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Cats in the NFL
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 06th, 2016 @ 3:30pm
The Green Bay Packers play the New York Giants on NBC’s Sunday Night Football this week, and to celebrate, “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon did his thing by handing out superlatives to players on both teams. Which superlative did UK Football legend Randall Cobb receive? “Most Likely to Be Either 20, 30, or 80 Years Old,” according to Fallon:
Meh. Fallon’s superlative for Letroy Guion is much funnier, if you ask me.
By Nick Roush on ©October 01st, 2016 @ 2:30pm
Former Kentucky linebacker Avery Williamson has a lot of things going for him. Add “one of the most beautiful people in Nashville” to that extensive list.
The Tennessee Titan will be featured in the October issue Nashville Lifestyles as one of the Music City’s 25 most beautiful people. His teammates have been teasing him, calling him “Top 25.” Getting teased for being good looking; what a travesty. I don’t know how he sleeps at night.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 27th, 2016 @ 3:15pm
Lost in the debate drama last night was this emotional moment before the Falcons/Saints Monday Night Football game in New Orleans. Yesterday was the 10-year anniversary of the first post-Hurricane Katrina game at the Super Dome, and during the national anthem, both teams put the rivalry aside to come together in a ring of unity at midfield:
In the wake of police shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte and national anthem protests by Colin Kaepernick and an increasing number of players in the league, Saints coach Sean Payton reached out to Falcons coach Dan Quinn to brainstorm ways their teams could protest injustice while remaining unified and respectful of the anthem. Matt Ryan and Drew Brees came up with the idea for the circle, and the players spent a minute holding hands in thought and prayer.
After the game, former Kentucky star and Falcons tight end Jacob Tamme released a statement on Twitter about the gesture.
“Unity does not mean that we all have to be the same,” Tamme wrote. “Our differences are a big part of what make this country great. But it’s not our differences in themselves that make us great, it’s our ability to love and care for one another despite our differences that make us great. That’s unity. That’s what we wanted to attempt to show tonight.”
Well said, Jacob. Keep making us proud both on and off the field.
Even though Fake Barney tempted me to pull the trigger on a Presidential Debate LIVE Blog, I listened to the commenters’ cries, “STICK TO SPORTS!” For those sick of the politics, here are some sports.
Rich Brooks had a Busy Weekend
After getting inducted into the UK Hall of Fame, he hopped on a plane to finish a football weekend at Lambeau Field with Randall Cobb. Cobb got one catch for 33 yards but he probably won’t get his Pro Bowl jersey back.
DeMarcus Cousins Owned Media Days
He did a little talking at the Kings’ Media Day, but like most, he preferred Jenga.
He also played a little Show and Tell. With an Olympic medal, he wins every time.
Ladies, find you a man who looks at you the way DeMarcus looks at his Olympic gold medal.
The Best Thing You’ll See All Day
The Marlins mourned the loss of Jose Fernandez in the most miraculous way possible. Everyone wore Fernandez’s No. 16 before it is retired forever. After a ceremony in the middle of the field, the game began with Dee Gordon at bat. Wearing Fernandez’s helmet, he began batting right-handed to honor his late friend. Then, this happened.
— MLB (@MLB) September 26, 2016
Since Wesley Woodyard was elected into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend, let’s start with his and Avery Williamson’s game for the Titans. Tennessee fell to the Oakland Raiders by the score of 17-10. Woodyard accumulated 3 tackles, while Williamson racked up 9 tackles and had an interception as well.
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 25, 2016
Randall Cobb had his least productive week of this short season today against the Lions. Despite the fact that the Packers put up 34 points, Cobb only managed one catch for 33 yards.
Za’Darius Smith is still struggling to rack up big numbers for the Ravens in his second year out of Lexington. Today he recorded 3 tackles, equaling his total from Weeks 1 and 2 combined. His three tackles were enough to help Baltimore pick up the W in Jacksonville over the Jags.
Corey Peters had two tackles for the Cardinals today in their loss to the Buffalo Bills, in one of the more surprising results from today’s slate of games.
Jacob Tamme and the Atlanta Falcons take on the New Orleans Saints tomorrow night in Monday Night Football. Tamme has had two solid games this season, so he’ll look to continue to rack up the yards in Week 3. (Or at least I hope so, for my fantasy football team’s sake)
A young Detroit Lions fan is now a fan of the Tennessee Titans after a pre-game interaction with his Lions’ opponent in the stadium tunnel last Sunday.
The little fella was looking for a couple of high-fives as the Titans took the field but he got more than he bargained for as Wesley Woodyard passed by. The former Wildcat swooped him up and carried him around for a moment before taking the field.
