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The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs are just starting the second half of the final playoff game of the weekend, and the Steelers are up 12-7 at this point. Former Cat Bud Dupree is a part of a very athletic Steelers’ defense and he has already been making things happen tonight.
Dupree has only two tackles through half of the game, but he also has a QB hit that led to an interception for Pittsburgh. Take a look at the big play for Dupree below.
— NFL (@NFL) January 16, 2017
Dupree also made a nice play on a quick screen pass, getting the deflection.
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) January 16, 2017
And in case you missed it earlier, our own Haley Simpson did a short write up on how Bud Dupree’s teammate refers to him as a different species for his athleticism on the field. Give it a read here.
For all of you who have been living under a rock for the past few hours, the Green Bay Packers and the Dalls Cowboys just put on a show in the first of two NFL playoff games. Green Bay ran out to a 21-3 lead before Dallas battled back to tie the game twice within the last four minutes. Dallas kicked a field goal with 35 seconds left to tie the game, but those 35 seconds were entirely too much time to write Aaron Rodgers off.
Rodgers led the Packers into field goal range despite running into a 3rd down and 20+ yards to go on the wrong side of the 50 yard line. The following play was one of the most clutch throw and catch plays I’ve ever seen. Check it out below.
Jared Cook makes the catch….by inches 😳🏈pic.twitter.com/reUz9ngXoq
— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) January 16, 2017
The following play was a 51-yard field goal attempt by Mason Crosby that looked like it would miss wide-left, but straightened out and stayed between the uprights, remiscent of Austin Macginnis’ kick against Florida a few years back. You can compare the two yourself.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 16, 2017
As for former Cat Randall Cobb, he finished with 7 catches for 62 yards. Those stats include this catch along the sideline as he barely keeps himself in-bounds.
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) January 15, 2017
The Packers move on to the next round of the playoffs to take on the Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and the Atlanta Falcons.
In the second game of the night, the Steelers are currently taking on the Chiefs in Kansas City. Bud Dupree and company are looking to advance to take on the Patriots in the next round of the playoffs.
Go former Cats. Win rings.
It’s been a good week for some former basketball Cats and now its time for some former football Cats to do their thing in tonight’s NFC and AFC divisional games.
First at 4:40 p.m. on FOX, Randall Cobb and the Green Bay Packers will be taking on my boys from Dallas. As much as I love Cobb and Aaron Rogers, I’ve been a Cowboys fan since birth and I want nothing more than some revenge from 2015s NFC divisional game.
Following that at 8:20 p.m. on NBC, watch Bud Dupree and the Steelers annihilate the Kansas City Chiefs in the last AFC divisional round.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 09th, 2017 @ 5:45pm
If you missed yesterday’s Steelers/Dolphins game, you missed Bud Dupree’s bone-crushing sack of Matt Moore, which went viral:
Bud Dupree knocked Matt Moore back to Miami. Holy cow pic.twitter.com/avtPvEgEKz
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 8, 2017
Okay, so, yes, that was an illegal hit and Dupree was flagged for roughing the passer, but, thankfully, Moore came back in after missing only one play. John Calipari saw the play in person at Heinz Field, and said it was one of many on a “ridiculous” day for the former UK linebacker.
“Bud Dupree – whew! Let me say this: They had to drag him off of the field like four different times. He was fighting everybody: officials, the other guys, the linemen. He was ridiculous.”
Seeing the Steelers win to advance to the divisional round was a special moment for Cal, who told reporters today that he couldn’t even get a ticket to a game as a kid.
“Look, when I grew up, I could not get into Steelers games. I couldn’t get into a Steeler game. I took my dad to a game and we walked out on the field with Marvin (Lewis) and Mike (Tomlin), and my dad as we’re walking off says, ‘We couldn’t get a ticket to these games. We’re at midfield right now.’ So I had an opportunity to go to the game and see my Steelers. And boy did they play good.”
If you’re one of those people worried that ‘Calipari’s watching football and not caring about our boys!’, well, don’t. Cal said he was invited to the Steelers’ game in Kansas City this upcoming Sunday, but declined.
