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November 21st, 2014

Kentucky Stole My Fish: Top 10 Tweets of the Week


The Kentucky basketball program has always its detractors. It comes with the territory when you’re the winningest program in the history of ever. However, there are a few fans of rival programs who have taken that hate to a whole new level. For a collection of all the salt, shade, envy, awe, and downright stupidity offered up by opposing fans on message boards, Facebook, etc., follow @UKStoleMyFish. As a reminder, these are actual posts from actual people. For real.











Texas starting point guard injured last night, likely out for the UK game

Texas announced today that its starting point guard, Isaiah Taylor, suffered a wrist injury last night against Iowa and is unable to go tonight against California. reports the injury will keep Taylor out “an extended amount of time,” although exactly how long is undetermined.

The Longhorns will travel to Lexington in two weeks to take on Kentucky and Rick Barnes will need his star guard if Texas is going to have any chance against the Cats at all. Taylor is averaging 15 points, four rebounds and two assists through three games this season.

He will undergo further examination when the team arrives back in Austin tomorrow.

A great Friday afternoon read on Barry “Slice” Rohrssen

We here at Kentucky Sports Radio love Barry “Slice” Rohrssen and you should too. We don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like Slice, honestly. Those people are terrible human beings.

So as Slice’s biggest fans, we like it when someone writes nice things about him on the internet, like Adam Zagoria did yesterday in his “Kentucky’s ‘Slice’ Paying Immediate Dividends As a Recruiter” piece. Zagoria dug up the origin of the Slice nickname and talked to one New York City high school coach who said, ““Without a doubt, he’s the most well-respected coach I know.”

“He’s like no other assistant coach, I’m teling you.”

Read it here. It’s good.

Mike Jarvis talking to Boston during today’s shootaround

Former Boston head coach Mike Jarvis is in Lexington today with the Terriers at the team’s shootaround in Rupp Arena. Jarvis coached Boston from 1985 to 1990 before moving on to George Washington, St. John’s and Florida Atlantic, where he was fired after last season.

Boston practiced at Trinity High School in Louisville yesterday.

They will lose in Rupp Arena tonight.

Someone should tell the KU video department they lost Tuesday night

So this video’s a little misleading, huh? Rock Chalk Video created a highlight reel of the Jayhawks’ 32-point loss to Kentucky and somehow made it look like a happy night for Kansas. I remember a different version of the evening.

Call in the reinforcements with the new PLATOONS t-shirt

The new KSR PLATOONS t-shirt is available for purchase over at It’s the perfect gift for the Kentucky basketball fan in your family, or for yourself. (Let’s be honest, you should buy it for yourself first.)

So head over to to pick one or four up before they’re gone. You’ve heard all about platoons and platooning, now you can wear it across your chest.

KSR Platoon T-Shirt

#FlashbackFriday: Rick Pitino and the Boston Terriers

Way back before he was lying and cheating and losing recruits to John Calipari, a young Rick Pitino took over the head coaching job at Boston University. Then an up-and-coming 25-year-old, Pitino took the Terriers to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 24 years. He stuck around from 1979 to 1983 before leaving for the New York Knicks.

Tonight, that same Boston University will take on your University of Kentucky Wildcats, another basketball program Pitino saved. His stamp is all over this game, and I’m not sure I like that.

Beat Boston.

Charles Barkley says DeMarcus Cousins can’t whoop his ass

Following Sacramento’s win over Chicago on TNT last night, Ernie Johnson asked Charles Barkley about his feud with DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins recently said he has no respect for Barkley and never will, while Barkley insists he is only doing his job when he is critical of Cousins’ maturity.

But then Barkley’s explanation took a turn when he said, “I don’t know the kid at all. But I do know one thing, he can’t whoop my ass.”

“It will be some furniture moving if he ever puts his hands on me.”

Watch the entire clip below:

We’re at Home Run Burgers in Louisville! (Friday Show Thread)

Kentucky Sports Radio is at Home Run Burgers in Louisville this morning for a live remote broadcast of your favorite show. Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond are at the Hurstbourne Parkway location to stuff their faces with delicious burgers and fries while talking UK sports for two hours on air.

Stop by if you’re in the area, and if not, tune in however you can.

