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By Drew Franklin on ©12:45 pm
Damien Harris is only three and a half games into his senior season of football at Madison Southern and he already has an amazing highlight reel of plays on YouTube. With over 900 yards on the ground for 12 touchdowns on 53 touches, Harris is proving that, not only is he worthy of his No. 1 ranking, but giving him the football simply isn’t fair.
By Drew Franklin on ©12:00 pm
While you were packing to camp out or watching Sons of Anarchy last night, John Calipari was visiting with Skal Labissiere, one of the premier prospects in the 2015 recruiting class. USA Today’s Jason Jordan caught up with Labissiere today to see how things went and the 6-foot-10 power forward told him, “Let’s just say it went great!”
Labissiere was the first member of the class to receive an offer from the University of Kentucky. He will take his official visit to UK this weekend, followed by trips to Texas and Baylor. He used his two other officials on visits to North Carolina and Georgetown earlier this month.
Memphis was named Labissiere’s leader back in July and Josh Pastner’s program currently holds 85 percent of his Crystal Ball vote. He resides in the Memphis area and was recently deemed ineligible for his senior season after transferring between two Memphis high schools.
When Labissiere arrives on campus to see the mayhem around Memorial Coliseum on Friday, it will really show him what playing for John Calipari and Kentucky is all about. Couple that with last night’s “great visit!” and the gap with Memphis will more than likely grow closer.
By Drew Franklin on ©11:15 am
Cherokee Schill has been a hot topic on the radio show this week for her inability to follow rules. The Jessamine County woman believes she should be allowed to ride her bicycle with the motorists on Nicholasville Road during rush hour traffic, despite being told several times she is endangering herself and other drivers.
Yesterday, just a few hours after KSR discussed her civil disobedience on air, Schill was arrested and charged with second degree wanton endangerment for clogging up traffic on her ride home. She is still in the Jessamine County jail as of this morning, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
After several other citations back in April, Schill said, “I’m not out there to ruin your day. I’m just trying to get home like everyone else, and I’m going as fast as I can. Some days I can go faster than others. The really big thing is, we all need to share the road.”
It may ruin Schill’s day, though, or maybe her year. Second degree wanton endangerment is punishable by up to a year behind bars. Just last week she insisted she has no plans to change how she rides.
By Nick Roush on ©10:30 am
“Boom Goes the Dynamite” was a 4th and 7 away from being one of the greatest plays in Kentucky football history.
Boom Williams’ 25-yard sideline-to-sideline scamper on the first play of overtime was incredible. Unfortunately the loss prevents the play from reaching legendary status, but it did grab the attention of the BBN.
Stanley Williams Jr. had been trying to earn his “Boom” nickname from Neal Brown with a big play. Let’s just say that has been taken care of. Brown believes his fearless mindset sets him apart as a playmaker, “You gotta have a little bit of that in you. He doesn’t have a whole lot of fear. All guys that have the ability to make those type of plays, they’re not necessarily worried about the consequences because he understands that he has really top end speed. He ran away from some really fast guys, he turned the field on some really fast guys.”
The play’s alternative ending could’ve been much worse: a failed cutback could have put Kentucky out of field goal range right off the bat.
“He’s in a decent little trouble if he doesn’t make it, especially if he takes a big loss,” Mark Stoops said. “But his instincts took over. As coaches we all understand that. We have to play with great fundamentals, you have to do what you’re supposed to do, but sometimes ability takes over. I’m all for that.”
Boom’s playmaking prowess has made him an immediate star, but he really hasn’t graded out well as a running back. Excluding his 53-yard touchdown run against Ohio, Boom only has 19 yards rushing on 10 carries. The adjustment from high school to college has knocked his timing off. Sometimes he hits the hole before it develops or makes one too many moves in the backfield, causing his hole to collapse.
The young buck has yet to develop consistency out of the backfield, but his playmaking mindset always makes him a homerun threat, “He thinks he can make a big play every time. Now he’s got to pick and choose when to do that,” Brown said.
