Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.
June 29th, 2015

Tyler Ulis dunked tonight

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 9.11.27 PM

Tyler Ulis and the rest of his boys played some pick-up tonight at the Seaton Center and Ulis was kind enough to share this footage of him dunking, something every 5’9″ guard aspires to but very few achieve:

Yall happy? #BBN #BeSpecial

A video posted by Tyler Ulis (@t_ulis3) on

Another view, from Snapchat sources:

IMG_6561 2

It could get crazy again, guys.


Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Weekend

Salads_500x500

Summer’s here and so is the perfect summer salad—Wendy’s Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad. Made with hand-sliced strawberries and crisp Romaine chopped right in our kitchens. All topped with warm, freshly grilled chicken. It’s only here for summer and it’s only at Wendy’s. At participating Wendy’s for a limited time


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 FanJam

It’s nice to finally have a number on that

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9 Kevin Johnson

I think we left him in good hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8 Davey Rudolph

*gasps*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7 Shannon The Dude

Wait. It’s not?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#6 J in(Orlando)the Bay

5% is lower than I would have thought. I’ll take it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Michael Gosney

We really need to clear this up so we know what to put on these shirts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Megan Calipari

When your dad tells you he got a surfboard for you to keep at the shore house. 😐

A photo posted by Megan Calipari (@megancalipari) on

I feel like you got a blatant re-gift, Megan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Darren Rovell

I thought those warm-ups couldn’t get worse. I was wrong. We all were.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Josh Worley

Don’t knock it till you try it, guy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1 Jason ♠ Collins

Looks like we left him in good hands, too.

 

@Hessler_KSR


Louisville Opens as a 2.5 Point Favorite Over Kentucky

Via WashingtonPost.com

Over the weekend The Golden Nugget casino released their list of the top football games of the upcoming year along with the accompanying spreads. Two of Kentucky’s games made the list, first up a Cat fight with the Auburn Tigers.

October 15th: Auburn -9 at Kentucky

Quick Analysis: It’s been a long time since a consensus preseason top 15 team hasn’t been a double digit favorite even inside Commonwealth Stadium. Perhaps the last time was in 2010 when an Auburn team that would win the national title was favored by only 6 points. The Cats were desperately close to pulling off the upset before some Cam Newton magic did them in. With a Thursday/Friday/Saturday weekend that could feature Auburn, Big Blue Madness, and an NBA exhibition this atmosphere could be one for the ages. The perfect night for the biggest win of the Stoops era.

November 28th: Louisville -2.5 at Kentucky

Quick Analysis: The Cards make the Golden Nugget’s game of the year and are underdogs in all of their games except for the one against Kentucky. Clearly there was some sort of clerical error that led to this mistake. I’ll take the 2.5 all day. Let’s not forget that the Cats held a 40-37 lead with 5 minutes to go on Louisville’s home turf. They lost 10 guys to the draft. We have nearly everyone back.  Don’t call it an upset.

 

What do you think of these first two spreads of the upcoming season?


All-UK Team: Claiborne to Stoops

For those that reference a Twitter timeline as a historical benchmark, I feel responsible to provide an objective Kentucky Football perspective. Social media has significantly skewed the definition of “great” and its first cousin, “best.” I thought it would be fun to dig into recent history and construct an All UK Team from 1983-2015 — or from the Jerry Claiborne era forward.

*****

OFFENSE

QB, Tim Couch: After being preposterously used as an option quarterback, Tim historically flourished under Hal Mumme.  Debatably Kentucky’s G.O.A.T.

WR, Randall Cobb: One question I’ll go to the grave asking, why in Hades did Cobb not get the ball against Tennessee?

WR, Craig Yeast: Made YAC (yards after catch) a cool late 90’s catch phrase. 

TE, Jacob Tamme: A fierce competitor, Cats haven’t had a TE since.

OT, Antonio Hall: The piano playing Renaissance man was a nasty Tackle between the chalks.

OT, Todd Perry: Prior to Larry Warford, Todd was the last Wildcat OL drafted for way too many years.  Was a long-time pro.

C, Jon Toth: One of two current players on the list, Toth was my 2014 Offensive MVP. 

OG, Dermontti Dawson: The Pro Football Hall of Famer is one of, if not the, greatest Center in NFL history.  But, Dawson actually played Guard at Kentucky.

OG, Larry Warford: NFL All Rookie team and one of the best in the business. 

FB, Andy Murray: Led the team and SEC in knock-down blocks.  To my knowledge, Murray is the only UK FB with a 100 yard rushing game.

RB, Moe Williams: 429 total yards against South Carolina.  299 yards rushing, 57 receiving, and 73 from kick-off returns. Have a day Moe.

