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August 24th, 2016

Roy Williams doesn’t see a future for the UK/UNC series after 2018


North Carolina coach Roy Williams appeared on Andy Katz’s podcast this week to discuss the upcoming season and various changes in the ACC, including the league’s decision to move from 18 conference games to 20 conference games in 2019. Williams said adding two conference games would likely put an end to the North Carolina/Kentucky series because the Tarheels’ schedule would be too difficult.

“I asked one of those guys [in the NCAA Tournament selection committee] one time, ‘Would you rather have North Carolina vs. Kentucky or would you rather have North Carolina and whoever was last in the league?’ They said, ‘We’d rather have North Carolina/Kentucky.’ I said, ‘Well, if you have more conference games, you lose some possibilities of having those kind of games.'”

Once the new rules go into place in 2019, Williams said he envisions the Tar Heels playing 20 conference games, the ACC/Big 10 Challenge, one exempt event with elite teams (ala the CBS Sports Classic), and home games to boost revenue. The Kentucky/North Carolina series was home-and-home until a few years back, when UNC asked to take a few years off and Kentucky replaced the series with a home-and-home with UCLA. Now, Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA, and Ohio State participate in the CBS Sports Classic, in which the Cats will face the ‘Heels in Las Vegas in December. Once the new ACC rules go into effect in 2019, Roy said that outside of the CBS Sports Classic, there’s no room for a series with Kentucky.

“Oh yeah, there’s no — like I said, the way I’m looking at it now, why do I need to do that?” Williams said. “You need some games where your kids get a little confidence and they get a little feel for what college basketball is like instead of just throwing them into the fire and expecting them to make changes.”

On one hand, I see Roy’s point. The SEC currently has an 18-game conference schedule, and if that were to increase to 20 games, you have to think some of UK’s marquee non-conference games would face the chopping block; however, it would be a shame to see the series be limited to every three years, and that’s only if the CBS Sports Classic is renewed.

Click here to listen to Roy’s explanation, which comes around the 30-minute mark.

Isaiah Briscoe is on the cover of Athlon Sports’ College Basketball Preview


You’re looking at the cover of the Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview magazine, which features Isaiah Briscoe in a beautiful picture by Matt Hernandez. This is the same shoot that we got a sneak peek of last month:

@zaaay_ stopping on a dime for an @athlonsports photo shoot with @matthernandez.

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Past UK players on the cover of Athlon Sports’ preview magazines, which were all shot by Matt Hernandez:

2015: Alex Poythress and Tyler Ulis


2014: Willie Cauley-Stein


2013: Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress


“Hey, What Do You Love?”


Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran was asked if he scripted opening drive plays during Tuesday’s press conference. “Absolutely” was his response. As for a second half script, “I’ve got second half ideas,” he murmured with a grin. As a veteran coach and play caller, Gran understands that halftime adjustments are critical and that he and his staff must keep an open mind to player/coach input to what has succeeded and what may work in order to win the game.

Fall camp was tedious for players as well as the laptop-toting media contention that reported to and from the new training facility on a daily basis. By day 14, I had somewhat checked out when coaches were on the podium. But, Gran mentioned something on Tuesday that peaked my attention. He said that he’d ask his quarterback, “Hey, what do you love?” He went on to admit that he’d text his QB on Thursdays with instructions to, “Give me your top 10.” Both communications refer to specific offensive plays. Smart move. Gran expanded, “When the crud is hitting the fan I know what he’s comfortable with.”

Experience tells me that the offensive coordinator is interested in his QB’s responses for three reasons: First is to know which play to call in crunch time. Secondly, detailed inquiries provide the offensive leader a QB confidence check as well as showcases a gauge on play book knowledge. Third, a coach can tell a great deal about the aggressiveness of a QB by which plays he likes and does not like to call. A timid or calculated QB may prefer a safe completion. A QB like Drew Barker likely has a preference to take chances by going downfield.


