Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.
Today, I am on vacation, which consists of sitting at home and working around the house rather than haring off to Myrtle Beach or Florida or some other destination. Coronavirus, you know. That, plus the unfortunate fact of my age make it advisable to spend my first vacation in decades at home. So far, it’s been just fine.
Speaking of the pandemic, it seems that college football is still waffling around with the decision to start the season more or less on time, or at all. That’s certainly understandable with the current spikes we are seeing in places across the country, and the cases being discovered on the teams as we move forward with some form of pre-season practice.
This promises to be a football season unlike any other that we have seen in our lifetimes, with stadiums at 50% or less capacity (and some may not even have fans), weekly players coming and going off the roster with SARS CoV-2 infections and recovery, and all sorts of strangeness related to the pandemic. Part of me is really looking forward to it, and another part is not.
Well, that’s the strange dichotomy of the moment in time we currently share. One day we will look back on all this in wonder and perform our perfect 20/20 hindsight postmortem, blaming some we currently cheer and cheering some we currently blame, all with the approximate self-awareness of a gnat.
Isn’t “living in interesting times” fun?
Tweet of the Morning
Rick Pitino reference in today’s Supreme Court opinion by Justice Kavanaugh pic.twitter.com/mVSx0sg4rw— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 6, 2020
Kudos to Matt Jones for the sharp eyes.
There is high optimism around @UKFootball after upsetting Virginia Tech in Belk Bowl with many football experts predicting 2020 Cats to be best UK team in years & UK is a dark horse to finish high in SEC East race. How disappointed will you be if there is no football this fall?— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) July 5, 2020
My answer is... hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Yes, I know it’s not there, but I’m contrarian like that...
- ESPN’s Football Power Index thinks more highly of Kentucky this season, picking the Wildcats to go 7-5. The head-scratcher is the Louisville game. You figure it out.
- Mitch Barnhard discussing 50% capacity limit for Kroger Field and Rupp Arena next year.
- Texas is trying to woo away Kentucky top 2020 prize Dekel Crowdus.
- Another Yahtzee, in case you missed it:
LB Martez Thrower has committed to KENTUCKY— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 4, 2020
The Georgia LB picked the Cats over Nebraska, Arkansas and Mississippi St
Really nice get
- Doron Lamb and Aaron Harrison make Andy Katz’s list of top clutch players since 2011. Good choices, I’d say.
- The Marshall Thundering Herd is officially on UK’s basketball schedule.
- National analyst picks UK for two 5-star 2022 (2021?) recruits.
Other Kentucky sports
- Time is no longer on the side of college football as the 2020 season and pandemic collide.
- NCAA will ask the Supreme Court to overrule the Ninth Circuit’s injunction against association-wide benefits limits if the appellate panel refuses to stay its injunction on their current motion.
Other sports news
- There’s more metal on the moon than we thought.
- Potentially habitable planet discovered a mere 11 light-years from Earth.
- Breakthrough toward developing more powerful lasers open up the possibility for new types of physics. Typically for the scientific community, the weapons potential remains unspoken.