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July 1st, 2015

So, #BBNMeetUpDotCom took off

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When I received the press release announcing the launch of BBNMeetup.com, I thought it was a joke at first. Then, I realized it was too good to be true. Word leaked online about the free dating site for UK fans about midday, so I shared some of the details even though the site wasn’t schedule to go live until tomorrow morning.

The response was insane. All afternoon, #BBNMeetUpDotCom filled up my timeline with some great jokes about the site. I came up with a few of my own…

  • SWF 25-35 seeks basketball fan for postgame shows and Rupp ice cream. Must prefer John Wall to Rajon Rondo
  • SWM 55 seeks late night karaoke partner up for swims in the Merrick Inn pool. Pls be my Amanda
  • SWF 18-25 looking for jersey to chase. Very talented at sneaking in to dorms. Meet you at the Rupp ramp
  • SWM 45-60 seeks dancing partner for rail slides. Meet u in Section 18. Sanitary wipes optional

The twittersphere did not disappoint, either:

There are so many platooning jokes to be made here, and I couldn’t resist:

Your turn, comments section…


There’s now an online dating site just for Kentucky fans

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

Are you single and ready to mingle with another member of the Big Blue Nation? I’ve got great news for you. Today, Sports Dating Inc. introduced BBNMeetup.com, a free online dating site for Kentucky fans.

According to the press release, BBNMeetup.com is “for people that find cheering for Kentucky sports an important part of their lives and consider it important for their potential life partner to share this interest.” 

“We have developed a program that will let you search for people not only by their hair color, or location but also by what we are calling ‘fandom’,” said Sports Dating Inc. System Analyst Brandon Crabtree. “Fandom is a rating system in which you can rate how big of a fan you are.” (If you’re reading this, at least a 7 out of 10.)

For a fanbase like the BBN, that’s a game changer. Interested? Registration for the site opens tomorrow morning at 8 a.m., and users will have until July 15 to build their profiles. Happy hunting.

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Sources say Georgios Papagiannis not an option for the Cats in 2015

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So much for all that research I did this morning. Sources tell KSR that Greek 7-footer Georgios Papagiannis is NOT an option for Kentucky in the 2015 class, which is kind of a bummer. Kid had a lot of nickname potential. 


Brandon Knight and the Suns agree to 5-year $70 million contract extension

We’ve heard rumors about it for a few days now, but it looks like Brandon Knight’s five-year $70 million contract extension with the Phoenix Suns is official. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski just tweeted that Phoenix has agreed to the terms, which is huge news for our Shakespeare loving former Cat. In additional good news, David Aldridge reports that the Suns will NOT be trading Eric Bledsoe as previously rumored.

If you’re keeping track, that puts the combined value of current contracts for former John Calipari players at approximately $721 million, a figure that doesn’t include Dakari or Andrew’s rookie contracts or the rumored contract coming up for Enes Kanter.

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Beef bandits steal over $1,000 worth of meat from Harrodsburg Wal-Mart

How easy is it to steal over $1,000 worth of meat? Apparently pretty easy. That’s what Jason Rice, Shelton Pendergraft, and Elvin Spears did earlier this week at the Wal-Mart in Harrodsburg, and according to Rice, it wasn’t difficult at all.

“It’s one of the easier things to do,” said Jason Rice. “We just went in and got meat and walked right out.”

The three men pulled off the first heist so easily they came back the next day to steal even more, a brazen act considering Rice and Pendergraft had previous shoplifting incidents at the same Wal-Mart and had been banned from the property. That’s when Wal-Mart Loss Protection caught them in the act. All three are now behind bars.

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Karl Towns, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, and Trey Lyles made the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

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Congratulations to Karl Towns, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, and Tyler Ulis, who were all named the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll this morning. The former freshmen were four of 83 student athletes from UK to receive the honor, the second most of any SEC school. To make the honor roll, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

So all four UK freshmen made the SEC All-Freshman Team AND the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll. All while helping their team to a 38-1 record and the Final Four. And three of them just got drafted in the lottery.

Yeah, that 2014 class ended up being pretty awesome.


6 things you need to know about Georgios Papagiannis

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Yesterday, we found out that Greek 7-footer Georgios Papagiannis is still considering playing basketball in the States this upcoming season and Kentucky is on his short list. Papagiannis told Draft Express at the U19 World Championships in Crete that UK is one of three schools he’s interested in, along with NC State and St. John’s. He told Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn that Oregon is also in the mix.

