and I went to Louisville to update the Level 6 Course. We had the pleasure of working with Misty, James, Calen and the University of Louisville cheerleaders. Misty was a gracious a host as ever, ensuring we had whatever we needed despite being busy catching up from Worlds and Summit, opening a new gym, and running tryouts. James still has the amazing ability to fix something with 1 sentence. We had been playing around with something and missed it about 8 times in a row when James walks in, says 1 thing after watching it 1 time, and it doesn’t miss again. Calen wasn’t involved in the update, but was around long enough to have some great conversation on Worlds, the All Star industry, and college cheer.
Working with the Louisville teams was also great. It almost made me want to coach again. The things they could hit without a problem versus the things they struggled with were amusing and opposite of most teams. Free flying rewind, no problem. Braced 1/2 turn, multiple problems and requests to go back to rewinds. Overall they had phenomenal attitudes toward us making them do things over and over again, made any adjustments we asked of them, and worked their tails off to help us out. Thank You!