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July 25th, 2014

The crowd in Paducah this morning is nuts

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The crowd for today’s show at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Paducah is absolutely nuts, by far the biggest of this year’s tour so far, and possibly the biggest in the tour’s three-year history. Here’s the line outside at 6:45 a.m.:

The line at 6:45 a.m. (@EricChumbler)

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These two pictures sum up every live show so far. Matt motioning wildly with his hands, “squeezing the pumpkin”:

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And, of course, Matt and Ryan checking their phones:

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@Lew_Jetton

You people are crazy.


CJ Conrad camping at Ohio State this weekend

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Four-star tight end CJ Conrad is one of UK’s highest-ranked commitments so far in the 2015 class, but this weekend, he’ll attend the Friday Night Lights camp at Ohio State.

Conrad says his commitment to UK is still firm and he’s spoken to the UK staff about attending the camp, but this should still make UK fans slightly nervous. Conrad is from Lagrange, Ohio, and if he picks up an offer from the Buckeyes this weekend, there’s a chance he could flip his commitment. In fact, 247 Sports’ Dave Biddle says he’s a “prime candidate” to flip to the Buckeyes, and after an impressive performance at The Opening earlier this month, an offer will probably come his way.

Stay with us, CJ…


Skal Labissiere considering going overseas?

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Skal Labissiere is one UK’s top targets in the 2015 class. Memphis leads for the 6’10″ power forward, but Cal has made him a priority in recent weeks, watching him play at Minnesota this past weekend and Vegas this week. Yesterday, Labissiere told CBSSports.com that he’s considering playing overseas for a year before declaring for the 2016 Draft, following in Emmanuel Mudiay’s footsteps. Earlier this week, Mudiay signed a contract with a Chinese professional team for $1.2 million. Labissiere admitted “that’s is a lot of money,” and going overseas is now one of many options on the table.

Because Calipari is the best at turning elite prospects into NBA Draft picks, there’s of course some negative recruiting going on, by both Memphis and Ole Miss. Parrish writes that Labissiere’s guardian, Gerald Hamilton, is pushing him to stay close to him–Memphis or Ole Miss–and both schools are playing that card as well:

Truth be told, Ole Miss and Memphis are both playing that card — that Labissiere enrolling at UK would separate him from Hamilton and open the way for William Wesley or Jay Z (or any number of folks, really) to swoop in and create a divide that could cost Hamilton what one industry source described as his “meal ticket” for a 501 (c) (3) organization he founded called Reach Your Dream. If avoiding such is important to Hamilton, the argument goes, then he better try to guide Labissiere away from Kentucky — not to mention UNC and Georgetown.

Memphis is a pretty heavy favorite, but never count out Cal, especially when he’s putting on the full-court press. However, the fact that Skal’s considering going overseas shows that Cal may have some international competition to go along with all the negative recruiting he’s facing these days.

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KSR is at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Paducah (Friday Show Thread)

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Mmmm…wings.

Good morning, KSR readers, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, coming to you live from the Buffalo Wild Wings in Paducah. Today, Matt and Ryan will preview George Brown’s decision, talk some football, basketball, and the most recent reminder of how awful Pete Thamel is.

If you’re in the area, come on out to say hi to Matt and Ryan and register for the chance to win some AMAZING prizes, including tickets to a UK game from GuyOnTheCornerTickets.com or the grandaddy of them all, the chance to be included in the drawing for a trip for TWO to the UK Bahamas Tour at the Atlantis…eight days, all expenses paid and tickets to every UK game. The winner will come from finalists that are picked on the tour, one at each stop. 

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

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WBGN (1340 am) Bowling Green
WAIN (93.9 fm) Columbia
WHIR (1230 am) Danville
WCLU (1490 am) Glasgow
WGOH (1370 am) Grayson
WHOP (1230am/95.3 fm) Hopkinsville
WJKY (1060 am) Jamestown
WLAP (630 am) Lexington
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WFMW (730 am/94.9 fm) Madisonville
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WMSK (1550 am) Morganfield
WLME (102.7 fm) Owensboro
WKYH (600 am) Paintsville
WLSI (900 am) Pikeville
WPRT (960 am) Prestonsburg
WSFC (1240 am) Somerset
WTCW (920 am) Whitesburg
WBTH (1400 am) Williamson, WV

On Delay (ALL TIMES LISTED EASTERN)…

WVHI (1330 am) Evansville, IN 5pm-7pm
WMTL (870 am) Leitchfield 11am-1pm
WLBQ (1570 am) Morgantown 3-5 pm
WRIL (106.3 fm) Middlesboro Thur 8-10 pm
WPAD (99.5 fm/1560 am) Paducah 11-1 pm (going live August 18th)
WHAY (98.3 fm) Whitley City 2-4 pm

Here’s the rest of the tour schedule:

Monday, July 28th: Danville- Bluegrass Community Bank
Tuesday, July 29th: Fort Wright/Northern KY- Dickmann’s Cafe
Wednesday, July 30th: Maysville- Mann Chrysler
Thursday, July 31st: Lexington- AllSports in the Fayette Mall
Friday, August 1st: Louisville- BW3′s Springhurst


We’ve got your Alumni Game presale code right here…

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Tickets for UK’s annual Alumni Game (Sunday, August 24 at 6 p.m. ET) officially go on sale to the public on Monday, but there’s a presale this morning via the Rupp Arena First in Line folks. To get in on the fun, head on over to Ticketmaster.com and enter the code BBN1ST. The presale starts at 10 a.m.

Tickets range from $101 (premium lower level), $31 (lower level), and $16 for premium upper level. There is an eight-ticket limit per person. All proceeds from the game will go to charity.

For the first time, the game will pit UK pros vs. a team of non-UK pros, which means we can finally root for someone to lose.


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Friday Flashback….

A few times during the summer I think it’s a fun exercise to look back at the history of KSR on whatever date we are currently on.  Just to see where we have come from, some of the high times and low points.  And for this website, some of the more ridiculous things we have done here.  So, today we look at JULY 25TH

2013
John Robic comes to KSR, previews UK roster for 2013-14 season

-Robic came to the Lexington KSR Summer Tour stop at Whitaker Bank Ballpark to breakdown the UK roster.  Some of the highlights include saying Julius Randle “No one gonna go harder than Julius. He has a MKG-like motor” and for Alex Poyhtress “I think his confidence is at a different level.”

2012
Andrew and Aaron Harrison play high school game on ESPN

-Do yourself a favor and read the comments section of that post and how many people was certain the twins were going to Maryland.  Shows the pessimism of some fans and also the recruiting prowess of Calipari.

2011
Kentucky football opens as 8-point favorite over Louisville

-That doesn’t end well for us.

Desmond Allison murdered in Ohio

-The former UK guard always had a checkered past and had problems at Kentucky that eventually led to his transfer.  He was part of Tubby Smith’s first ever recruiting class and showed flashes of brilliance.  But tragically, his life was snuffed out at 31 years old.

2010
SEC is voted dirtiest college basketball conference by coaches

-Dana O’Neill polled 20 coaches (snicker snicker) about which college basketball conference was the dirtiest and despite being one of the least successful, the 20 voted for the SEC.  This was a direct shot at John Calipari.  And then he went to 3 Final Fours with no violations.  So eat on that.

2009
Demarcus Cousins is getting slimmer, Joe Jackson visits campus

-The recruit Cousins was thought to weigh a little bit too much coming into college but reports were he had slimmed down.  And Joe Jackson was set to visit campus for BBM, but ended up committing to Memphis.

2008
Curtis Pulley arrested in Lexington

-Pulley’s time at UK was a borderline disaster and this arrest was just a highlight.

Dicky Lyons Jr. tells the greatest dream ever

-Seriously, I had forgotten about this story from Lyons about punching Matt Stafford in his dreams, but it’s really an awesome tale.

2007
Tomlin answers your questions

-I have no idea why but on July 25th, 2007, Tomlin put up the only post on the site that day, a Need to Know Wednesday post that, as always, was gold Jerry!

2006
Tubby Smith teleconference attacks the internet

-Smith took the chance to rip on the expanding world of blogs during a teleconference.  I think we can say he was on the wrong side of history on that one.


KSR’s Top Ten Tweets of the Day

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It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get do—-. We will focus most of our attention on relevant Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as per usual, there are no limits to our madness. You, the KSR fans, can also participate in our top-10 tweet countdown by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTopTen, or by tweeting @KySportsRadio.

 

#10 Townsend Miller

Nah.

 

 

#9 Cheick Diallo

What a gorgeous #tbt

 

 

#8 Tyler Hammond

Your wish is my command.

 

 

#7 Doron Lamb

Enes Kanter sighting.

 

 

#6 Michelle Beadle

This.

 

#5 Raekwon Davis

SISQ_T~1

 

 

#4 C.J. Cunningham

We wouldn’t want that.

 

 

#3 Fake Gimel

Tha-MEL.

 

#2 Jeff Hignite

Brilliant

 

 

#1 James Ulis

Adopt me?

 

@BrennanKSR + Funkhouser


Pete Thamel Insinuates Racism When UK Did Not Hire Charlie Strong

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Guess Who’s back, back again, Shady’s back, tell a friend. This time the resident shady journalist known as Pete Thamel is back with this profile of new Texas Coach Charlie Strong. Mixed in with some interesting tidbits is the part of the article highlighted above, in which Kentucky is lumped in with a group of schools where Strong interviewed in which it is insinuated he was not hired due to the fact that he is African American and his wife is white. This is an issue that has been brought up in the Charlie Strong story before, but Thamel goes the next step and mentions the schools that could be indicted for the charge.

I can’t speak to what happened at the others schools as I am not familiar with their hiring process. I also would be naive if I didn’t leave open the possibility that Strong’s race and interracial marriage could not have played some part in his lack of a hiring opportunity at some point in his career. However Thamel’s decision to lump Kentucky into the category of schools that didn’t hire Strong because of race is simply not fair. Strong interviewed for the job when Kentucky hired Rich Brooks and if you speak with anyone that was around at that point, they all agree that he had an awful interview. The knock on Strong always was that his communication skills were not great (an issue that has followed him to Texas and has led to some early criticism) and that he did not do well in an interview setting. Kentucky ended up not going with Strong, in part for this reason, and to suggest that they didn’t hire him because of race isn’t fair for a reporter to insinuate who was not part of the process.

But even if such an accusation could potentially have some merit in general, in has zero place with Kentucky. Why? Because just a few years later, Kentucky hired an African-American coach with a white wife for the exact same position. Joker Phillips was hired by Barnhart and while he did not have success, his race, nor that of his wife, was no obstacle in him getting the job. If Kentucky was against Strong because of his race or his interracial marriage, why would they hire Joker just a few years later? Does Thamel believe that UK’s administration and Athletic Director all of a sudden became more enlightened? Of course not. Kentucky had no problem hiring a black coach with a white wife, when Strong was first interviewed or a few years later. The fact that they hired the wrong one of the two is not a symbol of racism, but rather simply a poor hiring decision.

Thamel, as per usual, went for the cheap hit and the easy shot on a group of programs. My guess is that individuals at all of those programs would disagree with his assessment, and their points may be completely valid. But in the case of Kentucky, to insinuate that Charlie Strong wasn’t hired because of his race/marriage is objectively false. However as we have seen with Thamel over the years, writing incorrect/misleading articles is par for his journalistic course and showcases once again why when the Hall of Fame of Overrated sports writers is erected, Pete’s bust will be part of the first ballot class, likely inducted by a beautiful speech from Manti Teo’s girlfriend.


The Iowa State 400-pound Bench Press Club’s Friday News and Views

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I’ll be honest, guys: I was struggling for a news and views honoree this evening. For a split second, I contemplated dedicating the night post to the new “50 Shades of Grey” trailer, but virtual stones immediately started soaring towards my face. (However, if that is your thing, you’ll love Hoda and Kathie Lee’s reaction.) After perusing the celebrity birthdays, I considered the incomparable Estelle Getty only to realize I’d dedicated the night post to her two years ago, rolled my eyes at the other celebrity birthdays (Matt LeBlanc? Snooze), and finally came across this picture of the Iowa State 400-pound bench press club on Twitter.

Now, there’s a lot going on in this picture. Let’s start with the fantastic mullet in the back, all “Imma kill you” in the front and “Let’s chill with a cold one” in the back. Next, you’ve got Mr. Bucket Hat Long Hair, who looks like Magic Mike, a fisherman, and a 90′s rock band bassist all in one. The other guys seem pretty normal, save the fact that they’re draped in heavy chains, the accessory of choice in weight rooms across the country. My favorite guy might be the one who is being held up push-up style by his friend with the big bicep sleeve. The push-up gave him a mean case of creepy eyes, but you can tell he’s still friendly by the two thumbs up. It’s all good. Just fun times here in the 400-pound bench press club.

Consider this my challenge to the UK football team to come up with a better picture. Can I get two thumbs up for the news and views?

Will it be Kentucky or Florida for George Brown?

Friday at 1:30 p.m., we will finally find out where George Brown, a three-star offensive tackle from Cincinnati, will go to school. The drama has been building around Brown’s decision all week, with everyone trying to read the tweet leaves and figure out whether the 42nd best offensive tackle in the country will choose Kentucky or Florida. Brown visited UK for the Friday Night Lights camp last weekend, and by all accounts, had a fantastic time, going so far as to tweet that he’s got a “UK hat on my head and it won’t come off.” Well, Brown visited Florida early this week, and judging by all of his activity on Twitter, the UK hat may have come off. He unfollowed most UK players and coaches, followed a dozen or so Florida players and coaches, and Will Muschamp accidentally tweeted a congratulatory DM that may have been meant for him. If the signs weren’t bad enough for the Cats, Brown’s buddy Tevon Coney, a three-star inside linebacker, tweeted that he’s going to whichever school Brown picks, and right now, Florida is a 87% favorite in Coney’s Crystal Ball. The Cats are also recruiting him, but not considered a major player at all. Ugh.

HOWEVER, experience has taught us that it’s best not to read too much into teenagers’ Twitter accounts, and not just because it’s creepy. You never know, Brown could be messing with us and trying to put out a smokescreen to heighten the tension for his big announcement. Stranger things have happened, and the UK staff says they’re still confident. Regardless, all of the drama will be over in 15 hours.

Time Warner and the SEC Network reach an agreement

Probably the most exciting news for UK fans on Thursday was the announcement that Time Warner and the SEC Network have reached an agreement. TWC and Bright House Networks will carry the SEC Network when it launches on August 14, which means if you have Time Warner, you won’t miss out on the Cats’ last three games in the Bahamas as well as two of the football team’s first three games of the season. DirecTV is now the last major cable and satellite provider not to pick up the SEC Network. We’re hearing they’re working on it, and hopefully the announcement will come before the launch on August 14.

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The freshmen held a photo shoot in the locker room

After doing a real photo shoot in their uniforms on Thursday, the freshmen held their own little photo shoot in the locker room, which means we finally have pictures of them in UK blue and white. Karl Towns also hinted that he might change up his hairstyle soon, tweeting “Definitely looking to do something with my hair. Time to go to the hair wiz @THEwillieCS15 for some inspiration.”

Please no bleach, Karl. Please no bleach.

Football Fan Day is set for August 9 at 9 a.m.

On Thursday, UK announced that the annual Fan Day will be held on Saturday, August 9. Players will start signing autographs at 9 a.m., and an open practice will follow at 10:45 a.m. While that’s pretty early and definitely puts a damper on any tailgating plans, the event is still a great way to meet the players and get your first look at the team in action. I can only imagine how many pictures we’ll have of normal-sized people next to a larger-than-normal-sized person, like Za’Darius Smith.

UK also announced that they’ll have three open practices for fans and media the mornings of August 11, 12, and 18. If you’ve ever wanted to write your own practice report for the site, this is your chance. Make us proud.

Winston Guy’s Throwback Thursday picture is great

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While in high school at Lexington Catholic, Guy dressed up as Stevie Johnson for Halloween. Both are now playing pro ball, Stevie for the San Francisco 49ers and Winston for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cheick Diallo’s Throwback Thursday picture is pretty great, too

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The 2015 power forward posted this shot of himself with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis at the Nike Big Men Camp last month. He looks pretty at home with La Familia, doesn’t he? UK is currently tied with Kansas at 42% in Diallo’s Crystal Ball.

Calipari and Kenny Payne watched recruits in Vegas

John Calipari is still enjoying the dry heat and cold gyms in Vegas, watching Stephen Zimmerman, Skal Labissiere, and Jaylen Brown in the Adidas Super 64 event. Cal made me proud when he was sighted at an In ‘N Out, a requisite stop on any Vegas vacation. He also took this selfie with a fan:

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It’s good to see Cal looking tan and relaxed again. I’m hoping I’m the same way after my trip to Florida next week.

Don’t worry, I’ll still be here in the morning to get you through the George Brown announcement. Matt and Ryan will be at the BW3′s in Paducah to wrap up the second to last week of the KSR Summer Tour, so stop by if you’re in the area for two hours of Cats talk and delicious wings. See you then.


22 Fun Facts from the UK Football Media Guide

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There’s pretty much only one reason I look through the media guide each season: the fun facts about each player at the end of their bios. Reading what each player’s hidden talent, nickname, or favorite thing about UK is may be the best way to get to know them. So, to save you the time of flipping through each bio, I did it myself this morning, and came up with this list of 22 fun facts about UK’s 2014 football team:

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1. Despite the fact that most of the players were toddlers during his prime, Michael Jordan is still the most famous athlete in sports.

When asked what sporting event they’d most like to witness, past, present, or future, several players said they wanted to see Michael Jordan in his prime (Josh Clemons, Josh Forrest), or specifically his “flu game” (Drew Barker, Thaddeus Kuzunas, Ashely Lowery). Three players said Jordan is the athlete with which they’d most like to trade places (Shaquille Love, Ramsey Meyers, Miles Thompson). To me, this is further proof that Jordan is still considered the greatest basketball player of all time, or, at the very least, “Space Jam” was the most popular kids movie in the mid-90′s.

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2. UK beating LSU in 2007 is UK football’s most famous moment for this generation

UK’s football tradition isn’t exactly great, but we’ve had some big moments in the past decade. The biggest is UK’s upset of LSU in 2007, and four players–Mikel Horton, Jacob Hyde, Matt Howard, and DJ Warren–said that’s the sporting event they’d most like to witness past, present, or future.

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3. Tre’ Dunn and Eli Capilouto are workout buddies

Senior linebacker Tre’ Dunn’s profile might be the best of all. He says he wears the number 26 because “2 multiplied by 6 is 12 and 12 is the greatest number.” When asked for one thing he couldn’t live without, he said “my organs.” I  mean, that’s just straight up logic. The coolest thing about UK for Tre’? “Hanging at the gym with Eli Capilouto.” We need video of this.

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(Photo by Clay Jackson/cjackson@amnews.com)

4. The Blaylock Twins are very musical

Junior linebacker Daron Blaylock says that if he could go back in time, he’d like to go to Woodstock, and his hidden talent is Guitar Hero. In fact, he claims he has “a voice of Fergie and Jesus combined” when he sings. His twin, safety Zack Blaylock, may have one of the most unexpected go-to hype songs on the team: “Sweet Dreams.” I’m assuming he means “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics, which is just awesome.

5. Javess Blue’s hidden talent shouldn’t be a surprise

Javess Blue says his hidden talent is tumbling but KSR readers learned all about that during his recruitment.

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6. Darryl Long’s hidden talent is writing poetry

Get ready to swoon, ladies.

7. Some more random hidden talents on the team…

  • Grant Aumiller used to bass fish competitively.
  • Matt Howard is really good at quoting Forrest Gump. (I think this calls for a quote-off with Drew Franklin at Media Day)
  • Farrington Huguenin can stand on his hands for a while.
  • Travaughn Paschal claims that he can fly (Hmm).
  • Patrick Towles can play the harmonica.
  • Tyler Brause is really good at precision long-range shooting.

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8. Jason Hatcher’s dream job other than the NFL is owning an animal hospital.

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9. John Gruenschlaeger listens to “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion to get ready for a game

That flute solo is really stirring.

10. The “dream jobs” are all across the board

The players were asked what their dream jobs are other than playing in the NFL. There was a wide variety:

  • Junior long snapper Kelly Mason: Actuary
  • Senior wide receiver Demarco Robinson: Jungle Explorer
  • Freshman offensive lineman Josh Krok: DEA agent or US Marshal (he’ll be a hit at parties)
  • Freshman offensive lineman Nick Richardson: architect
  • Sophomore wide receiver Jeff Badet: financial advisor
  • Senior tight end: Steven Borden: Professional surfer
  • Junior offensive tackle Shaquille Love: chef

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11. Freshman linebacker Dorian Hendrix meditates every day.

Ommmmm.

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12. Stanley “Boom” Williams’ reason for picking the number 18 will make you love him

The freshman running back says he picked the number 18 to “follow the legacy of Randall Cobb and Jacob Tamme.” Yep, fan favorite already.

13. Here are just a few of the players’ nicknames:

  • Josh Clemons: Big Zoo Doo
  • JoJo Kemp: Jojo on the Go-Go
  • Nico Firios: Greek Freak
  • Khalid Henderson: Lee-do, Shotta, Waka, and Blondey

Who needs four nicknames?!?

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14. Jacob Hyde and Jordan Swindle can wiggle their ears

I bet you’re trying to wiggle yours right now, aren’t you?

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KSR’s Kickoff Playoff: Round 1

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Earlier this week, UK released its Kickoff Playoff, a three-round tournament of eight songs selected by eight UK football players to determine which song will be played before kickoff in the season opener. Fans are asked to vote over on the BBN First website, with the first round wrapping up this week and semifinal voting taking place next week.

Tonight, I put together our own Kickoff Playoff bracket with eight song suggestions from eight KSR personalities. We ask that you eliminate four from the tournament tonight by vote and we’ll trim that to two next week. In the end, we’ll put our winning song up against UK’s winning song for the ultimate Kickoff Playoff championship.

Here are the eight songs we came up with:

Jared Lorenzen – “Hells Bells” by AC/DC
Matt Jones – “Victory” by Puff Daddy
Bryan The Intern – “Whoomp! (There It Is) by Tag Team
Ryan Lemond – “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon
Shannon The Dude – “For Those About To Rock” by AC/DC
Tyler Thompson – “Lose Yourself” by Eminem
Drew Franklin – “Jungle” by X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons
CM Tomlin – “Magnificent Seven Theme” by Elmer Bernstein

Listen and vote below:


“Hells Bells” vs. “Victory”

“Hells Bells”

“Victory”


 

“Whoomp! (There It Is)” vs. “Turn Down For What”

“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

“Turn Down For What”


“For Those About To Rock” vs. “Lose Yourself”

“For Those About To Rock”

“Lose Yourself”


 

“Jungle” vs. “Magnificent Seven Theme”


“Jungle”

“Magnificent Seven Theme”


KSR County Spotlight: Let’s Go To Monroe!

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Hello ladies and gents. Did you enjoy Pikeville? Me too. Let’s grab a Diet Dew and hit the road, as we have about 4 hours ahead of us on the Hal Rogers Parkway. Monroe County, here we come!

 

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Founded in 1820, Monroe County is named after the 5th president of these United States, James Monroe.  Monroe was the last president of the original Founding Fathers, and the third of them to die on Independence Day.  Monroe and his Vice President Daniel Tompkins were in office from 1817 to 1825.  Tompkins is the namesake for Tompkinsville,  Monroe County’s seat.  This makes Monroe County the only county of America’s 2,957 to have the county named after a President and the county seat named after his VP.  One more quick fact, Tompkins died only 99 days after his vice presidency, the shortest duration of any VP.  You can thank me when you nail one of these questions in Final Jeopardy one day.

 

Apparently it was illegal to smile back then, as Daniel Tompkins shows us here.

Apparently it was illegal to smile back then, as Daniel Tompkins shows us here.

 

Speaking of, let’s take a look at Tompkinsville. Tompkinsville is one of our smaller county seats, with only around 2,500 people living in its 3.8 square miles.  Settled around 1790, Tompkinsville was the site of John Hunt Morgan’s first raid in 1862.  As they would eventually be known as Morgan’s Raiders, J.H. Morgan and his posse rolled into Tompkinsville and attacked Major Thomas Jordan’s 9th Calvary, defeating them and capturing 30 prisoners in the process.  They also took wagons, horses, mules and supplies before burning down the original courthouse and moving on.  They eventually moved north where they fought in Lebanon KY before riding through Springfield, Bardstown and Garnettsville before heading into Indiana.  You’re learning so much today!

 

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See .. no one was happy.

