Good morning, #BBN!!! I hope everyone is having a good weekend and is ready for what should be a nice, relaxing Sunday. Since the NBA and MLB began their seasons, today may actually be the barest sports schedule we’ve had. The NBA has the day off before beginning the playoffs on Monday, and the Reds are not in action after a positive coronavirus test within the clubhouse.
Without a whole lot to prep you on for today, let’s just hit a couple of the stories you may have missed yesterday, and then you can go on about your Sunday.
NBA Playoffs are Set
Yesterday afternoon the Portland Trail Blazers came back in the fourth quarter to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 126-122 in the 8 seed play-in game. Damian Lillard, who was named the MVP of the seeding games, scored 31 points and dished out 10 assists to earn the right to play the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
The playoffs will begin tomorrow afternoon with a slate of four games, starting with the Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz at 1:00.
Despite Devin Booker’s playoff bid with the Suns coming up just short, there will be some other former ‘Cats to follow in the playoffs this year. As always, you can follow resident BBNBA expert Zack Geoghegan for all the information on that front.
Cole Cubelic Likes the ‘Cats
MY 2020 SEC power rankings: pic.twitter.com/HucOkIqMCE
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) August 15, 2020
As we all continue to cross our fingers that there will be a football season at all, the SEC Network’s Cole Cubelic delivered some high praise for the UK football team.
Cubelic placed Kentucky at No. 5 in his SEC preseason power rankings yesterday. The ‘Cats came in ahead of Texas A&M, Auburn and Tennessee, three teams that most “experts” have placed ahead of UK in their own rankings. Please, PLEASE let there be football!
Parents Rally to Save Big 10 Football
Speaking of football, Big 10 Commissioner Kevin White postponed the football season earlier this week and has obviously faced a lot of backlash since making that decision. Fans across the country were upset about the idea of no football in 2020, but parents have stepped up to the plate now and are asking for a meeting with Commissioner White.
A group of parents from Ohio State and Iowa want to “get direct answers and to have a say in the decision-making process.” Nebraska families have also spoken up, as well as some individual parents from other conference schools. You can read more on the subject in Jack Pilgrim’s article here.
Reds Season is on Hold
Late Friday night it was announced that a member of the Cincinnati Reds had tested positive for the coronavirus, which immediately threw a wrench into their upcoming schedule. Yesterday and today’s final two games of a homestand against the Pittsburgh Pirates have been postponed as further testing is done.
So far, the initial positive test is all that they have, so if it is able to be contained there is even talk that they could return to the field as early as tomorrow to play a double-header against the Pirates. Both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh had scheduled days off tomorrow. The Reds are scheduled to travel to Kansas City on Tuesday.