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September 14th, 2014

Mark Stoops will be a guest on KSR tomorrow morning

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Coach Stoops has a little more free time this week as Kentucky has a bye this coming weekend, so he will be making a brief stop by the KSR studio during tomorrow’s show. Stoops will join Matt and Ryan in the second hour of the show (roughly 11:05 am) to talk about Saturday’s heartbreaker in Gainesville. If you have any questions you would like to ask Coach, call in to tomorrow’s show or leave it in the comments section below and maybe the guys will ask.

He’ll be talking 4th and 7, Patrick Towles, Garrett Johnson, Boom Williams’ run, play clocks and whatever else comes up. It’ll be a good one and you won’t want to miss it.


Tons of students showed up for the Big Blue Madness ticket lottery

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While fans wait for Saturday’s Big Blue Madness ticket distribution, students lined up Monday night for the student ticket lottery. Have a look at the madness in some of the photos below:

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The Big Blue Madness Campout Check List

It’s that time again, Cats fans. Tent City is days away from its 2014 edition, and this year, basketball excitement is at an all-time high. We’re expecting record numbers in Lexington and some fans are already lined up across the street from Memorial Coliseum, waiting to pounce on a nice piece of land when UK blows the whistle for the campout to officially begin early Wednesday morning. But for those of you still shopping and packing up supplies to join the crowd, I put together a list of items you will not want to forget. Check it out, check ‘em off, and I’ll see you Wednesday.

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Tent

If you’re planning to camp out, a tent is a pretty good idea. I mean, you could sleep on the ground, I guess, but you’re probably going to want a tent so you’re covered. Plus it add privacy from other campers in case you want to do some things people do when they’re alone. Maybe you find love at Tent City; anything is possible.

Get a tent.

Sleeping Bag

I prefer the air mattress/UK quilt combo, but a sleeping bag is easy and affordable for catching sleep. I don’t know about the one in the photo, though. It seems a little weird.

Sharpie

One of the best things about the Big Blue Madness campout is the access to the players everyday. At any moment you could see Willie Cauley-Stein walking to class or Karl Towns pushing his GMC Envoy up Euclid. When that happens, you’re going to want to swoop in and ask for an autograph. And what does one need to get a signature? Something for the players to write with. Out comes the handy dandy Sharpie you’re packing around in your pocket all week.

Something To Get Signed

Just as important as the Sharpie in the autograph process is an object to get signed. Sure, Sam Malone could sign your face, but most people prefer basketballs, t-shirts, hats, shoes or empty pizza boxes.

Deodorant

Your neighbor will appreciate it. I also recommend shower wipes. Your neighbor’s neighbor will appreciate it, too.

Cornhole Boards

When you’re not sleeping or chasing Aaron Harrison through the parking lot, you’ll need something to do to pass the time. You’re going to have a lot of it. Most of the kids these days like playing cornhole, a very simple game of throwing a bag into a hole. The group with the cornhole boards usually makes the most friends and players will often come out and play along.

If you don’t have cornhole boards, befriend whoever does.

Radio

So you can listen to KSR every morning, of course. KSR will be live from the Big Blue Madness campout on Friday. You won’t need your radio then.

Snacks

For those of you who don’t want to eat Qdoba for every meal — so, not Matt — you’ll want to pack some treats to fight hunger. There are several restaurant options within walking distance but that can get expensive for campers on a budget. I recommend Lunchables, but do you.

Toilet Paper

DO NOT FORGET TOILET PAPER. This is especially important for ladies and the people who eat Qdoba for every meal. Campers will have to use porta-potties when it comes time to do their business and we all know TP isn’t always available in those plastic chambers of filth. Pack your own toilet paper so you’re safe, and offer a sheet or two to any Louisville fans you may come across. They’ll be crying about something.


Garrett Johnson named SEC Freshman of the Week

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Congrats to UK freshman WR Garrett Johnson, who was named SEC Freshman of the Week by the league on Monday. Johnson had six catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in UK’s loss to Florida, including a career-long 60-yard touchdown reception. His 154 receiving yards are the most since Randall Cobb had 171 vs. Mississippi State in 2010, and a Kentucky freshmen record. Johnson is also the first UK freshman with two touchdown catches in a game since Cobb vs. Arkansas in 2008.

