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Bud Dupree fires back at angry fan on Twitter with ruthless DM

(Photo: Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Let this be a warning: If you come at Bud Dupree on Twitter, he might clap back in your DMs.

One Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Russ Dickson, found that out firsthand when he tweeted to Dupree, “Where the f— were you all game?” following the Steelers’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, a game Dupree would probably like to forget. The former Wildcat was called for multiple penalties and recorded only two tackles as his defense gave up six touchdowns in the game.

Once Dupree got home to check his mentions, he found Dickson’s tweet and then responded with a direct message, saying, “I was at your girl house laid up, wat u gone do.”

Dickson had nothing else to say in the matter, as you can imagine.

It’s been a busy season with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Twitter accounts.


PSA: Austin MacGinnis needs a kicking job. Now.

Alright, enough of the games. It’s time.

If you watched the NFL this past Sunday, you saw just how disgustingly putrid the kicking performances were around the league.

In week two, nine games saw either a missed field goal or a failed PAT, with 19 total missed kicks in total throughout the day. And they weren’t all missed by a hair, several were just absolutely shanked, leaving fans scratching their heads and begging for new options.

The biggest loser came in the form of Cleveland’s Zane Gonzalez, who missed four total kicks against the New Orleans Saints, including one PAT to take the lead in the game’s final minutes and a missed 52-yarder to tie the game with just eight seconds remaining.

Here was his final gem:

Minnesota Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson also missed three kicks on Sunday, including a chip shot 35-yarder with four seconds remaining in overtime to beat the Green Bay Packers:

Both players were (rightfully) cut by their respective teams and were replaced almost instantly by free agents. Still, though, there are numerous incompetent kickers around the league that still have jobs, while former Kentucky superstar Austin MacGinnis is sitting at home waiting for that lucky phone call. He received a training camp invite from the Chicago Bears, but didn’t make it through the final cuts for whatever reason. Since then, it’s been quiet.

I’m usually the first to give kickers the benefit of the doubt, but my patience has run out. We love him as our co-host on the KSR Football Podcast, but MacGinnis is too talented to be unemployed in the NFL.

And the former Kentucky star realizes that, too.

Following all of the missed kicks on Sunday, fans reached out to the free agent kicker wishing he got the opportunity to make a name for himself in the league. MacGinnis took advantage of the attention, tweeting out his film, statistics, and letters of recommendation for potential job offers:

He also retweeted and commented on just about every comment he received about how he just needs one chance to shine.

Some of those highlights shown on the former Kentucky kicker’s website? His two ridiculous game-winners against Mississippi State and Louisville:

He also added his UK Pro Day footage and a preseason combine he participated in back in August:

There are zero excuses for so many professional kickers to be so horrible, just like there aren’t any excuses Austin MacGinnis isn’t on an NFL roster.

Make it happen. Please. Somebody. Anybody.


Jon Toth, Farrington Huguenin, and Jeff Badet added to NFL practice squads

Yesterday afternoon, six former Kentucky players were waived by their respective NFL teams.

Today, three of them have been added back to various practice squads, keeping their professional dreams alive.

Former center Jon Toth has been signed back to Philadelphia’s practice squad:

Former Kentucky and Oklahoma receiver Jeff Badet has been added to the Vikings practice squad:

And finally, former Wildcat defensive end Farrington Huguenin has been added to Pittsburgh’s practice squad:

As for the other former Cats waived on Saturday, these are the three still searching for homes:

  • Kayaune Ross, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Garrett Johnson, Chicago Bears
  • Josh Forrest, Seattle Seahawks

Now, eight former Cats are currently on NFL rosters to go with the three on practice squads:

  • Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
  • Bud Dupree, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Za’Darius Smith, Baltimore Ravens
  • Corey Peters, Arizona Cardinals
  • Danny Trevathan, Chicago Bears
  • Wesley Woodward, Tennessee Titans
  • Avery Williamson, New York Jets
  • Larry Warford, New Orleans Saints

We’re still waiting for Austin MacGinnis to get the call for a starting kicker job, which may come sometime this season. And the Patriots need to sign Charles Walker, because of course.


NFL roster cuts include former Wildcats

Philadelphia Eagles

NFL teams announced their final 53-man rosters on Saturday. Former Kentucky Wildcats were among many of those waived.

Six former Cats were waived on Saturday:

  • Jon Toth, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Kayaune Ross, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Jeff Badet, Minnesota Vikings
  • Garrett Johnson, Chicago Bears
  • Josh Forrest, Seattle Seahawks
  • Farrington Huguenin, Pittsburgh Steelers

After Saturday’s cut, currently eight former Cats on NFL rosters:

  • Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
  • Bud Dupree, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Za’Darius Smith, Baltimore Ravens
  • Corey Peters, Arizona Cardinals
  • Danny Trevathan, Chicago Bears
  • Wesley Woodward, Tennessee Titans
  • Avery Williamson, New York Jets
  • Larry Warford, New Orleans Saints

Waived players still have opportunities to sign with NFL teams either by being claimed off waivers or by signing onto the practice squad.

Best of luck to all former Cats in finding a home.