“It’s just too much. This was an easy thing for me.”
By Brett Bibbins on ©January 08th, 2017 @ 11:00pm
Two NFL Playoff games were played today. Two former Cats had big games for their respective teams. Bud Dupree and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat up on the Miami “How in the world did we make the playoffs” Dolphins. In the night game, Randall Cobb and the Green Bay Packers are currently up 21-13 on the New York Giants in the 3rd quarter.
Bud Dupree had a pretty solid game as far as stats go, finishing with 6 tackles, including three solo, and a half a sack. Those stats are good, but the real story of the game for Dupree was the two hits he had on Miami quarterback Matt Moore. The first was a good hit, but a big WOW to that second one.
The first one:
Bud Dupree out there crushing sternums. pic.twitter.com/SmdjQlzEJi
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) January 8, 2017
And here’s the huge second one. Dupree was flagged for roughing the passer on this play. Before you comment saying that he didn’t hit him late, take a look at the third view of the hit. I think the flag was probably deserved for the helmet to helmet contact. Even so, Dupree was out there making plays.
Matt Moore oh no 🙈 pic.twitter.com/T0J7r24ZRX
— The Sports Quotient (@SportsQuotient) January 8, 2017
As for Randall Cobb, he’s shaping up to have a big game, with Jordy Nelson going down with a rib injury. Cobb has 4 catches on 4 targets for 100 yards and two touchdowns. This is Cobb’s first multi-score game since Week 3 of last season against the Chiefs. In typical Aaron Rodgers’ fashion, the first touchdown came on an awesome Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half. Take a look:
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 8, 2017
Pay no attention to the blatant push off by Cobb because who doesn’t look love a Hail Mary touchdown?
The second touchdown was a bit easier for Cobb.
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) January 8, 2017
Randall Cobb just caught ANOTHER touchdown! He’s up to 5 catches for 116 yards and 3 TDs. Go to work 1-8!!!
— IGIFRY (@IGIFRY) January 9, 2017
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©January 02nd, 2017 @ 9:00am
Greetings, friends, and happy new year. I trust everyone’s recovered from their New Year’s Eve celebrations. After spending some time at a friend’s house, I rang in 2017 at home with my husband and dog jamming out to Biz Markie on Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution. It was kind of awesome, not gonna lie.
Let’s roll through today’s agenda, shall we?
1. Kentucky plays Texas A&M tomorrow
The Cats rolled in their conference opener last week, and tomorrow night, they’ll host Texas A&M at Rupp. The Aggies are 8-4 this season and are coming off a 10-point loss to Tennessee last week, so unless Kentucky comes out completely unprepared, they shouldn’t struggle. We’ll find out the line a little later today.
2. We’ll also find out where Kentucky’s ranked
The Cats are currently 8th in both polls. I doubt they’ll move much, but it will be interesting to see how the rest of the top ten shakes out after Duke and North Carolina both lost.
3. Kentucky is #1 in the new KenPom ratings
If you prefer Ken Pomeroy’s ratings to the polls, you’ll be happy to hear that Kentucky’s the new #1 team in the country according to KenPom’s measure. The KenPom top ten:
4. West Virginia
8. North Carolina
4. It’s almost time for the first SEC Coaches Teleconference of the season!
The start of league play also means the start of the weekly SEC Coaches Teleconference, which means we’ll hear from John Calipari around 11:35 a.m. I’ll bring you any updates. Odds he works in a plug for his podcast?
5. Tony Barbee will preview Texas A&M this afternoon
Since Calipari will be on the SEC call this morning, he’s letting assistant coach Tony Barbee discuss tomorrow’s game vs. the Aggies with reporters after lunch. We’ll have a live stream of his comments around 2 p.m. and a full recap afterwards.