Let’s watch that 60-yarder again:


Former Cats Help Win FIBA World Cup

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Team USA captured the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup with a 129-92 beat down of Serbia. The Americans didn’t have any trouble throughout the tournament, winning by over 30 points per game on average, and they never had a game decided by less than 20 points. Their strong play was in large part due to the success in shooting the basketball; last night alone they were 15/30 from 3-point range including a 6-6 shooting night from MVP Kyrie Irving. However, it wasn’t just the perimeter players who shined for Team USA during the Basketball World Cup.

Former Kentucky standouts Anthony Davis and Demarcus Cousins each had outstanding games along the way for Team USA. Davis really shined in the first three games of the tournament, going for 17 & 4, 19 & 6, and 21 & 9. The three games after that were three of the best for Demarcus; he shot 14/18 from the field in that 3 game stretch and scored in double figures each game while also doing a great job on the offensive glass. Boogie’s best game was probably the championship game last evening where he scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in just 17 minutes of work for Team USA.         

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(TCP Photos by Brianna Bird — Facebook.com/briannabirdphotography)

For the tournament, Demarcus averaged 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting over 70% from the field. Anthony averaged 12.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. It was great to see this outstanding pair of former Wildcat big men shine for Team USA and help them bring home the title in yet another international competition.

With all of the talented big men who are on campus in Lexington now, it is not hard to imagine Wildcats dominating the paint on the international stage for many, many years to come. Karl-Anthony Towns already has some experience playing for the Dominican National Team and a guy like Willie Cauley-Stein could certainly develop into the type of player we see on Team USA.

As a Kentucky fan it is really neat getting to watch our players go on to represent the United States, especially when you get to watch former UK greats play key roles on Team USA. Even though it appears Big Blue will be represented for a long time on Team USA, let’s never take for granted how cool it is that two of our former players helped win a title for our country.

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Cats in the NFL: Week 2

After a heartbreaking loss on Saturday, an NFL Sunday was just the cure I needed.

Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

Randall Cobb shined in the Packers’ home opener at Lambeau Field. Cobb caught five passes for a total of 39 yards and two touchdowns.

His first touchdown was a six-yard pass in the second quarter right before the half. His second was a one-yard pass that came in the third quarter. Green Bay went on to beat the New York Jets 31-24.

Cobb couldn’t help but do the famous Lambeau Leap after that second TD.

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Randal Cobb TD #2

Winston Guy, Jacksonville Jaguars

Correction on last week’s post: This is Winston Guy’s second year with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars lost to the Washington Redskins 41-10. The Redskins’ backup quarterback Kirk Cousins came in and took over the show for the injured RGIII.

Winston Guy combined for a total of seven tackles. He had five tackles on his own and assisted on two. Guy sacked Cousins in the 2nd quarter for a loss of 10 yards.

Tim Masthay, Green Bay Packers

Masthay punted a total of four times in Green Bay’s win with his longest coming in at 56 yards. Tim totaled for 197 yards and averaged 49.3 yards per punt.

Stevie Johnson, San Francisco 49ers

After a second half comeback by the Chicago Bears, the 49ers lost 28-20 in their home opener. The Bears scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to seal the game.

Stevie Johnson had two receptions for 26 yards, and was targeted four times by quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Big shout out to Stevie Johnson, as today is the 7th Anniversary of the “Stevie Got Loose” play against Louisville in 2007.

Here is Tom Leach’s call of the play. Gives me chills.

Corey Peters, Atlanta Falcons

Corey Peters played in his first game since tearing his Achilles last December. Peters is expected to be key to the Falcons’ defensive line.

In the Falcons 24-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Peters had two tackles; one solo and one assisted.

Jacob Tamme, Denver Broncos

In Denver’s 24-17 defeat over the Kansas City Chiefs, Tamme had one reception for a touchdown. The 4-yard touchdown came in the 2nd quarter, which gave the Broncos a 14-10 lead.

You can watch it here: Jacob Tamme TD

Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee Titans 

The Titans lost to the Dallas Cowboys in their home opener 26-10.

Wesley combined for five tackles, two solo and three assisted.

 

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Stoops says the injury report isn’t too bad, expecting a “relatively healthy” team for Vandy

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Mark Stoops is currently taking your calls on his weekly radio show, and started the show off with an injury report. Stoops said he feels the team is “in pretty good shape” after the Florida game, and he expects to have “a relatively healthy” team in time for the Vandy game. “I think Braylon is coming back and Javess. They should be back at full strength,” Stoops said. “It looks like both of our tackles are coming back at full strength.”

