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October 31st, 2014

The AP Preseason Top 25 is out and CATS

The Associated Press released its Preseason Top 25 for the upcoming college basketball season and the No. 1 squad is none other than your University of Kentucky Wildcats, for the second year in a row. UK received 52 first place votes to earn the top spot over Arizona, Wisconsin, Duke and Kansas, in that order.

Arizona, you mad?


Missouri will wear this look when they lose to Kentucky tomorrow

Senior defensive lineman Matt Hoch explains why he likes the new Tiger look from Nike in the video below. “Those who win in November will be remembered,” he says. Prepare to be forgotten, sir.

Purdue is trying a unique new recruiting tactic

The ol’ empty envelope trick, Purdue’s new way of telling recruits they’re good enough for a 49-cent stamp but not quite worthy of a piece of paper with words on it. Who are we to say it won’t work?

Grab on to something, anything, because it’s time for KSR! (Friday Show Thread)

Louisville fans, we know you listen every morning, so tune on in today to hear a fun show that will certainly lift your spirits after last night’s collapse. Matt and Ryan will be teasing you about the loss while looking ahead to Kentucky’s win at Missouri tomorrow. They’ll preview the game and take calls from Big Blue Nation as we head into the weekend.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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What better way to start a day than laughing at Louisville

It was going so well for the home team in Papa John’s Stadium last night, and then reality sank in, producing some of the best fan shots you’ll ever see. Let’s enjoy some of those as we start our Friday on the right foot, the foot that will forever laugh at Louisville’s misery.


And the star of the night: Mr. Two Cut-Offs in 40 degree weather…


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Will Towles be Best QB in SEC in 2015?

I think it is WAY TOO EARLY to talk about Patrick Towles NFL abilities and if he will or will not ever play in the league.  Let us not forget that midway through the 2007 season Andre Woodson was a 1st round draft pick.  He had the size and accuracy.  He ended up a 6th round pick and never played a snap in the league.  Assuming Towles doesn’t leave after this year, which I think we all can admit in unlikely, he has at minimum a season and half of college football left.  With that said, it is not too early to look ahead to the college year next season and just where Towles might rank among potential SEC QB’s.

Below is how I would breakdown the 2015 SEC quarterback race as it stands now.  With each team listed, I have also any quarterback recruits they already have committed who are ranked a Top 25 QB by

There are 4 teams in the SEC who will be guaranteed to have a starter next year with no career starts.  Those 4 teams are:

Alabama- Jake Coker (Sr.): 0 career starts, Blake Barnett (#1 ranked QB)
Ole Miss- Ryan Buchanan (RS So): 0 career starts
Georgia- Faton Bauta (RS So.): 0 career starts
South Carolina- Connor Mitch (RS So.): 0 career starts, Lorenzo Nunez (#7 ranked QB)

You have to take those 4 teams out of the mix because nobody knows just how good their backup or recruits will be.  There are also 2 teams that will be replacing all-star quarterbacks next year with guys who have started because of injury but have fewer than 2 starts:

Auburn- Jeremy Johnson (Jr.): 2 career starts
Mississippi State- Damien Williams (Jr.): 1 career start, Chason Virgil (#17 ranked QB), Nick Tiano (#23 ranked QB)

OK, that is 6 of the 13 SEC schools that have basically no chance of coming into next season with a quarterback with the credentials Patrick Towles will have.  I also think there are another 4 teams with quaterbacks coming back who have shown nowhere near the potential or talent that Towles has and can’t be disputed:

Florida- Jeff Driskel (Sr.): 22 career starts OR Treon Harris (So.): o career starts, Sheriron Jones (#10 ranked QB)
LSU- Anthony Jennings (Jr.): 8 career starts
- Wade Freebeck (So.): 4 career starts OR Johnny McCrary (RS So.): 2 career starts
Tennessee- Joshua Dobbs: 4 career starts, Quentin Dormady (#14 ranked QB)

That leaves us with 4 options for best SEC quarterback coming into next year.  Here is how I would rank them based on what we have seen so far:

4. Missouri- Maty Mauk (Jr.): 12 career starts, Drew Lock (#6 ranked QB)

-I barely left Mauk on this list because he has been abysmal many times this season, but he showed flashes last year of being a legit QB.  In his 4 SEC starts last year, he threw 10 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions.  This season in his 4 SEC games, he has 2 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.  It’s all a matter of which Mauk you get, which will likely decide the outcome of this weekend’s game by the way.

