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NFL season kicks off with a bang
The NFL regular season kicked off Thursday evening with a can’t-miss matchup between Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. And despite all of the offseason storylines and build-up, the product still somehow surpassed the hype.
Brady (379 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions) and Prescott (403 yards, three touchdowns, one interception) combined for an absurd 782 passing yards and seven touchdowns in the head-to-head matchup. It was one that saw explosive plays, lead changes, clutch kicks, and yes, a Brady-led game-winning scoring drive.
Taking over with 1:24 in the game down 29-28, Brady completed passes of eight, four, six, 20, and 24 yards to set up a 36-yard game-winning field goal attempt for kicker Ryan Succop, one he drilled in the game’s final seconds to give Tampa the 31-29 win.
For the Buccaneers, Mike Edwards finished with four tackles, regularly finding himself in the middle of the play as the team’s starting safety. At one point, Chris Collinsworth referred to the former Wildcat as a “really good player” during the broadcast.
As for the Cowboys, Quinton Bohanna served as the team’s backup defensive tackle and played throughout the game. He didn’t register a tackle, but saw consistent playing time after a strong preseason.
Kelvin Joseph missed the season-opener and will be out at least the next two weeks after being placed on IR with a groin injury. His absence comes with a missed opportunity, as Dallas’ starter, Anthony Brown, gave up numerous big plays and was the talk of social media — for all the wrong reasons.
Had he stayed healthy, the former Wildcat likely would have earned the starting job going into next week.
Chris Livingston schedules second official visit to Kentucky
After meeting with John Calipari, Orlando Antigua and Chin Coleman on Thursday, five-star forward Chris Livingston has scheduled yet another official visit to Kentucky.
According to Joe Tipton of On3, the 6-foot-7 forward will make a second trip to Kentucky on Oct. 9. He first came to Lexington for an official visit back in the middle of June.
Livingston recently cut his list down to Kentucky, Memphis, Tennessee State, and Georgetown, though Tipton broke the news Thursday that the Tigers – once seen as the favorites in his recruitment – have pulled out of the race. This comes after UK emerged as the overwhelming favorite in the last few weeks, with buzz growing that a commitment could come sooner rather than later.
He’s currently scheduled to commit on October 15, but if you ask recruiting guru Andrew Slater, this recruitment is “over.”
Kentucky’s complete schedule is out
The Southeastern Conference unveiled its 126-game men’s basketball schedule for the 2021-22 season on Thursday. As a result, Kentucky’s complete 31-game slate is now complete.
When, where, and who are the matchups? You can check out the complete schedule below:
|Oct. 15||Big Blue Madness||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Oct. 22||Blue-White Game||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Oct. 29||Kentucky Wesleyan||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Nov. 5||Miles College||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Nov. 9||vs. Duke||Madison Square Garden (New York)|
|Nov. 12||Robert Morris||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Nov. 16||Mount St. Mary’s||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Nov. 19||Ohio||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Nov. 22||Albany||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Nov. 26||North Florida||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Nov. 29||Central Michigan||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Dec. 7||Southern||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Dec. 11||at Notre Dame||Joyce Center (South Bend, Ind.)|
|Dec. 18||vs. Ohio State||T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas)|
|Dec. 22||Louisville||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Dec. 29||Missouri||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Dec. 31||High Point||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Jan. 4||at LSU||Pete Maravich Assembly Center (Baton Rouge, La.)|
|Jan. 8||Georgia||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Jan. 11||at Vanderbilt||Memorial Gymnasium (Nashville, Tenn.)|
|Jan. 15||Tennessee||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Jan. 19||at Texas A&M||Reed Arena (College Station-Bryan, Texas)|
|Jan. 22||at Auburn||Auburn Arena (Auburn, Ala.)|
|Jan. 25||Mississippi State||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Jan. 29||at Kansas||Allen Fieldhouse (Lawrence, Kan.)|
|Feb. 2||Vanderbilt||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Feb. 5||at Alabama||Coleman Coliseum (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)|
|Feb. 8||at South Carolina||Colonial Life Arena (Columbia, S.C.)|
|Feb. 12||Florida||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Feb. 15||at Tennessee||Thompson-Boling Arena (Knoxville, Tenn.)|
|Feb. 19||Alabama||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Feb. 23||LSU||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|Feb. 26||at Arkansas||Bud Walton Arena (Fayetteville, Ark.)|
|March 1||Ole Miss||Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)|
|March 5||at Florida||Exactech Arena (Gainesville, Fla.)|
Players First Fan Fest tickets go on sale today
After being forced to postpone the first time around, tickets for the Players First Fan Fest are set to go on sale this morning.
The event will take place at Transylvania on Saturday, September 18 at 7 p.m. ET and will feature a dunk contest, 3-point shootout and a 5-on-5 scrimmage, among other activities. There will only be 1,000 tickets available at Transy’s Clive M. Beck Center, making it an exclusive can’t-miss opportunity.
Want to be one of those 1,000? Be ready this morning when tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. ET.
Kentucky football, No. 3 in the SEC?
Alabama and Georgia are clearly Nos. 1 and 2 in the SEC football rankings, but that third spot remains unclear. Texas A&M is a player, Florida is Florida, and Ole Miss looks the part under Lane Kiffin.
But what about Kentucky?
If you ask Chris Doering of the SEC Network, the Wildcats are right there with the Aggies, Gators, and Rebels.
“It doesn’t sound possible to say Kentucky might be the next best team behind Georgia and Alabama, but it could be a reality, potentially.”