Two big plays in three games isn’t a bad way to start a career. Once he gets everything figured out, the BOOMs from Commonwealth Stadium will be much more frequent.
One more time for the kids at home.
By Drew Franklin on ©9:55 am
Good morning, sports fans. Today is the unofficial official start of Kentucky basketball season, but don’t think we’re switching our focus from football to the hardwood. Nope. Those days are long gone now that Stoops has the football program on the come up. However, today’s show will feature a little talk about the Big Blue Madness campout because it’s too big of an event not to. Maybe some of the show’s listeners are already at Tent City. (Shout-out to those of you who are.)
You can join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
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By Bryan the Intern on ©9:00 am
It’s a bye week, so it gives us some time to relax and do some other posts that are not focused on this week’s game. In that mode, I have to relay a story from earlier this week. On the SEC Network, they replayed the classic 2002 LSU-Kentucky game, which did not end particularly well for the Cats but that is not what’s important here. People remember a lot from that team, namely the Jared Lorenzen and Derrick Abney connection. Lorenzen was in Year 3 of one of the better UK careers in history and Abney was going down as one of the nation’s best kick returners. Those 2 guys were the main focus of the broadcast and were the main focus of most UK broadcasts that year. But what often goes under-reported and under-appreciated was the play of Artose Pinner in 2002.
Just from a statistical standpoint, Pinner had one of the best rushing seasons in UK history. His 1,414 yards is still the 2nd most in a single season in school history. Since that time, only Rafael Little in 2005 and 2007 got over 1,000 yards and in neither of those seasons did he get within 300 yards of Pinner. Then you throw in the fact that Pinner caught 37 passes as well that season and you recognize that he doesn’t get nearly the credit he deserves for his talent. How about the pro game? Pinner played 5 seasons in the NFL, rushing for over 800 yards and 8 touchdowns. Since Pinner entered the league, only Alfonso Smith has carried the ball in the NFL as a Kentucky running back.
Now, keep in mind that I am 29 years old, so I haven’t seen as much UK football as many of you. But when I watched Pinner play that season, and had those memories revisted watching that 2002 game this week, I think Pinner should be in the conversation for most underrated UK player. It is very true that he basically had 1 great season at Kentucky, but hell, we’ve got a basketball program filled with players who are great for just 1 season, and we don’t consider them any less important or impressive. So why isn’t Artose Pinner considered a great UK running back?
Now, I know everybody will have their own opinion about who is the most underrated, so I want to hear from you in the comments section. I wanna hear about the guys from the 1970′s and 1980′s that people loved.
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 Jake Ryan
— Jake Ryan (@jc_ryan6) September 16, 2014
Even though I was terrible at English
— Jake Ryan (@jc_ryan6) September 16, 2014
I think we can all look back to four years ago and say “What the h…”.
#9 Jamie Carnes
— Jamie Carnes (@JOscarJr) September 16, 2014
The enemy of my enemy def. is not our friend in this situation.
#8 Devin Booker
Sick of hearing all the negativity in sports right now
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) September 16, 2014
Here, Here! That makes two of us.
#7 Jeremy Kemble
— Jeremy Kemble (@IAM4UKWILDCATS) September 16, 2014
I don’t know if Willie has too many tattoos or if Karl and Dakari’s skin is just too ‘pure’.
#6 Andrew Harrison
— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) September 17, 2014
I hate two word tweets. It makes reading twitter tea leaves much more difficult.
#5 Blake P
— Blake P (@ProwLapsdWrekdM) September 16, 2014
Nice turn of phrase, Blake. At least this time it was true.
#4 Tyler Thompson
Free pillows may lead to a pillow fight, but as someone who owns a foam pillow, I warn you, they are not as light as their feather friends.
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) September 16, 2014
Zadarius Jones needs to get a pillow expert from Sleep Outfitters on the show to teach listeners proper pillow fighting regulations so they are all safe at the campout.
#3 Troy Bennett
— Troy Bennett (@8xchampuk) September 16, 2014
I am going to cross-stitch this onto something. Seriously.
#2 Brian Montgomery
It would be awesome to get a job writing for @KySportsRadio. I love UK. But one big problem is I suck at writing lol
— Brian Montgomery (@Bmontgomery79) September 17, 2014
You suck at writing? According to the comment section you’d be perfect!
#1 Zadarius Smith
S/O @kysportsradio for changing his name to mine legally.I was tryin to change the game,but changin names is cool too.#WeAreUK#changethename
— Zadarius Smith (@TheRealZSmith) September 17, 2014
Shhh…. no one tell him it wasn’t legal. I think it would break his heart.
By Drew Franklin on ©7:47 am
You people are crazy.
By Drew Franklin on ©7:25 am
The Big Blue Madness Campout 2014 is underway and the majority of campers are now enjoying a nice nap after staying up all night to claim a spot outside Memorial Coliseum. Most of the tents are in place and ready for three long days of fighting the elements in an effort to get the best seat for this year’s Madness. Have a look at the scene courtesy of Kentucky basketball and some of the amateur photographers on the ground:
Here’s a look at the line at 9:00 pm last night, eight hours before the campout officially began:
Send your photos from the #BBMCampout to @DrewFranklinKSR and I’ll make sure they make it to the website.
Booker Mays is alive and well, everybody. Mays, who you’ve probably seen all over the internet this week, is the Arkansas State wide receiver who faked his own death on a fake punt in the Red Wolves’ loss at Miami. He said he had one job on the play: take one step back and fall down. “I was supposed to get the attention of the defense while my teammate got the touchdown,” he told ESPN.
“I was talking to the guy across from me, saying, ‘Wow, there is some thick air down here in Miami,” Mays said. “I sold out for the play. I was all in.”
It didn’t work, at all, but it did get the attention of the worldwide web. Mays said it’s been “totally crazy” since the video started spreading on Monday.
My favorite part of the whole thing: No one acknowledged it after the play. Nothing from the Miami defense, nothing at all. Everyone acted as if that was normal and went on about their football.
Love the idea and Mays’ execution. It’s a shame his teammates ruined a good thing.
Mark Stoops was a guest on KSR.
Stoops made good use of the bye week by spending time talking to Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond on Tuesday’s edition of KSR. Stoops is always good when he comes on the show and Tuesday was no different as he reflected on Saturday’s loss and looked ahead to the rest of the season.
Listen below as he talks heartbreak, improved Patrick Towles, young talent and high expectations:
Lots of good stuff there.
Stoops admitted Boom Williams would’ve been in trouble had he not broken loose.
Regarding Boom Williams’ ill-advised but perfectly executed touchdown scamper to lead off overtime, Mark Stoops told reporters after practice, “He’s in a decent bit of trouble if he doesn’t make it. Yeah, he is, especially if he takes a big loss, but his instincts took over and that’s good to see. As coaches, we all understand that. We have to play with great fundamentals. You have to do what you’re supposed to do. Sometimes ability takes over, and I’m all for that.”
Stoops told KSR he was saying the same thing we were as the play developed: “NO! NO! NO! NO! YES! YES! YES! YES!”
Neal Brown added, “He understands he has really top-end speed. He ran away from some really fast guys. He turned the field on some really fast guys. So that was a huge play.”
Williams said, “I always trust my speed.”
The Orlando-Sentinel has a great piece on Garrett Johnson.
The last time Garrett Johnson was in The Swamp, he left in a huff. He was miffed. He wanted a scholarship offer from the Florida Gators and he didn’t get it.
On Saturday night, he left The Swamp disappointed, once again, as his Kentucky squad lost a triple-overtime battle with the Gators 36-30.
This time, however, it was at least bittersweet. He proved a point. The UK freshman receiver showed the UF coaching staff what they missed out on by not going after the former Winter Garden West Orange standout. (Read more)
Johnson torched the Gators for 154 yards and two touchdowns, the first UK freshman with two TDs since Randall Cobb in 2008.
UK will play Louisiana-Lafayette next season.
And in a newly renovated Commonwealth Stadium!
UL-Lafayette is 0-38 all-time against the SEC.
Recruits were impressed by Kentucky’s effort in The Swamp.
Tyler Thompson reached out to some of UK’s elite recruits in the 2015 and 2016 classes to ask what they thought of the Cats’ performance in Gainesville. She got ahold of Tavin Richardson, a three-star wide receiver considering UK, Louisville, Central Florida and Nebraska; 2016 No. 1 center Drake Jackson of Woodford County; and wide receiver CJ Conrad, who is already committed to UK and ignoring interest from Ohio State.
Read what they said here.
Matt from Richmond is ready for Tent City.
Fans will race to set up their tents around Memorial Coliseum when UK blows the starting whistle here in about six hours. Many fans have been lined up across the street since Monday, waiting to pounce on a nice piece of real estate. KSR will have plenty of photos, video and stories throughout Wednesday and the rest of the week when the action picks up.
Boom and Tymere Dubose stopped by on Tuesday.
John Wall ranked No. 31 in SI.com’s Top NBA Players and he’s not happy about it.
Sports Illustrated is in the process of ranking the best 100 players in the NBA and John Wall isn’t a fan of where he fell. Wall, ranked No. 31, took to Twitter to let fans know he is using it as motivation. When SI responded, he said, “No need to be sorry, you made your decision… Thanks.”
— John Wall (@John_Wall) September 16, 2014
More Motivation, Love it…#wizsquad !!
— John Wall (@John_Wall) September 16, 2014
@si_nba no need to be sorry, u made ur decision…Thanks
— John Wall (@John_Wall) September 16, 2014
The countdown will continue on Wednesday with some of the top 30.
Calipari visited Skal Labissiere on Tuesday.
Labissiere is scheduled to take his official visit to Kentucky this weekend.
Cal reportedly visited Malik Monk, too. That makes two visits to see Monk since the fall recruiting period began last week.
After a flood of orders through the office, $20 general admission Vanderbilt tickets can now be purchased online.
Go to UKFootballTix.com to purchase yours now. Be sure to click ‘Student General Admission’ on the map.
Apparently things got a little busy for the ticket office Tuesday morning:
We are experiencing a high call volume this morning. Please be patient as we provide service to each customer #BBN
— UK Ticket Office (@UKTix) September 16, 2014
By Drew Franklin on ©10:20 pm
UK football’s Mark Stoops, Bud Dupree, Za’Darius Smith, Landon Foster, Mike Douglas, Christian Coleman, Khalid Henderson and Max Strong join Kelly Mason and Marcus Lee in the Whipped Cream Challenge, the new viral campaign in honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.
By Drew Franklin on ©9:57 pm
Florida is currently up 20-17 on the Cats in the replay of Saturday’s game on SEC Network. Tune in now to catch the fourth quarter and overtime, if you can stomach it.
That’s channel 517 on Time Warner.
By Drew Franklin on ©9:19 pm
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is in Lexington tonight, doing things Michael Kidd-Gilchrist does. First he stopped by the UK Soccer game to watch the Cats defeat Xavier 1-0 in overtime. Then he made his way over to Raising Cane’s for a Caniac Combo.
Does this mean we’ll see MKG at the Big Blue Madness campout? The safe bet says absolutely.
By Drew Franklin on ©9:00 pm
In case you missed it — and until it was posted on KSR, everyone missed it — new Louisville radio host John Ramsey fired a very weak shot at Big Blue Nation in the form of a parody postgame show, mocking Dick Gabriel, Oscar Combs, Matt Jones and the UK fan base. On paper, that bit has some potential. (Let’s be honest with ourselves here: BBN has its flaws.) But Ramsey’s effort was beyond a failure and it was painful to hear. It was the classic case of someone trying to be funny, likely laughing at their own material while writing it, without getting a single laugh from anyone else. It was awkward. I’m embarrassed for him and whoever made the call to give him a microphone. Both will soon be fired.