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

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WBGN (1340am): Bowling Green
WTCO (1450am): Campbellsville
WAIN (93.9fm): Columbia
WHIR (1230am): Danville
WCLU (1490am): Glasgow
WGOH (1370am): Grayson
WTUK (105.1fm): Harlan
WHOP (95.3fm): Hopkinsville
WJKY (1060am): Jamestown
WLAP (630am): Lexington
WFTG (1400am): London
WKJK (1080am): Louisville
WFMW (730am): Madisonville
WWXL (1450am): Manchester
WFTM (1240am): Maysville
WKYM (101.7fm): Monticello
WMSK (1550am): Morganfield
WLME (102.7fm):Owensboro
WPAD (1560am): Paducah
WKYH (600am): Paintsville
WLSI (900am) Pikeville
WPRT (960am): Prestonsburg
WSFC (1240am): Somerset
WTCW (920am): Whitesburg
WHAY (98.3fm): Whitley City
WBTH (1400am): Williamson


WCBL (1290am): Benton, 12-2pm
WVHI (1330am): Evansville, IN, 5-7pm
WMTL (870am): Leitchfield, 11am-1pm
WLBQ (1570am): Morgantown, 3-5pm
WRIL (106.3fm): Middlesboro, Thur 8-10pm

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: QUARTERFINALS of State Football Playoffs Tonight

One of the better parts of the sports culture in this state is an extreme loyalty to one’s high school.  Some people consider their high school’s rival to be as important as their college one.  And while football still takes a backseat to basketball for most in this state, in some communities the football tradition is a source of great pride.  Well, the high school football playoffs began last week, with 96 teams now remaining for 6 state championships.  Each Friday I will update the schedule from here on out.  Along with the schedule, I have attached each team’s Lit Ranking before the playoffs began to give you a sense of the favorite in each game.  Those in bold are the defending champions.

Class 6-A (defending champion Scott County eliminated)
3. St. Xavier vs. 4. Trinity (at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium)
15. Meade County at 10. Central Hardin
19. Butler at 13. Ballard
7. Simon Kenton at 6. Dixie Heights

Class 5-A
4. Graves County at 1. Bowling Green
18. John Hardin at 14. Iroquois
6. Cooper at 10. Anderson County
2. Pulaski County at 3. Southwestern

Class 4-A (defending champion Collins eliminated)
7. Madisonville-North Hopkins at 8. Owensboro
5. North Oldham at 14. Fairdale
3. Boyle County at 9. Lexington Catholic
4. Covington Catholic at 2. Highlands

Class 3-A
5. Paducah Tilghman at 1. South Warren
6. Central at 3. Corbin
10. Bourbon County  at 9. Russell
15. Lawrence County at 2. Belfry

Class 2-A
6. Murray at 4. Caldwell County
3. Desales at 1. Christian Academy
13. Newport Central Catholic at 10. Newport
7. Prestonsburg at 11. Shelby Valley

Class 1-A
7. Russellville at 1. Mayfield
6. Frankfort at 2. Beechwood
5. Williamsburg at 8. Hazard
10. Paintsville at 3. Raceland

KSR’s Top Ten Tweets of the Day



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 Ian Jackson Smar

Looks like it’s another Blue-White scrimmage tonight. I’m ok with that.



#9 Josh Lewenberg

That’s our guy.



#8 Mike Rutherford

Someone come pay my bail, please.



#7 Fake Gimel




#6 Excited Coach Cal



#5 netw3rk

He’s Mr. Plow, that’s his name.



#4 CJ Fogler

Top-notch photobomb, sir.


#3 Kentucky Stole My Fish

That was the opposite of all that for me. PS: excellent descriptors Mr. Jayhawk fan.



#2 Andy Kennedy




#1 Shabba Ranks

I love Charles but… bruh.


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November 20th, 2014

Thursday Night News and Views


Is ebola still a thing or did everyone finally realize it’s not that big of a threat to our well-being? I haven’t heard anything about it in a while, so I’m going to assume we’ve moved on to bigger, realer problems like winter storms and Bill Cosby still walking the earth. However, if ebola is indeed still something to fear, I feel much better knowing the nurses being trained to treat it are Cats fans. Scarlett up there, she’ll swat ebola like it’s a Kansas layup if it ever comes her way. Send me to her hospital if I somehow contract the disease in Lexington. I trust anyone representing #BBN in Texas.