With a decision expected VERY SOON, here are six things you need to know about the player we will now refer to Big Papa…

He got off to a strong start in the U19 World Championships

Papagiannis is averaging 11 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 4.7 blocks over three games in the U19 World Championships, and got off to a hot start against Korea, scoring 16 points, bringing down 16 rebounds, and blocking five shots. He was a perfect 8/8 from the floor and is averaging 68% shooting for the tournament.

Against Serbia, he threw down this impressive dunk:

His dad wants him to go to the States

Although Papagiannis insists he’s still torn over staying in Greece for another year or coming to the States for college basketball, his father wants him to head overseas. Papagiannis actually spent his junior year of high school at Westtown School in Pennsylvania, and his dad told Luke Winn that he wants his son to continue to play with guys his age to showcase his potential instead of being buried among grown men in the Euro pro leagues.

Eligibility won’t be a concern

Last summer, Papagiannis played with the Greek club team Panathinaikos, but he signed an amateur deal that will allow him to retain his eligibility in case he wants to play college basketball in the States. Sorry, NCAA, this is not Enes 2.0.

Do we need to worry about Slice?

St. John’s has been in the running for Papagiannis for a while now and could really use him now that big man Chris Obekpa transferred. And we know our man Slice could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves. Will this be the first recruit we could lose to our former assistant?

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Another battle with Oregon

Papagiannis is rooming with Oregon signee Tyler Dorsey at the U19s, and Dorsey is doing his best to persuade the big man to come back to Eugene with him. Interestingly, Winn reports that when the Oregon basketball staff visited Papagiannis in Athens a few months back, they realized Dorsey had some Greek blood in him and rushed to get him on the Greek National Team. In fact, Dorsey only got clearance from FIBA the day before the tournament started. And now he’s rooming with Papagiannis and whispering Nike sweet nothings in his ear. If that’s not blatant recruiting, I don’t know what is. Even Calipari is tipping his hat to Dana Altman a little bit there.

His birthday is Friday

Papagiannis says he wants to make a decision about his future very soon, possibly by the time the U19 World Championship ends on July 5. Friday, July 3rd is his birthday…that sounds like the perfect day to announce to me.


Tennessee’s new Nike uniforms are out

Tennessee’s switch from adidas to Nike became official today and the Vols celebrated with a lavish fashion show press conference on their website. With much hullabaloo and dancing — yes, dancing — the jerseys were revealed.

Football home jerseys:

Football away jerseys:

Football alternate:

Basketball:

Alternate:

I’m a big Nike fan, but those gray unis…


Aaron Harrison is officially on the Hornets’ Summer League roster

After Aaron Harrison went undrafted, reports leaked out that he would get a shot with the Charlotte Hornets. Today, the Hornets released their Summer League roster and Aaron is officially on it. John Calipari tweeted his congratulations to Aaron with this prediction: “Aaron will do well. He’s a fighter and my guess is he will be on an opening-day roster.”

You got this, Aaron.


Kentucky’s SEC Network Takeover schedule is out

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Got plans for July 4th? I do too, but in case it rains or you celebrate the Thirth too hard (it’s a holiday, too!), there’s plenty of programming on the SEC Network to keep you entertained. UK is taking over the Network for 24 hours with special guest hosts Mark Stoops and John Calipari popping in from time to time to say hello.

The programming schedule is now out, so plan your DVR accordingly:

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The 2010 SEC Tournament Championship game against Mississippi State sounds like a great way to start the day. In fact…


Larry Fitzgerald reaches out to Devin Booker

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Devin Booker is settling in to his new home in Phoenix, and last night, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald reached out to offer to show him the ropes:

What a nice gesture, right? In case you’re wondering who Ric Elias is, he’s the CEO of Red Ventures, a technology-driven marketing and sales services company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elias is close pals with John Calipari and has participated in Cal’s Fantasy Camp for the past few years, which may be where he met Devin. He’s apparently also tight with Fitzgerald. Six degrees of John Calipari?

Ladies, here’s a closeup of Devin’s new Twitter avatar because I know you want it:


KSR is live from Hudson Toyota in Madisonville! (Wednesday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt and Drew are at Hudson Toyota (1055 Crossing Place) in Drew’s hometown of Madisonville for stop #6 on the KSR Summer Tour. Come on out to say hello, listen to them talk about the Cats, and the chance to win tickets from GuyOnTheCornerTickets.com.

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Here’s an updated list of tour stops. We’re still finalizing a few, so be sure to check back as the week goes on.

July 1: Madisonville – Hudson Toyota
July 2: Morgantown – Final Finish
July 3: Hopkinsville – Holiday Inn

July 6: Morganfield – Southern States
July 7: Grayson – Simply The Best Bar & Grill
July 8: Pikeville – Bank 253
July 9: Williamson – Appalachian Wireless at South Side Mall
July 10: KY Speedway

July 13: Cynthiana – Cynthiana County Club
July 14: Whitley City – McCreary County Public Library
July 15: London – Sleep Outfitters
July 16-17: TBD

July 20: Whitesburg – Pine Mountain Grill
July 21: Manchester – Clay County Middle School
July 22: Somerset – Sleep Outfitters
July 23: Harlan – Core Fitness
July 24: Fort Wright – Dickmann’s Sports Bar

July 27: Campbellsville – Mr. Gatti’s
July 28: Owensboro – Don Moore GM Center
July 29: Benton – Kennedy’s Fan Shop
July 30: Paducah – Buffalo Wild Wings
July 31: Fancy Farm

August 3: Bowling Green – Chaney’s Dairy Barn
August 4: McKee – Old Courthouse Community Room
August 5: Glasgow – Papa John’s
August 6: Jamestown – Jamestown Marina
August 7: Monticello – Conley Bottom Resort

August 10: Frankfort – Governor’s Mansion
August 11: Maysville – Laurel Oaks Golf Course
August 12: Danville – Sun Tropic Outdoors
August 13: Lexington – All Sports at Fayette Mall
August 14: Louisville

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GuyOnTheCornerTickets.com is giving away UK basketball and football tickets at every tour stop this summer. That’s 33 chances to win, and all you have to do is come out to listen to your favorite radio show. That’s so easy even Ryan Lemond could do it!


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Ranking the Losses of the Calipari Era

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We have had 190 wins in the 6 years of John Calipari.  And there are more wins during that time that will forever be remembered than I care to count right now.  It’s been just a golden era of UK basketball.  But sometimes you take the bad with the good and we haven’t been perfect in these 6 years.  When you have an elite program like Kentucky, the losses hurt that bad too.  I thought I would rank the 38 losses of the Calipari era.  These games are a mixture of how “bad” a loss was and also how much that loss “hurt” to see.  I split up the losses into 4 categories: Crippling Forever, Memorable, Forgettable, and Positive.

CRIPPLING FOREVER
1. 2014-15: #3 Wisconsin (71-64, Final Four, The Perfect Season Implodes)
2. 2009-10: #6 West Virginia (73-66, Elite 8, Jodie Meeks Missing Game)
3. 2012-13: Robert Morris (59-57, NIT)
4. 2011-12: at Indiana (73-72, Christian Watford buzzer-beater)
5. 2013-14: UCONN (70-64, NCAA Championship, Cats Surprise Run Hits a Wall)
6. 2012-13: Vanderbilt (64-48, SEC Tournament, Sends Cats to NIT)
7. 2010-11: #9 UCONN (56-55, Final Four, Liggins Late Miss Ends Surprise Run)

These will stay with any fan old enough to remember them forever.  Each NCAA Tournament loss has been tough to take under Calipari.  Throw in the Christian Watford game plus the final 2 games of the disaster season of 2012-13 and you have my top 7 losses.  I think it’s hard to argue adding many to this list but the order is probably up for debate.

MEMORABLE
8. 2012-13: at Tennessee (88-58, Worst Margin in Cal era)
9. 2013-14: at South Carolina (72-67, Cats Bomb Against SEC’s Worst)
10. 2012-13: Baylor (64-55, 54-game home winning streak snapped)
11. 2012-13: at #4 Louisville (80-77, Only Loss to Cards in Cal era)
12. 2013-14: #20 Baylor (67-62, Midnight Start Time)
13. 2013-14: #2 Michigan State (78-74, Champions Classic, #1 vs #2)
14. 2009-10: at South Carolina (68-62, Demarcus Cousins/Obama)
15. 2011-12: Vanderbilt (71-64, SEC Tournament Final)
16. 2013-14: Arkansas (71-67 ot, Cats NCAA Tournament Hopes Get Shaky)
17. 2012-13: Texas A&M (83-71, Elston Turner’s 40-point game)
18. 2013-14: #3 Florida (69-59, Cal’s 2nd double digit home loss)
19. 2012-13: at #7 Florida (69-52, Nerlens Noel season-ending injury)
20. 2013-14: at Arkansas (87-85, ot, Buzzer-Beating Dunk)
21. 2012-13: Duke (75-68, Champions Classic)
22. 2013-14: at #1 Florida (84-65, Cal’s 2nd largest loss)
23. 2012-13: at Notre Dame (64-50, Big East/SEC Challenge)
24. 2013-14: at #21 North Carolina (82-77)
25. 2010-11: UCONN (84-67, Maui Invitational Final)
26. 2010-11: at Alabama (68-66, Calipari/T Jones MF**** game)
27. 2010-11: at Ole Miss (71-69, Chris Warren late 3 beats Cats)

A lot of games that Kentucky fans will remember, mostly for one moment or key theme with the game.  While all of these losses hurt in the moment, I think all of them fade away as time goes.  They will simply be footnotes for Calipari’s reign here, more than define his career in any way.

FORGETTABLE
28. 2010-11: at North Carolina (75-73)
29. 2010-11: at Arkansas (77-76, ot)
30. 2010-11: at Florida (70-68)
31. 2009-10: at #19 Tennessee (74-65)
32. 2013-14: at LSU (87-82)
33. 2012-13: at Georgia (72-62)
34. 2012-13: at Arkansas (73-60)
35. 2010-11: at #23 Vanderbilt (81-77)
36. 2012-13: at Alabama (59-55)
37. 2010-11: at Georgia (77-70)

Did these even happen?  I remember maybe 1-2 of these 10 games.  Anything I am missing with this group?

POSITIVE
38. 2013-14: #1 Florida (61-60, SEC Tournament Final, Cats Gives Fans Hope)

That’s right, I am calling this loss a positive in the Calipari era.  Above all else, this gave fans hopes that this team had found it’s groove.  Which turned out to be true in that NCAA Tournament.  It’s rare you come out happy after a loss, but I think this was the one time that UK fans did.  Or at least me.


The USWNT’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup

Mornin’ everybody. Tell me you watched the U.S. Women’s National Team defeat Germany last night in the semifinals of the World Cup. The Germans were ranked No. 1 in the world, but it didn’t matter last night. They can take that ranking back with them to Germany on the first flight out of Canada today. Auf Wiedersehen.

But if you missed it, the U.S. dodged a bullet when Germany went wide left on a penalty kick in an 0-0 game, and then added two goals of their own for a 2-0 final to advance to the championship game. Japan and England play today in the other semifinal. The winner will meet the USWNT on Sunday at 7 p.m. for the cup.

U-S-A! U-S-A!

 

Governor Beshear is playing with Tiger Woods in the Greenbrier Pro-Am today.

He and Tiger were scheduled to tee off at 7 a.m. in the first group of the day at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia. Governor Beshear played with Phil Mickleson in 2012 and Bubba Watson in 2013.

Other amateurs this year include Shaquille O’Neal, Mike D’Antoni and the Duck Dynasty clan.

NBA free agency is underway.

Today marks the first day of free agency in the league and some of the game’s biggest stars have decisions to make. Anthony Davis signed his new deal at midnight, while Brandon Knight is set to lock down a huge contract with the Suns. Then there are two key unrestricted free agents in Cleveland: LeBron James and Kevin Love. Both are expected to stick around. The biggest name on the move will likely be Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge to the Lakers, possibly with Rajon Rondo.

A.D. was celebrating last night.

He has a lot more money than you and me combined.

Georgios Papagiannis still considering Kentucky, deciding soon.

The seven-footer has a Round of 16 game at the U19 World Championship today, so don’t expect any big news until Greece is eliminated and he’s back home to weigh his decision. But that decision will be coming in the near future and he insists UK is still in the hunt. He’s also considering N.C. State and St. John’s with intentions of playing college basketball next season.

Will we hear more Coach Cal rumors?

“I WILL BE AT KENTUCKY” was a pretty convincing tweet from Calipari yesterday. I think the Kings rumor was our last scare for the summer. Hopefully.

We’re at Hudson Toyota in Madisonville today!

So come on out and hear the show if you’re in or around The Best Town On Earth.

 


Anthony Davis signs ridiculous extension with New Orleans

Anthony Davis has agreed to a five-year contract extension worth roughly $145 million with the Pelicans, beginning next season. His 2015-16 salary will be around $26 million, then it’ll only get better once the NBA salary cap increases next summer. The new deal makes him the highest paid player in the NBA.

Congrats, AD!