RB, Mark Higgs: Electric RB with an remarkable highlight reel. Quick starting, long striding runner with surprising power.

*****

DEFENSE

DE, Bud Dupree: Bud had to be on the team, but at what position was the question. The current Steeler was the 22nd player selected in the 2015 NFL Draft.

DE, Dennis Johnson: One of only two nationally top ranked high school players to ever sign with the Wildcats.  Played his first varsity football game as a 2nd grader.

DL, Oliver Barnett: Ollie’s 26 year reign as UK’s all-time sack leader was threatened but not surpassed by Bud Dupree. 

DL, Jeremy Jarmon: Robbed of his last season, Jeremy’s personality was Karl Anthony Towns like but he was a relentless pass rusher on Saturdays.

DL, Corey Peters: Louisville Central star quickly developed into a run stopping DT with pass rush ability.  A rare and valuable combination.

LB, Chris Chenault: 482 tackles with a single game mark of 28 against Vanderbilt.

LB, Marty Moore: Moose was a beast. Every time I see Marty I try on his Super Bowl ring.

LB, Wesley Woodyard: Cerebral competitor, the Tennessee Titan can still be seen playing the game he dearly loves on Sundays. Arguably the best Wildcat leader in 30 years. 

CB, Trevard Lindley: Great hips and instinct that translated into game day interceptions. Will never forget the sunny Tuscaloosa afternoon match-up between Trevard Lindley and Julio Jones.

CB, David (DJ) Johnson: The Louisville Male product was a lock-down CB that enjoyed a successful NFL career.  Had crazy yet superb hair if you care to research.

S, Melvin Johnson: There have been hard hitting DB’s at UK and then there’s the face mask bending Melvin Johnson. Only scout team player I ever feared. Physical, brutal hitter.

S, Paul Calhoun: Third team All American Safety and Punter. Safe to say that feat may never be repeated.

*****

SPECIALISTS

K, Austin MacGinnis: Nearly broke all Kentucky kicking records, Austin will be called upon to keep the Cats in games this fall.    

P, Tim Masthay: Current Green Bay Packer was a much watch in warm-ups.  Clutch player.

KR, Derrick Abney: A threat to score on every return, Abney was a field position changer with TD threat.

So there you have my team.  I’m fairly certain some will agree, others won’t.  Would be interested in feedback.


Where Are They Now: James Blackmon Sr.

19851203Cincinnati

The McDonald’s All-American, Parade All-American, Scholastic Coach All-American, USA Today All-American, and Mr. Basketball runner-up in the state of Indiana chose to play basketball at Kentucky with offers from other multiple elite basketball schools.

James Blackmon Sr. totaled 866 points, 314 rebounds, 271 assists and 149 steals, while starting three out of his four years as a Wildcat. Blackmon played in the 1984 Final Four as a freshman and served as co-captain during his senior year.

Blackmon was drafted 94th overall in the 5th round of the 1987 NBA Draft to the New Jersey Nets. However, Blackmon never played a game; he was cut following a trade that put the roster over the limit. Blackmon went on to play overseas, where he spent the next eight years playing in the CBA and the World Basketball League.

After hanging up his basketball shoes, Blackmon decided to give coaching a try. In 2004, Blackmon was hired as the head coach of Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, IN. Blackmon took over a team that had a combined record of 7-33 for the prior two seasons. Blackmon spent nine seasons at Bishop Luers, where he won back-to-back Class 2A State Championships in 2008 and 2009.

In 2011, Blackmon was hired by his alma mater, Marion High School, before announcing his resignation as the head coach and his plan to return to Bishop Luers. However, in April of 2013, Blackmon accepted the head coaching position at Marion. This time it was a permanent.

2014_01_18_MHSvMississinewa_JamesBlackmonJr_JamesBlackmonSr-600x338

In his first season as the head coach at Marion, the Giants went 18-5 and lost in the sectional semifinals. This previous season Blackmon and the Giants completed their season with and 15-10 record, losing in the first round of the sectional tournament.

Blackmon met his wife, Sailaja Blackmon, at Kentucky and the two have three sons; James, Vijay and Jalen. The Big Blue Nation is familiar with Blackmon’s eldest son, James Blackmon Jr., who currently plays for Indiana University. Blackmon Jr. was recruited by Kentucky, but chose the Hoosiers to stay in his home state. Blackmon Jr. broke his father’s school record by scoring 54 points in a game. Blackmon Sr. was able to have the opportunity to coach his son, James, in all four years of his high school basketball career; three years at Bishop Luers and one year at Marion.

