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November 28th, 2014

Watch Caleb Swanigan LIVE in the Bluegrass Showdown

Caleb Swanigan, the first of several UK targets in the Bluegrass Showdown, is currently on the court for Homestead out of Indiana. Coach Cal, Kenny Payne, Bruce Pearl and several other coaches from around college basketball are in attendance to watch the former offensive lineman play.

Swanigan is the third-ranked center in the class with heavy interest from the Cats since his breakout performance at the Peach Jam. He picked up his offer in July and took an unofficial visit to Lexington in October.

Watch him LIVE below:


Kentucky to face a brand new Bobby Petrino tomorrow

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No matter what happens in tomorrow’s game, remember: Bobby Petrino is a changed man, coaching in a family atmosphere at Louisville. Wins and losses are meaningless. It’s all about loving your neighbor and being the best person you can be. He’s a family man now. HE CADDIED FOR HIS DAUGHTER.

Football is an afterthought. Remember that tomorrow at noon when the Governor’s Cup kicks off, because that’s the way Bobby sees it. He’s a brand new man.


George Briscoe says Isaiah signed to “put it to bed”

When Isaiah Briscoe committed to the University of Kentucky earlier this month, he said on the ESPN Recruiting TV special that he will wait until the spring to sign the paperwork. However, 24 hours later, news broke that he changed his mind and sent his Letter of Intent to UK.

In an interview with ESPN Insider this week, George Briscoe, Isaiah’s father, explained the sudden change of plan:

“We went out to dinner right after the show and spoke as a family,” Briscoe told ESPN.com“We didn’t want to leave any doubt that we were all in and 100 percent solidified, so we decided to sign and put it to bed.”

The signed LOI was a relief for Cal and his staff; had Briscoe waited, he still would’ve been heavily pursued by St. John’s until the spring, and UK would’ve spent precious time keeping him on board when they could be out recruiting others. But now, he’s 100 percent in and can’t be touched.

 


Louisville planning a “Red Out” tomorrow

The University of Louisville is encouraging its fans to wear red — much more specific than the usual “please wear shirts” — to tomorrow’s game in Papa John’s Stadium. The Cardinals are calling it a “Red Out” for the Governor’s Cup game.

Sir, you’ll have to leave your “I Promise To Rep The Ville” shirt at home this time. The earrings and knockoff sunglasses are fine, as is any additional jewelry and accessories you purchased from a kiosk in the middle of the mall.

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Cal says Aaron’s still his go-to guy late in the game

Photo by Darrell Bird, CatsPause.com

Photo by Darrell Bird, CatsPause.com

When asked what improvements need to be made in the Cats’ perimeter shooting, John Calipari said that Aaron Harrison needs to start making more 3-pointers. So far this season, Aaron is only 7-28 from behind the arc for 25%, but Calipari says Aaron is still his go-to guy in late game situations.

“If it’s a late game and it’s tight, who do you think I’m gonna go to? I don’t care if he’s shooting 12%, I’m going to him. The reason is demonstrated performance. I’ve seen it, I know it. I’m not testing the waters with other guys. Ain’t happening.”

Even the purest shooters can panic in clutch situations. Not Aaron. “He believes he’s making it. Everyone in the building believes he’s making it. The other team believes he’s making it,” Cal said. “We’ve just gotta create it so he can get it off.”

Meanwhile, your Calipari GIF of the day:

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Coach Cal confirms UCLA will replace UNC for two seasons

Today Coach Cal confirmed what we already believed to be true: the new series with UCLA will serve as a replacement for the North Carolina series for two years. “North Carolina has already sent us a contract for after those two years,” Cal said today. “This is plugging that hole right now.”

Kentucky is scheduled to play North Carolina in Las Vegas in 2016 as part of the CBS Sports Classic, so the home-and-home series needed that year off. But taking off one season throws off both schedules, so the two sides agreed to take a two-year hiatus to accommodate the CBS tournament and keep their home schedules balanced for the future.

Therefore, we get a trip to UCLA next season and a visit from the Bruins in 2016 before it’s back to Cats and Heels.

In related news, No. 5 North Carolina stomped No. 22 UCLA last night, 78-56. We’ll see them in back-to-back weekends beginning December 13th with UNC coming to Rupp, followed by a subzero trip to Chicago on December 20th. Can’t wait.


