Oh hey there. How ya been? Feels like we haven’t talked in forever. That’s my bad. I took last week off to get caught up on life away from the internet and it felt good to unplug. I stayed off my phone, off Twitter, shipped my computer off for a total makeover, hit a golf ball, and now I’m clocked back in at KSR Headquarters for the daily grind. The only problem is I’m waaaaaaay behind on the news in the world so please be patient with me as I read the news as I write this recap of the weekend and what’s ahead.
NASCAR is the top story in sports today.
There will be live racing at Talladega today after weather knocked the GEICO 500 off track yesterday. The race was postponed until 3 p.m. today and you can watch it live on FOX if that’s your kind of thing.
Unfortunately, NASCAR is also in the news for something that should be nobody’s thing: racism. The sport is in the headlines this morning, not for the rare Monday afternoon run at Talladega, but for a noose found in the garage of Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s only black driver.
A statement from NASCAR reads: ““Late this afternoon, NASCAR was made aware that a noose was found in the garage stall of the 43 team. We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act. We have launched an immediate investigation, and will do everything we can to identify the person(s) responsible and eliminate them from the sport. As we have stated unequivocally, there is no place for racism in NASCAR, and this act only strengthens our resolve to make the sport open and welcoming to all.”
The culprit shouldn’t be too difficult to track down considering the track is closed to the public. It has to be someone with access to the garage and NASCAR made it clear that an investigation is underway.
KSR’s former IZOD colleague, Webb Simpson, won the PGA TOUR’s second post-COVID event.
Golf was back again over the weekend with the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town and it was Webb Simpson who lifted the trophy on Sunday in dramatic fashion. It was looking like Simpson and his struggling putter would fall down the leaderboard after entering the day in a four-way tie atop the leaderboard. But right when it looked like it just wasn’t Simpson’s weekend, he got hot and birdied five of six holes after a three-hour rain delay to win the whole the damn thing.
The ESPYs were held last night.
With no sports calendar to work around, ESPN moved its ESPY Awards to Father’s Day this year (which was yesterday, in case you forgot). The event was held virtually, of course, and centered around the current landscape of the country with a celebration of social achievements in sports.
One of the big winners from the night was Snacks, the internet sensation from Jackson State:
Jager Burton postponed his announcement date.
From the world of football recruiting, Jager Burton let it be known that he will need additional time to make his final decision regarding his college destination. Originally set for August 24, Burton’s commitment ceremony has been pushed back to a later date to allow Burton and his family more time to take all five of his official visits and thoroughly consider all options.
I will be pushing my commitment back from August 24. I want to weigh all my options and take all five of my official visits to make the best possible decision for me and my family.
— Jager Burton (@jager_burton) June 21, 2020
As is the case with all things, 2020 has been difficult on the recruiting process so it’s no surprise an elite talent like Burton will wait things out before making a decision that will impact the rest of his life. We’ll be following along until he’s ready because Kentucky is really pushing to have the four-star offensive lineman stay home.
Xavier Peters is transferring.
As I said earlier, I was off the grid for an entire week so I’m way behind on the news, and just now seeing Xavier Peters is no longer a Kentucky Wildcat. My initial reaction to scrolling down to the post here on KSR this morning (shout out to the KSR website team for good stuff all last week and beyond) is not one of shock or surprise. Peters has a ton of potential and looks the part of an NFL linebacker, but as we learned late last season, he wasn’t doing what it takes on the day-to-day to earn playing time on the field.
But it’s still a tough loss for the program because Peters has what it takes physically and it sucks to lose a linebacker who looks like this:
Now he is heading to the JUCO ranks at Garden City Community College where he can hopefully fall in love with the work it takes to turn potential into long-term success. Good luck to him.
The NBA Draft set a date and added new early entrant deadline.
The NBA Draft will now be held October 16, but let’s talk about its new early entrant deadline that gives NBA hopefuls a second opportunity to enter this year’s draft because it affects Kentucky.
Now players have until August 17 to enter the draft, which means Olivier Sarr has until August 17 to enter the draft. It also means Oliver Sarr’s pending waiver request no longer has the argument of “I missed the first window because my coach got fired the week of the deadline.” That one has been big in Sarr’s case for immediate eligibility at Kentucky because he turned down the draft to play one more year under Danny Manning, who was let go almost immediately after convincing Sarr to return to Wake Forest. This new rule doesn’t crush Sarr’s hopes for a waiver, but it certainly won’t help.
It’s Estill County’s day on KSR radio.
Tune in this morning as Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond and Shannon The Dude teach you about Estill County and recap everything from the weekend. They’ll get going at 10 a.m. with lots to say on today’s two-hour KSR show.