Right Over Zing, Pass 85

In 2016, Jerry Claiborne’s playbook would be considered outdated. But, my number one or go to pass play was Right Over Zing, Pass 85. Simply structured play: “Right” defined the formation in which the tight end lined up on the right side. “Over” signified the Z receiver lined up opposite of the TE creating a slot look. “Zing” was Z motion to the right. “Pass” is, well simply the play was a drop back pass. Finally, “85” was a route scheme with intention for the football to be thrown to the backside X receiver on a 15-yard dig or deep interior crossing route. Easy progression; if the X receiver on the dig was covered, the TE crossing in the opposite direction was normally open. That was my Top 1 pass play during the Claiborne.

The Bill Curry era didn’t end well; however, his first season in Lexington was somewhat promising as he brought offensive coordinator Tommy Bowden from Alabama to Kentucky during the staff change. R Gun UP, 10-6 Y Option was my go-to play under Bowden who I consider an innovative offensive mind and friend to this day. This play was significantly more complex.


R Gun UP 10-6 Y Option

“R” referenced a dual formation where the TE was lined up to the right and the running back-fullback were split instead of in the traditional I formation. “Gun” simply meant shotgun formation. “UP” instructed the offensive linemen to start the play in a two-point stance, or standing up. Here’s when it gets complicated. “10” was a passing game scheme identifier that inferenced the play was intended to be thrown towards the strong side of the formation. “6” was the route identification number for the outside receiver in the intended direction of the pass play. So, a 6 route was a post corner vs. Cover 2 but converted to a 16-yard comeback against loose man or Cover 3. The “Y Option” portion was a tag, or additional identifier that changed the TE’s route to an option (15 yards up field and turn right or left towards the open area). Any time a route was tagged, it most likely meant that the pre-identified player would was the intended target.

*Please note that if facing a blitz, site adjustments occurred. Hand and arm signals to outside receivers circumvented play that was called in the huddle. That a great deal to process in less than 3 seconds right?

Glory Days has stopped playing in the background. I only shared those two examples (which are most likely wrong due to bad memory) to highlight the complexity of football playbooks and to describe my mentality as a quarterback was that of understanding my limitations. Both plays were high percentage passes. That was three decades ago, I can’t imagine what it’s like now. Drew Barker will have his Top 10. Let me clarify, Drew Barker will definitely have his Top 1. It’s vital for a coach to know this information especially in 3rd and medium situations or plays that the game has dictated as vital. A QB has favorites, both routes and targets. If a QB says different he’s lying.

Eddie Gran won Fall Camp. The offensive coordinator’s command presence on the practice field and podium were obvious upgrades from 2015. Neal Brown exuded the same demeanor. Gran’s offense will be heavily called upon to go bowling. It’s time to see it on the field.

Kentucky agrees to extend Champions Classic through 2019

Since its inception in 2011, ESPN’s Champions Classic has become college basketball’s most elite regular season event, pitting Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, and Michigan State against one another in what is sometimes a preview of what’s to come in the postseason. That’s why it’s no surprise that all four teams agreed to extend the series through 2019, according to Andy Katz.

This year’s Champions Classic will feature Kentucky vs. Michigan State and Duke vs. Kansas on November 15 at Madison Square Garden. Here are the future matchups, which ESPN announced this afternoon:

  • Nov. 14, 2017: Kansas vs. Kentucky and Duke vs. Michigan State, United Center in Chicago
  • Nov. 13, 2018: Michigan State vs. Kansas and Duke vs. Kentucky, Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis
  • Nov. 12, 2019: Kansas vs. Duke and Michigan State vs. Kentucky at Madison Square Garden in New York City

John Calipari had this to say about extending the series, in which Kentucky has a 3-2 record.

“It has become one of the premier college basketball events on the national schedule every year,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “You’re talking about four blue-blood programs playing on a neutral, NCAA tournament-like stage. I know our fans love traveling to those cities. It’s always a tough way for a young team like ours to face those types of teams that early but it’s a great opportunity for us to learn and to prepare for that type of environment down the road.”

The Champions Classic has given us some great memories over the years, including Tyler Ulis’ breakout party vs. Duke last season and, in 2014, Kentucky’s shellacking of Kansas:

Here’s to many more Champions Classic memories to come.


Bruce Feldman puts Mark Stoops on the Hot Seat

stoops aint scared, come at me bro

Considering what he inherited and the facilities now in place, it’s hard to argue that Mark Stoops hasn’t improved the UK Football program; however, his 12-24 record through three seasons is pretty bleak. Depending on how you look at it, Kentucky’s close calls vs. Florida, Auburn, and Louisville are both frustrating and promising, the sign of a program on the cusp of something good but still too flawed to make that final push towards relevancy. While Kentucky fans seem to be in the “wait and see” camp going into season four of the Mark Stoops era, Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman already has Stoops seventh on his list of the ten coaches on the hot seat this fall.

“He’s recruited well and made some progress, although a 12-24 mark in three seasons with just four SEC wins while in the much easier division doesn’t look great,” Feldman writes. “UK does have a talented young QB in Drew Barker, some dynamic RBs and a couple of big-time rangy corners. Getting UK to a bowl game this year isn’t an unrealistic thought, especially with South Carolina and Mizzou also struggling and Vandy in rebuilding mode.”

What Feldman doesn’t mention is that, barring total collapse, Stoops will probably get a fifth season regardless considering his $12 million buyout. Still, we can all agree the time for winning is now.

Also on Feldman’s hot list: Auburn’s Guz Malzahn, Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason, Texas’ Charlie Strong, Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, and LSU’s Les Miles.

[Fox Sports]



We had almost 4,000 votes in Round One of KSR’s Tailgate Food Bracket, and it’s time to move on to the Sweet Sixteen. We’re on the clock, so you’ll have until 6 p.m. tonight to vote for your favorites then we’ll move on to the Elite Eight. Let’s get to it.



Pulled Pork vs. Ribs

Previous round: Pulled Pork 66%, Hot Dogs 34%; Ribs 59%, Sliders 41%

Tough matchup, but I’m going with pulled pork here.

Brats vs. Wings

Previous Round: Brats 58%, Brisket 42%; Wings 82%, BBQ Chicken 18%

Not an easy decision, but I have to go with wings.



Buffalo Dip vs. Queso

Previous Round: Buffalo Dip 76%, Onion Dip 24%; Queso 92%, Hummus 8%

It’s hard to beat queso, but if there’s a dip to do it, it’s Buffalo. I can see this being very close.

Seven-Layer Dip vs. Salsa

Previous Round: Seven-Layer Dip 63%, Guacamole 37%; Salsa 68%, Spinach Dip 32%

I was surprised salsa made it to round two over spinach dip, so I’m definitely going Seven-Layer here. Don’t get me wrong, I love salsa, but it’s far too runny to put on paper plates.



Fried Chicken vs. Pizza

Previous Round: Fried Chicken: 79%, Subs 21%; Pizza 74%, Tacos 26%

In any other scenario, I’d be tempted to pick pizza; however, fried chicken is perfect for tailgating.

Nachos vs. Chili

Previous Round: Nachos 65%, Jambalaya 35%; Chili 58%, Chicken Fingers 42%

I’m not over nachos beating jambalaya in round one. Seriously, that is criminal. No way it gets past chili.



Pigs in a Blanket vs. Potato Salad

Previous Round: Pigs in a Blanket 61%, Deviled Eggs 39%; Potato Salad 57%, Veggie Tray 43%

I don’t see how potato salad can win this one.

Sausage Balls vs. Chips

Previous Round: Sausage Balls 77%, Pasta Salad 23%; Chips 69%, Snack Mix 31%

Same for chips. Sausage balls are one of God’s greatest creations.

You’ve got until 6 p.m., so vote, vote, vote.

UK Football players show off preseason portraits

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We’re only ten days away from kickoff, and last night, several UK Football players took to Instagram to show off some of their glamor shots from a preseason photoshoot. Tight end CJ Conrad kicked things off with a pose that would make his beloved Rob Gronkowski proud:

The feeling when you're done with your second camp ✔️

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Cornerback Chris Westry:

Yeah ….. Yeah …..Yeah…… Yaaaaaa❗️❗️

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Safety Mike Edwards:

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Running Back Boom Williams:

Make sure they remember the name on the back #PipedDreams

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Wide receiver Jeff Badet:

Reaction to fall football camp ending

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Gotta admit, those new blue jerseys are looking sharp.

The Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic will also be a Dollar Beer Night


The inaugural Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic is coming up on Sunday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, and to make the event even more enticing, organizers have teamed up to make it a Dollar Beer Night as well. In addition to seeing your favorite former Cats and local celebrities face off, you can enjoy Kentucky Ale products for $1 each.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and a celebrity home run derby will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by the game at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and include three different seating options. General admission tickets to Whitaker Bank Ballpark are $8, premium seating is $20 and the Coach Cal VIP Experience Ticket Package is $100. The VIP Experience will include seats behind home plate in the Diamond Club/Super Club and an invitation to a pregame “Cats Conversations,” a chalk talk forum with a question and answer opportunity hosted by Coach Cal and NBA Rookie of the Year Karl Towns. This exclusive opportunity is limited to 200 tickets.

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Tayshaun Prince is back on campus


There are a lot of new faces on Kentucky’s campus this week, but there’s one very familiar one hanging around the Joe Craft Center: Tayshaun Prince. Prince, now an unrestricted free agent, is in Lexington this week. After a year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Prince enters his fourteenth year in the league, and has no plans to retire. He averaged only 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds last year, but judging by this video from @KentuckyMBB, he’s still got it:

Looks familiar, doesn’t it?

Never gets old. Welcome back, Tayshaun.

KSR is at Kentucky Farmers Bank in Ashland (Wednesday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from Kentucky Farmers Bank in Ashland, Kentucky (6313 US Route 60). If you’re in the area, come on out to enjoy the show and register for tickets to a game from Something tells me it won’t be snowing.

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

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2016 KSR Tour

The Flooding in Baton Rouge’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup

Photo by Chad Schoonmaker

Photo by Chad Schoonmaker

This space is usually reserved for our take on the latest hot TV show, movie, or some video that’s gone viral on social media, but this morning, it’s time to dedicate the wakeup post to something that matters: helping others. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the floods that have ravaged Baton Rouge and Louisiana. The floods killed 13 people and are being described as the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. More than 100,000 people in Louisiana have applied for federal assistance, and looking at the pictures is heartbreaking. These photos by Chad Schoonmaker were sent to us by Drew Causey, a pastor at Hope Community Church in Baton Rouge, a friend of Freddie Maggard’s.

While scrolling through Facebook this morning, I came across this video of two dogs being rescued from the floodwaters, and if you know me, you know it put a tear or two to my eye:

Want to help? According to Causey, the best way to get support to the areas that so desperately need it is through Living Hope Fellowship. Click here for more information.

Okay, let’s shift to something a little more upbeat, shall we? Here’s today’s agenda…

Classes start today

If the horrible traffic around campus wasn’t indication enough, the students are back in town, and today, classes begin. The Wildcat is ready:

The first day of class also means no media availability for football, so there won’t be a practice report; however, based on the amount of content he’s churching out, I don’t think Freddie’s slept in a week, so check back for another installment of his “Behind the Facemask” series, along with a post about Eddie Gran’s relationship with the quarterbacks and how it compares to Freddie’s days at UK.

The Basketball team gets back to it

This week, the basketball team has been trickling back on campus from their late summer break, and we’ve already seen pictures of them working in the Joe Craft Center on SnapChat. After a very quiet month or so, expect news to start leaking back out and John Calipari to start making the rounds, starting with an appearance on KSR tomorrow.

John Petty taking an official visit to Alabama tomorrow

At one time, we all thought the five-star wing would be the first 2017 recruit to commit to Kentucky, but Alabama’s Avery Johnson isn’t going down without a fight. Petty is taking an official visit to Alabama tomorrow and Friday, and although I don’t think the Huntsville native will commit to the Crimson Tide during his trip, they have gained major ground with him this summer. According to a source of mine, people in Huntsville who had originally conceded Petty to UK now believe he’s going to Bama because Bama has “shown more love” than Kentucky recently. Petty’s related to former Bama guard Trevor Lacey, adding even more pressure to Bama’s “home state hero” pitch (even though Lacey transferred to NC State). My response? That’s sweet and all, but Trevor Lacey went undrafted and is currently playing overseas, while John Calipari has put 29 players in the pros over seven years.

