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By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 11:31am
Isaiah Briscoe tweeted a couple shirtless photos from his workout this morning, saying he is “205 and feeling great.”
Tyler Ulis, also shirtless, was Briscoe’s photographer for the shoot. The two have been inseparable since Briscoe arrived on campus earlier this summer.
— Young Jefe (@ZayBriscoe) August 4, 2015
Yesterday Briscoe said his body is looking much better, thanks to UK strength coach Rob Harris, but he still has work to do. Word out of the Joe Craft Center is he and Ulis are pushing each other everyday, when they’re not rapping in the car.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 11:00am
Auburn will wear brand new uniforms this upcoming football season and the players got their first look at the new gear in a team meeting yesterday.
I don’t follow Auburn’s fashion all that closely, but I don’t see anything different in the new look. Am I missing something?
I guess we’ll get a closer glance when the Tigers come to Commonwealth Stadium for a Thursday nighter under the lights on October 15.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 10:15am
Gunnar Hoak, Kentucky’s lone quarterback commitment in the 2016 recruiting class, plans to graduate high school early and enroll at UK in January. Hoak told the Herald-Leader he is taking online classes to speed up the process so he will be on campus and ready for spring ball next year.
That extra semester goes a long way in player development. Good to see Hoak, and others, taking the opportunity to get a jump start on their college football careers.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 9:45am
The Kentucky Sports Radio statewide radio tour rolls into McKee in Jackson County this morning for today’s live broadcast. Stop by if you’re in the area or tune in to hear the guys discuss the news of the day and whatever else pops up.
They’re at the Old Courthouse. (Not the new one.)
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
Here’s an updated list of tour stops:
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
GuyOnTheCornerTickets.com 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!
By Bryan the Intern on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 9:00am
Everybody knows that playing an SEC football schedule is an absolute grind. Unless you name is Alabama, you are going to be an underdog multiple times throughout the season. And at Kentucky, you will be the underdog in most of your games. This year, despite having Mark Stoops best team, UK will likely need an upset or two to become bowl eligible or reach 7 wins. But just how often do upsets occur in the SEC? I broke down the numbers. Based on the final spread of games, here are the number of upsets (by spread) in each of the last 5 SEC conference seasons and which teams pulled off those upsets.
2010: 11 (LSU-2, South Carolina-2, Arkansas-2, Auburn-1, Mississippi St-1, Florida-1, Kentucky-1, Vanderbilt-1)
2011: 7 (Auburn-2, Kentucky-2, LSU-1, Tennessee-1, Vanderbilt-1)
2012: 10 (Florida-3, Vanderbilt-2, Arkansas-1, Ole Miss-1, Texas A&M-1, Georgia-1, Missouri-1)
2013: 12 (Auburn-3, Vanderbilt-3, Missouri-2, Ole Miss-1, Mississippi St-1, Tennessee-1, South Carolina-1)
2014: 22 (Missouri-5, Ole Miss-3, Arkansas-2, Texas A&M-2, Mississippi St-2, Florida-2, South Carolina-2, LSU-1, Auburn-1, Tennessee-1, Kentucky-1)
South Carolina- 5
Ole Miss- 5
Mississippi St- 4
Texas A&M- 3
Alabama- 0 (have not been an underdog in an SEC game since 2010)
There are a couple of interesting things to note here. First, last year was an INSANE year in SEC football. 22 upsets equaled the amount of the previous 2 years combined and is 10 more than any other year on this list. Missouri nearly became bowl eligible off upsets alone. Meaning that being the underdog consistently doesn’t necessarily mean bad things. The Tigers proved that last year.
But Kentucky hasn’t really gotten too much into the upset parade. Last year, we had the South Carolina game. Only a total of 4 upsets in the last 5 years, while 7 of our conference partners have at least 5 and many of them had far fewer chances at upsets. Kentucky will likely be the underdog in 5-7 SEC games this year. For them to reach 6, 7, 8 wins, the upsets will have to be a part of that plan.
Most SEC teams have accomplished this in the last 5 years, Kentucky largely hasn’t. If Mark Stoops wants this program to take the next step (a la Missouri) take a look at how the team performs as underdog as a good barometer.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 8:00am
If you own a YETI cooler, there is a very strong chance I hate you. I know I’m in the minority here, but I think the creation of the YETI cooler is the absolute worst thing to happen in America and it will one day destroy all of civilization.