When asked, Stoops said he thinks Alexander Montgomery is close to being back on the field, but isn’t too sure about Jeff Badet.


UK offering $20 general admission tickets to the Vandy game

Photo by Darrell Bird | CatsPause.com

Photo by Darrell Bird | CatsPause.com

With Vandy down on their luck and the Cats hungry after a triple overtime loss to Florida, the UK/Vandy game on September 27 is shaping up to be UK’s best chance for an SEC win since 2011. More than ever, the team will need the fans’ support, and to ensure that the BBN packs Commonwealth, the UK Ticket Office is running a special. For $20, you can get upper level general admission tickets, or for $50, lower reserved tickets. That’s a steal. To take advantage of the deal, call the ticket office at 1-800-928-2287. You can ONLY get this deal by calling them or going to the ticket office in person, so get on it.

Pack Commonwealth. No excuses. Right, Dorian?


Patrick Towles is 14th in the nation in passing yards

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Patrick Towles was superb on Saturday night. It’s been a while since Kentucky has had such certainty and poise at quarterback, and Towles’ stats rank with the best in the country. Right now, Towles is 14th in the nation in passing yards, which is good enough for third in the SEC. Through three games, he is 61-105 for 916 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions passing. He’s completing 58.1% of his throws for an average of 8.7 yards. And don’t forget his ability to scramble; Towles also has 111 yards rushing on 34 attempts and 1 touchdown on the ground. Right now, he’s on pace for 3,664 yards passing and 444 yards rushing this season.

Patrick’s 369-yard performance against Florida was his second 300+ yard game as a Cat, and makes him only the third UK quarterback to pass for 300 yards against Florida in Gainesville. Towles is the first UK quarterback to pass for 300+ yards in an SEC game since Mike Hartline in 2010, and his 369 yards passing were the most yards passing allowed by Florida since 2007. Two of his interceptions were on deep balls the bounced off his wide receivers into Florida’s hands, and he had two more potentially big gains there were dropped. Not only has Towles kept the offense moving, he’s shown the leadership Kentucky has so desperately lacked at the position. For the first time in a long time, Kentucky was in a close game late and had a quarterback capable of handling it. Unfortunately, the ball didn’t bounce UK’s way after three overtimes, but Towles says the fact that the Cats didn’t give up is proof that Stoops has gotten rid of the “old Kentucky”:

The whole thing about us ‘not supposed to’ is gone. That’s old Kentucky. That’s four or five years ago. That’s not now. We expect to win every football game that we play. We expected to win this game. We came down off the plane ready to win this football game. It didn’t happen. These new players, these freshmen and sophomores that we’ve got, it’s just a testament to how hard Coach Stoops has, or how good he is on the recruiting trail. He went out and got those playmakers to succeed and excel in moments like these. They did that tonight.”

A UK fan his whole life, Towles knows plenty about the “old Kentucky,” but vowed to not let losing become a habit: “We’ve made progress, but obviously not enough progress or else we would have won that game. Like I said, losing sucks. It’s awful. I hate it. It’s not something that’s going to become a habit around here.”

With Towles at the helm, that’s starting to look like a guarantee.


Exhibition game against Georgetown rescheduled for November 9th at 7 p.m.

Breaking basketball schedule news! UK has just informed us that the Kentucky-Georgetown College exhibition game, initially slated for November 7, will now be played Sunday, November 9 in Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised live on the SEC Network.

In addition, Kentucky’s November 2 exhibition opener against the University of Pikeville has been scheduled for 7 p.m. That contest will also air on the SEC Network.

It’ll be here before you know it…

 


Rapper Stalley hangs out with the Harrison Twins

I’ll be honest, I had never heard of Stalley before today, but Google tells me he’s a rapper from Ohio that’s relatively famous, and apparently, he’s buddies with the Harrison Twins. Stalley posted this picture on Instagram today with the caption “Chillin In Lexington with my lil bros. @drewroc5 @theaaronice_ptp.

Further research tells me Stalley often collaborates with Rick Ross, which automatically puts him on Drew Franklin’s good list. He even used to play basketball, going against LeBron James in high school and earning a scholarship to Michigan before getting hurt and transferring to Long Island University. He’s a pretty big Ohio State fan, but maybe his “lil bros” can convert him to Kentucky blue?


