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October 30th, 2014

Stoops Speaks for the Final Time Before Mizzou

Stoops awesome practice pic

–  The Cats’ road routine has produced polarizing results: a blowout loss and a triple overtime heartbreaker.  Finding a middle ground would be nice.  Stoops didn’t want to do anything too dramatic in game-week changes, but at this point in the year small changes help keep players fresh, “I think there’s peaks and valleys throughout the season for most guys,” Stoops said.

Stoops had Sunday film sessions before giving them Monday off.  He could feel their energy this week and that little hitch in their giddy up might have done the trick.

–  The Cats must play clean.  During his pre-game research, Kyle Tucker astutely observed the only significant difference between Mizzou’s wins and losses: turnovers and special teams.  Neither Indiana nor Georgia committed turnovers and failed to give up any big plays in special teams.  Conversely, their blowout at the Swamp could not have happened without points off turnovers and special teams.

The Cats turnover margin (+9) has never been a problem, but the special teams unit has caused some concern recently.  “They have a dangerous guy in that return game, so we have to be on point with our cover units,” Stoops said.  The last time the Cats faced a dangerous return man, Vandy’s Derrius Sims, he didn’t get diddly squat.

–  Stoops likes to downplay stuff during the week leading up to a game, but today he admitted that a road win would be an important part of the rebuilding process, “I think it would be another milestone if you will, or a goal, that we want to do.  We don’t hide from that.  I’ve talked to them about that.”

After a solid start, Stoops and his team know the importance of going out with a bang:

“I feel there’s a sense of urgency – I do – within our program.  I don’t know if that’s the reason or if it’s because we feel like we’ve had a decent season, we’ve improved and there’s still a lot more to go.  So we really want to finish strong.”

–  Stoops wants Louisville to lose.  But then again, who doesn’t?  He isn’t going to Louisville for the game, but he’s cheering for his old boss, Slim Jimbo, and his scout team quarterback, Jameis Winston, “I’ll enjoy watching it on TV.  I’ll be rooting for them (FSU).  Can I say that?”

You can say that, and you can tell us how you REALLY feel about Bobby P.

Eric Crawford v. Kyle Tucker Nerd Fight: Who Ya Got?

Everyone loves a good nerd fight on Twitter and two of the heavyweights in the sport squared off today over a link to an article that no more than 34 people will read.

Eric Crawford, formerly of the Courier-Journal, and Kyle Tucker, currently of the Courier-Journal, put up their 140-character dukes over Crawford’s “Hide your women” comment in a link. Kyle hit him with, “You’re better than this” before Crawford landed a sick “Wowza” on the counterattack. (Yeah, he went there.)


There’s a little more to it than what I posted above — also, nice KSR shoutout — but I don’t have the time, patience or give-a-sh*t to go digging for all of it. My point in all this is to say: it’s time these two get in the octagon. Or move it over to a Facebook wall, same thing.

This round goes to Tucker by unanimous decision.

Borden out this week again, possibly longer


UK starting tight end Steven Borden will not join the team in Missouri as his injury is a little more severe than expected. It will be the second straight week the Cats go without him and Stoops said it could possibly be even longer. “He could be out a couple weeks.”

Ronnie Shields started in Borden’s spot against Mississippi State and will likely get the nod again Saturday.

In other injury news, Boom Williams is back and ready to go.

This GIF of Vince Marrow dancing is everything


Don’t think for one second we’ll ever stop using this GIF, ever.

We’re just getting started with it, bro.

There is a special guest at UK football practice today

Avery Williamson

Avery Williamson, now a starting linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, is in Lexington to get the team fired up for Saturday’s game. And if anyone can do it, it’s Avery.


Campbellsville, Kentucky will become KSR’s 30th affiliate tomorrow

Guess what, good people of Campbellsville? YOU’RE GETTING KENTUCKY SPORTS RADIO RADIO TOMORROW! Oo-ah-ay Turn Up!

Friday morning at approximately 10:05 am, KSR will air live on 1450 AM WTCO in Campbellsville, our 30th affiliate in this great state of Kentucky. It is a huge milestone for the show and we’re looking forward to adding you to the audience so you can hear the absurdity that is Ryan Lemond every morning.

Thanks to all the fans in Campbellsville and across to Kentucky, and Go Cats.

Doron Lamb is back in Lexington until the next team calls

Doron Lamb was waived by the Dallas Mavericks five days ago but he’s not giving up on his future in the NBA. Lamb is currently living in Lexington, working out with the UK coaching staff two and three times a day until the phone rings again.

“He will be ready for his next opportunity,” Coach Cal tweeted today. “Proud of him.”

If Lamb’s NBA dreams don’t pan out, he has a future in giving advice on Twitter. His most recent one looks like this:


Super-Spooky Halloween Tales!


Excuse me, young man. I’m a hobo clown and I was wondering if you could tell me how to get to the locomotive station. As you can see, I have all my belongings wrapped in a handkerchief on this stick, and I have tattered gloves, and I just want to hit the open road to HAHAHAHA GOT YOU! It’s just me, your old pal Tomlin! Not a hobo clown. I love Halloween.

Friends, I don’t need to tell you that the season of the witch is upon us, Halloween, with its creepy ghosts and goblins and terror lurking around every corner. As I know you love Halloween as much as I do, I thought I might drop in today with my annual collection of frightening Halloween stories for you to share at your own get-togethers this weekend. Try not to get too scared by them; they are fairly horrifying. Buckle in and prepare to be scared. And have a happy Halloween, everyone.


The Scary Houseguest

A young couple returned home from a Halloween party one night and retired to the bedroom to go to sleep. An hour later, a knock came at the door. “Humvahamamuh!” a voice mumbled through the door, “huvnanamaaahhh!” The husband bravely opened the door to see a horrifying spectre from his past. “Hammvanamavahamma!” the spectre moaned.
“Who is it?” asked his wife, frightened.
“It’s just Billy Gillispie,” said the husband. “He probably wants a ride home or something.”
“Weird,” said the wife. “I thought he went back to Texas.”
“I did too, to be honest,” replied the husband. “But he’s out here on the porch.”
“That’s crazy,” said the wife.
“Yeah, I know,” answered the husband.


The Phantom Reporter

Vanderbilt Football Head Coach Derek Mason sat in his office one afternoon, going through scouting reports, when a reporter knocked at his door and walked into his office. The reporter looked very pale; he had deep-set, dark eyes, and he pierced Derek Mason with an intense gaze. “Coach Mason,” he said very hauntingly, “are you pleased with how the team has been playing?”
“I think we’re playing very good football but getting some tough breaks,” said Mason.
“Well,” said the creepy reporter. “I think the team looks very good.”
Later, when Mason was meeting with his staff, he asked “Hey, do any of you guys know of a creepy reporter who looks really pale and has a really spooky stare? He came by my office and told me the team looked very good.”
The room became very quiet as the staff looked around at each other in shock.
“Coach, that wasn’t just any reporter,” said assistant coach Charles Bankins. “That was Keith Handley, the reporter who dresses up to make himself look like a ghost reporter.”
“Oh, okay,” said Mason. “That makes sense now. But why do you all look so scared?”
“Because,” replied Bankins. “Vanderbilt football hasn’t been very good since at least 1982!


A Vision from the Past

Mississippi State Basketball Head Coach Rick Ray came out of the locker room to practice and blew his whistle. “Okay, let’s get started!” he shouted.
The team looked at him in disbelief. “C-Coach, your head!” said Tevin Moore, handing him a mirror.
As he peered into the mirror, he shrieked at the horrific visage in the reflection. “Oh, dear God no,” he cried.
“What is it?” asked Moore.
Ray clutched his head, breaking the mirror dropping to his knees, his wails filling Humphrey Coliseum. “It’s the ghost of Rick Stansbury’s hair!”


The Ghost Coaches

Bruce Pearl walked through Auburn Arena with the University President, discussing his role as Auburn’s new head coach.
“We think you’ll do great here,” said the President, ” and we’re happy to have you. But I have to warn you, sometimes people say Auburn Arena is haunted by the ghosts of old coaches.”
“Really?” Asked Pearl.
“Yes,” said the President. “A janitor once said he saw old Sonny Smith, pacing the sidelines as if he was still coaching a phantom team.”
Wow,” said Pearl.
“And once,” continued the President, “an administrative assistant said she swears Shug Jordan was standing at the end of one of the halls, looking at old trophies in the case.”
“Amazing,” said Pearl.
“One time,” said the President, “a player said he saw Bill Lynn standing in that doorway over there, watching him play.”
“That’s unbelievable,” said Pearl. “Hey, isn’t that Tony Barbee sitting over there in the rafters right now?”
“Yes,” said the President, “but that’s not a ghost. That’s really Tony Barbee, he still lives here in the basement and sleeps on a cot.”

A Mystery on the Farm

One autumn, a month before Halloween, a farmer began noticing over the course of several weeks that his chickens and pigs were disappearing from their pens. At first he suspected foxes or coyotes were the culprit, but traps wouldn’t stop the disappearances. In the fresh mud near the chicken and pigpens, each morning, he noticed giant footsteps in the ground.
Each night the same thing happened; chickens would disappear, giant footsteps would appear in the mud.
“Maybe it’s Bigfoot,” the farmer’s wife said.
“There’s no such thing as Bigfoot,” scoffed the farmer.
As Halloween approached the disappearances continued, along with the footprints, so the farmer decided one evening to sit up in a chair and find out what was happening. The night grew late, and the farmer fell asleep in his chair only to wake to a noise in the grass.
“Who is it? Who’s out there?” shouted the farmer into the darkness. His pulse pounded and he was paralyzed with fear to come face to face with whatever waited in the shadows.
“Oh, hey, it’s just me,” said freshman Kentucky center Karl Towns, stepping into the light. “Sometimes I like to take night walks. I hope that’s okay that I cut through your farm. Also, I’ve been meaning to tell you that there’s a hole in your fence and I think your chickens and pigs are escaping.”

