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February 12th, 2016

After Dancing Guy’s incident, UK outlaws dancing in the aisles

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This morning, I shared an update on Dancing Guy (Darren Moscoe) from one of his friends, who said UK contacted Darren a few days ago to tell him he can’t dance on the rails or on the stairs in Rupp anymore. WKYT just posted a statement from UK saying that all fans must keep the stairways and entry and exit ways clear:

UK Athletics is aware of the accident involving two fans in the lower bowl at Tuesday night’s game vs. Georgia. EMS officials on-site evaluated all involved parties following the accident. To provide all guests with a safe and enjoyable experience, UK Athletics is emphasizing that all fans keep stairways and entry and exit ways clear. We ask that all patrons please be respectful and considerate of their fellow fans.

This is probably for the best, but can we at least agree to let Dancing Guy dance in his seat?

In case you missed it earlier this week, the girl that fell with Dancing Guy, 10-year-old Aubrey Derrickson, told WKYT that she wants Darren to keep dancing:

“I think it hurt him more than it hurt me. When he came down he was breathing really hard,” she said. “I want him to keep dancing. I don’t want him to stop and I did see the video, the apology, video that he posted and that was so sad it really almost made me cry.”

#DancingInTheSeatGuy?

[WKYT]


Jamal Murray didn’t practice yesterday, but expected to play tomorrow

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For some reason, the live stream of John Calipari’s press conference isn’t working, but there is some news to pass along. According to Cal, Jamal Murray didn’t practice yesterday after bumping knees with someone in the Georgia game. Fortunately, Calipari said he expects Murray to play tomorrow in South Carolina, which is very good news because right now, he’s accounting for about a third of Kentucky’s scoring. In other injury news, Calipari said Dominique Hawkins is about 80% back from his high-ankle sprain.

Thankfully, it sounds like Murray’s fine, but what is it with this team and injuries?


LIVE: John Calipari previews South Carolina


Man urinates in Wal-Mart while stuffing trout down his pants

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What is it with drunk people trying to shoplift stuff from Wal-Mart by stuffing it down their pants this week? On Wednesday, I shared the story about the man in Whitesburg who tried to steal Legos and dolls by stuffing them down his pants, and today, we’ve got a similar, albeit much grosser, story from Clarksville, Tennessee.

On Wednesday, police arrested 56-year-old David Wylie for urinating in the alcohol aisle of the Wal-Mart while simultaneously trying to stuff a $130 worth of trout down his pants. Wylie — who admitted he had been drinking — tried to leave the store without paying, and when confronted by a policeman, told the officer he didn’t care if he was charged because it would only be a misdemeanor.  He was arrested and charged with shoplifting, vandalism, indecent exposure, and public intoxication.

See, kids, despite what Billy Madison says, peeing in your pants isn’t cool, especially if you do it while drunk and trying to steal trout.

[WKRN]
[The Leaf Chronicle]


Kentucky opens as a 1-point favorite at South Carolina

Vegas has spoken and Kentucky opened as a 1-point favorite over South Carolina. Given the Gamecocks’ wins over Texas A&M and LSU this week and the fact that the game’s in Columbia, I think that’s pretty fair.

Can the Cats survive Gamecock Jesus?

The South Carolina fan next to me is READY.

A video posted by Tyler Thompson (@mrstylerksr) on

They tell me he's called Gamecock Jesus.

A video posted by Tyler Thompson (@mrstylerksr) on


Bill Walton is loco and I like it

We’ve known for a while that Bill Walton is a little…shall we say, eccentric? Last night, Walton did his best to entertain viewers during an otherwise boring Cal/Oregon blowout, borrowing a glockenspiel from a fan behind him, much to the chagrin of his partner Dave Pasch:

Dave got even more annoyed when Walton also borrowed the fan’s bear hat:

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Bill: “That’s not a bear, that’s a beaver. That’s a beaver.”

Dave: “That’s a bear, Bill. They’re the Cal Bears. The Bears.”

Bill: “It’s a little tiny bear!”

Dave: “Alright, can we stop interviewing the glockenspiel guy and focus on the game, please?”

He is talking loco and I like it. What do we have to do to get Walton to cover a UK game?


KSR is at Sleep Outfitters in Louisville (Friday Show Thread)

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Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from the Sleep Outfitters at 10494 Westport Road in Louisville. Come on out to hear the show and for the chance to win tickets to a future game.

