Man, what a week. It feels like we’ve been riding a nauseating, nonstop roller coaster of bad coronavirus college sports news.
The long four-day period began with players fighting back against college football’s cancellation, just in time for the Big Ten and Pac-12 to cancel the following day. There were worries the Big 12 might follow, but they’re still sticking it out, even though the NCAA announced Thursday fall sports championships will not be played this fall. They may be postponed next week, but we’ll worry about that later.
If you’re keeping track at home, FBS football is the only sport pushing forward. Six conferences and 76 teams are still planning to play football. Purdue’s Jeff Brohm created a spring football proposal for those sidelined so far and the more I talk about all of the potential scenarios, the more ready I am to throw in the white towel and get this weekend started.
Bourbon Night at KSBar
After this exhausting week, nothing sounds better than a $5 pour of E.H. Taylor. Do we really have to wait till 4 pm to enjoy some of the Colonel?
Closing Time for the Suns
The first elimination game of the NBA Bubble was a wild ride. Devin Booker’s Phoenix Suns did everything in their power to become the eight-seed in the West, finishing an undefeated 8-0 in the NBA restart. Unfortunately, they needed some help to reach the play-in game against the Grizzlies. All of Arizona (and most of the BBN) was behind the Brooklyn Nets as they sought to send home the Portland Trail Blazers.
The NBA Bubble has been so incredible, even the Nets looked great Thursday night, entering the fourth quarter with a 104-97 lead. Of course, Damian Lillard was going down swinging.
Logo Lillard is back at it ?? pic.twitter.com/A5JxPhDHC5
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 14, 2020
Lillard was such a threat from anywhere on the floor, the Nets had to pick him up at mid-court, sometimes by a double team, giving his teammates easy open looks. He still finished with 42 points (now averaging 51+ over the last three games) and made a crucial steal in the final minute. Even so, the Nets still had one shot to win and end the Trail Blazers season…
Dame’s reaction after winning the hard-fought game ?
Lillard gave it his all. pic.twitter.com/bMfypWKsPS
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 14, 2020
Even though we did not get March Madness, a guy from Weber State went for more than 40 and won an elimination game with the help of a guy from Lehigh that once upset Duke. If the playoff-version of the NBA Bubble is going to be anything like last night’s game, we’re in for a real treat.
The first ever NBA play-in game between the Grizzlies and the Blazers will be tomorrow at 2:30 pm. Portland advances to play the Lakers with a win. Memphis must win Saturday to force another game Sunday, which they also must win, if they want to get a shot at LeBron and AD. There are still four games today. Even though they’re practically meaningless, it’s still basketball.
- 1:30 — Denver vs. Toronto
- 4:00 — Miami vs. Indiana on ESPN
- 6:30 — Thunder vs. Clippers on ESPN
- 9:00 — Philly vs. Houston on ESPN
Serena Rallies to Defeat Venus
In the 31st meeting between tennis’ superstar sisters, Venus took the first set and held a commanding 4-2 in the third and decisive set before Serena proved why she’s the GOAT. The second round win at Lexington’s Top Seed Open improves Serena’s record over her sister to 19-12.
Reds Drop Game 1
Another night, another blown opportunity by the Cincinnati Reds. This time it wasn’t the bullpen’s fault. Poor base-running and the absence of clutch hitting stopped a comeback before the ball could completely get rolling, falling 9-6 to Pittsburgh. Tonight they’ll get a shot at redemption with Sonny Gray on the mound, the closest thing to a guaranteed win you’ll get from a starting pitcher. First pitch at Great American Ballpark is set for 7:10 pm.
RIP Quentin McCord
One of the best pass-catchers to ever wear blue and white has died. Quentin McCord was 42. Ranked sixth in UK history in career receiving yards, the school paid tribute to McCord by sharing some of his best moments as a Wildcat.
The late great Quentin McCord made huge plays in two of the biggest road wins in UK history.
In 1998 at No. 21 LSU, his end-around run set up the game-winning FG as time expired.
In 1999 at Vandy, he raced 80 yards for the winning TD that sent UK to the Music City Bowl. pic.twitter.com/MKdl2yddBC
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 13, 2020
It’s the KSR Golf Scramble!
The gang is in Louisville this morning as players are set to tee off at the KSR Golf Scramble. Will the weather cooperate? Maybe not. Tune in to find out if today’s event will be a wash-out.