But enough virus talk, we have Kentucky basketball to discuss this evening. Below you’ll find some quotes from John Robic and the twins, a new visitor this weekend, and a little more. Check it out and then get over to TNT for a rare Sacramento Kings game on national TV.


John Robic gives credit to the Bahamas for his team’s chemistry.

“This group genuinely likes each other,” Coach Robic said, prior to Thursday’s practice. “I think we really, really benefited by our summer trip. For them to get six real games in, even though, you know, they didn’t count, it showed. They really came together. They’ve been that way every day in practice and we have great kids that, you’re right, they’ve given up some of their game but they’re just — they want to win.”

But the haters will tell you: Look at all those egos, just dying to get back in the game:

“I think they’re doing what it takes to win when they’re on the floor and when they’re not on the floor,” Robic added. “It takes a special player and a special person when you’re not in the game to be actively involved.”

And this group is very special, and very involved.

Boston comes to town tomorrow.

After a day of rest on Wednesday and a return to practice today, Kentucky is ready to get back out on the court to play host to Boston University Friday night. The Cats opened as a 29-point favorite out in Las Vegas against a team that has two returning players and zero scholarship seniors.

Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm in a rare FSN television broadcast. KSR’s pregame show will go live at 4:30 on WLAP.

Watch the Harrison twins preview the Terriers.

Aaron believes it’ll take a hot shooting team from outside to defeat his Wildcats. He of all people know what it’s like to try to score against UK’s bigs inside; he does it everyday in practice. Andrew said he and his teammates trust they’ll always have help on defense.

Four-star big man to visit Lexington tomorrow.

Thomas Bryant, the class of 2014’s seventh ranked power forward, will make the trip from Huntington, West Virginia tomorrow for an unofficial visit to UK. Bryant spent the summer playing AAU basketball next to UK target Cheick Diallo, so the staff has gotten plenty of looks at what he can do, but they haven’t extended a scholarship offer. That may change once he gets on campus Friday.

Bryant has already taken official visits to Syracuse, Missouri and Indiana, for some reason.

John Calipari and Ted Dibiase on one stage.


Did anyone go to Comedy Mania? I need to hear about it. I would’ve gone but Bill Engvall makes me cringe. He’s the absolute worst.

If you were there, leave a comment or write me or something so I know how it went. Any time you get Coach Cal, Sinbad and Ted Dibiase under one roof, it has the makings of a fun night. I hope it went well.

DeMarcus Cousins believes Kentucky would beat the Sixers.

Cousins told Doug Gottlieb he would pick Kentucky in the hypothetical matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers. “I’mma roll with Kentucky as well,” Boogie said on Gottlieb’s show, Thursday. “Honestly I don’t know much about the 76ers. I’ll probably go with Kentucky.”

CAN WE PLEASE STOP THIS??? Kentucky wouldn’t beat the Sixers, ever. They are professionals and were the best players in college in their day and they’ve only gotten better since. A Las Vegas sportsbook set the line at -17 for Philly and I’m not sure I’d take UK to cover. AND IT’S NEVER HAPPENING.

Yet here I am, sharing Boogie’s comments with you because it is still the talk of the basketball world. Ugh. Let’s worry about UK winning 37 more college basketball games instead.

John Wall is on the cover of the new SLAM Magazine.

Take a second to read the cover story here. Wall, who feels disrespected by the media, told the magazine, “I see myself being the MVP of the League, being a Finals MVP, winning a Championship for DC, being a multiple All-Star, All-NBA team and hopefully signing another five-year deal in DC. I love playing here.”

KSR will be LIVE at Home Run Burgers tomorrow.

Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will be at Home Run Burgers in Louisville for a live remote broadcast of Friday’s show. Stop by 2060 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy for two hours of Kentucky Sports Radio and a side of delicious food. Seriously, those burgers are the best.

Go Cats.

Henry Cho, John Calipari, Sinbad and Bill Engvall in the photo you’ve always wanted

This photo was taken before tonight’s Comedy Mania at Rupp Arena and it’s the most bizarre assortment of people you will see today.