6. Please tell me you saw this Saturday night
In case you were out partying instead of watching football Saturday night, Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins got a little, um, up close and personal with Ohio State running back Curtis Samuel:
2016 memories pic.twitter.com/DlL9jGHp5m
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) January 1, 2017
After the game, Wilkins apologized for his um, “grab,” saying he was just being silly and this is the type of stuff you do when you’re competing. Really? Samuel responded on Twitter Sunday morning:
— Curtis Samuel (@CurtisSamuel4__) January 1, 2017
#Sweetness? Really? Here’s today’s college football schedule:
- 1:00 PM: Outback Bowl – #17 Florida at Iowa, ABC
- 1:00 PM: Cotton Bowl – #15 Western Michigan vs. #8 Wisconsin, ESPN
- 5:00 PM: Rose Bowl – #9 USC vs. #5 Penn State, ESPN
- 8:30 PM: Sugar Bowl – #14 Auburn vs. #7 Oklahoma, ESPN
7. ICYMI, Boom Williams declared for the NFL Draft
The big news to come out of Kentucky’s bowl game may have been Boom Williams’ decision to turn pro. Boom said he and his parents came to the decision on Friday night, and informed the team after the game was over.
“Me and my family prayed hard about it and we talked about it last night and just came to the decision that we felt like this was the perfect time for me to try to pursue my dreams of going to the NFL,” Williams said. “BBN has the best fans in the nation. I’ll certainly miss the fans. Like I said, it’s just a part of life. At the end of the day, I love Kentucky and I’ll always bleed blue.”
This season, Boom amassed 1,163 yards and seven touchdowns, and over his three-year Kentucky career, put up 2,486 yards and 17 touchdowns. Early feedback suggests he’s got a ways to go to get on the boards, but you can’t blame the kid for wanting to take his chance while he still can.
8. What’s the latest with Hamidou Diallo?
Diallo took an official visit to Kentucky last week, which John Calipari followed up on in person on Friday. The five-star shooting guard is expected to visit Arizona this week, but no date has been set. Will he still visit Arizona or did Calipari say enough to convince him to come to Kentucky already? Thankfully, we’ll find out soon because Diallo only has a few weeks to decide if he wants to enroll for the spring semester. Stay tuned…
9. ICYMI, Bud Dupree had a big play in yesterday’s Steelers/Browns game
— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) January 1, 2017
Dupree sacked and stripped RG3 to help the Steelers beat the Browns 27-24 in overtime (!). Yes, believe it or not, the 1-15 Browns managed to take the 11-5 Steelers to overtime, but couldn’t bring home the W. Dupree had 7 tackles and the aforementioned sack, bringing his season total up to 4.5 sacks. Good on ya, Dupree.
10. I still like “Hell or High Water” over “Manchester by the Sea”
If felt like everyone and their mom was at the movies in Nashville yesterday, or at least, in our showing of “Manchester by the Sea.” The drama starring Casey Affleck has a lot of Oscar buzz and while it was certainly well-acted and interesting, I still prefer “Hell or High Water.” Something tells me the Oscar for best movie will still go to “La La Land,” because there’s nothing Hollywood loves more than a musical about Hollywood.
No new radio show today because apparently today’s a holiday since New Year’s Day was on a Sunday this year. I’ll still be here to bring you UK sports news in the most ridiculous manner possible, so check back early and often.
The Seahawks defense has been getting roasted all night by the Packers, and they aren’t taking it too kindly. There have been a couple questionable hits and just an overall chippy feel to the game when the Packers’ offense is on the field. Here’s a look at one of the hits courtesy of Richard Sherman:
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 11, 2016
Apparently just before halftime, Cobb and Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane were jawing back and forth and had to be separated by the officials. After being separated, Cobb chased Lane down into the tunnel to continue the disagreement. Cobb is a fiery competitor, but him going this far is surprising to me. Lane must’ve said something to really get under Cobb’s skin.
Cobb was later hurt in this game and he was carted to the locker room. However, good news is that he later came running back out onto the sidelines and played the rest of the game. Packers win big in this one, final score of 38-10. Cobb finished with 3 catches for 33 yards. He wasn’t even targeted after coming back from his ankle injury.
A year ago, Danny Trevathan was leading the NFL’s best defense to a Super Bowl victory. This year he’s lost nine times with the Bears and will not finish the season.