Blackmon Sr. continues to coach at Marion High School, where he is looking forward to the 2015-16 season.


Cal’s flag comments really got people talking today

In case you’ve been off social media all day, on this morning’s SEC Basketball Summer Teleconference, Jerry Tipton asked John Calipari whether or not he believes the Confederate flag and statues of Confederate generals should be displayed across the South.

The question understandably caught Cal off guard, and he responded that, even though the state of Kentucky doesn’t display the Confederate flag, he believes it should come down. He later clarified those remarks in a post on social media, saying he doesn’t think there is any question that the flag should be taken down.

As you might imagine, Cal’s remarks led to quite a few responses on his Facebook page (almost 800 as of this post). Most of them aren’t worth reposting here, but some are pretty entertaining. Here’s a small sample…

Some fans agreed with Cal:

Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-1.01Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-1.29Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-1.07

Some fans may not have agreed with Cal, but respected his right to express his opinion:

Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-12.55

Some people think he needs to STICK TO BASKETBALL. (These people probably say the same thing about KSR.)

Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-1.30 Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-1.32Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-4.07

Whoa, John, harsh.

This person clearly didn’t understand the situation:

Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-1.34

This person is lost:

Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-4.12

These fans reserved their fire for Jerry Tipton:

Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-2.31 Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-1.14

These fans think Cal “doesn’t get it” because he’s from the North:

Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-4.104 31

This guy thinks Cal should be fired:

5

This one thinks Cal’s a sheep:

6

Some fans wondered why the uproar since Kentucky doesn’t fly the Confederate flag:

Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-1.18 Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-1.22

While we’re at it, Steve wants to hear Cal’s response to this civil matter:

Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-2.28

I’d like to hear that, too.

This fan has the right idea, but the wrong media affiliation and the incorrect use of “nefarious”:

Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-12.57

I think you’re going for “notorious,” Wanda, but good job, good effort.

These fans are so upset they’re going to root for Louisville now:

Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-4.062

Speaking of flags…

Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-1.05Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-2.38Screen-Shot-2015-06-29-at-1.08

For some reason, David Timothy’s response really makes me laugh.


Andrew Harrison Reveals His NBA Jersey

For those who are interested in jersey numbers and what our former Cats will be wearing, Andrew Harrison revealed he’ll drop a number and go with No. 4 on the Grizzlies. He’s only the third former Kentucky player to wear No. 4 in the NBA joining Nerlens Noel and Gerald Fitch.

Hopefully we get to see Harrison for quite some time in the No. 4 Grizzlies jersey as he’s going to have to battle for a backup point guard spot behind Mike Conley. The one thing in his favor is he fits the personality of the Grizzlies with his attitude on the court.

The Grizzlies open up the Orlando Summer League on July 4 against the Brooklyn Nets.

 


Karlito Towns Visited a Familiar Face

CIsChPYWsAAqvqz

The following picture came from @KarlitoTowns Twitter handle. The voice of Karl-Anthony Towns is giving him a run for the money on who becomes more famous quicker. Today Michael Kidd-Gilchrist posed for the picture of Karlito saying ‘this little man is funny.’

The Twitter handle of KarlitoTowns has been sending out pictures of the doll all over places similar to Penny Hardaway and Lil Penny from back in the day. So, the question is what company does this become a marketing ploy for? Either way, it’s great publicity for Towns and a light-hearted that has made its rounds since Karl told us about his little friend in the middle of the season.

While MKG might think Karlito is funny. Until he makes a look like this, that award goes to Karl.

KarlCal

So, who has been having a better week? Karlito or the Stanley Cup?

 


Kentucky ranked the third best state in America

Thrillist is a website that ranks just about everything that can be ranked, and yesterday, they ranked all 50 United States. Where did Kentucky end up? Number three behind Michigan and Maine (??):

3. Kentucky

Things that are really important to Kentucky: making all the good bourbon, drinking all the good bourbon, drinking all of said good bourbon while wagering on horse races, eating open-faced sandwiches that are covered in an irresponsible amount of liquid cheese, making peace with sleazy basketball coaches you’d otherwise dislike because Ashley Judd needs something to root for, dammit. All things considered, Kentucky has it pretty figured out.

I appreciate the high ranking, Thrillist, but was it necessary to call John Calipari sleazy? Besides, I’m not sure I trust a list that has Michigan and Maine first and second and Hawaii sixth. Wisconsin fourth?! No!

