Who’s ready for some warm weather, relaxation, and hot dog eating contests on this beautiful Fourth of July holiday?
Better yet, who’s ready for warm weather, relaxation, hot dog eating contests, and real-life basketball on your televisions?
If you’re a fan of any or all of the above – you’re lying if you say you’re not – you have a big day ahead of you.
We’re gonna keep it simple here at KSR and keep smaller news items to a minimum today as we all celebrate Independence Day, but don’t worry, we’ll still have plenty on the site to help you pass the time and get you caught up on the latest in the world of UK Athletics.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest will be held live at noon
One of the greatest Fourth of July traditions is back this afternoon, as the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest will take place live from Coney Island at 12:00 p.m. ET.
While there will be no fans in attendance and the event won’t take place at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Brooklyn as usual – it will instead take place at a private location with COVID-19 safety measures in place – we’ll still get to see eating juggernauts Joey Chesnut and Miki Sudo dominate the competition live on ESPN.
Chesnut is seen as the heavy betting favorite to win his fifth straight eating title and 13th time overall on the men’s side, while Sudo is the favorite to win he seventh straight title on the women’s side.
Competitors will have ten minutes to eat as many Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and buns as they can, and we’ll be here for all of it with a Live Blog right here on KSR.
Make sure you tune in.
Basketball is BACK
Who’s up for some live basketball?
This afternoon, The Basketball Tournament makes its highly anticipated return to action starting at 3 p.m. ET., with four games set to take place throughout the afternoon and into the night.
Over ten days, 24 teams will face off in a fully-quarantined environment in Columbus, Ohio, with the winning squad taking home $1 million. Games will be broadcast on ESPN with a star-studded lineup of announcers on the call, including Dan Dakich, Seth Greenberg, and Fran Fraschilla. Once again, the TBT will feature the popular “Elam Ending,” which eliminates the game clock after a certain point and features teams playing toward a target score.
Game one (3 p.m.) will feature (9) BIG X vs. (24) D2, with the former boasting numerous big-name players from the Big Ten, including Ohio State alum C.J. Jackson and Michigan State product Nick Ward.
From there, (12) Brotherly Love will take on the (21) Stillwater Stars at 5 p.m., with the latter featuring former UK target Le’Bryan Nash.
Game three will be between (16) House of Paign and (17) War Tampa at 8 p.m. War Tampa boasts the likes of former NCAA Tournament foes Fletcher Magee (Wofford) and Bryce Brown (Auburn).
The night will close with a matchup between (13) Team CP3 and (20) Primetime Players at 10 p.m.
Tyler Thompson will be back this afternoon with a rundown of all the TBT players for Kentucky fans to keep a close eye on throughout the next 11 days of basketball.
Skyy Clark joins KSR’s Sources Say Podcast
Just a day after earning an offer from John Calipari and the Kentucky basketball program, 2022 five-star point guard Skyy Clark joined KSR’s Sources Say Podcast to discuss the offer and what it means for his recruitment moving forward.
Among the topics discussed:
- How did the conversation go with John Calipari and the UK coaching staff?
- Who was more excited about the offer, Skyy or his father?
- What does it mean to be the first prospect Calipari has offered without seeing in person at this stage?
- Is Kentucky recruiting him for the class of 2021 or 2022? Or either?
- When is he hoping to make a decision?
- Clark breaks some news about his reclassification plans
- What are the biggest factors in choosing a college and potentially making a jump to 2021?
We’ll have a couple features on Clark’s specific quotes throughout the day, but until then, though, check out the entire Zoom call with the five-star guard below:
While I’m not going to spoil the surprise, it’d be of great interest for Kentucky football fans to pay close attention to social media and the site later this afternoon. There may be reason to celebrate even more on this beautiful Fourth of July holiday.
I’m not saying, I’m just saying.
UKCAT8FAN has come out of retirement
If you’ve been following along throughout the John Calipari era in Lexington and have gone out of your way to watch highlight videos on YouTube, I guarantee you’ve stumbled upon a few montages from video creator Tim Matthews, better known as UKCAT8FAN.
After a brief hiatus – he had only put up four videos in the last five years – UKCAT8FAN is back and better than ever with yet another impressive montage.
Check out his latest installment below:
While you’re at it, check out one of his most popular videos from the past, highlighting Kentucky’s 2012 national title team: