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October 23rd, 2014

Listen to Paul Finebaum on Kentucky Sports Radio

Southeastern Conference radio star Paul Finebaum was a guest on Kentucky Sports Radio radio this morning to talk Kentucky football and the chance of upsetting Mississippi State in two days. But before the football talk got underway, Finebaum told a story of how he charged Andrew Harrison’s phone in his studio at SEC Media Day yesterday. “I feel like I made a major contribution to UK basketball,” he said of his good deed. “I will tell you this — I wasn’t looking because its none of my business — but it was buzzing about every two seconds.”

Finebaum then gave his thoughts on UK’s second year progress under Mark Stoops and previewed Saturday’s game against the Dawgs. He said he’s not convinced Mississippi State is fired up, adding, “I think it’s a great opportunity for the Wildcats.”

Tune in at the 21:00 mark of the first hour to hear Finebaum’s segmemt:

And check out the second hour with an appearance from Jared Lorenzen:

The basketball team’s custom KD7 shoes arrived today


That’s a sharp pair of sneakers, some would say. Your thoughts?

Photobombing: Mississippi State University



Welcome to Mississippi State University! We are happier than pigs in slop that you have chosen to continue your edgy-cation with us at MSU and can’t wait for you to learn all the great things about the University. You will have already received your mandatory cowbell and Duck Dynasty™ Season 6 DVD and you’re ready to embark on a mission of learning!


With a beautiful, picturesque Southern campus and down-home hospitality, the friends you make at MSU will be among the best you’ll ever meet, whether gathering together to study, chat or just relax and enjoy each other’s company. If you need to use the bathroom at any time, Keith, just use a bottle. It’s okay.


Whether you’re commuting or living on campus, Mississippi State will inevitably become “home” in no time, which means that — just like the home you grew up in — you can murder any trespasser who steps foot on your land. They will be buried in an unmarked graveyard back behind the Poultry Science Building. Sssshhh! Remember: you are within your rights!


Lunch is available from 10:30 am to 1:45 pm weekdays, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Meal choices in Mississippi State’s dining halls include barbecue, lemonade tea and barbecue. And lemonade tea.


Here we see the MSU Budgetary Committee putting the finishing touches on the 2015 residence halls budget in one of  MSU’s state-of-the-art meeting boardrooms. You won’t find any “bull” in MSU’s hardworking administration (though you may find an actual bull, which you should be sensitive not to provoke).


Mississippi State Student Government loves to work hard…and play hard! Everyone mugs for the camera except the blonde in the top right, who was under the impression that joining Student Government would be a great way to impact the campus and not just watch a bunch of hilarious cut-ups quote lines from Glee. Sorry, Katie!


The Department of Public Safety at Mississippi State is always on alert and protecting you and the campus from harm. Except during break time, which is time for the officers to — Hey, we told you not to come in here! It’s not what it looks like, okay? It’s…it’s…listen you better not say anything about this you hear me? This is what makes us feel alive and no one understands.


At Mississippi State we love Bully, our bulldog mascot. Here we see Bully alongside his costumed counterpart and — uh oh! Hands where we can see them, you two!


Students from Mississippi State’s Fashion Design & Merchandising Department gather together to celebrate another year of great collaboration. As you can see, there are varying degrees of skill level at work in the Mississippi State Fashion Design & Merchandising Deparment. But we’re a family, and that’s what counts. Seriously, many of us are literally family, which makes the Fashion Design & Merchandising Department Christmas Dance a target for the media each year.


Get in on the “act” when you study musical theater at Mississippi State University in our illustrious Drama Department! Deliver your lines and “steal the show” when you take the stage among your peers. Please be on the lookout for Phillip, though; he is not affiliated with Mississippi State University or its Drama Department — he simply loves musical theater. If you see him please alert your professors as Phillip is currently under a legal restraining order.


College is a great time for “partying,” but please be responsible. That rabbit is not real, Clem, and perhaps you shouldn’t be driving. No one else can see it but you. You probably need to lie down.


Whatever interests you pursue at Mississippi State, you can do it while ridiculously ringing a cowbell at all times. Trust us, everybody really loves it a lot, so by all means please keep doing it all the time.



Get to know Braylon Heard

Starting UK running back Braylon Heard sat down with Kentucky Wildcats TV to tell fans a little more about himself and how he ended up in Lexington. Heard is from Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, where Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow used to roam.

Watch as the transfer from Nebraska, formerly the No. 5 running back in America, discusses his favorite moments in his short time at Kentucky and what he thinks of the overwhelming fan support from Big Blue Nation.

This map of Commonwealth Stadium shows you where SEC Nation will be set up


Fans interested in watching the live taping of SEC Nation Saturday morning should go to that spot you see highlighted in the photo above. The first 350 people to show up will receive one of these lovely t-shirts:

The show will broadcast from outside Commonwealth from 10:00 am to noon. Tell Tim Tebow we said hello.

ESPN college football writer calls Saturday a trap game for Mississippi State

Travis Haney — not to be confused with Travis Henry, the former NFL running back with 76 children — predicted the six remaining trap games in 2014 and this Saturday’s contest in Commonwealth Stadium made the list. The ESPN national college football writer called it a stretch, but questions the Bulldogs’ ability to handle the success as the country’s No. 1 team:

5. Mississippi State
Trap game:
at Kentucky (Saturday)

The Bulldogs are coming off a bye and Kentucky lost 41-3 last week at LSU, so this may be a stretch. But it’s the only remaining road game that isn’t Bama or the Egg Bowl. There are not many compelling personnel reasons — it would take an off performance from Mississippi State, really — but we haven’t seen enough week in and week out to know if the Bulldogs are prepared to handle success. This No. 1 stuff is still new. How will they answer? Plus, MSU might be more apt to overlook a Kentucky team that was just blown out by a team that it already has beaten.

I’m not a fan of the “trap game” talk, but I’m all for anyone who so much as hints at a Kentucky win. For that, your our boy, Travis.

Read more here if you pay for ESPN Insider.

Bledsoe made his defender look foolish


The folks out in Phoenix love Eric Bledsoe and it’s because he does things like this. Watch as he sends the Clippers’ Jared Cunningham into the stands with a crossover.

Bledsoe had a night in Los Angeles against his old team. The former Cat hit his first three three-point attempts and had 14 points through the first quarter. He’s going to earn that max deal over the next five years.

As for Cunningham, it’d be a good idea to hide out for a little while.

Paul Finebaum helps preview Mississippi State (Thursday Show Thread)

With two morning shows remaining before Kentucky’s upset of No. 1 Mississippi State this Saturday, Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will continue to preview the game, but today they will have a little help. Legendary radio host Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network will stop by the first hour of the show to lend his unbiased opinion of the game. Plus, Matt will try to accurately pronounce Kengera Daniel’s name when discussing the defensive end’s Wednesday night commitment to Kentucky.

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

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: No Matter What Happens Saturday, We’ll Always Have This

And this……

KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the Day. We will focus most of our attention on Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as usual, there are no limits to our madness. You can participate by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTop10 or just by simply tweeting @KYsportsradio.


#10 Andrew Harrison

Football? Football.




#9 BackdoorSlider

They would be better off with Sarah McLachlan. No one can resist those commercials.




#8 Tod Lanter

Don’t do it. It’s a trap.




#7 Jaleel Hytchye UK#19

That’s the issue with fall.




#6 Eric Bertram

One day people will figure it out….it will probably be a few games before you go to the NBA though.




#5 Alex Poythress

Uh…not sure you should be eating that cheese on your diet…stick to the steak.




#4 Seantencio

The backlash he will get from his doctor will be satisfaction enough. Hopefully that is an appointment they film.




#3 Trey Lyles

What the heck? I am getting too old to understand kids.




#2 Bernie Burnett

They make special carriers for this. Maybe I should shoot him the link.




#1 Phi Kappa Psi – UK (Sean Curl)

This should be the plan for any true Cat fan.


