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May 24th, 2015

Sunday Morning Links

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Rise and shine, Big Blue Nation, it’s Sunday morning and that means we’re here to start your day off right with a few links to check out before Sunday mass your Indy 500 tailgate. Let’s get started!

 

– The Courier-Journal printed an article this morning discussing Coach John Calipari’s job description and how he is paid for wins rather than draft picks. I’m calling shenanigans on this guy’s personal views of Cal’s looking out for his players, but we’ll let you decide.

– After a loss to Florida in the first game of three, the Kentucky Softball team is looking to turn things around today as they face them for a second time in the Super Regionals today at noon. UK Athletics writer Guy Ramsey gave a review of the matchup and how Kentucky is looking to make adjustments to tie up the series.

– In an article by Mark Story in the Herald Leader this morning, UK gymnast Shelby Hilton, who is currently battling cancer, might have the fall she took during competition to thank for the battle she is able to make now.

– Vaughts Views brings to you an article published by The Associated Press this morning on the upcoming SEC spring meetings and the focuses of their agendas.The leans are looking to be toward emphasis on satellite football camps and graduate transfers.

– Don’t think we were going to leave you without any guidance in this year’s Indy 500. Here is the link to an Indy 500 2015 Lineup courtesy of Bleacher Report, featuring a full starting grid as well as predictions for top drivers.

– And while there isn’t an overload of Kentucky Basketball records and victories to rave about during the summer months, we can turn our attention to those getting it done in the big leagues. Last night Stephen Curry set an NBA record for most 3-pointers in one postseason and Yahoo Sports has it covered for you.

 

That’s all for now, but we’ll be here all day keeping you up to date on all of the breaking news we think BBN needs to know!


Herald-Leader reader blasts UK players for autograph tours

For some reason, my sister and brother-in-law still get the Herald-Leader, so I leafed through it this morning while I drank my morning tea. After reading Merlene Davis’ column announcing her retirement, I found this letter to the editor from Mike Downs blasting the UK players headed for the draft–the “Sayonara Seven,” according to him–for making money off their autograph tours. Check out the entire letter above.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, of course, but I wonder if Downs realizes how much money the university and the NCAA made off the “Sayonara Seven” this season. Probably enough to buy Mother Harrison as many cars–any make or model–as she could ever want.


May 23rd, 2015

Saturday Night News and Views

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Hello, friends. It’s been awhile since we last talked.

As awesome as it was rambling through Europe these past few months, I’m really excited to be back with you lovely people. It’s also nice to once again have sporting events that start at a reasonable hour. That Wisconsin loss was painful, especially so at 5 AM.

As we enter the latter-half of this Memorial Day weekend – let’s try to take some time to reflect on what we’re celebrating. War is an ugly reality, and the sacrifices made by our veterans past and present can never be over-stated. Try to take a moment to truly appreciate the brave souls who lost their lives in battle, and maybe call up a vet you know and thank him or her for their service. Then enjoy some more BBQ.

Some notes.

Jamal Murray might keep us waiting a bit longer

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According to this article on Zagsblog, Jamal Murray isn’t in a rush to make his college choice, or to decide if he even wants to reclassify to the 2015 class. When asked about his timetable, Murray said, “[Maybe] two months. My dad’s taking care of it. That’s a choice for my dad to make.” Murray’s visit last weekend was a welcome reprieve from our recent recruiting woes. Let’s hope it impressed Poppa Murray.

Courier-Journal profiles Briscoe and his confidence

Via 247 Sports

Via 247 Sports

While it’s fun to get caught up in a possible new commitment, let’s not forget about another talented point guard who will be at Kentucky next season. The Courier-Journal ran a nice profile on incoming guard Isaiah Briscoe that pays special attention to his confidence. In a quote included the article, Briscoe says, “I’ve never second-guessed myself, never short-changed myself. I am who I am. I feel as though I’m the best player, and I think everybody should feel like that.” Big words. It’ll be fun to watch him back them up.

