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Thoughts and commentary from on air personality Eric Mathews. Host of Game Night Hoo Rah, UK GameDay football, and Sunday Mornings with Eric and April. These thoughts and opinions are that of a loud mouth from right here in central Kentucky. Don't expect great insight or amazing grammer on this blog. This is a soap box of interestings topics. Feel free to interact by using twitter @EricWLXG. 


OVC releases Preseason Poll and Preseason Team #GoBigE

OVC released their preseason poll and preseason team take a look here to see where EKU sits.

Colonels looking to make some noise!

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Is it football season yet?

I honestly can't help it, I really miss football! Over the years I've really considered myself a baseball guy, but lately my passion and interest in football has overshadowed my love of America's past time.

As we sit in late July, I'm already getting that "itch" to turn over to the NFL Network on the Big Ten Network just to watch a few minutes of football. For now, it's working, but once we cross over to August, I don't know if I can wait till August 28th. It'll be tough but all I can do is try.

Due to interaction on twitter, I believe most of you feel the same way. Especially when it comes to SEC football. So as an effort to connect and help, our friends from Mr SEC provide us with their breakdown of The 10 Biggest Stories from SEC Media Days.

Football is almost here, stay calm and we'll get through this together.

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#ListnerFridays #SEC Eric's picks

Most of us have seen the SEC Media picks for the upcoming football. At this point and time, my vote isn't a part of the SEC media but if I had a ballot the following would be my picks.

SEC West
1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Auburn
4. Texas A&M
5. Ole Miss
6. Miss St
7. Arkansas

I feel something special with this LSU team this year, a mix of young unproven talent, with a coaching staff hungry to show they are still a player in the SEC. Even without Manziel, I feel A&M will be center of the pack, possible dark horse. Alabama has a question mark at QB and even though this program is built on defense and the running game, having a hole at QB makes me wonder.

SEC East
1. Georgia
2. Florida
3. South Carolina
4. Missouri
5. Kentucky
6. Vanderbilt
7. Tennessee

I'll address UK first, we will see an up tick this season. SEC wins over Tennessee and Miss ST, a third would be great with a win over Vanderbilt. Tennessee doesn't impress me at the moment, I'm a big believer in Butch Jones, but this year may be tough. I won't say Mark Richt's job is on the line, because I refuse to accept it. Richt is a solid coach and under appreciated for what he has done over the years. Look out for Georgia! As Florida and Muschamp goes, finish under 2nd in the SEC East (or lose to UK in week 3) then changes will come for the Gators.

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The Fun of #SEC media days!!! #BBN

Have you been keeping up with SEC Media Days? If you have, then yesterday lived up to the hype, if you haven't, well bad decision on your part. For a solid week, all the personalities of the SEC descend on one location to give insight on the state of their programs. This year doesn't feature the big names of Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron, or Jadeveon Clowney, but it features names trying to themselves household names. Pay attention to Dak Prescott from Miss St, take a moment to hear what Butch Jones from Tennessee has to say, and then you have the young and talented Maty Mauk from Missouri. Coaches and players are taking their first official steps of the season. Football is almost here!

This is where you can find the full schedule for all the teams plus you can go back and look at videos from teams you missed! Football is upon us and I can't wait!

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Missouri Preview








The Tigers were the show of shows last season in the SEC East. For many, they were the surprise team of the conference. Can they do it again? New faces and same attitude, predict Missouri may strike again!

Eric and April, talk to the ones who know the Missouri program best, to get you ready for the SEC football season!

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Arkansas Preview #SEC Football








Arkansas football is still in the recovery stages after the Bobby Peterino scandal. Under the guidance of 2nd year head coach Bret Bielema, it seems like the Razorbacks are on pace, but it may take another year. This is in depth look of Arkansas football, as they prepare for the 2014 season.

Listen to all of our SEC football previews in the comings weeks on "Sunday Mornings with Eric and April" as well as here on wlxg.com!

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#ListenerFridays Blog and Podcast #BBN @Cody_75_








It's obvious to most that UK basketball will be playing with a stacked deck going into the 2014-2015 season. Like before, I beg you not to start the conversation of 40-0, just don't do it. I digress.

To some experts, UK's starting 5 will be the #1 team in the country, while there next 5 off the bench could be the #12 team. High praises, and very intriguing. I was asked today on twitter, when WCS and Trey Lyles are healthy, what will the starting five be for Kentucky? I don't like to follow the path most travel, but it seems to me this starting five will be as named.

G-Harrison
G-Harrison
F-Lyles
F-Stein
C- Johnson

You can make a case for Poythress and for some matchups, he may be in the 3 spot, but as for now, the lineup from above will be the starting five! No one under 6'6, lookout!

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LSU Football preview with @1045espn and @LSUfball








LSU is always considered a National Title contender, but do the Tigers have what it takes this year? Learn more from Charles Hannagriff of 104.5 ESPN Baton Rogue and Michael Bonnette from the LSU athletic department, as they go into detail on what to expect from LSU.

Listen to the other SEC Previews as we get you ready for the season!

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Vanderbilt football preview with @chrislee70 and @KIngramSports








What can we expect from the Commodores this year? Chris Lee from vandysports.com and Kevin Ingram from 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, give us insight on the Vanderbilt football program. Take a listen and enjoy our other pieces from the SEC in the coming weeks!

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UK's non conference schedule #BBN






Have you seen the non conference schedule for UK basketball yet? Wow!


AUGUST

Foreign Tour Exhibition Games (Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium, Nassau, Bahamas):

10 — Puerto Rico National Team Reserves (ESPNU) 1:00 pm

11 — Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (ESPNU) 1:00 pm

12 — Puerto Rico National Team Reserves (ESPNU) 1:00 pm

15 — Dominican Republic National Team (SEC Network) 1:00 pm

16 — Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (SEC Network) 1:00 pm

17 — Dominican Republic National Team (SEC Network) 1:00 pm

OCTOBER

17 — BIG BLUE MADNESS (TBA) TBA

27 — BLUE-WHITE GAME (TBA) TBA

NOVEMBER

2 — *PIKEVILLE (TBA) TBA

7 — *GEORGETOWN COLLEGE (TBA) TBA

14 — 1GRAND CANYON (SEC NETWORK) TBA

16 — 1BUFFALO (ESPNU) TBA

18 — 2Kansas (ESPN) TBA

21 — BOSTON (TBA) TBA

23 — 1MONTANA STATE (TBA) TBA

25 — 1UT-ARLINGTON (TBA) TBA

30 — PROVIDENCE (ESPN2) 2:00 pm

DECEMBER

5 — 3TEXAS (ESPN) TBA

7 — EASTERN KENTUCKY (TBA) TBA

10 — COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (ESPN2) 7:00 pm

13 — NORTH CAROLINA (CBS) Noon

20 — 4UCLA (CBS) 3:30 pm

27 — at Louisville (ESPN2) TBA


Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/07/02/3320497/uks-non-conference-basketball.html?sp=/99/268/#storylink=cpy



What are your thoughts on the schedule? PLEASE! Don't start the 40-0 talk! :)

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#USA #USMNT #USAvsBelgium @DonTrail







Today is the day for the men's USA soccer team to continue shocking the world in the World Cup. I wouldn't go as far to say this is a do or die for the sport in the U.S., but if they were to ride this wave of popularity and win today, this could propel the popularity of soccer in this country.

The younger generation has taken notice, and a win today could make another generation take notice. Are you watching the game at 4? Tweet me @EricWLXG and we'll chant U-S-A all afternoon and evening!
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