Chris Brickley, is a former Louisville basketball player, and is known as the NBA’s top workout guru. His gym’s All-Star open runs — including LeBron James and James Harden — have made him a viral sensation.
Brickley has had several Cats in his open runs including Enes Kanter, Hamidou Diallo, Nick Richards, and Demarcus Cousins among others.
Today, Brickley posted a video of former Wildcat, Isaiah Briscoe, and former Card, Russ Smith, battling 1-on-1.
It’s safe to say that this Battle of the Bluegrass 1-on-1 features two of the toughest players from each school in recent memory.
After the NCAA vacated Louisville’s 2011-2015 seasons following “strippergate”, Smith’s college career has become largely irrelevant, but one thing will always be remembered.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 Americans lives with a mental illness, ranging from children to adults. Even more worrisome, only 41 percent of those people received professional health care or other services.
The stigma around mental illness is no secret, and it is emphasized when you throw in sports and “toughness”.
Mental Illness has affected some of the worlds greatest athletes including Michael Phelps, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Serena Williams. However, the harsh reality is there a large number of athletes that are afraid to receive treatment due to fear of being called weak.
The NBA has always been one of the most innovative professional sports leagues, and they are setting another example for the sports world to follow as they have introduced an expanded set of mental health policies for this upcoming season.
Reportedly, all 30 teams received a memo with the following requirements.
All teams must have at least one mental health professional on retainer. Each professional must have “experience in assessing and treating clinical mental health issues.”
Each organization must “identify a licensed psychiatrist” available to help manage any mental health concerns.
All teams must, “enact a written action plan for mental health emergencies.”
All 30 teams need to attend a “health and wellness meeting” in Chicago in September.
This doesn’t directly affect Kentucky, but the effects of this movement will be felt in all levels of sports and will benefit future athletes in Kentucky blue and beyond.
Earlier today, the SEC announced the 2020 football schedule for each team, and once again it is filled with opportunity for the UK Football team. Let’s take a closer look and breakdown the 2020 schedule.
Away Rivalry Games
Kentucky’s three biggest football rivals are Florida, Tennessee, and Louisville and the Cats will take on all three of them on the road.
The Gators are coming off a ten-win season in 2018 and are expected to take a bigger step in 2019, making for a difficult game in the Swamp in 2020. If the Cats are able to come in on two-game streak, all of the pressure could be on the Gators.
As for the other two teams, Tennessee and Louisville, the Cats could be favored to win both. I don’t expect Scott’s Tots and the Cardinals to be capable of putting up much of a fight but Tennessee should be improved and have beaten us with lesser talented teams in Knoxville (that 2018 loss 🤦♂️).
Games Against Ohio and Michigan Teams
It’s no secret that Vince Marrow and company have been dominating recruiting in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Once again, there are two teams from the area on UK’s schedule.
The Wildcats should win these two games, growing the UK brand even larger in Ohio, Michigan, and surrounding states.
For the first time in forever, Big Blue Nation can enjoy Halloween without the stress of Kentucky football. Plan accordingly and bring your best costume game!
Overall, seven or eight wins is a realistic goal and the opportunity for more is there as talent continues to improve in Lexington. I expect Mark Stoops to continue to push the Wildcats in the right direction and closer to an SEC East title.
But… let’s not look too far ahead
The 2019 season is just around the corner and the schedule looks to be pretty favorable, which is fortunate after losing so much talent. Let’s have another fun season in the Bluegrass. GO CATS!
Coming off a historic ten-win season, Kentucky Football started Fall Camp last week and today, the Cats are in full pads and going full contact for the first time this fall.
A big part of the sport is physicality and the injuries that come with it. In the last two weeks, the Cats have lost two very important pieces to the team: safety, Davonte Robinson (season) and Wide Receiver, Isaiah Epps (six weeks).
I expect the Kentucky coaches to be a little more cautious as we approach the Toledo game on August 31st, a game that can’t be overlooked.