Let me explain: YETI coolers are incredibly overpriced and the hype surrounding them needs to chill the **** out. Sure, it’s a very nice cooler, but people act like it’s the telephone or the printing press or the wheel. It’s not even the ShamWow or Awesome Auger. It’s a cooler. It’s an expensive cooler. It holds ice and things that need to be kept cold. My Coleman’s been doing that for over two decades without problem and I didn’t spend $400 on it.
“But it holds ice for up to four days!”
Awesome, man. Good for you and your ice. Name the last time you tailgated for four days.
Why are you drinking around bears??!!! You got a death wish?
Ugh I hate them so much. I’m getting all worked up thinking about them right now. Maybe it’s because I spent the last two days in Madisonville, where people treat a YETI like the Hope Diamond, but it drives me absolutely nuts. Never seen so much excitement around a plastic ice chest. I hope every YETI owner in the world loses their prized possession within a month of paying too much for it. And I hope they lose it to a bear.
I hate you, YETI. You suck. (Although I will make an exception for the koozies. Those are acceptable.)
Let’s talk sports…
Rawle Alkins shined in last night’s adidas Nation title game.
The UK target and future Big Blue Madness visitor scored a game-high 26 points for Team Rose in the championship victory over Team Wall. Alkins took home MVP honors after connecting on six of his eight three-point attempts.
Kobi Simmons added 19 points, six assists and zero turnovers in the win. Markelle Fultz had 16 in the losing effort on 7-of-25 shooting.
It’s almost time for fall football camp.
The Cats have two more days off before they report for fall camp on Thursday, signaling the official beginning of the 2015 season. Friday is Media Day and the doors will open for Fan Day on Saturday.
Football is finally here!
I love this Sacramento Suicide Squad video.
Jason Gallagher over at Grantland made a video for the Kings’ potentially “suicidal” 2015-16 season.
As the resident Kings fan around here, I love the Suicide Squad angle and parody. Very well done.
UK’s latest football commit looks good in his new uniform.
Boogie Watson became the 22nd member in Mark Stoops’ 2016 recruiting class last night. The outside linebacker from Maryland tried on the UK jersey while visiting campus last month.
— Boogie (@JamarW01) July 18, 2015
Though he doesn’t have a long list of offers or an impressive ranking in the class, the staff loves his athleticism and potential. Now it’s time to add one more to the class and work to hold it all together over the next six or so months.
KSR is in McKee today!
Matt and the gang will be at the Old Courthouse beginning at 10:00 am.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 03rd, 2015 @ 11:00pm
It’s not what I typically do on one of my last free weekends of the summer, but this past Saturday I attended the Fancy Farm Picnic, one of Kentucky’s biggest and most important political events.
Now, me and politics go together like Rick Pitino and fidelity, but this year I made the drive to the far southwest corner of the state to support Matt Jones, who served as emcee of the event. (It was also an excuse to go to Patti’s.)
I had no idea what to expect, and I’m still not entirely sure what I watched, but it was a very interesting and eye-opening weekend, to say the least.
So tonight I’d like to share my takeaways from Fancy Farm 2015, my first exploration into Kentucky politics.
Fancy Farm is in the middle of nowhere.
Some would say it’s in BFE.
I’m a Western Kentuckian through and through; been all over the best side of the state in my lifetime. But this was my first trip to the pint-sized community that is Fancy Farm in Graves County, the former record-holder of the “World’s Largest Picnic.”
Outside of the picnic area, you’ll find a post office, church, bank, school, barber shop and fire department. That’s about all I remember seeing on my drives in and out of town.
Definitely no Taco Bell. I double-checked.
It’s full of crazy people.
Listen, I get it: There are several Kentuckians who really get into local and statewide politics. Good for them. That’s their right. Do you. But it takes a certain kind of human being to scream obscenities and other nonsense at the politicians on stage. I don’t have that in me. That takes too much effort. In no scenario will I ever feel the need to scream SCREW YOU! toward someone at a podium inside a barn on scalding hot Saturday afternoon. That takes next level crazy.
