Okay, “normal” might not be the best word to describe what we have been witnessing on our televisions this weekend. Even though it has been a busy weekend in terms of news, things are still very different.
There are cardboard cutouts in the stands of Major League Baseball ballparks, plexiglass around portions of the NBA sideline, and then whatever it was that Lou Williams REALLY did when he left the Bubble. Regardless, it is nice to turn on SportsCenter in the morning and have actual sports coverage and highlights. Let’s get caught up on some of the top stories from yesterday and look at what will be coming our way today.
Oh, and I almost forgot, Good Morning BBN!!!
Reds Rubber Match
After splitting the first two games of their series against the Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati will look to take a series-deciding game three this afternoon at 1:10 p.m. EST. Trevor Bauer will be on the mound for the Reds. So far this season, the Reds starting pitching staff has lived up to the hype. Sonny Gray gave up just three hits while striking out nine and allowing one run in his Opening Day start. Then, last night, Luis Castillo was dominant in his six innings of work, striking out 11 and also allowing just one run. Hopefully, Trevor Bauer will keep the streak of quality starts alive this afternoon. As always, I’ll have a recap up on the site postgame.
NBA Scrimmages Continue
We are just a few days away from real games taking place in the Orlando Bubble, but there are still scrimmages going on as players tune-up for the season restart. Here is today’s NBA Scrimmage schedule:
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel) | 12 p.m. ET
Phoenix Suns (Booker) vs. Boston Celtics (Kanter) | 1:30 p.m. ET
Indiana Pacers vs. Dallas Mavericks (Kidd-Gilchrist) | 4 p.m. ET
Portland Trail Blazers (Gabriel) vs. Toronto Raptors | 6 p.m. ET
Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies | 8 p.m. ET
Tune in to NBA TV this afternoon to see Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the OKC Thunder at noon, followed by Devin Booker and the Pheonix Suns at 1:30.
Top Football Recruit Commits Today
#Bama will try to add its 4th five-star in the 2021 recruiting class tomorrow when Michigan native Damon Payne announces his decision on @CBSSportsHQ at 3:30 p.m. CT. Finalists include Bama, USC, Arizona State, Kentucky, and Michigan Statehttps://t.co/tAhSSbiFwb pic.twitter.com/urszdXeXU1
— Tim Watts (@TimWatts_BOL) July 25, 2020
We may not get to roll the YAHTZEE dice today, but there will be a Kentucky hat on the table this afternoon when five-star defensive tackle Damon Payne picks his school live on CBS Sports HQ. It looks like his decision will come at 3:30 p.m. Central, 4:30 Eastern Time today. After successfully recruiting Justin Rogers and Marquan McCall out of Michigan, Steve Clinkscale kept the ‘Cats relevant in Payne’s recruitment all the way through to the end. However, it is expected that he will commit to Alabama this afternoon. Along with UK and Bama, Payne is also considering USC, Arizona State, and Michigan State.
Lynn Bowden Cashes In
Them hard times don’t last moment of my life officially a LAS VEGAS RAIDER this one for Superior ???? pic.twitter.com/rlkv4wqTnT
— Lynn Bowden Jr (@LynnBowden_1) July 25, 2020
Bowden is officially the newest member of the Las Vegas Raiders. On Saturday, the Raiders signed their 3rd-round pick to a four-year deal worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $4.7 million dollars. A cool $1 million dollars will come Bowden’s way via his signing bonus as well. I think I speak for all Kentucky fans in saying that I couldn’t be happier for the former Wildcat. Congratulations!
Adam Kunkel is Headed to Xavier
After some initial contact with the Kentucky Basketball staff was reported, former Cooper High School star, Adam Kunkel, decided to take his talents to Xavier. Last season at Belmont, Kunkel led the team in scoring with 16.5 points per game. He will sit out this season and then have two remaining years of eligibility for the Musketeers.
Today is a beautiful day across the Bluegrass so get outside and enjoy the sun! As always, you can swing by KSBar as well for some awesome Reds Game Day specials. Have a great Sunday!