With Ramsey’s botched attempt at humor also came an article on UofLCardGame.com, one you can’t convince me Ramsey didn’t write himself. The only way I’ll believe Ramsey didn’t write it is if Charlie Springer, the author who posted it, comes forward and says Ramsey held him against his will and told him what to type. I found it funnier than the bit that was intended to be funny because it’s so obvious Ramsey was behind it. That, or Springer owes him money.
Tonight, I will break down the article and translate it for everyone not named John Ramsey. He probably has his wife read it aloud to him every night while he stands shirtless in front of the mirror, and that’s fine, but we’ll get to the truth of it here on KSR:
John Ramsey, a longtime local radio personality and comedian, has joined the ESPN 680 radio lineup. He’s a staunch University of Louisville fan with the knowledge of the local sports scene to quickly become a force.
If John Ramsey is a comedian, I’m an astronaut. Comedians do comedy. Comedy makes people laugh. In no way, shape, or form do I believe John Ramsey has made someone laugh. Ever. He will ‘quickly become a force’ right after I land on the moon.
He’s going to provide a strong counter-punch to Matt Jones, the biased University of Kentucky fan, blogger and commentator, who delights as much in disparaging UofL athletics as he does in covering UK sports.
You mean he will copy the show’s format because none of his other shows amounted to anything.
One difference is that Ramsey, a Ballard grad, actually played sports, including football and track. And he’s much more sophisticated in his delivery, with a quick wit, humor and a wide assortment of skills.
Oh boy. I bet Louisville fans can’t wait to hear his track and field reports on the air. Louisville radio has longed for a voice with experience in track and a couple downs for the ’78 Ballard Bruins football team.
You can’t deny his ‘wide assortment of skills,’ though. I’ve known a lot of women with deluxe monthly tanning packages and none of them have been able to obtain that shade of bronze. That comes from two-a-days in the instant bed with a full body spray every other Sunday. Achieving that color of artificial is a skill. Looking like leather takes hard work, talent, and the economy-size bottle of Pauly D’s “Single and Ready To Tingle” indoor tanning lotion. It takes skill, a skill that John Ramsey perfected.
Ramsey strongly favors UofL even though he was once a member of UK’s track team. “What I didn’t like was the whole elitist thing with UK where they didn’t want to play UofL for so many years, like they were so far above us,” he said Monday on his 10 a.m. radio show. “It’s all about relationships with me. I got to know UofL coaches like Denny Crum, Howard Schnellenberger and other coaches over the years, and I’m a UofL fan.”
He went to UK? Um, ok. There goes UofL fans’ argument about Matt going to Duke.
Among Ramsey’s considerable talents are his skills as an impressionist, often mimicking Howard Schnellenberger, Muhammad Ali and the late Howard Cosell. He had the hosts in stitches on ESPN’s Early Birds show with a recent Schnelly call-in. Ramsey and Ali are, in fact, close friends. Watch for his exposure to quickly expand at ESPN.
HE HAD THE HOSTS OF THE EARLY BIRDS IN STITCHES, PEOPLE. DON’T YOU GET HOW FUNNY HE IS? THE HOSTS WERE IN STITCHES. HE WAS SO FUNNY, THEY WERE IN STITCHES.
While I can’t say I’m familiar with his impersonations of Howard Schnellenberger, Muhammad Ali or Howard Cosell, I bet he makes a good “54-Year-Old Man Who Grunts At The Gym” or “Old Creepy Guy Who Winks At The 18-Year-Old Starbucks Barista When She Remembers He Likes Nonfat Milk In His Frappuccino.” He looks the part for those two, no doubt.
He continues to host WAVE 3 Listens Live daily at noon on TV, and has worked for several local radio states over the last 15 years. He also is vice president of marketing and government affairs for the Ali Center and has worked in sports marketing at UofL. He also has performed at the Comedy Caravan.
