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September 14th, 2014

Kengera Daniel includes Kentucky in his top five

Kengera Daniel is a three-star weak-side defensive end from Raleigh, North Carolina, and last night, he announced his top five. The Cats made the cut, along with Alabama, Kentucky, Louisville, NC State, and Virginia. Sadly, Wake Forest’s photoshop of Kengera with Kim Kardashian wasn’t enough to keep them in the race:

Daniel is considered the 23rd best weak-side defensive end in the country by 247 Sports Composite, and right now, UK is an 82% favorite in his Crystal Ball.


Tickets still remain for UK/Vandy

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I’m not sure we can stress how important Saturday’s game against Vandy is. This is Kentucky’s best chance to snap their 17-game SEC losing streak this season, and a win would provide pivotal momentum heading into the meat of the SEC schedule. UK has done their best to get fans in the stands, offering $20 general admission upper deck tickets to fans and $50 reserved seats. Yesterday, Mark Stoops said that while he appreciates the support the fan base has given the team in a rebuilding effort, having a packed house is very important on Saturday.

As of this morning, several tickets still remain.¬†In the screenshot above, the blue dots represent available tickets. Go get them. Let’s pack Commonwealth.

TAKE ME TO THE TICKETS!


Za’Darius Smith and a roomful of third graders is the cutest thing you’ll see today

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IG: urbanimpactlex

In case you needed another reason to love Za’Darius Smith, here’s one. Za’Darius met with the third grade class at Breckinridge Elementary yesterday as part of the Urban Impact initiative¬†to discuss leadership.¬†Freaking adorable.


The “White Bear” is headed back to China

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It looks like Josh Harrellson is headed back to the land of China. According to a release from EuroBasket, Chongqing Fly Dragon of the Chinese NBL has added Jorts to their roster. Josh played for the Fly Dragon back in 2013, and was named Asia-Basket.com’s All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year. Afterwards, he signed with the Detroit Pistons. For the past few months, Jorts has been recovering from a bulging disc in his back, so this is a good opportunity for him to get back in playing shape to make another run at the NBA.

Last week, Jorts posted this picture on Twitter with the caption, “China… The “White Bear” is coming back!!”.¬†Yet another awesome nickname for one of our favorites.

H/t Anthony Wireman


TV Premieres in Full Swing – New and Returning Shows Starting This Week

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It’s that time of year again where everyone starts to clear off space on their DVRs to get ready for the new seasons of shows starting up. ¬†Over the last couple of weeks, programs have started airing their premier episodes (i.e. Sons of Anarchy on Sept. 9). ¬†However, with 35+ shows with season premieres over the next seven days, this is truly “Premiere Week”

Let’s take a look at what’s premiering this week:

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Monday, September 22nd

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Gotham leads the group on Monday as one of the most talked about premieres. ¬†It will be interesting to see how the show sets up in the world of Gotham City without Batman as the main protagonist. ¬†The commercials on the other hand make it look like it will be a standout show this season. ¬†CBS is also bringing “Scorpion” to the mix, a technological procedural. The Blacklist also opens on the 22nd, which was a great show to come out of NBC last year. ¬†You can catch all the episodes on Netflix now, and I highly encourage that.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS – 8 PM)
Gotham (FOX – 8 PM)
The Voice (NBC – 8 PM)
Scorpion (CBS – 9 PM)
Sleepy Hollow (FOX – 9 PM)
The Blacklist (NBC – 10 PM)
Forever (ABC – 10 PM)

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Tuesday, September 23rd

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Tuesday is business as usual for most of the networks. ¬†NCIS: New Orleans is the main new debut, starring Quantum Leap’s Scott Bakula and The Shield’s CCH Pounder.

NCIS (CBS – 8 PM)
The Voice – Results (NBC – 8PM)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC – 9 PM)
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS – 9 PM)
Awkward (MTV – 10 PM)
Chicago Fire (NBC – 10 PM)
Person of Interest (CBS – 10 PM)
Faking It (MTV – 10:30 PM)

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Wednesday, September 24th

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ABC is bringing its comedy block on Wednesday night, starting with The Middle. We’ll also get The Goldbergs and Modern Family. ¬†The newest comedy for ABC is Black-ish starring Anthony Anderson and Lawrence Fishburne. ¬†ABC rounds out the night with their hit Nashville.

The Middle (ABC – 8 PM)
Survivor (CBS – 8 PM)
The Goldbergs (ABC – 8:30 PM)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC – 9 PM)
Modern Family (ABC – 9 PM)
Black-ish (ABC – 9:30 PM)
Chicago P.D. (NBC – 10 PM)
Nashville (ABC – 10 PM)

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Thursday, September 25th

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ABC returns with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, their two top dramas. ¬†Also, good to see on the schedule is Parenthood on NBC, which is quite a nice show in its own right. ¬†The debut on this night is “How To Get Away With Murder” on ABC. ¬†Normally I would answer that with “air it during Thursday Night Football on ABC, and no one will see it”, but it’s actually the title of the show. ¬†ABC says about the show “The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating gets entangled with four law students from her class ‚ÄúHow to Get Away with Murder.‚ÄĚ Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller.” ¬†So there’s that.

Bones (Fox – 8 PM)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC – 8 PM)
Scandal (ABC – 9 PM)
How To Get Away With Murder (ABC – 10 PM)
Parenthood (NBC – 10:30)

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Friday, September 26th

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Nothing really new on Friday night. ¬†Reality programs and news shows. ¬†Wait, Hawaii Five-O isn’t a reality show?

The Amazing Race (CBS – 8 PM)
Dateline NBC (NBC – 8 PM)
Shark Tank (ABC – 8 PM)
Hawaii Five-O (CBS – 9 PM)
20/20 ABC (ABC – 10 PM)
Blue Bloods (CBS – 10 PM)

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Sunday, September 28th

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Fox brings the comedy block with a mix of cartoons and live programming. ¬†Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns for its second season, after a strong first season run. ¬†Based on the success of the Disney movie, ABC’s Once Upon a Time will be bringing Frozen to the fourth season of the program. ¬†Fox is also waiting the debut of Mulaney which comes in two weeks time.

Once Upon a Time (ABC – 8 PM)
The Simpsons (FOX – 8 PM)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX – 8:30 PM)
Family Guy (FOX – 9 PM)
Resurrection (ABC – 9 PM)
CSI (CBS – 10 PM)
Revenge (ABC – 10 PM)

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What shows are you most looking forward to this week? ¬†There is certainly plenty to choose from…


Beating Vandy and Swaggy Cal (Tuesday Show Thread)

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Good morning, KSR fans and trolls from other sites. Welcome to the Tuesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from the Louisville and Lexington studios. Today, Matt and Ryan will talk about UK’s huge game against Vandy on Saturday and how the Cats must win to put guys like this back in their place. They’ll also talk about John Calipari’s latest manifesto, in which he talks about the team’s chances of achieving another “watershed moment” this season.¬†Maybe they’ll even spin around in their chairs.

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

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Picture of the Week

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Florida State commitment Christ Koumadje standing next to a 5 foot tall Florida State fan. They are cute together


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: UK Has to Get Back on Top of Vanderbilt Rivalry

As has been discussed on this website and radio show, it is going to take a lot of things for Kentucky to ever become an SEC power in football. ¬†It’s not out of the realm if Mark Stoops can keep up the recruiting level he has started his tenure with. ¬†But, more than likely Kentucky will battle for the middle of the conference with the Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, and Arkansas’s of the world from year to year. ¬†But if there is one team over the history of UK football that we as fans can snicker at and consider ourselves superior to, it would be Vanderbilt. ¬†Just a couple quick stats to throw out at your about the Kentucky-Vanderbilt series:

-Since 1992, when the SEC expanded to 12 teams, Kentucky has just 45 SEC wins. ¬†That is 22 seasons with only 45 wins. ¬†But 12 of those wins have been against Vanderbilt, or 27% of the wins. ¬†Only 12.5% of Kentucky’s SEC schedule is Vanderbilt, yet 27% of the wins come from the Commodores.

-Since 1992, Kentucky has 2 different winning streaks of 4 games against Vanderbilt.  It has not beaten any other SEC team more than twice in a row in that same timespan.

-Since 1992, Kentucky has finished tied or ahead in the SEC East standings of Florida 0 times, Tennessee 1 time, Georgia 3 times, South Carolina 7 times, and Vanderbilt 16 times.  That is out of 22 seasons.

-UK has finished with 1 or 2 conference wins 10 times since 1992.  In those 10 seasons, Vanderbilt accounted for one of those wins 7 out of 10 years.

I don’t put those stats up there to depress you, although they are a bit sad. ¬†I simply put those stats up there to highlight this simple fact: KENTUCKY NEEDS TO DOMINATE THE VANDERBILT SERIES. ¬†Rich Brooks went 5-2 against Vanderbilt during his tenure and one of those losses was in his first season. ¬†Hal Mumme went 3-1 against Vanderbilt. ¬†I think we can consider those 2 tenure’s the most successful since Jerry Claiborne. ¬†On the other end of the spectrum, Bill Curry went 2-5 against Vanderbilt. ¬†Joker Phillips went 1-2 against Vandy. ¬†Obviously there is more to a successful coach than how they do against 1 opponent, but I don’t think it is a coincidence that UK’s best coaches have dominated Vandy and our least successful have struggled against the Commodores. ¬†

Now throw in the fact that this year’s Vandy team might be the worst they have had in many years and you recognize that now is the time for Kentucky to regain dominance in this series. ¬†I think Kentucky needs to treat Vanderbilt like Georgia and Tennessee treat us. ¬†Every single year a win is expected. ¬†Every year you should be the favorite, even in your more down years. ¬†And when you lose, there should be a sense of embarrassment. ¬†Doesn’t mean that you won’t lose a game now and then, but it should always be a surprise if you do.

I think Saturday is a good chance to continue to rebuild the attitude of this program. ¬†I want the fans/coaches/players to always have the attitude that Vanderbilt is below us and we should hammer them. ¬†The best program’s have that cockiness and attitude. ¬†It’s not a bad thing. ¬†And I want to see that starting Saturday when it comes to Vanderbilt.

 

 


Dakari Johnson’s Tuesday News and Views

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Happy 19th birthday to one of our favorites, Dakari Johnson.¬†Dakari was part of last season’s historic freshman class, and after some huge postseason performances, decided to turn down the NBA and come back to school for his sophomore year. Of the players that returned to school, you could argue that Dakari has the most to gain. During the offseason, he shed 20 pounds and improved his conditioning immensely. Dakari’s always had great touch around the basket, but in the Bahamas, he was able to run the floor better, get more rebounds, and be a more consistent threat on both sides of the court.

In the second half of last season, Dakari became the heart and soul of the team, infusing his teammates¬†with some much needed energy at crucial times and working his way into the starting lineup. “Dakari in the USA” became a familiar refrain, and his dunks, smiles, clapping, and yelling were highlights each week. And, who can forget it was Dakari that gave us the line of the season when talking about Aaron Harrison’s…guts. “He’s got big nuts, to be honest,” Dakari said of Aaron. “He can’t even walk right now.”

How did Dakari celebrate the big day? By stepping:

Practice makes perfect, big fella. News and views?

It’s FINALLY game week

I don’t know about you guys, but it feels like forever since¬†the Florida game. With the bye week behind us, it’s finally time to focus on Vandy, and for this Nashville-based blogger, their terrible fans. I wrote about this earlier, but with Vandy rebuilding and Kentucky finally climbing, the two programs are at a crossroads. Kentucky hasn’t won an SEC game in two years and has¬†lost three in a row to Vandy, but Vegas feels so confident about the Cats’ chances of beating the ‘Dores that they’re currently a 17-point favorite, bet up from 10.5 over the weekend. Stoops spoke to reporters on Monday and said that after a “very good week” of practice, his team is excited to get back on the field, but will face a big challenge against an improving Vandy team. “We’re looking to play better. Vandy is playing better and better each week. We’ll have our hands full,” Stoops said. “I thought [Vandy]¬†played with great energy this past week. You could see the excitement. They played hard. They’re getting better and better, playing more confident.”

The Cats are almost 100% healthy

The bye week was just the medicine the Cats needed to get close to 100%. Stoops said that starting left guard Zach West “is getting better” after a nerve issue in his neck, and the staff planned to “put him through some things” at practice Monday. Darius West (leg) and Jeff Badet (eye) are still questionable, but Stoops said he feels “both of them will have a chance to play.” Alexander Montgomery is “getting close” to being back¬†after his knee injury, but Stoops stressed that he needs to add some strength to his quad muscle before they’re ready to let him play. The bye week was also good to Javess Blue and Braylon Heard, who came back from injuries against Florida, but the off time helped them get back to full strength.

