Good morning, and welcome to September.
Optional Musical Accompaniment
Yesterday was Major League Baseball’s trade deadline, and a former Vanderbilt player is on the move:
The Oakland A's have acquired left-hander Mike Minor from the Texas Rangers for two players to be named later, sources tell ESPN. A's needed rotation help and get it with a trade for Minor, who's a free agent after this season.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 31, 2020
Mike Minor’s had a rough start to 2020 (0-5, 5.60 ERA), though his strikeout and walk numbers are still good and so this can still be classified as “rotation help” for the Oakland A’s with a straight face. Anyway, Import is happy (because Minor goes to the A’s) and I am happy (because Minor is off the Rangers) and we should all be happy about this.
The main site gives an update on the quarterback competition, and while they don’t come out and say that true freshman Ken Seals is the leader in the clubhouse, that seems like a logical conclusion from Seals being named a preseason true freshman All-American by 247 Sports. I am just guessing this would probably not be happening if that outlet did not feel confident that he will be the starter, or at least get the majority of snaps.
“When I walked by at around 9:15 last night, the lawn was packed,” first-year Diya Sharma said in an email to The Hustler. “I’d say there were a good 150-200 people out, maybe more. I’m not 100% sure when it all started, but it died down around 1:30 a.m. [CDT]. While the majority of people had masks on, not everyone did.”
Seriously. What the PHUCC, undergrads?
And here’s an update on Vanderbilt basketball’s preparation for Jerry Stackhouse’s second year.
Greg Arias writes about the new opt-out trend in college football that may not go away when COVID-19 does.
Actual Sports on TV
All times Central.
- 7:00 AM: Chinese Super League: Beijing Sinobo Guoan v. Chongqing Lifan (ESPN+)
- 11:00 AM: Tennis: U.S. Open, First Round (ESPN), with coverage really starting at 10:00 AM on ESPN3
- 4:00 PM: Tennis: U.S. Open, First Round (ESPN2)
- 4:40 PM: NBA: Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors (ESPN)
- 5:40 PM: MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Miami Marlins (FS1)
- 6:00 PM: NHL: New York Islanders vs. Philadelphia Flyers (NBC Sports)
- 6:00 PM: USL Championship: Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. Loudoun United FC (ESPN+)
- 7:00 PM: MLS: Toronto FC v. Montreal Impact (ESPN+)
- 7:10 PM: MLB: Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins (ESPN+)
- 7:30 PM: NBA: Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets (ABC)
- 8:45 PM: NHL: Vancouver Canucks vs. Vegas Golden Knights (NBC Sports)
Here’s your MLB.TV schedule for the day (no free game today, I guess.) And here’s the SEC Network TV schedule for today, which I point you to mostly because it’s 12 hours of Paul Finebaum and six hours of SEC Now. What the hell?