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October 9th, 2015

SI nails it: “Louisville created and continues to nurture dangerous culture for women”

For years, the University of Louisville has had a major problem with the way its athletic program deals with women. What do you expect when its two major coaches, Rick Pitino and Bobby Petrino, have a sordid history with women, the former an affair with a woman in a restaurant that resulted in him paying for her abortion and being extorted, and the latter an affair with an employee that resulted in him getting fired. And now, the partially-confirmed allegations that a Louisville staffer paid for prostitutes to entertain players and recruits, some of which were underage.

It’s sad that it took a scandal like this to open the national media’s eyes to the problem. Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg took Louisville to task this morning for “teaching its male athletes that women can be used and discarded.”

We keep looking at this story about prostitutes through the wrong lenses. We see it as players having casual sex, which goes on everywhere. Or we wonder what the NCAA will do. We’re missing the point. If Louisville is guilty, the school has created a dangerous environment for women, and it has opened itself to lawsuits from all angles.

More logic where that came from over at, so check it out.

[Michael Rosenberg: Louisville created and continues to nurture dangerous culture for women]

Skal needs your help to pick a Big Blue Madness intro song



I’d argue that Skal Labissiere uses social media to interact with fans more than any other player we’ve had at Kentucky. Skal regularly tweets, Instagrams, and SnapChats pictures of his experience as a Kentucky player, and welcomes feedback from fans. Last night, he reached out to the BBN to get some help picking the song he’ll come out to at Big Blue Madness:

There’s over 300 responses, here are my favorites:

  • By far the most popular answer was “Jumpman,” Drake & Future. I guess that makes sense because he can, you know, jump, man.

  • “Scholarships,” by Drake, which includes the famous line “I rock Kentucky blue”:

  • A few people suggested the Undertaker theme, but after Enes did that, I don’t think it can be topped. Retire that performance in the rafters.
  • Bushbkbush suggested “Short People” by Randy Newman, which made me laugh:

  • Honorable mention to laurenkaylalewis, who suggested “Barbie Girl.” I like you all too much to include the video for that.

Give Skal your suggestions in the comments.

KSR is live from the Red vs. Blue Hunger “Drive-Thru” (Friday Show Thread)


Good morning, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from the Yum! Brands Restaurant Support Center at 1441 Gardiner Lane in Louisville for the Red vs. Blue Hunger “Drive-Thru” benefitting Dare to Care Food Bank.

Matt and Ryan are live from the can drive, which runs from 5 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and they’re got some prizes to give away. If you bring at least 18 canned goods, you will be entered into a drawing for either UL-Duke or UK-LSU basketball tickets. The winners will be announced at noon.

Something tells me they’ll have plenty to talk about…

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

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Tony Vanetti’s Friday Morning Wakeup


Over the past few days, I’ve done something I’ve never done before: listen to UofL talk radio. How could I not? The prostitution scandal has captivated the Commonwealth and while many of his Louisville colleagues are sticking their heads in the sand regarding the story (cough, Jody Demling, cough), Tony Vanetti is standing tall as the voice of reason.

Yesterday on the “Afternoon Underdogs,” Vanetti called out the Pitino apologists and took UofL President James Ramsey to task for his odd handling of the situation, calling for him to be presidential instead of pushing all of the power in Tom Jurich’s hands. As the dominoes continue to fall around Louisville basketball, Tony is calling it like it is, going as far to say that Pitino cannot survive the scandal. No matter how many times his fellow media members say Pitino didn’t know what happened or how heartbroken he is over it all (“It happened in his brother-in-law’s dorm!!”), Vanetti is right when he says none of that matters. This happened under Pitino’s watch and as Tony put it, “Would Rick keep Rick?”.

In fact, the only time I’ve felt bad for the Cards in the past week is when Tony told the story about how excited he was watching Pitino’s plane land in Louisville fifteen years ago and how his boss, a Kentucky fan, warned him that two things would happen during Pitino’s reign: he would win a lot of games and he’d break your heart. That pang of deja vu actually had me feeling sorry for our rivals.

Regardless, Vanetti was great yesterday, so much so that angry Louisville fans questioned whether or not he was working for KSR. He’s not, but Tony, the door’s always open; in fact, you can have the KSR shirt off BTI’s back.

What will happen with UofL today?

