You’re welcome, ladies.
Oh, Brady Quinn. For a few months back there in 2006-2007, he was the American dream(boat). Born in Dublin, Ohio as the middle child in a sports loving Midwestern family, the Notre Dame starting quarterback set 36 records over his career with the Fighting Irish, including career pass completions (929), yards-per-game (239.6), and touchdown passes (95). In 2005, he placed fourth in Heisman Trophy voting behind Reggie Bush, Vince Young, and Matt Leinart; despite Notre Dame’s failure to live up to their hype in the 2006 season, Quinn won tons of hardware, including the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award for best college quarterback and the Maxwell Award for best college football player. He graduated with dual degrees in political science and finance (heyyyyy boy!) and also had the most appropriate name and birthplace for a Fighting Irish football player that I can imagine, save Seamus O’Leary Finnegan from the real Dublin.
Most analysts predicted that he would go early in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft, possibly even the first overall pick. Experts called him “a franchise quarterback in the mold of Carson Palmer.” However, Quinn’s American dream narrative has so far failed to have a fairytale ending. After slipping to 22nd overall in the first round and being chosen by the Cleveland Browns, Quinn only played in one game his rookie season- a loss. In his second season, he started twice and won one, lost one, before breaking his finger and missing the rest of the season for surgery. Since then, he’s been traded to the Denver Broncos and sat the bench while fellow pretty boy Tim Tebow took all the snaps. Quinn Brady has also had the misfortune of being only the second-best looking guy with the name Brady in the league. His bad luck may have ended, however, with his spring signing with the Kansas City Chiefs; today, on his birthday eve, Quinn was named the starter for this weekend’s game against Oakland.
Brady, happy birthday. I like looking at you a lot. A whole lot. Let’s give the people their news.
—The AP Preseason Poll was released today, and much as we’ve come to see in other preseason musings, Kentucky took the third place spot behind Indiana and Louisville. UK received two votes for first. In case you missed it earlier, here’s another look at the top ten as it stands now (first place votes in parentheses):
1. Indiana (43)
2. Louisville (20)
3. Kentucky (2)
4. Ohio State
6. NC State
—The NCAA has decided to officially outlaw its previous “Ignorance is Bliss” approach to punishing any rule violations by coaches and/or their staffs. Starting Tuesday, head coaches will also be punished for any rules violations committed by their assistants. Examples of potential rules violations include illegal contacts with recruits, giving team gear to prospective student athletes, and impermissible benefits given by third parties. Full details of the new rule can be found here.
—When it comes to Andrew Wiggins and Kentucky, it seems like no news is not great news for the Cats. Since Wiggins announced his intention to reclassify to the class of 2013, he has invited other schools to recruit him and also pushed his decision back until the spring. Now, I’m not saying John Calipari can’t still get it done- but the chase has become significantly more crowded in the past couple of days and Kentucky fans can’t take Wiggins’ commitment for granted.
—Sports Illustrated released its first draft projections of the season, and guess who’s first? Why, Nerlens Noel of course. Fellow diaper dandies Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin each checked in at spots 6 and 10, respectively.
—How did Coach Cal spend his Friday evening?
– John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 27, 2012
To clarify, the degree was not from DeGrassi.
—Tonight in NBA action, Anthony Davis and Darius Miller of the New Orleans Hornets beat the Heat (and Jorts) 96-89. Davis ended with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block- boy, is that a pretty stat line. Miller also continued to impress with 6 points, going 2-2 from the three point line. Jorts, unfortunately, did not play.
—Look! What’s that coming to a television near you at noon EST tomorrow? It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a chance for Kentucky to win a football game! Missouri, like Kentucky, is searching for its first win in the SEC. Unlike Kentucky, Missouri is searching for its first SEC win… ever. With Mizzou QB James Franklin out, Missouri will likely rely on a run game. Kentucky’s defense will try to rattle redshirt freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser. It’s the most even matchup the Cats have had in the conference all season, and it goes without saying that we need this win. Badly.
—In a deeply saddening piece of news, former Scott County basketball player Tyler Hicks passed away today following critical injuries from a car crash along the Bluegrass Parkway. Tyler, who was just 27, was the son of Scott County basketball coach Billy Hicks and part of the team that made it to high school’s Final Four in 2004. An army solider, Tyler was on his way back to his station at Fort Knox. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Tucker, Yocum, and Wilson Funeral Home in Georgetown. Our thoughts are with Coach Hicks and his family.
—Finally, the KSR Pre-game Radio show will be coming at you a little earlier tomorrow thanks to our noon kickoff at Missouri. Listen to Matt Jones and crew on WLAP 630 around 8:30 am. You can tune into WLAP 630 AM, 98.1 the Bull, online at WLAP.com, or on the iHeart Radio app on your phone.