Dangerous storms swept across Kentucky Friday afternoon, creating chaos wherever it went. The hail was no joke. From Louisville to Lexington and the mountains beyond, quarter-sized hail was common. This chunk of ice was picked up at the Beechmont fire station in Louisville.
The damage the hail brought is incomparable to the 60 mph winds. More than 13,000 in Jefferson County and 40,000 in Fayette County are still without power this morning. In Woodford County, instead of knocking over the wooden power line poles, the wind snapped them in half. There was enough damage to call for a local state of emergency in the county. Of all the wild accounts, but this might be the wildest.
— Jacqueline Nie (@JacquelineLEX18) July 21, 2018
Matthew Mitchell made light of the wreckage at his home.
— Matthew Mitchell (@UKCoachMitchell) July 20, 2018
Naturally, The Barbasol Championship was forced off the course (one player was an 8-foot putt away from finishing his day at 18, but could not take the swing). Tournament officials worked laboriously to get the course prepared to play by 7:30 this morning. Hopefully the golfers and road crews can finish their work before more storms potentially roll in Saturday evening.
Teater Makes Moves
Nobody has been more popular at the Barbasol Championship than Josh Teater. The local star received a sponsorship exemption to play in the tournament and has not disappointed.
Teater shot a six-under in the second round to improve to ten-under in the tournament. He’s currently tied for sixth with Hunter Mahan and just five shots back from the leader, Troy Merritt.
A Wonderful Event
Yesterday the KSR Crew received a taste of PGA Tour golf. Matt and Drew are no strangers to professional golf, but it was my first PGA Tour experience. A wonderful setup at the scenic Keene Trace, I was excited to learn the event will stay in Central Kentucky for at least four more years. For the most exciting action, I recommend the par threes. Regardless of where the tee shot goes, it feels like there’s more pressure to make putts on the par threes than anywhere else on the course.
Cats Picked to Finish Fifth in SEC East
And it should not come as a surprise. Even though UK is going for five in a row against South Carolina, in 2018 the Gamecocks draw the West’s two worse teams, Arkansas and Ole Miss. Kentucky can beat South Carolina, again, and still have a worse finish because of the Cats’ difficult schedule.
Despite all that, I picked the Cats to finish third, ahead of Mizzou and Carolina. A look at where the media predicted the SEC’s order of finish in 2018:
1. Georgia (271)
2. South Carolina (8)
3. Florida (4)
5. Kentucky (1)
6. Tennessee (1)
1. Alabama (263)
2. Auburn (19)
3. Mississippi State (2)
4. Texas A&M
6. Ole Miss
Snell Only First Team All-SEC Selection
The SEC Media believed Snell when he said he was the best running back in the SEC. They’ve bought into the Benny hype, but not everybody else’s.
Josh Allen and Mike Edwards could’ve been NFL Draft picks. Instead they returned for one final year at UK, but they’ll have to prove some people wrong along the way. Edwards and Allen were second team selections, while C.J. Conrad was named to the third team.
Need Something to Watch?
It’s going to be a slow sports Saturday. I promise you the site will be filled with plenty of preseason football chatter, but aside from golf, there aren’t a lot of sports on TV to occupy your time. Fear not. Tonight at 8:00 ESPNU will replay Kentucky’s 2007 upset of No. 1 LSU at Commonwealth Stadium.
If that isn’t enough football to tickle your fancy, the latest season of Last Chance U just arrived to Netflix. Kentucky fans get a special treat. In episode three you’ll see why quarterback Terry Wilson has the nickname “Terry Touchdown.”