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

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UK Fan in Vietnam Wants the Friday Morning Wakeup

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Good morning, friends. Shoutout to this UK fan in front of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam. Way to rep the Cats abroad and good form on that three goggle.

I bet he wants to know what’s going to happen today in the wide world of Kentucky sports, so let’s tell him.

John Calipari and players will address the media at 12:15 p.m.

Kentucky plays at South Carolina tomorrow, and before the Cats travel to Columbia, John Calipari and select players will address the media around noon. Check the site this afternoon for a recap.

The Rising Stars Challenge is tonight

Karl Towns and Devin Booker will represent Team USA while Trey Lyles will represent Team World. Booker was brought in to replace an injured Nerlens Noel (knee) yesterday, and watching the game at 9 p.m. ET on TNT is as close to you’ll come to seeing last year’s team on the floor again.

Here’s the schedule for the All-Star festivities this weekend:

Friday: BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, 9 p.m., TNT

  • Karl-Anthony Towns – Team USA
  • Devin Booker – Team USA
  • Trey Lyles – Team World

Saturday: Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, 8 p.m., TNT

  • Devin Booker

Saturday: Taco Bell Skills Challenge, 8 p.m., TNT

  • Karl-Anthony Towns
  • Anthony Davis
  • DeMarcus Cousins

Sunday: All-Star Game, 8:30 p.m., TNT

  • John Wall – Eastern Conference
  • DeMarcus Cousins – Western Conference
  • Anthony Davis – Western Conference

Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and John Wall now have their own All-Star Twitter emojis

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Whenever you tweet the players’ names as a hashtag, those emojis will show up. Boogie’s is my favorite.

Drew was in Davidson, North Carolina to watch Bam Adebayo dunk on children last night

As part of our Next Five features on Kentucky’s 2016 signees, Drew traveled to my old stomping grounds of Davidson, North Carolina last night to watch Bam Adebayo’s High Point Christian take on Davidson Day. Bam made the trip worth his while, looking like a giant among children and throwing down several rim-shaking dunks. This one is particularly impressive:

There’s no way that kid’s 18.

Have you voted for Tyler Ulis for the Wooden Award yet?

It’s really simple. All you have to do is click on the link above to tweet out your vote. I think Ulis has more than proved that he deserves a few seconds of your time this morning.

An update on Dancing Guy

If you haven’t seen the footage of Dancing Guy (Darren Moscoe) dropping a young girl during his dance routine on Tuesday night, then, well, you must not watch TV or use the internet very much. The video went viral, and several people have been lashing out and making fun of Darren all week. One of his friends has been keeping me updated on Darren’s state of mind after the incident, and according to him, Darren was devastated earlier this week (his video apology is incredibly sad) but is in better spirits after receiving support from fans. Yesterday, Darren got a call from UK Athletics telling him he’s not allowed to dance on the rail or steps at Rupp anymore. Hopefully they can come to a compromise and allow him to at least dance in his seat.

I’m pulling double duty this weekend at the Nashville Antiques & Garden Show

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When I’m not blogging this weekend (so, after the game Saturday), I’ll be helping my sister out with the family business at the Nashville Antiques & Garden Show. Come see us at the Music City Center, booth A-22. If beautiful furniture and design are your thing, follow Jayne Thompson Antiques on Instagram.

College basketball on TV tonight

Indiana took down #4 Iowa last night, giving the Hoosiers something new to put on their popcorn boxes. No SEC games tonight, but there are three Top 25 games if you need a college basketball fix before tomorrow:

  • 7 p.m.: #19 Dayton vs. Rhode Island, ESPN2
  • 8 p.m.: #23 USC vs. Arizona State, PAC12 Network
  • 9 p.m.: UCLA vs. #17 Arizona, ESPN

KSR is at Sleep Outfitters in Louisville

Come on out to 10494 Westport Road to hear the show and to register to win tickets to a game. It’s been an exciting week, so let’s end it on a high note, shall we?


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Road To The SEC Title Rough for Cats

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Mathematically, only Missouri has been eliminated from contention for the SEC regular season title this year.  But realistically, I think most would agree there are really 5 teams vying for the title: Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and Florida.  Of all the amazing accomplishments during the Calipari era, one interesting one that is not so amazing is he’s only won the the SEC title in 3 of 6 years when the league has not been seriously competitive.  Part of that is due to the great run of Florida under Billy Donovan.  Nonetheless, UK has it’s hands full the rest of way is trying to win their 173rd conference title.  We know that UK’s schedule is daunting but what about the other contenders.  Below are each team’s remaining schedule, both home and away, and the combined conference record of those remaining opponents:

KENTUCKY (8-3)
Home: Tennessee, Alabama, LSU
Away: South Carolina, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Florida
COMBINED: 46-31

SOUTH CAROLINA (8-3)
Home: Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia
Away: Missouri, Mississippi St, Arkansas
COMBINED: 35-42

LSU (8-3)
Home: Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida, Missouri
Away: Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky
COMBINED: 38-39

TEXAS A&M (7-4)
Home: Ole Miss, Kentucky, Mississippi St, Vanderbilt
Away: LSU, Missouri, Auburn
COMBINED: 34-43

FLORIDA (7-4)
Home: Alabama, Vanderbilt, Kentucky
Away: Georgia, South Carolina, LSU, Missouri
COMBINED: 42-35

Yikes.  First off, Kentucky is facing the toughest slate of games of these 5 teams no matter home or away.  But they also have 4 road games remaining while LSU, USC, and A&M have just 3.  Also, they still have to play each of the other 4 teams once while this isn’t the case for any of the others.

Now, you can look at this a couple ways.  On the one hand, UK’s road to the title is the hardest of these 5 times.  It’s hard to argue against that.  On that other hand, UK can totally earn this.  If they beat these 4 teams over the next few weeks they will earn the title.  They won’t earn it by beating Missouri down the stretch like the other 4 teams get to do.  UK can literally break the hopes and dreams of these teams to win a rare SEC title, often on those team’s home floors.

What do you think about the schedule down the stretch?  UK should be good and tested by the SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament but their road to the title is tough.


February 11th, 2016

From the Craft to the Nutter Center: 3 Potential Basketball to Football Player Evaluations

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Mark Zerof | USA Today

 

Throughout history, a faction of fan speculation has fixated on which basketball Cats have the athletic ability and attitude to play football in the Southeastern Conference. At the time this post was emailed to the KSR editorial staff, I could not confirm, but had heard rumors that a member of 2014’s 38-1 team played high school football. I don’t think media has mentioned this before and wanted to rival Scoop Lemond by breaking the news.

Prior to projection, physicality differences in the two sports have to be taken into consideration. There is a distinct variance in a contact sport (basketball) and football’s violent collision nature. Willingness and acceptance of on the field ferocity are not easily tolerated or welcomed. In the early stages of the Unforgettables, the vast majority of that team was infatuated with football. A small minority of football Cats felt as if they could play hoops on a collegiate level. Friendly arguments ensued. While playing Spurrier’s first Florida Gator team, John Pelphrey, Sean Woods, and others were on the sidelines with a safe view of the day’s festivities. After the first offensive series, I came off the field with a bloody nose with a slightly bent facemask. I asked Pel and fellas if they still wanted to trade places? They politely declined and looked at me with a sympathetic stare reminiscent of a Mike Tyson opponent’s Cut Doctor.

That being said, based solely on Tuesday’s Rupp Arena’s assignment, I saw three current Kentucky basketball players that possess the prerequisite attitude and physical traits to play SEC football: Tyler Ulis, Isiah Briscoe, and Dominique Hawkins.

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Tyler Ulis may be smallish in stature but makes up for it with a jaguar’s heart. With weight gain, Ulis would be a nice addition to Mark Stoops’ team as a slot receiver and special team’s returner. Transferrable athletic attributes include explosive bursts, hip flexibility, rapid change of direction, and instinct. Straight line speed estimation is in the 4.4 to 4.5 range. In order for an effective transition, Ulis would have to play at 170-180 pounds.

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Dominique Hawkins has the frame and athletic capacity of a lock-down cornerback. With lateral and vertical movement fluid, Hawkins is explosive from stop to start which converts to breaking on an attempted pass as well as reacting to up field rushing tackle. Dom’s upper body is structured to put on additional strength and weight which leads to positional diversity. At 200 pounds, he could easily play the Safety/Nickel position. Hawkins actually played football in high school as his movement from the Craft Center to Nutter would be the most seamless.

