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September 14th, 2014

Don’t forget to wake up early for a shot at Big Blue Madness tickets

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No one in the world should wake up at 7:00 am on a Saturday for anything, but tomorrow morning is an exception. Those fans who didn’t camp out around Memorial Coliseum this week will need to get up to join thousands of others in the Ticketmaster waiting game. A limited number of Big Blue Madness tickets will be available online at the Ticketmaster website and it’s worth sleeping with your laptop so you can roll over and give it a shot.

If you do get through and lock down some seats, you will only be allowed four per household. Be happy with four, though, because it’s not easy getting any.

Good luck, Cats fans.

Here’s the link.


Minnesota offered Eric Bledsoe a max deal

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The waiting game has paid off for Eric Bledsoe. After turning down a very attractive offer to stay in Phoenix, it appeared he was headed toward being without a team during the start of training camp. But now the Minnesota Timberwolves are likely going to land him with a max contract offer for the former Wildcat. The reported deal is worth 63 million over four years, the most he can get from anyone.

Remember when Eric Bledsoe was living in a car? Now he’s rich. Soon-to-be 63 million rich.


Courier-Journal claims it’s unbiased, these cartoons say otherwise

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If the Courier-Journal is as unbiased as it claims, someone please explain the reasoning behind the two different approaches toward the season-ending injuries to Kevin Ware and Nerlens Noel. Both could’ve potentially ended their young basketball careers, but as our own Not Jerry Tipton pointed out, the C-J’s cartoons scream favoritism.

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Airbnb Reviews from Tent City

 

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Hello, friends. How are you? What have you been up to? Hey, why aren’t you talking? Hello? Friend? Wait a minute this IS A MANNEQUIN DRESSED AS YOU. Oh, there you are! Ha! You got me. I totally fell for it. Good one. Where did you get a mannequin?

Friends, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that the line for Big Blue Madness tickets is in up and running and Tent City is in full force. If you’ve never been to Tent City, it’s kind of like Bonnaroo for the types of people you might see at your local barber shop. You have to get there early to get in line or you’re sunk — and getting a good place in line isn’t easy. That’s why it’s fortunate, then, that the hip new app Airbnb has begun to list open tent spaces in Tent City for those seeking accommodations. If you’re not familiar with Airbnb, it essentially allows you rent a room, a house, a space or just a bed for the night from someone who has an extra one open, and for a predetermined fee. But what spaces are available on Airbnb for Tent City 2014? And how are the reviews? Let’s look at some potential candidates in a piece we’ll call Airbnb Reviews from Tent City, shall we, and see if there are any deals out there? Enjoy, friends, and I’ll see you here next week.

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Orange Tent, Northwest Corner
About this listing:
Spacious mylar tent sleeps three, offers moon flap and vented windows. Easy access in and out, light and airy.
Accommodates: 3
Nearest Restroom: 45 feet
Review:
“Not bad, close to Qdoba”
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Linda and Tad were great hosts; they had Nutri-Grain bars and Capri-Suns for when we needed a snack and they really made us feel at home. Comfortable, warm. Will be back. Four stars.

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Peaceful Oasis in Tent City, Close to Memorial
About this listing: Large, comfortable four-person dome tent, 63 square feet, with fiberglass poles and WeatherTec moisture repellent system.
Check-in time: 2:00 pm
Pet-friendly: No
Review:
“Great tent except for Gary”
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Was recommended to this tent by friends. Very nice tent but host Gary kept trying to hold my hand. Woke in the middle of the night to him watching me sleep; insisted on calling the tent “Smoochville” and trying to kiss me as he claimed to be the “Mayor of Smoochville.” Good tickets not worth this. Some underwear may still be missing. Avoid at all costs.

