It was supposed to be a HUGE deal. Michael J. Fox was stopping by Letterman to unveil Nike’s newest show, the “Marty McFly”, which is a replica of the sneakers Fox wore in Back To The Future II. We were going to write about it, break down the design of the shoe and talk about other great shoes in history that should be replicated. Then Randall Cobb happened and everything changed. Letterman probably went through with his plan and Michael J. Fox probably showed off the shoe. It was probably pretty cool. But it wasn’t Randall Cobb, so we’re not going to waste another second pretending to care about it. COBB!!!
– I’m not saying definitively that God is a Kentucky fan. I’m just saying it seemed like there was a higher power working the sticks Thursday night, juking and spin-moving when Randall Cobb touched the football. The former Kentucky quarterback running back wide receiver kick returner football player finished his NFL debut in spectacular fashion, recording 2 catches for 35 yards and a TD and returning 2 kickoffs for 135 yards and another TD. Cobb’s 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter tied an NFL record and was the first such score for the Packers since 2000. He was drafted to provide a spark in the kick return game before the rules changed to essentially eliminate players from impacting the game in that regard, but still managed to hit a home run and make plays in the passing game. Before the draft, we had an scout write a post that compared Cobb to Anquan Boldin for the way he could run a route and create separation. You can see it on the touchdown score and if you go back and watch the first two quarters, he’s open on nearly every single play. Rodgers just never had to go through his progressions to get to him. Everyone was open. Regardless, it was a great night for UK fans, who got to see a guy who is deserving of everything that comes his way rewarded on national television and to enjoy the program being spoken about positively in front of a massive audience. We already miss you, Randall. Games like this just make it a little harder.
– Tim Masthay did a good job too.
– With that out of the way, the guys still on campus wearing the blue and white have an extremely important game Saturday against Central Michigan. It feels a little strange calling a non-conference game scheduled to be a guaranteed win a “statement game”, but that’s exactly what it is. On the heels of an epic letdown in Nashville and with a must-win game against Louisville on tap for next week, the Cats need to make a statement against Central Michigan to get themselves feeling good before they play the Cards. That means putting points on the board and winning by a considerable margin. Joker has been very positive about the last few days of practice, but this is a team – offensively, at least – that needs to prove it in the game. They don’t have the experience that makes it easy to flip a good week of practice into a good game on Saturday. And especially when they don’t have that guy on offense that can grab someone by the facemask and get them on track during the course of the game, they need to get one solid performance under their belt. Having said that, I do think this is the week that it will happen. Morgan Newton finished 7/18 against Western and made several mistakes, but the wideouts dropped seven passes, meaning he could just of easily been 14/18 on the night. That not only changes the entire course of the game, but the narrative of this week and the feeling of doom and gloom that’s surrounded it. Kentucky can bounce back in a big way against Central Michigan and in order to feel good about facing Louisville next week, they desperately need to.
– Randall Cobb. Randall Cobb. Randall Cobb.
– After last week’s utter disappointment, this also appears to be the week that Joker Phillips is going to see what he can get from several of his freshmen. The staff believes this to be the most talented group of newcomers they’ve ever had and we saw a handful of them get some time on the field against Western. This week, every indication is that there will be more. Wide receiver Demarco Robinson is the player who appears to be the most likely to get on the field, possibly in some Wildcat formations, but Kentucky’s coaches seem intent on finding out what they have in a lot of the young players. As long as guys like Newton, King, Sanders, etc. can make the plays they need to make, the freshmen can be on a little bit more of a longer leash. The last thing the Cats want is to be in another close game and have to hold back on testing guys or leave wishing they knew more about who they can count on before the Louisville game.
– BREAKING NEWS: SEC extends invitation to Randall Cobb as the 14th team.
– In terms of who we can expect to see at the wide receiver position, there is some positive news to report on the #FreeAaronBoyd front. Joker said Thursday that Boyd and EJ Fields, who is returning from suspension, both have practiced well enough this week to see some time. Should they get on the field, it’s essentially make or break time for both players and they have a chance to make in a very big way. There’s no reason to think that King won’t bounce back from last week’s off game, but Matt Roark has failed to provide any sort of consistency yet and one of the two, along with either Gene McCaskill or Demarco Robinson, will have to step up.
– BREAKING NEWS: Barack Obama thanks Randall Cobb for creating 11 new jobs on the Saints special teams unit.
– If you missed the news coming out of the Rupp Arena task force meeting, there is essentially no real news in terms of whether or not we’ll see a new arena. However, the committee did propose one interesting idea, which was outlined on the Kernel’s blog. Under the proposal, the downtown area would be renovated, making Rupp the center of everything and creating something called a Bourbon District to the west. It looks to be potentially very cool, but does not offer any solution to what remains the biggest potential hangup in renovations – where Kentucky will play for the one or two seasons during construction. It appears that we are on track for a major dispute between the city and the school and Mitch Barnhart’s comments afterward to the Courier-Journal were very telling. UK’s AD said, “They’ve said about four different times that all things are on the table and I think all things are genuinely on the table. At least they better be.” It could get nasty.
– Randall Cobb!
– It’s judgement day for Coach Cal’s Dominican Republic team. They’ve already advanced further than any team in the country’s history and they have a chance to clinch their first ever Olympics berth with a win over Brazil. They beat the heavily favoried Brazilians in the first round, but the odds will be stacked against them this time around without Edgar Sosa. Today, we are all Dominicans.
– Randall Cobb has pretty eyes and I don’t care who knows it.
– UK officially announced that Big Blue Madness will be October 14. Tickest will go on sale for the event October 1, assuming Cal doesn’t pack the place out with recruits first. You can start camping September 28.
– Speaking of recruits, the contact period officially started at midnight, meaning we might be in one of those periods where we could see a guy commit. Or not. Either way, expect a lot of in-home visits (Muhammad and Ellis are already scheduled) leading up to Madness.
That’s it for now. Make sure you stick around all day. Matt and Drew will be on Kentucky Sports Radio at 10am on Talk Radio 1080 and the prep for Central Michigan will continue here all day long. In the meantime, take a look at a video from a few proud Kentuckians who are chasing down the very reasonable donation amount of $3.5 million to fund a Super Bowl commercial telling the world how great our Commonwealth is. Open up those wallets!
See you in a few…