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September 14th, 2014

Tent City breaks record, is almost at capacity

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According to UK Athletics, there are 760 tents in Tent City this morning, which breaks last year’s record of 755. And they don’t even pass out the tickets until tomorrow. As a result, UK Athletics sent out a release this morning to warn any fans that aren’t currently in line that still want to camp out that they may not receive a control card today for free tickets tomorrow morning:

Based upon our estimated numbers, any tent or camper not already in line for Big Blue Madness tickets is not likely to receive control cards later today at 2 p.m. ET,” Deputy Athletics Director DeWayne Peevy said. “We will still maintain a limited number of tickets online for those who do not receive control cards or were not able to camp out. Some of those tickets online will have a slightly obstructed view. Due to the anticipated stage set-up inside Rupp Arena, the view may be partially obstructed during a portion of the event for the following sections: 11, 34-44, and 238-241.

You know who requires a huge stage? Drake.

Here are more details on the control cards:

A maximum of four (4) control cards per tent will be issued to those camped out on Friday, Sept. 19, beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Fans will receive a maximum of four (4) free tickets per control card on Saturday morning. Fans with control cards are encouraged to begin lining up for Saturday morning’s ticket distribution between 5-6 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 20. All fans must be present to obtain their control cards on Friday and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution. All persons with control cards must be in line by 7 a.m. ET on Saturday.


CJ Sports Editor jokes they should have put Coach K’s head on the baby instead

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After this morning’s uproar about the Courier-Journal’s photoshop of a baby with John Calipari’s head on it, Courier-Journal Sports Editor Creig Ewing had some ‘splainin’ to do. Ewing, Tim Sullivan, and Kyle Tucker distanced themselves from the photoshop on Twitter, and Ewing gave these quotes to The Sporting News:

“The design was done outside of the sports department, by a design studio in the building,” said Courier-Journal sports editor Creig Ewing told Sporting News. “Someone should have flagged the photoshop and said that it was controversial, going too far. That’s on me.”

In fact, Ewing said that if they could do it all over again, they would put Coach K’s head on the baby instead:

If I’m doing that over again, we should’ve gone with Mike Krzyzewski’s head so it doesn’t look like we’re taking sides,” he joked.

…actually, it would have made a lot more sense to put Jim Boeheim’s head on the baby. but whatever.

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Let’s play “Guess that emoji!” with Isaiah Briscoe

I am the first to admit that I am behind the times when it comes to stuff like emojis. I avoided using them out of principle for the longest time, but like box wine and horrible reality television, the little icons have creeped into my life. Now I use the standard “emojis for beginners,” like the thumbs up, the party horn, the clapping hands, the three goggle, and when I’m feeling particularly festive, the girl who looks like she’s dancing. However, my emoji education is limited, so when I saw Isaiah Briscoe’s tweet about Kentucky last night, I was at a loss. Briscoe had an in-home visit with Calipari and staff last night, and although we’re not sure if he actually has an offer now or not, early reports say he’s planning to visit campus, which seems to imply that he does.

He tweeted “Kentucky” and these two emojis late last night, which means…

1) The first one is easy. Has to be a thought bubble or a dream bubble right? So, “Thinking or dreaming of”…

 

2) The second one is a little more ambiguous. What do those blue marks mean? Praying? Concentrating? Sweating? Surely not crying? Trying to climb out of a manhole?

Thinking and praying about Kentucky? Dreaming of an offer, which he’ll have to get by sweating? Come on emoji experts, help me out.


Some visuals to go along with today’s radio show…

There’s another huge crowd for today’s show from Big Blue Madness Campout. Here are some visuals to go along with the audio…

Of course, John Short has a front row seat:

This sign is creative and creepy:

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Who let this chair into tent city??

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They wouldn’t have learned anything in school this morning anyways:

I have a feeling Karl’s shoe is even bigger than that.


