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Happy Birthday, Winston Guy!

 

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On this day, we’re wishing a happy birthday to one of the best Kentucky defenders in recent memory, Winston Guy. Guy was a 4-year contributor for the Cats, named to the 2nd-team All-SEC in his senior year, before being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks.

Hopefully, some of our current crop of Cats can follow in Winston’s footsteps. So happy birthday, Big Guy. Here’s a funny video of you jumping ridiculously high:

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Stevie Johnson is back on the market

Stevie Johnson is back on the market

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Some unfortunate news today for one of our favorite football Cats. Veteran wide receiver Stevie Johnson was released by the San Diego Chargers today. Stevie has been with the Chargers for two years, but battled injuries throughout his time there, only appearing in 10 games in the 2015 season, hauling in 45 catches for 497 yards and three TDs. He was poised for a big year in 2016, but suffered a knee injury in training camp and had to miss the entire season.

Before playing in San Diego, Stevie spent a year with the San Francisco 49ers and six seasons with the Buffalo Bills. Over his career, he’s had 381 catches for 4,764 yards and 34 touchdowns. Hopefully he can find a new home soon.

 

You can’t say “Stevie” these days without adding “got loose,” so let’s watch his famous catch vs. Louisville in 2007:

 


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It’s almost time for Super Bowl LI(t), will Jacob Tamme get a ring?

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AP Photo – Chris Keane

It doesn’t matter if you’re rooting for the cheaters up North or the Cinderella story from the South, we can all come together for one thing today: Jacob Tamme.

The tight end won’t be playing in the game due to a season-ending shoulder injury from week 8 against the Green Bay Packers, but he will be cheering from the sidelines in Houston at 6:30.

So grab your buffalo dip and queso, get a spot on the couch and buckle in for what is sure to be one heck of a night. Make bets with your friends on the over/under of how many times “deflategate” will be mentioned, watch some overhyped commericals, prepare for the hot mess that is sure to be Lady Gaga’s halftime show and depending on the outcome, get photoshop ready for the inevitable crying Jordan/Roger Goodell memes if the Patriots pull it off.


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Taking a look back on the NFL season for former Cats

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Jason Getz – USA Today Sports

Jacob Tamme (Tight end), Falcons- Super Bowl 11-5

Tamme suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in week 8 against the Green Bay Packers and had to have surgery to repair it. Before getting sidelined, the tight end was tied for the Falcons’ second best scorer with three touchdown and fourth best with 22 receptions for 210 yards.

Bud Dupree (Linebacker), Steelers – AFC Championship loss to Patriots 11-5

Before getting trampled by the Steelers in the AFC Championship, Bud Dupree was having quite the season. Only playing in seven games after coming off an injury, Dupree combined for 24 tackles (only two less than his season total for 19 games last year) and 4.5 sacks.

Randall Cobb (Wide Receiver), Green Bay – NFC Championship loss to Falcons 10-6

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David Welker | Getty Images

Like Dupree, Randall Cobb and Green Bay ended their season in a blowout loss to the Falcons. Missing some regular season games due to injury, Cobb had a solid season with 870 receiving yards including seven touchdowns and 87 yards rushing.

Larry Warford (Guard), Detriot Lions – Lost to Seahawks in Wildcard Weekend

Warford started in all 15 games that he played in this season, however the Lions allowed for 40 sacks this season.

Za’Darius Smith (Linebacker)/Chris Matthews (Wide Receiver) Baltimore – Didn’t make playoffs

Smith: Combined for 20 tackles.

Matthews: Was on injury-reserve list, did not play. Entering post-season as a restricted free agent.

Wesley Woodyard (Linebacker)/Avery Williamson (Linebacker), Titans – Didn’t make playoffs

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Woodyard: Combined for 57 tackles, 1 interception for a 21 yard takeback.

Williamson: Combined for 103 (!) tackles.

Danny Trevathan (Linebacker), Chicago Bears – Didn’t make playoffs

Appeared in nine games in his first season in Chicago and combined for 66 tackles.

 

Josh Forrest (Linebacker), LA Rams – Didn’t make the playoffs

Played in 10 games for the Rams first season in LA, combined for nine tackles.

 

Corey Peters, Arizona Cardinals – Didn’t make playoffs

In 15 games for the Cardinals, he had 21 tackles.

Stevie Johnson – San Diego (LA) Chargers – Didn’t make playoffs

Suffered season-ending knee injury in training camp.

 


Despite injury, Jacob Tamme making the most of the Super Bowl

Despite injury, Jacob Tamme making the most of the Super Bowl

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If you’re a Kentucky fan, you should be cheering for the Falcons on Sunday night, not only because the Patriots are smug cheaters but because former Cat Jacob Tamme will be on Atlanta’s sideline. Tamme has been sidelined with a shoulder injury for half of the season, but he still made the trip to Houston with his team and, judging by his Twitter account, is making the most of the experience. Check out Tamme’s view of the send-off the Falcons got as they left Atlanta on Sunday:

Today was Media Day at the Super Bowl, and with few reporters hanging out at the Injured Reserve table, Tamme did a Q&A with fans on Twitter:

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Tamme even tackled the toughest question of them all: is a hot dog a sandwich?