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Damien Harris expected to visit UK December 12-14

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What’s the latest on Damien Harris? A source tells 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong that the 5-star running back will visit Kentucky December 12-14, the weekend he had previously picked to announce his decision. That’s the same weekend several of Kentucky’s current commitments will take their official visits, along with top targets defensive back Marcus Lewis, Tennessee tight end commit Kyle Oliver, Vanderbilt linebacker pledge Josh Smith and receiver Tavin Richardson.

No word on whether or not Harris’ visit will be an official or not, but it will be his seventh to UK this fall. This weekend, Harris will take his official to Alabama for the Iron Bowl, his second visit to Tuscaloosa in recent weeks. It’s looking more and more likely that Harris will push his announcement back to January.

In promising news, Wiltfong’s source added that he’d be surprised if Harris ended up anywhere other than Lexington.

[247 Sports]


How your favorite Cats spent the holiday

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Everyone sleep off their white wine–I mean turkey hangovers? Good. Before we move on to the Louisville hate, here’s a look at how some of your favorite Cats spent their Thanksgiving day…

It looks like Patrick Towles and some of his teammates spent the afternoon together after a big meal at the Nutter Training Center:

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Beat Louisville, boys.

Meanwhile, James Young and his mother and always fabulous grandmother let someone else do the cooking:

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Avery Williamson enjoyed time with his sister:

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And Eric Bledsoe his family:

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Hopefully, Boogie recreated this picture:


Beat. The. Cards. (Friday Show Thread)

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Happy Friday, folks. I trust you had a lovely Thanksgiving. With the cooking out of the way, it’s time to turn our attention to tomorrow’s huge football game. I hear Louisville hate pairs perfectly with turkey leftovers, so turn up that radio and get ready to hate all things Cardinal. Tune in as Matt and Ryan do their best to get you ready for tomorrow’s showdown. And then get some more mashed potatoes. They really were delicious.

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

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: State Football SEMIFINALS Tonight!

One of the better parts of the sports culture in this state is an extreme loyalty to one’s high school.  Some people consider their high school’s rival to be as important as their college one.  And while football still takes a backseat to basketball for most in this state, in some communities the football tradition is a source of great pride.  Well, the high school football playoffs began 3 weeks ago, with 24 teams now remaining for 6 state championships.  Each Friday I will update the schedule from here on out.  Along with the schedule, I have attached each team’s Lit Ranking before the playoffs began to give you a sense of the favorite in each game.  Those in bold are the defending champions.

Class 6-A (defending champion Scott County eliminated)
4. Trinity at 15. Meade County
13. Ballard at 6. Dixie Heights

Class 5-A (defending champion Bowling Green eliminated)
4. Graves County at 18. John Hardin
6. Cooper at 2. Pulaski County

Class 4-A (defending champion Collins eliminated)
8. Owensboro at 5. North Oldham
9. Lexington Catholic at 2. Highlands

Class 3-A
1. South Warren at 6. Central
9. Russell at 2. Belfry

Class 2-A
6. Murray at 3. Desales
13. Newport Central Catholic at 11. Shelby Valley

Class 1-A
1. Mayfield at 2. Beechwood
5. Williamsburg at 3. Raceland


KSR’s Top Ten Tweets of the Day

(Darrell Bird | Catspause)

(Darrell Bird | Catspause)

We will focus most of our attention on relevant Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as per usual, there are no limits to our madness. You, the KSR fans, can also participate in our top-10 tweet countdown by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTopTen, or by tweeting @KySportsRadio.

 

#10  Nick J Stem

One of the many reasons you shouldn’t shop on Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

#9  Violent J & 2 Dope

This needed to be in top tweets. Just a fact.

 

 

#8  Alex Kennedy

Surely this will happen.

 

 

#7  Poythress the Dude

Me–stuffing.

 

 

#6 Scott Charlton

Naw.

 

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#5  Mark Barber

How monstrous.

 

 

#4  Enes Kanter

Like, woah.

 

 

#3  Spencer Hall

Holiday tweet of the decade.

 
#2  Shea Serrano

Let’s go, he said. It would be fun, he said.