UK accepted the Bengals’ “Layup For Lauren” Challenge and you need to see it

UK Basketball accepted Andy Dalton and Andrew Whitworth’s “Layup for Lauren” Challenge issued earlier this week and passed it along to Anthony Davis, Darius Miller and the New Orleans Pelicans. Watch the video above as each member of the team attempts to make a layup with their non-dominant hand after spinning around five times.

To learn more about the “Layup For Lauren” Challenge, watch Lauren explain it in the video that started it all:

Mount St. Joseph College moved its season opener to this Sunday to accommodate Lauren, a freshman who has been given a terminal diagnosis and worried she might not be able to play on the originally scheduled date of November 15. Her one wish in life is to play in a college basketball game.

Bud Sasser’s parents like to party

Missouri wide receiver Bud Sasser leads the Tigers in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns this season. His 40 catches through eight games rank second in the SEC, while his six touchdowns rank fourth in the conference. Needless to say, he’s having quite a year in Mizzou’s offense.

But forget all that; let’s talk about his family for a moment. They sound like the kind of people some of you would like to spend a weekend with. Here’s why:

For whatever reason, maybe because they like to party, Sasser’s parents named him and his two sisters after drinks. I kid you not. Drinks of the alcoholic variety, if you will. He has one sister named Brandy, a fairly common name for a girl, and another sister named Tequila, that stuff that gets everyone naked. Together, they’re Brandy and Tequila, the Sasser sisters and the two main ingredients in a Flaming Orgy. (Look it up.)

For Bud, Larry and Jackie took the beer route: it’s short for Budweiser. He lucked out and was named Larry for birth certificate’s sake, but he’s gone by Bud his entire life. Again, it’s short for Budweiser. Budweiser, as in the King of Beers.

So if you’re making the trip to Columbia for this weekend’s game, I highly encourage you to find the Sasser tailgate outside Faurot Field. I have a pretty good feeling they will be tying one on.

Derek Mason picks Kentucky over Missouri

Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason has road losses to Kentucky and Missouri this season, so he knows a thing or two about both squads and the environment that will host Saturday’s game in Columbia. Mason, in his first year in the SEC, sees two good football teams in UK and Mizzou, but if he has to pick a winner for Saturday’s game, the Cats get the edge.

“Missouri is a good football team, and Coach Pinkel does a good job, but I just think Kentucky right now has a little more offensive firepower and defensively has shown me more in what they can do in their fronts, stunts and coverages,” Mason said. “It’s going to be a fairly even matchup, but I will give the edge to Kentucky.”

Mason and his Commodores were handed a 24-14 loss to Missouri last weekend, three weeks after a 10-point deficit against Kentucky in Commonwealth Stadium. He may know more about the two sides than anyone, therefore I trust his opinion.


Devin Booker turns 18 today


If you see Devin Booker skydiving, buying a lottery ticket or giving blood today, it’s because he can. He’s 18 now. The freshman shooting guard is the third member of the UK basketball team to celebrate a birthday this week, meaning Mrs. Ellen is running out of brownie batter and Cal has to tweet about it:

So if you run in to Devin at the fireworks store or at the bank opening his own checking account today, be sure to tell him Happy Birthday. Next week, he gets to vote.

Happy Birthday, Devin!

The Mizzou cheerleaders want you to listen to KSR (Thursday Show Thread)

And who are you kidding? You’ll do whatever those lovely ladies tell you to do. Same here. Guilty.

On today’s show, Matt and Ryan look ahead to Saturday’s game in Columbia while covering all of the Cats in the NBA nuggets from Wednesday night. The theme of the show: #BeatMizzou.

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

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: A Plea to the Lower Arena Fan

After listening to yesterday’s KSR, I think I was most interested in the conversation about Rupp Arena and if it was an elite venue for the top college basketball program in the country.  I think very few people would disagree that the building itself needs a serious upgrade.  But for the time being, that is what we have.  What frustrates me as a fan who doesn’t get to go to many games is the inconsistent nature of the passion from the fans in attendance, especially those in the lower bowl.  Those folks have often been referred to as the Blue Hairs and I know many of them read this blog.  So for this upcoming season, which could be one of the best in school history, I am writing an impassioned plea to those Blue Hairs.

Dear Blue Hairs,

How are you octogenarians doing?  That’s good to hear.  First of all, I hope you are just as excited as I am for another UK basketball season.  I bet during your weekly bridge games and bowling leagues, you just can’t wait to see Dominique Hawkins tear it up.  But over the last few years, I have noticed a gap developing between people like you, “the greatest generation”, and people like me, “the greatestest generation”.  And it’s too bad, because it revolves around something we can agree on, and that’s our love of UK basketball.

You see, in a way, people of my age bracket are jealous of you.  You all have developed wealth over your years, and you use that wealth to donate to the program and take the greatest seats at Rupp.  And frankly, you deserve it.  You essentially make the program run with the money you put in.  And as a reward, you get the best seat in the house to watch the greatest program in the country.  Except, it seems like you all don’t act like it’s the greatest program in the country.  Let me give you a comparison you might understand: Kentucky is like Abraham Lincoln, something truly great and special and a leader in the college basketball world like Lincoln was to America.  You all cheer for the program like it was Martin Van Buren. 

Maybe back in the 1940’s and 50’s, you showed support for your team by a couple soft claps of the hands and stern nod of the head in approval.  Well, guess what?  This is NOT the 1940’s and 50’s, this is the 21st century.  And in the 21st century, we have what you might call a “louder” approach to cheering.  And god forbid, it might even involve you getting out of your cushioned seat to stand during your team’s good play.  It might involve continuing to cheer during timeouts and before games, and it might involve standing for upwards of three consecutive minutes or more.

Now, I know what you will say: I bought the seat and I don’t have to do anything.

Well, you are technically correct.  You did spend your own money and thus you have a right to participate in the game in whatever way you feel necessary.  Except for this fact: people in your position have the ability to affect games.  Literally effect the play of the opponent.  Literally have a hand in helping your beloved UK to wins.  And yet, through laziness, you choose to actually decrease your Cats chance to win.  Because in a close game, noise can have a direct effect on the other team, whether it be during free throws or end of game possessions.  The low income guy in Section 303, Row Z, is going to have a hard time being heard.  You would not have that problem.  But clearly, the behavior at Rupp should be the same as a library.  Because that is what the arena sounds like most of the game

And let me point out another lovely piece of technology you may just be getting used to: it’s called a television.  There is also this cool little invention named cable television.  And do you know the people that show up on those broadcasts?  That would be YOU!  And frankly, all too often, I watch the broadcast and think to myself “looks like a boring atmosphere to me.”  Bet if they showed the upper sections, my opinion would change.

And yet, you choose to sit on your rears.

If I was you, I would feel EMBARRASSED that despite having the largest college basketball arena in America, and the most passionate fanbase in America, Rupp is not considered the greatest homecourt advantage in America.  And that rests 100% on you.  Your inability to give 2 hours of effort cheering on your Cats makes everybody, including the coaches, players, and other fans look bad.  How must the players feel that after a good play, they look into the crowd and see you still in the seats.

How can you call yourself a true fan of the program when you have the opportunity to have a greater impact on the game than any other fan, and you throw away that opportunity away?  Because part of having a great program is having a great home court advantage.  You prevent that from happening.  How does that sit with you?  It takes more than money to proclaim yourself a fan.  Do you even know where the word “fan” comes from?  It comes from the word “fanatic”.  Fanatic meaning having an extreme enthusiasm for a cause.  You all seem to have as much enthusiasm as I do over the McRib being back at McDonalds.

I write this plea in hopes to light a fire under your butts.  Either way, take this message to heart: you have the ability to have more than just a financial impact on this program.  You have the ability to make this nation know that Rupp Arena is more than just a 22,000 seat opera house.  You have the ability to make opponents need ear plugs to play at Rupp.  YOU HAVE THE ABILITY AND YOU HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY.  Stop letting down the fanbase.  And if you can’t accept that responsibility, then get your butts out of the good seats, stay home and watch on TV, and let the REAL fans show you what cheering is all about!



KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

Darrell Bird Catspause

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It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the Day. We will focus most of our attention on Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as usual, there are no limits to our madness. You can participate by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTop10 or just by simply tweeting @KYsportsradio.

#10 SundayNight Football

Who needs College Gameday when you have Sunday Night Football?





#9 jacrosse

This is a terrible time for America Patriotism.





#8 Eli Brown

Don’t feel bad. Spanish is enough to make a college student go crazy. Trust me. I know.





#7 austin asher

He has a point…. also in honor of this tweet:





#6 Thaddeus Snodgrass

Better late than never, right?





#5 Amanda Lemond

Sounds like someone is going to be grounded.





#4 Monkeydog

You go back and crawl into the hole you crawled out of.





#3 Patrick Towles

Did you try Diagon Alley?





#2 Kenny Matney

Too bad a tornado can’t take it out.





#1 Bart Hammer

I know this is old, but it still makes me laugh when I see it.