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December 19th, 2014

This video will get you ready for Saturday

I especially love how the names pop up. Alex’s is this best:


What does Hal Mumme think of the Shannon Dawson hire?

I have two stories to share that will tell you. Both The Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker and The Herald-Leader’s Jen Smith interviewed Mumme about Dawson yesterday. I encourage you to check both stories out in full, but here’s a quote and a link to each to get you started:

He’s really a brilliant guy,” Mumme said. “This is a great move for Kentucky.”

Kyle Tucker: Mumme: New OC “a great move for Kentucky”

“He’s going to make a connection with the kids and he’s really smart,” Mumme said. “He’s a great recruiter. He loves the game and has a great passion for it. I can’t say enough good things about him.”

Jen Smith: How Hal Mumme’s problem became Mark Stoops’ solution as Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator

KSR from the Windy City! (Friday Show Thread)

Gooooood morning, KSR! Today, Matt is live from the Windy City to get you ready for tomorrow’s showdown with UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic. Tune in to hear him talk about the game, UK’s new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, and special teams coach Craig Naivar leaving Kentucky for Houston.

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

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Funkhouser’s Ultimate Christmas Album 2014


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Over the course of the last four days, Funkhouser writers have shared with you their favorite holiday/Christmas songs.  The goal for all of these lists has been to provide our loyal Funkhouser readers with a Christmas playlist that they can enjoy and share at Christmas parties or holiday celebrations in the remaining time this season.  We wanted to give you a list of music that would break up the monotony of the same 20 songs that get played on the Christmas radio stations.  While a few of those songs you normally would hear are here, there are many you may never have heard before.

If you want to go back to see the individual lists from this week, and reasons for selecting each song, click the names of the Funkhouser writers below:

Kalan Kucera | Richmond Bramblet | C.M. Tomlin | Brennan English | S.E. Shepherd

Check out the playlists that we’ve put together for you below, we hope you enjoy them.  At the bottom of the page, we have bonus playlists from some of the KSR family who were unable to post their favorites, but we wanted to share them with you.





There are some songs however, that aren’t on Spotify for you to enjoy in the playlist.  You can go ahead and blame that one on T. Swift.  Anyway, any of the songs that weren’t on Spotify have been placed in a YouTube playlist for your enjoyment.


We were also joined by other KSR family members who were unable to do a post for the website, but sent along their favorite Christmas tunes.  Their selections have been placed in the Spotify and YouTube playlists.

Matt Shorr:

Run DMC: Christmas in Hollis: Best Christmas song ever, in the best Christmas movie ever (“Die Hard”)

A John Waters Christmas: various artists.  All the songs are so gloriously off-kilter, you can’t pick just one.  However, pay close attention to “Happy Birthday Jesus” and “Little Mary Christmas.”  For the most jaded and cynical among us.

Dr. Demento Presents The Gretest Christmas Novelty CD of All Time: various artists.  Again, for the Christmas iconoclast, but less guilt-inducing than John Waters’ compilation.  This is pure Detroit late-night radio madness, with Weird Al, the Mackenzie Brothers, and a bunch of others your grandparents laughed at until their guts hurt.  Some annoying songs, but some with real staying power.

“Baby Please Come Home”: U2.  This will remind you that Bono actually has a great voice.  A classic sung by a classic.

“Silent Night”: Stevie Nicks.  You didn’t need reminding that Nicks has an amazing voice.  But here’s a reminder anyway.


Shannon The Dude:

Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time

Bing Crosby – Snow

Scott Weiland – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

John Coltrane – My Favorite Things

Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time is Here

Zooey Deschanel – Baby It’s Cold Outside

Mannheim Steamroller – Deck The Halls

Fiona Apple – Frosty The Snowman



Mariah Carey: All I want for Christmas is You

Mariah Carey: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Michael Buble: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Celine Dion: Don’t Save it All for Christmas Day

Brenda Lee: Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

Andy Williams: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Idina Menzel (duet with Michael Buble): Baby It’s Cold Outside

Johnny Mathis: It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

Carrie Underwood: Do You Hear What I Hear?

