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September 4th, 2015

Commonwealth’s Top Plays of the 70s and 80s

Commonwealth Stadium has been around since 1973, way back when Fran Curci took over as head coach of the Wildcats. A lot has happened since then — some good, a lot bad — and Kentucky Wildcats TV is taking us back in time with a series of video highlights from each decade.

We’ll start with two that were before my time…



Go Cats.

Get in the 360-degree, high-res photo of CWS tomorrow

At the conclusion of the first quarter — when Kentucky is up two touchdowns, hopefully — Blakeway Worldwide Panoramas will take a 360-degree, high-resolution photo of Commonwealth Stadium and everyone inside. It will be the largest UK football photo ever taken — outside of anything with Matt Elam, of course.

If you’ll be in attendance and would like a notification when the photo is ready, you can sign up for an alert at the Kentucky Wildcats Gigapixel page.

I will have fun with the photo here on the website on Monday, so don’t be too shy to give us a three-goggle or anything else to stand out. (No nudity, guys.)

“We Ask You Wednesday” Vol. 58 (Friday Afternoon Edition)


The folks here at KSR love getting your input on things… relevant and bizarre. We have to get a little creative around here sometimes. Last summer I started a weekly series called “We Ask You Wednesdays,” that brought in some great responses from many readers via Twitter.

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 ninth volume of the “We Ask You Wednesday” allowed Kentucky fans to answer the following question via Twitter in 140 characters or less: WHAT IS THE BEST UK-RELATED FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM NAME?




Until we get some more Cats in the NFL, Randall Cobb has to carry the load for reppin’ the Cats…



Chris Simpson definitely was the MVP of the week for all of his answers…



There is a good chance that exceeds the character limit…



UK Athletics getting dirty to get CWS ready


UK Athletics is #ALLIN on getting Commonwealth Stadium ready for tomorrow night’s game. Earlier in the week, Mrs. Tyler spoke to Janee Thompson about UK Hoops’ voluntary cleaning effort. Thompson told Tyler, “We were up in the suites cleaning the cabinets and refrigerators, and it looks so nice in there.”

Matthew Mitchell even got his hands dirty:

And this morning, Mitch Barnhart was spotted with a Shop-Vac in his hands.

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No position in the athletic department is too high up to help out.

UK Gymnastics, too:


Round of applause to everyone around the athletic department who volunteered their time this week so we, the fans, can enjoy tomorrow night.

Four-star wide receiver tweets #BBN

JaVonte Richardson, one of the top wide receivers in the 2017 class, tweeted a shout-out to #BBN this morning after he received a good luck message from the UK coaching staff.

Richardson, ranked as the 30th best receiver in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, is from just outside Cleveland, Ohio; so you know Vince Marrow is heavily involved in his recruitment.

A quick scroll through his Twitter feed shows a lot of love for Ohio State, but Kentucky is the first and only Power 5 school to offer him, so that should go a long way in the fight for his services.

I’m a big fan of these good luck images as a recruiting tool. Here’s a look at the one Richardson received from UK, that he tweeted out to his followers earlier today:



The KSR Dossier: University of Louisiana-Lafayette



With the UK Football debut at Commonwealth this weekend, we’ll greet the mighty Ragin’ Cajuns of University of Louisiana-Lafayette – not one of our typical opponents. But what do we REALLY know about these foes from the South? Let’s educate ourselves, shall we? We shall.

They’re ragin’.

Prior to the 1960’s UL-Lafayette sports teams were collectively known as “The Bulldogs” until a sports writer for the Crowley Post-Signal penned a column nicknaming the affable school “The Pleasantly Approachable Cajuns.” The milquetoast label angered program heads, who promptly fired off an infuriated letter to the writer and requested that the moniker be changed to the “Dismayin’ Cajuns.” A difference was eventually split to refer to the team as “Ragin’.” Things which enrage the Cajuns include but are not limited to:
Long lines
Poor drivers
Opposing Football Teams
When people say they’re going to meet you somewhere, then don’t

The football roster is filled with good Louisiana-boy names.

Names like Cole Prudhomme, Kevin Fouquier, Chaiziere Malbrue and Cole Bourque. Their defensive line consists of a bunch of Creole-accented cartoon alligators and most of the cast of the Nintendo game The Adventures of Bayou Billy.


The UL-Lafayette mascot, Cayenne, was created in a laboratory and cannot be stopped.

A horrifying science experiment gone horribly awry, he is believed to be responsible for the disappearances of over thirty students from the university over the past two years alone. The entire reason UL-Lafayette has a football season at all is solely to lure him to a stadium in hopes of capturing and finally killing him but each year he manages to elude his captors.

As built into UL-Lafayette’s contract, there will be a brief break in the third quarter for their players to take out their trumpets and dance around playing jazz music.

This is a regular occurrence in Louisiana and, as such, Mitch Barnhart’s hands are tied to adhere to it. This fais do-do is not to exceed seven-and-a-half minutes. Every second over this limit will be deducted from UL-Lafayette’s next possession game clock.

The entire football team travels by airboat or, if all airboats are in use, tugboat.

As part of the 1898 UL-Lafayette university charter, “all those to whom travel is an apparency are approved to employ the great city of Lafayette’s robust history of maritime achievements.” The team will moor on the banks of the Kentucky River and travel on foot to the Stadium Saturday morning.

The UL-Lafayette fight song was recently changed. The current incarnation is this:

Fight on, Cajuns, fight on to victory
For the Red and White,
We will sing of triumph and glory,
For our team tonight,
You will hear the rage of the Cajuns,
So let’s give a yell, (AHH-YEE)
Hustle up and bustle up and
Fight on to victory – GEAUX U L!

It was recently changed from the previous fight song, originally written in the early 1900’s, which was:

Dey ‘gon fight, dese Cajuns
Gon’ eat a shrimp
An’ go in to da swamp
For to get a potion for my voodoo
An’ when I get da sportball
I gon’ make it a point for my team (AH-YEE)
So don’ you gon’ talk ‘bout my Paw-Paw
Poo-ye-yi! I’m gon’ smack you in dat mouf!

The student body largely prefers the current fight song over the previous one. PLEASE NOTE: The singing of the fight song can summon Cayenne to come murder you. Please remain vigilant.

Who Wore It Better?


Big Blue Nation, it’s time to decide which popular musician wore UK blue the best this morning.

First, on your left, we have Chris Kael from Five Finger Death Punch sporting a “Kentucky ‘Til I Die” t-shirt at this morning’s KSR remote.

Then, on your right, we have the drummer from Florida Georgia Line wearing a cut-off “UK Kentucky Wildcats” tee on Good Morning America.

So who wore it better? You decide.

And as a bonus, check out Chris’ bass guitar for tonight’s concert in Rupp Arena. It’s a tribute to UK’s five National Championship basketball coaches.

(Don’t let that sway your vote.)

The ULL-UK pump-up video has me ready to run through six walls

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DO NOT watch this if you are in an office setting and you value your job. It’s intense. It will jack you up. I almost put my fist through my coffee table 10 seconds into the video. Dead serious. Don’t tell my mom, but the title of this post originally had two f-bombs in it for no reason. No chill whatsoever after watching this. Where’s my John Legend playlist? I need to calm down.

Again, DO NOT watch this unless you’re prepared to break something. And if you’re ready to make that commitment, good luck to anyone and anything in your path.

I swear I’m good for 15 tackles and a forced fumble if I could throw on the pads right now.


Yahoo! ranked every quarterback in college football

Andy Lyons | Getty Images

Andy Lyons | Getty Images

Yahoo! ranked the starting quarterbacks in FBS football and ABSOLUTELY NO RESPECT FOR PATRICK TOWLES.

Towles is ranked No. 41 out of 128 quarterbacks and seventh among SEC quarterbacks. Go ahead and spit in his face why don’t you, Yahoo.

Patrick, your thoughts?



