It’s not often that we start our days with science here at Kentucky Sports Radio, but later today, NASA and SpaceX will launch two Americans into space for the first time since 2011.
At 4:33 p.m. EDT, astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will lift off from Cape Canaveral in the Crew Dragon spaceship atop a Falcon 9 rocket. They’re expected to arrive at the International Space Station tomorrow around 11:30 a.m. to meet up with the three astronauts already on board: NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. Amazingly, the length of their trip is to be determined (between a month and 110 days) based on how long it takes them to conduct their research.
Dragon Dawn pic.twitter.com/mz1EzU5GSO
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 26, 2020
The weather could complicate things. Not only is there a chance of storms, officials are keeping an eye on conditions in the Atlantic Ocean in case the astronauts have to abort the mission and the spaceship falls into the sea.
NASA and SpaceX are set to carry two astronauts to the International Space Station in what will be the first manned mission from U.S. soil in nearly nine years. @tomcostellonbc reports on the final preparations and how severe weather could interfere with the launch. pic.twitter.com/XJfyjT0soz
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 27, 2020
Godspeed, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. You got this.
Around these parts…
ICYMI, UK has a plan for bringing the football team back to campus
Yesterday, Matt Jones was given details of the University of Kentucky’s plan to bring the football team back to campus. You can read the entire thing in the post below this one, but in short, players will return to Lexington in stages throughout June and will only be allowed to begin workouts when they have been tested and cleared of any potential medical issues. As for games, UK is planning for a variety of scenarios, including limiting the stadium’s capacity to 20,000 (1/3 capacity). Keep in mind this is all subject to change depending on the how the virus reacts this summer.
The NHL has a plan for the postseason
Yesterday, the NHL announced its plans to return to action. If able to resume play, the league will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight to the playoffs with 24 teams instead of the usual 16. The games will be held inside empty arenas in two hub cities, with players, coaches, staff, and personnel limited to arenas, hotels, and practice facilities with aggressive COVID-19 testing and protocols.
When all of this gets underway remains to be seen, but the No. 6 Nashville Predators will take on the No. 11 Arizona Coyotes in the play-in series. I’ll have my catfish ready to throw from home.
The Funkhouser podcast crew will square off in Listicuffs
If you’re like me, you’ve been missing the Funkhouser podcast. Sadly, I can’t report that Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse’s podcast is back, but the two did square off in the latest episode of Listicuffs, which premieres tonight at 7 p.m. on this here website and YouTube and is bound to be entertaining.
We’ll catch up with Joe Crawford
Throughout the pandemic, Bradley McKee’s been checking in with former Cats via Zoom. Yesterday, he chatted with Joe Crawford. The full interview will drop on KSR’s YouTube page later today, but here’s a preview:
This week I chatted with former Wildcat @JoeCrawford5. Here's a clip of Joe talking about how he and @dreamsmooth stuck together for their senior season and played for Coach Gillispie. pic.twitter.com/BrMtLRA3N2
— Bradley McKee (@Bradley_B_Roll) May 26, 2020
A new Matt Jones Podcast
Matt’s back in the podcasting game. On Monday, he caught up with Tony Vanetti, and yesterday, Bomani Jones. Today, he’ll check in with another old friend: Gregg Doyel. Make sure you’re subscribed to the Matt Jones Podcast Feed on Apple, Podbay, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Link of the Day: Two rivals come together during quarantine
In 1961, Maysville’s Darrell Hill (who went on to play for Adolph Rupp at Kentucky before contracting mono) and Harrison County’s Kellar Works almost came to blows during the 10th Region Championship Game. Fifty-nine years later, the two have buried the hatchet. Click here to read their story, which will hopefully inspire you to mend your own friendship fences.
KSR Dog of the Day
Meet Harley, who loves his UK Basketball.
Happy anniversary, Mr. TT!
Finally, happy anniversary to my wonderful husband Matt. It’s hard to believe it’s been eight years since we said “I Do” on the blazing hot roof of Paradise Park on Broadway, but I think the quarantine has made us stronger than ever (your patience as I gave you a haircut was truly inspiring). Here’s to many more!