The Eagles: Please Come Home For Christmas



Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – NSYNC

All I Want For Christmas is You – Mariah Carey

Last Christmas – WHAM

Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Death Cab For Cutie

Angels We Have Heard on High – Sufjan Stevens

Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid

Oh Christmas Tree – A Charlie Brown Christmas

War is Over – John Lennon

We here at Funkhouser wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or a festive whatever you do or don’t celebrate!  All the best to you and your families!

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Calipari’s First 200 Games in Perspective

I think it is going to be nearly impossible for any coach to ever come close to the accomplishments at UK that Adolph Rupp did.  The stresses of the job today are unlike anything that Rupp had to deal with and coaches are more likely to leave for more lucrative jobs today than they were in the past.  Rupp spent 42 years at the University of Kentucky and probably would have spent more had he not been forced into retirement.  Currently there are NO college basketball coaches who have been at the same school 42 years.  Jim Boeheim is the most at 38 years.

Point being, when it comes to greatest UK coach, it’s incredibly unlikely Calipari could challenge Rupp unless he goes on a run of titles and gets past 4 total.  What’s difficult to consider is that you could argue Cal should have 3 titles right now.  But nonetheless, it seems unlikely Calipari will win 5 titles at Kentucky.  With that said, he did just cross the 200 game total barrier in Lexington and it has been a wild ride.  How has Cal’s first 200 games compared to the other great UK coaches?  Below are some key categories:

Overall Record
John Calipari: 163-37
Adolph Rupp: 163-37
Rick Pitino: 156-44
Tubby Smith: 154-46
Joe B. Hall: 148-52

NCAA Tournament Wins
John Calipari: 18
Tubby Smith: 14
Joe B. Hall: 12
Rick Pitino: 11
Adolph Rupp: 0 (no Tournament held until 1939)

Wins vs Louisville, Indiana, and North Carolina
John Calipari: 13
Tubby Smith: 9
Rick Pitino: 9
Joe B. Hall: 4
Adolph Rupp: 0

KSR’s Top Ten Tweets of the Day


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A week without basketball is almost over–rejoice! We will focus most of our attention on relevant Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as per usual, there are no limits to our madness. You, the KSR fans, can also participate in our top-10 tweet countdown by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTopTen, or by tweeting @KySportsRadio.


#10  Keith Olbermann

NBD Mark Cuban. NBD.



#9  DJ Juche




#8  Not Tipton

This is just mean.


#7  Matt Beck

We were young and foolish.


#6  Triangle Offense

 Of course.


#5  Stephen Colbert

It’s true.



#4  Blake Prather




#3  Andrew Sharp




#2  Spencer Hall

Called it.



#1  Heath Holt

This will always be number one.

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December 18th, 2014

Thursday Night News and Views

Shoutout to these fine folks for repping the Cats in the middle of enemy territory. Stay strong over the next week and a half, my friends.

After virtually no news all week, we’ve been slammed by an avalanche of it for the past 24 hours. Let’s get rolling so I can go catch up on Serial.

Mark Stoops came on KSR and was excellent

Stoops spent an entire hour in studio with the guys in what may have been his best KSR appearance yet. Because the hire isn’t official yet, Stoops wasn’t allowed to call Shannon Dawson UK’s new offensive coordinator just yet, but he did his best to describe him in an abstract manner. For instance, when Matt asked Stoops what he thought of West Virginia’s offense (again, can’t mention names), Stoops couldn’t help but laugh. “I have great respect for that offense. Dana and their offensive coordinator and coaches, they do a great job. It’s the style that’s hard to defend,” Stoops said, praising West Virginia’s balanced attack. “I don’t care if you emphasize pass, run, or whatever, you’ve gotta be able to do both. That’s the bottom line. To succeed in the SEC, you’ve gotta have some balance.”