John Wall loses bet with Bradley Beal, has to wear a Gators onesie to practice

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How much does John Wall love Kentucky? Enough to risk wearing a Florida Gators onesie to practice. According to CSN Washington’s J. Michael, Wall and former Gator and Wizards teammate Bradley Beal bet on the UK/Florida basketball game last spring, and since the Cats lost, Wall had to agree to wear a Gators onesie to the first day of practice this fall. Wall said he’s having the onesie custom-made, but is determined to follow through on his punishment:

“It’s getting made,” Wall said as a guest on CSN’s SportsTalk Live on Friday night. “It’s taking forever to get a onesie made in my size. I’m always paying up on my bets.

The Wizards’ first day of training camp is September 30, and Wall says he’ll wear the onesie the entire time. I imagine there will be plenty of pictures.

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What they’re saying about UK’s loss to Florida

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It’s Monday, and while Saturday’s loss still stings, it’s easier to see the silver linings. A victory over Florida would have given Mark Stoops a signature win, but a loss in three overtimes has the national media saying plenty of good things about the Cats, with a few going as far to predict they will make a bowl game. Here’s a quick roundup of what they’re saying.

ESPN’s SEC Power Rankings: UK #12

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ESPN’s SEC Helmet Stickers, Week Three

Patrick Towles, Kentucky: The Wildcats weren’t able to pull out the win, but Towles, who is in his first season as Kentucky’s full-time starting quarterback, played a heck of a game. He was 24-of-45 passing for 369 yards and three touchdowns. He did have three interceptions, but one of those was not his fault and his performance was gritty in a tough environment (The Swamp). Also, honorable mention to true freshman receiver Garrett Johnson, who hauled in six of Towles’ passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns, including this great catch.

Paul Finebaum:

Saturday Down South: Kentucky capable of reaching bowl game

The Wildcats can make a bowl game in Mark Stoops’ second year in Lexington. Kentucky showed it has the talent and the maturity to win four of its final nine games, seven of which are against SEC opponents. Left guard Zach West didn’t play in this game, and at one point Kentucky’s top-two left tackles, Darrian Miller and Kyle Meadows, were both sidelined with injuries. That didn’t stop the Wildcats from posting 450 yards of total offense and 30 points on a difficult Florida defense.

Sports Illustrated: Three and Out: Florida survives triple overtime showdown with Kentucky

3. Kentucky showed signs of progress

It was heartbreaking for Kentucky to narrowly miss out on a road victory, but the Wildcats had plenty of positives in this game. Quarterback Patrick Towles showed tremendous poise, most notably when Kentucky faced third-and-16 from its own one-yard line in the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-5, 238-pound sophomore delivered a 22-yard strike to Garrett Johnson to move the chains. The Wildcats’ rebuild still requires work, but competing in a hostile SEC environment and nearly pulling out a win is certainly a step in the right direction.

Mel Kiper: Who is the favorite in the SEC now?

The SEC right now is legitimately as deep a conference as I’ve ever seen.

Think about this: 13 out of 14 teams can beat you if you visit them and don’t play your best. It’s not an exaggeration. After what I saw from the Kentucky Wildcats this weekend — they lost a triple-OT game at Florida — it’s clear to me that outside of Vanderbilt (and they’re playing a ton of freshmen), every team in the SEC could conceivably beat every other team. I know “bowl team” doesn’t mean what it used to, but there are 13 bowl teams in this conference, by current standards. Because of that reality — ANY team can lose pretty much ANY week — it’s almost impossible to project.

USA Today’s Misery Index Week Three: #1 Florida

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops was furious, but it’s just a fact of life coaching at one of the bottom-tier programs in the SEC. Is there some widespread officiating conspiracy that favors the Floridas, Alabamas and LSUs? No, of course not. But if you want to find cases where a huge, controversial call has gone in their favor when they’re on the verge of getting upset (particularly at home), you can find plenty of examples. The SEC office said Sunday that “officials applied the proper mechanics and guidelines that are in place to determine when a flag should be thrown for delay of game,” but that call may very well have a lot to do at the end of the day with whether Muschamp keeps his job.


