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October 6th, 2015

Tyler Ulis is finishing Cal’s sentences & more from the latest practice report



Ready for a good lunchtime read? No, not “Breaking Cardinal Rules.” That’s more of an after-dinner book. Thanks to Metz Camfield of, we’ve got a new basketball practice report to pore over. Here are a few of the highlights to whet your appetite:

  • Alex Poythress is now going through entire practices: No more limited drills for the senior, who Camfield writes is getting back to his “posterizing” ways.

There were a few plays throughout the practice where he went baseline and tried to cram on someone. None of these chances were successful, but the fact that he’s thinking about it and attempting it has to be something that Calipari likes to see – and fans will love to see.

  • Tyler Ulis is finishing Cal’s sentences: Camfield writes that Tyler continues to shine, and he and Cal are so in sync that the sophomore point guard can finish Cal’s sentences.

A couple times each practice Calipari will give most of an instruction to the team and then point to Ulis asking him to finish what he was going to say. I don’t think Ulis has ever not been on the same page with Coach Cal in finishing his sentence.

  • Derek Willis update: This should make some of you happy. Camfield says Willis looked good during Monday’s practice, positive news considering we didn’t hear much about him during the offseason.

He knows his role and as Coach Cal has said, he’s trying to “carve his space.” He’s a wing with a lot of athleticism who can cause matchup problems for opposing defenses. On his first offensive possession in a five-on-five drill, freshman Isaiah Briscoe penetrated and hit Willis in the corner, who buried the 3.

Go check out the rest at

Skal gives us another sneak peek at the Madness intro video

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Big Blue Madness is next Friday and thanks to social media, we’ve gotten a few sneak peeks of the intro video. This morning, Skal Labissiere posted this clip on Instagram of his shoot:

#comingsoon #WeAreUk

A video posted by Skal Labissiere (@skallywally) on

That looks like the UK/Alabama game from 2012 in the background to me. Is it a coincidence Skal is playing in front of an Anthony Davis highlight? I think not…

Montgomery Gentry will perform before the Auburn game; Marlana VanHoose to sing the national anthem

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In news that will make Larry Vaught giddy, UK announced this morning that MONTGOMERY GENTRY will perform the concert before the Auburn game. The country duo, made up of Kentucky natives Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, will take the stage in the Green Lot at 4 p.m., break for the Cat Walk, and then perform an encore. So much for Waka Flocka, I guess?

In news that really makes me happy, Marlana VanHoose will sing the national anthem, which means I’m going to have to bring tissues for Drew. He’ll be a mess.

I always think of “My Town” when I hear Montgomery Gentry’s name, or, more appropriately, the WKYT “My Town” jingle. Here’s the official video, which features tons of footage of my town, Danville:

And some Marlana VanHoose to make your morning better:

Montrezl Harrell says he knows nothing about the allegations

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…and here come the denials. Four days after the UofL stripper scandal broke, former Louisville players continue to deny Katina Powell’s story. The latest is Montrezl Harrell, who is quoted by the Houston Chronicle saying he had no knowledge of the scandal:

“I don’t know anything about any of that,” Harrell said. “Apparently, my name is in there. I don’t have anything to do with that. U of L is doing their job, holding an investigation, looking at it. That’s where I’m leaving it. Simple as that.”

Harrell is a rookie for the Rockets, and claims he never heard or saw a party like the ones described in the book, although he’s mentioned in the book several times. Powell even said he had a certain joke he would keep making with the escorts that’s not safe for us to share.

“Somebody told me my name was in there,” Harrell said. “It goes without saying, I don’t know anything about it. I didn’t too much stay at the dorm. I stayed off campus. I had a girlfriend off campus.”

Keep toeing that company line, Montrezl.

[Houston Chronicle]

KSR is at the McDonald’s near Hamburg to celebrate all-day breakfast! (Tuesday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, the guys are at the McDonald’s near Hamburg Pavilion (1921 Plaudit Place) to talk about the Louisville stripper scandal, the EKU game, the Auburn game, and celebrate the start of McDonald’s all-day breakfast menu, which rolls out today.

That’s right, even if you’re late and arrive to the show after 10:30 a.m., you can still get some delicious McDonald’s breakfast items. Not the entire menu, but who are we to be greedy?

