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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©4:30 pm
If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know the name Matthew Bradford. Bradford is a Marine who was wounded in Iraq by a roadside bomb that cost him both of his legs and his eyesight. He’s a lifelong Kentucky fan and was introduced to the Rupp Arena crowd a few seasons ago. John Calipari was so moved by his story that he invited him into his office and gave him an autographed piece of the 2012 National Championship floor. Bradford also loves KSR and says he listens every day.
Bradford just started a new chapter in his life: college. Check out Bradford posing with Willie Cauley-Stein on his first day of classes at UK. That’s definitely one for the scrapbook.
Best of luck to you, Matthew, and keep listening.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©4:01 pm
It’s not often that we talk about NFL Mock Drafts, but today there’s one worth mentioning. The Sporting News’ Eric Galko released his latest mock draft and has none other than Alvin “Bud” Dupree going 28th to the Green Bay Packers:
28. Alvin Dupree, DE, Kentucky
The Packers have some talent and capable starters on their defensive line, but none have the potential to control the line of scrimmage the way top five-techniques do. The high upside of Dupree could intrigue a team like Green Bay that doesn’t have many gaping holes on either side of the ball.
Earlier this week, Mark Stoops said he would be “very shocked” if Dupree didn’t go in the first round of the draft. It’s forever away and mock drafts are meaningless, but Bud joining Randall Cobb and Tim Masthay in Green Bay is a fun thought.
Even though he’s a pretty big troll himself, thanks to Mark Ennis for pointing out this act of trollism by the Worldwide Leader in their preview of the ESPN Championship Drive app. It’s safe to say that I won’t be downloading that one.
UPDATE: Keith Stewart points out that if you look at the app in the Google play store, it has Kentucky beating Alabama:
Angry Bama fans in 3…2…1…
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©3:00 pm
The latest Rivals 150 is out and UK’s lone commitment in the 2015 class, Charles Matthews, slid 27 spots to #56. Earlier this summer, the shooting guard took a similar slide in Scouts’ rankings from #15 to #48. Why the dip? Rivals’ National Recruiting Analyst Eric Bossi told TJ Walker that while Matthews has all of the physical attributes of an elite player, his production and consistency haven’t been up to par. Matthews has been battling injuries throughout the spring and summer.
Here are the new rankings for all of UK’s 2015 offers:
2. Jaylen Brown
3. Malik Newman
4. Skal Labissiere
5. Diamond Stone
6. Cheick Diallo
7. Ivan Rabb
10. Stephen Zimmerman
13. Antonio Blakeney
14. Carlton Bragg
16. Caleb Swanigan
17. Henry Ellenson
18. Brandon Ingram
41. Derrick Jones
48. Doral Moore
Check out the complete list here.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©2:00 pm
Quick: who’s the most popular person in Arkansas? Well, if Twitter is any indication, it’s Archie Goodwin. Buzzfeed put together a list of the 50 Most Popular Twitter profiles by state, and Archie was tops in Arkansas, with 102,000 followers. Burr.
Who has the most popular Twitter feed in Kentucky? Rajon Rondo, with 1.66 million followers. Yes, that’s more than John Calipari, who only has 1.28 million followers. Only.
See all of the states in the video below:
H/t Chris Futrell
By Richmond Bramblet on ©1:30 pm
Alan Rickman is a treasure in the world of film. Rickman became a mesmerizing figure from his initial outset in American film in his role as Hans Gruber of “Die Hard”. Over the the last 26 years, while some of his major roles have been few and far between, he has appeared in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Galaxy Quest, Dogma and Love Actually. Plus, who can think about any Harry Potter movie without trying to say in their best Alan Rickman voice, “Mr. Potter”? But, with this video that was found by the good people at UPROXX, and is a Staff Pick from Vimeo, Rickman may have played his darkest role yet.
In the short film “Dust,” Alan Rickman initially appears to be nothing more than the next subject in “To Catch A Predator.” In the seven-plus minutes of the video, Rickman brings a very dark life to the role that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could never pull off. Needless to say, if I was a parent and watched this video, I’d be a bit wary of letting my child put their tooth under the pillow. With no real dialogue, one scene may and or may not be safe for work.