ESPN projects Kentucky going bowling in Shreveport

ESPN released its final preseason bowl projections and UK football fans better get ready to spend Christmas in Louisiana if the predictions come true.

The masterminds behind the picks–Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy–predict Kentucky to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana. That’s a December 26th, day-after-Christmas contest with North Carolina at 5:45 pm on ESPN.

Kentucky is one of 13 SEC teams projected to go bowling from the SEC, leaving only Vanderbilt behind from postseason play.

I can get down with Shreveport.

One problem: UK hosts Louisville in basketball that day.

Florida Georgia Line’s Drummer Wants The Friday Show Thread

Mornin’ everybody. Did you see Florida Georgia Line’s drummer on GMA? He was wearing a UK tanktop. Pretty cool I guess, although it doesn’t change my opinion of Florida Georgia Line. Still horrible.

What’s not horrible is Kentucky Sports Radio radio. It’s on the air one last time this morning before Kentucky’s football season begins tomorrow. The guys will be previewing the game from Jack Kain Ford in Lexington.

Someone in attendance might even win tickets from:

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

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WCBL (1290am): Benton
WBGN (1340am): Bowling Green
WTCO (1450am): Campbellsville
WAIN (1270am): Columbia
WCYN (102.3fm) Cynthiana
WHIR (1230am): Danville
WTHX (101.5fm) Elizabethtown
WCLU (1490am): Glasgow
WGOH (1370am): Grayson
WTUK (105.1fm): Harlan
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WJKY (1060am): Jamestown
WLAP (630am): Lexington
WFTG (1400am): London
WKJK (1080am): Louisville
WFMW (730am): Madisonville
WWXL (1450am): Manchester
WFTM (1240am): Maysville
WKYM (101.7fm): Monticello
WMSK (1550am): Morganfield
WLME (102.7fm):Owensboro
WPAD (1560am): Paducah
WKYH (600am): Paintsville
WLSI (900am) Pikeville
WPRT (960am): Prestonsburg
WSFC (1240am): Somerset
WTCW (920am): Whitesburg
WHAY (98.3fm): Whitley City
WBTH (1400am): Williamson
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WVHI (1330am): Evansville, IN, 5-7pm
WMTL (870am): Leitchfield, 11am-1pm
WLBQ (1570am): Morgantown, 3-5pm
WRIL (106.3fm): Middlesboro, Thur 8-10pm
WWTF (1580am): Lexington, 4-6pm

Eddy Raven’s Friday Morning Wakeup

This morning we’re celebrating the music career of one Eddy Futch, known professionally to the country music world as Eddy Raven.

Raven had six No. 1 hits in his day, beginning with the timeless “I Got Mexico” back in 1984. Sing along with me! You know the words!

Raven followed that up with five more No. 1 hits from 1987-89: “Shine, Shine, Shine,” “I’m Gonna Get You,” “Joe Knows Hows How To Live,” “In A Letter To You,” and “Bayou Boys.”

Of those five classics, I must say, “Shine, Shine, Shine” is the one I can’t go an entire day without hearing. Sing along with me! You know the words!

Raven went on to write songs for several well-known rock and country artists, including Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Kenny Chesney, George Jones, Toby Keith, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lorrie Morgan, and the Oak Ridge Boys.

Oh, he also attended Louisiana-Lafayette.

Speaking of Louisiana-Lafayette, there’s a pretty big football game going on tomorrow and…

Mark Stoops greatly appreciates the support.

Yesterday, Stoops said, “Our people within the Big Blue Nation and certainly within the athletic department have been amazing. It’s important to a lot of people, and we recognize that. I think Mitch does a wonderful job. He’s very passionate and he cares greatly. From him on down to the other coaches and teams and support staff and administrators and all the people that have been in there trying to get the stadium ready, we can’t thank them enough. It’s very important to them; it’s very important for us to out there and play well.”

Now it’s time for him to hold up his end of the bargain and start putting some wins on the board. That starts tomorrow with the inaugural game in the New CWS.

South Carolina looked pretty average last night.

Not going to get carried away until I see Kentucky tomorrow, but after checking out the Gamecocks last night, I’m a little more confident in UK’s Week 2 chances. Spurrier’s quarterback didn’t show me anything — Would Barker be starting there? — and the secondary is weak. Again, still have to see what the Cats throw out there, but there’s some new optimism after watching last night’s game.

Vanderbilt lost to Western Kentucky.

Vandy fans really seemed to care about the season opener:


It’s going to be a long year for the ‘Dores.

Marques Bolden’s official visit to UK is going “sensational.”

That comes from a tweet from Hoop DFW, which describes itself as an “NCAA certified scouting service in Dallas/Ft. Worth.”

I guess we can trust them.

Tyler Ulis and Isaiah Briscoe are inseparable.

A photo posted by Tyler Ulis (@tulis3) on

Somewhere, Devin Booker is jealous, probably.

Tons of UL-Lafayette stuff coming throughout the day…

But first, KSR radio in one hour.

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: KSR Summer Fan Stories (Final Edition)

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San Antonio Express-News

Thank you to everybody for submitting stories this summer.  This will be our last edition of the KSR Fan Summer Stories until next April after basketball season.  We finish with an interesting story involving Shane Boyd:

This past weekend I was able to take my 11 year old son to his first Arizona Rattlers football game.  Our family is usually too busy to attend many sporting events in the Phoenix area because one kid is playing football and baseball and the other who is nine I have coached in baseball since he was four years old.  Unlike growing up in Kentucky where there are different seasons for different sports, kids usually choose a sport and play it year round in Arizona.  To say we are stretched pretty thin at times is an understatement.  However, this past weekend was light one before we start ratcheting things up and get into the meat of the seasons for their sports.

We were invited to attend the final home game for the Arizona Rattlers by a business partner and with nothing to do, I told him we would attend.  As we sat in our seats my son is looking over the roster and asking if there is a way to get the players autograph.  He noticed Shane Boyd’s name on the roster and immediately locked in that he played at Kentucky.  When we do go to events, he has to be early in hopes of meeting the players.  He has been pretty successful–he has a John Wall signed jersey and we were able to hang with Darius Miller near the locker room at halftime of a Pelicans game as he sat out with an injury.

As the game neared an end they announced the players would be available for autographs after the game.  So he started working on me.  “I need a football.  Can I get Shane’s autograph?  Can we stay?”  Needless to say, off I went to buy a football for him to get signed.  As the final explosion went off to signal the end of the game, he was standing in line at the entrance to make his way down to the field.  We waited patiently for them to open the gates and make our way to the tables to meet each player.  He was anxious and wondering if he would have the chance to meet Shane.  When the gates opened he ran around trying to find Shane and his eyes locked in on him so he was off to the races.  As I approached the table my son handed Shane the ball and said, “Can you sign my ball and put Go Cats on it?”  Shane replied, “Whaaat?  What do you know about Big Blue Nation?  We are everywhere little man, thanks for coming to the game.”  As we turned to walk away my son realized he did not get a picture so he turned back around and asked if we could take one.  I snapped the picture and my son Scout said, “Thank you so much and good luck in the playoffs next week.”  Shane replied, “Thanks little man and here you go (as he handed him his wristband). Go Cats!”  I thought back to the commercial of my youth where Joe Green tosses his jersey to the kid in the tunnel and had to smile.

I believe my son got 13 of the 16 autographs available and walking out of the arena he looked up at me holding his football and wristband and said, “This is the greatest thing in the world.”  I chuckled and said, “You sure about that?  I am sure there are better things but that is pretty cool.”  He replied, “Oh yeah, what player has ever given you anything?  This is sooo cool.”  He had a point.  I remember attending games at Commonwealth with my grandfather who had not missed a home game in 30 years. We were the first fans in the stadium and we would stay until the final horn sounded, regardless of the score.  I would beg him to make our way to the team tunnel and would lean over the edge screaming at the players to toss me their wristband, towels, pads, etc. It took me back to a time when I was his age and how excited I would get about the football and basketball players.  Something simple that, like many in BBN, is passed down from generation to generation.

On a night where I did not expect much other than spending a little quality time with one of my kids, Shane Boyd made a lasting impression on a kid that knew very little about him other than noticing that he was a Wildcat when looking over the names of the players–and that was good enough for him.  Shane was part of BBN so he was one of us, enough said.  When we got home he ran into his room and put the ball and wristband among all of the memorabilia handed down by me and his grandfather.  I thought that would be end of it but Sunday evening at a cook out and swimming at my sister-in-law’s house my son comes running in screaming, “He replied!!!  He replied!!!”  I laughed and said, “Who replied?  What are you talking about?”  Out of breath and trying to compose himself he says “Shane!!! He replied to my Tweet.  I can’t believe he replied.”  Not sure if I have ever been that excited about an autograph, wristband, towel, pads etc. but believe I likely acted in the same manner at the time.   However, I  can say with 100% certainty, since I don’t do the twitter thing, that I have never had a player reply to me and for that I thank Shane for making an 11 year feel like he is special and having a connection with an athlete.

With football season fast approaching I am excited about the direction of our team but more importantly about what UK athletics means to us as fans, our families, our kids and for the memories we build from our experiences year after year.  I am forever grateful for a free night out with my son where our paths crossed with someone he could relate with as a part of BBN and for Shane Boyd for taking the time to reply on Twitter.  It is the little things that matter in life and this is one that I will not soon forget.  I can not thank my grandparents and my mother enough for teaching me life lessons through sports,  for teaching me something to be proud of as well as believe in when they showed me how to love our Wildcats and I am appreciative for the opportunity to pass the same love for UK on to my kids.  Thank you Shane for the experience and Go Cats!

P.S. BTI Sucks

September 3rd, 2015

KSR’s Guide to the Season Opener


We’re less than 48 hours from Football Time in the Bluegrass, which means you’re probably making your plans for Saturday’s season opener against Louisiana Lafayette. To help you enjoy the day in the most ridiculous manner possible, I put together this handy little guide, which includes a schedule, maps, and some DOs and DON’Ts. Go Cats.

DO arrive early

The game’s not until 7 p.m., but the parking lots open at 8 a.m. and there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained throughout the day, all of which are much more fun than sitting in traffic. Speaking of, here’s the pregame traffic flow map:


Traffic flow before the game. Click here for post game.

Lexington Police will try their best to keep everything flowing smoothly, but I can guarantee you Nicholasville Road will still be a mess. That’s why you should arrive early, otherwise, by 5:30 p.m., you’re gonna be like this while all your friends are having fun:

DO pay attention to these parking maps



That’s right, there are three FREE PARKING GARAGES at the following locations:

  • Parking Structure #2 – accessible from University Drive near the WT Young Library
  • Parking Structure #3 – Kentucky Clinic parking off Virginia Avenue
  • Parking Structure #6 – On the corner of Virginia Avenue and Press Avenue

Click on the map above for a better view.

DO pack a little extra money if you’re planning to take the shuttle

One of the best ways to get to the games the past few years was the LexTran shuttle from downtown. Unfortunately, LexTran no longer operates the shuttle, which used to cost $5. It’s now run by Miller Transportation, who is charging $15 for a roundtrip. For more information, visit

DON’T have a tailgate? DO make a friend

Parking passes are worth their weight in gold at Commonwealth Stadium, so if you’re not one of the lucky few hosting a tailgate, make a friend who is. We’re all Cats fans, especially if you bring a nice bottle of bourbon with you.

DO pace yourself

It’s a marathon, not a sprint. With highs expected to be in the 90’s, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to sneak some water in between all those light beers. Speaking of, if you love craft beer but don’t love the bloat/nap that comes with it after a few, try a session ale. My favorite is Founders All-Day IPA. As always, drink responsibly.