The boys mother wrote on Facebook, “It’s the little things that will leave a lasting memory! Thank you Wesley Woodyard for taking a moment to show my little football fan some extra love! This video will forever make me smile!”
See for yourself:
It was great day for the kid (he also got a TD ball from Titans tight end Delanie Walker) and a great day for the Titans because they beat Detroit with a touchdown in the final minutes.
More bad news for Cats in the NFL.
John Fox told reporters today that Danny Trevathan injured his thumb during last night’s Monday Night Football game against the Eagles. He will have surgery tomorrow but Fox doesn’t consider the injury a season-ender.
After winning a Super Bowl for the Broncos, he made bank by signing with the Bears in the offseason. In his first game against the Texans he had 11 tackles and a sack. Last night he had four tackles, which includes the smashing of rookie Carson Wentz near the sideline. I think Wentz will slide next time.
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) September 20, 2016
Trevathan’s former UK backup, Avery Williamson, left yesterday’s game with an injured back. Luckily, he shouldn’t miss any playing time. Stevie Johnson isn’t as lucky. He won’t be leaving the injured reserve this season after tearing his right meniscus in the preseason.
As soon as I thought I was done writing this post, I found more bad news: the Colts released Winston Guy. The former Wildcat safety specialized in special teams, but was starting to earn more defensive reps, appearing in more than half of the snaps in the first two games of the season. Godspeed Winston, Godspeed.
By Brett Bibbins on ©September 18th, 2016 @ 9:00pm
With the UK football team picking up a win yesterday, it made NFL Sunday a little easier to sit through as my Bengals fell to the team who shall not be named from Pittsburgh. Let’s take a look at what some of the former Wildcats did in their NFL action today.
Jacob Tamme picked up where he left off in Week 1. This week, Tamme caught 5 passes for 75 yards and a TD against the Raiders, after he caught 6 passes for 51 yards last week against the Buccaneers. Very solid start to the season for the tight end out of Danville.
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 18, 2016
Randall Cobb and the Packers just started their game versus the Vikings in the late night game. So far tonight, Cobb has one reception for 5 yards. Cobb had 57 yards on six receptions in Green Bay 27-23 win over the Jaguars in Week 1. Cobb was a captain in Week 1, a huge honor for the former Cats.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 11, 2016
For the Titans today, Avery Williamson recorded 6 total tackles, while Wesley Woodyard had a total of three. Those are the same stats the two recorded in Week 1 as well. Tennessee picked up a come from behind victory over the Detroit Lions, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter to win 16-15.
Za’Darius Smith and the Ravens battled back from a 21-0 deficit to beat the Browns, in the most “Cleveland Browns” thing of all time. Smith had 2 tackles, including one tackle for a loss, and one QB hit.
The Indianapolis Colts fell short of the Denver Broncos, and Winston Guy Jr. recorded only one tackle on the day. It was late in the fourth quarter, helping to give the Colts a comeback chance, but it wasn’t enough. Guy left the game shortly after with an ankle injury.
Danny Trevathan had a big week in the Bears opening game, racking up 11 combined, tackles, including 7 solo and a sack. This week, the Bears will be playing on Monday Night Football against the Eagles.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 13th, 2016 @ 5:47pm
Avery Williamson wore custom-made 9/11 anniversary cleats during Sunday’s home opener in Nashville, despite being advised by the NFL not to do so. The cleats, made by True Blue Customs in Lexington, had “9-11-01” on the left shoe (with the “11” in the shape of the World Trade Center), with “Never Forget” on the right.
Williamson tweeted, “After much thought I decided to wear the 9/11 cleats. I’m so glad I could represent my country in a positive way. The support from everyone was amazing.”
A league spokesman has since said Williamson will not be fined for the cleats, which would normally be a violation of the league’s uniform policy.
Two New York police unions and Titans head coach Mark Mularkey offered to pay the fine had the league followed through.
The Steelers placed Bud Dupree on the injured reserve list over the weekend with a “core muscle injury” and today he had a successful surgery on said injury.
The former Wildcat shared a post-surgery photo with the caption: “GOD got me!! Surgery was a success thanks for all the prayers…Now it’s on to the road to recovery!”
A photo posted by Bud Dupree™ (@bud_dupree) on
Dupree will have to miss at least the first eight games of the season due to his IR status. He can begin practicing in Week 6, per NFL rules, assuming he is healthy enough to do so.
A report earlier in the week said Dupree could miss the entire season if the injury required surgery. Mike Tomlin said he hopes to have him back in uniform in 2016.
Bud Light has a new commercial to introduce its new NFL-themed cans for all 32 league teams, and there is a familiar face in the ad.
Kentucky’s own Tim Couch makes a brief appearance as the commercial asks Browns fans, “Can your can finally get a quarterback?”
See the entire commercial below: