Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.
Today’s lead story is Kentucky senior linebacker Courtney Love, who has been nominated to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, which honors the dedication of college athletes to essentially being very good people, by volunteering to help others and making a positive impact on people’s lives.
Some of his accomplishments meriting this award can be found at the UK Athletics site.
Tweet of the Morning
- The Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale predicts Kentucky with a mid-pack finish in the SEC East. I’m hoping for better.
- Two Kentucky players have been named to watch lists: Benny Snell Jr., who’s on the Maxwell Award watch list, and Jordan Jones, who’s on the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list.
- Lonzo Ball to miss summer league showdown with De’Aaron Fox. Naturally, this has prompted some... derision:
- Calipari’s critics get more fuel from USA U19 loss to Canada. Of course they do, but do they even need more fuel?
- The cases for and against John Calipari going back to the NBA. It’s a rehash, but hey,. it’s summertime.
Other Kentucky sports
- Kentucky baseball has a top ten recruiting class:
“Makayla (Epps) was one that stood out and was able to keep her spot,” Sky assistant coach Carlene Mitchell said. “I think she understands that she’s in rare air, there’s not a lot of rookies that made rosters, especially someone that was drafted in the third round, so I think she’s just taken the approach everyday that she will do whatever it takes to help our team
- The best and worst from SEC Media Days, Day 1. Bret Bielema’s phone strikes again.
- More Bielema here. Personally, I think he’s gunning to replace Steve Spurrier as the go-to quote for media types.
- Mizzou is not changing SEC divisions, contrary to some rumors. Rock M Nation takes care of them.
- The start of the NCAA basketball season could be three days earlier if current NCAA legislation is adopted.
Other sports news
This is an amazing story about a young athlete who developed a rare malignancy in the flower of her athletic career, and continues to battle it to this day.
Cancer, especially as we age, tends to become very real for us. It has certainly become very real for me, and while some may feel cancer stories morbid despite the courage of those battling the disease, I think it’s helpful for us to look it straight in the metaphorical eye. Modern science has not cured cancer, but it has turned most versions of cancer from an automatic terminal diagnosis into a chronic condition that can be managed. This story is about such a case, despite it’s extraordinary rarity and terrifying persistence.
The human condition is about how we live with what life gives us, and in that respect, this is a very inspiring story which can give us all hope. It also highlights how far we’ve come, and the back story is that we wouldn’t be there without the brave people who enter clinical trials, and the dedicated physicians who labor, largely in anonymity, to defeat one of humanity’s most intransigent foes.
- Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has been a source of wonder for ... well, as long as I can remember. NASA’s Juno mission recently flew by the anomaly and gave us our closest look ever.
- Mars’ surface is discovered to be too toxic to support life. HG Wells smiles.
- The Large Hadron Collider has detected a previously unknown type of heavy particle.