Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.
The frustration of the day, or more likely the week, is the fact that many sports publications, including Phil Steele’s magazine, predict a huge drop for Kentucky after losing a number of key players from last year’s team.
Jason writes that USA Today thinks Toledo is better than the Wildcats this season. Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader laments that the aforementioned Phil Steele magazine, self-described as the “most accurate” over the last 21 years, predicts that UK will be absent from the post-season this year. Of course, Steele et. al. had an interesting prediction last season for Kentucky:
Some good news for UK fans: Steele didn’t have the Cats projected to go to a bowl game last season either, and Kentucky ended up with its best showing in decades. In 2018, he projected UK to finish fifth in the SEC East and said the Cats would need to pull a few upsets to make it to the postseason, which they did. Kentucky also finished tied for second in the East.
How’d that prediction work out again, Phil? Refresh my memory, I seem to be having a “senior moment.”
Okay, well, enough of that. Suffice it to say that one excellent season with a fairly favorable schedule does not make believers of CFB insiders who have spent their lifetimes looking down on Kentucky, and being rewarded for doing so as the Wildcats obligingly took their place as the co-doormat of the East. I can’t really blame them for their skepticism, and I’m quite certain there is no small number of UK fans who mostly agree with them, if not in the specific, certainly in general.
Count me among the dissenters. I expect UK to have a good season this year, winning as many as eight regular-season games. To be fair, I am a well-known UK apologist and irrational optimist when it comes to football. It’s not exactly a growth industry, but I think times have changed. We shall see.
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- Despite losing the outstanding C.J. Conrad to graduation and the NFL Draft, Kentucky assistant Vince Morrow thinks that UK quite possibly has the best tight ends in the country in Justin Rigg and Keaton Upshaw.
- Former Kentucky commit who wound up at Western Kentucky has troubles:
Former Ashland Tomcats star and one-time UK commit Quinton Baker dismissed from WKU football team https://t.co/b45qghEKhG— Mark Story (@markcstory) August 19, 2019
- Defense was Kentucky’s calling card last season. If UK is to be successful this year, it will be the offense that makes it happen.
- Kentucky trending for 4-star All-Purpose Back Michael Drennen II.
- Kash Daniels’ passion drives and inspires his Kentucky teammates. We really need a big year out of him.
- Kentucky still in the mix for 2020 #1 point guard Daishen Nix.
- Everything you need to know about Kentucky and the Michael Avenatti business.
Related: Speaking of Avenatti, it’s a rat-fest of motions flooding his pre-trial. Good, nobody in this mess deserves to look good, Avenatti least of all. What a loathsome human being.
Other Kentucky sports
- The cost of college football recruiting, and winning, has risen to astronomical levels.
- Six SEC teams make the AP top 25.
Other sports news
- Covering the really important stories: Popeye’s chicken sandwich is better than Chick-Fil-A’s. I don’t know, I haven’t tried it. But I know I love Chick-Fil-A.
- Matt Jones blames senate candidate Amy McGrath for getting him fired from the Hey Kentucky! show. I have no idea about that, but what I can say is that I think sports and politics are a poor mix that people keep trying, and failing, to get right (Jemelle Hill, Dan Le Batard, Kurt Schilling, Keith Olbermann and Colin Cowherd all have some relevant experience).
At some point it may be wort considering the possibility that the two are like oil and water.
To Matt’s credit, his sense of humor is still intact:
Always the way I dreamed of one day being in the Washington Post... https://t.co/XFatPl25Bk— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) August 19, 2019
- Truth, forsooth:
Even the blue checkmark doesn't save some Tweeps from deficient reading comprehension.— Brian Eldridge (@BriEldridge) August 20, 2019