KSR is live at the Big Blue Madness Campout (Friday Show Thread)

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It’s finally Friday, and what better way to celebrate than listening to a special edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, live from the Big Blue Madness Campout. Matt and Ryan are on the blue courts outside Memorial Coliseum to talk all things C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS, so if you’re in Tent City, make your way over there right now. If you’re listening at home, go take a quick shower just because you can, then settle in for a fun two hours. If possible, John Calipari will make an appearance, and if not, Slice, Kenny, or Robic will join Matt to describe the scene. Either way, it’s going to be a lot of fun. Two great Americans are already there:

@J11Riley

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

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Courier-Journal writers distance themselves from “Calibaby” illustration

This morning, this illustration accompanied Tim Sullivan’s column about the John Calipari, Jim Boeheim, Coach K story from yesterday, and it has some UK fans understandably upset. So far today, Tim Sullivan, Kyle Tucker, and the Courier Journal Sports Editor Creig Ewing are all distancing themselves from the photoshop, which they say is not consistent with Sullivan’s column.

To be fair to Sullivan, I didn’t think the illustration was consistent with his column either, but even if the headlines and designs that go with their articles are out of the writers’ control, this is not a good look for a paper that already has an anti-UK reputation. I mean, this is coming from a paper that published this cartoon after Nerlens Noel’s knee injury:

And they wonder why they’re losing subscribers…


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Too Early to Look Ahead to 2015?

The answer to the question above is yes, but we are at the end of a bye week and all the excitement coming off the Florida game is starting to wear off, so I figure let’s bring a fresh perspective to the website.  The announcement of Louisiana-Lafayette next year at Commonwealth got me looking into the schedule for next year, and I have to tell you, it might be the best home schedule in UK history.  Consider who Kentucky gets on it’s home field in 2015:

La-Lafayette: 3 consecutive bowl WINS in 2011, 2012, and 2013.  Now, they are 1-61 in their last 62 games against SEC teams, so UK shouldn’t be threatened in the game, but it’s probably the best Sun Belt team you could play.

Auburn: National Runner-up in 2013 and in the mix for the Final 4 this year.  Auburn will be breaking in a new QB with the loss of Nick Marshall, so the game might be a reasonable chance for a big win

Florida: Likely a new coach in 2015.  On paper, Cats might have a great chance to break the streak in that series.

Tennessee: Tennessee is very young and very talented, so look for this game to be a battle of which SEC program is on the rise.

Missouri: Defending SEC East Champs, seem to be underappreciated in the league.  3 comfortable wins to start the year in 2014.  And Maty Mauk will be a junior with 2 years starting under his belt.

Louisville: Year 2 of Bobby Petrino Part 2.  The Cards will likely be better than they seem to be this year and Will Gardner will likely not be the QB anymore.  Always a good game in a rivalry.

And there will be 2 more non-conference games, likely against inferior opponents from the lower tier of FBS or FCS.

I don’t know about you, but that gets me very excited about next year.  Not just because these awesome opponents will be coming to Commonwealth, but I think Kentucky could be several of these teams.  It is super early to make this prediction, but I wouldn’t be surprised if by next year’s Louisville game, Kentucky will be favored in that game.  As far as the 4 SEC home games, we will have to wait and see, but I don’t see any of those games being an automatic loss if Kentucky continues on the progression it currently is on.

Now, the pessimist in me worries that if the schedule is so tough, Kentucky could still be stuck at the 4-5-6 win mark despite being significantly improved.  I quickly push those thoughts aside because I have always said that Kentucky football has to knock away the mentality as being inferior above all else to become a great football program.  And the only way we can do that is playing (and beating) many of the games on the schedule in 2015.

So what do you think?  Is 2015 setting up to be the best UK schedule in recent history, especially at home?  And if so, are you confident that in Year 3 of the Stoops era that Kentucky can win 7+ games on that schedule?


“Calibaby” is in the Courier-Journal today

@tonyvanetti

I may not agree with it, but it made me laugh.


KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the Weekend. 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 Kentucky Basketball

I bet they asked the hardest questions.

 

 

 

 

#9 Soft Shoe

I see what you’re doing there.

 

 

 

 

#8 Beth Young

Just wait for 24 hours of Ryan Lemond radio.

 

 

 

 

#7 Trey Lyles

Are those feelings hatred and disgust?

 

 

 

 

#6 Dorian Hendrix

Only real men have beards. You’d better get a head start on No Shave November.

 

 

 

 

#5 Corey Swords

Tell them to focus on their driving instead.

 

 

 

 

#4 Brian Long

Now everyone who avoids asking you for autographs because you look busy when you have your headphones in is going to know.

 

 

 

#3 Cam.

That wasn’t an impersonator, Sam….