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Agreed. Glad that shoulder’s feeling good enough to hoist the Lombardi Trophy Sunday night.


Farrington Huguenin signs a deal with the Steelers

Good news: former Kentucky defensive end Farrington Huguenin just signed a reserves/future contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Huguenin was picked up by the Miami Dolphins after going undrafted last May, signing a three-year, $1.62 million contract; unfortunately, Huguenin suffered an ankle injury in early August and was waived. At Kentucky, he played in 48 games, recording over 90 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and two recovered fumbles. He’ll join fellow former Cat Bud Dupree on the Steelers’ roster.

Congrats, Farrington!


Former Cats Prepare for NFL Conference Championships

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Are you ready for some football!? 

Welcome to Championship Sunday! The NFL’s best four teams are about to kickoff, playing to earn their spot in Super Bowl 51. Fortunately for the BBN, both games will feature former Wildcats.

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The first match-up will be the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers & the Atlanta Falcons. Randall Cobb has been a man on a mission during the 2017 playoffs, as he looks to continue his success against the Falcons’ defense. Cobb has 12 catches for 178 yards and three touchdowns so far this postseason. He had an amazing game against the Giants two weeks ago, where he caught all three touchdowns, one of which on a crazy “hail mary” pass.

Earlier this week, Falcons’ safety Ricardo Allen praised Cobb for his abilities on the field:

“He can do it all. He can get in the backfield. He was an ex-quarterback, so he can do double passes. He can play running back. He can play slot. He can play inside; he can play outside. He’s a screen guy. Just looking at him a little bit on TV, he kind of reminds me a little bit of Antonio Brown. He’s a good route-runner with good hands and a good intermediate guy. But he can also take you deep. He’s a short and deep-ball threat. He’s probably one of the best wide receivers Poole will go against this whole year.

While Allen mentioned rookie cornerback Brian Poole would be covering Cobb, it now looks like that task will move to Jalen Collins. With the Packers’ Jordy Nelson out with injured ribs, Cobb becomes their number one receiver. You’ll definitely want to keep an eye on #18 today.

Unfortunately, on the other side of the field, Jacob Tamme will be sitting on the Falcons’ sidelines. Tamme suffered a season-ending shoulder injury back in November, after being a contributing player in Matt Ryan’s passing game.

The NFC Championship begins at 3:05 pm ET, with live coverage of the game on FOX.

The AFC Championship game will immediately follow the NFC’s. In this hard-nosed match-up, we have the Pittsburgh Steelers taking on the New England Patriots. Much like Cobb, Bud Dupree has emerged as a major contributor for his team in the postseason. So far, Dupree has 10 combined tackles and one-half sack in the playoffs, but it’s his pressure on the QB that’s been crucial.

Who could forget that vicious hit on Matt Moore of the Miami Dolphins? Even though it was ruled illegal, it’s this style of play that gains attention around the league. Believe me, Tom Brady knows who wears #48 in black & yellow.

Speaking of Tom Brady, the Texans were able to pressure the elite QB into making mistakes last week. The Steelers’ 3-4 defense hope to continue that pressure. Dupree has been watching the tape, trying to learn how he can rattle the Patriots’ QB in similar fashion:

“We watched it, but they’re probably prepared for that so we probably have to take different angles,” Dupree said. “They’re too good a team to let something like that repeat. They do a lot of great things to systematically try to prevent him from being touched. You got to man-up and win your 1-on-1’s.”

The AFC Championship is set to kickoff at 6:40 pm ET, live on CBS.

Good luck to our former Cats!


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Bud Dupree making plays for the Steelers

 

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Photo:247Sports

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.

Dupree also made a nice play on a quick screen pass, getting the deflection.

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.

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Randall Cobb is moving on in the playoffs!

Randall Cobb is moving on in the playoffs!

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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.

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.

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.

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.

@BrettBibbinsKSR


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Watch former Cats in the NFL playoffs tonight

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Mitch Stringer – USA Today/Joe Robins – Getty Images

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.


John Calipari on Bud Dupree’s performance yesterday: “He was ridiculous”

John Calipari on Bud Dupree’s performance yesterday: “He was ridiculous”

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If you missed yesterday’s Steelers/Dolphins game, you missed Bud Dupree’s bone-crushing sack of Matt Moore, which went viral:

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.”


Cats in the NFL: Bud Dupree and Randall Cobb in playoff action

 

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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:

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.

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:

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.

***UPDATE***

Randall Cobb just caught ANOTHER touchdown! He’s up to 5 catches for 116 yards and 3 TDs. Go to work 1-8!!!

@BrettBibbinsKSR


Monday’s Top 10: Gearing up for A&M, UK #1 in KenPom, “Manchester by the Sea”

Monday’s Top 10: Gearing up for A&M, UK #1 in KenPom, “Manchester by the Sea”

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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:

1. Kentucky
2. Villanova
3. Virginia
4. West Virginia
5. Kansas
6. Baylor
7. Duke
8. North Carolina
9. Louisville
10. Gonzaga

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:

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:

#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

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.


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Randall Cobb involved in a halftime altercation

 

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Photo: Steven Bisig

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:

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.

@BrettBibbinsKSR