A rundown of what happened yesterday in the prostitute scandal:

  • “Breaking Cardinal Rules” author Dick Cady said on KSR that he expects Katina Powell will speak to the NCAA
  • Ohio State freshman JaQuan Lyle confirmed the escort allegations to the NCAA
  • An anonymous former Louisville player confirmed to Eric Crawford that strippers were in the dorm rooms
  • UofL President James Ramsey threw his support behind Tom Jurich, but did not mention Rick Pitino
  • Rick Pitino gave another bizarre interview, this time to Terry Meiners. Meiners grilled Pitino, who was defiant when asked if he would resign. “I don’t know what resigning would accomplish,” he said. “I think that’s the cowardly way out.” He ain’t leaving on his own, folks. His ego is too big.

What will happen today? I can’t wait to find out.

No one is having more fun with this than the San Diego Strippers Twitter account

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SoCal strippers have standards, yo.

In UK land, Edrice “Bam” Adebayo will start his official visit

The third best power forward in the 2016 class will arrive in Lexington soon, and, although most believe NC State is the favorite after snagging his AAU teammate Dennis Smith, John Calipari has been putting on the press recently. Hopefully Bam enjoys campus and seeing what it’s like to have your basketball practice televised nationally. Yes, Bam, we talkin’ bout practice.

A trip to Keeneland can’t hurt, either. Just saying.

UK will wear blue vs. Auburn

The game is less than a week away, but UK wants you to get your outfit ready. Yesterday, they released this poster on Twitter calling for a Blue Out, which includes the players. Does this mean we’ll see the blue chrome helmets too?

I don’t listen to Drake’s music a lot, but that “We rock Kentucky blue” quote is gold. Just fine with that being a slogan.

Rupp Arena’s got one more prize to give away today on Twitter

To promote the Kings/Pelicans exhibition game next Saturday at Rupp, the folks at Rupp Arena have been giving away prize packs all week on Twitter. Today is the final giveaway, and they’ve hinted that it may include SIGNED shoes from DeMarcus Cousins. Whoa. Keep your eye on their Twitter account (@Rupp_Arena) from 8:30-10:30 a.m. ET to participate.

I’m going to see Florence & the Machine tonight

I’ve been a fan for years, and have only seen them live as the opener for U2 a few years back. The forecast looks sucky for an outdoor show, but hopefully Mother Nature will work with me starting at 8 p.m. I also hope she’ll play this song, which is getting a lot of run on my iPhone these days:

It’s a slow build, but when the tempo picks up about 1:45 in, there’s no better running song in this world, I’m convinced.

Matt and Ryan are live at the Red vs. Blue Hunger “Drive-Thru”

Yum! Brands is celebrating its 18th anniversary with a Red vs. Blue Hunger “Drive-Thru” benefitting Dare to Care Food Bank today from 5 am to 5:30 pm. Matt and Ryan will do the show from the Yum! Brands Restaurant Support Center (1441 Gardiner Lane) in Louisville from 10 a.m. to noon. If you bring at least 18 canned goods, you will be entered into a drawing for either UL-Duke or UK-LSU basketball tickets. The winners will be announced at noon. You ready?

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Why the UL Scandal Isn’t Good For UK Either

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Since Friday at 4pm, it doesn’t matter who you are a fan of, the scandal or alleged scandal that has struck at the University of Louisville has been the major focus of the sports fans of this state, the media, and this website.  The story is almost too insane to believe.  A basketball staff member used money from some unknown place to pay for escorts/sex workers/strippers for the recruits and players of that university and a book was being released about said incidents.  It’s the kind of story that even in today’s world of absurd reality TV that seemed too extreme to be true.  As UK fans, we had a difficult decision.  On the one hand, our main rival is being scarred with an incredibly embarrassing scandal.  That’s great and funny, right?  But on the other hand the scandal is so disgusting and sad on all accounts, with child prostitution and other crimes, that it’s hard to laugh at this.  I’ve seen fans land on both sides of that issue.  Some are absolutely shaming themselves with how much joy they are taking.  I take joy out of the struggle of the UL fan themselves, but some are getting joy about the story.  That’s sad.  But that’s life and the world we live in.  Every fanbase in the country would have the same reaction if their rival had this happen to them as well.