 

 

 

 

#2 Sam Skaggs

You probably shouldn’t eat out in the state of Kentucky.

 

 

 

 

#1 John Calipari

You must be in great health then, Cal. Years have probably been added to your life, actually.

@Sealey_KSR


The Cosby Show‘s Friday News and Views

Thirty years ago tonight, “The Cosby Show” debuted on NBC. We didn’t have cable for the better part of my childhood, so network television was my go-to move for avoiding homework. Therefore, I became very familiar with the Huxtables, and the opening montage of Bill Cosby dancing is as engrained in my childhood as square pizza, “Reading Rainbow,” or Saturday morning cartoons.

Whereas most family sitcoms of its time almost always culminated in a sappy “Awwwww” moment (looking at you, “Full House”), “The Cosby Show” had a sharper wit. For example, in the debut episode, Theo tried to excuse his laziness and bad grades by telling his dad that he didn’t want to go to college Instead, he wanted to get a “regular people” job, like working in a gas station or driving a bus, a far cry from his parents’ professions as doctor and a lawyer. This led to a hilarious economics lesson involving Monopoly money and after Theo pleaded with his dad to “accept who I am because I’m your son,” this classic line from Cosby: “Theo, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. No wonder you get Ds in everything!” I can’t imagine Danny Tanner having the balls to say that to Stephanie when she was slacking off.

That was one of many hilarious and often meandering father/son talks. And of course, there were the sweaters. And sometimes the singing:

Now, the views of the night and day…night and day…

Coach K, Jim Boeheim, and John Calipari starred in their own soap opera today

Late last night, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim fired some shots at John Calipari, telling Syracuse.com that Calipari had complained to him about Mike Krzyshzlakwjdfski‘s “unfair advantage” in recruiting that came with his job as head coach of Team USA. Boeheim said he felt Calipari’s (alleged) complaints were “disingenuous” and baseless, since Coach K was doing just fine in recruiting before taking the job with Team USA. As you can expect, that escalated quickly. Calipari first responded as only Calipari can, by cryptically calling Boeheim (“orange” = Syracuse) out for his comments and dropping a line about “great players,” the most Cal thing ever:

He later followed that up with a more formal statement:

Jim’s comments were brought to my attention and I called him. We are friends. I have unbelievable respect for him and how he runs his program. Any concerns that college coaches have had in the past have always been addressed by USA basketball. The job that Coach K and Coach Boeheim have done to turn around USA Basketball, to make it what it is today is truly amazing.

If – and I emphasize if – they gained any advantage, because of that work, I don’t begrudge them in the least. My time with the DR team showed me how hard and how much time it takes away from your own team and your recruiting to do those things right. There’s not a college coach in the country that would say no to Jerry Colangelo if he asked them to coach the national team. My hope is they would handle it the same way it’s being handled now.

Swaggy Cal outshined Stately Cal with that “if–and I emphasize if–they gained any advantage” line, but otherwise, a very classy response. And really, when you think of this all logically, of course any coach would use Team USA to their advantage. They’d be dumb not to. As a man who is constantly thinking of new ways to recruit, Calipari knows that. Thursday just proved something we all knew: Jim Boeheim loves to stir the pot, and Coach K and John Calipari are the two biggest coaches in college basketball. Case in point: a story involving Calipari made national headlines during football season. Again.

Broadcast information released for the 2014-2015 season

On Thursday, UK released the complete 2014-2015 basketball schedule, with tip times and broadcast information and everything. Here it is in all its glory for you to print out and put on the fridge:

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Phew, that’s a lot of Sunday games.

Calipari visited Tyus Battle, Cheick Diallo, and Isaiah Briscoe

When he wasn’t writing tweets about Jim Boeheim, John Calipari was traveling around the New York/New Jersey area to see 2016 combo guard Tyus Battle, 2015 power forward Checik Diallo, and 2015 point guard Isaiah Briscoe. Calipari, Kenny Payne, and Slice saw Battle at his school, and Battle’s dad raved about the visit to Adam Zagoria: “He was awesome, the visit was awesome.” Battle will visit UK for Big Blue Madness.

Briscoe didn’t have an offer from the Cats before tonight, and early reports say his visit went so well he’s planning to visit Kentucky. No word yet on if that means he actually has an offer, but it looks promising. I wrote a profile of Briscoe earlier, so scroll down to check it out.

Antonio Blakeney will host Cal next Wednesday

In a bit of late breaking news, Ben Roberts is reporting that Antonio Blakeney will host Calipari on an in-home visit next Wednesday. Louisville trolls in 3…2…1…

Tommy Mainord went to see Jeremiah Dinson

The three-star cornerback committed to Kentucky back on September 6, and tweeted that Mainord and the Cats showed him “major love” tonight. Nice shirt.

Damien Harris may take his official visit to UK next weekend

Thursday was a big day for Damien Harris. The Madison Southern star received his Under Armour All-American jersey in a ceremony at his school, and said a few words about his recruitment. Harris claims that he doesn’t have a favorite school right now, and specifically said it was “extremely unfair” for people to put Kentucky and Ohio State ahead of Alabama, Florida, and Texas A&M. Did Damien’s mom give us a hint about where her son may end up? Not really. “Who wouldn’t want their kid to stay home?” Mrs. Harris said. “That would be great. It would be. But at the same time, staying at home might not be what’s best for him. Then again, it might be. We just have to weigh out all of the options and see what the absolute best fit for him is.”

Later in the day, Alex Davis of KyPreps reported that Harris may take his official visit to Kentucky next weekend for the Vandy game, which makes packing Commonwealth Stadium for the game even more crucial. $20 general admission tickets are still available, so do your part to help the team and impress one of the state’s best football recruits in history.  No excuses.

KSR will be live from BBM Campout in the morning

This is the show you’ve been waiting for all week! Well…unless you were waiting for Matthew Mitchell to co-host, in which this case this will be an extra bonus! Matt and Ryan will be LIVE from the blue courts at the Big Blue Madness Campout in the morning to describe the scene, and if everything works out, talk to John Calipari. Cal’s got a crazy schedule, so even if he’s not able to stop by, one of his assistants will, which means we may get to hear Slice speak some French, which is reason alone to listen. Until then, enjoy this great picture of the team that several of the players posted on social media Thursday night:

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The players handed out pizza tonight

Tonight is pizza night at the BBM Campout, and the players gathered to pass out some slices to fans. Enjoy it vicariously through these pictures and videos.


Bettie Adams Proves You Are Never Too Old To Camp Out For Big Blue Madness

Myself with Betty (right) and her daughter Debbie

Myself with Bettie (right) and her daughter Debbie

As I descended upon Tent City Tuesday afternoon, there were probably around 200 or more people already in line, but I was lucky enough to place my chair beside Betty Adams and her friends and family. Betty, who is 75, began waiting across the street from Memorial Colosseum around 12:30 Sunday night and is camping out for her first Big Blue Madness.

“I love it,” she said. “I’m a little tired, but not too tired to sit here. I sat through the cold rain, but I made it.”

After seeing Madness on TV last year, she knew she could not miss it this year. Betty has been a Kentucky fan for over 35 years and has seen many great moments in Kentucky basketball and football history, but nothing compares to this. “Putting all these tents up has been crazy. I was glad I was sitting across the street at my table because I knew if I ran across I would have been trampled to death.”

Although she cannot wait for Madness on October 17, she said the interactions with some of her favorite players such as the Harrison Twins and other fans has been fun as well. (Playing nasty neighbor with her has been the highlight of the camp out for me so far.) Betty is having the time of her life and is already making plans on being back next year. “If the Lord lets me be here , I’ll be here.”


Kentucky Sports Radio LIVE from Tent City tomorrow

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Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will be broadcasting live from the Big Blue Madness campout tomorrow morning and you’re invited to come out and listen to the show. Join the KSR gang for two hours of UK sports talk while hanging out with the campers on the blue courts. Feel free to stop by even if you’re not camping, and if you are camping, please do your best to not smell terrible. (Kidding. But seriously.)

This is always one of the best shows of the year and the guys are looking forward to joining the masses in Tent City. See you there!

Cats.


Let’s get to know UK’s next potential offer, Isaiah Briscoe

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Last week, John Calipari and the Kentucky staffed reached out to Isaiah Briscoe, a five-star point guard from Newark, New Jersey. Briscoe doesn’t currently have an offer from the Cats, but that could change after his in-home visit with Calipari and company tonight. Calipari doesn’t just visit anyone; the odds are very high that he’ll extend an offer to Briscoe tonight, so let’s get to know a little something about him.