3. Texas A&M- Kenny Hill (Jr.): 8 career starts, Kyler Murray (#3 ranked QB)

-Hill might actually drop off this list as Texas A&M has reopened it’s quarterback position.  4 weeks into the season Hill was a top Heisman candidate but the SEC schedule stiffened up and Hill’s game has declined.  Even still, he has four different games with 4 touchdown passes this season and when that offense is clicking, might be the best talent of the bunch.

2. Arkansas- Brandon Allen (Sr.): 20 career starts, Ty Storey (#5 ranked QB)

-Allen will be the only 3-year starter next year, assuming Driskel doesn’t hold on to the job at Florida.  It will be his 3rd year in the Beilema system and this year he has taken a large jump forward.  15 touchdowns and 4 interceptions this year.  Will likely be hindered some by a run-first offense, but I look for him to potentially lead Arkansas to a 7 or 8 win year next season.

1. Kentucky- Patrick Towles (RS Jr.): 9 career starts

-This might seem like a homer pick, but I think Towles has been the most consistent QB of the bunch.  Beyond the LSU game, he has been good or very good in every other game.  He now has a running capibility and has more pure tools than Allen.  Add in the fact that his ceiling seems higher having only started 9 games and I think next year Towles will be the best QB (coming into the season) in the SEC.

KSR’s Top Ten Tweets of the Day

Patrick's Instagram FTW

Patrick’s Instagram FTW

Yes, there’s a lot of UofL-centric tweets in this top-ten. FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. We will focus most of our attention on relevant Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as per usual, there are no limits to our madness. You, the KSR fans, can also participate in our top-10 tweet countdown by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTopTen, or by tweeting @KySportsRadio.


#10 Paul Finebaum

Shame on the public.



#9 King Tyler D

Congrats to those guys.



#8 Clemson Tom




#7 Andrew Batson

Rules are rules.



#6 Lost Lettermen

A high honor.



#5 Jenny Wittenauer




#4 Robert Rogers




#3 Bomani Jones

Those two are so worked up.



#2 Ryan Nanni

We can never know what really happened though, can we?



#1 Corey J

This is #1. Possibly, forevermore.


@BrennanKSR + Funkhouser

October 30th, 2014

Thursday Night News and Views


Happy Hallows’ Eve…Eve, friends. Enjoy the end of that Louisville/Florida State game? Me too. Props to the Cards for giving the ‘Noles a scare, but in the end, the defending National Champs were just too much. A few sad Cards screencaps and then let’s move on…

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Just when you thought Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium couldn’t get any smellier.

I’m headed up to Kentucky tomorrow on the rare weekend the Cats are out of town to help my brother-in-law celebrate his birthday, so let’s get this news and views rolling so I can go pack. Ready? Ready.

Stoops acknowledges a sense of urgency within the program

After insisting earlier this week that his team isn’t thinking about bowl eligibility, Mark Stoops admitted today there is some anxiety about getting that sixth win. “I feel there’s a sense of urgency – I do – within our program. I don’t know if that’s the reason or if it’s because we feel like we’ve had a decent season, we’ve improved and there’s still a lot more to go. So we really want to finish strong.” Yesterday, Bud Dupree told reporters how much he’d enjoy being able to celebrate a win on the plane ride home for once, and Stoops said that when that happens, it will be a sight to behold. “Well, I think it would be another milestone if you will, or a goal that we want to do. We don’t hide from that. I’ve talked to them about that. Let’s get on the plane to go there with a strong mindset and let’s be joyous on that return.”

However, first thing’s first. Beat Mizzou.

