The Big Blue Daily Mail -- Back in the Saddle Edition

I'm back in the saddle again
I'm back
I'm back in the saddle again
I'm riding, Im loading up my pistol
I'm riding, I really got a fistful
I'm riding, Im shining up my saddle
I'm riding, this snake is gonna rattle
                  -- Aerosmith, Back in the Saddle Again

I'm now fully recovered from my recent junket and ready to ride the blogosphere again.  Good to be fully back, locked and loaded.  It's time for some FOOTBAW, and already I'm seeing advertisements for the SEC/Big East basketball challenge games and loving it.  This is the last weekend of the relatively quiet period for A Sea of Blue, we are now shifting into full-blown Wildcats sports mode.  Nothing but games from now until (hopefully) April.

First, I want to make you all aware of the new SBNation.com.  It has changed dramatically for the better, and is a great place to go to get details on any game.  Content not just from SBN blogs, but other sources including Dr. Saturday Matt Hinton and Eamonn Brennan will be available in the new "story stream" format.  I think you will enjoy it.

Second, just a comment on some of the games yesterday.  I must admit, I am much more impressed with South Carolina than I was, and much less impressed with Georgia.  That was a great game yesterday, and the Gamecocks really put a scare into their neighbor to the South, and between the hedges no less.  And after a CUSA team (Houston) beat Oklahoma State, I think how I look at Georgia will significantly change.

And the USC-Ohio State game was another really good game.  I came away wondering what all the hype was about with Terrelle Pryor, and wondering if the shoulder injury suffered by USC's frosh QB will be a problem, but it was a good contest that validated some of my assumptions about both teams, and disabused me of some others.

Congratulations to Michigan for a huge win against Notre Dame.  I have to admit being a closet Michigan football fan, at least to the extent that they are my favorite Big Televen team.  I also have a soft spot for RichRod, and I'm glad to see that he is turning that program around.  The young QB Tate Forcier was very impressive for a freshman.  Fun game, too bad I only got to see the highlights.

I watched the Florida game until it got out of hand.  I think Florida may have a few defensive issues, but their offense is a machine that will probably be able to outscore almost anybody.  But the game, as you might expect, got boring about halfway through the second quarter.

Rivalry Week is coming for UK.  Louisville comes into Commonwealth Stadium next Saturday at noon, and I am really looking forward to this game.  I am well aware that Louisville is entirely capable of upsetting UK, but this is the first time in a while I feel like UK has a notably superior team on paper, and even though we may well lose, it feels good not to be the underdogs for once.  Be sure to keep an eye on the SBNation Louisville Cardinal blog, Card Chronicle, for how the other side of the rivalry is thinking.  Now, for the news:

Top Stories

UK Basketball News

UK Football News

Other UK Sports News

NCAA Sports News

  • Okay, Fortson ‘tweeted’ inappropriately
    Before you make any self-righteous remarks, look in the mirror and think long and hard. Remember when you were somewhere between the ages of 18 and 21. If you can honestly say to yourself you carefully considered every single comment, phrase or remark you made without making any mistakes, please step to the front of the line, kneel down and prepare to be knighted.

    Heh. Thank God Twitter did not exist when I was in college. I would never be able to show my face in public if it had.

  • Arkansas chancellor supports Pelphrey
    The chancellor of the University of Arkansas gave unqualified support Friday to basketball coach John Pelphrey, calling him the man who is "going to turn it around" after police investigated three players over an alleged rape.

    The dreaded vote of confidence.

  • Bluegrass State Basketball: Ex-Cat Travis Ford Earns Extension at Oklahoma State
    Good for Travis Ford. I'm glad to see him doing so well.

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