Isaiah Briscoe
Point Guard

6’3.5″, 200 lbs.
Newark, New Jersey (Roselle Catholic)

Top247: No. 6 overall, No. 1 PG
247 Composite: No. 9 overall, No. 1 PG
Rivals: No. 9 overall
ESPN: No. 13 overall, No. 1 PG
Scout: No. 15 overall, No. 3 PG

Also considering: Arizona, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Villanova, Missouri, UConn, Georgia Tech

247 Crystal Ball prediction: 64% St. John’s, 18% Arizona, 12% Rutgers, 3% UK, 3% Missouri

He first caught Calipari’s eye at the Peach Jam

Briscoe popped onto Cal’s radar until an impressive performance at the Peach Jam in July. He averaged 21 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists and led his team to the Peach Jam title and won MVP honors. He also won a FIBA gold medal with the Team USA under-18 squad in June.

He’s built like a typical Calipari point guard

At 6’3.5″, 200 lbs., Briscoe is the prototype of a Calipari point guard–big, physical, and powerful enough to muscle his way into the lane. He’s also a great shooter and passer, as his coach Dave Boff told the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts. “He’s a fantastic passer. A great finisher around the rim and a good shooter with significant range from behind the arc.” Wait, does Kentucky really need another point guard next season? Briscoe’s coach said if Tyler Ulis comes back next year, it’s not a problem. “It’s not so much about starting. It’s about getting some good minutes as a freshman and the opportunity to start your development process.”

His nickname is also “Boogie” and there’s a YouTube series about him

Isaiah’s name on Twitter is “The Boogie CBG,” and 8EyeMedia started a YouTube series about him. Here’s the first episode:

Personally, I can’t wait until the spinoff, “Tootie and Slap.”

There’s a possibility he and Antonio Blakeney could be a package deal

Package deals are about as reliable as Tom Crean in the postseason, but there is buzz that Briscoe and Antonio Blakeney may team up at the next level now that Blakeney’s free of his commitment to Louisville. The two schools both are considering? Kentucky and Missouri. Last night, 247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer tweeted that he was hearing Blakeney and Briscoe to Missouri was “not that far fetched,” but Kentucky seems like a much more pleasant option, doesn’t it?

He and his family don’t mind that Kentucky started recruiting him so late

Briscoe’s dad told Chris Fisher that they don’t mind that Calipari and Kentucky have only just became involved in his son’s recruitment. “We don’t think about that. We know how Kentucky recruits,” the elder Briscoe said. “They get the best of the best and sometimes you have to wait your turn at a place like Kentucky. They produce so many pros sometimes you have to wait and see if your position is at a log jam.”

He scored 61 points in a game earlier this summer

In other news, the game announcer on that video is hilarious. Is that Reverend Brown from “Coming to America”??

He’s currently on crutches

Briscoe suffered a slight fracture in his right foot during an AAU trip to Las Vegas in late July, and is currently wearing a boot and walking on crutches. Not for much longer though; Briscoe tweeted that the crutches and the boot come off September 23rd. Sad face, annoyed face.

His fellow 2015 prospects voted him the Biggest Trash Talker in his class

USA Today’s Jason Jordan polled more than 30 elite players over the summer, and they voted Briscoe the “Biggest Trash Talker” in his class, as well as the player with the “Best Handle.” Here’s why:

He doesn’t have a timetable for his decision

Briscoe cut his list to five schools in early August: Arizona, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, and Villanova. However, other schools have now entered the mix, including Kentucky, UConn, Missouri, and Georgia Tech. His dad told Chris Fisher there’s no timetable for his decision: “Whenever the right time comes. It’s not necessarily the spring. It could be tomorrow.” If he gets an offer from Calipari tonight, expect him to schedule a trip to Lexington sometime soon.

We’ll have an update on Briscoe’s visit with Cal as soon as it’s available. 


UK Hoops served breakfast and asked trivia questions this morning

Members of Matthew Mitchell’s UK Hoops squad surprised campers with breakfast this morning and challenged some of them to UK trivia. Watch as the ladies try to stump some of the Big Blue faith around the campout.

And if you missed it, you have to hear Coach Mitchell’s appearance on KSR this morning. When we say he is the best, we really mean he is the best.