 

 

#1  Alisha Dunn

Now THAT is a cake. A 98th cake at that.

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Coach Cal and the Cats spent Thanksgiving giving back

But wait, they’re supposed to be selfish sleazeballs, right?

Riiiight.


November 27th, 2014

The First Thanksgiving

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(Ed. Note: It’s very easy, at this hectic time of year, to get caught up in our own lives and forget the things which really matter. So if I may share a family tradition of my own today, I’d like to suggest you take the time at your family’s table this holiday, share the following story of The First Thanksgiving and make it a family tradition in your own home. -Cheers, CMT)

In the year 1621, a group of 101 passengers fleeing the religious persecution of the Church England boarded a ship called the Mayflower and set sail to find their own new land in which to settle and reside. The wooden ship sailed, scholars believe, for sixty-six days before landing on the coast of a new and “undiscovered” country, which the Englishmen and women — who called themselves “pilgrims” — would decide to call home.

As the seasons passed and the air grew colder and brisker signaling autumn was on the way, these pilgrims began to secure the supplies they would need to survive to harsh winter to come. They worked hard to grow corn on the vast land and pull fish from the ocean; they chopped wood they would need for fires and cured meat to be used when food sources would soon become scarce.

One crisp autumn day the pilgrims were delighting themselves in their chores when a group of visitors arrived at their settlement. These visitors were the Kentucky Wildcats, led by head coach John Calipari and his coaching staff, and they could see the pilgrims were unprepared for what was to come. “Let us help you,” said John Calipari, and the pilgrims were grateful for the assistance.

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The Kentucky Wildcats then took the pilgrims to an open field near the settlement and began to throw a rounded gourd back and forth to one another. “Come, try to take this from us,” Alex Poythress said, and a pilgrim man ran to him and tried to take his gourd from him. But Alex Poythress was too fast, and quickly threw the gourd to Aaron Harrison, who tossed the gourd into a hole in a tree, even though there was a very tall pilgrim right in front of him.

The settlers did their best to contain the Kentucky Wildcats but a dual-platoon system with extra substitutes proved too much for them to handle. The pilgrims tried hard but, being new to this country, had no recourse for a solid NBA-style pick-and-roll and strong shooting from the perimeter. Height was also a major problem, as evidenced by the following journal entry by a settler named Edward Fuller:
     These giants both surprised us and frightened us with their swift movements. 
     My beloved wife Mary was thrilled although fearful when Karl-Anthony Towns swatted a

     butternut squash directly into my face, causing me and
     my family sadness and great humility.
The pilgrims would lose The First Thanksgiving 87-19, held to only 7 points in the second half, and ultimately feel grateful that the competition would strengthen them in the days to come. The initial shock on the faces of the children would turn to delight as everyone watching in attendance scored a free taco and the dance team displayed exquisite movements to the day’s hottest rap hits.

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“We must repay you for what you have shown and taught us here today,” the pilgrims told John Calipari. “Someday we will initiate a three-tiered system of competition with scholarships, though not too many scholarships, which will culminate in a tournament rewarding the strongest with an opportunity to be the greatest in all the land.” And John Calipari thought that sounded like a great idea, and then the Kentucky Wildcats were like “Also, here’s some food for you guys” and gave them some corn and roasted meat and sweet fruits for the children. Then a group of energetic young people with jump ropes arrived to put on a show of entertainment as everyone ate their food and Dorothy Bradford, wife of William Bradford of Cambridgeshire, got to be the “Y.” A good time was had by all and Seth Davis said he didn’t know if any Thanksgiving would be better than the First Thanksgiving that year, to which Clark Kellogg was all “you’re right about that” and he doesn’t even like the Kentucky Wildcats.

Afterward, John Calipari would tell everyone that the pilgrims deserved credit for getting out there and playing hard and that he was really impressed with their level of play, even though he probably was just saying it to be nice. The post-First-Thanksgiving epistle-writing show had very high ratings and the pilgrims would go to sleep that night with their hats unbuckled and their bellies full of kindness and food. As the abbreviated, choked howls of the Kentucky Wildcats dunking on wolves peppered the crisp night wind outside, the safe pilgrims vowed to recall this day every autumn and appreciate the blessings bestowed upon them. And that’s what we, today, call Thanksgiving.