Drew Franklin and Mark Lemke, a winning combination in the fall of 2020.
Since the Atlanta Braves began their coronavirus plagued playoff run, prior to every game Mr. Franklin spread good vibes by simply Tweeting a picture of an old baseball card. The magic of Mark Lemke gave the Braves so much mojo, they became the first team in the history of Major League Baseball to being postseason play 7-0. It was a wonderful run, one that might now be done.
Prior to game three of the NLCS, Mr. Franklin forgot to share his picture of Lemke. Without their mojo, the Los Angeles Dodgers scored approximately 73 runs in the first inning and that’s hardly an exaggeration. LA had 15 runs before Atlanta even sniffed the scoreboard in one of the most lopsided losses in playoff history.
Did Drew kill the Braves? Will he try to cut out the Cats next? Can anyone stop him?
These questions must be answered, starting tonight at 8:00 pm ET. It’d be a real shame if Drew ruined the Braves’ chance at a World Series, a real shame.
COVID-19 comes for the SEC
It was a rough Wednesday for the Southeastern Conference. A day after suspending all football activities, Florida was forced to postpone its matchup with LSU until December. Days after almost upsetting Alabama, Lane Kiffin revealed that Ole Miss is in the midst of an outbreak. Hours later at Alabama, Nick Saban revealed he tested positive for COVID-19. Few coaches have set a better mask-wearing example and Alabama instituted daily testing. Still, it forced Saban and athletic director Greg Byrne to self-isolate.
“I personally think I did a really good job of trying to manage my personal space. You have to respect this disease and the spread of this disease,” Saban said. “My message would be adhere to protocol of what people are informing us to do –wash your hands, wear a mask, social distance.”
Steve Sarkisian will take over the coaching duties for Saturday’s highly-anticipated matchup with No. 3 Georgia in Tuscaloosa. Saban will still be a part of the team’s preparation for the game by watching each practice via Zoom.
“I didn’t leave the country. I‘m just right down the street. We’ve got the technology. We’ll keep everything as normal as possible.”
Stoops Speaks One More Time
Mark Stoops will be back in front of a podium this evening to speak to the media via Zoom. Unlike many Thursday media opps, this one should have some significant injury news as the BBN impatiently awaits to hear if Josh Paschal or Bryce Oliver will be able to play against Tennessee this Saturday. We’ll have updates to share around dinnertime.
Thursday Night Football
Thanks to the delay caused by Drew’s Titans, the previously scheduled Thursday Night Football game between the Bills and the Chiefs was postponed to Monday night. Have no fear, college football is here to save the day. Arkansas State will take on Georgia State at 7:30 pm on ESPN to make sure football fans have at least one game to watch tonight.
New Sturgill Simpson
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sturgill Simpson challenged his fans to raise money for charity. He promised to perform a free live show and record a new album if hey answered the call. Now it’s time to pay the piper. After performing in front of an empty crowd at The Ryman, Sturgill has turned some of his most beloved songs into Bluegrass jams. Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 1 drops tonight at midnight.
Two New Podcasts
Matt Jones and Drew Franklin will be picking an assortment of football games this weekend with Jay in Lyndon and a special guest on tonight’s episode of Free Money. Before the show goes live, Freddie Maggard and I will get you ready for Kentucky-Tennessee with a new edition of the Depth Chart Podcast.
Impending Eligibility for Sarr
The SEC rule slowing Olivier Sarr’s transfer waiver request explicitly forces a non-grad transfer with one year of eligibility remaining to have a year of residency prior to gaining said eligibility. The NCAA’s decision to grant all winter athletes a free year gives Sarr two years of eligibility. Now the SEC rule does not apply, giving Sarr the green light to play this year.
The decisions made by the NCAA’s Division I Council this week are kind of a big deal. We won’t fully know the scope of the consequences from the admission of the one-time transfer rule and the implementation of NIL rights for years.
Get Ready Morgan County
Not to be confused with Morgantown, today the KSR County Spotlight heads east to Morgan County.