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Wildcat Quickies: Tent City Edition

The madness before the madness, Tim Tebow hits a home run, JJ Watt on injured reserve and more.

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NCAA Basketball: Kentucky Media Day Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning BBN, happy Thursday! We are upon the time of Tent City, the party that celebrates getting tickets for Big Blue Madness.

There’s space to camp out, food, live events, and of course, tickets to Big Blue Madness.

Thursday night will be especially significant, as Calipari and the team will be on hand to hand out food and appear on “Tent City Live.”

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Your quickies

Nick Saban talks about upcoming matchup against Kentucky - WTVQ

Saban acknowledges that Kentucky looked improved this past week, and that improvement will need to be accounted for.

CBS’ top 25 (and one) - CBS

The Cats are No. 2 in the rankings thanks to Calipari’s recruiting efforts, behind only Duke.

Kentucky coaches using new word to describe Boom Williams - Herald-Leader

Kentucky’s coaches are now describing him as mature, and Williams has talked about that maturation process.

Football practice report - Herald-Leader

Looking at defensive improvements, Mikel Horton’s exit, and other player updates.

Denzil Ware stepping up - Courier-Journal

Ware had a breakout performance in the win against South Carolina, and is eager for the matchup against Alabama.

Mark Stoops Q&A - Herald-Leader

Stoops talks Horton, Alabama’s defense and a freshman quarterback.

What to watch for in the SEC in Week 5 - ESPN

Saban and Stoops are reunited in a way you’ll never believe.

Other sports news

Mets’ Tim Tebow homers in first professional at-bat - USA Today

Tim Tebow’s professional career couldn’t have started any better.

Texans place JJ Watt on injured reserve - USA Today

Watt is out until at least December, a big blow to a Texans’ defensive line that has been impressive this season.

Cubs reward Theo Epstein for his rebuild efforts - USA Today

Epstein gets a five year extension for his ability to turn the Cubs around so quickly.

Seahawks sign C.J. Spiller - ESPN

The Seahawks were in need of a healthy running back, so they’re signing Spiller to a one-year deal.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have both announced their retirements - Fox 13

Two of the biggest Celtics stars in their 2008 championship run have called it quits on legendary careers.

Red Sox clinch AL East - Yahoo! Sports

This Sox got their third AL East title in 10 years after after the Baltimore Orioles beat the Blue Jays.

Other news

Blackberry has finally exited the smartphone manufacturing business - Forbes

It’s about time; I can’t remember the last time I saw a Blackberry.

Samsung’s self-destructing washing machines are latest woe - USA Today

It’s been a rough period of time for Samsung, as they have yet another product destroying itself.