But here is an angle I haven’t heard many mention.  This scandal and what it likely will mean for UL and their recruiting abilities plus Pitino’s potential departure is NOT GOOD for Kentucky.  Doesn’t it mean UL will certainly decline in prestige?  Of course.  Does it mean that UK will take an even greater grip on the rivalry?  Of course it does.  But having a weakened rival does not mean the rivalry is better.  It means it is worse!  I will never root for Louisville to win games or titles in any way.  That’s not how a rivalry works.  But at the same time, this rivalry between the 2 schools is the greatest in college basketball IMO because the 2 programs are so great.  What annoys UL fans more than anything is despite the fact they are also on one of the greater runs in their school’s history, it gets dwarfed by the almost unbelievable run UK is currently on.  The absolute definition of little brother.

Do you remember the last 2 years of the Kragthorpe era?  Do you remember the first couple years of the Rich Brooks era?  Do you remember the end of the Denny Crum era or the Billy Gillispie era?  When one program is so significantly worse than the other that damages the rivalry itself.  The wins and losses will always go in cycles but the competitiveness of the rivalry is what makes it great.  I don’t want my chief rival to stink and just crush them every single year.  You get no joy out of that because the opposing fans don’t care.  Duke and North Carolina became an elite basketball rivalry not just because they both are in the same state, but because they both were in the same state AND WERE GREAT PROGRAMS.

There is no avoiding it now.  Louisville is going to be severely damaged for some time from this.  And they should be.  I don’t think they should sniff the NCAA Tournament for a couple years.  Pitino likely needs to go.  The team was already looking at a mediocre season before this happened and next year didn’t look much better.  Now with this, who knows?  But what I do know is when the likely conclusion comes and UL declines, that doesn’t make me happy in terms of the rivalry itself.  I will miss my passionate rival down the road.  They are getting what they deserve but we are getting a bad deal as well.

October 8th, 2015

Almost Midseason Grades and Miscellaneous Rankings

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Five games in, UK is 4-1. Be truthful, raise your hand if you projected that record. In this week’s ESPN SEC Power Rankings, Kentucky is listed at No. 8. I get it: polls and rankings are subjective, but 4-1 is concrete.

Below are UK Football position grades and various rankings:


Quarterback: B

For the season, Patrick Towles is 96-of-156 good for 61.5 percent, eight passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, and six interceptions.

At times, Towles’ inconsistency has limited UK’s offensive production. 33 percent completion rate against Florida skews season totals, but the Gator defense has proven to be dominant. Other SEC quarterbacks aren’t faring well either.

Overall, the junior has been an offensive catalyst. Kentucky has scored 16 touchdowns. Patrick Towles has directly contributed for 11 of those. For some, this grade will be too high. But his 68 percent total touchdown contribution rate is too high for a C, and his sporadic play doesn’t warrant an A. Strip the name, read above stats and assign a grade. That may help.

Running Back: B-

Through three games, Boom Williams was a top-five SEC running back. His numbers have fallen due to missing the second half against Missouri and not playing against EKU; still, 47 rushes for 351 yards, one touchdown and a 7.3 yards per rush are credible.

JoJo Kemp’s 5.3 yards per rush and two touchdowns have provided situational spark. The power back, Mikel Horton has been effective in screen passes and moving the chains. UK averages 135 yards rushing per game. Take away the 155 lost yards due to sacks, and numbers would be better.

A stat that is not published is blocking efficiency. Blitz pick-up has been improved at times, but lacking at others.

Wide Receiver: A-

Dorian Baker separated himself at the go-to receiver. Other than his 24 catches for an 11.5 average yards per reception and three touchdowns, Baker has punished in downfield blocking.

Garrett Johnson, Blake Bone, and Jeff Badet have also had their flashes of grandeur. Explosion plays are now expected. Combined, the wide receiver corps is deep, fast, and talented. It did have one game (Florida) that it dropped passes at an alarming rate; however, this position’s productivity has only scratched the surface.

Given Mark Stoops’ first-year receiving corps status, talent upgrade alone warrants a passing grade.

Tight End/Fullback: B+ (Blocking); Incomplete (Receiving)

Taco Meat Collins has moved into my upper echelon of UK football player fandom. CJ Conrad has blocked at an SEC senior level and finally had a breakout game against Missouri. Collectively, blocking has been consistent and physical.

But three catches for 55 yards is not what was expected. Simply, tight ends have not been targeted enough to receive a grade.

Offensive Line: C-

Offensive line rotation has been a revolving door of youth. Injuries have also reared their ugly heads. Steady center Jon Toth has anchored and is playing at an All-SEC level. But, the EKU game is too fresh in my mind to grade John Schlarman’s group high.

The Cats are averaging 365 total yards per game. An understandable struggle versus Florida seems more reasonable as the Gators continue to defensively control the conference. Red zone productivity has been excellent. UK is 15-15 inside the 20 and have scored 11 touchdowns in those 15 trips for 73 percent. Allowing 16 sacks for negative 116 yards is a hard statistic to overlook. This group will get better once it settles in on a rotation and heals up during the bye week.




Defensive Line: B

The insertion of CJ Johnson has proven to benefit. Even after missing the Louisiana game due to suspension, Johnson is the team’s second-leading tackler, totaling 37 stops, 3.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks.

Farrington Huguennin has been solid with 22 tackles. Expected strength of the defensive line was nose tackle. Melvin Lewis has racked up 17 tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack. Regie Meant was improving by the snap, but an early injury versus Missouri has hampered the group’s overall power. At times, UK has gone with only two down defensive linemen which has diminished Melvin Lewis and Matt Elam’s game snaps. Given its level of talent, other than the EKU game, Coach Jimmy Brumbaugh’s unit has overachieved.

Linebackers: A-

Easily the best 2015 surprise. Josh Forrest is playing at an All-SEC level with 49 tackles, three tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and one interception. His weekly improvement is scary and profitable for his NFL future.

Khalid Henderson effectively filled in for the injured Ryan Flannigan and provided consistency along with 30 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.

In only two games, Ryan Flannigan’s speed and ability to close on opposing ball carriers have enhanced defensive diversity. Denzil Ware’s development is a weekly highlight. Ware’s two-point conversion against South Carolina was a game-saver. This position has endured suspension and injury but remained reliable. Collectively, the linebacker corps has played above fan and media expectation.

Secondary: B+

Another expected liability, UK’s secondary is limiting opposing offenses to 197 passing yards per game. That number won’t lead conferences statistical categories, but it’s been good enough and much better than expected.

Headline story is the emergence of true freshman Chris Westry. The rookie has excelled. Senior Cody Quinn held onto his starting position after being pushed by several freshmen cornerbacks. JD Harmon has been the group’s playmaker with two interceptions and game-altering tackles.

Safeties have not intercepted a pass, but are leading the secondary in tackles: McWilson with 28, Stamps with 25. The safety pair is stable, which allows DJ Eliot the freedom to dial up creative blitz packages. Nickel backs Blake McClain and Kendall Randolph add an edge. Both are pound for pound two of the better football players on the team.

Special Teams: C

An improvement from 2014’s F.  Prior to EKU, Wildcat kickoff coverage team ranked second in the SEC.

Landon Foster’s punting has not been as effective as expected. Mark Stoops inserted his backup against the Colonels.

All-SEC Austin MacGinnis uncharacteristically missed a field goal and PAT in the opener, but has rebounded before an injury kept him out against Eastern Kentucky.

Kick returner Sihiem King has been a spark, and been close to breaking a kickoff return for six. Overall, the Wildcat special teams have been okau, but could be better. MacGinnis’ return will help. In coverage teams, better players running down the field to make tackles increases the group’s status. Punt and punt return teams have not met expectation.


Inconsistency has haunted the Cats throughout its first five football games. However, in four out of five contests, Kentucky has resiliently found a way to win.  For the first time in program history, UK’s first five games have been decided by eight points or less. More telling, total points scored for the year: Kentucky 130, opponents 109.

In SEC play, margin of winning is 18.6 to 16.3. In non-conference, 37 to 30. This post could have actually been divided into two segments: Grades vs. SEC opponents and Grades vs. Non-Conference Foes. In conference, much higher. Non-conference, could have seen some Ds and Fs. Ebb and Flow.

Top Five Opposing Player Performances

1. DE Noah Spence, EKU
2. DE Alex MaCalister, Florida
3. DE Charles Harris, Missouri
4. ATH Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina
5. S Brian Poole, Florida

Five Most Difficult Games Remaining

1. @ Georgia
2. @ Mississippi State
3. Tennessee
4. Auburn
5. Louisville

SEC Top Five

1. LSU
2. Texas A&M
3. Alabama
4. Florida
5. Ole Miss

Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day


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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 Not Safe for Work…

And hopefully better ones than the girls bought you.



#9 Twillie Stein

I always knew it would end up with the two of them riding off in the sunset together.



