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July 3rd, 2015

Funkhouser’s Guide to the 2015 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest (Live Blog Saturday)


Every year, when I think of the Fourth of July, there is only one true symbol of the festive day.  You can have your fireworks, you can have your bald eagle, and you can have your backyard BBQ.  I don’t want ’em.  The only thing that makes my Fourth of July complete is watching a man house 69 hot dogs and waterlogged buns in 10 minutes.  I want at Noon-o-clock sharp, the sounds of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” to slowly build in the background as our generation’s greatest orator, George Shea, rises on a scissor lift to greet the massive crowd on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island.  On that corner sits the Mecca of Mastication, Nathan’s Famous, a Coney Island landmark since 1916.  And every July 4th, 20 masters of salivation and gurgitation will stand forth and show if they can handle one of America’s most honored traditions, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

*Tyler Thompson and I will be doing a live blog of the Hot Dog Eating Contest on the main page at 12:00 PM Saturday.  Stick around afterward as it will turn into the Kash Daniel live blog at 1:00 PM*

The women’s competition will be at 10:50 on ESPN3.  The Men’s Competition will air on ESPN2/ESPN3 at Noon. There will also be a Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo camera on ESPN3.  I’m not sure what that’s going to be, but I hope they have a GoPro on every hot dog and they just starts eating cameras.


Contest History


The first Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog eating contest took place, according to legend, in 1916 as four immigrants had a hot dog eating contest to settle an argument on who was the most patriotic.  While that story would possibly be the greatest story ever told, the first recorded contest took place in 1972, where american Jason Schechter ate 14 hot dogs in three-and-a-half minutes.  His prize was a certificate for 40 more hot dogs.  It did not become an annual event until 1978 where Manel Hollenback and Kevin Sinclair ate 10 hot dogs and buns in six-and-a-half minutes.  Side note, Brian Cranston joked in a press conference that Walter White entered the 1978 Nathan’s Contest eating 38.5 dogs that year (which would have won by 28.5 dogs).  The first female champion captured the crown in 1984 when Germany’s Birgit Felden won with 9.5 hot dogs over a 10 minute span. She is now has a doctorate…

The number of hot dogs consumed each year rose through the year 2000 where Japanese competitor Kazutoyo Arai took down the event and world record for hot dogs eaten that year, throwing down 25 1/8 hot dogs.  The world, however, did not know what was in store in 2001 when a 128 lb. Japanese man named Takeru Kobayashi took the stage.  Kobayashi, as he’s known, ate 50 hot dogs, smashing the previous record set just the year before.  In second place that year was Eric “Badlands” Booker, who finished off 26 hot dogs. Kobayashi would reign supreme over the next five years including setting the record again in 2006 with a mark of 53 3/4 hot dogs (breaking his 2004 record of 53 1/2).

However, in 2007, a man by the name of Joey Chestnut brought the title back to America with a performance of 66 hot dogs in front of the Coney Island crowd..  Since 2007, Chestnut has won eight consecutive Nathan’s Famous Contests and now holds the World Hot Dog Eating Record with a tally of 69 dogs in 10 minutes.  It is important to note that when Chestnut won in 2007 the time limit for the event was 12 minutes.  In 2007, Chestnut was eating 5.5 dogs per minute (DPM), while in 2013 the California native ate 6.9 DPM.


One can not bring up Kobayashi without noting his bowing out of the competition in 2010. Major League Eating and the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE – the governing body of competitive eating) wanted the eating superstar to sign an exclusive contract that would keep him from competing in non-sanctioned events.  He showed up to the 2010 event wearing a black Free Kobi shirt.  He crashed the stage after the event, promptly getting arrested.  He has since been banned from the events and his image has been taken off the wall of fame at Nathan’s Famous.  In 2011, he held his own eating competition on a rooftop in New York, where he ate 69 hot dogs of his own.

In 2011, Major League Eating started putting on a Women’s Championship, as there were many women who wanted to shoot for the women’s eating record.  Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas had been hanging with the men since 2003, even coming in 2nd place overall in the 2005 contest.  Since the new women’s championship, she had won all three times, setting the women’s world record with 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes.  However, newcomer Miki Sudo defeated Sonya Thomas for the first ever women’s title change, throwing down 34 hot dogs, while Thomas had 27.75.


Meet the Contestants

There are 20 competitors vying for the Mustard Yellow Title Belt (yep, that’s a thing).  Here are a few of the top competitors to watch out for this year:

Joey Chestnut

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut

Chestnut is the current, reigning and defending 8x Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Champion.  At the age of 31, he has a bachelors degree in civil engineering and even proposed to his girlfriend before competing in the 2014 Hot Dog Eating Contest  He is the #1 ranked eater in the world and holds over 30 World Eating Records, including certain ones set in recent years:

– 14lbs of Boysenberry Pie in 8 Minutes

– 2.1875 Galons of Chili in 6 Minutes

– 103 Krystal Burgers in 8 Minutes

– 24lbs of Poutine in 10 Minutes

– 121 Twinkies in 6 Minutes


Matt Stonie

Matt “Megatoad” Stonie

At just 23, Stonie has taken the competitive eating game by storm, being the #2 Ranked Eater in the World.  In 2013, he defeated Joey Chestnut three times in Major League Eating Competitions.  This is his fifth year in the Nathan’s Famous Contest, and holds these world eating records in 2015:

– 14.5lbs of Birthday Cake in 8 Minutes

– 182 Strips of bacon in 5 Minutes

– 34 Pepperoni Rolls in 10 Minutes

-20lbs 13oz of Pumpkin Pie in 8 Minutes



Tim “Eater X” Janus

Born with the given name “Tim Janus”, this eater goes by the name of Eater X during competition to “hide his inner torment.”  He is the #3 ranked eater in the world and won at the CitiField New York qualifier with 36 hot dogs in 10 minutes.  He placed third in last year’s contest as well.  He holds the distinction of being a contestant on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire who made it to the million dollar question.  Along with the following records, he is also the world burping champion, belching for 18.1 seconds.

– 141 Pieces of Nigiri Sushi in 6 Minutes

– 4 lbs. of Tiramisu in 6 minutes

– 10.5 lbs. of Ramen in 8 minutes


Miki Sudo

Miki Sudo popped on to the eating scene out of no where.  On April 20, 2013, Sudo at 40 hot dogs in her Major League Eating debut, blowing the minds of onlookers.  Since then she has become the #4 eater in the world, winning the women’s title at the July 4th event in 2014, housing 34 dogs in the rain soaked event.  She looks to recapture the title in 2015, walking onto the stage also holding the world record in eating Kimchi with 8.5 lbs. eaten in six minutes.


Erik Denmark

Erik “The Red” Denmark

Denmark is a Seattle native and won the Houston Qualifier with 29.5 hot dogs.  He is the #6th ranked eater in the world.  He tied for fourth last year, but looks to challenge for the title this year.  His bio from MLE says that he is “Major League Eating’s only known Boeing Executive”  Here are some of his eating marks from his career:

– 4 lbs. 15 oz. of Spot Shrimp in 12 minutes (World Record)

– 9.75 Native American Fry Breads in 8 Minutes



Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan

Morgan, out of New Orleans, enters his sixth consecutive Nathan’s Contest as the #7 Ranked eater in the world.  He placed 7th in last year’s competition with 29 dogs.  He won the Nashville qualifier at Tootsies, eating 33 hot dogs, more than last year on July 4th.  At 32 years old, he has had these milestones in the world of competitive eating:

– 20 Hard Boiled Eggs in 84 Seconds


So there you have it.  Some of the top names in the field, along with others will vie to set a new world record, having to eat more than 70 hot dogs on the stage on the corner of Surf and Stillwell.

I now leave you with one more bit of George Shea, introducing the competitors from last year’s contest, as only he can do it:

There is talk of doing a live blog of the event as we did last year.  It all depends on some other events going on that day.  We will let you know via Twitter, Facebook and KSR once we know the plan.

Karl Towns is spending July 4th with “his second dad,” John Calipari


In further proof that Karl Towns is the best ambassador the program’s ever had, he posted this picture on Instagram today of him and John Calipari with the caption “Spending my 4th of July weekend with my second dad @ukcoachcalipari. Love this man. #BBN #longliveBBN.”

What do we think Cal and Karl have planned this weekend? Hopefully riding that surfboard back there because that would be hilarious.

Trey Lyles and an adorable kid want the NBA Summer League Schedule

Starting tomorrow, Kentucky basketball will be back on your televisions. Sort of. Thirteen former Cats could play in the NBA Summer Leagues, which will take place in Orlando, Utah, and Las Vegas over the next few weeks.

All NBA Summer League games will stream online through NBA Summer League Live. There is a one-time fee of $14.99, but well worth it to see our former Cats play.

Here’s a schedule of who plays when:


Saturday, July 4

3:00 p.m. – Charlotte Hornets (Aaron Harrison) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Dakari Johnson, Marquis Teague)

5:00 p.m. – Memphis Grizzlies (Andrew Harrison) vs. Brooklyn Nets

Sunday, July 5

3:00 p.m. – Memphis Grizzlies (Andrew Harrison) vs. Charlotte Hornets (Aaron Harrison)

Monday, July 6

3:00 p.m. – Orlando Magic B vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Dakari Johnson, Marquis Teague)

9:00 p.m. – Boston Celtics (James Young) vs. Utah Jazz (Trey Lyles)

Tuesday July 7

1:00 p.m. – Orlando Magic B vs. Memphis Grizzlies (Andrew Harrison)

3:00 p.m. – Charlotte Hornets (Aaron Harrison) vs. Brooklyn Nets

5:00 p.m. – Oklahoma City Thunder (Dakari Johnson, Marquis Teague) vs. Los Angeles Clippers

7:00 p.m. – Boston Celtics (James Young) vs. Philadelphia 76ers

9:00 p.m. – San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz (Trey Lyles)

Wednesday, July 8

1:00 p.m. – Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets (Aaron Harrison)

Thursday, July 9

5:00 p.m. – Oklahoma City Thunder (Dakari Johnson, Marquis Teague) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (Andrew Harrison)

7:00 p.m. – Boston Celtics (James Young) vs. San Antonio Spurs

9:00 p.m. – Philadelphia 76ers vs Utah Jazz (Trey Lyles)

Friday, July 10

6:30 p.m. – Sacramento Kings (Willie Cauley-Stein, DeAndre Liggins) vs. Toronto Raptors

8:30 p.m. – Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl Towns–tentative) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Julius Randle)

10:30 p.m. – Golden State Warriors (Doron Lamb) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Saturday, July 11

4:00 p.m. – New Orleans Pelicans vs. Dallas Mavericks (Darius Miller–tentative)

6:00 p.m. – Washington Wizards vs. Phoenix Suns (Devin Booker, Josh Harrellson)

6:30 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl Towns–tentative)

8:00 p.m. – Boston Celtics (James Young) vs. Portland Trail Blazers

8:30 p.m. – Los Angeles Lakers (Julius Randle) vs. Philadelphia 76ers

10:30 p.m. – Miami Heat vs. Utah Jazz (Trey Lyles)

Sunday, July 12

4:30 p.m. – Phoenix Suns (Devin Booker, Josh Harrellson) vs. Houston Rockets

8:00 p.m. – Sacramento Kings (Willie Cauley-Stein, DeAndre Liggins) vs. Denver Nuggets

8:30 p.m. – Golden State Warriors (Doron Lamb) vs. Atlanta Hawks

10:00 p.m. – Portland Trail Blazers vs. Dallas Mavericks (Darius Miller–tentative)

10:30 p.m. – Boston Celtics (James Young) vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Monday, July 13