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

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Tammy’s Tuesday Morning Wakeup

I listen to “The Paul Finebaum Show” every now and then, but lately, I’ve been tuning in a lot more, not only to hear Pawwwwl’s take on the Cats, but to hear him spar with Tammy from Clanton, Alabama. Tammy is a huge Auburn fan, and while Phyllis will forever be the First Lady of Finebaum, Tammy’s emerging as a star this season.

As Auburn has suffered this season, so has Tammy, and she’s taking it out on Paul. Even though her own Tigers are falling apart, Tammy cannot get over Ohio State’s weak schedule or how bad Georgia looked vs. Alabama on Saturday. Her call yesterday may go down in the Finebaum Hall of Fame:

Here’s my plea: let’s get Tammy on the show next week. I’m sure she has PLENTY of opinions on how Kentucky will fare against her Tigers. I’m setting the over/under on how long it would take Matt to mute/hang up on her at 35 seconds.

Stoops stood by Patrick Towles on his radio show last night

The Drew Barker contingent got plenty of ammo in the first half of Saturday’s game, but Patrick bounced back in the second half and overtime, completing 83% of his passes and throwing for three touchdowns. Last night, Mark Stoops said he was proud of Patrick’s performance in the second half, but admitted the junior quarterback needs to be more consistent and get off to a faster start. When asked why he didn’t pull Towles after the first half, Stoops said he thought if he played Drew, there was “a high probability we lose that game.”

“Patrick is our starting quarterback,” Stoops said. “Some day when Drew is the starting quarterback, he’s going to want that same support from me.”

Case closed. At least until Patrick’s first bad throw in the Auburn game.

Landon Foster’s teacher clearly doesn’t watch a lot of UK football

Ouch. Landon might just be the punter, but I’d argue he’s one of the most well-known faces on the squad.

Dominique Hawkins broke his right hand

If you missed the news last night, Dominique Hawkins broke his right hand in practice over the weekend. He’ll be out four weeks.

“I really feel bad to have to report this because Dom was playing so well,” John Calipari wrote in a statement last night. “He was so much more confident, so much more skilled. There was no doubt he was in the rotation, and now he’s just got to get back and stay in shape. We’re looking forward to getting him back in November.”

Get well soon, Dominique.

I’m stuck with Can’t-Feel-His-Fingers Peyton Manning in my fantasy league and it’s miserable

I know everyone hates it when people whine about their fantasy football teams, but I’m going to do it anyways. With hopes he had one more good season left in him, I drafted Peyton Manning in my league, and good grief, what a mistake. While there are still flashes of the old Peyton out there, it’s clear he’s going downhill fast, and now I’m stuck with him because there aren’t a ton of better options left in my league. Over the years, I’ve slowly gotten over the fact Peyton went to Tennessee and accepted him as the affable, funny quarterback that captained almost every fantasy football championship squad. And now he can’t feel his own fingers. Great.

Auburn dismissed one of their best players yesterday

Kentucky’s chances of beating Auburn next Thursday got a boost last night when word broke that star wide receiver Duke Williams was dismissed after an “off-the-field incident at a local nightclub.” Williams had 12 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown in five games this season and 45 catches for 730 yards and five touchdowns last season after arriving as a junior college transfer. He was suspended before the Outback Bowl last season for a violation of team rules.

I guess one last hurrah at the Auburn Supper Club was too much to resist? (The Auburn landmark closes its doors on January 1.)

This is probably the best breakdown of “Breaking Cardinal Rules” I’ve seen

Kami Mattioli of The Sporting News read “Breaking Cardinal Rules” and broke it down into six takeaways, including which players Katina Powell names as receiving services from her escorts. She found 12: Terrance Williams, Chane Behanan, Andre McGee, George Goode, Terrance Jennings, Montrezl Harrell, Russ Smith, Wayne Blackshear, Peyton Siva, JaQuan Lyle, Earl Clark, and Antonio Blakeney. Mattioli also tackles some of the biggest questions I had after reading the book: where did the money come from?

If you don’t feel like purchasing the book for yourself, check out Kami’s recap.

The folks at Rupp Arena are giving away some cool stuff this week

To promote the Sacramento Kings/New Orleans Pelicans exhibition game on October 17, the folks at Rupp Arena are holding Twitter giveaways all week. Yesterday, they gave away a game ball signed by Anthony Davis, a DeMarcus Cousins DMC logo shirt, a DeMarcus Cousins signed photo and four tickets to the exhibition game. I’m sure they have another awesome prize lined up for today’s giveaway. What do you have to do to win? First, follow @Rupp_Arena on Twitter. Each day, they will send out a tweet at a random time for people to RT in order to enter the drawing, which will take place two hours later. Pretty easy, right?