I assume ‘several local radio states’ means several local radio stations, which I read as, ‘can’t keep a radio show.’ As for his set at the Comedy Caravan, I have no doubt he opened with, “I just flew into Louisville this morning and, boy, are my arms tired” — that’s a John Ramsey joke.
Another John Ramsey joke: Louisville selling him as the new Matt Jones. Just Little Brother bein’ Little Brother, I suppose.
By Corey James on ©8:00 pm
For most people around the country, tonight is no different than any other Tuesday night. Grab a bite to eat, relax, catch the next episode of Sons Of Anarchy. But, for those of us in and around the Big Blue Nation, our Tuesday night is a little different. We’re gathering camping gear, make sure our air mattress pump is fully charged, and packing a cooler. Because while they’re waking up at 5am to get to work, we’re in a mad dash across Avenue of Champions (fittingly) to secure our spot for the Big Blue Madness Camp Out. Well I don’t want you randomly sprinting across the street unprepared. I did a little recon at Memorial today, so let me show you what I found and offer a few tips to help make your camping experience a little easier.
First off, let’s familiarize ourselves with Memorial. Above you’ll see an aerial view with a rough directional outline. Running north to south along the front of the arena is the aforementioned Avenue of Champions. West to east on the north side, you’ll find Lexington Avenue. As you can tell, Google Maps hasn’t made a pass over in a while as the north parking lot is now a few large residence halls as well as the Craft Center being completed. I’ll give them a call. Anyways, first thing first, let’s take a look at the weather for the week. Unlike past camp outs, the forecast for the next few days looks PERFECT. Except for a few chilly nights (beggars can’t be choosy), the forecast looks great. TIP: Pack yourself a hoodie and some sweat pants to bundle up in at night. Sunglasses and sweet tea during the day.
Now, having established the great upcoming weather, a good camper must also consider what has happened previously. As most of you know, a major cold front blew through the Commonwealth last night, and with it came some serious rain and chilly temperatures. This combination has made for several muddy areas around the arena, mostly near the south and west sides. The sun in the next few days should help dry up the ground, but until then you’re going to have some areas that are still very wet. Below you’ll see a map where I’ve circled in red the areas I found to be muddiest. These are typically low lying areas, and while they’re flat, which makes for some good sleeping, they are where the water from the higher areas drains. TIP: Even though your tent may be ‘waterproof’, assembling your tent on the top of a tarp will provide insulation from the wet, cold ground.
Bathrooms. You’re going to be outside for 3 full days eating, drinking and enjoying yourself with folks from 700 other tents. Nature will be calling. A strategic tent placement based on the location of the portolet banks can make the difference between a leisurely stroll to the restroom, or 3 torturous days spent downwind from some foulness I can’t even imagine. On the map below, you’ll see red dots where portolets have been set up. While they have done a good job scattering these around the area, I’m a little worried about the number of them. Fifteen portolets may be more than enough (which isn’t necessarily a good thing if you’re sleeping around them), but if we see the same 700 tents as last year, that’s roughly one portolet per 46 tents. Happy trails. TIP: TAKE TOILET PAPER!
After checking out the site, the weather, and the ‘facilities’ I’ve come up with the three places I see as providing the optimum camping experience. While this isn’t taking into account the ticket distribution being based on location, a tent placement here should still easily get you in the door. Two of the three best spots, all circled in green below, are on the south side of the building. One butts up next to the Qdoba/Pizza Hut building. The corner is a flat corner that sits on a high spot. This area will give you provide you coverage with a few small trees as well as a concrete wall on one side, with a bank of hedges on another. Just across from the parking lot from that is a large tree on top of a hill. This area will be the driest spot out there, as well has being protected from the sun pretty much all day. Finally, the third best spot will be the one next to the basketball courts on the northeast side. Why? Because you’ll inevitably be able to see someone get dunked on.
Good luck to all you out there. Hope the weather stays as planned and keep in mind during your sprint across AoC that even though you’re wrestling for spots, we’re all on the same team. #CATS