We have a lot to get to this morning, including a thorough review of the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, but we’ll start with the topic on everyone’s minds: Nick Roush’s birthday.
Our esteemed UK football beat writer (among his many other talents) turns 29 years young today. A new dad in 2020, Roush will celebrate his last birthday in his twenties at home with his son, Duke (a family name, not a salute to Coach K), while still staying on top of the latest news from over at Mark Stoops’ practice facility.
So Happy Birthday to our colleague who is bad puns and good at fooball coverage and football podcasts. We’ll party next year for No. 30 when it’s safe to party again.
Now for some news…
Chris Mack lit a flame under the UK-UofL basketball rivalry. The game is ON.
We need to work on Chris Mack’s trash-talking, but good for him for giving the rivalry the jolt it needed with a video he put out on Tuesday. Mack tweeted a short clip saying he will do “what’s most convenient for John and UK,” a sarcastic agreement to play the UK-UofL game whenever Calipari wants. Mack listed many instances of UofL working around Cal and UK in the past, mocking Cal for being so needy in the scheduling of the game. Here it is:
To Cardinals’ fans everywhere…. pic.twitter.com/vBMgnduWaD
— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) September 29, 2020
Not long after, Cal gave his response– a simple “see you December 26h. Can’t wait!”
See you December 26th. Can't wait!
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) September 30, 2020
Get to know this year’s Kentucky basketball team.
We now have headshots, heights, weights, hometowns and fun facts thanks to UKAthletics.com. It’s getting closer.
The NBA Finals begin tonight.
This year’s NBA Finals will be must-see TV for Kentucky fans as the matchup features two former Cats on each team, one former Cat coaching the Lakers and another former Cat as president of the Heat. It’s Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo and Frank Vogel versus Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro and Pat Riley, and Game 1 gets underway tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC.
Coach Cal is so excited he held a press conference to brag about his former players in the league. You can read the entire transcript of his comments here.
No, we haven’t forgotten about football.
Apologies for the basketball-heavy headlines this morning, but Calipari and Mack have the BBN stirring with excitement for that game. The basketball talk doesn’t mean we’re not serious about Ole Miss coming to town for UK’s home opener in Kroger Field in a few days; for more on that, we will hear from Mark Stoops on the SEC teleconference later this afternoon and then Brad White and members of UK’s defense will talk to reporters after today’s practice. Plenty of pre-Ole Miss talk coming your way.
Watch Game 1 of Braves-Reds at KSBar and Grille at noon.
After today’s show, Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond and I are sticking around KSBar and Grille to watch the Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series. Matt is of course for the Reds, I am for the Braves, and Ryan is just happy to watch baseball on a Wednesday afternoon with these great specials during the game:
Kentucky Speedway lost its NASCAR race in 2021.
Some tough news for the state of Kentucky as one of the state’s top sports venues, the 107,000-seat Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky, lost its annual NASCAR race. Kentucky Speedway has held ARCA, NASCAR and Indy Racing racing every year since it opened in 2000, and was home to NASCAR’s Quaker State 400 from 2011 to 2020. However, the new NASCAR sites were announced on Tuesday with no stop in the Bluegrass in 2021.
Kentucky Speedway’s Mark Simendinger put out a statement saying, “Of course, we’re disappointed the Bluegrass State is not on NASCAR’s schedule for 2021, as the past two decades have been filled with memorable moments that will last a lifetime. This has been a tough year for so many, but there are still wild adventures ahead.
“We will evolve into a multi-use rental complex and also seek additional entrepreneurial prospects. Kentucky Speedway is open for business, and we have the potential to host special events, commercial television production, music festivals, other racing series and stand-alone RV rallies and camping events. Change is sometimes hard, but I’m looking forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead for our facility.”
And now a summary of last night’s presidential debate: