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By Drew Franklin on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 8:00pm
I haven’t checked out Pizza Hut’s employee handbook recently but I’m pretty sure masturbating on the job is a huge no-no. In fact, I can’t think of many jobs that condone such behavior, especially in the food industry.
But one Pizza Hut employee (now former employee) in Lexington got him a handful of his own brand while on the clock and a photo captured through the drive-thru window has gone viral. Here’s the Facebook post that accused him of “playing with himself the whole time” as two teenage girls patiently waited for a pizza.
There are so many jokes running through my mind right now. I could go all day, but I won’t. I’ll show some restraint and just encourage you to stay away from Pizza Hut for a while.
Can we cut off this guy’s hand?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 7:15pm
On Saturday, CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish got an early start on his 2016 mock draft and predicted Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray to go first and third. Today, Sports Illustrated’s David Gardner also has Skal and Murray going in the lottery, Skal first and Murray twelfth:
1. Skal Labissiere, Kentucky
Freshman | 7-foot, 216 pounds | center
Labissiere could become the second Kentucky 7-footer in a row taken atop the NBA draft. He isn’t yet the post player that Karl Towns is, but remember that Kentucky coach John Calipari forced Towns to play more in the paint as a freshman and helped him to develop those post moves. If Labissiere can develop a few go-to post moves to pair with his perimeter skills, he’ll be a no-brainer in the top spot. The biggest potential problem for Labissiere would be an NCAA investigation into the prep school he played for in high school.
12. Jamal Murray, Kentucky
Freshman | 6’5”, 201 pounds | guard
Murray may be the quickest riser in this NBA draft. He quickly reclassified from 2016 to 2015 so that he could play at Kentucky this fall. Murray made an impression at the Nike Hoops Summit in April, leading all scorers with 30 points. With Tyler Ulis seemingly locked into the point guard slot for the Wildcats, Murray will have a chance to play off the ball and become the next in a line of strong Kentucky guards under Calipari.
Right now, Skal and Murray are the only Cats Gardner projects will go in the first round. Will we see four number one picks in seven years? Good golly.
By Courtney Hessler on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 6:30pm
NFL.com started a series back in May called “15 for ’15: Countdowns of college football’s best”. It’s a great series, but often overlooked because its common for people to forget NFL.com actually writes several articles.
One of those articles was overlooked by Kentucky fans and I believe it at least deserves to be mentioned.
Kentucky Punter Landon Foster was named ninth on the list of college football’s smartest players. The list doesn’t just look at academics. It also adds the requirement of significant on-field contributions. Here is what they had to say about Landon:
Along with a punting average of better than 42 yards, the Wildcats’ senior-to-be averages a 4.0 in the classroom on a finance and marketing track. He was chosen as an Academic All-American last year. You want an on-field track record? He’s logged more than 60 punts per year over the last three seasons and is on pace to finish his UK career with more than 250.
If Landon is as smart as his twitter (@BigBlueKick12) is funny, then it is totally deserved.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 5:30pm
Karl Towns may have been considered the best overall player in the draft, but that doesn’t mean he’s the favorite for Rookie of the Year. Bovada Las Vegas released the early odds on the award, and Karl is tied for the third favorite with Emmanuel Mudiay at 7/1, behind Jahlil Okafor and D’Angelo Russell.
- Jahlil Okafor: 7/2
- D’Angelo Russell: 4/1
- Karl-Anthony Towns: 7/1
- Emmanuel Mudiay: 7/1
- Justise Winslow: 9/1
- Joel Embiid: 10/1
- Mario Hezonja: 22/1
- Jerian Grant: 22/1
- Willie Cauley-Stein: 22/1
- Frank Kaminsky: 25/1
- Kristaps Porzingis: 25/1
- Myles Turner: 25/1
- Sam Dekker: 25/1
- Trey Lyles: 33/1
- Devin Booker: 33/1
- Cameron Payne: 33/1
- Bobby Portis: 33/1
- Stanley Johnson: 33/1
Odds, schmodds. Now here’s a fun GIF of Karl and Karlito as Dr. Evil and Mini Me from TimberTrolls:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 4:30pm
A while back, I told you about Greek big man Georgios Papagiannis. The 7’1″ 235 lbs. center is currently playing in the U19 World Championships in Crete, Greece, where he’s talking to reporters about his plan for the future. Kentucky contacted Papagiannis several months ago to see if he’s interested in attending college in the States, and this afternoon, he told Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony that college is still an option and Kentucky, NC State, and St. John’s are on his list.
Back in April, Papagiannis said he would decide in June whether or not to keep playing basketball in Greece (he signed an amateur deal last summer) or play college basketball in the States. If he does come to the States, he’d be in the 2015 class. Is there still a chance Cal could add another player to this year’s roster? It wouldn’t hurt to have another big guy in the middle until Wynyard comes in December.
I’m skeptical, but let’s watch him work anyways.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 4:00pm
Four-star linebacker Kash Daniel’s announcement is only a few days away and to keep the hype flowing, Kash tweeted out this picture of the three hats that will be on the table Saturday. “The hat game” is always one of the best parts of recruiting announcements and based on this sneak peek, I think it’s safe to rule out Louisville. Seriously, that looks like a gas station hat.
The Kentucky and South Carolina hats look much nicer, and we know Kash wears the CATS one quite often:
And it’s in the middle…the signs continue to point in Kentucky’s direction.
By Josh Juckett on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 3:00pm
Good afternoon ladies and gents! Another month has gone by, Christmas is less than six months away, and it’s time to dust off the old Netflix queue to see what you need to hurriedly watch before it goes away tomorrow. It’s always a sad time looking at what I added to my list many months ago only to realize that it’s still there, unwatched, and will be gone tomorrow. Of course the good news is that like any other worthwhile hoarding adventure, I can replace the stuff I’m losing with new stuff! Here are some of the major titles leaving Netflix in July and some of the replacements: (for a full list of what’s coming and going in July, click here).
Leaving July 1:
Big Fish– It takes a unique set of skills to take a story like Big Fish and turn it into not only a watchable movie, but a good watchable movie. Tim Burton proves to be just the right person to tell the story of serial embellisher Ed Bloom. With a cast full of “oh I didn’t realize they were in this” celebrities (including, but not limited to, Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito, and Miley Cyrus), Big Fish is a movie you should take advantage of before it’s gone.
The Last Samurai–The Last Samurai is an example of how good pieces can come together to make a great movie. The cast is full of solid actors such as Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, and Timothy Spall. It’s a war movie set in Japan during the late 1800s built around honor, sacrifice, and redemption. All of these pieces come together to make a really good movie to kick back and watch with a bowl of popcorn.
She’s All That– Teen movies aren’t unique to the 90’s, but there were a bunch that came out in the mid-to-late 90’s which redefined the teen movie genre. She’s All That is the embodiment of the 90’s teen movie, from Freddie Prinze Jr.’s hair to the choreographed prom dance. It’s perfectly cheesy and makes for a great trip down memory lane.
Super Troopers-This movie needs no introduction, it’s a classic. The best thing about this movie leaving is that it will almost certainly be back as the sequel gets closer to being made. If you haven’t watched Super Troopers then do yourself a favor, grab a liter of cola and watch it before Netflix pulls it. (NSFW)
Grandma’s Boy (July 1)-To be honest, the new arrivals are a little disappointing this month. Not many new movies and the older ones are fairly blah. Grandma’s Boy lacks a lot of star power, but it does have all of those guys from the Adam Sandler movies plus Jonah Hill and the Ray’s mom from Everybody Loves Raymond. It’s a good movie to just throw on when you have nothing better to do one afternoon.
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (July 15)- I honestly have no idea what this is and had never heard of it until I looked up the new Netflix arrivals. Naturally I go to IMDb and check out the synopsis and, well, I’ll just let you read it: Dr. Hess Green becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a new found thirst for blood. He however is not a vampire. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status. I honestly don’t know what to think but I am intrigued.
BoJack Horseman: Season 2 (July 18)-Netflix has shown a penchant for excellent original programming and BoJack Horseman is no exception. The loveable has-been talking horse is back for another season of shenanigans which will thrill the masses.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (July 31)-If you haven’t seen Wet Hot American Summer, I strongly recommend it. Made in 2001, the film somehow got the following people together for a movie: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Michael Ian Black, Christopher Meloni, Amy Poehler, and many others. It’s ridiculous. First Day of Camp is an eight-episode mini-series prequel to the movie with everyone reprising their roles. It has the most potential of any of the July newcomers on Netflix. (Briefly NSFW, especially if you’ve seen the movie)
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 3:00pm
ESPN’s Greg Ostendorf is breaking down each SEC team’s bowl chances and yesterday, focused on Kentucky. Ostendorf gave three reasons why Kentucky WILL make a bowl game this season and two reasons why they WON’T. Here’s his breakdown with a few excerpts:
Why they will
- Quarterback competition (I disagree with Ostendorf that there actually is a competition. I think Stoops is technically keeping it going to keep both players on their toes, but the job is Patrick’s.)
- Emerging playmakers: With two capable quarterbacks and four starters returning on the offensive line, the Kentucky offense should be pretty good this fall. It just needs a couple of playmakers to step up, and Stanley “Boom” Williams and Ryan Timmons are the perfect candidates. Williams came on late last season and wound up leading the team in rushing with 486 yards on 74 carries. Timmons, the team’s leading receiver, showed flashes of brilliance last season, but lacked consistency. If those two can put it together — and new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson should help with that — the Wildcats will be in good shape.
- Manageable schedule
Why they won’t
- No Dupree or Smith: Kentucky’s defense was supposed to be one of its strengths last season, but it finished No. 95 nationally in scoring defense, allowing 31.3 points per game. To make matters worse, last season’s group lost its two best players — Bud Dupreeand Za’Darius Smith — to the NFL. The coaches hope Jason Hatchercan fill the void left by Dupree, but replacing a player who had 12.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks is never easy. At this point, the Wildcats might be deeper on that side of the ball, but there’s no proof yet that they will be better. And they need to be better.
- A losing culture
That last one depressed me, so I didn’t include it. To read it and the rest of Ostendorf’s reasoning, click here.
By Freddie Maggard on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 2:00pm
For college football programs, summer months focus on weight lifting, conditioning, summer school, and the oft-mentioned 7 on 7 drills. Player-position coach interaction is mostly off-limits as UK’s High Performance Staff is tasked to prepare the team for fall camp. Players are counted on to organize and lead on the field activities. Just what does this mean? Let’s take a peek.
First, I have to explain a theory I have about the two different types of team leaders: Clowns and Captains.
Clowns – Typical goof off guy with intent to skirt the system and do as little as possible to maintain their status as college football players. This classification tends to love being a football player more so than loving the game of football. Result is less subsidence and more flair.
Captains – Leaders by nature, these players provide a responsible example to impressionable rookies and veterans alike. Jerry Claiborne defined integrity as how one acts in the absence of observation and supervision. Captains are the epitome of integrity. This high character group loves the game of football and enjoys the process as much as the result. Coachable is another applicable term.
Clowns and Captains are usually evenly divided, 10% for each. Whichever group (Clowns or Captains) is stronger will pull the majority (80%) along its path and greatly influence a team’s personality. In an un-supervised environment such as the summer months, having a majority with captain influence is paramount. If Clowns rule the off-season locker room then summer activities are a waste of time. Now back to the summer grind.
7 on 7
You’ve probably heard the term, now let me explain. This competition is a mock-game scenario featuring 7 offensive players vs. 7 defensive players. A simpler description would be to imagine a two hand touch football game without the OL and DL on the field. Offensive and defensive plays are called by the participants, not coaches. This develops continuity and increases basic scheme familiarity. Organically led, the usual process is for the QB and a defensive rep (a LB or DB) to solicit participation, assign a time/location, and perform mundane logistical support such as providing footballs or other equipment needs. At times, this drill can become heated and a source of locker room bragging rights. If properly executed, 7 on 7 or Pass Skeleton, can be a useful tool in player development. Remember, attendance is not mandatory and effort is not scrutinized by coaches. A sloppy or ill-fated 7 on 7 can do more damage than good. Effective layer leadership and accountability are essentials.