Yippee Ki Yay Lateral Incisor…
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©1:00 pm
Mark Stoops just wrapped up his time on the SEC Coaches Teleconference, and carried over his upbeat and optimistic tone from yesterday. “This offseason, this camp, has put us in a position to win,” Stoops said, once again mentioning how excited he is UK’s opening the season at home for the first time since 2007.
When asked about UK’s situation at defensive tackle, Stoops said he’s going to use a five man rotation, with Mike Douglas and Melvin Lewis starting and CJ Johnson, Matt Elam, Regie Meant subbing in. Of course, everyone wants to hear about Matt Elam. “Matt Elam is a guy we’ve all talked about in recruiting. He’s an extremely talented player and he’s working extremely hard to get himself in shape and in position to contribute this year,” Stoops said. “He will help and he will play this week, but we all know he’s a work in progress as well.”
At wide receiver, Stoops said the Cats are “much improved,” but admitted they had nowhere to go but up after last season. “I feel much better about the receiver position. That was a position a year ago where we were absolutely just not good enough, not deep enough, and it cost us throughout the season.” This year, Stoops finally feels like he has difference makers at wide receiver, singling out senior Javess Blue. “I feel very good about Javess. I think he could be an impact guy.” Stoops said the other starters at wide receiver are Demarco Robinson and Ryan Timmons, and backups true freshmen Blake Bone, Dorian Baker, Garrett Johnson, and TV Williams. “We need to get the ball in his hands,” Stoops said of Timmons. “We’re really pleased with him. I think he’s a guy who has the potential to be a big time guy.”
Is it Saturday yet??
KSR would like to wish Mitch Barnhart a very happy birthday. It’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years since Mitch took over for Larry Ivy as athletic director in 2002. Under his tutelage, the athletic department is riding high, coming off a record-breaking 11th place finish in the Directors’ Cup. There have been some bumps during Mitch’s tenure, but you can’t deny that things are looking pretty good for UK sports these days.
Mitch has even loosened up over the past few years, as you can see in this video with Dakari Johnson from the 2014 ESPYS.
Dance like no one’s watching, Mitch. You deserve it.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©12:00 pm
Did you know Enes Kanter has a little brother? Kerem Kanter is a 6’9″ power forward who committed to Green Bay yesterday. He played at IMG Academy in Florida this past season, and averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds. Kerem also helped Turkey’s U-18 Team win the gold medal at the European U-18 championships last summer.
Good luck to you, Kerem. I’m glad at least one of the Kanter brothers will be able to play college ball.
There’s even a mixtape if you’re really interested:
By Richmond Bramblet on ©11:30 am
The Emmys have come and gone, and now we’re left in the aftermath of what is to come, and potentially disappear in the Fall. If you missed Funkhouser’s Emmy Round-up, you can check it out here.
Jimmy Kimmel is one of the most in-touch with celebrities late night host, with Fallon trailing behind in a close second place. Being located in L.A., Kimmel has some of the best access to to the top names in the business on a more regular basis. After the Emmys, Jimmy had his sidekick Guillermo go Back-to-Back with some of the top Emmy Winners from Monday night’s festivities. Check out the Big G with Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Sarah Silverman, those kids from Modern Family, Stephen Col-borg and the Good Wife.These are the situations where Guillermo is at his best.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©11:00 am
Your UK football stat of the day comes from The Cats’ Pause’s Jon Hale, who tells us that of the 56 players listed on UK’s Week 1 depth chart, only SEVEN have played in an SEC game UK won. Wow. That’s actually pretty depressing.
Surely that will change this season, right? Here’s the schedule:
|08/30/14||vs. UT Martin||Lexington, Ky.||12:00 p.m. ET|
|09/06/14||vs. Ohio||Lexington, Ky.||3:30 p.m. ET|
|09/13/14||at Florida||Gainesville, Fla.||7:30 p.m. ET|
|09/27/14||vs. Vanderbilt||Lexington, Ky.||TBA|
|10/04/14||vs. South Carolina||Lexington, Ky.||TBA|
|10/11/14||vs. ULM||Lexington, Ky.||TBA|
|10/18/14||at LSU||Baton Rouge, La.||TBA|
|10/25/14||vs. Mississippi State||Lexington, Ky.||TBA|
|11/01/14||at Missouri||Columbia, Mo.||TBA|
|11/08/14||vs. Georgia||Lexington, Ky.||TBA|
|11/15/14||at Tennessee||Knoxville, Tenn.||TBA|
|11/29/14||at Louisville||Louisville, Ky.||TBA|
Here are my picks UK’s best chances for a conference win, ranked from easiest to hardest:
1. Vanderbilt: Dores fans are still crying about James Franklin leaving, and although Derek Mason talks the talk, this game is in Commonwealth and by far UK’s best shot for a conference win.
2. @ Missouri: Picks 2-4 were tough for me, but Mizzou lost a lot of players and this could be a huge win for the Cats on the road.
3. @ Florida: Tradition says the Cats will fall on their faces in the Swamp. The game is already circled in Will Muschamp’s calendar because if the Gators lose, he’ll probably be fired. However, this is the game for this young squad to show that the old Kentucky football is gone, and if the offense is running on all cylinders heading into Gainesville, I like the Cats’ chances for an upset.
4. Mississippi State: This is a trendy upset pick because the Cats hung with the Bulldogs last year in Starkville; however, I’m not as eager to jump on the bandwagon as others. Mississippi State returns most of their starters and will be very good this year. But, UK always plays them competitively and the game is in Commonwealth, so we’ll see.
5. @ Tennessee: Tradition doesn’t bode well for the Cats in Neyland either, and they’ll be coming off a bruising game against Georgia.
6. South Carolina: I’ve noticed a lot of people picking this as an upset special for Kentucky. I’m not sure why. South Carolina is right up there with Georgia as the elite in the East, and Spurrier is still Spurrier.
7. Georgia: I wish, but no.
8. @ LSU: Again, I really wish, but no, especially in Death Valley. Tailgating will be nice, though.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©10:15 am
One of the oddest stories to come out of last weekend was that Coach Cal’s Comedy Mania Benefit Concert. Cal is bringing Bill Engvall, Sinbad, Henry Cho, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Ted Dibiase, Patrick Dopson, and illusionist Curt Anderson to Rupp Arena on November 20 for a night of laughs for charity. Cal is hosting the event, which is hilarious in its own right. I have a feeling he’s working on a bit about tupperware as we speak.
A presale for tickets started this morning, and because we love you and the concept of Cal hosting a comedy show so much, we’re sharing it with you. To buy tickets, which range from $35 to $75, head on over to Ticketmaster and enter the offer code FUNNY. And enjoy this promo from Coach Cal:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©9:55 am
The guys are still in New York covering the US Open for Tennis Channel, and last night, got to attend the movie premiere for Tennis Channel’s documentary about Arthur Ashe. Because they didn’t pack properly, Drew may have showed up wearing something like that. Get ready to hear tales from the premiere, along with the latest basketball recruiting tidbits and Stoops’ comments leading up to Saturday’s opener against UT-Martin. Also, who is this John Ramsey guy?
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By Bryan the Intern on ©9:00 am
So, what will it take for Kentucky to avoid a complete meltdown loss to UT-Martin on Saturday? The obvious answer is scoring more points than their opponent. DUH. But if you want to break it down more than that, the simple answer to defeat a 1-AA opponent is on one side of the ball: OFFENSE. Look at the previous 6 times that UT-Martin has played a D-1A school over the last 4 years. What you will find is that the Skyhawks are unlikely to score many points on Saturday.
at Boise State: L 63-14
at Memphis: L 21-6
at Memphis: W 20-17
at Northern Illinois: L 35-7
at Mississippi State: L 55-17
at Tennessee: L 50-0
Only once did UT-Martin break 20 points in a game and they averaged 10.2 ppg overall in those 6 games. Add in to that those 6 opponents were not exactly world beaters and you understand that UK should be able to handle them this weekend. WITH THAT SAID, let’s not forget that just 2 years ago UT-Martin actually pulled off an upset over Memphis, winning 20-17. You might say that Memphis is an embarrassment but I would counter that we are 4-20 over the last 2 years, so right now we are more like Memphis than anybody else in the SEC.
I know I called UT-Martin a cupcake earlier this week but the reality is that UK CAN LOSE THIS GAME. And that Memphis result 2 years ago proves it. Kentucky must take care of the ball first and foremost. Memphis turned the ball over 3 times in that game, including a fumbled punt return with under a minute to go that led to the game winning field goal. They also did not control the ball, allowing the Skyhawks to win the time of possession. Add to that Memphis gave up 185 yards of rushing and you have the triumvirate to allow an upset to happen.
I fully expect Kentucky to win on Saturday. In fact, I would set the spread at -28 for the Cats. But be aware if UK has any kind of the same performance they had last year against WKU, UT-Martin could very well pull off the upset. For reference how UT-Martin pulled off the Memphis upset, here were the highlights from that game.
By Nick Roush on ©11:00 pm
Part of our job at KSR is introducing the BBN to the best of Kentucky culture. When hoping to find a song to trump “Teach me bout Kentucky” and “Big Blue Fan in the Morning” (Sorry Kentucky Joe), I found out that my young mind had much more to learn about the Blue Moon of Kentucky.
I first discovered the local music scene when I met a long-lost cousin at a family reunion that was a actually a pretty big deal. Justin Paul Lewis has toured around the region and recently recorded an album with Lexington cellist Ben Sollee. After watching one show, I was hooked. Last month at Waterfront Wednesday in Louisville, Sollee invited Lewis and Louisville band Houndmouth to the stage to perform “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”
Kentucky people making Kentucky music is a sight that will make you proud, but the song’s past has a prouder history. Originally written by Bill Monroe in 1946 with the Bluegrass Boys (who would later branch off to be the Soggy Mountain Boys, inspiration to O Brother Where Art Thou‘s Soggy Bottom Boys), “Blue Moon of Kentucky” was side B of Elvis Presley’s first recorded single. The song also touched pop culture in the 80s, with John Candy and Steve Martin singing a rendition in the iconic Planes, Trains and Automobiles. It is the official bluegrass song of Kentucky.
Kentucky’s Blue Moon has shined in American pop culture throughout the decades and Kentuckians will ensure that it will keep on shinin’ til the rooster crows.
The football team is feeling good
There’s a lot more jokes being cracked after practice this year. It helps when your team is starting to figure things out. The offense had a great 2-minute drill to get the game week momentum going. Wide receivers aren’t dropping passes like it’s hot, thanks to a tennis ball machine that pumps em out almost too fast. Most importantly, the excitement of the preseason has tempered into game week preparations.
Neal Brown sounded comfortable with his young offense, a completely different story than last season, “I think we’re in a good place. (It’s a) Simple game plan. Go out and try to play fast, execute. I’m excited to see how some of these guys — especially the guys that are going to make their first showing in Commonwealth — how they’re going to perform.”
Be thankful Bud is in Blue
In an interview with Larry Vaught, Bud revealed that he was VERY close to transferring after Joker Phillips asked Bud to switch from tight end to defense. A highly touted defensive prospect, Bud turned down big name SEC schools so he could play offense at Kentucky. When they asked him to switch, he called his mother and told her her was transferring. Luckily the staff was willing to negotiate with Bud, “‘Can I get No. 2?’ So they gave me No. 2 and I was okay with it. But it was getting the number that kept me here.”
Wildcats vs. Bearcats Coming Soon?
We had heard earlier in the summer of rumblings with a game against Cincinnati. It appears to be more than just rumblings with the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Tom Groeschen reporting that the two sides are officially meeting to discuss a home-and-home series.
Kentucky has already made Ohio a home for recruiting, why not call it home for one win?
If you haven’t had enough chances, you can help pick Commonwealth Stadium music
I think the people at UK heard our complaints about the music. First you got the chance to pick when “My Ole Kentucky Home” was played, then it was the song before kickoff, now it’s the music during the game. With options in rock, hip-hop, country and pop, there’s a choice for everyone. Click here to cast your vote.
Anthony Davis leads Team USA in another blowout victory
The last of the World Cup warmups was a breeze for the Red, White, and Blue, cruising to a 101-71 win. DeMarcus Cousins had a ferocious dunk, finishing with 6 points and 4 rebounds.
Anthony Davis once again played the role of Captain America, scoring a team-high 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds and 4 blocked shots. The Brow just makes basketball look easy.
Cal tells Seth Greenburg that fate kept him at Kentucky
In a series of interviews during the Fantasy Camp, Calipari was once again asked about the Cavaliers’ job. His response this time was better than any before:
“Fate intervened for me,” Calipari said. “Whatever happened after the season with any teams, at the end of the day, this is where I wanted to be. And you know a big part of it is we had four guys stay, and they didn’t have the chance to say ‘well if you leave, we’ll leave.’ No, you already made a decision to stay. So that weighed on me more than anything else.”
From the BBN, thank you “fate.”