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February 20th, 2019

New music festival “Railbird” coming to Keeneland this August

Courtesy Railbird Festival

A brand new music festival is headed to Lexington this August. The Railbird Festival will be held on the grounds of Keeneland and will be put on by the well-known festival producer AC Entertainment, which is also responsible for other popular festivals like Forecastle in Louisville and Bonnaroo in Tennessee. It will take place August 10-11, 2019.

Keeneland officials made the announcement Wednesday afternoon. The musical acts have not been announced yet, but festival planners say it will be a mix of rock, Americana, folk, bluegrass and more. The lineup, as well as ticket prices, are expected to be released on March 25.

Kentucky has been working on their music scene for quite some time, so it’s exciting to see another festival making its way to the Commonwealth. For the chance to win a pair of free tickets and to stay up to date on all things Railbird, check out their website here.

It’s going to be awesome (and hopefully more organized than the Fyre Festival – keep Ja Rule as far away as possible).


Calipari expects Reid Travis to miss at least a week, possibly two; awaiting MRI results

In a taped segment on his call-in show, John Calipari gave us an update on Reid Travis’ knee. The segment was taped before the team left Columbia this afternoon, so the MRI scan had not been done; however, Cal said he expects Reid to miss at least a week to ten days, possibly two weeks.

“I would say, at the least, he’s going to be out a week to ten days, maybe two weeks,” Cal said.

“He’s not going to have the scan done until we get back, so it won’t be done until 5 p.m. He was with me this morning and he’s — you just don’t know with this stuff. And I just say we’ll pray and let’s hope it’s good news and he’s out a couple weeks, but we don’t know. I feel bad for him. He’s worked so hard and having so much fun and having such an impact that fate intervenes sometimes. In this case, it was like a freak thing.”

Regardless of how long Reid is out, Calipari says he needs his big guys to step up, starting with PJ Washington. 

“Not only that, he’s giving up — I told PJ, now you’ve got to be that guy. We have no one else to go roughhouse. You have to be that guy. And that’s what’s going to make it hard for PJ but let’s just hope he has to hold the fort down for a couple of weeks and we get Reid back and go.

“Now, the other thing is, one guy’s misery is another guy’s opportunity. So now you have Nick [Richards] and EJ [Montgomery], now you have that opportunity to get extended minutes. Now, any clutter you were hearing — you should be playing more, etc. — alright, now there it is. I always tell them, you don’t listen to all this flattery or where they’re trying to blame other people. When you hear that, you have to put the phone down. You have to stop. You have to get off the internet. Anybody that’s flattering you vs. being truthful, holding you accountable, it’s poison because at some point, you have to step in the ring. You either can or you can’t. I think because we coach every player like they’re starters, I think EJ and Nick, this is their opportunity and I have great confidence in those two.”

Ten days would mean Reid is back for the Tennessee game, two weeks for Senior Day vs. Florida. Everyone cross your fingers.

Kentucky’s win over Tennessee the third most watched game this season

Duke may be the show this year, but Kentucky’s still drawing plenty of viewers. The Cats’ win over No. 1 Tennessee on Saturday was the third most watched game this season, trailing only the Duke vs. Virginia games on Jan. 19 and Feb. 9.

The Kentucky vs. Tennessee game drew a 1.75 rating and 3.01 million viewers on ESPN. According to this chart from Sports Media Watch, Kentucky has played in four of seven most watched games this season:

Those rankings are going to change after tonight’s Duke vs. North Carolina game, but it’s still good to see the Cats bring in big numbers.

[Sports Media Watch]

LIVE: Matt gives a Reid Travis injury update

Matt Jones is about to go live on Periscope to share what he’s hearing on Reid Travis’ injury. Watch below or in the Periscope app (Username: MattJonesKSR):


There’s a Special Place in Hell for the Mizzou Arena DJ

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There are a few reasons why Missouri fans did not show up to Mizzou Arena Tuesday night to watch the Tigers take on Kentucky.

First and foremost, their team is bad.  “Inclement weather” was not a bad excuse; it did keep UK in town overnight.  Both excuses avoid the real reason why nobody wants to go to Mizzou Arena: the in-house DJ.

