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August 29th, 2015

Boogie gives us a glance at the Kings

(h/t @Boogiecousins)

(h/t @Boogiecousins)

Here you have it. A first look at the Kentucky Sacramento Kings. Boogie just posted this picture with the caption “We hear ya….”

This is weird to look at, right?

 

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Jon Toth and Zach West ride back from practice with style

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To close out the evening, here’s a pic of senior Jon Toth and junior Zach West presumably heading back from a practice at Commonwealth on their scooters – still decked out in full pads.

When asked by our own Nick Roush if they rode the scooters because they’re lazier than everyone else on the team, West responded, “I’d say it’s because we’re smarter than everyone else.

Well, it certainly saves time.


Kobi Simmons throwing down during his visit

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American Pharoah upset at Travers

(Photo via Rob Carr/Getty Images)

(Photo via Rob Carr/Getty Images)

In case you missed it, Triple-Crown winner American Pharoah was upset this evening at Travers Steaks in Saratoga. AP lost to 16-1 underdog Keen Ice, who bested him by three quarters of a length.

While the loss took many by surprise, this destination has a long history of taking down Triple-Crown winners. Three previous victors have also lost at the track, earning it the nickname “the graveyard of champions.”

It’s an upsetting outcome, but Pharoah still has a chance to go out on a high note – and you can see it happen. He will run in The Breeder’s Cup Classic on October 31st at Keeneland before retiring to stallion duty.


Ryan Flannigan hopes to play in season opener

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Senior weak side LB Ryan Flannigan has been out of commission since August 11th, when he collided with 320 lb Jason Hyde in practice. The hit injured Flannigan’s right shoulder, relegating him to a sling and stationary bike through the past couple weeks of practice. However, according to this article from the Courier-Journal, he’s regained full range of motion in his shoulder and hopes to be cleared for full-contact practice next week. Though frustrated, Ryan’s been operating under the assumption that he will play next Saturday:

“It’s been very frustrating with the first game coming up,” Flannigan said. “It’s really annoying, because I really want to be out there. I really wanted to get this work in with my team. But I think I’m still in a good position. I still know what I’m doing, still know the plays. I’m still reading Louisiana-Lafayette’s offense. So I feel like I’m on top of the game still.”

The junior college transfer put on 14 lbs in the offseason and had had an impressive training camp before the injury. Can’t wait to have ya back, Ryan.

 


Watch UK Football commits Mike Warren and James Hudson on ESPNU

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Wanna watch two future Cats in action? Does your television provider include ESPNU? Good news.

Running back Mike Warren and lineman James Hudson are about to take the field as Benedict (OH) takes on Central Catholic (OH) on ESPNU at 4 PM. The class of 2017 teammates chose UK in late July – a further demonstration of Stoops’ recruiting prowess in the Buckeye State.

There are worse ways to spend a Saturday evening.


Danny Trevathan will make his return to the field tonight

(Aaron Ontiveroz/Denver Post)

(Aaron Ontiveroz/Denver Post)

After a longggggg recovery from knee injuries, Kentucky alum Danny Trevathan will make his return to the field under the lights tonight. The Broncos take on the 49ers tonight at 9 p.m. at Mile High.

According to reports, Trevathan will (try to) play 20 snaps, or around a quarter. He will play along side Brandon Marshall, the player who replaced him last season. Trevathan had not been showing much emotion until he took to twitter to discuss his return.

During his time off the field, Trevathan had plenty to do and even more to keep him motivated. His daughter Danoir was born in late 2013 and has helped him through this tough time, according to her mother.

“The day she was born, they laid her on my chest and he was like, ‘Oh, my God and she turned her head and looked at him. Since the very moment she was born, she’s been attached to that man. Those were her first words — ‘da da.’ Everything was always about Daddy. Since he’s been in training camp, she’s started saying ‘Mommy.’ But it’s always ‘Mommy, look! Daddy!’ when she finds pictures of him.”

Read more about Trevathan’s amazing story and time in recovery in this great article from the Denver Post here.

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Tom Crean got under my skin this morning

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While reading the Courier-Journal this morning, I came across a story from Zach Osterman of the Indy Star which just angered me more than it should have.

The story was on Indiana basketball with quotes from coach Tom Crean as he spoke to a room of supports and donors at Lucas Oil Stadium for the athletic departments “On the Road” series.

I try to like coaches like Crean. I really do. And then they open their mouths.

Of course last week two more Indiana players had a run in with the law and were cited for illegal possession of alcohol. “Okay. Fine, whatever.” would be my response for any other program. This happens and I get it. However, this is not the first run in with the law program members have had. I  am not going to count it, but these types of incidents happen way too often at this school.

Any other program the players and even coach would be suspended, fired, expelled, etc. for such a high level of alcohol and drug possession arrests and citations. FFS, one of the players RAN OVER HIS TEAMMATE with a car.

But lets get back to the quotes that inspired this rant…..

“You know what I wish I had done when Hanner first got in trouble? And I love Hanner to death. I love Hanner Perea. I’d go back and remove him from the team. The responsiblity of thier behavior falls on me” – Crean

Yes. Let’s blame one player for several program arrests. The fact is, you didn’t make a statement to the rest of the players. You let him transfer on his own instead of being an adult and taking charge of the program. Now look at what that has created. Take that responsibility instead of calling out players to cover your butt.

When Crean recruits these players he sits in their living rooms and tells their moms he will take full responsibility of these kids. Then as soon as something goes wrong he blames the program problems on the kid and throws them under the bus. Maybe that’s what ticks me off the most.

Here’s another:

He told the media specific discipline for Holt and Bryant “will be forthcoming,” and that as a team, IU is “in the midst of some internal discipline right now.” Crean declined to elaborate, though he hinted at early-morning workouts when he said he arrived at work at 4:30 a.m. Thursday.

You know what Kentucky calls 4:30 am workouts? The Breakfast Club. Not punishment. They don’t have to get arrested or have Cal force them to put in extra work. They know it takes extra work to get a title.

That’s the difference between our program and yours.

Yes. Kentucky (football) has had a few run ins with the law. The difference is our coach actually takes care of it by dismissing or giving actual punishments.

I just want to know when IU will take responsibility of its basketball coach and program? I was going to say “before something horrible happens”, but since a player was ran over by a car  I would said that time has come and gone.

@Hessler_KSR


Pelicans to hold training camp in West Virginia

Have you ever wanted to see Anthony Davis play for $5? Good. Because that is what the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia is  offering.

Tom Benson (owner of the Saints and Pelicans) brought the Saints to the resort last year and has decided to bring his Pelicans as well. The only issue at hand was the facilities, because there is not a proper gym in the area. Looks like Benson and resort-owner Jim Justice worked around that. Anything is possible when you have money.

September 30 and October 1 the Greenbrier will host the Pelicans for a practice and scrimmage. Entry is free, but the resort requires fans park at a different location and charge $5 to bus them in.

White Sulphur Springs is a 4:30 drive from Lexington, but let’s be honest…Kentucky fans are crazy and would do this to get a glance at a former Cat.

You can look at all the information about the event here.

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Saturday Morning Links

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–          The No. 15 UK volleyball team put away no, 19 Michigan State in five sets, 3-2 (29-27, 15-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-12) in front of an amazing crowd of almost 2,000 fans. Sophomore libero Ashley Dusek actually finished the match with a crazy number of 34 digs, the most ever in a five-set match in UK history. The cats play again at 10:30 against IUPUI and at 7:30 against Little Rock.

 

–          Kentucky women’s soccer recorded another shutout with a 3-0 final score over UNC Greensboro. Senior captain Courtney Raetzman led the Cats with a goal and two assists. The Cats out-shot the Titans 17-3 and had a 5-1 edge in corner kicks. Toledo will arrive in Lexington tomorrow for a 6 p.m. match against the Cats.

 

–          A last minute goal from Napo Matsoso pushed the No. 14 Cats over Valpo for a 2-1 edge Friday. Over 2k supporters attended Friday’s match, the second-largest home opener in program history (to be fair the best was against Louisville in 2005). Valpo also opened scoring six minutes before the half.

 

–          I miss AJ Reed. The ex-cat went 4-for-4 in a win and hit his (minor-league leading) 31st homer of the season. Reed scored four runs in the 17-6 route of Midland to improve hiss batting average to .352 in 32 games with the team. He’s also on a seven-game hitting streak.

 

–          We all know it’s hard to put rivalries aside, but that is exactly what Franklin County and Western Hills have done for Franklin soccer player Bradley Camic. Camic has been in a medically-induced coma after collapsing on the field earlier this month. The schools said they expected to raise around $10,000 for the cause.

 


The Last Saturday Without College Football’s Morning Wakeup

7 days and 10 hours from now, college football season kicks off under the lights of the New Commonwealth Stadium.  County choirs will be singing, flags will be flying, and hits will be heard until they are deafened by sirens.

It’s been a long wait since last season’s loss to Louisville.  Now it’s time to move forward.  This team is ready to show the BBN a product on the field we haven’t seen in a long time.   They’re All In, but WE aren’t yet.  The game still is not a sell out and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be.

Go buy your ticket today.  The snippets of energy and excitement from last season will increase exponentially, ensuring that you will enjoy every moment you spend next Saturday inside the New Commonwealth Stadium.

After doing this last year, just imagine what’s coming in 2015.

 

Unfortunately, the early hunger for football will not be appeased at all this weekend.  We won’t hear from the football team until Mark Stoops’ Monday press conference, but there’s still ways to get through your day.

Jen Smith of the Herald-Leader has a wonderful story on Melvin Lewis and the bond he shares with his Mother, despite the many miles between Compton and Kentucky.  If longform reading isn’t your thing, longform listening is available on the KSR College Football Preview Podcast.  We’ve had a great response so far, if only that idiot producer knew what the hell he was doing.

Kash was Money and Friday Night Football was Crazy

Kash Daniel had a night for his Central Kentucky Big Blue fans, even if it did require him to piss off the Frankfort faithful.  His Painstville Tigers came, saw, and conquered with a 43-0 win.  Kash ran for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns, he threw a 53-yard TD bomb and had 16 tackles despite not playing in the 4th quarter.  I don’t think anyone left more impressed than Freddie Maggard.

He wasn’t the only UK commit to ball out.  Gunnar Hoak led his team to a dominating victory on 8-of-13 passing for 201 yards, with three touchdowns and an int.  The guy that made the Columbus Dispatch front page with Hoak, Benny Snell, was pretty OK too, with two 40+ yard touchdowns in a 28-21 overtime victory.

Trey Hunstman will be back with a lot more this afternoon on Wildcat commits, and his crazy night at LexCath.  Henry Clay fell hard to St. X, but the Ryle-LexCath finish was quite the doozy.  Stay tuned.

Kobi Simmons is On Campus

It seems like a weird time to be on campus, but the first weekend after class has started is usually pretty damn fun.  Hopefully not too much fun, but maybe enough to secure a commitment before his September 19th planned announcement between UK, Georgia, Ohio State and UNLV.

UK Volleyball got a Season Opening W

Craig Skinner’s squad came out hot, taking down number 19 Michigan State at Memorial Coliseum in five sets.  It couldn’t have been done without an historic debut at libero from sophomore Ashley Dusek.  Dusek had 34 digs, only the second time in UK history someone has had more than 30.  If you missed last night’s action you’re in luck, they’re playing at Memorial again today – IUPUI at 10:30 and Little Rock at 7:30.

Vote AJ Reed for Minor League Player of the Year

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MiLB.com

To celebrate the beginning of the end of baseball season, it’s tradition to help AJ Reed win another award.  In the minor league rankings he is currently Top Ten in batting average (.342), 2nd in homeruns (29), and first in RBIs (109).  I’m sure he’d prefer a September call-up over an award – although he could get both – but we still must play our part and vote here.

Final Weekend of the State Fair

Those corn dogs aren’t going to eat themselves.  Neither are the donut burgers.  That’s why I’ll be there today, because when else is it acceptable to eat donuts, burgers and corn dogs in the same meal?

Celebrating 10 Years of KSR

We’ve been doing this thing for a long time, and tonight, it’s time to celebrate.  Hanging out with the likes of Leach of Lukasz are always great, but what’s more exciting is meeting people in person you’ve only been internet friends with before.  A couple years ago it happened in a giant meeting room and the awkwardness was amazing.  I doubt that will happen this year, because ain’t no party like a KSR party cause a KSR party don’t stop. And HAVE YOU SEEN DREW FRANKLIN’S SNAPCHAT?!?!?!


August 28th, 2015

The Top 5 Best & Worst “Friday Night Lights” Characters

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Every year, it’s the same. Fall camp starts, practice updates start rolling in, and you get that first morning where there’s a chill in the air to remind you football is right around the corner. With that, comes my annual viewing of “Friday Night Lights,” the best television show known to man.