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DO go to Matthew Mitchell/Sundy Best concert starting at 3 PM

Matthew Mitchell and the Go Big Blue Band will open for country duo Sundy Best at approximately 3 p.m. in the Glenn Infiniti of Lexington Green Lot adjacent to Gate 1. Sundy Best will take the stage at 4 p.m. and break for the Cat Walk at 4:45 p.m.

DO sing along to “Since U Been Gone”

I had the pleasure of meeting Matthew Mitchell at the KSR Party last Saturday, and after I got over my fangirling, I insisted he and his band play “Since U Been Gone.” Probably in an attempt to appease the pathetic fan girl in front of him, he agreed, so I’ll be on the front row singing along. You should be too.

DON’T storm the stage and tell everyone to go streaking

This goes along with pacing yourself.

DO listen to the KSR Pregame Show

Country music not your thing? Listen to the KSR Pregame Show starting at 3 p.m. on WLAP and all the UK Radio Network affiliates. Matt, Ryan, Jared, and Drew will be making the rounds at Commonwealth Stadium to bring you the sights and sounds from opening day.

DO invite the guys to your tailgate if you’re having one

Food and cold beverages are always appreciated.

DON’T invite Kentucky Joe

Although he’ll probably already be there anyways.

DO cheer for Auburn

Because they’re playing Louisville at 3:30 p.m. and a Cardinal loss would make a great day even better.

DON’T be late to the Cat Walk

It starts at 4:45 p.m. outside Gate 1. Here’s a map:


If you’re lost, just look for Boom Williams’ dad. He’ll get you there:

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DO go to the Nutter Field House to watch Freddie Maggard and Christi Thomas on “Cat Talk to the Cat Walk”

Our own Freddie Maggard has a new 30-minute show with Christi Thomas entitled “Cat Talk to the Cat Walk” immediately following the KSR Pregame Show. The show, part of UK’s “Countdown to Kickoff,” will be broadcast outside of the Nutter Fieldhouse. Come check it out in person, or if you’re at home, listen on the radio or watch the live video stream on

DO acquaint yourself with the new Stadium Map


Which gate should you go in? Check the back of your ticket.

DON’T bring that big bag

Guests are allowed one bag no larger than 13.5″ x 10″ x 7″ and they must fit within the sizing bins at each entrance. Here’s a handy guide from UK Athletics:


Leave the L.L. Bean backpack at home for this one.

DO expect slightly better cell service

There may not be free wifi at the stadium yet, but Mitch Barnhart said fans can expect better cell service if they have AT&T or Verizon.

DON’T nitpick over the stuff that may not be finished

Construction crews and volunteers have been working around the clock to make sure everything is finished or as closed to finished as it can be for Saturday. This morning, Mitch Barnhart said there will be a few things left to do, but odds are, you won’t even notice them unless you’re in the suite level. Besides, this is a football game, not HGTV. Chill.


DO marvel at the transformation

I love Commonwealth Stadium, but I think we can all agree it hasn’t exactly been the coolest stadium in the SEC, unless you’re really into plain concrete. Now, Kentucky football finally has a stadium fans can be proud of, and all season, TV commentators and visiting fans will be buzzing about it. Enjoy it.

DO pat Mitch Barnhart on the back if you see him

He deserves it.

Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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You know you’re thinking of a Wendy’s ® Spicy Chicken Sandwich. The spicy goodness of the all white meat chicken lightly breaded with a unique blend of eight peppers and spices, topped with crisp lettuce, delicious fresh tomato and creamy mayonnaise, all on a soft toasted bun. The only way to get it out of your head is to get it in your hands.

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 Shannon The Dude

This will make a great new ringtone.



#9 Beauknows2012

I cried.



#8 Jeauxsef

I think he needs some Harry’s.



#7 Nick Carroll

I sure hope you’re wrong.



#6 Rob

We told him that was too far.



#5 Mr. IBleedBlue




#4 Kentucky Josh

That explains a lot.



#3 Stephen Phillips

Dear God……



#2 Scott Darst

I couldn’t have said it better myself.



#1 Bweet Da Dee™

Bweet, I hate to break it to you…but I don’t think anyone will ever miss you doing that.