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August 21st, 2014

Gatorade’s New Ad Campaign’s Friday News and Views

It’s tough to find a good video on the internet that doesn’t involve ice and buckets these days, but Gatorade’s new series of commercials with Peyton Manning and Cam Newton managed to make its way into my timeline and into my heart. The new campaign centers around Gatorade’s new slogan, “Sweat It To Get It,” and features the two star NFL quarterbacks in surprising roles in a gas station. Captured by hidden cameras around the store, Manning and Newton come out to back up the store clerk, who tells unsuspecting customers they aren’t allowed to buy Gatorade if they aren’t sweating.

Watch my favorite, “Slap,” below:

Check out the others on Gatorade’s YouTube page. I don’t believe they’re real but I do enjoy any time Peyton Manning shows his funny side.

Now, to tonight’s News and Views…

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John Calipari called in to a radio show as “John from Kentucky.”

Thursday got off to a great start when audio from John Calipari’s Wednesday appearance(s) on Mike Francesca’s radio show leaked to the internet. Cal first made an in-studio appearance on Francesa’s show, but once he left, he heard Francesa tell the show listeners Cal isn’t a good Xs and Os coach. So, Cal picked up the phone and called in to the show as “John from Kentucky” to defend himself. The fake voice he uses to begin the call is hilarious:

After the clip blew up on the internet, Cal tweeted, “You can disagree without being disagreeable. Mike Francesa and I are good. Always have been. By the way, once again he’s wrong. LOL!”

The man is having fun this summer.

“Cal The Magician” is born.

A new nickname was spawned during the aforementioned interview when Calipari told Francesa, “You know what they call me? The Magician. Cal The Magician.”

If Calipari were a magician — and who’s to say he’s not? — his tricks would likely include: turning a kid into a millionaire; ripping Rick Pitino’s heart out; and making Indiana disappear.

We may have to have some fun with this one tomorrow.

John Calipari’s Fantasy Camp is underway.

Friday morning’s KSR radio show will be coming to you live from courtside at Cal’s camp, where Matt and Ryan will paint the scene and hopefully convince some special guests to come on. I will be around in the afternoon to take pictures for the website. Rumored celebrities include Jalen Rose, Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley and Ed Kwak.

MUST READ: ESPN The Magazine’s profile of Jared Lorenzen.

ESPN The Mag knocked this one out of the park with the story of our good buddy Jared Lorenzen and his lifelong struggle to eat healthy. The author traces Jared’s poor eating habits back to his youth, then up through college, the NFL and today. It includes several great quotes from Jared and his friends, including my favorite part of the article when Jared shrugs off Johnny Unitas because he “talked sh-t.” Definitely give it a read.

[You Can't Quit Cold Turkey]

247Sports ranked the SEC’s quarterbacks, Patrick Towles is No. 11.

Four days after earning the QB1 job at Kentucky, Patrick Towles ranks 11th in 247Sports’ look at the league’s starting quarterbacks. Towles finished ahead of Arkansas’ Brandon Allen, Tennessee’s Justin Worley, and whoever wins the job at Vanderbilt.

11. Patrick Towles, Kentucky- Towles has a lot of talent- a strong arm and good size- and in Wildcats’ offensive coordinator Neal Brown’s pass-happy system, there’s a chance he can put up big numbers this season in Lexington. If Towles settles in and makes good decisions, he has an NFL future.

See the list here.

This guy burned an Indiana t-shirt during his #IceBucketChallenge.

Kentucky Wildcats TV is up to something in Commonwealth Stadium tonight.

According to Nathan Schwake, in response to Jen Smith’s observation of the lights being on, there is some fun going down in Commonwealth Stadium tonight. The Kentucky Wildcats TV crew is on the field putting in some late night work in preparation for the season. The season opener is a little over one week away!

UT Martin is coming.

Get to know the defensive line in this video from the Skyhawks:

Never fear a football program that can’t adjust the focus on its video recorder. UK will be fine.

I’ll leave you with Za’Darius Smith and the UK band…

Can’t wait to see him at the Cat Walk!


Kentucky will make Ivan Rabb’s Top 5

Ivan Rabb is in the process of narrowing his list down to five finalists, but he knows two schools that will definitely make the cut. Rabb told ZagsBlog, “I can say Cal(ifornia) and Kentucky will definitely be on that list.”

Rabb will set up his official visits once he is down to five schools. He is also considering Arizona, UCLA, USC, Georgetown, North Carolina, Duke, Louisville, and Kansas.

The 6-foot-10 power forward is the No. 1 player in the class, according to ESPN. He ranks fourth overall in the 247Composite rankings, the No. 1 power forward.


Kentucky Football Position By Position Preview

 

Part eight in an eight part series previewing the 2014 Kentucky Football Wildcats.

 

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One of many gems from the outstanding Kentucky Specialists Twitter Page.

 

DEPTH CHART:

 

Placekicker:

Austin MacGinnis 5-10, 168 Fr.-RS Prattville, AL

Max Strong 5-11, 183 So. Louisville, KY (Trinity)

 

Punter:

Landon Foster 6-1, 198 Jr. Franklin, TN

 

Long snapper:

Kelly Mason 6-3, 223 Jr. Rockton, IL

 

Punt Returners:

Ryan Timmons, Demarco Robinson, Javess Blue

 

Kickoff Returners:

Ryan Timmons, Demarco Robinson, Javess Blue, Boom Williams, TV Williams, JD Harmon

 

The final installment in the 2014 Kentucky football position previews features the Wildcats’ special teams units.  While this position may lack the luster of some of the higher profile positions on the roster, Kentucky’s specialists will be as critical to the success of the 2014 Wildcat season as any other position group.  Think that’s an exaggeration? Ask Nick Saban, who saw arch rival Auburn leapfrog his Crimson Tide to reach the National Championship game in 2013 based on one spectacularly bizarre special teams play.  Watch the opening slate of games next weekend. Games will be won with a big return or a late field goal. Games will be lost with a blocked kick or a bad snap.  With little margin for error on offense and defense as Mark Stoops continues to build depth in his Wildcat program, the Cats must win the special teams battle every week to move out of the SEC basement.

 

KICKERS:

 

There is no player more secure in his position on the Wildcat roster than punter Landon Foster.  The official depth chart does not even list a backup.  Foster has been Kentucky’s starting punter since his true freshman season, when he was named Freshman All American. Going into his junior season, Foster’s career punting average of 42 yards per punt ranks third all time in Kentucky football history.  The starting placekicker is clear but unproven.  Redshirt freshman Austin MacGinnis, regarded as a top 3 kicker nationally out of high school, may be the most highly regarded kicker the Wildcats have ever signed. Coaches are confident in his ability both as a field goal kicker and on kickoffs, but questions will remain until he actually executes the operation on the field. Assisting both the kickers and punters will be two year starting long snapper Kelly Mason.  Though long snappers rarely go early in fantasy drafts, Kentucky coaches can rest easy at night knowing that Mason will deliver the ball accurately on both field goals and punts.

 

RETURNERS:

 

Kentucky football history is not loaded with moments about which Wildcat fans can brag. But one area of relatively constant success has been the return game.  Dicky Lyons, Sr. ran back three punts for touchdowns in the late ’60′s.  (And went on to spawn a son specifically designed to win SEC Media Day and destroy LSU’s Craig Steltz.) Craig Yeast scored three touchdowns via kickoff return in the 1990′s.  And in the early part of the current millennium, Derek Abney became the nation’s all time leader in kick returns for touchdown.  But the Cats’ return game has hit a lengthy dry spell.  In fact, Kentucky has not scored a touchdown via return since the great Randall Cobb returned a punt for touchdown against Western Kentucky in 2010.  Kentucky’s leading returners on both punt and kickoffs in 2014, Demarco Robinson and Javess Blue, both return, and will be in the mix to return kicks this Fall.  But the most intriguing candidates may be sophomore Ryan Timmons and true freshman Boom Williams. Almost without exception, viewers of Kentucky practices this Fall have raved about Williams’ elite speed and natural elusiveness. With the running back depth chart relatively stacked, special teams may be the best option for Kentucky’s coaches to utilize these skills. Timmons made a cameo appearance in the return game during his freshman season, but is primed to be a force there in 2014. In fact, he is my bet for breaking the three season touchdown drought for Wildcat returners.  I base that in part on one of my favorite statistics of all time.  In Timmons’ senior year of high school, opposing coaches understandably kicked away from him.  In fact, he only returned three kickoffs all season.  In something that sounds like a Chuck Norris joke, Timmons returned all three for touchdowns.       

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed these previews.  See you at Commonwealth in just over a week.  Go Cats!

 

 

 

 


WATCH: Every dunk from the Big Blue Bahamas

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You’ve seen a photo of every dunk in the Bahamas, now you can WATCH every dunk in the Bahamas in this new five-minute video featuring every slam, cram and jam from the Kentucky Wildcats’ six games in Paradise. Hit play below to see it all:

This is going to be a fun group, Cats fans. Good luck to the competition.


Bud Dupree named Preseason Second Team All-SEC

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The conference announced its preseason All-SEC team Thursday night during the new SEC Now program on the new SEC Network and Kentucky’s Bud Dupree received honors. The UK defensive end was named Second Team All-SEC, voted on by the coaches around the league. Dupree led all SEC defensive linemen in tackles last season, earning a postseason All-SEC nod.

Florida’s Dante Fowler Jr., Mississippi’s Robert Nkemdiche, Arkansas’ Trey Flowers, and Alabama’s A’Shawn Robinson robbed Bud of a First Team selection.


Happy birthday, Jodie Meeks

A very happy birthday to Jodie Meeks, who turns 27 today. The past few years have been good to Jodie, who made a name for himself as a go-to shooter with the Lakers and signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Detroit Pistons in July.

When you think of Jodie, you think of his 54-point performance against Tennessee back in 2009, one of the few bright spots of the Gillispie Era. I also think of this song, which will be stuck in my head the rest of the night:


DeMarcus Cousins auditions to be the third “Splash Brother”

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson call themselves the “Splash Brothers” for their three-point prowess, combining for 484 threes last season. During Team USA practice today, DeMarcus Cousins auditioned to be the third Splash Brother, and well, I don’t think he’s going to make the cut. After Boogie bricked two threes, Curry joked that they’re “still taking applications.”

It’s okay, Boogie. We still love you.


Know Your Wildcat: Regie Meant

#96 Regie Meant

Vitals

– Height: 6’4”

– Weight: 286 lbs.

– Class: Freshman

– Experience: RS

– Position: Defensive Tackle

– Hometown: Cape Coral, FL.

– High School: Baker

Class of 2013 High School Ranking

– Rivals.com: No Rating, starstar

– Scout.com: #76 WDE, starstarstar

– 247Sports.com: #77 WDE, starstarstar

– ESPN Recruiting: #76 WDE, starstarstar

How He Got Here

While taking an official visit to the University of Kentucky in January of 2013, Meant let Coach Stoops and the staff know he officially wanted to be a Wildcat. The defensive end picked the Wildcats over other offers from Kansas State, North Carolina State, Washington State, and Iowa State. It was just “meant” to be.

He was only a two-star recruit before his senior season, but the staff saw enough in his play on the field throughout his senior season to offer him a scholarship in January.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

He has only been playing football for 4 years.

Something We Made Up About Him

After an unfortunate dodgeball accident in 3rd grade, Reggie Nicely became ridiculed by his peers until “Mean” Regie Meant stuck.  “He’s too mean for two G’s!” 

Unfair NFL Comparison

Corey Peters, Atlanta Falcons

Outlook for 2014

Meant is in the hunt to earn valuable minutes at the DT position, competing against vets (Mike Douglas, Christian Coleman), redshirts (Melvin Lewis, Jacob Hyde) and some new guys (Matt Elam, C.J. Johnson). He is one of the most notably improved players in the past year as pointed out by the staff, using his redshirt season to put on 30 pounds.  His body change was so dramatic that his mother barely recognized him.  Meant, along with Mike Douglas, will primarily clog the middle at defensive tackle but has the athleticism to play outside at defensive end in the 3-4.

@kaansoloKSR


John Calipari’s Summer of Swag

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This morning, the clip of John Calipari calling into Mike Francesa’s show as “John in Kentucky” to defend his coaching skills went viral. If you haven’t listened to it yet, stop right now and go do so. It’s just the latest sign that Swaggy Cal is back, and who can blame him? The Cats look really, really good and it’s only August.

Looking back, Cal’s been swaggy all summer. I spent the afternoon charting his swaggiest moments since his hip surgery back in May. It probably won’t surprise you that there are a lot.

June 30: On the SEC Coaches Summer Teleconference, Calipari took a shot at Jeff Goodman, who put Cal tenth in his rankings of coaches that best develop talent for the NBA:

“Just if you know how I am and what I’m about, if you’ve really followed, I would rather them say that, after my entire group gets drafted – ‘Yeah, I’m not really sure he develops players and he can coach’ and all that stuff; ‘they were pros’ – but they all get drafted. OK, I’m good with that. That doesn’t bother me. Say it as long as they keep continuing to get drafted. And then when they go to the league, they’re on the all-rookie teams, they’re rookie of the year, they’re on Olympic teams, one is the MVP of the NBA. They’re prepared in that sense, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Cal claims he doesn’t pay attention to what the national media is saying, but this proves he totally does, and when he’s feeling good, he’s not afraid to punch back. On that same call, he raved about UK’s “unique situation” of having a core group of veterans to go along with another batch of newcomers. 

July 1: Calipari posts “20 questions every athlete should ask a prospective coach” on his website, his latest recruiting manifesto. After reading it, recruits will pretty much ask themselves one question: “Why wouldn’t I go to Kentucky?”.

July 8: Calipari flies back to Lexington after a book signing in Nashville to lead the team in their first skill instruction of the summer. Most people would enjoy a night in Nashville, or simply go to bed once they got back to Lexington after a late flight. Not Cal. As he put it on Twitter, “I am jacked.”

July 10: Cal films his practice report for CoachCal.com and raves about how his team “loooooooves” playing basketball. He gave an update on a few of the players and gave the camera this look after saying Andrew Harrison did a 360-degree dunk:

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In this report, Cal talked about splitting his team into two lineups for the first time, a hint of the platoon substitutions we saw in the Bahamas. “I had a ball,” Cal said of his first workout with the team. We can tell.

July 16: Calipari goes to the ESPYS and can’t stop laughing.


He also gets a shoutout from Drake, who called him “one of the best men I’ve ever met in my life.”

July 19: Calipari returned home from a recruiting trip to find his team in the gym late at night putting in some extra work. He was so happy he had them pose for a group picture and tweeted about it:

July 20: Heading home after a charity gala, Cal tweets he is “absolutely juiced” to work with his team the next day.

July 21: We all know Cal’s best teams blend talent and experience. After one of their practices, Cal told the Big Blue Nation how happy he is to have older guys to help the freshmen transition into his system:

August 6: In his press conference previewing the Big Blue Bahamas tour, Calipari says that his team “probably shouldn’t win any of the games,” and gives reporters this smirk:

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Looking back at the Cats’ 5-1 record, we’re smirking too.

August 11: For the second game of the Big Blue Bahamas tour, Calipari let Kenny Payne coach while he watched from the stands. Cal was having such a good time that he took a break to film part of the game for ESPNU.

Yeah, I’d say he’s having fun.

August 12: During halftime of UK’s win over Puerto Rico, Calipari came on the radio with Matt, Tom Leach, and Mike Pratt to share his thoughts on his team’s performance. “This could be pretty special,” Cal said before warning fans not to let the haters sabotage the squad with concerns about too many players and not enough playing time. “Don’t listen to them,” Cal said, repeating it again for emphasis. Translation: don’t make the same mistake some of you did last season after the South Carolina loss. He’s got this.

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August 12: In his ESPNU interview during the same game, a Derek Willis dunk got Cal so excited he said “hum ditty ditty” on air. He’s giddy too.

August 14: More sappy than swaggy, but still worth mention. John Calipari tweets about seeing footprints of the sand, which reminded him of the poem “Footprints in the Sand.”

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August 20: After his appearance on the Mike Francesa show in New York, Calipari hears Francesa say he’s not a great X’s and O’s coach, which prompts him to call into the show as “John in Kentucky,” and after hilariously disguising his voice for a few seconds, blasts Frencesa for his comments:

Cal: “Are you saying I can’t coach? Why didn’t you say that while I was sitting next to you? You said ‘he’s not great at X’s and O’s.’ That’s basically saying I can’t coach. You know what they call me? A magician. ‘Cal the magician.’”

Francesa: “Wait a second. Are there better X’s and O’s guys than you?”

Cal: “You think I believe that?”

Francesa: “Yes.”

Cal: “I will pass a lie detector test and say, ‘No.’”

Francesa: “No you won’t. No you won’t.”

Francesa then hung up on him, but Cal had already made his point.

August 21: Cal tweets about his interaction with Francesa: “You can disagree without being disagreeable. Mike Francesa and I are good. Always have been. By the way, once again he’s wrong. LOL!”

LOL! Never change, Cal. Never.