6:30 p.m. – Golden State Warriors (Doron Lamb) vs. Sacramento Kings (Willie Cauley-Stein, DeAndre Liggins)

8:30 p.m. – Los Angeles Lakers (Julius Randle) vs. New York Knicks

10:30 p.m. – Utah Jazz (Trey Lyles) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl Towns–tentative)

Tuesday, July 14

3:30 p.m. – Washington Wizards vs. Dallas Mavericks (Darius Miller–tentative)

7:00 p.m. – Boston Celtics (James Young) vs. Miami Heat

7:30 p.m. – Phoenix Suns (Devin Booker, Josh Harrellson) vs Utah Jazz (Trey Lyles)


The Minnesota Timberwolves have not finalized their Summer League roster yet, so we’re not positive if Karl’s on it, but they will hold a four-day minicamp July 6-9 prior to the Vegas Summer League, which will definitely feature Karl, Andrew Wiggins, and Tyus Jones.

From Couch to Daniel: Kash Daniel Prediction


On Saturday, America will be celebrating its Independence. On the same day in Paintsville, locals and media will gather to watch 4-star LB Kash Daniel pick up a baseball cap. The recruiting hat-trick is not one of my favorite things in the world. But, I understand youthful enthusiasm and its significance. Daniel’s final three choices are Kentucky, Louisville, and South Carolina.

Accomplished, highly skilled, mountain athletes take on a larger than life persona. There is a strong sense of Appalachian pride when one of their own is nationally recognized. Daniel’s meteoric rise and US Army All American Bowl selection are worthy of such praise. He’s indeed made us proud. Yes I used us. I’m from that area.

Question of the day remains, which hat will he pick up? In June, I posted that I felt he was leaning towards South Carolina. Upon his return from an unofficial visit to Columbia, he quickly changed his commitment date. In addition to the time change, he cancelled a visit to Florida and indicated that he’d made up his mind. All that could have been interpreted two different ways. Either he was all in with Spurrier, or perhaps validation for Kentucky. Louisville has been the least discussed of the three options. For Cat fans, his silence about their in-state rival is unnerving. Is he really considering the Cardinals? Bobby Petrino beating Mark Stoops for a mountain kid would be a major coup.

I don’t actually own a crystal ball. Can’t say I’ve ever seen one. But on America’s patriotic holiday I think Kash Daniel’s declaration will be one of blue, not garnet or red. He’s a Wildcat.

Ky Kernel columnist writes “Calipari would be wise to leave UK”


I’ll admit, I don’t read the Kentucky Kernel very often, and after reading the article sent to me this afternoon, I realize why. On Wednesday, columnist Joshua Huff wrote a piece entitled “Calipari would be wise to leave UK” in which he argues that fans’ hysteria over the various NBA rumors surrounding Cal is reason enough for him to get out of town. In fact, Huff pretty much opens the door and tries to push Cal through it.

Some excerpts:

This outcry and panic about Calipari possibly leaving for the NBA is ridiculous. So much so that no matter how much future success he enjoys, the minute he leaves — or “bolts,” as UK fans will say — he’s going to be ridiculed and thrown under the bus.

I doubt fans will line up along the road as he heads to the airport with signs wishing him well. He might as well fly out of Louisville; surely they’ll be happy to see him go.

First of all, yes, the day Calipari leaves will be upsetting, but I doubt fans will “ridicule him” and “throw him under the bus.” In fact, I would imagine that fans WOULD line the streets to wish him well. I do like that Louisville joke, though.

Another one:

Coaching at UK goes in two different directions: Success leads to greater opportunities (the NBA), and failure leads coaches down paths traveled by the likes of Tubby Smith and Billy Gillispie.

Some fans may have had their issues with Tubby, but I don’t think anyone would label a coach that won a national championship a “failure.”

There’s more of that over at the Kernel if you want it. Or not.

[Kernel: Calipari would be wise to leave UK]

Georgia, good job, good effort, but no.

