The Good News: UK can’t lose this weekend. The Bad News: we can’t watch UK this weekend.
After five consecutive weeks of excitement, it’s time to recharge the batteries. I am going to enjoy the hell out of it because frankly, it has been exhausting. This football team refuses to win easily, with all five games decided by 8 points or less, a first in school history. The timing of the Bye Week is perfect, allowing the team to get healthy after some tough early games. The next stretch of four weeks – Auburn, Miss. State, Tennessee and Vandy – will be just as grueling before things lighten up down the stretch.
For all of you that can’t afford time to recharge your batteries, listen to the KSR Podcast and catch up on all your KSR football coverage from this week.
Something Will Probably Happen in the Louisville Scandal
It’s almost inevitable. For the last 8 days, the story has continued to grow, adding different twisted elements each day. It was funny to start, but now it’s just kinda sad. I feel bad for my UofL fan friends. I really do. I can’t imagine the emotional stress they’ve been put through, and they don’t even have a football game to act as a distraction.
I do not feel sorry for Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich or President Ramsey. You reap what you sow and they are finally seeing their hard work come to fruition.
Bam Adebayo is in Town
Edrice “Bam” Adebayo is a Top Ten player in the nation. The 5-star power forward is one of the top three at his position, but he’s much different than current UK commit, power forward Wenyan Gabriel. Gabriel is lengthy and plays with more finesse, whereas Bam plays with a lot of BAM! He goes strong to the hole in the paint before finishing with authority.
Bam has been a top priority for Calipari, but it will be tough to sway him away from his home state of North Carolina. UNC is very active in his recruitment, and there is talks of a package deal at NC State along with 5-star point guard, Dennis Smith Jr. We’ll keep you updated on any developments as the day goes on.
Kash Daniel once again unleashed his inner wrestler, spending his Friday night suplexing players all over the football field. After Mark Stoops saw Kash put on a show in Paintsville last week, he spent last night in Woodford County at Drake Jackson’s Senior Night. Trey will be around later today with recaps from a wild night of high school football.
LSU is Embracing South Carolina with Open Arms
The flooding disaster in South Carolina has forced the Gamecocks to move their home game to Tiger Stadium. Arguably the most difficult place to play in the nation, LSU is at least trying to make it feel somewhat like home. They’ve lent South Carolina a charter jet, the band is learning South Carolina’s fight song, and the team is giving Spurrier the keys to the stadium, a touching symbolic gesture. It’s easy for LSU because South Carolina is terrible, but nonetheless, it’s an encouraging sign for humanity to see SEC brethren helping one another out.
Keeneland will be CRAZY
Everyone I know within a 20-mile radius of Lexington will be at the beautiful racecourse today. Unfortunately, my day off will be spent at a wedding in the Buckeye State, which cannot compare to shooting the Kenneland Breeze with the ponies. I do have a race tip for today: #2’s will be hot, don’t hesitate to put them in your exacta box.
The Martian is DEFINITELY Worth Watching
We’ve given it a lot of free pub on the site this week, but it’s well-deserved. I always thought going to the movies alone was weird, but I attended a matinee on Wednesday by myself and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. It’s not too long, but long enough at around two hours. Interstellar was cool, but I’ve seen it multiple times and still can’t understand it. The Martian is great because it’s practical – you can imagine this as a possibility in the near future. It will put you on the edge of your seat, and you will leave the room smiling.
USA and Mexico are Facing Off
It’s being hyped as one of the biggest U.S. Soccer matches ever played outside of the World Cup. Jurgen Klinnsman’s job will be in jeopardy if he loses to Mexico and fails to qualify for the Confederations Cup. Without regular football, you can at least get crazy at a bar for America’s other football. The action begins at 6:30 from the Rose Bowl on Fox Sports 1.
And now, relive the most exciting soccer moment of my lifetime.