The Patton Robinette mystery continues

While UK is enjoying rare stability at the QB position (knock on wood), Vanderbilt’s situation is a complete mess. Vandy has started three quarterbacks in four games: freshman Wade Freebeck, sophomore Patton Robinette, and senior Stephen Rivers. On Monday morning, Derek Mason said he’s cautiously optimistic¬†Robinette will be back for the game after suffering an injury early against South Carolina.¬†The injury,¬†thought to be a concussion, is¬†just the latest mystery surrounding Robinette, who was pulled from¬†Vandy’s season opening loss to Temple and sat out the Ole Miss game. After denying that Robinette’s health had anything to do with the decision to pull him, Mason changed his story last week, finally telling¬†the media about Robinette’s injury in the most cryptic way possible.¬†‚ÄúThere‚Äôs things there that you guys don‚Äôt know,‚ÄĚ Mason said. ‚ÄúIf you guys knew the story, well then you guys would understand what I understand about Patton. Sometimes you have to protect players from themselves. ‚Ķ I‚Äôm just going to leave it at that.‚ÄĚ Huh?¬†

On Monday, Stoops said that Vandy’s offense won’t change regardless of who starts at quarterback¬†and actually¬†seemed much more concerned about facing Wade Freebeck than Robinette,¬†calling the true freshman “a very good football player.”¬†“It will be interesting to see who goes for them.¬† I think you could see some real talent in the freshman,” Stoops said of Freeback. “A guy that we knew from St.¬†Thomas High School, a very good football player, a great program. He’s going to be a special player.”

October 4 will be one hell of a day in Lexington

On Monday, we found out that UK/South Carolina will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network, which made everyone in the Bluegrass do a fist pump at their desk. Not only is it the opening weekend of Keeneland (hello, Daily Double!), “SEC Nation” will be live from Lexington all day to capture the sights and sounds. If the Cats take care of business against Vandy this weekend, they’ll be 3-1 and rolling on a wave of momentum heading into the nightcap against a South Carolina team that has look vulnerable this season. That, my friends, is the recipe for a perfect fall day. Plan accordingly.

The Courier-Journal apologizes to Cal, Cal accepts

On Friday, the Courier-Journal published an illustration of a baby with Calipari’s head on it to accompany Tim Sullivan’s column¬†about¬†Coach K, Calipari, and Jim Boeheim, and ever since, they’ve¬†been doing damage control.¬†On Monday, the paper’s Executive Editor Neil Budde issued a formal apology to Calipari, calling the illustration¬†a “failure in our procedures,” and Cal accepted the apology via Twitter, calling it something “most papers wouldn’t have done.”¬†Leave it Cal to be gracious¬†and throw a barb at the Herald-Leader at the same time.

Swaggy Cal is Swaggy, teases “watershed moment”

Cal wasn’t done just yet. After accepting the Courier-Journal’s apology, Cal posted something of his own, his latest manifesto on CoachCal.com. Cal wrote about how he thinks this season could be the next¬†“the next watershed moment” at Kentucky, the first one being in¬†2010 when five players were selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. In 2010, the level of talent was monumental; this season, the amount of talent is epic. While the haters (whom Cal called out as “writers with agendas to another program or coach”) will say there’s too much talent to play at once, Cal writes that he’s found a way to make sure everyone “eats.”

If you wonder why everyone is panicked outside of the Big Blue Nation, why everyone is curious as to how we are going to make this work, why writers with agendas to another program or coach are pitting player against player, platoon vs. platoon, it’s because they are afraid of what could happen. They know that if this turns out the way they think it could, it becomes a watershed moment for college basketball. There will be no going back. No player will ever worry about who else is in the program or who may stay. They will know we have their best interests at heart.

Writing all of that got him so excited he spun around in his chair.

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Which made all of us with chairs that spin spin around in our chairs.

Hump ditty ditty. See you in the morning.


SEC Network Ranks SEC East Quarterbacks

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Good to finally have positive feedback on a UK QB


Tennessee fan broke his mother’s wrist and bit off his girlfriend’s nose

Some disturbing news out of Knoxville today where Grant Taylor, the handsome lad pictured above, was arrested on two counts of aggravated domestic assault. Taylor allegedly bit off the tip of his girlfriend’s nose and broke a bone in his mother’s wrist in the bedroom of his apartment. His bond is set at $100,000 if you’d like to get him out for some beers and narcotics — apparently that’s his thing, according to witnesses.

