Hey everybody, hope you’re out celebrating the return of football season – there promises to be at least two decent games tomorrow so try to contain yourself. Until you return, just a few quick late night thoughts headed in to the three day weekend.
— Of course the main topic people are interested in this weekend is college football. So let’s start with a little international basketball. Calipari is quietly building a solid team out of the Dominican Republic National Team as they took down Brazil to lead their group in the FIBA Americas Tournament. The DR has only lost one game so far in group play – a too little too late comeback attempt against Canada – but their ability to take down Brazil, a team they lost a scrimmage to earlier this season, speaks volumes for how they are improving. The Dominicans are trying to secure an Olympic bid by winning the tournament, and winning their group is a good way to start it. They will still have to get past Brazil a second time (most likely,) plus face potential match ups against Puerto Rico and Argentina, both strong international basketball programs. Good luck to our adopted Cats as they take on the world.
— Most of the gripes from last nights game centered around the offense – and understandably so. However I will acknowledge my blue tinted glasses and venture to say that will be the worst the offense looks all year. Now, there may be nights when SEC defenses prove to be too much for our beloved wildcats, but I would be surprised if we saw another total meltdown like we did last night. The problem was – not a single portion of the offense preformed as they were supposed to, and without that it becomes infinitely harder for any other part to look good. The line didn’t give Newton enough protection, Newton didn’t always have enough time to make smart decisions and the receivers made Newton look worse by dropping every ball he threw. I don’t expect the offense to suddenly be amazing next week, but with a game under their belts, the comfort of playing in commonwealth and the jitters shaken out, don’t be surprised if Newton and company make some noise next week. Of course that could just be me being a homer – only time will tell.
— Meanwhile we will get our first glimpse at the rest of the SEC tomorrow. Most teams are playing cup cake games, but as I mentioned above, there are two games worth watching and both feature SEC teams. Georgia/Boise State will kick the season off in one of two ways – either the bulldogs win and we are looking at another season of SEC dominance on the way to the BCS, or the Broncos win and we are still looking at another season of SEC dominance, only we have to hear about Boise State all year until they drop a gimmie game to a no-name team. The other game will feature LSU and Oregon, a game that looked way more exciting before scandals enveloped both programs. It will still be a great game between two potential championship contenders, but we will have to deal with announcers reminding us every 20 seconds about what a horrible off season it was for sports. Look for the SEC to be undefeated this time on Sunday.
— The big story line aside from how disappointing the Western game was, was how terrible Louisville looked too. There has been a wild consensus of thanks that the Kentucky/Louisville game wasn’t played first this year, as it would’ve been one of those games you where nobody would’ve won despite the score. So the game is now on – which team can improve the most between now and two weeks from now. Ultimately I think the commonwealth crowd will push the Cats past the Cards, but we will have a better barometer on where both teams stand in a little over a week.
Go forth and have a great Labor Day weekend. If you need me, I’ll be holed up sick in my house – bring me ice cream and get your picture on the site. See you bright and early as we take you through the first Saturday of the college football season!