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Wildcat Quickies: Winning Time Edition

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The Cats hit a critical part of their schedule, Cal wants August basketball, the Giants move on to the NLDS and more.

NCAA Football: New Mexico State at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning BBN, these are your Thursday quickies. The Kentucky Wildcats football team has hit a critical point in their schedule; this is the season that everyone expected a 6-6 breakthrough, and if they don’t win most of their upcoming games, there will be a lot of trouble within the program. Not only will they have pretty much no shot of making a bowl, but Mark Stoops’ seat will get hotter than its ever been before. Kentucky has Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee, Austin Peay and Louisville left to go on their schedule. They need four wins, and their best bet is to beat Vandy, Mississippi State, Mizzou and Austin Peay. That’s much easier said than done, and if they don’t check Vanderbilt off that list this week, the program may be on track for heavy turn over next year. There’s no doubt that the Cats look better on the field than they did at the start of the season, but if that doesn’t translate to a .500 record at the end of the day, not enough progress has been made.

Tweets of the day

It won’t be easy trying to stop these guys driving the lane when they’re doing this in their workouts.

Your quickies

De’Aaron Fox looking to continue Calipari point guard legacy - Courier-Journal

Playing under a head coach who recruited Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose, John Wall and Brandon Knight brings a lot of pressure, bu Fox has the chance to be one of the best to play the point under Cal.

Bunchy Stallings emerging on o-line for Cats - Courier-Journal

Talk about commitment; this redshirt sophomore practices his zone steps on the way to class and in the classroom.

Seth Greenberg scouts the Cats - KSR

There’s a lot of praise to go around in this scouting report from Greenberg.

Football practice report - SEC Country

Stephen Johnson is focusing on fumbling issues and Dorian Baker has returned to practice.

Vanderbilt says they may have big play plans for UK - Herald-Leader

Here’s to hoping that if the front seven can’t snuff those big plays out, the lanky secondary can shut down any trick passes, or whatever Vandy is planning.

Calipari proposes “spring football” for college hoops - SEC Country

Cal wants as much basketball as he can possibly get, proposing action in August.

Other sports news

Giants beat Mets to move to NLDS - Sports Illustrated

Madison Bumgarner was as good as it gets (which is pretty normal for him), and the unsung hero Conor Gillaspie hit a 3-run home run in the ninth to send the Giants to Chicago for the NLDS.

Man suspected of Toronto beer throw plans to turn himself in - USA Today

How they didn;t find this guy in the stadium, I don’t know, but the man who threw a beer at Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim is expected to turn himself over to the police.

Lamar Jackson being compared to Mike Vick, Vince Young - CBS

Scouts see flashes of two of the great mobile quarterbacks in the league’s history; the athleticism is certainly there.

Bill Belichick refuses to answer Tom Brady questions - USA Today

Pretty much all you could get out of the Patriots head coach was that they are working very hard in preparing to play the Cleveland Browns.

Cam Newton being sued for allegedly trashing a mansion - CBS

$270,000 is one hefty bill to pay for trashing a Los Angeles mansion. It hasn’t been a good week for Newton.

Other news

Smoking phone prompts plane evacuation in Louisville - ABC

The phone was a Note 7 that was supposed to be a replacement for the owner’s old Note 7 that had been recalled. Oops.

New study shows humans can live 115 years - New York Times