ESPN joins the movement

All right, here's the deal: We're Maximus, KFC is the giant guy, ESPN is now the black guy, and Jody Demling is Commodus. Obviously.

Recruits might not care that Louisville got props from something called Pollstar, but they will care that Louisville's gym -- weird name and all -- is apparently one of the best 25 arenas in the world, even if they never hear about the ranking. It's hard to put a price on that kind of recruiting boost.

Speaking of which, Louisville fans are currently obsessed with recruit Danrad Knowles, one of the top players in the class of 2012. Why the interest? Well, there's the whole being good at basketball thing, of course. But there's also the little fact that Knowles's nickname is "Chicken." Chicken. The Bucket. I admit it: I laughed.

Sometimes unlikely bedfellows are the best bedfellows. Most of the time they just give you diseases and make you feel bad about yourself, but whatever, welcome aboard worldwide leader.

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