Kentucky’s weight training is directed by Corey Edmond and his staff. This group is vitally influential during the off-season as they are the only coaches allowed to have daily player interaction. Dismiss any pre-conception you may have about pumping iron. Today’s strength and conditioning coaches are more like scientists than high sock wearing yell-aholics as depicted in bad football movies. Each position and player for that fact have a specialized weight lifting routine. For example, offensive guards require brute upper body strength and lower body explosion where receivers are trained for speed and quick change of direction. Their work-out plans are designed for those distinct needs. Summer months are commonly used to maximize strength gain. During-season lifting sessions are purposed for maintenance. Freshmen tend to make the most gains as their first summer is at times their introduction to a nutrition plan and dedicated weight room instruction.
Same as weight training, conditioning is directed by Coach Edmond. Modern-day football conditioning leans more towards a scientific formula than merely requiring athletes to run laps or wind-sprints. This is a developing field with new techniques surfacing on an annual basis. Pre-season training camp used to be the time of whipping players into shape, today’s athlete is asked to be year-round game ready. Both strength and conditioning training work in concert with UK’s High Performance Program. Led by Erik Korem, his staff is considered revolutionaries in their field and offers the best consolidation of resources in program history. In addition to strength and condition; Korem focuses on nutrition, sports science, and sports psychology to meet a wide variety of student athlete needs. Validation of this all-encompassing program can be seen through player development and the fact that seniors are now staying in Lexington to train for their NFL futures.
Summer work-outs are a necessary grind. With NCAA time restrictions, practice sessions do not have time allotted for strength and conditioning. Summer time dedication is mandatory. High Performance advancements are critical in the arena of player safety. Developing bigger-stronger-faster athletes is the ultimate goal but molding a healthier and more durable player is also important. Times have drastically changed since my playing days as our nutrition plan was pizza buffets and lifting routine emphasized curls and bench pressing maximum weight in one repetition. However, one constant remains. The Captain and Clown theory remains timeless and generationally constant. Summer time is more about developing and identifying leaders than bench presses and sprints. Mark Stoops desperately needs his Captains not the Clowns leading his team into 2015.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 1:00pm
Nerlens Noel is in Kentucky this week to host some basketball camps, and was nice enough to call in to the show to chat and catch up with Matt, Drew, and the KSR family. Right before Nerlens came on, the rumor came out about the Sacramento Kings pursuing John Calipari, so Matt asked Nerlens if he believes Calipari will retire at Kentucky or leave for the pros. (Fortunately, this conversation ended up being all for naught.)
“From what I know, I know Coach Cal is an honest guy, I think he’ll stay in Kentucky, but you never really know,” Nerlens said. “That’s a process he’ll probably have to think about. Why leave here?”
Our thoughts exactly. Especially with another excellent freshman class coming in, headlined by Skal Labissiere. Nerlens is familiar with Skal, whom he coached in a high school all-star game a few years back (pictured above). What can Kentucky fans expect from the Haitian Sensation?
“Oh man, he’s a great kid, great, great kid,” Nerlens said of Skal. “I think Kentucky’s going to have another potential top three pick. He’s just a great person, he’s going to come in every day and put in the work and help this team in any way possible. He’s going to make the state proud.”
Six more Kentucky players joined the league last week, bringing the total number of Cats in the NBA to 24, 25 if Aaron Harrison makes a roster this summer. That’s a lot of la familia reunions throughout the season.
“Oh man, it’s amazing,” Nerlens said. “Especially to go back-to-back nights against Kentucky guys. One night you can play DeMarcus or John or Anthony. I think it’s all John Calipari’s work. He’s done so much for us and our families. It’s all compliments to him and all the hard work we put in.”
Hopefully for many, many more years to come. Thanks to Nerlens for coming on the show. His interview comes during the second segment of hour two:
While you’re at it, listen to hour one:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 11:58am
Just like that, here comes John Calipari on the white horse to make us all feel better. Cal sent out this statement seconds ago:
“For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world. I am not looking for any other coaching position. Since he bought the team, Vivek Ranadive and I have talked on and off about DeMarcus Cousins. Vivek has asked me what I thought about DeMarcus and I told him he would be an all-star, and I was right. In the last two weeks, we’ve also talked a bunch about the draft and on draft day, obviously because of Willie Cauley-Stein. At no time has Vivek offered me a job. I will be at Kentucky.”