#8 Josh Zeller

UL or just Pitino?



#7 Alan Luckett

I’ve really never thought of it like that before, but you’re right.



#6 Bluemin Onion

And that’s where it allllll started.



#5 Joshua

Actual representation of me looking over twitter when I haven’t listened to the show yet.



#4 Alan

Sick burn, Alan.



#3 Drew Franklin

Drew is unstoppable this week.



#2 Spencer Taylor

Nah. Let’s let them keep a little bit of imagination. The NCAA will soon take most of it away.



#1 funKYcat75

This week we are all Jewish.




Take a Closer Look at “Let’s Ball”

The Kentucky Wildcats TV crew released an extended sneak peak inside their documentary on the 2015 Wildcats.  I always like to try before I buy, so get a taste before you check it out on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and at Wal-Mart when it’s released October 13th.

Seven Things We’ll Miss Seeing On Saturday



With a New Stadium, the new Kentucky football season has brought drama to the BBN.  Wildcat fans are used to football drama ending on the losing side.  Despite the team’s shortcomings, they aren’t losing that much.  Riding high on a 4-1 record, here’s the best parts of the season that I’ll miss the most when the Cats don’t take the field Saturday.


There couldn’t have been a better way to open the stadium.  It’s something many of us will never forget.  Hopefully he (and we) have forgotten about last week’s personal issues for an exceptional second half of the season.

Josh Forrest’s Hit List

Mikel Horton’s Truck Stick

Unfortunately he slowed down some after getting dinged up at South Carolina, but Mikel will have plenty of fuel in the tank after the Bye Week.

Time for Another Big Badet Catch



C.J. Johnson’s Insurgence

Big Blue Insider

Big Blue Insider

C.J. went from suspended, to reserve, to starter, to SEC defensive lineman of the week.  Over the last two games, he’s arguably been the most productive defensive tackle in the country, accounting for 30 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 3 tackles for loss.  All the while, he’s still talking about his poop

Dorian Baker, The Highlight Maker

I know that’s an extremely cheesy saying, but I just can’t help myself.

Patrick Towles’ Hair

De’Aaron Fox Cancels his Visit to Arizona

Things are coming clearer on where De’Aaron Fox’s recruitment stands.  According to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi, Kentucky’s #1 recruiting target canceled his November visit to Arizona.

The nation’s 3rd best player according to 247 (#1 point guard) will visit Kansas this weekend before attending Big Blue Madness next weekend.  Who knows if there’s a chance he will commit on his visit, but the people who know things believe Kentucky is in a great spot.  This news only puts Kentucky in better position.

KSR Preps Game of the Week: DeSales at CAL

From last year's game, courtesy of The Courier-Journal.

From last year’s game, courtesy of The Courier-Journal.

If I couldn’t preview my alma mater’s biggest game of the year, what’s the point of covering high school football?

The DeSales/CAL game has dramatically changed since former Louisville quarterback, Stefan LaFors, became CAL’s head coach.

The Class 2A District foes used to be nothing more than a formality.  You prayed with ’em, you kicked their ass, and then they gave you Chick Fil-A on your way out the door.  They were annoying, keeping the games within a few touchdowns and giving you compliments during the game, “Nice hit.”  It was always strange, but nonetheless, a fun, routine ass-whooping.  Now it’s a rivalry with statewide implications.

LaFors hates DeSales because even though they’ve won the last two regular-season matchups, CAL always loses in the playoffs.  DeSales hates CAL because until they lost to Fern Creek two weeks ago, CAL was the only team to defeat DeSales in the past two seasons, going 14-1 with back-to-back State Championships.  Fuel is added to the fire when you consider LaFors’ staff is almost entirely former UofL players, with a few that yap like they’re still players.  A fight may or may not have almost broke out during postgame handshakes last season.

Some of the most thrilling high school games I’ve ever seen were between these two over the past few seasons.  It will be no exception tomorrow; the C-J LitRatings put Cal as the #2 team in 2A, DeSales as #1.  DeSales boasts a suffocating defense that swarms to the football, allowing less than 10 points a game.  Their quarterback, Austin Johnson, can run the ball probably more effectively than he can pass it, but he’s best with his leg. Johnson is following in his big brother’s footsteps and will punt for UofL next Fall.