A writer at the Glasgow Daily Times thinks KSR affected the outcome of the GOP Primary

The KY GOP gubernatorial primary was a little crazy. Matt Bevin beat opposing candidate James Comer by only 83 votes – showing that every vote does matter, sometimes. Ronnie Ellis over at the Glasgow Daily Times thinks our fearless leader Matt Jones played a significant role in the election. He writes, “Jones has become a public force in the political arena. There is little doubt the KSR forum affected the final outcome.” It’s no secret that UK sports play a large role in the average Kentucky citizen’s life. Matt and Ryan do a tremendous job of using their platform to promote and inform us on (arguably) more important issues in the state. If only they had some more info on Jai Lucas.

Kentucky softball drops first game in Super Regional

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The Softball Cats hit a bump in their quest for a World Series title, losing to Florida 7-0 this afternoon. The ladies have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow against the Gators, and will be playing on ESPN at 12 PM. Get em, girls.

Reds’ manager Bryan Price was thrown out before today’s game started

If you’re a Reds fan this season, I’m sorry.

That’s it for now. Have a great Saturday night, yall. See you tomorrow.

 


Where in the world is Coach Calipari?

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You’d think that Coach Cal would be kicking back, watching a little NBA action on the TV, and enjoying his favorite meal fresh off the grill, but unlike the rest of us, Coach isn’t taking it easy this weekend. After Jamal Murray’s visit, he headed up to watch Brad Calipari play in the Nike EYBL.

Apparently, Murray’s visit went well. According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Murray enjoyed his time in Lexington but still has a few other schools on his radar. He also told Adam Zagoria earlier that he, “likes what [Kentucky] has to offer. They get guys to the NBA quick and they really develop each individual to the best of their abilities.”

And speaking of Brad, according to D1 Circuit, he went for 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist in the Kentucky Travelers’ one point loss to the Alabama Challenge this afternoon.

Good comments from Jamal Murray and watching your kid play? I’d say that’s a pretty good way to start Memorial Day weekend.


Terrence Jones and the Rockets take on the Warriors again tonight.

(Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) | Image via ESPN.com

(Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) | Image via ESPN.com

The Rockets will take on the Golden State Warriors tonight in Houston. The Warriors already lead the series, 2-0 and Terrence Jones & Co. are looking for redemption after a one point loss on Thursday.

In all technicalities, Houston is playing for their lives after Golden State accomplished their mission in California. If the Rockets can’t get the win in Texas, Golden State’s ticket to the finals is practically punched. Houston not calling a timeout after getting a rebound in the final nine seconds of the game caused James Harden to miss the chance at a shot and thus cost them the game. Now, they are going to have to rally together on offense to find their way to a win.

On the Kentucky side of things, T. Jones had 12 points, 1 steal, 2 rebounds, and 3 blocks in 26 minutes for the Rockets off the bench in Thursday’s game.

Here’s to hoping the Rockets can turn things around tonight. The game starts at 9 on ESPN. Go Houston.


Glasgow Daily Times: KSR Affected the Outcome of the GOP Primary Race.

(H/T @RyanLemond)

(H/T @RyanLemond)

Ronnie Ellis published a piece in the Glasgow Daily Times yesterday summarizing the outcome of the KY gubernatorial republican primary whirlwind  race. In case you missed it (and if you did, I don’t know how), Matt Bevin beat James Comer by only 83 votes, forcing Comer to request a recanvass. Ellis argues that it was Matt Jones and KSR that changed the face of the election, saying that, “Jones has become a public force in the political arena. […] There is little doubt the KSR Forum affected the final outcome.” Ellis goes on to say that Matt thoroughly pushed the candidates and got revealing responses from them during the radio debate. The debate, he argues, brought in more votes for Will T. Scott and ‘accelerated the decline of Heiner in the polls.’

It’s pretty evident that Matt and KSR changed the dynamic of the GOP primary and that all of the tough questions he asked revealed to the voters crucial information that impacted their votes. I hope this fall that KSR is able to bring the same relevant information to the gubernatorial general election.