If you thought the music at Old Commonwealth Stadium was bad, at least you didn’t hear, “everybody clap your hands,” from the Cha Cha Slide once every two minutes.  When the DJ didn’t use that drop to fire up the hundreds of Mizzou fans in the stands, “I can make your hands clap” rang throughout the Arena.  I will not be able to get those stupid, annoying phrases out of my head for weeks.

The obnoxious drops directed to the crowd set the tone for a night that was filled with songs I liked in middle school.  I used to “2 Step” at mixers.  I bopped to “Lollipop” and “Cyclone” plenty of times as a 12-year old.  I never Partied like a Rock Star, but you better believe I cranked that up in my Mother’s minivan.  I enjoyed those songs 15 years ago, however, it was an awful soundtrack for my Reid Travis anxiety.

I could deal with those songs.  When the Mizzou Arena DJ turned up the volume on, “I like to Move It, Move It,” I almost moved out of the arena.  Once the “Electric Slide” played, I gave up.  The Mizzou Arena DJ won the war with old wedding jams.  I am now broken.  Somewhere that DJ is celebrating with Kool and the Gang.

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Injuries Can Go One of Two Ways

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We don’t know the extent of Reid Travis’ injury yet and certainly it is possible it is minor and he will be back on the floor in no time as UK makes a run for the Final Four.  But in this time of uncertainty it is hard not to remember some of the other key injuries that have struck the Cats over the years.  As a younger UK fan, I don’t remember the Sam Bowie injury or any other key injuries in the 1980’s or sooner.  My mind immediately came up with 4 times an injury had a serious impact on a UK season in the last 25 years.

And interestingly enough, sometimes you can actually take a positive away from injury.  I think a decent argument can be made the first injury below played a positive impact in UK winning the 1998 national championship.  Hopefully Travis is just fine and this will all just be a trip down memory lane for naught, but in the meantime look back on some key losses and which ones you think might have had the biggest impact:

1997: Derek Anderson Blows out Knee

-Anderson, a potential All-American candidate, tore the ACL in his knee on January 18th against Auburn.  At the time, Kentucky was 16-2 and ranked 5th in the country.  The injury could have, in theory, cost the Cats a national title that season.  But the reality is Anderson going down had a positive effect on three players: Allen Edwards, Cameron Mills, and Ron Mercer.  Nobody saw a jump in minutes after the Anderson injury than Edwards.  He went from around a 20-minute a night player to closer to 30.  He was forced to take on a serious role with the team and stepped up in a big way.  And you could argue it help lead to what we saw from Edwards the next season, when he was a key cog in a national title.  Mills barely saw the floor before the Anderson injury.  But the opening in minutes allowed him to get a sniff of 6-10 minutes a game and prove he deserved those minutes.  Mills went on to hit big shots for the 2 years.  And Mercer was already a star but he was forced to become an All-American from that point forward.  Mercer took the reigns of that team and nearly led them to a title.

2003: Keith Bogans Sprains Ankle in Sweet 16

-Tough to say but Bogans was clearly limited in the Elite 8 game against Marquette.  Would it had made a difference against a red hot Marquette team?  Hard to say.  But when your All-American is playing at maybe 50%, there has to be some kind of impact.  The UK defense, anchored by Bogans and the best in the country, was sliced and diced by the Eagles and saw a premature end to the UK season.

2013: Nerlens Noel Blows Out Knee

-Noel hurt his knee at Florida on February 12th.  The Cats were 17-6, ranked 25th in the country, and comfortably in the tournament.  In fact, UK went into that game on a 5-game winning streak.  The injury completely decimated that team.  From that point on UK went 4-6, missed the tournament, and experienced a couple of the most embarrassing losses in the Calipari era.  The hope was Willie Cauley-Stein would step up but WCS just wasn’t ready for that role.  In fact, nobody was able to fill the void.  Archie Goodwin tried but wasn’t up to the task.

2015: Alex Poythress Blows Out Knee

-Poythress was hurt during practice on December 11th with the Cats rolling as the #1 team in the country.  While the impact of the injury was not immediately obvious because that team was so stacked with talent, it came back to bite UK at the worst possible time.  Poythress was UK’s best perimeter defender and in the Final Four he would have been a perfect matchup with Sam Dekker.  Without him, Dekker proved to be the difference in the game.  So sometimes the injury doesn’t show its true impact until weeks or months later.