UK Basketball Media Day Photo Gallery round-up

(TCP Photos by Brianna Bird -- Facebook.com/briannabirdphotography)

(TCP Photos by Brianna Bird — Facebook.com/briannabirdphotography)

Pictures from UK Basketball’s Photo Day hit the web today, and there are some great shots out there. Here’s a round-up of our favorites across the internet:

The Cats’ Pause:

(TCP Photos by Brianna Bird — Facebook.com/briannabirdphotography)

Rivals:

Lexington Herald-Leader:

Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff HERALD-LEADER

Clay Jackson for VaughtsViews.com:

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Photos by Clay Jackson for VaughtsViews.com

Only 32 days until Big Blue Madness…


KSR Wants YOU (or Someone Like You) To Come and Write With Us

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It is that time again…KSR is looking for NEW WRITERS to join our team. This used to be an annual ritual, but in recent years due to the size of our staff, we have not done it as often. But with what we expect to be a HUGE year in UK basketball and some growth of the site coming in 2015, it is time once again for us to reach out and add new faces. As in years past, we are looking to add some college students who want to get experience and write about UK sports, while seeing if a career in sports media is for them. But in addition, for the first time in a few years, we are also looking for non-college students who simply want to write about UK sports as a side hobby. This is how all of the full-time writers at KSR got their start and we want to give others the opportunity to get on board.

This year we are looking specifically for three types of writers:

COLLEGE STUDENTS

Over the years, we have had a strong group of college writers, many of whom have moved on to do great things. Since we started our college program, we have had a number of our people go on to full time jobs in sports media, receive internships with organizations such as ESPN, CBS Sports, GQ and the Nashville Predators and many more. It is time to add a new group here. If you are a college student and you are interested in covering UK sports, we would like you to apply. When applying, include which sports you would be most interested in covering and any particularized knowledge you might have on a subject (whether it is a sport, recruiting, inside information, etc). We will give slight priority to students who attend UK or a college very close by (such as Transy, EKU, Centre, etc), but if the writing is good enough, we will look at other schools as well (we have had writers from Vandy, Yale, Davidson, etc too). If you are interested, please just include in your application email (along with the other things listed below) the Subject heading “COLLEGE STUDENT”.

Non-College Student Writers

KSR was built by, first the group of my friends and I that started this site now nearly a decade ago, and then afterwards, people in other careers who did this as a hobby and made the transition into writing full time. Writers from me, to Thomas Beisner to Drew Franklin to Tyler Thompson to BTI, etc have started doing this as a side project for fun and have made it a career. In addition, writers ranging from Bomani Jones to Chris Tomlin to Andrew McCarthy, etc have made this a part of their writing career and now write in many other forums as well. For the past three years, we have not added any non-student additions, but it is now time once again. What we are looking for is simple…creative, smart, funny, good writers with KSR sensibilities who love UK sports. If that is you, then this is the place. A love for UK sports is crucial, but you also need to know how to navigate the internet looking for great content, how to write at a creative level AND HAVE THE TIME to devote to doing it well. What this site needs more than anything is 2-3 really good writers who can meet the standard of KSR at its best. This is what we are looking for now. If it is your thing and you excel, you might end up changing careers…or you might simply have a great time doing something you love on the side. Either way, we hope it is as enjoyable for you as it has been fo rus. If this is what you are looking for, then put in your subject line “KSR WRITER”

Pop-Culture/Funkhouser Writers

We launched the KSR pop-culture site “Funkhouser” last year and have seen tremendous growth over the last 12 months. We have six really strong writers and some of our most read content has come from them. Beginning in 2015, this site will be part of a potential major project we are undertaking and we would like to add another 3-4 writers to the equation. The standard for this is high…we want you to know the pop culture area you represent (whether its movies, music, tv, politics, the arts or whatever) backwards and forwards, while also being a really good writer. Our current staff is full of intelligent people who write very interesting things. We want to add to that list. If you are someone that this applies to, put “FUNKHOUSER” in the subject line of your email.

So there it is…the THREE types of KSR Writers we are looking for. The benefits of writing for us are (we believe) many…you get a chance to cover cool events, the college students have been a part of the John Calipari Fantasy Camp and are credentialed to UK sporting events. Our regular writers are often assigned projects (something that will be happening MUCH more) that allows them the ability to go and see exciting events and cover sports in ways they have never before. In short, it is fun and we hope you are interested. To apply, here is what you need to do. To the email address below, send these things:

1. A Statement with who you are, where you are from and why you want to write

2. A Resume of some form…just so we know your background

3. A Writing sample of your best work, preferably of the type you want to do for KSR

4. Your schedule so we know how much time you can devote

EMAIL to KSRAPPLICATIONS@Gmail.com

That is it. Our goal is to continue this as the best place to follow Kentucky athletics on the internet. This will only increase but we want to do what made us successful to begin with…get real UK fans doing what they love. WE are excited for the opportunity and look forward to reading your applications. The deadline is Tuesday, September 16. Good luck