Cats To Get a Much-Needed Break



WEEK 13: Bye Bye Bye

I absolutely despise hyperbole, and do not employ it my my writing for this website. Having said that, no team in the history of North American football has ever needed a bye week more desperately than the Kentucky Wildcats need this bye week. After an energizing 5-1 start, the Cats have crashed back down to earth, losing 5 straight to drop to 5-6, dipping under .500 for the first time in year two of the Mark Stoops’ era. More than just losing, the Cats have been largely man-handled during their current losing streak.  Four of Kentucky’s last five opponents have scored at least forty points against the Cats’ languishing defense.  Even without the benefit of superhuman Todd Gurley, who is now sadly lost for the season with a torn ACL, the Georgia Bulldogs put up 63 points in Commonwealth Stadium. Tennessee, who has spent most of the season in offensive purgatory, exploded for 50 before calling off the dogs in the early stages of the fourth quarter.  The swagger exhibited early in the season by the Cats, especially on the defensive side of the ball, has given way to what looks almost like acceptance of the inevitable.

Though Kentucky’s late fall swoon is disheartening, it actually should have been fairly predictable to all but the most wide-eyed optimists of the Kentucky fan base. Saturday’s horror show at Neyland Stadium was Kentucky’s eighth game in as many weeks.  Of those eight consecutive games, seven were against Southeastern Conference opponents. Kentucky simply does not possess adequate depth on the roster to forge through that type of meat grinder at this stage of Mark Stoops’ rebuild.  Thus, faced with the rigors of physical SEC football for all those weeks, players began to drop.  Crucial players like Blake McClain, Za’Darius Smith, Fred Tiller, Reggie Meant and others missed time with nagging injuries.  Others were banged up and limited, but persevered.  Mark Stoops is not an excuse maker, and would tell you that a football team has to find a way to compete regardless of the natural attrition inherent in the game.  But at some point, particularly in the early stages of building a program in an unforgiving league, there is a harsh reality to face.  It  takes Kentucky’s absolute best shot to compete.  That best shot, at this stage of the program, is a virtual impossibility after eight straight weeks of big boy football.

Even Mark Stoops acknowledged Wednesday at his media availability just how needed the off time is for the Cats from both a physical and emotional standpoint. Stoops stated that he gave the players Sunday and Monday off to simply “decompress” and avoid thinking about an opponent for a few days.  In other words, he gave them a break from mental reps as well as physical ones.  I think this is another indication of Stoops simply getting it. Kentucky’s regular season finale at the House that Papa John and Crown Royal Built is obviously an enormous game.  Not only is it Kentucky’s most heated rivalry, but it is also a game with significant ramifications as Kentucky’s potential sixth win.  In a move that surprised me a little for its candor, Stoops talked extensively Wednesday about how important that sixth win would be for the program. (Extra practice time, etc.) So he obviously wants it badly. With that said, Stoops is savvy enough as a coach to know that he needs to loosen the reigns on occasion rather than to always grind, especially with a roster on the verge of exhaustion.

Following its one previous bye week, Kentucky’s defense was dominant in a home match up with Vanderbilt.  In a game that seems like it took place years rather than weeks ago, the Cats gave up only 139 total yards and zero offensive points while intercepting three passes and repeatedly causing havoc in the Vanderbilt offensive backfield.  Of course, some of that has to do with the fact that Vanderbilt is truly terrible.  Still, there is no question that Kentucky’s defense had a different speed and bravado at that point in the season.  They were healthy and rested, and what limited depth they have was available to them on that date.  It will be interesting to see if this week’s bye has a similar impact on the Cats going into the Louisville game.

To have any chance against the dirty birds on Thanksgiving weekend, Kentucky needs to get its core group of players healthy.  Wednesday, Stoops indicated that he believed that the Cats might get everyone, with the possible exception of Offensive Tackle Kyle Meadows, back in action for the season finale.  But simply having the complete roster available to take the field won’t mean anything.  Stoops must find a way in this bye week to get the Cats their mojo back. The Cats need to remember the feeling of dancing to “Bad Boys” rather than playing like a bad defense. If  the Cats can regroup, there is still much to play for.  A win against Louisville, marking the sixth win of the season and securing a bowl berth, would make Cat fans forget the lean times of late October and November.  Here’s hoping a week of rest will bank sufficient energy to turn back the clock on the Cats’ performance, and we’ll see the Cats of September once again.



