Happy NFL Sunday KSR readers! It’s been far too long since I’ve gotten to put on the A.J. Green jersey and waste away the entirety of a weekend on the couch, digesting hours upon hours of football. If you’re not a fan of any particular franchise, hopefully you’re at least stressing out over your fantasy team today like the folks from the brilliant FX (now FXX) series, The League. The show is in its fifth season and centers around a group of selfish, immature narcissists in a fantasy league whose self-worth is measured by beating their somewhat-loved-ones in fantasy football, and bringing home the first place Shiva trophy.
Regardless of if you’re a casual NFL fan, a diehard, or a fantasy guru, the day that comes before Monday just got a whole lot better.
Here’s your links:
– Jennifer Smith looked a little deeper at the adjustments the coaching staff made to the defense after seeing Miami’s warm ups. Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot said, “I thought for sure they were bluffing,” “They weren’t running the offense that we had practiced all week, they weren’t running the offense that they ran last week, and they weren’t running an offense that they ran all last year.”
– Neal Brown felt the Air Raid was more successful this week because of the hard work the team put in at practice. “I thought the difference today was the kids came out and had a different aura about them,” Brown said. “We were really hard on them this week in practice. I didn’t think we played with the tempo we wanted to last week. We didn’t play as hard as a unit as we played at the other stops I’ve been. We didn’t play as physical.”
– The newcomers to Kentucky’s offense showed us a glimpse of the future under Mark Stoops. Ryan Timmons, Jeff Badet, Javess Blue, and Jojo Kemp were all top contributors in yesterday’s game, and Neal Brown said it was in large part due to their history of success prior to joining Kentucky. Unlike some veteran players who’ve been beaten down, the staff doesn’t have to build up their psyches.
– Mark Stoops was more nervous than he let on about his first home game as a head coach; Avery Williamson’s gesture to give him the game ball after his first win meant a lot to a new coach after that first W. There were lots of feelings on display during post-game in the UK lockerroom. How can you not love that?
– Teddy Bridgewater and Co. looked solid against Eastern Kentucky at the Pizza Stadium yesterday. See why they’re still not satisfied.
– Commonwealth Stadium officials are restricting the size of bags brought into games this season, and it was put into practice for the first time yesterday. Purses/bags may not be larger than 13.5 in x 10 in x 7 in. Put more simply, your bag is going into a plastic bin, if it won’t fit–it can’t go inside. Many stadiums have similar rules, and it was no big deal for me yesterday, so don’t fret UK fans!
– James Ulis doesn’t see Tyler and Tyus joining forces at Kentucky a la Eric Bledsoe and John Wall. “I would never say never,” James Ulis said, “but I would think if you asked Tyler and asked Tyus, they would say they play the exact same position at the exact time in the game.”
– Watch Eric Lindsey, editor of CoachCal.com, interview our favorite Blue Devil–Jay Bilas. Jay thinks this Kentucky team is “very talented.”
– There are still tickets available to Monday’s charity alumni game.
– After Southern Cal’s 10-7 home loss to Washington State, Trojan fans want Lane Kiffin out. It’s amazing how a coach with a history of failure in Oakland and Tennessee is translating his lack of success to his next overpaid head coaching gig? Who would have thunk it.
To close out your morning links, watch Jason Taylor make a half-court shot look easy. Because, of course he does.