Cal loves to throw the ball around, but they have a freshman quarterback.  Austin Carr has done well under pressure thus far, throwing for over 1,100 yards and 15 TDs with only 6 picks, but this will be the biggest game of his young career.  His primary target is very good; Chad Lewellyn is 6’4″ and learned well from his older brother, who went on to play WR at the Naval Academy.  However, their questionable offensive line will be tested by DeSales’s disruptive pass rush.

Since this game has become a rivalry, there will be major miscues leading to explosive plays.  It will remain close, but CAL cannot slow down the DeSales defense from crushing their young quarterback.  I wouldn’t mind if the Colts took an L, because that would assure a postseason Dub, but this DeSales team had a Bye Week to think about their first loss of the season.  I’m taking DeSales, 28-24, even though there’s a better chance it will be the #Coltsby90.

And just a reminder for all the fine folks wearing District Championship shirts at Christian Academy:


Allow Trey to take it away with the rest of this week’s major high school matchups.  He knows his stuff, after all, he’s taking DeSales to win too. 

Franklin County (6-1) vs Spencer County (7-0)

Friday Night’s showdown of FCHS and SCHS will showcase two of the biggest surprises in 4A. Franklin County suffered their first defeat last week in a 23-0 loss to Collins. The Flyers played in our Game of the Week two Fridays ago. FCHS QB Barrett Sanderson is a terrific game manager and can step up in big scenarios. This will be the toughest game for Spencer County through eight games. The Bears take on Franklin County, Shelby County, and Henry County to end the season. Spencer County is led by a run offense that put up 737 yards on the ground against Bullitt Central. SCHS is 7-0, and this is a statement game to see if they are for real.

Trey’s Pick- Franklin County will prove they are one of the top three teams in 4A with a win over Spencer County.

Nick’s Pick-  The Bears have had an unbelievable run, I don’t think it ends this weekend for Spencer County.

St. Xavier (4-2) vs Manual (6-0)

St. X cannot catch a break with their schedule. Following a 20-15 loss to Trinity, St.X will look to get back to their winning ways against the undefeated Manual. The Crimsons have the second best defense in 6A behind only Male. Manual has pitched three shutouts and have big wins over Central and Fern Creek. Butler put up -46 yards against Manual last week. Desmond Ridder and St. X will look to be the first team to score 20 or more points against Manual this season. Blake Roshkowski will need to have a big game and Ridder will have to find his accuracy if the Tigers want to pull off the upset.

Trey’s Pick- The Tigers are going to get a huge bounce back win over Manual.

Nick’s Pick- After last week’s almost win over Trinity, St. X responds with a win.

Ryle (6-0) vs Cooper (5-2)

Very few teams in the state have the amount of weapons that Ryle has on offense. Tanner Morgan runs the spread offense very well and outdueled Legend Brumbaugh and Lexington Catholic early in the season. Morgan threw for only 38 yards last week against George Rogers Clark, but Collin England and Jake Chisholm picked him up with a combined 362 yards on the ground. Cooper is led by QB Nathan Brown and running back Jaden Jackson. The Jaguars have struggled against high-level competition with losses to Bryan Station and Simon Kenton. This would be a big statement win for Cooper, and an even bigger win for Ryle.

Trey’s Pick- Tanner Morgan is a great QB for Ryle’s offense. He is going to show out and lead Ryle to a 7-0 record.

Nick’s Pick-  Ryle will remained undefeated with a big win over a Northern Kentucky foe.

The Different Degrees of “Surrender Cobra”



Football’s latest and greatest phenomenon to illustrate the agony of defeat is the Surrender Cobra.  It’s a different kind animal, much less deadly than its reptilian cousin but much more humiliating.  The Surrender Cobra has a variety of species within its genus.  During this Bye Week, I’m hear to educate on the different types of Surrender Cobra you need to be aware of entering the Second Half of the season.

When you realize you’re the only one in the office that wore your Halloween costume to work.



When you don’t have a tissue to wipe away your tears.



When it’s so bad you can only use one hand.



When you still have your swag turned on.



When that dude just can’t take a hint.



When it’s not even halftime.



When it won’t stop and you’re still standing in the rain.



When Mom forgets to buy pizza rolls.

When you regret getting that “Dolphins Super Bowl 50 Champs” tattoo.



When you miss a field goal and lose the Iron Bowl on a 109-yard return.

11 Ways to Spend Your Bye Weekend


There are two ways to look at a bye week:

  • Pout that your team’s not playing, or
  • Seize the opportunity to rest and reconnect with the part of your life that doesn’t involve sports.

