The Cincinnati Reds continue to find creative new ways to let down their rabid fanbase. Wednesday afternoon they took offensive incompetence to unforeseen new heights.
For the first time in 24 years, an MLB postseason game went to extra innings as a scoreless tie. That’s after the Reds had runners on first and third with no outs in the top of the first inning. As you’ll see, it became a reoccurring theme for David Bell’s ballclub against the Atlanta Braves.
Once they got to extra innings, the Reds invented a new way to play baseball. In this game, whoever gets the most runners on base without actually crossing home plate is the grand champion of the world. The Reds are first ballot Hall of Famers in this game of choke.
They loaded the bases. They put two on. They loaded the bases again. They received one opportunity after another to win the game. Instead, future NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer can’t get a win to open the Wild Card Round.
The Cincinnati Reds are the first team in MLB postseason history to record 11 hits without scoring a run.
Devastation Incorporated was a nickname one KSR caller wanted to name the 2015 Wildcats because of their ability to suffocate opponents. The Reds fit this nickname perfectly because they can expertly ruin every Cincinnati fan’s day in the most unusual way. Maybe today is the last day of heartbreak for Reds fans, but Luis Castillo will try to keep the boat afloat for one more game when the first pitch is thrown in Atlanta at 12:08 pm ET on ESPN.
Even though the graphic says Wednesday, you can still enjoy specials and watch the Redlegs this afternoon at KSBar and Grille.
Lakers Rout Heat in NBA Finals Game 1
The first game of the NBA Finals was a display of dominance by LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat took an early lead, but the final three quarters were all LA. They led by double digits for most of the game, thanks to Davis’ game-high 34 points. The Heat will get a chance to even the series tomorrow night.
Joey Gatewood is Eligible to Play Saturday
Mark Stoops’ Monday comments were prophetic. He shared with the media that the SEC was voting to eliminate restrictions for intra-conference transfers during the bizarre football season that has been plagued by COVID-19. Wednesday evening Greg Sankey approved a number of waiver requests, including quarterback Joey Gatewood’s, as the league anticipates the addition of the one-time transfer rule next year.
“It must be stated unequivocally that these approvals are solely a reflection of the unique circumstances present and should not be interpreted as endorsement of the rationale set forth by individuals seeking these waivers,” Sankey said. “These are unprecedented times in which decisions about eligibility and competitive opportunities demand consideration of the current challenges facing our student-athletes and schools as a result of COVID-19.”
In addition to Gatewood, Tennessee offensive lineman Cade Mays will be eligible to play this Saturday as well. Ole Miss’ Otis Reese, a safety that transferred from Georgia, will remain sidelined as he awaits a decision from the NCAA.
Will Gatewood actually play?
Xavier Peters’ transfer waiver was a popular offseason topic of discussion in 2019. When he was approved just before the Florida game, the BBN was prepared to see him eat sack lunches immediately. Peters never saw significant snaps and transferred to JUCO at the end of the year.
Gatewood is by no means destined to follow a similar path, but expectations must be tempered. Even though folks were quick to pick up their torches and pitchforks to bench Terry Wilson, Gatewood’s role in the near future will be limited. There will probably be a trick play or two where Eddie Gran fights Kiffin’s two-quarterback fire with some fire of his own, rolling Terry and Gatewood out there at the same time. Aside from that, Gatewood will probably run a little Wildcat for the Cats, especially if the red zone woes continue.
Mark Stoops Speaks
We’ll likely receive more clarity on how the situation unfolded this evening when Kentucky’s head coach speaks with the media one final time before the Wildcats return to the field to take on Ole Miss Saturday at 4 pm ET.
Ready to Return Home
It may look different, but it will be a beautiful sight to see when the Cats return to Kroger Field this Saturday.
“I can’t wait wait, just to be back out there on Kroger Field with the boys. I’m just ready to play some ball,” said Josh Paschal. “Of course, we’re still going to have fans so I expect the fans to be loud. I know BBN will come out and do that. It’s going to be a good one.”
Yusuf Corker echoed that sentiment. “I’m very excited. I can’t wait for the first home game and hopefully get my first pick. I’m really excited. I can’t wait to see the fans. I can’t wait to see how loud they’re going to be.”
Mike Edwards Lost a Bet
The Kentucky Badger made a deal with a couple of Auburn teammates. On Wednesday he had to pay the piper by wearing an Auburn shirt underneath his practice jersey. The polo, shoulder pads combo is unlike any fashion trend I’ve ever seen.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) September 30, 2020
Edwards may have los a bet on Saturday, but he won on Sunday.
Mike Edwards can ball. Great insurance to have on this team. pic.twitter.com/EyNeiVEp2j
— JC Cornell (@CornellNFL) September 27, 2020
Avery Williamson in Primetime
Tonight might be the worst Thursday Night Football matchup in the history of Thursday Night Football. Tonight the winless Jets will host the winless Broncos. If you need to find a reason to watch football, at least former Wildcat #54 Avery Williamson will be able to tee off against a Denver team that is on its third quarterback this season.
“We want to have that winning feeling again,” Avery Williamson said. “We haven’t had that in a while. We’re ready to just go out there and bring some good light to this team, so we’re definitely really hungry and ready to go out there and execute.”
Joe Buck and Troy Aikmen will have their work cut out for them tonight. God bless the foolish football fans (like myself) that will actually suffer through this game.