Got plans Friday? Take part in the Louisville UK Alumni Club Golf Scramble

The scramble takes place at Nevel Meade Golf Course in Prospect Friday afternoon. Here are details:

UKYA Golf Scramble

Sounds like the perfect excuse to start the weekend a little early if you ask me.

Get ready for round two of the Tailgate Food Bracket

Round one had some big upsets (nachos over jambalaya?!), but it’s time to move on. I’ll update the bracket and get round two rolling here in just a little bit.

KSR is in Ashland

But where? Check back in an hour to find out…

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Opening Games Under Mark Stoops

Opening games have been a mixed bag for Mark Stoops, as you can see below.

2013: An absolute trainwreck against Western Kentucky.  The Cats came out flat and despite the game being close until the 4th quarter, UK was outclassed by WKU for the entire game.  They were not ready to play and the first impression of the Mark Stoops era was not good.  Of course, his talent level is probably as low as any UK team in the modern era.

2014: Weak opponent but the Cats were sharp.  Patrick Towles showed some skill and the defense played well.  It also clearly showed an increase in the talent pool.  Overall, impressive performance.

2015: After flashes of brilliance early, the Cats puckered hard and nearly blew the game.  But at the end, UK finally stepped up and pulled out the victory late.

So, what do you think is the most likely performance next Saturday against Southern Miss:

  1. Trainwreck Loss
  2. Impressive Win
  3. Nervous Victory

August 23rd, 2016



Next Saturday, the parking lots around Commonwealth Stadium will be buzzing with the sounds of the season: cornhole bags hitting the boards, cans and bottles popping, the KSR Pregame Show, and, of course, grills sizzling with various cuts of meat. If you’re going to the game, odds are you’re either hosting or attending a tailgate, and because there are few things in this world I love more than tailgating, I spent my day doing what true, hard-hitting college football writers do: pitting tailgate foods against each other in KSR’s TAILGATE FOOD BRACKET.

I split the contenders into four categories/regions: Grilled, Dips, Entrees, and Side Dishes. From there, I used a generator to randomly decide the placement in each group. This is my bracket, so I’m weighing in with my picks, but ultimately, you, the fans, will decide which foods move on to the second round.

Voting on the first round ends TOMORROW AT 9 AM, so let’s get to it.



Pulled Pork vs. Hot Dogs

Even a simpleton can cook a hot dog, so I’m going with the labor-intensive pulled pork on this one. If you’re going to a tailgate with pulled pork on the menu, you know the host cares enough to put in several hours at the smoker, and even if it’s dry, you can douse it in a variety of sauces (Carolina vinegar style is my favorite).

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Ribs vs. Sliders

I love both of these, but the novelty and convenience of the slider gives it my vote.

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Brisket vs. Brats

Because brisket is so hard to cook, not many people do it well, whereas brats are very easy to cook and always have a ton of flavor. Brats all the way.

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Wings vs. BBQ Chicken

A properly seasoned and sauced hot wing is my nirvana during football season, so this is a no-brainer.

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Buffalo Dip vs. Onion Dip

I’m pretty sure my view on party food changed the first time I tried buffalo chicken cheese dip. Add in the fact that onion dip makes your breath smell and this is the equivalent of the 2014-2015 Wildcats taking on Hampton in the first round.


Hummus vs. Queso

I like hummus (particularly Sabra’s Red Roasted Pepper version), but if it’s sitting next to queso, I’m never going to eat it. #Fatty


Guacamole vs. Seven-Layer Dip

Since guacamole is in most seven-layer dips, this is kind of an unfair matchup. I’m going with seven-layer, as long as I can avoid the olives and tomato chunks.

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Spinach Dip vs. Salsa

I love salsa, but as a tailgate food, it kind of sucks. If you’re a polite party guest, you have to spoon it on to your paper plate, where it inevitably runs into other foods or soaks through. Or, you can be an impolite party guest and just dip into the jar the whole time. Regardless, spinach dip holds up well and usually tastes mostly of cheese. Spinach dip FTW.

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Fried Chicken vs. Subs

This is a tough matchup. Good fried chicken is a staple of the best tailgates, but what’s more fun than a Subway 6-foot sub? This is almost a toss-up for me, but I’ll go with fried chicken.