Take a look at the article for yourselves:

[Looking back at the wild GOP primary race]


Linnae Harper Named to U.S. Pan American Games Roster

Photo Britney Howard | UK Athletics

Photo Britney Howard | UK Athletics

Kentucky’s Linnae Harper will get the opportunity to represent these fifty United States once again as one of the twelve members of the 2015 U.S. Pan American Women’s Basketball Team. Harper is not a stranger to USA Basketball, as one of the seven members on the squad who has at least one gold medal, she was on the 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team and the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship Team. After averaging 7.9 ppg, 6 rpg, and 2.4 assists she was named the to the 2012 FIBA U17 Word Championship All-Tournament Team and was awarded an honorary bronze metal in the inaugural 2011 FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championship.

Harper, who earned her spot on the team after three days of trial in Colorado said that, “[…] it was a great feeling to get another chance to represent my country. I felt like I gave it my all. […] I am beyond grateful to be here.”

Besides Linnae, there are three other SEC players included on the team: Tiffany Mitchell and Alaina Coates from South Carolina and Courtney Williams out of Texas A&M.

The players and coaches will return to Colorado on July 3rd to begin training and will depart for Toronto on July 8th. The team has been placed into Group A and will play Brazil on July 16, the Dominican Republic on the 17th, and Puerto Rico on the 18th in preliminaries. Two teams from each preliminary Group A and B will advance to the medal round on July 19th. The semifinal winners will play for the gold on July 20th.

 

‘Murica, for the win.


Big Blue Africa

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(all photos in this post courtesy of @UKFootball on Instagram)

There’s a blue mist in Africa right now. UK Football’s Alex Montgomery, Austin MacGinnis, and Marcus McWilson have been in Africa this week on a service trip to Ethiopia. Not only has UK Football been flooding their Instagram with photos of the boys on their trip, but Nikki McLaughlin, the photographer who accompanied them, also shared her thoughts on the UK Athletics Cat Scratches blog,

I will never forget watching Marcus McWilson tirelessly pound nail after nail into mud homes so that several widows would be ready for rainy season. I will always remember watching Alex Montgomery quietly offer a big smile to each child who ran up for a chance to compare their (tiny) hand against his.  And Austin MacGinnis, he must have dedicated an entire suitcase to candy, toys and soccer cleats. I loved watching him put his heart into sharing each of these things with the sweet babies here. Although on the opposite side of the globe from home, all three of these guys seemed to be “right at home” as they took time to play football and soccer with countless little ones.

The pictures are amazing, and even though there are too many to post here, all of them can be seen on UK Football’s Instagram. Here are some of my favorites:

UK Football Service Trip

 

UK Football Service Trip

UK Football Service Trip

UK Football Service Trip

UK Football Service Trip

“This is the only perfection there is, the perfection of helping others. This is the only thing we can do that has any lasting meaning. This is why we’re here.”- Andre Agassi

 


Kentucky Softball drops first game of the Super Regional

(H/T UK Athletics/ David Wegiel)

(H/T UK Athletics/ David Wegiel)

The Kentucky softball team got off to a rough start in the Super Regionals after dropping their first game of the series to top ranked Florida in Gainesville this afternoon. After a bases-clearing double by Florida’s Kvistad in the bottom of the first inning to take the 4-0 lead, the Gators never looked back, ending the game ahead 7-0.

The Cats will now look to redeem themselves in game two tomorrow at noon. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.

Let’s go Cats!


C-J says Briscoe bringing confidence with him to UK

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He’s 6-3, 215 pounds, and the consummate winner.

UK fans, meet Isaiah Briscoe, who will be starting for your Kentucky Wildcats next fall. All indications are you will love him, writes the C-J’s Steve Jones.

“I’ve never second-guessed myself, never short-changed myself,” Briscoe told Jones this spring. “I am who I am. I feel as though I’m the best player, and I think everybody should feel like that.”

Well I’m sold. This Ulis/Briscoe backcourt is going to be sick.

UK Softball Falls to Florida in Game One

The UK softball team’s luck has not changed against No. 1 Florida in the Super Regionals. The UK squad had trouble finding offense in a 7-0 loss. The good news, if you can say that, is they play again at noon tomorrow on ESPN in the best of three.

And one other thing: Van Gundy now in the mix for Pelicans

According to Dime Magazine, Jeff Van Gundy is now being considered for the Pelicans’ coaching job. Why do we care? Because it’s another name that isn’t John Calipari’s.
Keep following us throughout the day as we bring you all the relevant and ridiculous info you need to know!
Go Big Blue!