Did you see the premiere episode of “Listifcuffs” this morning?

Drew and I faced off in the debut of Funkhouser’s new series, and although I wasn’t terribly proud of my performance, I had a lot of fun. If you missed it, scroll down and check out the post directly below this one. I’m looking forward to seeing how the tournament progresses.

Matt and Ryan are at the McDonald’s near Hamburg Pavilion

Come on out to 1921 Plaudit Place in Lexington to enjoy what I’m sure will be a very entertaining show in person. If you show up after 10:30 a.m., don’t worry: McDonald’s all-day breakfast starts today, so you can satisfy your Sausage Biscuit craving all day long. Or Egg McMuffin, depending on market.

Listicuffs Episode 1: Drew Franklin vs Tyler Thompson

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Here it is.  The first episode of Funkhouser’s new game show, Listicuffs.  In this debut episode, we figured we would start big and bring together Drew Franklin and Tyler Thompson to go head to head in a battle of useless knowledge.  Who will come out on top and advance to the Semifinals in our Listicuffs tournament?  Watch and find out!


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown

© Mark Zerof | Getty

© Mark Zerof | Getty

A breakdown of the defensive effort against Eastern Kentucky, divided into the major situations.  Also included are combined stats for the season:

Run: 28 rushes for 108 yards (3.9 ypc)
Pass: 2-5, 13 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 97 rushes for 475 yards (4.9 ypc)
Pass: 38-55, 487 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 3 sacks for -9 yards

RECAP: How committed was EKU to the run?  On 1st down, 24 of their last 25 plays were running plays.  They clearly thought they had an advantage there.  The stats would tell you that 3.9 ypc is not great but that includes a 13 yard loss in overtime.  In reality, EKU was consistently getting 4-6 yards per carry for most of the 2nd half.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 6 rushes for 19 yards (3.2 ypc)
Pass: 6-14, 86 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 28 rushes for 136 yards (4.9 ypc)
Pass: 21-44, 215 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack for -5 yards

RECAP: Overall a good situation for the UK defense.  The completions did go for big yardage but the completion percentage was below 50% and the rushing defense was solid.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 6 rushes for 14 yards (2.3 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 3-3, 19 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 33 rushes for 170 yards (5.2 ypc), 3 TD
Pass: 9-14, 45 yards

RECAP: Once again, UK’s rush defense was solid and the pass defense limited the Colonels to shorter yardage here although not any incompletions.  All in all, very good D.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 2 rushes for 21 yards (10.5 ypc) (converted 1 of 2)
Pass: 7-9, 50 yards, 1 TD (converted 2 of 9)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 7 rushes for 45 yards (6.4 ypc) (converted 1 of 7)
Pass: 19-31, 179 yards, 3 sacks for -27 yards (converted 9 of 34)

RECAP: UK kept all the passes in front of them so that despite 7 completions on 3rd and long, EKU only converted 2 into 1st downs.  Historically, UK has been bad on 3rd and long but this year the Cats have been very good in preventing the big play here.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 5 rushes for 26 yards (5.2 ypc), 1 TD (converted 4 of 5)
Pass: 1-1, 15 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack for -8 yards (converted 1 of 2)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 20 rushes for 82 yards (4.1 ypc), 3 TD (converted 15 of 20)
Pass: 3-9, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks for -16 yards (converted 1 of 11)

RECAP: The UK defense did not make the key stops on short yardage situations and they haven’t really in the run game done so all year.  Plus, they allowed their first passing play conversion on EKU’s final touchdown of the game.

October 5th, 2015

So Many Questions About This Louisville Scandal


The biggest story in college basketball is Louisville’s latest sex scandal and it isn’t going away any time soon. After word broke late last week that a prostitute wrote a book that could bring down the UofL basketball program, the Bluegrass has been anxiously awaiting any little piece of news on the story. Everyone, red and blue, is tuned in to see how this ends. One side dreading a potentially disastrous outcome, while the other watches its archrival suffer, hoping for the absolute worst.