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Pizza vs. Tacos

We all have that friend who shows up to a party with either a Little Caesar’s Hot-N-Ready or a 12-pack of Taco Bell. That’s because both are perfect options for the quasi-lazy party guest: no cooking involved, but generally a pleasing offering. I enjoy both, but at a tailgate, I would probably go for pizza.

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Jambalaya vs. Nachos

Some may consider nachos a side, but with the proper construction, they can be a main course; that being said, jambalaya is delicious, especially on a chilly November day at Commonwealth.


Chicken Fingers vs. Chili

Chicken Fingers got a raw deal here (or, should I say…a SALMONELLA deal! Ha!). Chili is the overwhelming favorite in this region, and in my opinion, the eventual champion.

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Pigs in a Blanket vs. Deviled Eggs

I’m not a big deviled egg fan, so this is an easy decision for me. (Here comes the deviled egg hate…)

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Potato Salad vs. Veggie Tray

Some may consider this an upset, but I’m going with veggie tray. This is probably a topic for another post, but here are my Veggie Tray Power Rankings:

1) Broccoli
2) Celery
3) Baby carrots
4) Cherry Tomatoes
5) Cauliflower

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Sausage Balls vs. Pasta Salad

This is an interesting matchup because I associate each item with a different season: sausage balls with fall, pasta salad with summer. A good pasta salad is refreshing on a hot day, but the combination of sausage, cheese, and biscuit is hard to beat.

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Snack Mix vs. Chips

This is dependent on the chip (not once have I craved a classic Lay’s), but generally, I gravitate towards snack mix…unless there are Doritos involved (HOT TAKE: Nacho > Cool Ranch).

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Remember, voting on Round One ends tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day


The one and only Wendy’s Baconator is a meaty masterpiece in its
own right. Composed of six strips of thick cut, applewood-smoked bacon;
cooked in an oven. Two quarter-pound patties* of fresh, never-frozen,
North American beef raised close it never sees a freezer. Only Wendy’s
has the fresh beef and thick bacon to give you a hamburger worthy of the
name Baconator.

You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 Amanda Blackburn

It would terrible if you didn’t skip work.



#9 Marty catron

Please say OK.



#8 Jason Thomas

By the look of Bobby’s face, I’d say yes.



#7 MattJones’Bangs

Only way you can hire Pitino.



#6 Andrew H. Scott

Such a great picture.



#5 Jon Payton

Someone needs to photoshop an album cover.



#4 Trey Minton

I mean did they see the cartoon?



#3 Robby Drakeford

The guy on the right looks nothing like Matt…


#2 jacrosse

Too many bigguns.

#1 Ryan Lemonds Diary

Typical Matt.




Chad Ford’s Latest Mock Draft has Three Wildcats in the Lottery

Just in time for the start of classes on college campuses, Chad Ford is looking ahead to the 2017 NBA Draft with his Mock Draft 1.0, not to be confused with his Big Board 1.0.

Although it’s a bit ridiculous to put a ton of stock in an August mock draft, this year’s draft class is loaded, making his calculations interesting compared to where he sees the rest of the class.  However, I find it more enjoyable to see the potential destinations.  There’s one that already has me hyped.

10. De’Aaron Fox to Milwaukee

His rationale is focused on Jason Kidd’s affinity for developing point guards.  Even though they just got everyone’s favorite gritty Australian, Matthew Dellevedova, Ford sees Fox as a good fit for a team none of us will ever see play, but should be an Eastern Conference contender this year.

14. Malik Monk to New York

The Knicks have been terrible since many can remember, but the bright lights of New York are appealing to most young athletes.  Now with a strange starting lineup — Carmelo, Porzinigs, D-Rose, Joahkim Noah and Courtney Lee — you could see the Garden as “not the worst” place in the world to play.

15. Bam Adebayo to Washington

John Wall lobs to Bam Adebayo would be the most beautiful sight in the world to see.  Bam could conceivably have a dozen dunks a game and I would not be shocked.  But by the reports we’re hearing from practices at the Joe Craft Center, I can’t imagine a scenario where Bam falls this far down the lottery list.

[ESPN Insider: Chad FordMock Draft 1.0]