Today the perfect storm Lexington’s seen coming for months, is finally here. Along with the figurative storm, a literal storm that could make your day much wetter.
American Pharoah could be the first horse to ever win the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic, while not far down the road the Halloween-themed blackout Wildcats could upend Tennessee for only the second time in 30 years. If both win, the City of Lexington might implode. AP’s chances are much better; Beholder was scratched earlier this week and beating the Vols just isn’t something the BBN is used to seeing.
Either way, it’s going to be a great day…if Mother Nature doesn’t rain on our parade.
Your Extended Gameday Itinerary
- 10:00 SEC Nation is LIVE from the Purple Lot off Alumni Drive, near the new practice facility
- 12:05 First Post of the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland. Fans at CWS can watch on screens near Gate 1
- 3:30 KSR Pregame Show on 630 WLAP, with Mrs. TT and I subbing in for Matt Jones
- 4:15 Dee Jay Silver starts spinning tracks
- 4:30 Trick-or-Treating for the kids begins at various locations around CWS
- 4:55 The G Funk All Stars (whoever they are) take the stage
- 5:15 The Cat Walk
- 5:30 “Cat Talk to the Cat Walk” with Freddie Maggard and Christi Thomas
- 5:35 Post time for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic
- 7:30 Kickoff on the SEC Network
- An hour after the game ends — The KSR Postgame Show
Some Advice You Need to Know
Don’t bet on American Pharoah. If you cheer against him you are not a Great American, but betting for him is a waste of money unless you plan on keeping the ticket as a souvenir. A good way to hedge your happiness is by betting on the field, primarily the two horses that gave him a defeat during their last outing, Frosted and Keen Ice. That way, if AP loses you still win money, and you’ll win more money because their odds aren’t ridiculously low like AP’s.
Secondly, don’t creep out SEC Nation’s Kaylee Hartung. I’m looking at you Kentucky Joe! While the jokes about Kaylee and Matt are pretty funny, and she is a beautiful human being, don’t forget that she is exactly that – a human being. We don’t often get the football spotlight, so let’s do ourselves a favor and not look like complete idiots. But by all means, show up, be loud, be proud, and come say Hi to me. If you’re nice enough, I’ll make sure your picture gets on KSR.
Will it Rain?
After calling for a washout earlier this week, the rain may hold off until later in the night. How late? Who knows. Most likely it will stay away until after the Breeders’ Cup Classic but it’s (literally) still up in the air for the football game. All we can do is expect the worst and hope for the best.
Josh Dobbs may be a Rocket Scientist, but…
…his flow cannot compete with Patrick Towles. THE DUDE DOESN’T EVEN HAVE EYEBROWS! I know it’s some kind of medical condition but I don’t care. You can have one giant eyebrow, but having no eyebrows is just flat out creepy.
One Knoxville Reporter is Camping out for the Game
Newspapers are doing some strange things for online traction, and this is one of them. I don’t understand the skeleton but I hope he brought a tarp to keep his tent from getting soggy.
It would be an injustice if this site failed to acknowledge the death of Bill Simmons’ brainchild, Grantland. ESPN laid off 350 people last week, and this is appears to be another financial cutback. The longform writing was not only an inspiration for many people on this site, but it also helped us get through the week, whether it was Mark Titus’ hysterical College Basketball Power Rankings or Andy Greenwald’s Game of Thrones recaps, Grantland was an outlet enjoyed by many. Many of the writers will assume other roles writing for ESPN, and if you miss some of their old pieces, they are forever archived here.
Reminder: Kentucky has Beat Tennessee Before
It was the first win in the all-black uniforms and the first win over Rocky Top since 1985. I was a sophomore in college, arguably the best semester of my two dozen or so. I still wear the blackout t-shirt from the Miss. State game from earlier in the year, the one we lost 16-28. Ironically, Miss. State is the last team we played on Halloween night, falling to the Bulldogs 31-24 in 2009. Hopefully the Cats in black start the beginning of the end of my college career on a high.