I have no idea if Taylor is a Tennessee Vols fan but he is a Tennessee Vols fan.


John Calipari records his other point guard dunking

I think Coach Cal recently learned how to capture video on his phone and now he’s obsessed. Earlier this evening he filmed Andrew Harrison throwing down a simple dunk in the Joe Craft Center, asking viewers if the rim is too low. The video is a follow-up to Saturday’s clip of Tyler Ulis dunking on a lowered goal in Calipari’s backyard.

Maybe tomorrow he will show us Sam Malone jumping over a Kia for a two-handed slam.


On Friday, wear blue and pack Madison Southern’s game for Damien Harris

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Damien Harris and Madison Southern play South Laurel Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Berea, and KSR is going to pack the stands with UK blue to show our support for the talented running back. As you surely know by now, Harris is considered the top running back in the country, and has Kentucky in his final five, along with Ohio State, Florida, Alabama, and Texas A&M. Harris claims he doesn’t have a favorite, but he’s planning on taking an official visit to UK this weekend, and what better way to tug at his home state heart strings than a huge showing of UK fans at his game Friday night?

The guys will also be doing the radio show from Madison Southern on Friday morning, but it won’t be open to the public. But, come on out Friday afternoon and evening to party with the KSR crew and make a good impression on a very important recruit.

Friday night. Madison Southern High School. Wear blue.


Trey Lyles practiced with the team today

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Good news: we’re hearing that Trey Lyles was on the court practicing with the team today and will be ready to roll when the season starts.

We may not ever know what Lyles’ mysterious leg injury was, but thankfully, it’s not serious enough to keep him from starting his freshman season on time.

Phew.


Cats in the NFL: Week 3

Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

Cobb had a quiet game in the Packers 19-7 loss to division rivals, the Detroit Lions

Cobb has three receptions for 29 yards. His longest reception came in the second quarter on a 13-yard pass from Aaron Rogers.

Stevie Johnson, San Francisco 49ers

Despite the 49ers 23-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Stevie Johnson had his biggest game as a 49er since being traded.

Johnson had nine receptions for 103 yards. His longest reception was a 32-yarder in the third quarter.

Winston Guy, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguar’s struggle continues as they lose 44-17 to the Indianapolis Colts. Rookie quarterback, Blake Bortles out of UCF, got the start in the second half after being down 30-0.

Winston combined for three tackles; two solo and assisted on one.

Tim Masthay, Green Bay Packers

Masthay five punts totaled for 215 yards in the Packers loss to the Lions. His longest punt came in at 48-yards. Two of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.

Corey Peters, Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons dominated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14 in the Thursday night game this week.

Peters was outstanding in his second game back from injury. He recorded four tackles for loss and one sack. Peters played 34 out of the 60 snaps in the game.

Peters told ESPN:

“I’m really enjoying the game much, much more than I have in the past. I think I was kind of taking it for granted. And when I got injured, I said that I would never do that again. I’m just enjoying it all, man.”

Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos 

The rematch of last year’s Super Bowl was¬†anything but a blowout this time around. The Seattle Seahawks prevailed once again defeating the Broncos 26-20 in OT.

Tamme played a huge role in the Broncos 17 point comeback in the fourth quarter. The Broncos tied the game at 20 with 18 seconds left when Peyton Manning thew 36-yard touchdown to Tamme.

Tamme had two receptions for a total 22 yards and one touchdown.

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Avery Williamson, Tennessee Titans

Avery Williamson recorded his first NFL stats in the Titans 33-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Williamson combined for four tackles; two solo and two assists.

According to ESPN.com:

“I feel like I played pretty good,” Williamson said. “I had a few mistakes, but overall I feel like I was downhill and I made plays, that‚Äôs the main thing. I‚Äôm excited to watch the film and improve on it and get ready for next week.”

Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee Titans 

In the Titans crushing loss to the Bengals, Woodyard collected nine tackles for the game; five solo and assisted on four.

While watching the Cincinnati and Titans game, I was filled with much pride seeing Avery and Wesley make plays out there. Way to represent Kentucky and the #BBN Avery and Wesley. And, we are proud of Avery for recording his first NFL tackle.

 

@kbernhardKSR