Good morning, friends, and welcome to a new week. Shoutout to these two Cats fans, who are posing in front of the Dottifoss waterfall in Iceland, the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe. If the picture wasn’t great enough, the two met a fellow Kentuckian while filling up their car at a gas station in nearby Akureyri. As I always say, small world, Big Blue Nation.
With that in mind, let’s jump right in to today’s top 10.
1. SEC Media Days begins today
Today is the unofficial start to football season. SEC Media Days begins in Hoover, Alabama, meaning sportswriters across the South will freeze their butts off in the Wynfrey Hotel and drink more than their fair share of Sunkist and Dr. Pepper over the next four days. Kentucky isn’t up until Wednesday, but Freddie Maggard and Nick Roush arrived in Hoover last night. Check back in an hour from now for Freddie’s preview. In the meantime, here’s a schedule of what you can expect today, starting at 12:30 p.m. ET:
- SEC commissioner Greg Sankey
- Arkansas coach Bret Bielema; QB Austin Allen, OL Frank Ragnow, DB Kevin Richardson II
- LSU coach Ed Orgeron; WR D.J. Chark, RB Derrius Guice, DB Christian LaCouture
- Tennessee coach Butch Jones; DB Emmanuel Moseley, OL Jashon Robertson, DL Kendal Vickers
Because this is the SEC, all of the fun will be televised on the SEC Network, along with WatchESPN.com. Bonus points to whomever spots Freddie or Nick on TV first.
2. Keep an eye out for a new Depth Chart Podcast
In addition to several posts throughout the day, Freddie and Nick will be taping a daily edition of the Depth Chart Podcast, which you’ll be able to find on your KSR podcast feed each evening. Tune in for their expert analysis on all of the happenings in Hoover, including how popular Freddie is on Radio Row. You can hear their preview, which hit the feed last night.
You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
3. We have our first actual Depth Chart
Scroll down to the post directly below this one or click here to check it out.
4. Team USA got the Bronze Medal in Egypt
On Saturday, Team USA was upset by Team Canada, led by 2019 phenom RJ Barrett. Barrett had a ridiculous 38 points and 13 rebounds in Canada’s 99-87 semifinal win, and he went on to lead his country to the tournament title on Sunday, ousting Italy 79-60. John Calipari’s squad finished third, beating Spain 96-72.
Team USA’s semifinal was extremely disappointing, but like the pro he is, Calipari shouldered the blame, telling reporters not finding a way to shut down Barrett was “my mistake, not these kids’ mistake.” Despite the early exit, he said he was proud of his team for rallying to beat Spain for the bronze medal.
“To be able to bounce back and play the way they did from start to finish shows me a lot about them. We were all still really disappointed. We came here to not only play for the gold, but win the gold, and to play like we did and have Canada come out and play so well, it was just disappointing that we couldn’t get it done. To come back today and play and win the bronze, it’s a good way to end.”
5. RJ Barrett is the real deal
Barrett was named the tournament’s MVP, leading all scorers with 21.6 points per game, along with 8.3 rebounds and 4.6 rebounds. Barrett is the number one player in the 2019, but is considering reclassifying to 2018. These highlights of his performance will show you why:
6. Hamidou Diallo’s tweet will make you feel better about USA’s loss
Back to the lab time to get prepared for this season Can't Wait!! 🔵⚪️
— Hamidou diallo (@Diallo1Hamidou) July 9, 2017
Neither can we.
7. Davis Bertans now knows not to mess with Alex Poythress
Poythress didn’t take too kindly to Bertans’ elbow to the face last night:
Boyyyy, he will snap you in half. Relax pal! pic.twitter.com/jXfJlGe3hg
— Tod Lanter (@tod_lanterIII) July 10, 2017
Alex finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds in the 76ers’ loss, while Aaron Harrison chipped in 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Isaiah Briscoe had 5 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.
In other Summer League news, De’Aaron Fox continued his impressive start for Sacramento, putting up 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists (5 turnovers), and 3 steals. Skal Labissiere had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Dominique Hawkins didn’t play.
Today’s action, headlined by Lonzo Ball vs. De’Aaron Fox in the nightcap:
- 4:30 PM ET: Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo) vs. Washington Wizards, NBATV
- 6:00 PM ET: Brooklyn Nets (Archie Goodwin) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (James Young), ESPNU
- 10:30 PM ET: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings (De’Aaron Fox, Skal Labissiere, Dominique Hawkins)
After spending 24 hours with three 10-year-old boys this weekend, I can verify that Ball vs. Fox is the rivalry of the future in the NBA.
8. Do you live in Northern Kentucky, love UK, and golf?
If you answered yes, check out the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati UK Alumni Club Golf Scramble, which will take place at Summit Hills Country Club on Monday, July 24. So, two weeks from today. Details below:
Registration is $140 per person which includes golf, continental breakfast, grill lunch, two drink tickets on the course and admission to the Big Blue Follow Through Party. Early bird registration ends Monday, July 10 (so, TODAY), after which the cost increases to $160 per person. All proceeds go to the club’s scholarship fund for UK students. More information and golfer registration can be found at www.ukalumni.net/nkygcgolfscramble2017.
9. I made a guest appearance on a podcast about the new Spider-Man movie
My friends at the “2 Guys, 1 Girl, Santa” podcast were nice enough to invite me on their show this weekend to discuss the newest Spider-Man movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming. We had a rollicking good time discussing the latest addition to the franchise, so if you’ve seen the movie OR you’re okay with spoilers, check it out below:
They’re just getting their feet under them with this podcasting thing, so please leave them some feedback @GuyGirlSanta.
10. Today on KSR: Cameron Mills and Lee K. Howard
We had a scheduling change, so Cameron Mills and Lee K. Howard will man the mics in Matt’s absence this morning. Tune in an hour from now to hear their takes on all things UK Sports.