The Breeder's Cup begins today in Lexington and will be held at Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, Kentucky. This is a very big deal for the city and for Keeneland as many never thought that the prestigious race would be held at such a small venue. But the fine folks at Keeneland put it together and promise what is sure to be an amazing weekend in horse country.
Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh is in the odds-on favorite to win, especially since Beholder scratched. American Pharoah brings even more celebrity to the event and spectators will be chomping at the bit to get a glimpse of the champion in action. This will be the horse's last race, it would be amazing if it went out a winner.
Those of you attending the Kentucky Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers football game may want to brace yourselves for traffic delays and mass confusion. The best bet would be to get there early and tailgate all day. The weather should hold out, only a 30% chance of rain throughout the day.
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Kentucky Wildcats Football:
The 2016 schedule came out yesterday in cased you missed it. The trip to Alabama is the game that stands out and that one should be a doozy. The 'Cats road schedule is quite brutal with trips to Gainsville, Tuscalossa, Knoxville, and Louisville to close the season.
Go Vols 24/7 gives us the match-ups against Kentucky on Saturday. Tennessee has the advantages in running the football, stopping the run, the X-factor, and special teams. They are even in the passing game and defending the pass. I hope the Wildcats pull out some Halloween tricks and give us a treat at around 11:00 PM because I think the make-up of this game doesn't bode well for the boys in blue.
Matt Elam was thrust into starting duty against Mississippi State due to Melvin Lewis' injury. Elam under-performed but he is looking to build upon that performance. Kentucky is really going to need him to step up against the Tennessee running attack of Jalen Hurd and Joshua Dobbs.
And don't forget, tomorrow night is a black out!
Kentucky Wildcats Basketball:
There are few recruits that I think were born to play at Kentucky. Karl-Anthony Towns, Travis Ford, and Tyler Ulis are just a few that come to mind that embody everything we as fans want from our players and seemed to have been tailor-made for the program. Even though he hasn't committed yet (but he will), add De-Aaron Fox to that list. Back in September when John Calipari visited Fox at his home, the number one point guard in the class of 2016 brought along a kid that attends the same high school as Fox. That kid is Seth Barnett, a 16-year-old with cerebral palsy.
Fox knew that Seth was a die-hard Kentucky fan and that he really wanted to meet coach Cal, so he invited him over to meet the coach during his in-home visit. Coach Cal was in the Houston area yesterday to see Fox but he made it a point to stop over to also say hello to Barnett at school. Cal posed for pictures with Seth and signed an autograh for the special needs teen.
This is why I'm proud of our basketball program, our players, and John Calipari most of all. He goes out of his way to make the lives of those around him special. De'Aaron Fox is also a special young man for taking the time out of his important college decision process to make the day of a fellow teenager
While other programs are receiving black eyes due to scandals involving academic fraud, improper benefits, and salacious escorts, the program in Lexington continues to be the standard on and off of the basketball court.
That's all I'm going to do for basketball today because frankly that is enough.
Sports News Around the Country:
Weekly SEC power poll over at Team Speed Kills is out. The Wildcats stand pat at 11 while the LSU Tigers rise to the top and overtake the Alabama Crimson Tide.
I know this is just a commercial for a car dealership, but I just love DeMarcus Cousins. He's made for TV and would be a stand-up comedian if he wasn't a pro basketball player.
Uh-oh! Louisville is in hot water once again as president James Ramsey is under fire for dressing up like a Mexican for Halloween along with the rest of his staff. Look, I'm not going to pretend to be offended by this, but I can see where Mexican-Americans might be. But I find it funny that UofL has the reverse Midas touch. That may be the most hated university in America right now.
Jackie MacMullan writes for ESPN that the New England Patriots haven't reached their peak yet.That's a scary prospect for the rest of the NFL. Tom Brady is playing pissed off and every play to him is the most important play of the game, even when they are obliterating a team. Start up that perfect season talk.
Even though the Clippers blew out the Mavericks last night, Mark Cuban still managed to get in some digs at the Clips and DeAndre Jordan. Remember over the summer that Jordan was committed to a contract with the Mavs but at the last moment opted to stay with the Clips. Cuban is mad online.
Gallery of awesome jack-o-lanterns. My family carved ours last night. My pumpkin was...something.
NASA has revealed satellite photos of ancient earthworks in Kazhakistan. The structures are amazingly complex and large. Mysterious alien technology used to build ancient megastructures? The experts say yes.
My god, I love everything about this.