The Cincinnati Bengals’ preseason schedule should be two games and done. I say that because few things in life are more mundane than NFL preseason contests. Watching your third-string quarterback handing off to your fourth-string running back is about exciting as watching paint dry, grass grow, or looking at endless pictures of your baby nephew. The four-game preseason is essentially two games too long. After beating the Buccaneers 23-12 and losing to the Chiefs 30-12, the Bengals are now 1-1. I’ve seen enough already, so why can’t the real games begin? Continue reading Bengals – Two and Done
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Rumor has it that there have been a couple of Rafael Nadal sightings so far this week. The lone mega-superstar remaining in the men’s portion of the Western and Southern Open tournament has supposedly been spotted on one of the practice courts. Because he received a bye directly into the second round, Rafa has yet to play an official match even though it’s already Day 4 of the tournament. I’ve yet to catch a glimpse of him either on the court or in the media center. Like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, I’m beginning to wonder if he’s even here. It’s time to go in search of Rafael Nadal. Continue reading In Search of Rafael Nadal
Every time an announcement comes out that a top-seeded player has withdrawn due to injury, a collective groan circulates throughout the tournament grounds. This year especially, there’s been a lot of groaning at The Western and Southern Open. Even before the start of the ATP Cincinnati tour stop, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka had already shut themselves down for the remainder of the tennis season. Then, defending champion Marin Cilic and two-time winner Andy Murray pulled out a couple of days right before the tournament draw was announced. Kei Nishikori said sayonara after arriving on site as did Gael Monfils and Milos Raonic. Roger Federer’s unexpected announcement that he tweaked his back in Montreal and needed to rest this week capped off the volley of bad news. Continue reading Tennis is Served
The opening round of the Western and Southern Open is a tennis junkie’s fantasy. With over one hundred of the world’s top men’s and women’s players all seeing action, it’s impossible not to stumble onto some intriguing matches and engaging personalities. Continue reading Tennis Fantasyland
Tennis in the United States is currently on life support. The lack of American star power at the top of the men’s rankings has relegated the once popular sport to the entertainment cellar. The Yankee goodwill garnered by past champions such as John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, and Pete Sampras has grudgingly given way to the European dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. Unless a Sam Querry, Jack Sock, or John Isner breaks out and wins an upcoming Major tournament, the resurrection of American tennis will unfortunately remain as hopeless as my backhand. Continue reading Tennis Anyone?
For people growing up in Kentucky, it’s always been difficult choosing an NFL team to root for. With no professional franchises residing within our state, fans have had to pick their football favorites based on a number of arbitrary factors. Back in their heyday, the Dallas Cowboys were “America’s Team” and had a legion of followers throughout the Bluegrass. Everyone remembers at least one friend whose love for the Cowboys bordered on the obnoxious. Likewise, the Pittsburgh Steelers and their “Steel Curtain” following often rivaled Dallas fans in their arrogance and boisterousness. To this day, I still can’t stand the mention of Hollywood Henderson or Mean Joe Greene. Continue reading Welcome to the Johngle
BIG3 made it’s Lexington debut with its week 7 games being held in Rupp Arena. The BIG3 is a newly established league of 3 on 3 basketball featuring some of ex NBA stars including Allen Iverson, Gary Payton (coach), and Kenyon Martin just to name a few.
Bam Adebayo, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress stood out in Orlando, Utah leagues
LAS VEGAS – The main event of the NBA Summer League, the Las Vegas league, tips off Friday with 12 Kentucky men’s basketball players on summer league rosters. No other college has as many players in the Las Vegas league as UK. Continue reading A Dozen Wildcats to be Featured in NBA Las Vegas Summer League
Fox, Monk and Adebayo all go in the lottery
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In what has become an annual tradition for the Kentucky men’s basketball program, it was more of the same as three Wildcats achieved their dreams when they heard their names called in the 2017 NBA Draft. De’Aaron Fox (No. 5, Sacramento Kings), Malik Monk (No. 11, Charlotte Hornets) and Bam Adebayo (No. 14, Miami Heat) were selected during the 2017 draft on Thursday. Continue reading UK Basketball – Three Wildcats Selected in the 2017 NBA Draft