Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.
Kentucky football — it appears to be coming, pandemic and all. What it will look like from a fan in the stands standpoint is still an open question, and that will definitely have an impact on the game.
We haven’t really considered it much, but it struck me this weekend as I was watching one of the players interviewed at the PGA Tour’s Charles Schwab Challenge this weekend (I forget who it was), where he was asked if the lack of crowds had any impact. He explained that from his standpoint, it really did.
How much more will a reduced or absent crowd matter in a football stadium? In the SEC, we are used to places like South Carolina, Florida, and Alabama (just to name a few) being filled to capacity on weekends, making it very challenging for the visiting team to communicate because of the volume. That’s likely to be absent from this season for the most part, at least early and probably for the duration.
So from this aspect, I think we may see big home-field advantages suffer a significant degradation. I think this will open the door to more upsets than we normally see, because very often, a few mis-communications are the difference between victory and defeat. I can’t help but think that this helps Kentucky, who is used to being an underdog on the road — perhaps most significantly when it comes to Terry Wilson getting his “sea legs” back.
Yes, football this season will be interesting. Then again, we are living in intersting times...
Tweet of the Morning
Here is UK’s Punter of the future doing “A Salute to the Bumble Bee” pic.twitter.com/CvyypLUx2t— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) June 16, 2020
Heh. Now, a message from our current punter:
nice mate. Have fun with the kangaroo questions coming for you! https://t.co/Laz5082LMa— Max Duffy (@Max__Duffy) June 16, 2020
- Terry Wilson’s uncertainty defines Kentucky’s pre-season projections. Yes, and this is understandable —we found out last year that you can’t just have a placeholder quarterback, he has to be at least a credible threat to do something.
- Cornerback M.J. Devonshire suffered a wrist injury last season and had to redshirt. Now, he’s ready to make an impact on the UK defensive secondary.
- Kentucky first to reach out to 2022 5-star guard Skyy Clark.
- Rhode Island transfer Jacob Toppin shows off his incredible athleticism. Impressive. Very impressive.
Other Kentucky sports
- The SEC looks for a rebound season. I sure would’ve liked to see the end of the last one ...
- Could NBA draft delay open the door for Kira Lewis to return to Alabama?
Other sports news
- Still Curtain, a Pittsburgh Steelers blog, says don’t sleep on Benny Snell as a late fantasy football draft pick.
- How the 2020 NBA Draft lottery works.
- A look at potential Kentucky Derby contenders. The pandemic has largely disappeared the Derby, but it will be run eventually.
- The “science” behind the claim of 36 alien civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy. This seems to be, likely as not, an idea to garner clicks on links and eyeballs. We all are rightly curious about life elsewhere than Earth, but this sort of wild speculation couched as research reflects badly on the actual study of the universe.
- Weird, green glow spotted in the atmosphere of Mars. Awiens? Or Ghostbusters?
- Practical science: International Space Station is getting a new toilet called the UWMS (because all space things have to have an acronym or initialism) for Universal Waste Management System.. Hey, all God’s creatures gotta... you know.