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Sep 9

SEC Round Up – Week 1

Posted by: Ralph Lee at 10:26 am | Leave a Comment (0)
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SEC ROUND-UP – WEEK 1

Kentucky 14 – Western KY. 3:
This game was not for those who like to see a lot of offense. Kentucky’s day was filled with dropped passes, missed opportunities and an all-around disappointing offensive game. For WKU it was a very similar day on offense with missed opportunities, especially in the first-half to add to an early 3-0 lead. Both defenses played well, at least in comparison to the offenses. For WKU, they showed they can compete and will compete with some teams this year; if the offense can get in gear behind RB Bobby Rainey and QB Kawaun Jakes, then they may even win a few of those games. For UK it will be about guys at the skilled positions stepping up to make plays; the offensive line, an expected strength also appeared to struggle as well. On the defensive side, LB Danny Trevathan and DB Winston Guy held Rainey in check and kept WKU’s offense in neutral in the second half.

Mississippi St. 59 – Memphis 14: The Bulldogs used a balanced attack to jump out to a 31-7 halftime lead as they cruised to an easy victory over the Tigers. QB Chris Relf passed for 202 yds and 2 TDS and RB Vick Ballard ran for 166 yds & 3 TDs on just 10 carries. The Bulldogs were tough on defense and had no problem holding the Tigers’ offense in check.

Auburn 42 – Utah State – 38: In possibly the most thrilling game of the first weekend, the Tigers overcame a 10 point, 4th qtr deficit to knock-off the Aggies of Utah St. Auburn QB Barrett Trotter threw for 261 yds and 3 TDs but the Tigers’ ground game was anemic for most of the day with Michael Dyer getting just 57 yds (2 TDs) on the ground; however he did score the game winning TD after the Tigers were successful in recovering an on-side kick. For almost 3 ½ half quarters the visiting Aggies looked like the better team as they went up and down the field at will on the Auburn defense. A lot of it was set-up by Auburn having poor field condition and their inability to move the ball on offense. However, the story of the day was the porous Auburn “D”; they will have to get a lot better as the Tigers host Mississippi St. this weekend.

Alabama 48 – Kent St. 7: The Crimson Tide welcomed a new season of college football by downing Nick Saban’s alma mater, Kent St. The Tide was never really threatened as Kent St. struggled to mount any offense against a stout defense. The only Kent St. score came when they ran back 1 of 5 INTs thrown by Alabama QBs. The ground game for the Tide was not great as RB Trent Richardson was pretty much held in check. If Nick Saban has a reason for concern it would be the inconsistent play at QB (A.J. McCarron (2 INTs) and Phillip Sims (3 INTs) as they head to Happy Valley to play Penn St. this weekend.

BYU 14 – Ole Miss 13: In another contest that lacked a lot of offense from either team, the Cougars out fought the host Rebels for a 1 point victory. The Rebels were only able to muster 2 FGs on offense while their lone TD came off of a 96 yd INT ret. for a TD in the 3rd qtr. For BYU, both of their TDs came in the final stanza as they were able to overcome a horrendous first 3 quarters of play. The Rebels had no real passing attack and even worse of a ground game as they looked confused and discombobulated on offense.

Tennessee 42 – Montana 16: The Vols jumped out to a 28-7 halftime lead and never looked back as they crushed the Montana Grizzlies. Tennessee QB Tyler Bray threw for 293 yds and 3 TDs and RB Tauren Poole provided 98 yds on the ground; Justin Hunter had 6 grabs for 148 yds as well. The Vols secondary may need to tighten-up just a bit as they were picked apart in the 2nd half but by then the outcome was pretty much determined.

Arkansas 51 – Missouri St. 7: The Razorbacks came out smoking and led 30-0 at halftime. Tyler Wilson passed for 260 yds and 2 TDs; Jarius Wright had 6 catches for 108 yds and 2 TDs and the Razorbacks had plenty of offensive balance. The defense was not bad either to less than 250 yds of total offense.

Florida 41 – Florida Atlantic 3: In Will Muschamp’s debut, the Gators got off to a quick start and carried a 24-3 lead into halftime. They added 17 more in the 2nd half while shutting out the Owls. QB John Brantley threw for 229 yds and 1 TD but he had 2 INTs. Jeff Demps had 105 yds and 2 TDs on the ground and the defense was fast to the ball, particularly against the run, in a good debut for their new coach.

Vanderbilt 45 – Elon 14: The Commodores were led by QB Larry Smith (125 passing yds and 2 TDs & a rushing TD) and the defense was pretty stout for most of the game. However, the secondary for Vandy needs to be tweaked as they were torched by Elon QB T. Wilson for 233 passing yds and WR A Mellette who had 11 catches for 180 yds and 1 TD. The “D” was much better against the run holding D. Taylor to just 25 yds on 10 carries.

South Carolina 56 – East Carolina 37: Steve Spurrier decided to bench QB Stephen Garcia and start Sophomore Connor Shaw….it is a good thing Garcia at least made the trip. The Gamecocks fell behind 17-0 before Spurrier pulled Shaw and inserted Garcia; the Gamecocks would go on to outscore the Pirates 56-20 from that point on. Garcia only threw for 110 yds and 1 TD but he ran for 2 scores and he energized a team that began the game like they were still sleep. RB Marcus Lattimore ran for 112 yds and 3 scores and Alshon Jefferey had 5 grabs for 92 yds but he was kept out of the end zone. The Pirates took advantage of a Gamecock defense that seemed confused and disoriented early scoring on passes of 25 and 19 yds. ECU QB D. Davis threw for a total of 4 TDs and 260 yds. Spurrier would like to see some improvement as they had to Athens, GA this weekend to battle the Georgia Bulldogs.

Boise St. 35 – Georgia 21: In what was thought to be the second biggest game of the day for the SEC (behind the Oregon / LSU match-up) it was the visitors from the Blue Turf who owned the Georgia Dome. BSU QB Kellen Moore looked great in taking apart the Bulldogs secondary to the tune of 261 yds and 3 TDs; RB Doug Martin was limited to 57 yds & 1 TD but the story of the game was the BSU passing game which saw Moore hit 9 different receivers with passes. For Georgia, Aaron Murray was admirable going for 236 and 2 TDs through the air but he had absolutely no running game to balance him out, and Georgia will need to fix that before they face South Carolina this weekend. The Dome was basically clearing out with the fans in red, black and white early in the fourth and before they left, they voiced their displeasure with the play of Mark Richt’s team.

LSU 40 – Oregon 27: With all of the turmoil the Tigers have been going thru in just the last month and a half, they came out and made a huge statement by throttling the high-powered Ducks and basically eliminating them from the National Title scene with a knock-out similar to one in a “Rocky Movie”. Jarrett Lee was serviceable at best as he past for a measly 98 yds and 1 TD but LSU used several backs in pounding the Oregon front 7 into submission early in the 3rd qtr. But the Ducks also had problems on the offensive side beginning with an anemic running game that was just stifled by the quick, physical and athletic LSU “D”. Speedy Oregon RB LaMichael James was held to just 54 yds on 18 carries and 1 TD; he also led the Ducks in receiving with 6 catches for 61 yds. The Tigers have now served notice to the rest of the SEC and the country that their defense will not take a back-seat to any defense out there.

Aug 18

Second Annual JUNEBUG Music Fest August 27th

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 12:30 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
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The Cardinal Hill Junior Board is a group of young professionals dedicated to the support and promotion of the innovative services at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.

The primary goal of the Junior Board is to raise money for a new therapeutic pool.

For tickets click here. If you cannot attend Junebug but would like to donate, please visit www.cardinalhill.org/donate

Aug 18

Oregon Dirty Ducks Get Some Luck

Posted by: Ryan Richardson at 8:43 am | Leave a Comment (0)
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I stumbled upon the below video this morning and thought it was a must post. University of Oregon football players Darron Thomas and Cliff Harris get pulled over driving 118 MPH while smoking some dope. The officers lets these gentlemen drive off with no citation and even asked to see his PAC 10 Championship ring.

We all know athletes get special treatment but damn!

Jul 4

Happy 4th Of July!

Posted by: Ryan at 10:14 am | Leave a Comment (0)
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Today we celebrate our freedom but most importantly give thanks to those who have fought and given their lives for it. Everyone eat a lot, drink a lot, just don’t blast your pinkly off.

Be safe!

Jun 24

What Do You Want Most Out Of TGR?

Posted by: Ryan at 2:19 pm | Leave a Comment (3)
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We have been all over the map the last few years on this site and as you probably know we are scaling way back for the next few months.

That got us thinking it would be the perfect time to strategize and define what we truly are. We like to think of ourselves as fans, not writers, and I am sure you are aware of that. We aren’t just another UK website, or are we, we don’t know…

With that being said, what are we? What do you want to see from TGR that we are/aren’t/or should be doing when we return in full force? What do you want to see more of, less of, etc.? Give it to us straight up, man-to-man. Or in Rob’s case, man-to-hermaphrodite.

Your comments are welcome.

Jun 24

Update On TGR

Posted by: Ryan at 1:18 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
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As noted in Rob’s previous post he is stepping away from the site for a while and hopefully he comes back in time for football.