That’ll require a better running game

Let’s be honest: outside of Patrick Towles, UK’s running game was terrible against Mississippi State. Missouri has given up -5 yards on 75 rushes to quarterbacks this season, so Towles may not be able to bail the running backs out as much this week. Stoops said that for Kentucky to have a chance in Columbia, they must improve the rush attack. “We always want to have that balance. It only helps us with simple things, you know: killing the clock, changing field position, giving the defense a rest,” Stoops said. “We continue to work on the run game and being more physical and having the backs make some big plays for us.”

Boom’s back, but Borden’s out

Thankfully, Boom Williams will be back to help the run game out. Stoops said a week off to recover from his concussion was just the medicine Boom needed. He’s looked good. Should be pretty fresh. Any time you get some time off and then come back, could help that way.”

Unfortunately, Steven Borden will not play on Saturday. Borden sat out last game’s week, and today, Stoops said that Borden’s injury may be more serious than the staff originally thought. Estimated time of return? “It may be a couple weeks or more. I’m not sure. But certainly not playing this week.”

Before he was into Harry Potter, Patrick Towles was into pirates

If anyone knows where a 6’5″ person can get Quidditch robes, please let Patrick know by tomorrow night. He’s looking.

6 of 7 ESPN experts picked UK to beat Missouri

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In defense of his pick, Alex Scarborough writes that UK will win because “Missouri just can’t seem to get it together,” citing the Tigers’ struggles against Vandy last week. “And Kentucky is no Vanderbilt,” Scarborough says. “With a true playmaker at quarterback and a better-than-expected defense, Kentucky will give Missouri fits on both sides of the ball and win on the road.”

I like it.

The Cat Walk in Columbia will start at 1 p.m. Central

For those of you making the trip to Columbia for Saturday’s game, the Cat Walk will take place at approximately 1 p.m. CT outside Gate 6W. Mississippi State had a really impressive showing outside CWS when their team arrived last week, so let’s make the Cat Walk as good on the road as it is at home. Za’Darius Smith’s smile is totally worth it


UK Basketball got some air time on “The McCarthys”

“The McCarthys” is a new CBS sitcom starring Joey McIntyre, and several of you wrote us to say that a clip of an old UK/Indiana game was shown at one point. The show takes place in Boston, so maybe the characters are UK fans because of Rondo and James Young?

Antonio Blakeney is visiting this weekend

One item that’s slipped under the radar amidst all the news is Antonio Blakeney’s official visit to campus this weekend. Blakeney originally planned to visit UK for Big Blue Madness, but had to reschedule. Blakeney will visit LSU next weekend, and is also considering Missouri, North Carolina, and NC State. He’s scheduled to arrive on campus Saturday, and I would assume he’ll stick around for UK’s exhibition game against Pikeville on Sunday. The Cats are currently a 54% favorite in his Crystal Ball.

I need this UK onesie that Tyler Ulis gave Devin Booker


Today was Devin Booker’s birthday, and his roommate Tyler Ulis gave him this amazing UK onesie.

That’ll do it for tonight. I’ll leave you with the Vince Marrow dancing GIF, just because.


The Cats have another custom shoe for this season

The new LeBron Soldiers. Last week, UK Equipment unveiled the custom Kevin Durant “KD7″s:

Which do you prefer?

Also, in case you missed it, LeBron’s intro at the Cavaliers game tonight:

And, of course, the chalk toss:

Guess who Landon Foster dressed up as for Halloween


Disappointed Foster didn’t fully commit and go for Marcus’ faux hawk.

KSR’s last minute Halloween costume ideas


Halloween is tomorrow, and in case you’re like 95% of Americans and don’t have a costume picked out yet, KSR is here to save the day. All week, you guys have been sending us pictures of your Halloween costumes, and some of them are pretty impressive, including this fan’s Craig Naivar get up. Here are a few more ideas to show off your Halloween spirit and your love for the Cats and KSR.


Swaggy Spinning Cal

Materials: Dad jeans, UK or white pullover, office chair, dramamine as needed

Instructions: Roll into a room and spin around.


Swaggy Wizard Cal

Materials: Wizard costume minus the wig and beard, magic wand

Instructions: When someone calls you Gandalf or Dumbledore by mistake, respond “You know what they call me? The Magician. Cal, the Magician.”