That last part in tweet form because it was awesome:
At no time has @Vivek offered me a job. I WILL BE AT KENTUCKY.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 30, 2015
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 11:08am
Hey, you know what we don’t need? Another John Calipari to the NBA rumor! Unfortunately, we just got one from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who cites league sources that say the Sacramento Kings are “probing” John Calipari to gauge his interest in taking over the franchise’s front office and coaching jobs:
Calipari has been communicating with owner Vivek Ranadive and other members of the Kings ownership group in recent weeks, league sources said. Calipari has listened to scenarios with which the Kings could offer him complete control of the franchise’s fledgling basketball operations to go along with coaching, league sources said.
Woj says no formal offer has been made, but the Kings are well aware it may take $10 million+/year to get Calipari to consider leaving Kentucky.
Usually I dismiss these rumors, but when it comes from Woj…Boogie, Willie, and possibly Bledsoe? Uggggh.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 10:00am
Tomorrow, Tennessee makes the wise switch from adidas to Nike, and as you might expect, they’re pretty excited. So excited they put Butch Jones on a throne made of shoes and shoe boxes to celebrate. In case you don’t have an HBOGo login, that’s a spoof of the Iron Throne from “Game of Thrones”–err, excuse me, “Game of Jones.” Get it? LOL.
The Tennessee marketing department has been pretty wacky lately, but I give them props for this, a nice recovery from the Josh Richardson talking basketball tweet from over the weekend. And, I don’t blame them for hyping up the switch. After seeing Louisville’s new adidas uniforms, I’d be pretty pumped to switch to Nike too.
(As an aside, if you’re interested in just how bad things are for adidas right now, check out this article by Lost Letterman’s Jim Weber.)
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 9:45am
Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from Future Designs in Leitchfield (421 Quarry Rd). After a big day in Shelbyville, Matt and Drew continue their trek across the Bluegrass, and today, they’re ready to meet the fine people of Leitchfield and talk about all the latest news in the UK sports world and give away some tickets from GuyOnTheCornerTickets.com.
NERLENS NOEL will also call in to give us an update on him as he enters his third year in Philly, so you’ll definitely want to tune in for that.
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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.
June 30: Leitchfield – Future Designs
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
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!
By Bryan the Intern on ©June 30th, 2015 @ 8:57am
Every college basketball team is unique in some ways. Obviously the roster changes in some ways each season but who takes on leadership roles, steps up to the plate, etc. can affect the differences in teams. With that said, at Kentucky we are constantly comparing one team to the next. Was the 2012 team as good as the 1996 team? Things like that.
This upcoming basketball season is going to be very interesting. We really don’t know what kind of team you are going to see. It obviously appears, on paper, to be a guard-oriented team. They could potentially play very fast. But there is some skill at the big man positions too. I wonder if you think this year’s team could potentially look much like any of Cal’s other teams.
I have listed what I think are some of the top characteristics of each of Calipari’s first 6 teams, as well as the trends as the season went along. Can you see this team, from what you know, looking like any of these teams?
Characteristics: Elite Starting 5, Short Bench, Incredible Speed, Shaky Shooting, Star Power
Season Trend: Non-Conference Ugly Wins, Flashes of Brilliance Early, Consistently Better as Season Progressed, Peaked in March, Weakness Exposed in Tournament
Characteristics: Scrappy, Young, Short Bench, Clear Leader/Go-to Guy
Season Trend: Inconsistent Beginning, Struggled to Win Close Games, Found Leader/Star, Roles Began to Form, Peaked in March, Surprise Run to Final Four
Characteristics: Great Mix of Young and Old, Methodical Offense, Suffocating Defense, Superstar Center
Season Trend: Fast Start, Dominating Majority of Games, Very Little Drama, Clearly Best Team
Characteristics: Offensively Challenged, No Identity, Injury Derailed Season, Lack of Leadership
Season Trend: Season Opening Promise, Quickly Struggled, Never Got Rhythm, Collasped at End of Season
Characteristics: Very Young, Talented, Youthful Mistakes
Season Trend: Huge Expectations, Offensive Struggles Early, Road Game Woes, Turned Corner in March, Surprise NCAA Run
Characteristics: Incredible Depth, Toughness, Suffocating Defense
Season Trend: Dominated Throughout Season, Weakness Exposed at Final Four