Random thoughts from another eventful weekend in sports…
-The University of Kentucky has a legitimate football program. I know they lost to Florida again in heartbreaking fashion. But, with a back up quarterback, the Cats were aesthetically the better team. They dominated up front and had as much pound for pound athleticism and skill as the #9 ranked Gators. This is not your Grandpa’s UK football Cats.
-I hate it for Chance Poore. Being a kicker is like that. It is being on the free throw line for two shots down one; it is pinch hitting with two outs in the bottom of the ninth with the tying run on 3rd and the winning run on 2nd. It is a goat or GOAT situation. That is a lot for a youngster. Here is hoping he gets a ton of pats on the back from teammates and fans alike.
-I also hate it for Felipe Franks. Two consecutive weeks have seen star SEC QBs leave Commonwealth with season ending injuries. It is a shame regardless if it is our guy or somebody elses.
-I have been told all my life that “slippery slope” is a logical fallacy. But “targeting” is slip-slidin’ away (as Paul Simon may have said). The idea of the original rule is a good one. But it has now become applicable in situations the original rule was never designed for. Lightning-fast, immensely strong young men moving at full speed cannot stop on a dime. They just can’t. Nor can they control an equally quick and strong moving target. It just can’t be done.
-Further, the rule is enforced at seemingly random times with equally random interpretations. It is the problem with rules and/or laws in general. They are only as good as their interpretation, their implementation,and their enforcement. When it comes to targeting, football is failing in all three areas.
-The New England Patriots are good. Again. I have never been a fan, but this has to be right up there as far as sustained excellence in any sport. They are the gold standard.
-Miami is not good at football.
-Even adding two wild cards can’t keep the pennant races interesting as just about everything is pretty well sown up. I predicted such starting with the Cubs when Theo Epstein took over followed by the Astros. baseball was the last sport where people did not purposely tank for drat position. until the Cubs (or perhaps the Nats in fairness). Now, there are two positions that are good. Playoff good, or first pick bad. The middle is the worst place to be. hence everybody is trying to avoid it. They are succeeding at the expense of the fans who would like something to cheer for in September.
-Someone at KSR thought it was a good idea to write a post asking if Terry Wilson or Sawyer Smith was the better QB? What a dreadful idea. To KSR’s credit, the post was taken down, but that kind of drivel should be ignored if not roundly criticized (which thankfully it was).
-Mississippi State is an 8.5 point favorite in the opening line against UK and I just have to wonder what Vegas knows? Take the Cats anyway.
-If UofL were to defeat UK in football it would make them the rightful kings of the state having already dispatched of both my beloved Colonels and the Hilltoppers as well.
-I tend not to believe in conspiracy theories, but NFL officials obviously hate the Saints.
Until next week…