Let’s get to a few notes on this fine Saturday night/Sunday morning…
–It wasn’t a good day to be a former Kentucky football player trying to make an NFL roster, with several former Cats getting released as teams whittle their rosters down toward the final 53.
-Dequin Evans was the subject of some confusion throughout the day, but the news finally came out that he was indeed cut from the awful Cincinnati Bengals. Evans could still end up on the practice squad, so after several more Bengals decide to retire instead of playing another down for such a terrible franchise, he might still get a shot. Yes, I am a Bengals fan.
-Former KSR writer Jeremy Jarmon was released by the Denver Broncos, after being traded to Denver from Washington in July. He’ll catch on somewhere. He’s entirely too talented a blogger not to be on an NFL roster.
–Chris Matthews was cut by the Cleveland Browns, which isn’t good for his prospects of an NFL career, but is good because he won’t have to spend any more time in Cleveland.
-Micah Johnson will continue his quest to stick in the NFL, but it won’t be in Kansas City. The Chiefs cut Johnson today, marking the latest setback in an NFL career that many thought would be long and successful. I still think Micah can find a home somewhere in the league, but it hasn’t happened as easily as we once thought it would.
–It was an interesting opening Saturday for the SEC, as the conference took center stage in the day’s marquee games and provided some drama in other ones. A few of the highlights:
-LSU shook off the drama of recent weeks to crush Oregon 40-27. The Tigers trailed early, but reeled off 24 straight to put Oregon away. Something tells me the Ducks will be happy to see a team from somewhere other than the SEC next week.
-Georgia, on the other hand, did not get its season off to a similarly good start against Boise State. The Dogs dropped their opener by 14 to the Broncos, meaning that Mark Richt’s seat is getting a little warmer and Boise still. won’t. go. away.
-Meanwhile, a couple of other teams went ahead and took the road less traveled to get their first wins of the new year, as Auburn and South Carolina both came back from big deficits against lesser competition. The defending champs were down by as many as 14 (10 in the fourth quarter) but managed to beat Utah State 42-38 on a Michael Dyer TD run with under a minute to go. Steve Spurrier’s crew trailed by 17 in the second quarter, when Stephen Garcia came off the bench to rally USC to a 56-37 win against East Carolina. That means that Spurrier avoids an ugly loss to open the season and that Stephen Garcia still. won’t. go. away.
-Seriously, Derek Dooley. Those pants.
–Finally, with first round play in the FIBA Americas tournament wrapping up Saturday, Coach Cal and the Dominican team could officially congratulate themselves on winning their group. Venezuela knocked off Canada, leaving Brazil and the DR tied at the top of the table. By virtue of its win over the Brazilians, Coach Cal’s crew advanced in first place, which is something of an accomplishment given that the Domincan Republic had pretty much no basketball history to speak of just a couple of months ago. The team will begin the quarterfinal round by playing Panama on Monday.
And with that, we’ll call it a night. I’ll be back around in the morning to see how you slept.