Swaggy McMahon Cal

Materials: Suit, microphone

Instructions: Strut into room with a grin on your face and drop the mic.


Karl Towns

Materials: UK uniform or gear, clown shoes painted blue


Marcus Lee (or just this cat)

Materials: UK uniform or gear, mohawk, pogo stick

Dakari Johnson

Materials: UK jersey or gear, bear costume or mask

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Kentucky Joe

Materials: Shiny blue UK jacket, white boxers, tall gym socks, black frame glasses, business cards

Instructions: Ask people if they know who you are.


Kige Ramsey as a surgeon

In fact, replicated perfectly, that could be the scariest costume of the night.


Chime in with your suggestions below.

Stoops Speaks for the Final Time Before Mizzou

Stoops awesome practice pic

–  The Cats’ road routine has produced polarizing results: a blowout loss and a triple overtime heartbreaker.  Finding a middle ground would be nice.  Stoops didn’t want to do anything too dramatic in game-week changes, but at this point in the year small changes help keep players fresh, “I think there’s peaks and valleys throughout the season for most guys,” Stoops said.

Stoops had Sunday film sessions before giving them Monday off.  He could feel their energy this week and that little hitch in their giddy up might have done the trick.

–  The Cats must play clean.  During his pre-game research, Kyle Tucker astutely observed the only significant difference between Mizzou’s wins and losses: turnovers and special teams.  Neither Indiana nor Georgia committed turnovers and failed to give up any big plays in special teams.  Conversely, their blowout at the Swamp could not have happened without points off turnovers and special teams.

The Cats turnover margin (+9) has never been a problem, but the special teams unit has caused some concern recently.  “They have a dangerous guy in that return game, so we have to be on point with our cover units,” Stoops said.  The last time the Cats faced a dangerous return man, Vandy’s Derrius Sims, he didn’t get diddly squat.

–  Stoops likes to downplay stuff during the week leading up to a game, but today he admitted that a road win would be an important part of the rebuilding process, “I think it would be another milestone if you will, or a goal, that we want to do.  We don’t hide from that.  I’ve talked to them about that.”

After a solid start, Stoops and his team know the importance of going out with a bang:

“I feel there’s a sense of urgency – I do – within our program.  I don’t know if that’s the reason or if it’s because we feel like we’ve had a decent season, we’ve improved and there’s still a lot more to go.  So we really want to finish strong.”

–  Stoops wants Louisville to lose.  But then again, who doesn’t?  He isn’t going to Louisville for the game, but he’s cheering for his old boss, Slim Jimbo, and his scout team quarterback, Jameis Winston, “I’ll enjoy watching it on TV.  I’ll be rooting for them (FSU).  Can I say that?”

You can say that, and you can tell us how you REALLY feel about Bobby P.

Eric Crawford v. Kyle Tucker Nerd Fight: Who Ya Got?

Everyone loves a good nerd fight on Twitter and two of the heavyweights in the sport squared off today over a link to an article that no more than 34 people will read.

Eric Crawford, formerly of the Courier-Journal, and Kyle Tucker, currently of the Courier-Journal, put up their 140-character dukes over Crawford’s “Hide your women” comment in a link. Kyle hit him with, “You’re better than this” before Crawford landed a sick “Wowza” on the counterattack. (Yeah, he went there.)


There’s a little more to it than what I posted above — also, nice KSR shoutout — but I don’t have the time, patience or give-a-sh*t to go digging for all of it. My point in all this is to say: it’s time these two get in the octagon. Or move it over to a Facebook wall, same thing.

This round goes to Tucker by unanimous decision.

Borden out this week again, possibly longer


UK starting tight end Steven Borden will not join the team in Missouri as his injury is a little more severe than expected. It will be the second straight week the Cats go without him and Stoops said it could possibly be even longer. “He could be out a couple weeks.”

Ronnie Shields started in Borden’s spot against Mississippi State and will likely get the nod again Saturday.

In other injury news, Boom Williams is back and ready to go.

This GIF of Vince Marrow dancing is everything


Don’t think for one second we’ll ever stop using this GIF, ever.

We’re just getting started with it, bro.