It’s a huge day, sports fans. HYUUUUUGE.
The PGA Tour returns today with the Charles Schwab Challenge down in Texas. The tournament field is comparable to that of a major tournament with many of the sport’s biggest stars signing up to play competitive golf again.
I spoke to Aaron Flener, the caddie for JT Poston, yesterday after they got a practice round in and he told me there is giddiness everywhere. “Everyone is excited to be back. Excited to see their buddies. It’s felt like the first day of school the past couple of days. Best part is no homework.”
I’m liking the Poston/Flener duo’s chances this week because this is how they arrived at the course yesterday:
It’s only Wednesday and we’re already dialed in. ???? pic.twitter.com/xwpOoRbjnJ
— Aaron Flener (@AaronFlener) June 10, 2020
Poston tees off at 9:18 a.m. today.
For more on the entire tournament, KSR’s own Adam Luckett wrote a preview for the tournament here.
Now for the day’s other events plus some yesterday things you should know…
— First, the latest in the life of Lynn Bowden. Around this time yesterday, WBKN in Youngstown, Ohio, reported a DEA search at Bowden’s home in Youngstown. The report was accompanied by a photo of Bowden and others in handcuffs on the front porch of the home, a real concerning situation for the second-round draft pick out of Kentucky. As time went on, we would learn it was Bowden’s grandmother’s home, where Bowden grew up as a child, but he is not one of the many official residents at the property. And while WBKN reported the recovery of “long guns” and “handguns” during the search, as well as undercover agents buying drugs at the property in the past, Bowden’s agency released a statement saying Bowden was not arrested and was released once the police completed the search.
Obviously, the shot of Bowden in handcuffs in his hometown is not the ideal start to his career as a Raider and Coach Gruden probably had him on the phone the moment he was released from the cuffs. The Raiders released a statement to say they’re aware of the situation, but Bowden hasn’t made a public comment just yet. Let’s hope for his sake that this is the end of the story because he has a bright future ahead in Las Vegas.
— Duke cheats. It hasn’t been a well-kept secret in recent years, but Coach K has remained one spot below Jesus to many in the college basketball world. That may be changing though, now that Zion Williamson’s former agent, Gina Ford, has brought new details to light in her lawsuit against Zion Williamson. One of the most damning details is Williamson’s family moved from an $895/month rental property in South Carolina to a $4,995/month rental home in North Carolina once he enrolled at Duke. Three luxury cars are also pointed out in Ford’s suit against her former client.
Now, could it be the case the Williamson family upped their spending because they knew Zion was only months from becoming a millionaire in the NBA? Of course. I don’t know the Williamson family’s finances so I can’t speak to their spending habits while Zion was a Blue Devil. But this is part of a multimillion dollar lawsuit and it’s not going away unless Zion writes a big check to protect his alma mater, so Coach K and his do-no-wrong basketball program should be a little uneasy right now.
If there was no funny business and Zion committed to Duke because he believed it was his best path to the league (LOL), there’s nothing to worry about. But if there’s some meat on this bone, Kryzyeyskwskiwsyiski and Duke could be in some trouble. (Just kidding the NCAA won’t do anything.)
— “Love Lines with Lemond” debuted on the KSR Facebook page last night. KSR’s new weekly show featuring Ryan and Amanda Lemond taking questions on their back porch will return each Wednesday night until Facebook kicks them off.
See last night’s episode below:
— The Southeastern Conference canceled SEC Media Days in favor of a “virtual” edition of the South’s four-day college football extravaganza. Originally set for July 13-16 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Nick Roush’s favorite work assignment is waved off like a Charles Walker punt return as Commissioner Greg Sankey explained, “Conducting football media days in a virtual format will provide us the opportunity to manage the event in a healthy manner as we continue to be impacted by COVID-19, and will provide flexibility for our programs to adjust their preparation for the 2020 football season according to the preseason calendar that is expected to be expanded due to the cancellation of the spring football season. We look forward to returning to our traditional media days format in 2021.”
This won’t have much of an effect on fans outside of Alabama, but it does rob two of Kentucky’s seniors from getting dressed up and flying private to a day in the spotlight.
— On today’s Kentucky Sports Radio radio show, Lee Cruse and Hayley Harmon will join the program as we talk One Hit Wonders on the show. I made a bracket with 32 songs and you can play along at home as we eliminate 31 of them on today’s two-hour show.
One programming note: when I released the bracket yesterday afternoon, “Tubthumping” was missing from the field. I don’t know how this happened because it was one of the first songs on my list, but I’ve made the necessary edits to get it back in the tournament. Update your bracket accordingly.