The debut of the NBA Bubble is finally here. Tonight four teams will officially restart the season in Orlando to determine playoff seeding. Over the next two weeks, NBA basketball will be played pretty much around the clock, quenching the hunger for fans starved of sports.
The night begins with a Zion Williamson showcase (even though he may not play), pitting the New Orleans Pelicans against the Utah Jazz at 6:30 pm ET on TNT. Following that game it’s the Battle for Los Angeles as the Clippers take on the top-seeded Lakers. Anthony Davis was sidelined in a Saturday scrimmage after he was poked in the eye. He received one more evaluation from doctors Wednesday night, but the plan is to play today.
As Davis dunks on fools in the Bubble, Shannon The Dude will be lacing up his shoes to walk 50 miles. Set to depart from KSBar and Grille at 10 pm, he has 20 hours to complete the STD Trail to receive $5,000 from PowerStep. However, Mother Nature may interfere before the event begins. Heavy storms are in the forecast. Keep your fingers crossed that Lexington will be spared from the downpours long enough to let Shannon show the BBN if he is truly the ultimate endurance athlete.
ACC Announces Fall Football Schedule
The Atlantic Coast Conference became the first of the final three Power Five conferences to break. Wednesday afternoon the league announced each team will play 11 games over 13 weeks in the fall of 2020: five home ACC games, five away ACC games and one nonconference game played in the school’s home state. There is only one “division.” The two teams with the top winning percentages will meet in the ACC Championship Game. Notre Dame will play a full ACC schedule and share revenue from its NBC telecasts.
The announcement left the door open for the Governor’s Cup to be played in 2020, but that decision may have already been made. Just as ACC news broke, Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated reported that a majority of SEC athletic directors approved a 10-game, SEC-only schedule for this fall. Not yet finalized, SEC presidents will discuss the matter and potentially ratify the action today.
If the Governor’s Cup is eliminated and the SEC opts to add the two conference opponents that are next in the rotation, LSU will come to Kroger Field this fall and the Wildcats will travel to Ole Miss. The best opportunity to defeat the defending National Champs is in the middle of a massive rebuild (even though they still have arguably the best CB and WR in the nation). Ole Miss should be near the bottom of the SEC West barrel in Lane Kiffin’s first year, yet the BBN’s first opportunity to tailgate in The Grove in a decade will likely be eliminated.
CFB Players Sitting Out
Earlier this week Illinois’ Ra’Vonn Bonner, a running back with asthma, became the first college football player to announce he was sitting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. On Wednesday Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley became the first big-name player to throw in the towel. Projected to be a first round NFL Draft pick, Adam Schefter said he’ll spend the fall preparing for the NFL Draft.
Another Transfer will get a Waiver
Everyday a new college basketball transfer not named Olivier Sarr is granted a waiver to play right away. Yesterday Rodney Howard, a center transferring from Georgia to Georgia Tech, became the fourth player in 48 hours to receive the good news. When will Sarr’s day come? Your guess is as good as anyone’s.
Nick Senzel and Mike Moustakas returned to the lineup and the offense immediately returned. Moustakas went yard and Nick Castellanos served his former team a grand salami to surge to a 9-0 lead in the fifth inning. Of course, the beleaguered bullpen gave up seven runs but after another excellent start, Sonny Gray still got the win by a final score of 12-7.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 30, 2020
The Reds can split the series with the Cubs tonight when the first pitch is thrown at 6:10 pm.
Another Louisville City Loss
The Boys in Purple are just 1-3 since the USL restart after falling 2-1 to Sporting KC II just days after defeating them 1-0. At least Cameron Lancaster buried one beautiful free kick to keep it close.
— LouCity FC (@loucityfc) July 30, 2020
St. Jude Invitational Begins
Before the NBA season tips off, golf will be on your television screen. The world’s new No. 1 player, Jon Rahm, will be warming up for the PGA Championship in Memphis with 90 percent of the world’s top 50 golfers. You can watch coverage on the Golf Channel from 2-7 pm today and Friday, but don’t worry if you miss any early action, there will not be a cut at this weekend’s event.
A Fresh Batch of Content
Over the last 24 hours there’s been a content blitz a Kentucky Sports Radio. The Sources Say Podcast shared what they’re hearing from UK’s early basketball practices, Adam Luckett and I broke down Kentucky’s running game on 11 Personnel, and Aaron Torres spoke to Jake Paul and Nate Robinson ahead of their boxing match on the Tyson undercard. Still not enough? The Macks got you covered.
KSR’s Tour of Counties Continues
Just because there’s more to talk about, doesn’t mean Matt and the KSR crew aren’t still going to highlight a Kentucky county. Today they’ll be shining a spotlight on the Jarrod Polson’s stomping grounds of Jessamine County.