It’s not often we start a post here with a shoutout to the Big 12, but today is that day. After a depressing day that saw the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences throw in the towel on fall football, Big 12 presidents kept hope alive last night, voting to move forward with their plans and allowing us all to breathe a momentary sigh of relief.
Is this simply delaying the inevitable? Maybe. (Probably.) But for now, three of the Power Five conferences are planning on playing football this fall, with delayed starts and flexible schedules in place to adjust course if need be. With the Big Ten and Pac-12 citing concerns about myocarditis, a heart condition that can develop in those who have had the virus, Big 12 athletic directors were briefed by a medical panel for 90 minutes and agreed to add heart imaging tests for COVID-19 patients to their protocols to ensure football can be played safely. Meanwhile, Big Ten schools are still letting teams practice 20 hours per week even though games are unsafe? Shrug emoji.
The SEC, the Big 12, and the ACC: the unlikeliest trinity, but one we’ll take with open arms. As avid Texas fan and all-around American treasure Matthew McConaughey would say, “Alright, alright, alright.”
Yesterday was insane
Yesterday morning feels like a year ago. It’s almost impossible to keep up in this never-ending news cycle, so here’s a refresher of the top stories:
- Kenny Payne is headed to the Knicks
- Bruiser Flint will reportedly take his place
- Big 10, Pac-12 fall football is off
- UK vs. UCLA in December is off
- DeWayne Peevy is a finalist for the DePaul AD job
- University of Georgia wants students to mask up during sex
- Dr. Pepper is in short supply
Phew. What will today bring?
The Bruiser Flint news may become official
In the meantime, here are eight things you should know about him.
Yes, we’re still waiting to hear about Olivier Sarr’s waiver
Remember that? I feel like it’s going to sneak up on us when we least expect it, like a bathroom break or Episode 11 of “Instant Hotel.”
John Calipari enjoys nightly root beer floats
Kenny Payne is off to the Knicks and DeWayne Peevy may be going to DePaul, so John Calipari is drowning his sorrows in…root beer floats? Yesterday, Ellen called out her husband on his new nightly ritual:
Same, Cal, but with just beer.
Devin Booker is awesome and so are the Phoenix Suns
Unbelievably, the Phoenix Suns are 7-0 in the Bubble thanks to Booker’s 31 points per game, and, I like to think, very cool gestures like this:
The Suns surprised their players with starting lineups announced by their families at home ?? pic.twitter.com/QP72UuqdS7
— ESPN (@espn) August 11, 2020
Go Suns? Why not. Today’s NBA Bubble schedule:
- 4:00 PM (NBATV): Indiana vs. Houston
- 6:30 PM (ESPN): Toronto vs. Philadelphia
- 8:00 PM (NBALP): Miami (Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro) vs. OKC (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander [bruised right calf], Nerlens Noel [sprained right ankle], Hamidou Diallo)
- 9:00 PM (ESPN): LA Clippers (Patrick Patterson) vs. Denver Nuggets (Jamal Murray)
Game 2 of Reds vs. Royals
Last night, the Reds got their first walk-off win of the season, a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals, thanks to Joey Votto. Tonight, they’ll host the Royals again. First pitch is at 6:40 p.m.
Tomorrow: Serena vs. Venus at the Top Seed Open
Tomorrow, Serena Williams and Venus Williams will face off for the 31st time (professionally, at least), and it will happen in our own backyard. The Williams sisters will meet in the second round of the Top Seed Open in Nicholasville, just a stone’s throw from Brannon Crossing. Pardon the double negative, but that sentence will never not be absurd. You can watch it live on the Tennis Channel. The Outer Courts (Drew) will bring you complete coverage.
Here’s today’s schedule, which features 16-year-old phenom Coco Gauff:
Wings, Trivia, and the Reds at KSBar
Know what makes life better? Wings. For $20, you can get 25 of them at KSBar. Tonight is also trivia night, so come on out to enjoy the socially-distanced fun. If you’d rather do carry-out, we’ve got a special for that too. For $18, you can get two steak sandwiches, house-cut chips, and two beverages. The Reds are also playing tonight, so we’ll have our Reds specials rolling as well.
Before you head on down to enjoy some grub or pick up your order, please vote for us in the Herald-Leader’s Readers Choice Awards.
It’s Ladies Night on “Love Lines With Lemond”
When Ryan’s away, Amanda will play. Amanda and Nicole Key are taking over “Love Lines With Lemond,” so tune in to see what hijinks they get into. It’ll go live on the KSR Facebook page at 9 p.m., or you can watch right here on this very website.
KSDog of the Day
Camper is a good boy.
Radio in an hour. Maybe they’ll talk about Kenton County, maybe they won’t.