Although my immediate reaction is to do the former, I’m making an effort to do the latter this weekend. If you are too, here are ten eleven recommendations on how to spend your bye weekend and what you’ll need to make them happen:

1. Put on your sweater and go buy some pumpkins and mums

Few things make me happier than “open window weather.” Seriously, just ask my husband. Last weekend, we didn’t get a taste of fall, we got a taste of late November/early December nastiness, followed by a heat wave here in Nashville that forced me to turn on the AC. Where in the hell is fall, y’all? Fortunately, it looks like it arrives Saturday. So, put on your favorite sweater and head to the farmer’s market or the pumpkin patch and get your fall on. Or, open the windows, sit on the couch with some apple cider and live vicariously through the millions of pictures people will upload of themselves and their families at the pumpkin patch.

  • Mums: $8-$20 each, depending on size
  • Pumpkins: $5-$15 each, depending on size
  • Hot apple cider: $1.50 per cup
  • Instagram opportunities: priceless

2. Read “Breaking Cardinal Rules”


It’s only 104 pages, and although it can be hard to read at times, the parts about Katina and her girls going to the UofL dorm make it a page-turner.

  • E-book: $9.99 on Amazon
  • Butter Lovers Microwave Popcorn: $3.98/12-pack

Or, you can listen to KSR’s dramatic reading for all the best parts:

  • Video: free
  • Paper towels to clean up the drink you’ll spit out when you see Tomlin and Woo’s parts: $0.99/roll

3. Watch Louisville fans meltdown over the prostitute scandal

This morning, Ohio State freshman JaQuan Lyle confirmed the escort allegations surrounding the Louisville basketball program, the first step towards making this nightmare for Cards fans a reality. Things really got interesting this afternoon when an anonymous former Louisville player confirmed there were strippers in the dorm and Rick Pitino told Terry Meiners he considers resigning “taking the cowardly way out.”

If you want to witness the meltdown, visit Inside The Ville, Card Chronicle, Cardinal Authority, or Don’t worry; if taking joy in this makes you a bad person, we’ll party in hell together.

  • Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale: $9.99/6-pack
  • More Butter Lovers Microwave Popcorn (good think you got that 12-pack)

4. Go see “The Martian”

I finished the book last night and cannot wait to see it portrayed on film. Like I said earlier this week, I’m not really into sci-fi, but Andy Weir, the author, found a way to balance science with humor. Considering it’s a book about an astronaut fighting for survival on Mars, it’s really, really funny, mainly because we’re treated to Watney’s internal dialogue. It’ll be interesting to see how director Ridley Scott translates this to the big screen.

5. Rewatch Kentucky’s four wins this season

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

If you just can’t go without a UK football fix, why not do your own midseason review and watch UK’s four wins this season? There have been a lot of highlights, and, yes, a few lowlights. In fact, you have our permission to skip the second half of the Louisiana Lafayette game and the first half of the Eastern game. Instead, focus on Towles’ growing rapport with his receivers, the balanced rushing attack, and a defense that proved us all wrong.

6. Try to actually learn the words to “Grove Street Party”

Like many of you, I can only decipher “I GOT A WHOLE LOTTA MONEY” and “It’s a party, it’s a party, it’s a party.” With another big game coming up and plenty of opportunities to play the song, why don’t we learn the actual wor—YEAAAAH, just kidding. I googled the lyrics. No need to learn them. Let’s just stick with the parts we know, okay? Especially you kiddos out there.

  • “Grove Street Party” on iTunes: $1.29

7. Catch up on other college football

The slate of games is kind of meh this week, but I’ll be watching Tennessee vs. Georgia on CBS at 3:30 p.m. to get my first good look at the imploding Volunteers. Other interesting games on the docket:

  • #10 Oklahoma vs. Texas, ABC, Noon: This will be a massacre, but I can’t turn away from watching Charlie Strong’s train wreck at Texas
  • #13 Northwestern vs. #18 Michigan, BTN, 3:30 p.m.: LOL, just kidding. Go Wildcats though.
  • #7 LSU vs. South Carolina, 3:30 p.m.: It was nice of LSU to host the game since Columbia’s under water, but before we praise the magnanimous Tigers too much, people do realize they get a home game out of it, right? Leonard Fournette will roll.
  • Arkansas at #8 Alabama, 7 p.m., ESPN: I refuse to believe Arkansas is as terrible as they’ve looked and that Alabama is as good as they looked against Georgia. Regardless, Tide will roll.
  • #11 Florida at Missouri, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network: No way Florida keeps this up, right?