John Fox confirmed our worst fears for Danny T. Trevathan will finish the season on injured reserve after rupturing the patella tendon in his right knee yesterday against the Tennessee Titans.
There haven’t been many bright spots for Trevathan after signing a a 4-year $28 million deal with the Bears, except for this. After the Cats reclaimed the Governor’s Cup, his Chicago teammate and former Louisville Cardinal, Josh Bellamy, had to rock Kentucky blue.
By Brett Bibbins on ©November 27th, 2016 @ 10:00pm
After a weekend filled with good times and wins for the Kentucky athletic department, some bad news may spoil the beginning of this week a bit. Chicago Bears head coach John Fox says that the Bears’ training staff believes that former Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan has sustained a serious injury in his knee.
Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Bears are thinking that the knee injury may possibly be a torn ACL, which would obviously mean the end of the season for Trevathan. Hopefully, that is not the case, but if they are already coming out and saying that it is probably an ACL injury, it doesn’t look good for Trevathan.
It gets worse: #Bears coach John Fox says they believe Danny Trevathan suffered a serious knee injury. I'm told they think ACL. MRI coming.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 27, 2016
Sending some well wishes your way Danny! Get better soon!
Only 5 weeks remain in the NFL regular season, as playoff races begin to heat up.
My game of the week: Carolina Panthers (4-6) at Oakland Raiders (8-2)
Unfortunately for NFL fans, there aren’t a lot of marquee match-ups this week in the NFL. I am, however, looking forward to when the Panthers travel out to Oakland to take on the Red Hot Raiders. Last year’s Super Bowl runner-up versus the 2016 darlings.
This one could end up being a quarterback battle of Derek Carr, the young NFL MVP candidate, up against the 2015 NFL MVP in Cam Newton. You can find me on my couch for this one!
Here is what Week 12 looks like for our former Wildcats in the NFL:
Completed Thanksgiving Day Games
Larry Warford: G, 4th season
Week 12: versus Minnesota Vikings, Thanksgiving Day
Bud Dupree: LB, 2nd season
Week 12: at Indianapolis Colts, Thanksgiving Day
2016 season stats: 2 combined tackles
Josh Forrest (knee) was placed on IR last week by the Los Angeles Rams.
Jacob Tamme suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 8.
Stevie Johnson suffered a season-ending knee injury in training camp.
Chris Matthews and Ronnie Shields were placed on IR earlier in the season by the Ravens and Seahawks, respectively.
Week 10 is upon us, and the race to the playoffs is well under way. With only 7 games remaining in the regular season, many teams are fighting to keep their Super Bowl hopes alive. Here’s what this week looks like for our former Wildcats:
On Thursday, Za’Darius Smith and the Ravens easily defeated the Cleveland Browns. Smith finished the game strong with 3 tackles and a sack.
An interesting Cat vs. Cats matchup will be Randall Cobb vs. Woodyard & Williamson. Will UK’s former linebackers be able to contain the speedy receiver across the middle? Or will Cobb keep to the sidelines and burn the Titans’ defensive backs instead?
By Drew Franklin on ©November 08th, 2016 @ 3:35pm
Good news for one former Wildcat in the NFL as Bud Dupree is expected to return to practice this week for the Steelers.
“We’ll start the process with Bud Dupree this week in terms of practicing,” Mike Tomlin said in his weekly news conference. “He has been working a lot on the perimeter, and we’ll start the process with him this week.”
The return will start the 21-day clock on Dupree, who has been on the injured list since the beginning of the season with a groin injury. Once the 21 days are up after his first practice, Tomlin will have to make a decision to either add Dupree back to the 53-man roster or sit him for the remainder of the season.
Tomlin said he anticipates Dupree to come back and be a major component for the Black and Gold defense this season.
NFL Pro Bowl voting is now live and the UK alums could use your help in making it to Hawaii, assuming the game is still in Hawaii. It’s Orlando now? Oh. Ok. Making it to Orlando then.