Now, I don’t watch all five seasons every year — season two is so terrible I once threw the DVDs away in protest…only to fish them out of the trash the next day — but I do hop around to check in on my favorite characters in Dillon, Texas. Right now, I’m enjoying season three, just wrapping up the episode where Tim Riggins and Jason Street go to New York City, which includes the classic Riggins moment where he tries to convince Street to go see the musical “Gypsy.” Oh, that Tim Riggins. Always a hoot.

I’ve got a LOT of opinions about “Friday Night Lights,” and for years, have been assembling a list of the best and worst characters in my head. Because it’s Friday and why the hell not, I thought I’d share that list with you.

The 5 BEST Characters on “Friday Night Lights”

1. Tami Taylor

AKA the GOAT. AKA the best hair in show business. AKA my role model. Tami Taylor, brilliantly portrayed by Connie Britton, is the TV mom all other TV moms need to bow down to. But she’s so much more than just a mom. She’s a tireless defender of all that’s right in this world, including a nightly glass (or three) of wine. I am not a mother, my husband is not a football coach and I am not a school principal, but in all other aspects of life, I try to model myself after Tami. I even bought aviators, which historically have looked horrible on me, because she wears them. I call them my “Tami Taylors.”

2. Coach Taylor

Strongly considered putting Tami and Coach 1A and 1B, but couldn’t do that to Tami. What can you say about Coach Taylor? He’s also the best. He also has amazing hair. If he told me to eat razorblades, I’d probably do it. Not only is he the pinnacle of good, put up with Buddy Garrity, and gives the best pep talks in the world, he’s the hottest dad on television ever. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. Because Coach Taylor says so.

3. Tim Riggins

Riggins is the tragic hero of FNL, the man women want and men want to be. Though he may come off as a really hot, simple guy who wants nothing more than beer, women, and TEXAS FOREVER, we watch Riggins struggle with his destiny and identity throughout the series. He’s the quintessential “what if” character. What if he didn’t drop out of San Antonio State? What if he didn’t take the fall for Billy and go to jail? What if he had never moved into that trailer and saved us all from meeting Becky? That would have been nice.

4. Buddy Garrity

Buddy’s totally over the top, but he’s totally someone I could see living in my hometown. As a person, he’s pretty terrible — cheated on his wife, puts football over family, and generally seems pretty obnoxious — but as a character, he’s awesome. His reaction to finding out his kids don’t eat meat is one of my favorite moments on the show. We all know a Buddy Garrity.

5. Grandma Saracen

A wildcard pick, I’ll admit, but nothing brings a smile to my face more than sassy Grandma Saracen. Her battle with dementia was sad, but she may have produced more laugh-out-loud moments than any other character. For instance: how she insists on calling Coach Taylor “Coach Eric Taylor” every single time she sees him and how she doesn’t hesitate to tell Landry he throws the ball like a girl and is “just a funny looking creature.” Grandma Saracen is the original captain of #TeamNF, and I love it.

Honorable mention:

  • Landry: Great except when you had to hear him sing
  • Tyra: Also great, but mean to Landry
  • Smash: Referred to himself in the third person too much

 

The 5 WORST Characters on “Friday Night Lights”

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1. Julie Taylor

Tami Taylor may be the best, but her daughter Julie is the worst. I’m not sure there are words for how awful Julie is. She’s completely incapable of communicating her emotions, to the point she WRECKED HER OWN CAR because she didn’t want to go back to college. WTF? Not only is she insanely rude to her awesome parents, the only decisions she makes are terrible ones, like cheating on Matt Saracen with the Swedish guy or having an affair with her married TA in college and then running away to Chicago to cry to Saracen about it. Her only saving grace is genetics.

2. Becky

You knew Becky was going to be awful the minute she came on screen singing the national anthem in the kitchen like a banshee. Nobody worth liking sings that loud that early in the morning. Also, the way she throws herself at Tim Riggins is cringe-worthy. “Hello, Tim Riggins!” “Wake up and give me a ride, Tim Riggins!” “Which dress should I wear to my pageant Tim Riggins?” Out of the good of his heart, Riggins eventually becomes her friend, but his initial reaction to her — STFU and go away — is all you need to know.

3. Lyla Garrity

I actually warmed up to Lyla as the series went on (anyone who goes boozing with Mindy goes up a notch in my book), but she had too much ground to make up from the first two seasons. I get that it couldn’t have been easy to cope with your boyfriend going from future NFL superstar to depressed paraplegic, but the solution is never to cheat on him with his best friend, even if that’s Tim Riggins. Between that and her stint as a born-again Christian, Lyla could never figure out who she was. No offense, Minka Kelly, but all Lyla was on this series was a really pretty face.