Me, I’m enjoying the hell out of it. Can’t thank the universe enough for wrapping this gift and delivering it to my doorstep last Friday. Like everyone else, I’m devouring handfuls of popcorn with all eyes glued to the situation, rooting for Louisville’s demise. But as I wait for it all to play out, I have so many questions about the whole thing. I’m throwing them all out there tonight…


You’re a star basketball player. Why hookers?

Anyone playing basketball at the University of Louisville should have no trouble getting laid on any given night. That goes for everyone on the team; not just the star players. Walk-ons get boy band ass when they’re a member of a top 10 basketball program. There are jersey chasers everywhere and they’re very good at doing just that: chasing jerseys. The whole point of their existence is they come to you, hence the “chase.” Minimal effort to get them home for a night. It’s a great deal for athletes. It’s unfair to the rest of us, really.

But for some reason, the Louisville boys wanted paid help. Showing up at the nearest house party is just too much work, I guess. They had to hit the ATM and call in the professionals. I don’t understand it. It’s completely free and legal 20 steps out their front door on campus.

Why at the dorms?

So let’s say nightwalkers are your thing. Maybe you prefer a seasoned vet in the sack and the way she smells like USA Gold menthols, knockoff Dolce & Gabbana perfume, and week-old Long John Silver’s. It’s not my style, but who am I to judge someone else’s tastes in women? The heart wants what it wants. I get it. No judgment here. Do you.

But why take them to the dorms? Hookers, bless their hearts, traditionally perform their craft in half-star motels and dark alleys. (So I’ve heard.) You don’t take them out of their element and into a new arena. Not only are they fish out of water; in this case, they took pictures and kept a journal and now it’s all over the place.

You know where they wouldn’t have taken pictures? Red Carpet Inn. You know where there’s no evidence anything went down? Red Carpet Inn. Not the UofL basketball dorms.

But isn’t that what you paid them to do?

Sounds to me like a real waste of money. You had one job!

What kind of a sick human being pimps out her own teenage daughters?

While I find humor in 99.9999999999999 percent of this whole scandal, the mother-daughter prostitution ring is terribly sad.

If you want to sell your body for money, by all means, do as you please. God gave it to you and if you want to share it with the world to pay this month’s cable bill, that’s your prerogative. But to pull your own daughters into that lifestyle and encourage them to do the same? Disgusting. Sickening. Hell isn’t hot enough for you.

Was anyone surprised to see Chane Behanan’s name in the mix?

Chane, man. That guy can’t stay out of the news. Mr. Violation Of Team Rules himself played a major role in these allegations, to no one’s surprise. Almost two years removed from his dismissal from Louisville and he’s still a cancer to Rick Pitino and the program.

And to think, he almost ended up at Kentucky.

Is Tom Jurich suffering from dementia?

In his Friday evening press conference, Jurish uttered the words, “Coach Pitino has a perfect track record.”

Selective memory much?

Where did Andre McGee get the money?

The allegations date back to McGee’s time as a graduate assistant, a position that does not pay well. So unless he was the unanimous Team Player of the Year, or had a part-time job on the side, how did he fund these parties?

I love my friends, but I’m not buying them hookers. Not on more than one occasion, at least.

When will this stop being funny?

Did Rick Pitino know it was happening?

Ah, the million dollar question: Did Rick Pitino know?

The madam says yes, Pitino knew. She claims Andre McGee told her, “Rick knows about everything.”

But as scandalous as Rick is — and he is very scandalous — I have a hard time believing he would’ve let this go on where it did. My guess is, at worst, he knew to a certain extent and turned his head. I can’t imagine he played any role in it or allowed it to happen.

Will the 2013 title banner come down?



But U of L fans will never, ever, ever, ever, ever hear the end of it if it does.

Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Weekend


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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 chris simpson

I don’t think anyone in their right mind should send their kid to be an athlete at UL.



#9 Dave Buzz Baker

You just had to bring that up, didn’t you Buzz?



#8 Jay4UK

That Jim Mora thing never gets old.



#7 Mandy

Accurate representation of my thoughts during the game. I don’t get mad at the team, I get mad at twitter.



#6 FakeBarneyKSR

Thanks, Barney. I had just got that rap out of my head.



#5 Jason F. Darnall

I’m starting to remember it so much more accurately now.



#4 Vincent Elliott

Almost, Vincent. Almost.



#3 Ben Collins

Thanks for that image, Ben.



#2 Ethan Moore

Yep. He’s right up there with baristas. Bless them.