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A 230-pound Isiah Briscoe equates to a prototypical Safety/Linebacker hybrid. Similar to Ulis, Briscoe’s pit bull mentality is perfect for an edge pass rusher with the additional skill to also cover down-field pass catchers. Relentless in effort and with required training, of the three I could foresee Briscoe having the highest ceiling. Reasons for this assumptions derive from his on-court defense and understanding of angles and leverage while driving to the basket. On several occasions, Briscoe dipped his shoulder to distort his body to elude defenders. This move is exactly what is taught to outside linebackers while rushing the quarterback. As repeated often on this site, can never have too many pass rushers.

 

Kentucky Basketball legend Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones was an All American for Adolph Rupp. My homeboy was also a football All-American for Coach Bear Bryant. Can or will there ever be another UK football/basketball player? Most likely no. However, the NFL currently features former basketball players across several rosters. Tight End is the most common position.


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 Tennessee Titans

We miss this former Cat Avery day.

 

 

#9 Jamey Schilling

This is amazing.

 

 

#8 Billy Big Blue

Please no.

 

 

#7 Lil Joe B. Hall

Why did Louisville have to ruin ceilings for us?

 

 

#6 marcus shanks

SPA312: Civilization of Spain, Barker Hall Room 303

 

 

#5 Tyler Burton

I totally agree.

 

 

#4 Walsh is Happy

Our defense is going to look fantastic.

 

 

#3 tom m

Surprisingly no.

 

 

#2 PapaDorton

That is Matt’s “am I getting fired for that comment” face.

 

 

#1 Corey Smith

Please do not ruin bath tubs for us also, Louisville.

 

 

@kbernhardKSR


When Having NBA All-Stars Comes in Handy…

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Jeff Gross | Getty Images

This weekend Anthony Davis will play in his third All-Star game.  The BBN will be proud, but more importantly, the best basketball recruits in America will know that Davis, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were Kentucky kids.

DeAndre Ayton, the #1 Junior in America, is one of the most amazing basketball players I’ve ever seen.  The dynamic 7-footer is still playing catch-up from surgery that took him away from his sophomore season, so he’s a little behind in the recruiting process, still not speaking with coaches.  The schools he’s paid attention to are the ones that have produced the best players.

“I don’t get on the phone with anyone. I don’t have any of their numbers. I’m going to visit soon. I just like those schools because I like the players that have come out of those programs.  With Anthony Davis at Kentucky, to be honest, that’s the dude of the future of the NBA. I really try to replicate my game after him.”

This is music to my ears.  Seriously, this kid is the Real Deal Holyfield.  Just imagine, a 7-footer that can also play like a guard.  Don’t imagine it, watch him do work and appreciate his awesomeness.

[ZagsBlog]


On this date in 1989…

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Kenny “Sky” Walker won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

The only former Wildcat to ever win All-Star Weekend’s Saturday night spectacle, Walker defeated former Champion Spud Webb and Clyde “The Glide” Drexler in Houston to take home the title.  Luckily, Walker didn’t have to take the crown from back-to-back winner Michael Jordan.

If you’ve never seen the show he put on, it’s amazing to see how agile the big man was in the air.

I wonder if there’s another Wildcat out there that could do what Walker did 27 years ago.  Maybe John Wall…What do YOU think?


How a Fall Saved One UK Gymnast’s Life

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It’s been almost a year since UK gymnast Shelby Hilton’s career came to an end with a fall during her floor routine.  The fall isn’t what stopped her, it’s what they found later at the hospital.  Since discovering cancer in her brain, she’s not only fought it back, but she remains on track to graduate this December.

WKYT’s Lee K. Howard tells her inspiring story.  WARNING: It’s a tear-jerker.


The Big Blue Road Trip: Phoenix

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We drove out to the middle of the desert to watch the Georgia game with the Cats fans of Phoenix, Arizona. The drive in was long (Texas is entirely too big) but the scenery was totally different than anything we had seen before and that made the 17-hour drive easier. The desert is cool, guys.

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We met the Phoenix Alumni Club at a sports grill called Blue 32. It was actually the first time the club had met at this location and we didn’t really know what to expect from the management there. They ended up being very accommodating, though, and let us hang up flags and banners, as well as take over the bar area.

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There were about thirty-forty fans that showed up to watch the game. Phoenix is 1,790 miles away from Lexington, but this group was just as passionate as any. We had guys standing on chairs singing the fight song and leading Cats cheers.

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Phoenix was great and now we are heading all the way west to California, where we’ll be for a couple games.

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