10 Things To Know About The Boston Terriers

Until I looked at the schedule around noon today, I’m not sure I could’ve told you who Kentucky had on the schedule tomorrow night. I might’ve said Boston, maybe, but I don’t know. I’m still in celebration mode from Tuesday night. Go Cats.

However, eventually we have to move on and focus on the challenge ahead, so tonight I buckled down and did some research — like, looking up who Kentucky plays — on the upcoming opponent.

Do you know much about Boston University basketball? If the answer is no, and I assume it is, you’ll feel much more informed after you read all of the important information I dug up below. Thank me later.


1.) The Terriers are 1-1 on the season.

Northeastern defeated Boston University in TD Garden in the season opener, 71-65. Northeastern then went on to beat Florida State in Tallahassee two days later, so they’re no joke.

Boston bounced back last night against Norfolk State with a 71-63 win in Norfolk to move back to .500 on the young season.

2.) Boston competes in the Patriot League.

The Patriot League is a conference made up of private institutions of higher education and two U.S. service academies, Army and Navy. Outside of the Ivy League, it is the most selective group of higher education institutions in NCAA Division I and has the highest student-athlete graduation rate for both the NCAA graduation success rate and the federal graduation rate.

A few other notable colleges in the conference are Bucknell, Holy Cross and Lehigh, the latter being the team that upset second-seeded Duke in the NCAA tourney a few years ago.

3.) The Terriers were the preseason conference favorite six of the last seven years, but begin 2014-15 at No. 6.

It is the lowest preseason conference ranking for Boston in its history, sharing the honor with sixth-place starts in 1999 and 2000. The Terriers opened the season with three brand news starters, in addition to more roster turnover across the board. Only two players returned from a season ago.

So they’re new.

4.) The school’s colors are scarlet and white.

Scarlet is a fancy word for red. It was originally called torch red in your crayon boxes until Crayola changed it to scarlet in 1998.

5.) According to the American Kennel Club, the Boston Terrier is an “All-American” dog.

“It is a lively and highly intelligent breed with an excellent disposition. Conveying an impression of determination, strength and activity, he is short-headed and compactly built, and must be black, brindle or seal with white markings.”

Fun fact: Helen Keller had a Boston Terrier named Phiz, given to her by her classmates, and that has absolutely nothing to do with tomorrow’s basketball game. Joan Rivers, Warren G. Harding and Gerald Ford also owned Boston Terriers, another useless fact.

6.) Starting guard Cheddi Mosely played AAU basketball with Karl Towns and new UK signee Isaiah Briscoe.

Mosely was a member of the 2013 NJ Playaz AAU squad, one of Tomlin’s favorites at the Peach Jam. The year before, Cheddi suited up for IZOD — yes, IZOD has an AAU team — with one Karl-Anthony Towns.

Mosely was the seventh-ranked recruit in the state of New Jersey’s 2014 class.

7.) The last time the Terriers played the No. 1 team, they lost by 17.

Boston opened the 2005-06 college basketball season with a trip to Durham to face No. 1 Duke in Cameron Indoor. That Blue Devils team featured J.J. Redick, Shelden Wiliams, Greg Paulus and Josh McRoberts.  Boston held a first half lead for nearly 12 minutes but fell in the end, 64-47.

8.) Rhett the Boston Terrier got his name from “Gone With The Wind.”

Because “no one loves Scarlet more than Rhett,” says the novel.

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

9.) Starting forward Nathan Dieudonne is from Louisville.

Dieudonne was named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012 after leading Trinity to its first state title in school history. He was the MVP in the state title game and finished his senior season with 14 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.3 assists per game.

Now a junior at Boston, he started 34 of 35 games in 2013-14 and is coming off an 11-point outing in last night’s win over Norfolk State.

10.) Boston opened up as a 29-point underdog against Kentucky.

I’ll take the Cats for all of the money in my bank account, please.