Former KSR Intern and UK Tennis Star Hanging with Venus

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Over the years we have gotten to know a lot of UK athletes while doing KSR and their personalities have spanned a wide range of types. But there may be no more unique or funny UK athlete that I have met than former UK tennis star Tom Jomby, who also spent a semester interning with us at KSR. Tom wrote a journal for the site and also participated on the radio, including the bit “Put Your Hands on Tom Jomby” that we used to give away UK basketball tickets. Well now Tom is pursuing his tennis professional career and he is spending this week helping Venus Williams as her hitting partner at the French Open. Tom, who is also French, posted these pictures today of him and Venus and it is worth noting that even while enjoying the red clay of Paris, he is still representing the Wildcats.

It is very cool to see Tom doing well and showcasing to the fine folks at Roland Garros the appeal of Kentucky Life.

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Two months until Jamal Murray decides?!?!

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It’s true – at least as of right now, it could be.

In an article on ZagsBlog, Murray discusses a decision that could come in two months, as well as a desire to be the No. 1 pick and a need to take more college visits.

He apparently has no concern though, over playing alongside two other point guards at UK.

“We’ll be good in the backcourt,” he says. “I would complement them. We’ll complement each other.”

Oh my – wouldn’t that be lovely, Cat fans?

More later!

Go Big Blue!


Karl-Anthony Towns goes home; L.A. now looking at guards?

Athlon Sports

Athlon Sports

 

 

In a great video by the NBA, Karl-Anthony Towns returns to Saint Joseph High School in Metuchen, NJ, to meet with fans and reflect on his accomplishments.

“This is where everything started,” Towns says. “It was a special moment.”

He was a three-time state champ. A Gatorade Player of the Year. And he was always a heckuva nice guy.

But will he go No. 1? Or even No. 2?

Seems like L.A. is not certain they want either Towns or Okafor for their No. 2 pick.

Still, I can’t seem to see Towns at No. 3. But it could be the Philly 76ers get ridiculously lucky and have a great pick fall in their laps.

We all know that no matter where he lands, Towns will grow into a force for his new team.

More later! Go Big Blue!

 


Saturday Morning Links

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Good morning BBN! It’s a beautiful day for KSR links!

– If you haven’t heard, ZagsBlog reports it may be two months before Jamal Murray makes his decision. That’s right – two months. Our recruiting class may not be finished for a long while.

– LeBron gave a masterful performance last night, dropping 30/9/11 on the hapless Hawks, giving Cleveland a 2-0 series lead without the efforts of Kyrie Irving. It looks like LeBron may drag these guys to the Finals, which means they’ll probably keep their coach, too. Good for Big Blue Nation.

– Remember to root for the UK Softball Cats!

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– Gary Parrish says he knows how the whole Fred Hoiberg to Chicago thing will go down. Another job that won’t be for Cal.

– And if you haven’t experienced enough sentiment for Dave Letterman just yet, be sure to read this great piece from The Atlantic on the legacy he leaves behind.

More later as we root on the Cats, watch Karl Towns at a special Homecoming, and learn more about Isaiah Briscoe.

Go Big Blue!

 


May 22nd, 2015

Friday Night News and Views

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Jamal Murray plans more visits, says ZagsBlog

Settle in, everyone, this could take a while.

Even though everything seems to have gone well with the guard’s recent visit to UK, don’t expect anything to happen anytime soon, ZagsBlog says.

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

The Cleveland LeBrons win big

Looks like our Cleveland boys are doing their jobs, winning big over Atlanta, 94-82. LeBron? Just a cool 30 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists. And he came out of the game with three minutes to go. Exhale, UK fans. A team can’t fire their coach if they make it to the Finals, can they?

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

All the other stuff that happened today:

UNC is in trouble – how much? Who knows

ESPN Previews Kentucky Football

Andrew Harrison is going to crash the NBA Draft party as a 1st-round pick

There’s a lot of blue going in to the new Commonwealth Stadium

It’s official: UK promotes Tony Barbee to assistant coach

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That’s it for tonight! Celebrate the Cavs win and we’ll be back in the morning!

Go Big Blue!