And don’t even get me started on the nutcases dressed in full-body chicken and corn on the cob costumes. That’s savage life. No regard for their own well-being. It was 10,000 degrees outside and you could boil water in my underwear, and those overachievers were out there battling hyperthermia like the San Diego Padres mascot during a July doubleheader.
I couldn’t stop laughing at Ryan in that stupid hat.
As soon as we found the Uncle Sam hat on RunSwitch PR’s tour bus, we knew Ryan had to wear it while sitting behind the governor on stage.
And because he’s Ryan, all it took was a simple: “Hey Ryan, wear this hat on stage.”
Ryan is going viral today. pic.twitter.com/DT2Qq5xtyO
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) August 1, 2015
It wasn’t a tough sell.
Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin looked like they wanted to kill Matt Jones.
Matt did an excellent job emceeing the event, turning his allotted five-minute introduction into ten minutes of roasting each side of the stage. Mitch McConnell and Matt Bevin seemed to get the worst of Matt’s onslaught, and if looks could kill, the two Republicans would be wanted for the murder of your favorite radio host.
The only person who hated the jabs worse than those two was Bevin’s wife. I thought for sure she would hop up and RKO the next person who talked bad about her husband off the front of the stage. She didn’t bother faking a smile at any point. She was too busy counting how many steps were between her and the podium for her attack. I’m shocked we didn’t see a folded chair to the back of one of the speakers, at the very least. Mrs. Bevin showed incredible restraint to go along with her side-eye.
Shout-out to the couple with the KSR sign.
Jamie Comer isn’t #TeamBevin.
Comer fell 83 votes shy of Bevin in the Republican primary and it’s clear he’s not over the gubernatorial defeat, nor is he on board with Bevin as his party’s nominee. Comer failed to mention Bevin once in his speech and then took home the award for Best McKayla Maroney Not Impressed Face.
Cell service is nonexistent.
A potentially historic SnapChat story was limited to a few photos.
Friday night’s Democratic Bean Dinner was the single worst event I’ve ever attended in my life.
And I’ve been to several funerals, my little sister’s piano recitals, an Indiana-Nebraska basketball game and two country music concerts.
With all due respect to the Marshall County Democrats and the entire Democratic party, I would rather Pete Rose slide naked down a gravel road covered in broken glass than sit through that dinner again. Very nice people, but way too much talking on a Friday night. Trim it down a couple hours next year, guys.
Those beans and cornbread though. *Insert flame emoji*
Mitch McConnell’s sock game is weak.
Solid green with a solid green shirt? I expected better from one of the most powerful people in America.
I sat two seats behind the governor and I still have no idea why that was a thing that was allowed.
Six or seven years ago, if you told a younger Drew Franklin that he would be sitting behind the governor and across the aisle from the Majority Leader of the Senate on one of the biggest stages in politics, he would wonder what turn he took in life that led him there.
But that’s what happened on Saturday when I walked all the way down the third row to the seat with my name on it. I sat there for over two hours, pretending to care, wondering if the people watching on TV at home could tell if I was playing on my phone the whole time.
I never in a million years thought I’d enjoy something like the Fancy Farm Picnic, but I had a blast listening to the candidates go at each other’s throats all day. The delicious Fancy Farm barbecue didn’t hurt, either.
Everyone should check out the picnic at least once.
By Courtney Hessler on ©August 03rd, 2015 @ 10:30pm
You know you’re thinking of a Wendy’s ® Spicy Chicken Sandwich. The spicy goodness of the all white meat chicken lightly breaded with a unique blend of eight peppers and spices, topped with crisp lettuce, delicious fresh tomato and creamy mayonnaise, all on a soft toasted bun. The only way to get it out of your head is to get it in your hands.
You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:
— Billy (@OneSideDone) August 3, 2015
I’m so disappointed this wasn’t his wife’s wedding dress.
#9 Tommy Mainord
Javess Blue with the catch of the day. pic.twitter.com/5Ik9wU1BN8
— Kyle Engman (@KyleEngmanNFL) July 31, 2015
— Tommy Mainord (@CoachMainordUK) August 3, 2015
Who needs the Heisman when you’ve got this pose?
#8 Eric Stitt
— Eric Stitt (@etstit2) August 1, 2015
I have a feeling that wasn’t the first time someone has looked at Matt like that.
#7 Twillie Stein
— Twillie Stein (@TwillieStein) August 3, 2015
The best phone background ever.
#6 Patrick Towles
"You don't play The Price is Right for sportsmanship, you play to win!" – Ben Horn
— Patrick Towles (@patty_ice14) August 3, 2015
Everyone knows that.
#5 Chris from Paducah
— Chris from Paducah (@univerky) August 2, 2015
Ask Richie Farmer.
#4 Kevin Faris
— Kevin Faris (@KevinWFaris) August 3, 2015
Dear God, Rick. That’s bad.
#3 Kentucky Josh
@KySportsRadio any chance we see a kangaroo at madness?
— Kentucky Josh (@joshnwhithayes) August 3, 2015
I feel like this is a necessity now.
#2 Patrick Butcher
@KySportsRadio To be fair, it's hard for Pitino to stay in touch with the players who have left Lousiville because there's so many of them.
— Patrick Butcher (@plbutcher99) August 3, 2015
To be fair, Kentucky has had just as many players leave…..except they’ve all gone to the NBA.
— Will (@WilliamThe2nd) August 3, 2015
Let’s be honest. This is how most of BBN looks when Stoops gets a Yahtzee.
By Andrew Cassady on ©August 03rd, 2015 @ 9:45pm
The third place game at the Adidas Nations games just wrapped up and it was a stellar night for guys that could one day be Wildcats.
Gary Trent Jr scored 24 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and racked up 2 steals.
Xavier Tillman finished with 6 points, 7 boards.
Jason LeDee had 8 points, 4 rebounds in 13 minutes of action.
And Wenyen Gabriel was good for 16 points, 13 rebounds to help Team Africa to the win and a third place finish. All of these guys hold offers from UK and could one day being playing in Lexington.
We should keep an eye on those Diallo brothers too. They combined for 56 points on 20-37 shooting.
Currently underway on ESPNU is Team Wall V. Team Rose in a game that features Kobi Simmons, Rawle Alkins, Markelle Fultz and more. Throw it on if you’ve got nothing else going on.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 03rd, 2015 @ 8:15pm
I did a lot of dumb stuff in college, but I’m proud to say I never snuck into the basement of a popular bar to attempt to burn it down to the ground.
Richard Johnstone, however, cannot say the same. He was arrested over the weekend after firefighters caught him in the basement of Henry Clay’s Public House, trying to torch the place. The report from WKYT says he was “igniting flammable materials” and was spotted hiding behind a cooler before attempting to flee the scene.
Police arrested Johnstone after helping out the firefighters and they found 19 credit cards in his possession. So he picked up another charge, receiving stolen credit cards, to go along with arson.
What a dumbass. Some people clearly can’t handle their Natty Light.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 03rd, 2015 @ 7:44pm
Jamar “Boogie” Watson announced his commitment to Kentucky on Twitter tonight. The outside linebacker out of Maryland is ranked as the 35th best football prospect in the state.
Listed at 6-2, 220, Watson also had offers from Virginia, Rutgers and Miami OH, among others. He is the 22nd commit in Mark Stoops’ 2016 recruiting class.
— Boogie (@JamarW01) August 3, 2015
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©August 03rd, 2015 @ 7:00pm
Mike Hartline became the starting quarterback at GlenOak High School in Canton, Ohio as a sophomore. Hartline’s starting role gained him a lot of attention from college scouts including Ohio State and Wisconsin. However, Hartline decided to take his football talents to Lexington where he signed with Kentucky in 2006.
Hartline redshirted his first season at Kentucky and saw little action in his redshirt freshman season as a backup behind Andre Woodson. Hartline won the starting quarterback position in 2008 following Woodson’s graduation. Hartline was chosen as SEC Offensive Player of the Week following Kentucky’s 20-14 win over Middle Tennessee. Hartline threw for 354 yards (28-47) and two touchdowns with no interceptions. However, late in the season Hartline shared the starting quarterback spot with freshman Randall Cobb. Hartline finished his sophomore season leading Kentucky to a 25-19 victory over East Carolina in the 2009 Liberty Bowl.