If you’re watching at home:

  • More of that Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale: $9.99/6-pack
  • Pizza and/or wings from local chain: $15-$20
  • Watching games without putting on real pants: Priceless

If you’re watching at the bar:

  • Pitcher of beer: $12-$18
  • Dozen wings: $12
  • Chance to laugh at sad Tennessee fans: Priceless

8. Watch the NBA Cats ball in exhibition games


If you’re really desperate for some UK sports and have NBATV, you’re in luck. The network will be airing preseason NBA games throughout the weekend and because former Kentucky players are all over the league, there are ample opportunities to check them out. Here’s a schedule of games on NBATV:

  • Friday, 7 p.m.: New York Knicks @ Washington Wizards (John Wall, Josh Harrellson)
  • Saturday, 8 p.m.: Chicago Bulls @ Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl Towns)
  • Sunday, 1:30 a.m.: LA Clippers (Chuck Hayes) @ Charlotte Hornets (MKG–injured, Aaron Harrison)
  • Sunday, 9:20 p.m.: Haifa @ Los Angeles Lakers (Julius Randle)

Cost? NBATV is part of the premiere sports package on most cable/satellite plans, but really, if you look at it reasonably, it’ll practically pay for itself considering the number of former Cats you’ll watch this season.

9. Clean the house

It’s never fun, but think of the brownie points you’ll earn with your spouse or significant other!

  • Windex: $3.99
  • 409 cleaner: $4.49
  • Your spouse or significant other being cool with you tailgating early Thursday instead of picking up the kids from school: Priceless

10. Watch UK’s practice Sunday night on ESPNU

The weekend isn’t totally devoid of UK sports. On Sunday night from 7-9 p.m., ESPNU will air UK’s basketball practice, giving you your first glance of the 2015-2016 Kentucky Wildcats, most notably the newcomers. According to UK, the practice will include drills, 3-on-3, and 5-on-5 scrimmaging, so, plenty of opportunities to see what Skal, Jamal Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Isaac Humphries, Charles Matthews, and Mychal Mulder can do. Cal claims his team stinks right now, but for at least two hours on Sunday night, we’ll be the judge of that.

  • ESPNU: Part of most cable/satellite sports packages or FREE with a friend’s cable sign-in
  • Sunday evening beverage: Whatever you’ve got in the house
  • Kentucky basketball on national television in October: Priceless

UPDATE: 11. Keeneland, duh

See what happens when you live outside of Kentucky long enough? The best pastimes slip your mind. How could I forget Keeneland?! You should definitely do that. Save some whiskey sours for me, I’ll be there next Saturday.

  • Admission: $5
  • Burgoo: $5.95
  • Keeneland beer (it’s different there!): $4
  • Whiskey sour: $6.25

How are you spending your bye weekend?

LISTEN to Rick Pitino’s Interview with Terry Meiners

The two weren't as friendly today. (

The two weren’t as friendly today. (

An afternoon of breaking news surrounding the Louisville Sex Scandal was capped off with an interview between Rick Pitino and Terry Meiners on News Radio 840 WHAS.

Even though Terry and Rick are friends, it was not friendly conversation.  Terry asked tough questions, and Pitino answered (most of) them firmly.  Pitino doesn’t plan on stepping down, and he didn’t sound like he was planning on missing any games.  It was a strange interview, but a MUST LISTEN.  It’s one of those interviews that will be talked about for years to come.

I’m sure you have plenty of thoughts.  Feel free to share them in the comments section before Matt shares his on Periscope tonight at 10:00.

Rick Pitino said resigning is the “cowardly way out”


In an interview with Terry Meiners on 840 WHAS this evening, Rick Pitino said he has no plans to resign.

“I don’t know what resigning would accomplish,” he told Meiners. “I think that’s the cowardly way out.”

Pitino insists he knows nothing about what Katina Powell alleges and quitting now wouldn’t help. He wants to stay with his two fifth-year seniors and coach the Louisville Cardinals basketball team, not run away.

“I’m thinking of my 13 players and I’m thinking of my program.”

Pitino also said he doesn’t know why UofL’s President left his name out of today’s statement and that is beyond his control.