Stoops says this hire will show he is all in on the Air Raid system

Hiring Dawson, a Mumme Air Raid disciple, is a clear sign that Stoops is sticking with the Air Raid, a philosophy some people questioned his loyalty to during the search for a new OC. “I wholeheartedly believe in that system,” Stoops said. “I think you need to be a little bit different, a little unique here. I think the people like that. I think we need to win games. Ultimately, I’m here to win games.”

It doesn’t hurt that all of UK’s players, coaches, and schemes are already Air Raid. “I didn’t want to take a step back by bringing someone in and completely changing our style,” Stoops said.

As of now, there will not be a Spring Game

The one bit of breaking news Stoops did share was that as of now, there will not be a Spring Game due to construction at Commonwealth Stadium. “We probably won’t have a Spring Game this year,” Stoops said, mentioning how Texas A&M didn’t have one this past year because of construction at Kyle Field; however, the decision isn’t final yet. “I don’t know what we’ll do, we’ll see.”

For a complete rundown of Stoops’ appearance on KSR, scroll down to Drew’s recap earlier, or listen below:

Stoops and his wife held a farewell dinner for UK’s seniors

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I hope they took it easy on the plumbing this time.

Craig Naivar is leaving UK for Houston

The backwards hat wearing coach will take a position on the Houston coaching staff, leaving Mark Stoops to hire his third special teams coach in three seasons. Naivar told that the job at Houston was “an opportunity I couldn’t say no to,” but he is confident that Stoops and company are about to turn the corner. “Mark has got a great thing going, this thing is about to go through the roof with the direction he’s got recruiting wise,” Naivar said.

Don’t pass the Kleenex.

Switching gears to basketball…

Alex Poythress probably won’t make the trip to Chicago

John Calipari had two media opportunities today, and during both, gave us an update on Alex Poythress. Cal said that Alex is “doing as well as can be expected,” and is about ten days out from surgery (they have to wait for the swelling to go down before operating). Poythress will probably stay home instead of going to Chicago with the team, and Cal said he was in a “great frame of mind” about his recovery, which he can use to work on his jumper, motor, and other skills. Will Alex come back to school? Cal said he would love to have a senior Alex Poythress, but “if it’s in his best interest to put his name in the draft, I would support it and help it along and do that. He’s going to do what’s right for him.”

Ulis’ healing wrap (@AlexRisen)

Tyler Ulis had a wrap around his right leg, but he’s fine

After going down with leg cramps in the North Carolina game, it was a little alarming to see Tyler Ulis with a leg wrap during the media opp today, but don’t freak out. It’s no big thing. “Just precautionary,” Tyler told reporters. “I’m trying to get warm before practice so I put a heat pack on before so I don’t go out there tight.”

Calipari said that Ulis suffers from a condition similar to tendonitis, and needs to focus on taking care of himself. “It’s like when you go in an NBA locker room. Every one of them, I think 75 percent of the NBA has tendonitis so you can figure out how to play with it or don’t play,” Cal said.

Cal said Willie has “taken on a different persona”

When asked if this team could be one of the all-time greats, Calipari said his players must first fully commit to putting in the extra time like Willie Cauley-Stein has in the past month.

“What I really like is Willie has taken on a different persona. I sat him down about a month ago and said, ‘Why don’t you want to be the number one pick in the draft?’ He asked me what I meant. ‘Well it’s obvious you don’t want to be the number one pick. Why wouldn’t you? You have this team around you. All you have to do is perform and improve and improve in a couple areas and you’re on the page.’ He said, ‘I do want to.’ Then do more. Come into practice longer. Come in here at night. Spend more time at this – the sport. He has been.”

Calipari didn’t ride on a plane until he was 20 years old

In news that won’t surprise you, Calipari was kind of all over the place in his presser today, turning a question about whether or not he cheered for UCLA growing up into an anecdote about his childhood outside Pittsburgh. “UCLA, they were like faraway lands. I mean, I didn’t even go on vacation until I was 19, and that was to Maryland. Maryland,” Calipari repeated for emphasis. “We drove to the Maryland shore. I was not on an airplane until I was 20. So when you start talking UCLA, ‘Where in the world? Is that in our country?’”