Hartline opened his junior season as the starting quarterback after Randall Cobb moved to the wide receiver position. In the fifth game of the season against No. 25 South Carolina Hartline tore his MCL, which sidelined him for most of the season except for a brief appearance in the Vanderbilt game. Hartline underwent surgery following the Vandy game that officially ended his junior season. Hartline began his senior season again as the starting quarterback. Hartline brought his team back from a 28-10 halftime deficit by throwing for a career best of 349 yards, four touchdowns and no interception in a 31-28 upset over South Carolina. Hartline’s efforts earned him the National Performer of the Week and National Quarterback of the Week. His career at Kentucky ended early after being suspended from the 2011 BBVA Compass Bowl.
The Indianapolis Colts signed Hartline as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft on July 26. However, the Colts waived Hartline on Aug. 28 after attempting only two preseason passes. The New England Patriots signed Hartline to a futures contract on Jan. 12, 2012. Hartline was fourth in the Patriots’ quarterback depth chart and was released on May 15.
Following his short professional football career, Hartline worked a short stint as a sales and marketing consultant Vantage Point Consulting, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. From 2012 to 2015 Hartline worked for the Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Stadium. Hartline worked as an account executive and member service representative. Hartline worked for the Miami Dolphin organization while his brother, Brian Hartline, played wide receiver for the team.
This past February Hartline was hired as a quarterback intern coach at Ohio State University. Hartline will get the pleasure of coaching the reigning national champions and two of the best quarterbacks in college football, Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett. Mike Hartline made headlines this past week by dressing up as a mannequin in Ohio State’s pro combat uniforms and scaring various football players. Cardale Jones has the best reaction.
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) July 27, 2015
This video gave me chills. Cannot wait for the atmosphere at CWS to be like this again.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 03rd, 2015 @ 6:30pm
Former Cat Chris Matthews was the breakout star of the Super Bowl, making his first four NFL catches for a game-high 109 yards and game-tying touchdown late in the first half. Matthews’ story is pretty incredible. He went undrafted in 2011 and after a short stint on the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad, played a year in the arena football league in Iowa and another year in the Canadian football league. Last summer, he was working at a Foot Locker until he got an invitation to try out for the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad. Had the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, Matthews probably would have been MVP.
That being said, Matthews is facing heavy competition in a very deep Seattle receiving corps. NFL.com’s Steve Wyche wrote today that despite the depth at wide receiver, Matthews is already getting a big share of the reps in training camp:
“The Seahawks have more depth at receiver than they’ve had in years. In fact, a long-perceived area of weakness is suddenly one of legitimacy. Super Bowlstar Chris Matthews is getting more run with the top-end rotation of Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, and the 6-foot-5, 218-pounder looks like he’s building on his breakout performance on the game’s biggest stage.”
Excellent news. Keep it up, Chris.
By Bobby Reagan on ©August 03rd, 2015 @ 6:00pm
Karl-Anthony Towns will be featured on ESPN’s ‘Face to Face with Hannah Storm’ Thursday at 7 p.m. Storm takes a visit to the family’s home in New Jersey to sit down and talk with KAT about what it’s like playing at Kentucky and making the jump to the NBA.
Face to Face with Hannah Storm started back in 2012, with the idea of giving viewers a look into big-name athletes that they might not know about. The press release on ESPNmediazone.com says the following about the program:
“In each special we look to bring something new to viewers, whether that’s insight into a sports figure they think they already know or introducing a new face that is about to break through,” said Storm. “This special is no different as we talk to a diverse lineup of intriguing newsmakers across the sports landscape who have made a meaningful impact on their sport or society and those who are still making their imprint. These people will continue to be big stories in sports in the years ahead.”
Guests this time around include DeMarco Murray, Adam Jones, Missy Franklin, Mo’ne Davis, Pat Haden and Michele Roberts.
More importantly, we get to see how this golf swing looks. More Happy Gilmore or more Jordan Spieth?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 03rd, 2015 @ 5:30pm
UKAthletics.com debuted a new design for their site today and it’s beautiful. Very fancy, modern, user-friendly, etc. However, as BTI noted on Twitter, there are a few wrinkles left to iron out, namely the listing of Patrick Towles as a freshman quarterback. Unless Patrick, a junior, somehow regained a few more years of eligibility, in which case, PARTY ON!
In all seriousness, check out the new design. It’s pretty cool.