Good morning and happy Friday, ladies and gentlemen. Summer time can be slow for sports fans, but this summer is somewhat unique with two major soccer tournaments linking us to the Rio Olympics: Copa America in the US, and today the UEFA Euro in France begins.
For soccer fans, tomorrow will be Soccer Apocalypse as both tournaments will be ongoing and featuring five games total. The Fighting Teddy Roosevelt's of the USA end the day playing Paraguay at 7pm EST on Fox Sports 1 for a chance to move into the knock-out round (here's a brief preview of that game).
If one needs a sporting event to supplement the NBA Finals, baseball, or you just need a healthy injection of nationalism in your life, you could do worse than these two tournaments.
Tweets of the Morning:
Soon. pic.twitter.com/7WgDZ7ExSX— UK Stoops Troops (@UKStoopsTroops) June 9, 2016
The first team meeting of the year! pic.twitter.com/rJD4Lqd85m— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) June 9, 2016
#UKTF advances five on Thursday at #NCAATFhttps://t.co/FGNuFYH0da— UK Track & Field (@KentuckyTrack) June 10, 2016
- New assistant coach in charge of special teams and the inside linebackers had his very own press conference yesterday.
- It's been reported that Mark Stoops doesn't like satellite camps; however, when you read his comments his concerns mostly seem directed towards the individuals who set up the camps. There's a fine line in between what these individuals facilitate, and what got Oregon football sanctioned. Stoops, in my readings, has not said the camps aren't useful for identifying talent that wouldn't otherwise pay their way to Lexington to see campus (e.g. Florida recruits).
Other Kentucky sports
- Track and Field is looking to build on last year's NCAA Championship performance. To follow along on today's proceedings check out their Twitter for updates as well as BDD and WW's gracious contributions in the comments.
- Junior swimmer named Academic All-American.
- The tennis team can also boast about having two All-Americans.
- Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe any Kentucky player was selected in the baseball draft last night. For a preview of the event, check out JLev's post from yesterday.
- The Leach Report: Friday Wildcat Links
- Ivan Rabb will spend another season in Berkley.
- Staying on the West Coast, USC is caught by its own success.
Other sports news
- Via The Ringer, Lebron playing at the 4 made a key difference for the Cavs in Game Three.
- Kevin Iole writes about Muhammad Ali's journey coming to an end today at his funeral in Louisville.
- Hockey legend Gordie Howe has also passed away.
- If you're into sports media news, Awful Announcing thinks Fox Sports "Embrace the Debate" strategy is doomed to fail because it's not doing enough to differentiate itself from ESPN.
- Netflix has studied your watching habits, and how we binge-watch programming.
- WoW has gotten bad reviews, but one prominent critic liked it.
- Speaking of video games, I bought Overwatch recently making it my first new video game in years. No regrets as it's the most fun I've had playing online in nearly a decade. If you'd like to crush our enemies, see them driven before us, and hear the lamentations of their women, then add me on Xbox Live at "WhiskeyTangoOne".