"Narcos," Season 2's Wednesday Morning Wakeup

Mrs. Tyler Thompsonabout 5 years


narcos-season-2 Television series based on true events can be tricky things. When I first started Netflix's "Narcos" last year, I didn't realize it would be a multiple-season series. Season one moved at a frantic clip, telling the story of Pablo Escobar and how he became the most famous drug lord in history. It moved so fast that I assumed Escobar would die in the finale, because, you know, that's how his story ends. (If you're yelling, "SPOILER ALERT" right now, you do realize Pablo Escobar was a real person, don't you?) Alas, for Netflix, Escobar lived for another season, which just became available a few weeks ago. Four episodes in, I'm happy to report that season two may be even better than season one. I was skeptical about how the writers could stretch Escobar's story out, but once again, Netflix has surpassed my expectations. Now, what they're going to do with seasons three and four, I have no clue. In lesser TV news, "Below Deck" is back and I am very happy about that. Although I'm not sure anything can top the train wreck that was Rocky in the mermaid's tail last season, there's some potential with this group, especially when Kate's girlfriend comes aboard. (If you're judging me for my TV show taste right now, well, I will remind you that "Everybody Loves Raymond" was once the most popular show on television for some reason.) And yes, I watch too much television. Let's go over today's agenda, shall we?

Stephen Johnson took all the first team reps yesterday

After Mark Stoops said it would take a miracle for Drew Barker to be ready to go for Saturday's game, Stephen Johnson took all of the first team reps in practice yesterday. Today, Barker will meet with a specialist to have his back evaluated, and although Eddie Gran didn't rule out Drew being back on Saturday, he told reporters that, as of right now, "Stephen's the guy." Mark Stoops will be on the SEC Coaches Teleconference after lunch, so check back in to read his comments heading into Saturday's crucial showdown with South Carolina.

Don't forget about two major football events this week besides the game

Tomorrow at 7 p.m., UK will unveil the new statue outside the training center honoring Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg, the four players who broke the color barrier in SEC Football. Eli Capilouto, Mitch Barnhart, and Northington will all speak at the unveiling, and Hackett, Hogg, and Page's brother Melvin will also be on hand for what is sure to be a moving event. This weekend also marks the induction of six new members to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame: Rich Brooks (football), Chuck Hayes (men’s basketball), James Johnson (wrestling), Molly Johnson-Belcher (softball), Bernadette Madigan-Dugan (cross country/track and field) and Wesley Woodyard (football). The entire class will be introduced at the game on Saturday. If you're on the fence about going, seeing Brooks, Woodyard, and Hayes is reason enough for me.

It's going to be a battle for spots at Big Blue Madness campout

Yesterday, UK released the full details for next weekend's Madness Campout, including a map of the new parameters for where you can and cannot camp. As you can see, they're really cracking down on camping areas, leaving pretty much just the east side of Memorial Coliseum for fans to set up tents. Last night, De'Aaron Fox snapped this pic of the lines now painted on the grass: img_1893 If you're planning on camping out, you better be ready to fight for a spot when the horn goes off next Wednesday morning at 5 a.m.

But, you'll get to see these guys

Here's a preview of your 2016-2017 team pic: img_1894 What a sweet, sweet reminder that basketball season is almost here. On the recruiting side...

Calipari visited Hamidou Diallo last night

After visiting him last week, Calipari made the trek to New York City again yesterday to see Hamidou Diallo, considered the best shooting guard in the 2017 class. On Monday, Cal visited John Petty, the fifth best shooting guard in the class, but given the roster overhaul on the horizon, he'd like to have both on the roster next season. According to Adam Zagoria, Cal is expected to check in on New Jersey big man Nick Richards tomorrow. Richards will take an official visit to UK next weekend. In other recruiting news, big man Wendell Carter cut the Cats from his list yesterday, listing Duke, Harvard, Georgia Tech, and Georgia as his final four. The move shouldn't come as a surprise since Calipari essentially conceded Carter to Duke earlier this summer. Now get some work done before the radio show starts in an hour...

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