October 22nd, 2014

Wednesday Night News and Views


We’re only a few days away from Kentucky’s upset over No. 1 Mississippi State and this guy wearing a helmet and a ‘BEAT UAB’ sticker is going to be heartbroken when it happens. Sorry, bro. Enjoy your suite in lovely Starkville.

The gambling folks out in Las Vegas are still sitting on State at 13.5-point favorites, just enough to make me some good money on the UK money line. The only real question at this point isn’t whether or not that happens, but do fans storm the field again? I’m down.

Tonight, as we count down the hours till kickoff, we’ll go over a little football news and some of the goodies from UK basketball hogging the Wednesday spotlight. Then tomorrow we’ll make fun of Mississippi State a little more and churn out whatever’s relevant in Big Blue Nation.

And for the record, no, I would not like to give 50 cents to the Louisville athletic fund. I want gas because this is a gas pump.


Mark Stoops added a new commitment.

The 2015 football recruiting class added a new member Wednesday evening when three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel pledged his commitment to Kentucky. The addition of Daniel moved the Cats up to No. 24 in the 247 team rankings. He chose UK over Alabama, Louisville, NC State and Virginia, among many others.

“Just be ready. I’m coming. It’s going to be something special,” said Daniel.

Oh we’re ready.

Dorian Baker’s playing status is still up in the air.

“We’ll see,” Stoops said, on the SEC teleconference. “I’m not going to comment on that at this time.”

He said he will not speak about any of his private discussions with the league, whether it be calls, non-calls or situations like this.

Stoops on early week practices:

“We had a good meeting and got a lot of things corrected. You know, we made a lot of mistakes at LSU. I think LSU had a lot to do with that. Give them credit. They beat us in all phases. I think our team has responded very well. We come back with a good meeting and light practice on Monday and had a good, physical, hard practice Tuesday, and the guys were excited. Good to get out there in practice, and I thought we responded well. So we’ll see how we move forward the rest of the week.”

Beat State.

Calipari went on SportsCenter and owned it. All of it.

He is on fire this year. FIRE.

See, DeMarcus knows it too.

Five of the 10 All-SEC selections live in Lexington; Aaron Harrison named POY

The conference announced its two preseason All-SEC squads Wednesday and five of the 10 selections will play their home games in Rupp Arena next year. Aaron Harrison, the preseason Player of the Year, earned First Team honors, while Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress and Karl Towns were named to the SEC’s second team.

And the least shocking news of the day: UK was tabbed as the preseason No. 1.

Andrew and Aaron Harrison tried to draw Wildcats.


And that’s why they play basketball. Leave the art to Willie, guys.

Calipari will give away spring in-state tuition at the Blue-White game.

For the second year in a row, Cal will pay one semester of tuition for two lucky students in the eRupption Zone. Current UK students can register before the game at the regular student entrance at Rupp Arena, behind section 34, between 5:30 and 7:00 pm with a valid student ID. Winners will be announced after the game and they must be present.

New single game UK basketball tickets are now available.

Fans can now purchase single game tickets to Kentucky’s home games against Boston, Montana State, UT Arlington, Eastern Kentucky and Providence, in addition to the Blue/White scrimmage, two exhibition games and first two regular season games against Grand Canyon and Buffalo. Ticket prices vary by game, but they’re all rather affordable under the new variable pricing system.

Click here to select your game and seat through Ticketmaster. You can get in the building for as low as $27 per ticket.

Paul Finebaum will be a guest on Kentucky Sports Radio radio Thursday morning.

The two loudest mouths of the south on one show at the same time; can you believe it? You will if you tune in tomorrow morning around 10:30 am when Paul Finebaum joins Matt Jones on the KSR airwaves. HEY PAWLLLLLLLL

Go Cats, everybody.

“We Ask You Wednesday” Vol. 20



The off-season is technically over, but the folks here at KSR love getting your input on things… relevant and bizarre. We have to get a little creative around here sometimes.Earlier this summer I started a weekly series called “We Ask You Wednesdays,” that brought in some great responses from many readers via Twitter. Most of you all, All of you all, Everyone but my Mom and Dad,Some of you all probably hate it, but it’s either this or I’ll post another Trey Lyles mix tape.