4. Joe McCoy

I originally had his son, JD, on this list, but swapped. Even though JD is a punk, it’s not his fault his dad’s an abusive asshole. Joe McCoy just looks like a villain, all smug sitting in his big house on top of the hill, drinking his fancy scotch and smoking his cigars. Plus, who the hell leads a coup to fire a coach who just took your team to State? An idiot, that’s who. In terms of boosters, Buddy Garrity >>>>> the parents who collect change at intersections >>>>> the creepy guy selling drugs under the stands >>>>> Joe McCoy.

5. Jason Street

I’ll probably get roasted for this, but I stand by it. Jason Street is nice. Jason Street is sweet. Jason Street is a good person. But he’s also really, really boring. I understand that the series need him to show how football and its fame and fortune can go away in an instant, but did we really have to stick with him through two more seasons? Plus, he’s meant to be this model of good judgment but then he went to Mexico and contemplated getting injected with SHARK DNA so he could walk again. SHARK DNA. I realize Season 2 was the pits, but COME ON.

Honorable mention:

  • Baby Grace: Didn’t contribute anything, looked like an alien
  • Cash, Tyra’s cowboy boyfriend: Because none of us saw that coming at all
  • Waverly, Smash’s bipolar girlfriend: So much drama

Sights and sounds from UK’s water balloon fight

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Kentucky’s Christian Student Fellowship put on yet another record breaking water balloon fight. CSF filled the Johnson Center Fields with 250,000 water balloons this year. The “fight” lasted about five minutes and ended with a lot of mud sliding, because why not?

“One of the most insane things ever. I was laughing so hard during it, I couldn’t breath,” said freshman Krisitna Ralenkotter.

“It was incredible. It was way more intense than the water balloon fight my freshman year. Balloons were flying everywhere. I got hit in the head and face but still pushed through till the end. When it was over I couldn’t have been more happier or more soaked. Great way to welcome freshman to their new home,” said junior Dylan Kissack.

I recorded the first two minutes, but of course my phone ran of storage halfway through. Thankfully, the beginning is the most exciting and the rest is all the same.  You can watch the video by clicking this link.

Many student athletes took in the fun including some of the men and women’s basketball team, the swim & dive team, and a few cheerleaders.

Some of the UK Hoops team

Some of the UK Hoops team

 

Speedos were seen worn by more than just the swim & dive team.

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Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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You know you’re thinking of a Wendy’s ® Spicy Chicken Sandwich. The spicy goodness of the all white meat chicken lightly breaded with a unique blend of eight peppers and spices, topped with crisp lettuce, delicious fresh tomato and creamy mayonnaise, all on a soft toasted bun. The only way to get it out of your head is to get it in your hands.


You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 Dennis C. Cook


Because Louisville fans are dogs? Nah. That one was too far.

 

 

#9 Derik Hunt


Said every husband in the Big Blue Nation.

 

 

#8 T.P. Telegram


I have a feeling that would end up like Black Sheep with Ryan in a cabin somewhere.

 

 

#7 JC Watson


Yes…… Yes that happened.

 

 

#6 Christopher Williams


The Louisville Renovations? Yes.

 

 

#5 Drew Franklin


Who let him on that thing?

 

 

#4 Kentucky Dude


Wait. Didn’t someone just say Pitino never pays for his pizza?

 

 

#3 Jonathan Dunn


This is what I like to see.

 

 

#2 KY Highway Safety


Looks like the perfect time to film a PSA.

 

 

#1 Stoneule


Nice.

@Hessler_KSR


Kash Daniel had three more touchdowns tonight

In his senior year debut, future Cat Kash Daniel scored three touchdowns. He followed that up in week two with three more touchdowns. Kash played in front of a packed crowd of UK fans at Sower Field in Frankfort, turning in two touchdown runs, one touchdown pass and countless tackles in Paintsville’s 43-0 win over Frankfort High.

Freddie Maggard was on the scene and said that although Kash cut his arm pretty badly in the first quarter, he stayed in, turning in touchdown runs of 3 yards and 46 yards to go along with a beautiful 53 yard touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion to boot. At this rate, he’ll probably drive the bus back to Paintsville too.

More details and hopefully some highlights in the morning.