[Thrillist]


Marquis Teague will get a shot with the Oklahoma City Thunder

Add Marquis Teague to the growing list of former Cats who will get a shot at the NBA this summer. According to Pacers reporter Scott Agness, Marquis Teague will play for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the summer league. He’s now one of five former Cats fighting for a roster spot:

  • Sacramento Kings: DeAndre Liggins
  • Phoenix Suns: Josh Harrellson
  • Dallas Mavericks: Darius Miller
  • Charlotte Hornets: Aaron Harrison
  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Marquis Teague

Best of luck to Teague and the rest of the Cats. Teague’s still got skills–here’s videos of him working out earlier this month:

A video posted by shon bolden (@shonbolden) on

A video posted by shon bolden (@shonbolden) on


Is the Tennessee marketing department drunk?

Tennessee guard Josh Richardson was drafted by the Heat in the second round last Thursday. Bully for him, exciting times, right? The Tennessee Basketball Twitter account sent Richardson this bizarre congratulatory message on Friday that I’m still trying to figure out:

Even Richardson thought it was weird:

Tennessee basketball is like the really short kid with the backwards hat who tries WAY too hard to be cool in high school. Just…stop. Oh, sorry: #stop


Recent poll finds UK fans outnumber Louisville fans 66% to 19% in Kentucky

calflex

Public Policy Polling recently surveyed the state on a number of different issues ranging from politics to fried chicken and, of course, sports. In news that won’t surprise us, UK’s fan base is still much, much larger than UofL’s. 66% of the 1,108 registered voters said they cheer for Kentucky, while only 19% admitted they cheer for Louisville. Sixteen percent responded “not sure,” aka sissies/non-sports fans.

Of the Kentucky fans polled, 83% said they approve of the job John Calipari is doing as coach (5% disapprove). Rick Pitino received similar remarks from Louisville fans, with an 82% approval rating (4% disapprove).

On the football side, 50% of the UK fans polled say they approve of Mark Stops’ job so far, with 8% saying they disapprove and a substantial 42% responding “not sure.” The jury’s still out on Bobby Petrino too, with 51% of Louisville fans saying they approve, 9% disapprove, and 40% not sure.

Other interesting results:

  • When asked to pick their favorite fast foot chicken chain, 35% of those polled picked Chick-Fil-A, followed by KFC with 33%.
  • 47% said they believe KFC’s Colonel Sanders would be a better US Senator than Mitch McConnell
  • Only 33% of those polled have a favorable opinion of mint juleps (although 39% were “not sure”)
  • 56% think Secretariat would beat American Pharoah in a race

Check out all the results by clicking here.


Bo Ryan will retire after next season

In news that reminds me I’m still not over The Loss, Wisconsin announced that Bo Ryan will retire after next season. Rumors have been swirling on social media about Ryan’s retirement this morning, and he confirmed the news in a press release.

“Back in the spring, in the days after the national championship game, (UW Director of Athletics) Barry Alvarez and I discussed the possibility of me retiring,” Ryan said. “I’ve always been told tht is not a decision to make right after a season is completed. Barry Thankfully encouraged me to take some time to think about it and I have done that. I considered retiring this summer or coaching one more season.”

Coming off back-to-back Final Fours with the cupboard practically bare, you have to wonder why Ryan didn’t just go ahead and retire after this season, but I guess he wants a farewell tour. Just no more Final Fours, please.

[NBC Sports]

 


Pat Riley reminds reporter he’s a Kentucky Wildcat, is tired of his Duke worship

This morning, the Miami Heat introduced former Duke forward Justise Winslow, who may have been the steal of the draft at #10. Heat president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra were alongside Winslow, now the third Duke player on the Heat’s roster (Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts).

In a gag-inducing bout of Duke worship, a reporter asked Riley how it felt to get another Duke guy and whether or not “there’s a specific thing about a guy that’s played at Duke” that appeals to him. Riley doesn’t flaunt his status as a former Kentucky legend a lot, but his response was priceless.

“I’m a Kentucky Wildcat, first of all,” Riley said to laughter from the crowd. “Same qualities, probably.”

Riley went on to praise Mike Kryzlkj;aoiwerj and Winslow, but it’s clear where his loyalties lie.

[NBA.com]


Calipari says Alex is two to three months from being back

Are you ready for an Alex Poythress injury update? Because I’ve got one, courtesy of John Calipari on this morning’s teleconference.

“He’s good,” Cal said of Alex. “He’s only five months out. He needs another three months, or at least two months, and we’ll see from there.”

In fact, Cal said that Alex is doing so well at rehabbing his leg that his other leg needs to keep up.

“He was so physically strong, the doctors are amazed that, around his leg, the one thing he’s got to do. He’s working so hard on that leg that was repaired, the knee, that the other leg’s got to catch up now. The strong leg, the healthy leg.”

Only a matter of time until he’s doing this again: