- This weekend's Hot Clicks features a momentous Kansas football victory and Gregg Popovich sounding off about Team USA' FIBA loss.
I Love Everyone
My (future) wife and I started dating during our sophomore year at Kansas, Oct. 24, 2008, to be exact. Over the 11 full seasons of Kansas football since then, they had 18 wins, were outscored by an average of 18 points per game, never won more than three games in a season, never won a Big 12 road game and never won a Power Five road game.
On Friday night, we watched our first road Power Five win as a couple. It took 3,977 days. Before walloping Boston College in Chestnut Hill, their last Power Five road win came vs. Iowa State on Oct. 4, 2008, a streak of 48 games.
It was a big step in our relationship.
Midway through the third quarter of Houston’s loss to Washington State on Friday night, an ESPN reporter scurried away from a diving Houston player, which sent a Houston cheerleader crashing several feet onto the turf. As of Saturday morning, Houston hasn’t given an update on her condition. It was reminiscent of the terrifying scene in Orlando seven years ago.
Pop is Pissed
Team USA men’s basketball completed their worst-ever showing in a major event with a seventh-place finish in the FIBA World World Cup. Despite the worst-ever showing, Gregg Popovich doesn’t appreciate the criticism:
"Some people want to play the blame game. There’s no blame to be placed anywhere," Popovich said after a win over Poland on Saturday. "They want to play the shame game, like we should be ashamed because we didn’t win a gold medal? That’s a ridiculous attitude. It’s immature, it’s arrogant, and it shows that whoever thinks that doesn’t respect all the other teams in the world and doesn’t respect that these guys did the best they could."
Russillo, Best in the Biz
Odds and Ends
Ranking Big Ten football uniforms for 2019 ... Anyone else miss collecting ticket stubs? Great article from Steve Rushin on the death of paper tickets ... Updated: MLB Power Rankings entering the weekend ... Heather Dinich ranks the College Football Playoff matchups she wants to see ... Las Vegas inquired about a Diamondbacks’ relocation ... Zion snapped the head of a golf club with a swing.
Herbie and Bolch
Great podcast this week: Kirk Herbstreit says he’s been offered assistant coaching jobs and talks hot seat, Matt Campbell, GameDay travel logistics and more. Also, Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times on the pathetic state of UCLA football.
I finally caught up on Succession (currently midway through Season 2). If you haven’t watched the HBO series, you’re missing out.
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