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Great Spot for Superfans, Center of Tent City
About this listing: True Blue fans host other Wildcat supporters in six-person tent with zippered doors and cushioned tarp floor. Wind-resistent walls/roof.
Accepts Credit Cards?: Yes
Cancellation policy: 24 hour notice
Review:
“Perfect for Willie Cauley-Stein fans”
images-1images-1images-1 by Charles O.
Debra and Steve seemed really cool at first, big fans of Willie Cauley-Stein; later in the evening they started showing me pictures they drew of Willie as a half-man, half-dragon and reading fan fiction about him as a space wizard in love with a human woman named “Moonwolf” (clearly supposed to be Debra). When they told me they’d pay me $5,000 if I kidnapped him I called a friend to come pick me up. They are keeping my deposit and I’m okay with that.

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Luxury Camping Above-Ground
About this listing: Heavy-duty polymer material, rainfly, metal pole support, sky-vue window
Minimum Stay: 1 night
Meals: No
Review:
“Wayne Just Tried to Kill Me”
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Can somebody please tell the police I’m in the back of a truck tent and my host wayne just told me tried to give me a WILDCATS 2014 tattoo with a paperclip and when I refused he said he was going to murder me i convinced him to let me have time to write this review and im using it as my message for help im behind the papa johns please somebody help me two stars will not use this location again

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Compact and Cozy
About this listing: Petite turnkey tent with great Memorial Coliseum view; friendly host.
Smoking: No
Accommodates: 1
Review:
“This Tent is for a Dog”
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Do not be fooled by the photo; this is a tent made for a dog. The picture is of a small dog, not a regular size tent with just a very large dog, like I thought. It is a very misleading picture and if you are a normal-sized human this is not the tent for you. The dog is very cute, however. And the view of Memorial is nice.That part is accurate.

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De-stress and relax in peace!
About this listing: Woven polymer material, rain/wind resistant
Bed: None
Review:
“What is this thing?”
(no stars) by Shane T.
Too small. I want my money back. Body got cold during night. I better get great tickets for this. Next year will be getting in line early, with my own tent.


Blast From Tent City Past: Yellow Tent Guy

Of all the great people to come through Tent City, ‘Yellow Tent Guy’ will forever be remembered as one that wasn’t so great. At all. You probably remember: we spotted him in the UK timelapse video (seen above) for having what can only be described as a disaster of a performance setting up his tent. I don’t know how long it took to finally get it done but the sun came up and he had still made zero progress toward getting it up.

After KSR called him out on the website, he was featured on Deadspin and several other national media outlets, leading Kentucky Wildcats TV to go back again for an interview:

Well, guess what ‘Yellow Tent Guy’ is up to now? He rebounded by joining KSR as one of our college writers. (We’re all about second chances here.) His name is Aaron Perkins and he is back at Memorial Coliseum this year, with help:

He was also around for Wednesday’s Za’Darius Smith Cupcake Giveaway:

But we’ll always know him as ‘Yellow Tent Guy.’


Win up to $10,000 this weekend on a $2 bet on DraftKings

KSR and DraftKings are back together for Week 3 of the NFL season with another $100,000 prize pool fantasy contest. For the low cost of two measly dollars, you can enter the contest with a chance to walk away with $10,000, the top prize for the first place winner. The top 11,500 places will walk away with some form of payment and, as always, first time depositors receive a 100 percent bonus up to $600.

The contest is open now so click here and draft your squad. You’ll have $50,000 imaginary dollars to draft eight offensive players and one team defense. I recommend loading up on Titans because they have the Bengals this week.

Good luck.

KSR + DraftKings Play-Action $100K Week 3 Fantasy Contest 


Stoops and Marrow going to see the Dowell Twins this weekend

Four-star safety David and his twin four-star running back Andrew Dowell are two of Kentucky’s top prospects in the 2015 class, and with a bye weekend ahead of them, Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow are making them a priority. 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong is reporting that Stoops and Marrow will attend the Lakewood (Ohio) vs. St. Edward-Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder game Saturday, where they’ll get a chance to see four-star receiver commit Alex Stump and his twin teammates, the Dowell brothers.

The Dowell twins, formerly committed to Northwestern, are down to Kentucky, Vandy, and Wisconsin. David is considered the 16th best safety in his class and Andrew the 25th best running back by 247 Sports Composite. They visited Kentucky on August 2, and the Cats are currently the 54% favorite in their Crystal Ball.

Watch them goof off in their school’s parody of a SportsCenter commercial:

[247 Sports]


Relive the ‘glory days’ with ESPN’s Hal Mumme piece

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Apparently ESPN the Magazine realized what Big Blue Nation can do for its numbers after last month’s Jared Lorenzen piece became one of the top read articles in the history of the magazine. This month they decided to stick with Kentucky history by doing a piece on Hal Mumme titled “Yoda of the Air Raid Offense, he is.”

Arguing the thought that Nick Saban is the greatest coach in recent history, the main focus is on the development of the air raid offense. It goes through Mumme’s entire history as a coach, including his time spent at Kentucky. With interviews from Mumme and Tim Couch, they talked about the start of Kentucky’s 1997 season, Mumme’s first year.

Kentucky’s first game under Mumme in 1997, against state rival Louisville, feels like the first tremor of an earthquake. Couch threw for 398 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-24 win. “Everyone — the players, the fans, the coaches — was looking around after I threw my first touchdown like, ‘Oh my god, this is awesome,’” Couch says. Three weeks later at Indiana, Couch tied an SEC single-game record with seven touchdown passes. He threw for 355 yards in an overtime victory against Alabama, the first time Kentucky had beaten the Crimson Tide since 1922. “Early on, it was easy,” Mumme says. “No one knew how to defend it.”

Although we heard a great interview from Mumme through Couch and Lorenzen when they hosted the radio show over the summer,  Mumme has not really been open to interviews about his time at Kentucky since he left. So it is nice to see him opening up in this interview now.

For more from Tim Couch, Mike Leach, the life of Mumme and his time at Kentucky make sure to read the article. It’s a good one.

@Sealey_KSR

 

 


More pics and video of the players passing out pizza last night

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In case you missed it last night, the players passed out pizza to fans at the Big Blue Madness campout. Our own JC Ausmus was on the scene, and here are her pictures.

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Yes this is John Robic signing a shirt:

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Here’s a video from KyWildcatsTV as well. More pics after the jump:

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John Robic dishes on the team with Matt and Ryan

John Robic joined Matt and Ryan at the BBM Campout this morning to talk about how the team’s doing with less than a month until practice. Robic raved about how in-shape the players are compared to last year, which he said was a response to a challenge from Rock Oliver and the strength and conditioning staff. He said Dakari is down about 20 lbs. from last season, and said the Twins’s bodies are “totally different, much more athletic.” He also said Alex Poythress is in much better shape.

Robic said that Willie Cauley-Stein is playing in pickup games now, and both Willie and Trey Lyles have been conditioning and lifting. Unfortunately, he didn’t give much more of an update on Trey, so the mystery of his injury continues.

Will we see the platoon system during the season? Robic said maybe, and it depends on the match-ups and that with UK’s overwhelming size, he thinks a lot of teams will play zone against them. Like all of us, Robic said he’s been very impressed with Tyler Ulis, who he says has an “uncanny” ability to play the game. “We don’t have to coach him a lot. He knows how to play,” Robic said. “Boy, he’s really good.”

Matt ended the interview with a lightning round of five questions. Here are Robic’s answers:

  1. Who would you pick to shoot the free throw to win the game? Andrew Harrison
  2. Who’s your go-to perimeter lockdown defender? Tyler Ulis
  3. Who would you choose to battle for the most important rebound in the game? Alex Poythress
  4. Who would you choose to thread the needle on a pass to get to an open layup? Andrew Harrison
  5. Who would you choose to take the final shot to win the game? Brian Long [laughter] Aaron Harrison

Thanks to Robes for coming on. We’ll have the podcast up in a little bit.


Tent City breaks record, is almost at capacity

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According to UK Athletics, there are 760 tents in Tent City this morning, which breaks last year’s record of 755. And they don’t even pass out the tickets until tomorrow. As a result, UK Athletics sent out a release this morning to warn any fans that aren’t currently in line that still want to camp out that they may not receive a control card today for free tickets tomorrow morning:

Based upon our estimated numbers, any tent or camper not already in line for Big Blue Madness tickets is not likely to receive control cards later today at 2 p.m. ET,” Deputy Athletics Director DeWayne Peevy said. “We will still maintain a limited number of tickets online for those who do not receive control cards or were not able to camp out. Some of those tickets online will have a slightly obstructed view. Due to the anticipated stage set-up inside Rupp Arena, the view may be partially obstructed during a portion of the event for the following sections: 11, 34-44, and 238-241.

You know who requires a huge stage? Drake.

Here are more details on the control cards:

A maximum of four (4) control cards per tent will be issued to those camped out on Friday, Sept. 19, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Fans will receive a maximum of four (4) free tickets per control card on Saturday morning. Fans with control cards are encouraged to begin lining up for Saturday morning’s ticket distribution between 5-6 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 20. All fans must be present to obtain their control cards on Friday and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution. All persons with control cards must be in line by 7 a.m. ET on Saturday.


CJ Sports Editor jokes they should have put Coach K’s head on the baby instead

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After this morning’s uproar about the Courier-Journal’s photoshop of a baby with John Calipari’s head on it, Courier-Journal Sports Editor Creig Ewing had some ‘splainin’ to do. Ewing, Tim Sullivan, and Kyle Tucker distanced themselves from the photoshop on Twitter, and Ewing gave these quotes to The Sporting News:

“The design was done outside of the sports department, by a design studio in the building,” said Courier-Journal sports editor Creig Ewing told Sporting News. “Someone should have flagged the photoshop and said that it was controversial, going too far. That’s on me.”

In fact, Ewing said that if they could do it all over again, they would put Coach K’s head on the baby instead:

If I’m doing that over again, we should’ve gone with Mike Krzyzewski’s head so it doesn’t look like we’re taking sides,” he joked.

…actually, it would have made a lot more sense to put Jim Boeheim’s head on the baby. but whatever.

[The Sporting News]


Let’s play “Guess that emoji!” with Isaiah Briscoe

I am the first to admit that I am behind the times when it comes to stuff like emojis. I avoided using them out of principle for the longest time, but like box wine and horrible reality television, the little icons have creeped into my life. Now I use the standard “emojis for beginners,” like the thumbs up, the party horn, the clapping hands, the three goggle, and when I’m feeling particularly festive, the girl who looks like she’s dancing. However, my emoji education is limited, so when I saw Isaiah Briscoe’s tweet about Kentucky last night, I was at a loss. Briscoe had an in-home visit with Calipari and staff last night, and although we’re not sure if he actually has an offer now or not, early reports say he’s planning to visit campus, which seems to imply that he does.

He tweeted “Kentucky” and these two emojis late last night, which means…

1) The first one is easy. Has to be a thought bubble or a dream bubble right? So, “Thinking or dreaming of”…

 

2) The second one is a little more ambiguous. What do those blue marks mean? Praying? Concentrating? Sweating? Surely not crying? Trying to climb out of a manhole?

Thinking and praying about Kentucky? Dreaming of an offer, which he’ll have to get by sweating? Come on emoji experts, help me out.


Some visuals to go along with today’s radio show…

There’s another huge crowd for today’s show from Big Blue Madness Campout. Here are some visuals to go along with the audio…

Of course, John Short has a front row seat:

This sign is creative and creepy:

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Who let this chair into tent city??

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They wouldn’t have learned anything in school this morning anyways:

I have a feeling Karl’s shoe is even bigger than that.


KSR is live at the Big Blue Madness Campout (Friday Show Thread)

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It’s finally Friday, and what better way to celebrate than listening to a special edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, live from the Big Blue Madness Campout. Matt and Ryan are on the blue courts outside Memorial Coliseum to talk all things C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS, so if you’re in Tent City, make your way over there right now. If you’re listening at home, go take a quick shower just because you can, then settle in for a fun two hours. If possible, John Calipari will make an appearance, and if not, Slice, Kenny, or Robic will join Matt to describe the scene. Either way, it’s going to be a lot of fun. Two great Americans are already there:

@J11Riley

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

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