Good morning, and happy Friday everyone!
Let’s jump right in.
Former Cats suit up in the NFL Preseason
In his second preseason game of the year, former Kentucky star Josh Allen failed to record a tackle in limited action, but he did manage to send a Philadelphia right tackle back to the fourth grade on this hit:
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) August 16, 2019
He also got the best of Eagles quarterback Clayton Thorson on a third-down play, putting a hit on him to force a punt:
Josh Allen gets in and puts hit on Eagles QB Thorson. Forces punt.
— Hays Carlyon (@HaysCarlyon) August 15, 2019
Like Allen, Za’Darius Smith also failed to register a tackle in limited action in Green Bay’s preseason loss to Baltimore.
He was in position for a huge sack on Lamar Jackson, but the former Louisville quarterback slipped right out of his hands.
Za’Darius Smith just misses the sack on Lamar Jackson. He’s not happy with himself.
— Lily Zhao (@LilySZhao) August 16, 2019
Unlike the previous two, Avery Williamson did manage to make a dent in the stat sheet, finishing with two tackles and one sack in a 22-10 victory over Atlanta.
He did, however, leave the game right before halftime with an apparent knee injury and is undergoing tests today.
Corey Peters of the Arizona Cardinals also managed one tackle in a loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Here was last night’s entire schedule and the participating former Wildcats:
- Eagles at Jaguars (Josh Allen and Bunchy Stallings)
- Jets (Avery Williamson and Jon Toth) at Falcons
- Packers (Za’Darius Smith) at Ravens
- Bengals at Redskins
- Raiders at Cardinals (Corey Peters)
Tonight, Mike Edwards (Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins, 7:30 p.m. ET), Danny Trevathan (Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants, 7:30 p.m. ET), and CJ Conrad (New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears, 7:30 p.m. ET) will all take the field, as well.
Tennessee hops on the alcohol train
This morning, Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced that the school will serve alcohol at sporting events moving forward, starting with the football game against BYU on September 7.
“I appreciate everyone whose efforts have helped us develop what we believe is a comprehensive and responsible plan for alcohol sales at home football games,” Fulmer said in a statement. “The game day experience at Neyland Stadium is historic and unrivaled, and I’m confident these new concession options will aid our continued efforts to enhance that experience for Tennessee fans and visitors throughout the stadium.”
Here is Fulmer’s entire statement:
Tennessee athletics will serve alcohol at sporting events, beginning with the BYU football game. From AD Phillip Fulmer: pic.twitter.com/tEXfw6wAcZ
— David Ubben (@davidubben) August 16, 2019
Fans can purchase a maximum of two drinks per transaction, and all drinks will be poured into clear cups, according to the release.
Tennessee now joins Vanderbilt, Missouri, Texas A&M, and LSU as SEC schools to approve alcohol sales at their sporting events.
Kentucky joined Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Mississippi State two weeks ago as SEC schools to turn down alcohol sales.
DeMarcus Cousins tears his ACL
Yesterday morning, former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins left a training session in Las Vegas after bumping knees with another player in attendance.
Not long after, reports surfaced that Cousins’ injury was, in fact, a torn ACL, likely ending his 2019-20 season before it even begins.
Cousins signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers in July, where he was set to team up with former Wildcat Anthony Davis and NBA superstar LeBron James.
In April, he tore his left quad but was able to return to the court in June to play for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. In January 2018, he tore his Achilles and had to miss an entire year.
Yesterday’s injury now means Boogie has torn his Achilles, quadriceps, and ACL in the last 566 days alone.
To put the icing on the cake, later in the evening, sports radio legend Mike Francesa made a fool of himself on the air in his comments about Cousins and the devastating injury he suffered:
Mike Francesca is a sports radio legend (even with his many errors)
What he said today about Demarcus Cousins’ injury is shameful pic.twitter.com/bYVYn1LbuB
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) August 16, 2019
Best of luck to Boogie in his road to recovery.
Sign up for the UK Alumni Club’s 2019 Annual Celebrity Golf Scramble in Northern Kentucky
On Monday, September 16, the UK Alumni Club will be hosting its annual 2019 Annual Celebrity Golf Scramble in Northern Kentucky, and they want YOU in attendance.
Until the end of the day on August 18, the cost is just $140 per person, with the rate increasing to $160 per person after that. This cost includes golf, continental breakfast, lunch, two drink tickets and admission to the awards reception where there will be hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, golf awards and the conclusion of the silent auction.
All proceeds from the event will go toward the UK Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment fund which provides scholarship money to deserving UK students from our club area. This is the UK Alumni’s biggest fundraiser of the year to help raise money for their scholarship fund, which gives out $30,000 in scholarships every year to students in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area attending UK.
Here are the event details:
Monday, September 16, 2019
9 a.m. – Registration | 10 a.m. – Shotgun Start
Summit Hills Country Club | 236 Dudley Road | Crestview Hills, KY 41017
To register for the golf scramble, head to the link right here.
KSR in an hour
Matt Jones and the KSR crew are set to end their Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass Tour with a bang, making their final stop this morning in Louisville at the Blind Squirrel in Middletown.
10 a.m. to noon. You won’t want to miss it.
LOUISVILLE…..Tomorrow KSR Radio comes to Jefferson County…10–Noon at the Blind Squirrel in Middletown
Come show how Blue reigns in Kentucky’s largest city
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) August 16, 2019