Another must-read piece: Gregg Doyel on Pikeville coach Kelly Wells

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The awesome Gregg Doyel is at it again today with an outstanding piece about Pikeville University head coach Kelly Wells. While most know Wells as the man who’s led UPike to its only NAIA national title and two 30-win seasons over his eight-year reign, Doyel writes about how Wells’ medical struggles, particularly the two kidney transplants he’s had over the past ten years, have given him a new outlook on life.

One of Kelly’s dreams was to coach against Rick Pitino, and he got to do so back in November 2012; sadly, he had to be taken to the hospital immediately following the game, where he found out that he had cancer in his other kidney, prompting his most recent transplant in June. The story also includes an anecdote about Braxton Upthegrove, a young UK basketball fan with a failing kidney whom Nerlens Noel invited to come see a game in Philly. Turns out that Nerlens’ gesture may have drummed up enough publicity for Braxton’s fight that two months later, Braxton got a call saying he finally had a donor after three years on the waiting list.

Go read Doyel’s piece, and as he suggests in the last line, sign up to be an organ donor. Hopefully we’ll get to know Kelly Wells even better when UPike comes to Rupp Arena to play the Cats on November 2.

[Life After Near Death: Two Kidney Transplants Give a College Basketball Coach a New Outlook on Life]


ESPN’s profile of Jared Lorenzen is now online for your reading pleasure

Yesterday, we told you about ESPN The Magazine’s profile of Jared Lorenzen, and now it’s online for your reading pleasure. The piece is excellent, detailing Jared’s lifelong battle with his weight and his life after football. Jared’s a valuable member of Team KSR, and our own Ryan Lemond is even quoted in the article, alongside Hal Mumme:

“Jared is a great kid,” says Hal Mumme, his former coach at Kentucky. “A tremendous guy,” says Ryan Lemond, his occasional radio co-host on the Kentucky Sports Radio network. “I want people to know how generous he is,” says his mom, Janet Hermes. “He’s the sweetest guy in the whole wide world,” says his ex-wife, Tamara, mother of their two kids.

Click on over and read it, and enjoy the video that accompanies the article above. We love you, Jared.

[ESPN the Magazine: Inside Jared Lorenzen's lifelong weight battle]

(By the way, thanks to The Loco Pollo for bringing the article to our attention, despite the fact that it’s been online since this morning and has been tweeted about all afternoon. Where would we be without the crazy chicken’s help??)


Mike Francesa threatens Doug Gottlieb’s producer after producer tries to get Calipari for an interview

Well, the Mike Francesa/John Calipari story escalated quickly, didn’t it? If you missed it this morning, Cal appeared on Francesa’s show yesterday and afterwards, called in to defend himself when Francesa said he wasn’t a good X’s and O’s coach. Francesa hung up on him and the audio of the incident has since gone viral.

Turns out there’s another part to the story. This morning, Doug Gottlieb told WFAN’s “Boomer & Carlton” that Francesa threatened his producer when the producer tried to get Calipari on Gottlieb’s show yesterday. Francesa and Gottlieb are both members of the CBS Sports Radio family and tape their shows in the same building, but Francesa refused to share Calipari, telling Gottlieb’s producer “Don’t ever, ever ask for one of my guests that I send my driver to go pick up.”

Man, it’s been a bad day for Francesa, hasn’t it? Simmer down boys, plenty of Calipari to go around.

H/t to Bob’s Blitz


Cal says he and Francesa are good, but “once again, he’s wrong. LOL!”

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It was only a matter of time before John Calipari posted something about his interaction with Mike Francesa yesterday. From Cal’s Twitter: “You can disagree without being disagreeable. Mike Francesa and I are good. Always have been. By the way, once again he’s wrong. LOL!

LOL!


Brandon Ingram will visit for Big Blue Madness

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According to the all-knowing Evan Daniels, 2015 small forward Brandon Ingram will visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on October 17, a week after checking out Kansas’ Late Night at the Phog. Ingram is considered the fourth best small forward in his class, and most think it’s down to Duke or North Carolina for his services, but a visit to Lexington on the program’s biggest night could change that.

So far, the BBM guest list includes Stephen Zimmerman, Carlton Brag, and Derryck Thornton (2016). Antonio Blakeney said he will probably come, and the staff is trying their hardest to get Jaylen Brown on campus as well.


The team likes Cal’s new nickname for himself

Judging from their tweets, the players have heard Cal’s call to the Mike Francesa show. Normally, nicknames you give yourself don’t stick, but “Cal the Magician” has a nice ring to it.