Greetings and salutations, Big Blue Nation; it’s a great day to be a Kentucky fan, isn’t it? Just like every other day. I woke up this morning feeling like a million bucks, and I hope all the United States athletes competing in London did as well, on this eve of the closing ceremonies. There will be plenty of athletes going for the gold today, including those participating in the modern pentathlon.
If you aren’t familiar with the event, it’s simply a collection of five of the most random skills and sports you can imagine, and bundling them together so that one athlete must perform them all. The modern pentathlon includes pistol shooting, fencing, a 200 meter swim, show jumping on a horse, and a three-kilometer cross-country run. Yeah… I don’t understand either.
I’m going to have that on for sure, so check it out on MSNBC at 10 a.m. and again around 2 o’clock. I’m sure it will be awesome. For now, It’s time for some Sunday morning links! Grab your favorite mug, pour a hot cup of joe and let’s hit these suckers.
— Joker Phillips and his Wildcat football team are holding their first real game action of the fall. After eight practices, the Cats are taking to the Commonwealth Stadium field for a full-blown scrimmage. The scrimmage is not open to fans or the media, but Joker will surely have plenty more to talk about following a game-speed simulation.
— Joker Phillips will get a chance to see just how tight the quarterback competition is, when he sends Maxwell Smith, Morgan Newton and Patrick Towles out on the field for action. Believe it or not, Max Smith says he thinks he got better in the offseason. Shocker!
— Meet Kevin Mitchell, one of the most unrecognized players at one of the most overlooked positions on the football field. This year might finally be his year for a starting job, and earning a taste of satisfaction.
— Kentucky athletics will honor all active, reserve and veteran members of the armed forces, along with police, fire fighters and first responders with its “Heroes’ Day” on September 8th. Kentucky hosts Kent State in Commonwealth Stadium at 7:30 p.m. in their home opener. Plans include a football-field sized American flag, a pregame flyover and recognition of personnel throughout the game.
— Former Louisville and Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino spoke publicly for the first time since being fired from Arkansas following a motorcycle accident and the revealing of his affair with a woman who worked for him. In the interview with Joe Schad, Petrino breaks down several times and is often at a loss for words, or says very little, recognizing how stupid he was. If you missed it yesterday, it’s worth five minutes of your time.
— Kentucky volleyball fans in Louisville, take notice! The match originally schedule for August 28th has been moved to August 29th, with the first serve set for 7 p.m. The date was shifted because of KFC Yum! Center scheduling availability. Plan accordingly, folks.