By my count, the University of Kentucky has seven players on the ballot:
Randall Cobb, Wide Receiver
Avery Williamson, Inside Linebacker
Wesley Woodyard, Inside Linebacker
Danny Trevathan, Inside Linebacker
Jacob Tamme, Tight End
Larry Warford, Guard
Corey Peters, Defensive Tackle
So get on over to NFL.com to place your vote(s). You can vote everyday and the fan vote actually has a strong impact on who will make it, so stay on it until we see our boys in Hawaii. I mean Orlando.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 17th, 2016 @ 9:00am
I don’t know about you guys, but life improved considerably for me over the last five days. When I left Nashville Thursday morning for a UK Basketball mega weekend, I was excited about the upcoming season, but when I got back home yesterday morning, I was absolutely giddy. Between Media Day on Thursday, Big Blue Madness on Friday, the Timberwolves/Heat game on Saturday night, and friend and family time in between, I got very little sleep, but left the Bluegrass energized and ready to roll for this season.
With the Mississippi State game on Saturday and bowl dreams still in reach, this is also a huge week for football, so let’s break everything going on down into today’s top ten.
1. Big Blue Madness was a success
Can we be real for a minute? I generally think Big Blue Madness is pretty overrated. Over the years, the event has grown and grown, morphing into a national recruiting rally for John Calipari; however, this year’s event was better than most. Maybe it was because of the new scoreboard, the blue carpet entrance, Michael Buffer, or the generations of players joining Calipari on stage, but Madness was bigger and better than usual. Kudos to Nathan Schwake and the UK staff for putting on a top-notch event, the impact of which is still to come (more on that in a second).
Before we move on, I need to see Matthew Mitchell’s dance one more time, because it pretty much sums up my mood this morning:
2. What impact did it have on recruiting?
Six of the best recruits in the 2017 class were in attendance on Friday night: Mohamed Bamba, Kevin Knox, PJ Washington, Nick Richards, Trae Young and Quade Green. Several members of the 2018 class were also there, including Romeo Langford. Feedback from their visits are still trickling in, but so far, it seems overwhelmingly positive. Trae Young, the top target in the class, was reduced to emojis:
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) October 15, 2016
Quade Green, another top point guard in the class, included Kentucky in his final five, which he released last night, and PJ Washington has the Cats in his final four alongside Arizona, UNLV, and Washington.
I’ll have more on recruiting as the day goes on.
3. The new team is lots of fun
It’s hard to tell much from Kentucky’s ten-minute scrimmage during Madness, but I know one thing for certain: this team is A LOT of fun. Like Madness, Thursday’s Media Day was better than most because this group’s energy is infectious. There are still some players who hate talking to the media (cough, Briscoe, cough), but the freshmen are embracing the spotlight so far, talking candidly and confidently about the team’s chemistry and talent, all while having fun. Last year’s team was good, don’t get me wrong, but I left the Joe Craft Center feeling ridiculously upbeat and ready for what’s on the horizon.
4. But can they shoot?
From last week’s televised practice to now, shooting has become the primary concern for this squad in the eyes of the media. Personally, I think those concerns are a bit premature and probably based on the fact that Isaiah Briscoe and De’Aaron Fox — two of the primary ball handlers — aren’t known for their shooting. Malik Monk may not be Jamal Murray in terms of shooting, but he showed us in the McDonald’s All-American 3-Point Contest that he can light it up from the outside, and we all know what Derek Willis is capable of. Again, tough to tell much from a practice and a ten-minute scrimmage, so I’ll be paying special attention to shooting during the Blue/White game on Friday night.
5. SEC Basketball Media Day, Blue/White game, and Women’s Clinic coming up this week
The first exhibition game is still a few weeks away, but there are three major basketball events this week: SEC Basketball Media Day on Wednesday, the Blue/White game on Friday, and the Women’s Clinic on Sunday. I’ll be at attendance at all three (they were kind enough to move SEC Basketball Media Day to Nashville this year, hoorah!), so stay tuned for plenty of basketball news to go along with football.