Earlier today, the UGA Men’s Basketball Twitter account sent out the picture above to promote the program, which is all fine and good, except…well, it’s not, really. Georgia is bragging that their game against Kentucky on March 3rd in Athens was the third most watched game in the SEC, bringing in 2.8 million viewers. Yes…because it was against Kentucky.

Mark Fox has done a good job with the Georgia program, but why stoop to this blatant grab of the Cats’ coattails? The main reason people watched that game was because they wanted to see if Kentucky could survive its last true road test. It was a great game, don’t get me wrong; in fact, it was the first time I truly believed the Cats could lose, but let’s keep some perspective, okay?

Speaking of that game, let’s watch some highlights because it was awesome:

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MKG spending the day at the National Stuttering Association Annual Conference

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is one of my all-time favorite Cats for many reasons, but a main one is how he’s opened up about his speech problems. MKG has battled a stutter his whole life and finally made a breakthrough during his time at UK by working with speech pathologist Meg Shake at the CATS center.

Today, MKG is giving back to children who suffer from the same problems by attending the National Stuttering Association Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. He posted this great picture of him and some of the kids on Twitter this morning.

Earlier this year, Lee Jenkins profiled MKG for Sports Illustrated and interviewed Shake about her work with Michael. The article has stuck with me since, and it’s only appropriate to share an excerpt:

The Final Four was challenging because of unwanted media queries about his speech, but by then it was obvious that the therapy’s purpose went far beyond any press conference. Sound bites are significant in the social media age — if a player clanks a 10-footer at the buzzer, the public demands an explanation and revolts when it too falls short — but the interviews were just an excuse. “This was for when he gives his wedding vows,” Shake says, “and when he gets his honorary degree from UK, and when he goes to his grandchildren’s graduation. It was for a more fluent future.”

Read the rest of Jenkins’ excellent piece here. Keep up the good work, MKG.

Jamal Murray will play in the Pan American Games with Kyle Wiltjer

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We all know how proud Jamal Murray is of his Canadian heritage (the Canadian flag cape he wore during his announcement was a pretty big indicator). Now, he’ll get a chance to represent his country in the Pan American Games, which will be held in Toronto later this month. This morning, Murray was one of 16 players named to the roster for the Canadian National Team Training Camp, which will take place July 12-17. The final roster for the Pan American Games will be set before July 18 and the Canadians will open play on July 21 vs. Argentina.

Also on the training camp roster? Former Cat Kyle Wiltjer, who can give Murray an idea of what to expect in Lexington; NBA players Anthony Bennett, Sim Bhullar, and Andrew Nicholson. Still no word on whether Murray will come to Lexington before the training camp or wait until it’s over to start his career as a Cat.

Best of luck to Murray as he attempts to make the team. If he does, we should all get Canadian flag capes to support him.

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Yes, that is Patrick Towles dressed as Harry Potter on the cover of the Cats Pause Yearbook

We’ve all known about Patrick Towles’ love for Harry Potter for a while now. (Last summer, I wrote an entire article about how Towles may be the ultimate Potter fan.) The rest of the media’s catching on and today, Patrick Towles is on the cover of this season’s Cats Pause Yearbook wearing a Gryffindor scarf, Harry Potter glasses, and the trademark lightning scar. Yes, really.

Darrell Bird interviewed Towles about his HP addiction, which he says continues to this day, especially during the movie marathons on ABC Family.

Towles’ Harry Potter obsession dates back to adolescence when he first started reading the books with his sister. He can remember waiting at Barnes & Noble for the later books to be released and attending midnight premieres of the movies dressed up like his favorite characters. His room still features several of the movie posters hanging on the wall, and Towles observes an annual celebration of Potter’s birthday on July 31.

As someone who dressed up as Hermoine to go to the movie premieres during college, I’m raising a mug of butterbeer in your honor, Patrick.  To read more of Bird’s piece about Patrick’s HP addiction, click here.

Also listen to this super nerdy conversation Patrick and I had about HP at Media Day last year:

John Wall dances on the Phunkee Duck, rich people’s new toy

During the NBA Playoffs, JR Smith was the subject of about a million Vines when he rolled into The Q on a “Phunkee Duck,” a Segway-like device without the handlebars:

Pretty cool, right? As you might expect, the Phunkee Duck took off with pro athletes, including John Wall, who posted this video of himself dancing on one yesterday:

Havin a blast wit my new toy !!

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Wesley Woodyard also has one, which you can see in this video that for some reason I can’t embed.

On its website, the creators describe the PhunkeeDuck as “the next step in the evolution of transportation.” How much does it cost? $1,500. Just a drop in the bucket for a guy like John Wall, right?

Could Tayshaun Prince be headed to Cleveland?

Who’s the latest Cat on the move? According to a report from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, it may be Tayshaun Prince. The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Chris Haynes cites sources that say the Cavaliers have reached out to Tayshaun in an effort to bring in more depth on the wing, but a deal may not come until some other negotiations have fallen into place.

Last season, Tayshaun played for the Memphis Grizzlies, the Boston Celtics, and the Detroit Pistons, averaging 7.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 46% from behind the arc. Not too shabby for a 35-year-old veteran.

One more ‘ship with LeBron? Someone just be sure to tell this guy:

Holiday Inn in Hopkinsville, are you ready??? (Friday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt and Drew are live from the Holiday Inn in Hopkinsville (2910 Fort Campbell Blvd) to preview a big weekend for the Cats and America. Odds are most of you are enjoying the day off since the 4th is on a Saturday this year, so if you’re in the area, come on out to say hello, enjoy the show, and register from


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

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Here’s an updated list of tour stops. We’re still finalizing a few, so be sure to check back as the week goes on.

July 3: Hopkinsville – Holiday Inn

July 6: Morganfield – Southern States
July 7: Grayson – Simply The Best Bar & Grill
July 8: Pikeville – Bank 253
July 9: Williamson – Appalachian Wireless at South Side Mall
July 10: KY Speedway

July 13: Cynthiana – Cynthiana County Club
July 14: Whitley City – McCreary County Public Library
July 15: London – Sleep Outfitters
July 16-17: TBD

July 20: Whitesburg – Pine Mountain Grill
July 21: Manchester – Clay County Middle School
July 22: Somerset – Sleep Outfitters
July 23: Harlan – Core Fitness
July 24: Fort Wright – Dickmann’s Sports Bar

July 27: Campbellsville – Mr. Gatti’s
July 28: Owensboro – Don Moore GM Center
July 29: Benton – Kennedy’s Fan Shop
July 30: Paducah – Buffalo Wild Wings
July 31: Fancy Farm

August 3: Bowling Green – Chaney’s Dairy Barn
August 4: McKee – Old Courthouse Community Room
August 5: Glasgow – Papa John’s
August 6: Jamestown – Lawless-Smith True Value and Appliance Center (Russell Springs)
August 7: Monticello – Conley Bottom Resort

August 10: Frankfort – Governor’s Mansion
August 11: Maysville – Laurel Oaks Golf Course
August 12: Danville – Sun Tropic Outdoors
August 13: Lexington – All Sports at Fayette Mall
August 14: Louisville

gotc-ksr is giving away UK basketball and football tickets at every tour stop this summer. That’s 33 chances to win, and all you have to do is come out to listen to your favorite radio show. That’s so easy even Ryan Lemond could do it!

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: KSR Summer Fan Stories


Every Friday this summer I am giving you a chance to basically take over this post.  As you saw on the radio show yesterday, fans have some of the best stories.  And frankly, fans are what make this program so great.  It’s not Calipari or the players, it’s you.  So I want to hear your best stories.  Send me the story you always tell people at and I will post the best of the best here on Fridays.  Today, a double feature:

In 1999, my dad, Keith Reed, caught wind of someone selling a 1998 UK Championship ring.  It turns out that the ring belonged to Allen Edwards and was stolen from the Wildcat Lodge.  Dad bought the ring for $600 and called the UK Athletic Office to figure out how to get it back to Allen (who by this time had graduated).  Dad was put in touch with Asst. Coach Mike Sutton, and he returned the ring to UK.  He received a nice note from Tubby Smith and from Allen Edwards afterwards.

In September, when my dad died, I was going through some of his things, and I found his notes from the transaction and the FedEx receipt.  I looked-up Allen Edwards, who was coaching at Wyoming, and emailed to ask if he could take a picture of the ring for me because Dad never bothered to even photograph it. (I want to tell my 4 year-old the story when he gets a little older.) Allen called me to thank me, again, for Dad’s gesture and promised to take a picture next time he went home to visit his mom, who has his mementos for safe-keeping.

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I’ll keep my story short and sweet.  My favorite UK basketball story took place on November 28, 1990.  I was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and had been training in the desert at Camp All American near Dahran, Saudi Arabia since early August, waiting for the rest of the coalition to form in order to kick Saddam Hussein’s invading army out of Kuwait.  It was just after Thanksgiving, and we were all thinking of home.  Being a Harlan County native and a UK grad, I grew up loving the Cats, but on active duty in America’s premier strategic rapid reaction force, opportunities to see them in action were few and far between.  On this particular night, UK was playing the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Armed Forces Network had picked up the game to broadcast to us in theater.  The tip took place around 0200 my time, but I was wide awake and listening.  Laying in my hooch listening to Cawood and Ralph call a 75 – 71 Kentucky victory was heaven sent.  For two hours, I was back home, forgetting where I was and what I would be doing in a few short months, enjoying the Cats bringing home a victory.  I’ll never forget it.

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Dumb Americans’ Friday Morning Wakeup

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This video is the saddest thing you’ll see all day. I couldn’t get through it. I threw in the towel after I heard America became independent when it defeated the South, the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1984, and we declared our independence from the country of California.

Be better, America.

If you didn’t know those answers, keep it to yourself. Keep it to yourself and look it up before you do anything else this morning.


Kash Daniel announces tomorrow.

He told the Herald-Leader, “This place will ignite on fire if I choose to go where everybody’s wanting me to go.”

Plenty more Kash talk throughout the day.

Julius Randle dunks on guy, asks, “What was he thinking?”

Listen closely. Also, what was he thinking?

Tiger playing well at the Greenbrier.

After hitting 14 greens and needing only 25 putts in yesterday’s opening round, eyes will be on Tiger Woods at Day 2 of the Greenbrier Classic. Woods’ 4-under-par was good enough for 12th place yesterday and he’ll look to improve on that score as fans continue to wonder if he’ll ever truly be ‘back.’

Woods tees off at 1:10 pm this afternoon. I’ll be following my PGA Tour app religiously while tailgating for the USMNT in Nashville.

Keep an eye on my good buddy Kent Bulle at the PGA’s Dakota Dunes tournament in Canada, too. I’ve got a feeling he’s going low today. Vamanos El Toro!

Anyone in Nashville tonight?

Tweet me or something. Let’s go.

The Knicks and Thunder competing for Enes Kanter.

Re-signing Enes Kanter is a priority for Oklahoma City this offseason, but the Phil Jackson has contacted the former Cat about a move to New York City. Talks will pick up today, and OKC is expected to match whatever the Knicks offer.

Rajon Rondo is also still in the middle of NBA free agency. The most recent report is Los Angeles reached out to him about becoming a Laker. He will also meet with the Kings today.

Doron Lamb named to Golden State’s summer league roster.


Watch Roger Federer embarrass American Sam Querrey at Wimbledon.

Oh my. That’s filthy.

Magic Mike XXL opens today.

That in no way affects my day, but Jared Lorenzen appears to be pretty pumped about it.

Anyone got a Hollywood connection to get Jared in a Magic Mike XXL audition? The man’s got moves.

We’re at the Holiday Inn in Hopkinsville today.

See you there, Western Kentucky!!!