#1 Patrick Mooney

Boy did those guys get screwed. No pun intended.




BBN, Cystic Fibrosis Needs You


Cat fans, meet Luke Klausing. He’s one of us — an eight year-old card-carrying member of BBN, a die-hard fan and a lover of all things UK. He’s our friend. Luke also lives with the Cystic Fibrosis — but with our help, maybe Luke and others like him can find a way to beat the life-shortening genetic disease.

This Saturday Luke’s family and other families touched by Cystic Fibrosis are spearheading and hosting CRAFT Louisville, an age 21+ party featuring craft beer, bourbon, wine, pizza and music at the 2nd Street Bridge Streetscape in Louisville from 7-10 pm. Regional breweries, the city’s top craft pizza makers and Louisville’s best local bands will be on hand and proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as a search for a cure continues.

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There’s no UK game this Saturday so there’s no excuse not to help make this event a success, gang. Plus, you’ll be within shouting distance of the YUM! Center if you feel so inclined to hurl some creative jokes toward the house Pitino built. Luke himself has procured many of the items for the event’s live auction, including a signed Randall Cobb football. He also sent Cal a personal invitation to the event (I posted it below, and it’s awesome). More info on the event, the lineup, the vendors and the tickets can be found at the CRAFT Louisville website. Let’s help Luke and kids everywhere like him this weekend. It’s a whole bunch of your favorite things in one place, it’s a great cause and it sounds like an awful lot of fun.

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Auburn’s Duke Williams Dismissed from the Team

The Sporting News

The Sporting News

Just 10 days away from a Thursday Night Football matchup in Commonwealth Stadium, Auburn has lost their best player.  Jay Tate of Rivals reports that WR Duke Williams was dismissed from the team today after an “off-the-field incident at a local nightclub” over the weekend.

Many thought the JUCO transfer would leave for the NFL after a stellar junior season, but “off-the-field incidents” started becoming a problem before last season ended, serving a suspension during the Outback Bowl.

The size of Auburn’s star receiver would have been a very difficult matchup for Kentucky.  Now it seems as though the stars are aligning for a second-consecutive 5-1 start.

Today in Obscure Kentucky News…

The Python is Terry Wilkins' Facebook new profile picture.

The Python is Terry Wilkins’ Facebook new profile picture.

A 20-foot python nearly killed a Newport man.

Terry Wilkins was feeding the 195-pound snake in his reptile store, Captive Born Reptiles, on Monday when the snake turned on him, according to BuzzFeed News.  It bit him in his head/neck area, causing a nasty and bloody scene immediately, before the snake began to wrap around his body.

A woman was trying to distract the snake while he was feeding on the animal.  The distraction must have not been a very good one.  She began throwing hot water on it to make it stop, but it wouldn’t.  Luckily, police were in the area, responding to her 911 call in a matter of seconds.  I would have lost my mind if I walked onto that scene, but they remained calmed and uncoiled the beast from Wilkins’ limp body.  The snake put up a fight, but they won this round.

I am still shocked after typing all of those words.  The lesson learned: breeding large snakes is VERY dangerous.

Read the entire story and listen to the 911 call from BuzzFeedNews. 

“When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong.”

Back in my day, the only way to see amazing and obscure sports highlights was in the Sportscenter Top 10.  YouTube has made this generation spoiled.  If a kick bounces off a refs head and through the uprights for a field goal, it’s just a click away.

I thought I had seen them all in the great sport of football, but tonight I saw something I had never seen before – an interception on a spiked ball.  I always thought the craziest feat a defender could pull off is by intercepting an option pitch.  This high schooler took amazing awesomeness one step further.

Kentucky led one of Saturday’s Most Improbable Comebacks

Raise your hand if you thought when EKU went up by two touchdowns with seven minutes to go Kentucky was going to lose the game. (Not me, I never doubted for a second….) Well if you were one of those who saw the future of UK football flashing before your very eyes then don’t feel too bad because according to ESPN Kentucky led one of the most unlikely comebacks in college football on Saturday.


According to the worldwide leader, Kentucky had just a 6.2% chance of pulling off the comeback against Eastern. Yet against the odds they flipped the switch and dominated the remainder of play to win the game. They should have never been down two touchdowns in the fourth quarter against an FCS foe but the grit they showed to comeback and win the game was the game’s silver lining. Like Freddie said last night, it could’ve always been worse.