Yes. Yes, it is.

Derryck Thornton will visit on January 12 for the Missouri game

The 2016 point guard is looking at UK, Duke, Louisville, Arizona, UCLA, Michigan, and Miami. Pitino’s after him pretty hard and is encouraging him to reclassify to 2015, which makes me hope he stays in 2016 and picks the Cats even more.

Thoughts out to Louisville’s Dancing Guy

This was posted on social media today:


For serious. Get well soon.

KSR will be live from Chicago in the morning

Matt will do tomorrow’s show live from the Windy City. I’m sitting this trip out, so please send me tons of pictures of you all having fun all over Chicago to make me feel jealous included.

“We Ask You Wednesdays Thursday” Vol. 26




The off-season is 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 twenty sixth volume of the “We Ask You Wednesday” allowed Kentucky fans to answer the following question via Twitter in 140 characters or less: FINALS ARE JUST ABOUT FINISHED (OR CLOSE TO FINISHED) FOR MOST… SO LET’S TAKE A MOMENT TO GRADE THE KENTUCKY BASKETBALL TEAM. WHICH PLAYER WOULD YOU GIVE THE HIGHEST GRADE AND WHY?





What’s funny is that as balanced as we thought this team would be… (and to be fair, they are)… Willie Cauley-Stein was BY FAR the most popular answer…

And it wasn’t even remotely close…  For every 1 answer of someone else, there were 5 for WCS….


I like the way you put that…


I’ve heard that…


The point guards got a little love as well.

Alex is definitely the MVP in all of our hearts. 

He needs the extra credit to make up for that lay-up. #NeverForget

I would have to agree. Up until the Willie break-out game against Kansas, Dakari had been the most consistent numbers wise…

Weird but probably true that the 3 point streak has been the biggest drama of the season so far

I’ll be honest…he’s so nice, he probably would. 

Tomlin, I wish you were my spirit animal. I’m not cool enough, but I do wish that you were. 

Interesting logic, but Ulis has been spectacular at times. 

I can’t really argue with that one. Then he kind of disappeared….

Who hung from the Rafters though? 



There’s a familiar name on ESPN’s Top 10 point guard list…

…and it’s a former Cat, not a current Cat. ESPN’s Myron Medcalf ranked Ryan Harrow 9th on his list of college basketball’s Top 10 point guards:

9. Ryan Harrow, Georgia State

Ron Hunter’s squad could run through the Sun Belt again. Harrow, a transfer from Kentucky, is having a monster year for the Panthers (19.9 PPG, 5.9 APG, 40 percent on 3s). Harrow & Co. could be dangerous in March.

Apparently, Jay Williams and Seth Greenberg agreed, including Harrow in their pool of top point guards during halftime of tonight’s Duke/UConn game:


#ThrowbackThursday: Shannon Dawson

Hair Raid?

KSR answers your FAQs about Shannon Dawson

It’s been about 24 hours since we learned that Shannon Dawson will be UK’s new offensive coordinator, but for many of us, he’s still a mystery. To help us get better acquainted with our new OC, I spent the day getting to know Dawson via Google. Here’s a brief profile, along with some of your frequently asked questions.


Age: 37
Hometown: Clinton, Louisiana
Alma Mater: Wingate, Class of 2001

Coaching Career

2013: West Virginia (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
2012: West Virginia (offensive coordinator/receivers)
2011: West Virginia (inside receivers)
2008-10: Stephen F. Austin (offensive coordinator)
2006-07: Millsaps (offensive coordinator)
2005: New Mexico State (graduate assistant/offense)
2004: Southeastern Louisiana (running backs)
2003: Southeastern Louisiana (offensive quality control)
2002: Wingate (wide receivers)

He’s a guy and his name is Shannon?

Yes, and I’m a girl and my name is Tyler. It’s 2014, get over it.

How did he learn the Air Raid?

Dawson coached under Hal Mumme for three seasons at New Mexico State and Southeastern Louisiana, where he learned the Air Raid system, which he took to Millsaps and Stephen F. Austin before joining the West Virginia staff. At Stephen F. Austin, Dawson had the #1 passing offense, the #4 scoring offense, and the #6 total offense in the FCS. In 2011, Dana Holgorsen hired him as the receivers coach at West Virginia, where he eventually became offensive coordinator.

So, he ran his Air Raid at West Virginia?

Not exactly. Dana Holgorsen is also an Air Raid disciple under Mike Leach and Hal Mumme, and has his own version that Dawson helped run. Dawson helped boost the West Virginia offense to ninth nationally in passing (314.6 yards), 11th in total offense (502.1 yards), 38th in scoring (33.2) and 44th in rushing (187.5). The Mountaineers’ run-to-pass ratio this season was 52%/48%. Under Dawson and Holgorsen, quarterback Clint Trickett passed for 3,285 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Between Dawson and Holgorsen, who called the plays?

Great question. West Virginia beat writer Patrick Southern came on the show today to tell us about Dawson and he said Holgorsen called the plays while Dawson read defenses up in the press box. While Dawson undoubtedly had a hand in whatever the offense did, ultimately, the unit was Holgorsen’s.

Dawson was once asked the difference between his philosophy and Holgorsen’s, and he responded “Dana’s a lot more conservative than I am.” For example, at Stephen F. Austin, Dawson’s offense once threw the ball 89 times in one game. UK only threw the ball 29 times vs. Louisville. Shew-wee. Since then, he’s warmed up to the run game enough to implement a balanced attack at West Virginia, and he’ll have a whole stable of running backs to use in his new role. At Kentucky, Dawson will finally have complete control over the offense, and after years of splitting decisions with Holgorsen, I’m sure he’s ready to let loose.

Are we sure he’s not Tony Vanetti’s twin?

He really does look like him, doesn’t he? Especially in this picture:

So, how is he different than Neal Brown?

We’ve heard Dawson’s offense is very similar to Brown’s, but plays will be called even faster. With SEVERAL Air Raid pieces in place, Dawson can jump in with both feet. Some other people have suggested Dawson will use a more vertical passing attack than Brown with a simpler running game.

What about recruiting?

Dawson is considered a good recruiter, and has commitments from two pro-style QBs at West Virigina, one being David Sills, a four-star. Dawson and Holgorsen are obviously very close, so it’s not clear whether or not Dawson will attempt to bring his commitments with him, but that’s something to keep an eye on.

What’s he like off the field?

Apparently, he’s hilarious and cusses a lot, which means he’ll fit right in with the KSR crew.

Anything really random about him?

He favorited this photo on Twitter:

So I guess he likes cats, which is good because he is one now.

Welcome aboard, coach.

Campus Report: Kentucky

This week’s Campus Report looks ahead to Saturday’s game against UCLA and predicts big things from Willie Cauley-Stein. Check ‘er out.

Rajon Rondo will be traded to the Mavericks

Rajon Rondo

After years of speculation, it looks like Rajon Rondo is finally being traded. According to ESPN, the Boston Celtics have agreed to trade Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, and Jameer Nelson, along with a future first-and second-round draft pick.

Rondo and Dirk on the same team???


Stop what you’re doing and listen to Chester’s call to Mark Stoops

That losing streak is gonna end. It’s gonna end in the new Commonwealth Stadium.

BBN was on Humans of New York today

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Several of you have sent us this screenshot from the popular website Humans of New York, a photoblog featuring portraits and interviews with people on the streets of NYC. Four years ago, Brandon Stanton set out with the mission to photograph and interview 10,000 New Yorkers. The blog has over 11 million followers on social media, so I’d say it’s pretty popular.

Stanton is about 6,000 portraits in to his quest, and I’m shocked it took so long to find a Kentucky fan.