It’s been a sad Saturday for me; the first weekend since July I’ve been without Kentuccky football. Even though it wasn’t always pretty, there was always something to look forward to on Saturdays. Instead, we were stuck with a slow news day in the BBN. But don’t you worry, tomorrow the men’s (6:00 pm, SEC Network) and women’s (2:00 pm, ESPN3) basketball teams return to the hardwood against in-state foes (EKU and Louisville) to appease your college basketball appetite.
Marshall County HoopFest
It’s been a busy day for Big Blue recruits in West Kentucky. Kenny Payne represented the Cats alongside Bruce Pearl and Bill Self (and eleventy million other top assistants).
Carlton Bragg’s squad beat Derrick Jones’ by 6, dropping 25 points and 13 rebounds, 19 in the second half. Cheik Diallo is still facing off against Oak Hill before Thon Maker faces off against Malik Newman. As a side note, Newman told Adam Zagoria that Isiah Briscoe at UK is “encouraging.” Take that as you will.
Volleyball’s Season Ends
The Cats’ homecourt advantage wasn’t enough to will them past Ohio State, falling in four sets in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Craig Skinner’s Cats finish their season with a 27-6 record after their 10th consecutive NCAA appearance.
Karl Towns has a Scary Statement
#BBN Be ready to see a different KAT tomorrow.
– Karl-Anthony Towns (@KATis32) December 7, 2014
The only logical option is that the Big KAT has morphed into a Saber-tooth Tiger, and I’m talking about a scary one, not the wimpy yellow Power Ranger.
There were only a few moments in the 3rd quarter where Mizzou might have had a chance against Bama, but it the SEC Championship was the Tide’s from the opening kick. It didn’t help that Mizzou’s Shane Ray was kicked out of the game in the second quarter, but nobody was stopping Amari Cooper. The guy broke almost as many records as he did tackles. I just want to see who thinks they can beat ’em.
The State Football Championships Come to a Close
Corey Shelton’s one-handed touchdown catch late in the 4th quarter forced OT vs. 1A juggernaut, Mayfield.
The fact that the KHSAA calls it the “Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl” is pretty lame, but it’s one of the most exciting weekends in sports around these parts. WKU’s L.T.-Smith Stadium is the perfect venue for an event that reminds you of why you love sports. The most exciting game of the weekend was for the 4A title. The Highlands Bluebirds have produced legendary football players like Jared Lorenzen, Patrick Towles and James Hall, proving for the 23rd time against Owensboro why they’re one of the best programs in the state. The full results:
1A: Mayfield 28, Williamsburg 27 (OT). Williamsburg lost in the worst way. After a failed PAT in OT, Mayfield scored on the first play before a game-winning PAT. It’s Mayfield’s 3rd title in a row before they move to 2A next year.
2A: DeSales 26, Newport Central Catholic 0. The Big D held NCC to 50 yards on 50 offensive plays, winning back-to-back titles.
3A: Belfry 14, Louisville Central 7. Central had a chance to tie it late in the 4th quarter, but a 4th down pass was overthrown, out of the end zone.
4A: Highlands 49, Owensboro 42. Highlands was trailing 42-21 at half before shutting down the Red Devils in the second half for their 7th title in 8 years.
5A: Pulaski County 14, Graves County 7. PC takes home their first state crown in last night’s wet finale.
6A: Trinity 47, Dixie Heights 14. “I’m SO surprised.” – No one
I had the opportunity to provide color commentary for the alma mater, DeSales, and boy did I have a ball. Jeff Piecoro better watch himself, or somebody might slide in and take that job.
James Franco Hosts SNL
I haven’t missed many SNL’s over the last 5 years, but I’m starting to stay away. I want to love it, but the jokes just haven’t been there. Even with Chris Rock and Jim Carrey hosting recently, it still hasn’t lived up to SNL standards. I want to like the current cast, but they have to show me something. Here’s to hoping Franco can save the day for SNL (and for at least one Seth Rogen cameo).