 

So let’s talk about today.  When people talk about Monroe County and Tompkinsville, the word I keep hearing is barbecue.  Monroe County is home to no less than 7 separate but delicious barbecue joints, all of which feature their traditional vinegar based barbecue sauce.  You can pop over to the small town of Gamaliel and grab some food from JayDee’s BBQ or Collins BBQ.  Or you could hang in Tompkinsville and hit one of their four BBQ restaurants.  Word on the street (aka my friend Dustin who’s from there) is that if you’re looking for the Tompkinsville staple barbecue joint, you need to hit up France’s on Fourth Street.  Make sure you get that shoulder plate, which is pork shoulder either dipped or sprinkled in their delicious vinegar based sauce complete with baked beans and coleslaw.  If you’re not in the mood for barbecue, which is weird, then you should try Dovie’s.  Dovie’s was founded just before World War II, and has been serving their famous burgers ever since. They even won Kentucky Living Magazine’s  Best Hamburger in the State back in ’05.  If you’re a calorie counter, you may want to keep driving as the Dovie’s burger comes deep-fried with their special sauce.  You can also get deep-fried hot dogs, bologna and egg, ham and cheese or ham and egg sandwiches as well.

 

Save me a parking spot, I'm getting in the car now.  Photo courtesy of localeats.com

Save me a parking spot, I’m getting in the car now. Photo courtesy of localeats.com

 

I went looking for some activities and events to help us work off some of this food, and I don’t see that happening.  Although, they easily have some of the more interesting events I’ve found thus far.  We missed May’s Fountain Run BBQ Festival but we can still catch August’s Watermelon Festival on Main Street.  This includes a beauty pageant, car show, parade with floats and of course, food.  The watermelon seed distance spitting contest is my personal favorite for obvious reasons. But, if that’s not your thing, let’s play marbles.  Yes, those marbles.  Tompkinsville is home to the Monroe County Marble Super Dome.  Here you can play the game of Rolley Hole.  In its simplest terms, Rolley Hole is a combination of golf, pool and croquet.  Two person teams compete against one another with the intention of moving marbles around a 40′x20′ marble yard and hitting your marbles into three holes in succession.  I’ll let my boy, 2012 National Champion Marble Player Paul Davis tell you more about it via this KET video.  Start it at the 9:40 mark and enjoy.  Seriously, it’s definitely worth the watch!

 

The Dome, Home of the 201 National Champs!  www.monroecountytourism.com

The Dome, Home of the 2012 National Champs! www.monroecountytourism.com

 

And with that, another county is in the books.  I’ll see you on the marble field and remember, if you have questions about the Annual River Race, give Donnie a call.  We’ve been on the road for a while and I need to swing by my place and let my dog out.  So next on the list, let’s check out Fayette County!

 

Remember, if you want your county’s favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant, or cool town event featured, hit me up at CoreyKSR@gmail.com and we’ll get it on here!

 


The freshmen show off their new look

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Karl Towns, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis and Trey Lyles were all in uniform today for a shoot, and they shared some photos with their fans on social media. Soon we’ll be seeing them play basketball in the new look — like, very, very soon. Two and a half weeks soon.

Looking good, gentlemen.

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John Wall will participate in Team USA’s camp

Photo © Derick Hingle

Photo © Derick Hingle

After being snubbed by Team USA earlier this summer, it looks like John Wall will participate in Team USA’s camp in Las Vegas starting on Monday. ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that Wall was a “natural invite” for USA Basketball, and joins Chandler Parsons and DeMar DeRozan as additions to the initial Team USA roster, which also includes fellow former Cats DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. After the camp, the roster will be cut down to 12 players for the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain.

Yiggy yes y’allin, we be John Wallin’…


More on UK Football Fan Day and three other open practices

Earlier today we told you the date and schedule for Fan Day, and now we have a little more details via the official press release from UK.

In case you missed it, Fan Day will be Saturday, August 9th at Commonwealth Stadium. The autograph session with the players will begin at 9:00 am and last through 10:15 am, before the players take the field for an open practice with the coaches at 10:45 am. Admission and parking are free of charge. Fans can also pick up the new 2014 UK football posters and schedule cards.

If you can’t make it out for Fan Day, Mark Stoops will also open up three additional preseason practices to the public. Those practices will be on the mornings of Monday, August 11, Tuesday, August 12, and Monday, August 18. Times and further information will be released another day.

Cats.