With the draft being over now and BBN can start to ease into the “summer” pattern we will be scaling back the site content until football. That doesn’t mean we are going away at all, so don’t get it confused, it just means we will be more selective of the posts we do over the next few months. Our weekly staple posts should remain intact, we just won’t be doing 8-10 a day. I will be around the tailgate contributing as much as humanly possible, but the lake, my family, friends and work will take precedent over the site as we all re-energize our blogging abilities.

Sure, you may feel as if we aren’t writers in the first place, I agree. We are fans, just like you, who have day jobs and families. We still sweat the hell out of Kentucky Athletics but even the coaches and administration step away for the summer to recharge. We are doing the same.

If you have any ideas on how we should spend the time over the next few months or would like to contribute to TGR don’t be scared and email me at ryanf@tailgatereview.com.

We appreciate everything everyone has done for us up until this point and this thang has grown into something too special to just dump it. Not to worry, we won’t let it fade away at all. Just be patient with the site and keep us in your bookmarks.

Facebook and Twitter will remain intact.

Holler back!

 

Jun 19

Happy Father’s Day From TGR

Posted by: Ryan at 9:29 am | Leave a Comment (0)
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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, you know who you are. Want to send a special shoutout to my pops, Kenneth Leroy Fertig Jr.. It goes without saying that if it weren’t for you I would not be here. Also, thanks for finally getting that boat we’ve been talking about all these years! Even though I am 30 now and have a kid of my own we can still hit up the lake whenever we want.

If your not a dad you have one somewhere. Tell him you love him even if it isn’t the most manly thing to do.

Even dads need a little love no matter how big-a-hardass they seem to be.

This ends the sentimental portion of our day.

Jun 18

Kanter And Knight Invited To NBA Draft Green Room

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 2:38 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
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John Calipari will be joined in the green room by Brandon Knight and Enes Kanter according to multiple reports this afternoon. Draftees expected to be taken with picks 1 through 14 are invited to the historical green room for the draft.
BYU legend, and nearly the namesake of my unborn son, Jimmer Fredette, will also be in NYC on Thursday in the green room. This is the list of invites being circulated around the net as of now… Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight, Tristan Thompson, Jimmer Fredette, Marcus and Markieff Morris, Kawhi Leonard, Chris Singleton, Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker, Jonas Valanciunas, Jan Vesely, and Alec Burks.

Jun 17

TGR’s Friday Flatulence

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The views and opinions expressed within this post do not necessarily represent the views of the TGR Crew. The author (R.A.) of the post is solely responsible for the content. In other words, holler at your local media!

In the short John Calipari era at UK, he has managed to make a normally ‘dead period’ for UK athletics news, June and July, very alive. Whether it is recruiting win-falls, the NBA Draft, state wide book tours, NBA coaching rumors, trips to the Orient, home buying, or battles with the NCAA over whether or not he has 500 wins, The road goes on forever and the party never ends. Events and issues that would seem to be very miniscule to other fan bases suddenly turn into world changing events when Kentucky’s Cal is involved.

What bothers me about Cal and his issues with the NCAA is not Cal or the issues; it is how Kentucky fans continue to react. Look, we have said it over and over again… We knew what we were getting into when UK hired him. It did not take much research to figure out that cal was considered an “outlaw” by the media and had been continuously targeted by the NCAA. It was said here, there, and everywhere that if you hired Cal, you would have to deal with plenty of rumor and controversy. Yet, when something is written or something is reported negatively about Cal or UK, we lose our minds.

Jerry Tipton obviously gets his rocks off by attempting to get his name on the radio or on blogs like this one. He is employed by a dyeing newspaper and his only shot at survival in Lexington is writing outrageous opinionated pieces on Kentucky athletics. He has to do things like contacting the NCAA to inquire about why UK was celebrating Cal’s 500th win when the NCAA had taken wins away from him. A story n what UK is doing wrong would probably sale more papers than an article about what they are doing right, right Tipton? Don’t look at it as Jerry trying to bring down the organization that has helped him make a name for himself by writing about them, look at it as Jerry trying to support his family.

Bottom line; let’s pick and choose our battles BBN! Cal is targeted and we have to deal with it. C! A! T! S!

Jun 17

Rumblin’ With Ralph; The NFL or NBA? Who Breaks First?

Posted by: Ralph Lee at 11:15 am | Leave a Comment (2)
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With the NBA set to begin its lockout on July 1st and the NFL currently in a lockout, the burning question is which of these major sports can ill-afford to have its 2011-2012 season postponed or cancelled totally. Of course we have seen a work stoppage before in the NFL (1982 & 1987) as well as the NBA (1998-99) so it is not as if a fan of either of these sports has not endured this issue before.

The problem is the timing of the lockouts could not be worse for either sport, considering both ended their respective season with a thrilling finale, the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals. More so than ever, both of these sports are providing an outlet as well as a ray of hope for a nation that is still feeling the effects of an economic down-turn. So it is just not the fact that one or the other could have a shortened or cancelled season, it is the fact that both could, leaving only the collegiate version of both sports to try and fill the void.

The issues surrounding the NFL Lockout are simple on the surface but yet complicated at its core. The major issue of course is simply money…the Player’s Union is lobbying for the owners to give up a “bigger piece of the pie”; the Union is basing most of its argument on the revenue the owners make from the television deals. The main problem is simple and yet one most Americans cannot sympathize with given our current economic problems….millionaire players vs. billionaire owners, who has the upper hand?

The American public and the majority of the NFL fans would consider this point to be ridiculous and something that smells of greed on both sides. The argument could and has been made that every NFL team has at least a few players on it that are probably over-paid anyway based on their production year in and year out, especially some players with less than 3 years of tenure. Critics have long sense felt that the rookie wage scale is out of whack and way to high; on the flip-side, the players feel like it is fair if not a littler under- scaled based on the average playing life of a NFL player today.

Aside from the “who gets more issue”, there is also discussions focused on the money (or lack there of) received by a retired player, injury issues with an emphasis on the concussion problem and of course the issue about whether to move from a 16-game to 18-game regular season. The obvious is that the players do need better overall health and that means trying to limit the number of concussions and there severity. The 18-game schedule will probably not make it into effect as the players are generally opposed to it across the board. Now the money for the retired players may be a little touchier and a lot trickier to iron out. Guys that played the game 15 – 20 years ago made no where near what the players today make.

So the argument about those players and how they managed their money compared to today’s players has no merit. So many of yesteryear’s players eventually end their lives with little if any money but they have the pain, the battle scars and the “through the roof” medical bills to deal with.

In terms of the NBA and its impending lockout, it is no surprise that money is at the forefront here as well. NBA commissioner David Stern is saying that almost 90% of the teams have finished in the “red” the last 3-5 seasons economically. He is citing the rookie pay scale as the main reason for this, thus he wants to cut that by about 40%. The NBA players Union is fighting this issue hard with certain players such as New York Knick, Carmelo Anthony asking that team owners open up their “books” for the players to see.

Anthony has been very outspoken in saying that “he finds it hard to believe that many if any team at all finishes a season paying out more than it takes in”. Stern is adamant about it being true and says the national economy may have an overall effect on this, particularly for the small market teams. Stern believes that if the rookie pay scale was cut, then more teams would finish in the positive; once again this is geared more toward the smaller market teams. Also the free-agency format and its pay-scale will be a target of adjustment by Stern but he feels that starting with the rookie scale is the first step.

Outside of this, the only other pieces of importance would be a review and revisit of the current “1 year out of high school” to be eligible for the NBA draft and the jump to expand the league by possibly adding teams stateside or maybe even overseas. Of those two, more attention will probably be paid to the NBA and its “loose” partnership with the NCAA as they try to figure out a fair but equal way of making both of their brands competitive without violating a player’s right to play in the NBA once they are out of high school.

Many experts have different opinions of what should or can be done but most agree that the “one & done” format still leaves both the NCAA and the NBA games a little “watered” down with kids departing one and arriving at the other before they are ready.

So with two major sports facing important showdowns between their owners and the player’s unions, what are the prospects that neither get things resolved in time to start the regular seasons on time? If either or both are forced to miss a portion of their seasons, how will the fans react to this? With some NFL teams already laying off office personnel you have to wonder whether or not some NBA teams are staring at this same prospect. Regardless of what you see on TV, there are far more people who work behind the scenes and in the front offices that may feel the brunt of these work stoppages before the players and owners do.

If I had to guess, I would says it is the NFL that can least afford to have the lockout cut into the regular season simply because the last two work stoppages in the NFL left a really bad taste in the fans mouth. Remember, the NFL even tried to play thru the strike of ’87 by using “scab” players and that did not go over so well. I don’t think they will make that mistake again but you never know.

The NBA doesn’t take as long off as the NFL so they have less time to work with but probably fewer total issues to iron out. The NFL’s popularity may be at an all-time high but the longer this lockout goes on, the more the fans become unsettled and unsatisfied. Also with the NFL holding down Sunday afternoon as “its time”, there would be nothing to fill that time slot in terms of sports (all be it the PAC-10 conference in college football has discussed moving its games to Sunday should the NFL lockout continue into September). So, tell me what do you think, NFL or NBA, who can least afford to let money rob them of their season?