Good, great, glorious Thursday morning to all of you. It’s a great day to be alive. From head to toe, I can feel it in my bones, today is going to be a great day.
Why am I so optimistic? Because yesterday was the worst day.
Nothing particularly bad happened. Wednesday was just an awful, good for nothing day. It all started when I was informed I could not return the light bulbs I purchased at Kroger. I was fully aware and understood why Kroger was not accepting returns at this time. Even so, I could not stop quarantine anxiety from building and building the rest of the day. I tried napping it away, no luck. Went outside to walk it out and somehow became even angrier. None of my top-notch stress-relievers worked until I treated myself to fajitas, cold beer and my favorite TV show, Survivor.
During this trying time we’ve received an unending amount of information on how to live our best life while social distancing. Sometimes none of it helps. Sometimes the day just sucks and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. And you know what, that’s okay. This pandemic is unlike anything we’ve dealt with in our lives. The good news? We can see the light at the end of the tunnel and that is why today’s going to be a good day. Tell ’em Big V.
Kentucky will Reopen in May
Governor Andy Beshear unveiled the first phase of Kentucky’s reopening plan. It begins May 11 with manufacturing, construction, vehicle dealerships, dog grooming and horse racing reopening for business. More specifically, the backside of Churchill Downs will once again welcome in horsemen and thoroughbreds. The racetrack has not yet set a starting date for the spring meet, one that will begin without fans in attendance.
Retailers and houses of worship will reopen May 20, followed five days later by barber shops and beauty salons. Restaurants and daycares will be a part of the second reopening phase and remain closed during the month of May.
Today would have been Thurby
I’m going to try not to think about all of the cocktails I would have enjoyed or the money I would have won picking ponies over the next three days. Instead, I’m going to handicap the two divisions of the Arkansas Derby and play the ‘What If’ game with Churchill’s virtual Triple Crown race. Morning lines have been set and I don’t think Secretariat is a big enough favorite.
This morning at 10 a.m. you can begin picking who you believe will win the race. Your donation goes to COVID-19 emergency relief programs and enters you for a chance to win a Kentucky Derby 146 VIP experience.
NIL Rights Coming to College Sports
It’s not officially official yet, but yesterday the NCAA’s Board of Directors announced they are backing legislation that would allow student-athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness. It will take almost a year for the legislation to pass through various committees before it goes to a vote in Jan. 2021.
Mrs. Tyler Thompson dug into the nitty gritty details. A few rules stand out above the rest.
- There’s no cap on money that can be made.
- It will be regulated, but exactly how is unknown.
- Boosters can employ student-athletes but they must pay “fair market value.”
- Student-athletes cannot use school logos to promote their products.
- Agents can be used to support and manage a student-athlete’s business interests.
- Shoe deals are exempt.
- Nope, there’s still no NCAA video game.
Steve Forbes is the Leading Candidate at Wake Forest
Days after terminating Danny Manning, Wake Forest appears to have found their guy. Jon Rothstein, Gary Parrish and every other college basketball reporter has tabbed ETSU’s Steve Forbes as the leading candidate to take the job in Winston-Salem.
The SEC Network Roasts an Injured QB
One SEC Network social media manager made a mistake Wednesday night. Their attempt at viral humor went wrong in the worst way. The video below is objectively hilarious. You can’t watch it and not laugh.
The SEC Network social media manager thought it would be funny to take the audio from that classic clip and put it over top of Terry Wilson video. That’s not a bad idea if Terry Wilson was coming off another incredible season and poised for an All-SEC performance. It’s a tone-deaf idea when the player is coming off a season-ending injury.
It was bizarre that the source of this video was the SEC Network. Lambasted by the BBN, they quickly removed the Tweet. It was online long enough to add some more motivation to Mark Stoops’ troops.
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) April 30, 2020
KSR’s Tour of Counties Continues
Today Matt Jones and the KSR crew are dishing on Boone County and Matt’s stomping grounds in Bell County. Listen in at 10 a.m.