6. UK Football is suddenly looking up
This weekend, Vandy beat Georgia in Athens, Missouri got pummeled by Florida, and Mississippi State lost at BYU. Because the SEC East is a dumpster fire, Kentucky is tied for second in the division with Tennessee. Some fans scoffed at Kentucky’s win over Vanderbilt last week, but man, that win sure looks better now, doesn’t it? Despite the horrible start to the season, Mark Stoops and the Cats are still in control of their own destiny, thanks in part to several teams who are much more vulnerable than first thought.
7. We’ll hear from Mark Stoops at noon
Kentucky’s quest for six continues Saturday with the Mississippi State game, which looks infinitely more winnable than it did at the start of the season. Dan Mullen’s squad only has two wins so far this season, one in conference play (South Carolina) and is currently a three-point favorite. Hopefully, the bye week was kind to the handful of Cats suffering from injuries. We’ll hear more from Stoops at noon.
8. This Kentucky fan did some scouting on Friday night
Clearly, Kentucky already has the mental edge in Saturday’s matchup due to this man’s stoic stare down.
9. SEC Nation coming to town
The SEC Network’s Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears, Paul Finebaum, Laura Rutledge, and Maria Taylor will be in town on Saturday to host “SEC Nation” live from the lawn outside the William T. Young Library from 10 a.m. to noon. Start a day of tailgating right by making a clever sign and representing the BBN well. It’s been a roller coaster season so far, but right now, Kentucky still has a chance to make a run at a bowl, so let’s cling on to this optimism while we can.
10. Karl Towns is still the greatest human being on Earth
In a weekend full of great basketball moments, the biggest highlight for me may have been seeing Karl Towns play in the Timberwolves/Heat game at the Yum Center Saturday night. The crowd wasn’t great for the game (I hate that it was at the same time as the Kings/Wizards game at Rupp) and I was exhausted, but it was all worth it when Karl came over to the press seats towards the end of the game and gave me a hug. We’ve been pals since the Bahamas trip, and the fact that he made the effort to not only wave or say hello, but give me a hug and talk for a while after the game speaks volumes about Karl’s character and means the world to me. This is nothing new; we’ve all known Karl is special since the moment he committed to Kentucky back in 2012, but I would be remiss if I didn’t say once again that, as good as Karl is as basketball, he is even better in life.
Here he is with some other fans Saturday night:
Radio from Ryan’s colonoscopy in an hour. (Now there’s a segue I never thought I’d make…)
By Brett Bibbins on ©October 16th, 2016 @ 8:00pm
After struggling to start the season, Randall Cobb had a huge game last week, when he caught 9 passes for 108 yards, including the catch for a first down that sealed the win for the Packers over the New York Giants. Cobb was a little banged up after that game, so some wondered how he’d fare this week against the Dallas Cowboys. Cobb managed to catch 7 passes for 53 yards and his first touchdown of the season. Unfortunately, not even Green Bay’s stout defense could slow down the rookie duo in Dallas, as the Packers fell 30-16.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 16, 2016
Josh Forrest had one of his better efforts of the season for the Los Angeles Rams today. He recorded three total tackles, including two big tackles for loss in a losing effort. The Rams fell to Larry Warford and the Detroit Lions, 31-28.
Gregg Williams had nice things to say about Rams LB Josh Forrest earlier this week. Rookie backs that up with by snuffing out Lions drive. pic.twitter.com/lVooO9nhKp
— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) October 16, 2016
Avery Williamson led all players from both teams in tackles for the Tennessee Titans in their game against the Cleveland Browns this afternoon. Williamson recorded 9 tackles, including a sack. Also for the Titans, Wesley Woodyard made 3 tackles, and also added a sack. The Titans take home the victory, 28-26.
Staying on the defensive side of the ball, Danny Trevathan had four tackles and a QB pressure in the Chicago Bears one-point loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Can’t forget about Jacob Tamme down in Atlanta. The Falcons fell to the Seahawks in Seattle, and Jacob Tamme wasn’t a huge factor in the offense. He caught two passes on three targets for 16 yards.