Yesterday, we had college football, Major League Baseball, LeBron James and the NBA Playoffs, Tennis, Golf, etc., what have you. Today, we get pro football, too. It’s the first Sunday of the NFL season; at KSR (and KSBar), we’re pumped! Let’s get to today’s rundown:
The NFL is all the way back
Thursday’s opener between the Chiefs and the Texans gave us the first pro football game since February (somehow only seven months ago) and today kicks off the first full Sunday slate of NFL games in 2020. Here’s how the schedule shakes out:
Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons
New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills
Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Football Team
Las Vegas Raiders @ Carolina Panthers
Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints
Los Angeles Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals
Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers
Dallas Cowboys @ Los Angeles Rams
Football from one to sundown. And for Cincinnati fans like myself, it’s the dawn of the golden age. Heisman winner and 2020 No. 1 pick in the draft, Joe Burrow, will put on that beautiful tiger-striped helmet for his first time today as Cincinnati hosts the Los Angeles Chargers in the late afternoon window.
The NFL is also as stocked as it ever has been with former UK talent. Today, Lynn Bowden Jr. (Dolphins) and Logan Stenberg (Lions) will make their pro debuts after both were drafted back in April, and Bowden has already switched teams since then. Here are all of the former ‘Cats on pro rosters, per OurLads:
ACC, Big 12 open their seasons during College Football week 2
Nobody was more amped for the 2nd week of college ball than this Charlotte 49er:
— Nick Carboni (@NickCarboniWCNC) September 12, 2020
Louisville, the rest of the ACC, and the Big 12 kicked off their seasons yesterday. In typical fashion, Clemson throttled its overmatched conference foe, Louisville beat Western Kentucky in a season opener, and the Big 12 underwhelmed enormously.
Big 12 representatives Iowa State and Kansas State both lost to Sun Belt squads; Arkansas State narrowly got the best of KSU while Iowa State was begging for mercy in a 31-14 route at the hands of Louisiana. Plus, the Les Miles-led Kansas Jayhawks gave up 38 points in a 15-point loss to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Don’t worry, Big 12, it could be worse, you could not be playing football at all this fall like your northern brethren. Speaking of which…
Big Ten leaders scramble to make football happen
According to Yahoo’s Pete Thamel:
Sources: The Big Ten presentation by the Return to Competition Task Force has ended successfully today. The full 14 Big Ten Chancellors and Presidents will meet tomorrow are expected to vote on return to play in next 72 hours. Today is the step before the step.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 12, 2020
The 14 chancellors are supposedly meeting today with the hope of getting the train back on the tracks with the Big Ten’s plan for college football. After jumping the gun and prematurely canceling fall sports, the Big Ten dug itself into a hole while the jolly fanbases of the ACC and Big 12 cackled at their expense, watching their teams in action for the first time this weekend.
Either way, it looks like the Big Ten could hit the gridiron this fall after all. We’ll see how the meeting turns out.
The Lakers take care of Houston
In landslide fashion, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers advanced to the Western Conference Finals last night with a breezy 119-96 victory that had LeBron netting 29 points while Davis added 13 and 11 rebounds.
The Lakers will take on the winner of the Clippers-Nuggets series. The other Los Angeles team currently leads 3-2 and is expected to close out Jamal Murray and Denver today at 1 p.m. on ESPN. If Denver fights off elimination for 48 more minutes, we’ll have another Game 7 on our hands Tuesday.
The Swamp burns
Yesterday, Griffin Stadium — “The Swamp” — Florida’s iconic football stadium of 100,000+ seats caught on fire.
According to our guy Pete (again), a golf cart initiated the blaze but it was put out quickly and should not affect the tail-kicking Kentucky will hand the Gators in a few weeks or the rest of Florida’s schedule.
The Reds lose again
This time to St. Louis! Thanks to a five-run sixth inning from STL and a measly one-run, three-hit day from the entire Cincinnati offense, the Cardinals sailed to victory, evening the series at one apiece with the deciding game throwing its first pitch at 2:15 this afternoon.