Each week, the question will change and we will hit on a variety of topics, mostly UK-related… but you never know. Each week the best responses will make it on to the website.  This week’s ninth volume of the “We Ask You Wednesday” allowed Kentucky fans to answer the following question via Twitter in 140 characters or less: WHAT OTHER SITUATIONS IN LIFE WOULD YOU NOT WANT TO LOOK OVER AND SEE THE PERSON INVOLVED WEARING A BACKWARDS HAT?





Yeah, don’t go through with it if so…


Two opposite ends of the spectrum here…


I would even argue that good news would be ridiculous with a backwards hat, too….

Most people agreed that any type of medical worker/situation would not be ideal…

Or the employee.

Yeahhh, I had to Google that. 

Let’s be honest… we all know there was never a motorcycle involved….

A guy with a backwards hat though seems like he might be a little more laid back about such things…

You lose that battle every, single, time…

The backwards hat might make you feel more at ease….

The CDC and hospital in Texas seem like maybe they’ve been wearing the hat backwards a lot lately…

I feel like even a properly worn hat could not improve a colonoscopy… 

Does a backwards top hat look different than a not backwards top hat?

I’ve seen it in girls high school soccer, unfortunately. 






Other U of L Athletics fundraisers


I didn’t think it could possibly get any better than U of L Athletics asking for money at local gas pumps, and then I did a little digging and found other fundraisers the Cardinals are doing around the city.

Like this homeless man, for instance. Instead of asking for spare change to buy coffee or sandwiches or narcotics, Jurich convinced this man to beg for the U of L Athletic fund. Embarrassing.


Oh wait, that’s Bobby Petrino. I’m surprised he’s not hitching a ride to his next job.

And it appears Jurich isn’t leaving all of the work to others. He is out raising money, too:


Get To Know Kengera Daniel


Three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel became the 16th member of Kentucky’s 2015 football recruiting class Wednesday night when he sat down between his parents and announced his decision via video on Bleacher Report. The product of Raleigh, North Carolina chose the Cats over several major programs, citing a number of reasons why UK stood out, from the feel of Lexington to the upward trend under Mark Stoops.

The commitment is huge for Kentucky, especially considering the recent loss of defensive end commit Darius Fullwood. At an athletic 6-foot-6, almost 250 pounds, Daniel is more than a serviceable replacement on the defensive line. He has the potential to be a star under the current staff once he gets on campus and gets to work.

Let’s celebrate the addition of Kengera to the family by learning a little more about him and how he get here.

Can I get a Yahtzee?


Defensive End
Raleigh, NC (Millbrook)
6-6 | 245

247Composite: 23 WDE | 507 OVR
247Sports: 28 WDE
Rivals: 16 WDE
Scout: 90 DE


The atmosphere and coaching staff set UK apart.

When asked why Kentucky, Daniel first gave credit to the atmosphere at Commonwealth Stadium and the Kentucky coaching staff. He’s also grown close to several of the current players on the UK roster. “I just felt like it’s the place I need to be,” he said.

He took his official visit to Kentucky for the South Carolina game.

Talk about great timing for Stoops: Daniel’s official visit to Lexington was the October 4th weekend, when the Cats upset South Carolina. Daniel was on the field after the game and celebrated with the players later that night.

His final five included Alabama, Louisville, NC State and Virginia.

He also had offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Miami and Wake Forest, and heavy interest from Florida State, Ohio State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

He wants to major in Biomedical Engineering.

Because #WhyNot?

UK sent him this…

And this…


While Wake Forest sent him this…

Good job, good effort.

“Just be ready. I’m coming. It’s going to be something special.”

His message to Big Blue Nation.

Welcome aboard, Kengera.

U of L Athletics is raising money at gas pumps


Oh wow. Is this the most Louisville thing ever?