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September 4th, 2015

WATCH Kash Daniel and Paintsville vs. Pikeville



One of the biggest games in the mountains is going down, and you can check out all of the action through WYMT.  Two of the best schools in 1A will surely produce a showdown.

Kentucky commit Kash Daniel has already thrown for a score, but Daric Pugh of Pikeville is going to keep it close, with the game currently tied 7-7.

pikeville livestream

If that link doesn’t work, click here.

The Bills Cut John Conner

Robin Buckson | Detroit News

Robin Buckson | Detroit News

NFL roster cuts have put one former Wildcat out of work.

John Conner was one of Rex Ryan’s favorites as head coach of the New York Jets, but today they parted ways once again when the Bills cut 16 from their roster.  Even though “The Terminator” was still lighting people up (see the picture above) in Buffalo, it wasn’t enough to secure a spot on Ryan’s 53-man roster.

Rex might’ve forgotten about you John, but the BBN will never forget.

#FlashbackFriday: UK Football’s “Recruiting Room”


As we count down the hours until the grand opening of the New Commonwealth Stadium tomorrow, let’s take a moment to look in the rearview, back to how things were. (The kids call this #FlashbackFriday on “the ‘gram.”)

The photo you see above likely helped spark the public outcry for bigger and better things for the football program. The area in that photo is what UK once used as its recruiting room on game days. That photo is embarrassing as hell. That photo sums up UK football the last however many decades. That photo is unbelievable. Truly unbelievable.

Tomorrow, we’ll see the brand new recruiting room in the East end zone and we’ll forget all about that poor excuse of a church potluck setup in the corner of Nutter Field House. Those days are behind us.

Started from the bottom, they say.

Kobi Simmons is Moving Back His Announcement Date

After visiting Kentucky’s campus last weekend, Kobi Simmons has decided to delay his decision date, according to Cats Illustrated.

Normally that might sound like bad news, but if you’ve listened to Matt you know it is not.  Simmons is currently visiting UNLV, and will be at Ohio State next week, but this delay doesn’t have anything to do with them; it’s giving Calipari more time as he continues to recruit and evaluate De’Aron Fox.

Calipari could wait for the #1 point guard, or immediately take a commitment from the #3 point guard.  The best case scenario for Cal is more time, and that’s exactly what Simmons is giving him.

Commonwealth’s Top Plays of the 70s and 80s

Commonwealth Stadium has been around since 1973, way back when Fran Curci took over as head coach of the Wildcats. A lot has happened since then — some good, a lot bad — and Kentucky Wildcats TV is taking us back in time with a series of video highlights from each decade.

We’ll start with two that were before my time…



Go Cats.

Get in the 360-degree, high-res photo of CWS tomorrow

At the conclusion of the first quarter — when Kentucky is up two touchdowns, hopefully — Blakeway Worldwide Panoramas will take a 360-degree, high-resolution photo of Commonwealth Stadium and everyone inside. It will be the largest UK football photo ever taken — outside of anything with Matt Elam, of course.

If you’ll be in attendance and would like a notification when the photo is ready, you can sign up for an alert at the Kentucky Wildcats Gigapixel page.

I will have fun with the photo here on the website on Monday, so don’t be too shy to give us a three-goggle or anything else to stand out. (No nudity, guys.)

“We Ask You Wednesday” Vol. 58 (Friday Afternoon Edition)


The folks here at KSR love getting your input on things… relevant and bizarre. We have to get a little creative around here sometimes. Last summer I started a weekly series called “We Ask You Wednesdays,” that brought in some great responses from many readers via Twitter.

Each week, the question will change and we will hit on a variety of topics, mostly UK-related… but you never know. Each week the best responses will make it on to the website.  This week’s twenty ninth volume of the “We Ask You Wednesday” allowed Kentucky fans to answer the following question via Twitter in 140 characters or less: WHAT IS THE BEST UK-RELATED FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM NAME?




Until we get some more Cats in the NFL, Randall Cobb has to carry the load for reppin’ the Cats…



Chris Simpson definitely was the MVP of the week for all of his answers…



There is a good chance that exceeds the character limit…



UK Athletics getting dirty to get CWS ready


UK Athletics is #ALLIN on getting Commonwealth Stadium ready for tomorrow night’s game. Earlier in the week, Mrs. Tyler spoke to Janee Thompson about UK Hoops’ voluntary cleaning effort. Thompson told Tyler, “We were up in the suites cleaning the cabinets and refrigerators, and it looks so nice in there.”

Matthew Mitchell even got his hands dirty:

And this morning, Mitch Barnhart was spotted with a Shop-Vac in his hands.

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No position in the athletic department is too high up to help out.

UK Gymnastics, too:


Round of applause to everyone around the athletic department who volunteered their time this week so we, the fans, can enjoy tomorrow night.

Four-star wide receiver tweets #BBN

JaVonte Richardson, one of the top wide receivers in the 2017 class, tweeted a shout-out to #BBN this morning after he received a good luck message from the UK coaching staff.

Richardson, ranked as the 30th best receiver in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, is from just outside Cleveland, Ohio; so you know Vince Marrow is heavily involved in his recruitment.

A quick scroll through his Twitter feed shows a lot of love for Ohio State, but Kentucky is the first and only Power 5 school to offer him, so that should go a long way in the fight for his services.

I’m a big fan of these good luck images as a recruiting tool. Here’s a look at the one Richardson received from UK, that he tweeted out to his followers earlier today:



The KSR Dossier: University of Louisiana-Lafayette



With the UK Football debut at Commonwealth this weekend, we’ll greet the mighty Ragin’ Cajuns of University of Louisiana-Lafayette – not one of our typical opponents. But what do we REALLY know about these foes from the South? Let’s educate ourselves, shall we? We shall.

They’re ragin’.

Prior to the 1960’s UL-Lafayette sports teams were collectively known as “The Bulldogs” until a sports writer for the Crowley Post-Signal penned a column nicknaming the affable school “The Pleasantly Approachable Cajuns.” The milquetoast label angered program heads, who promptly fired off an infuriated letter to the writer and requested that the moniker be changed to the “Dismayin’ Cajuns.” A difference was eventually split to refer to the team as “Ragin’.” Things which enrage the Cajuns include but are not limited to:
Long lines
Poor drivers
Opposing Football Teams
When people say they’re going to meet you somewhere, then don’t

The football roster is filled with good Louisiana-boy names.

Names like Cole Prudhomme, Kevin Fouquier, Chaiziere Malbrue and Cole Bourque. Their defensive line consists of a bunch of Creole-accented cartoon alligators and most of the cast of the Nintendo game The Adventures of Bayou Billy.


The UL-Lafayette mascot, Cayenne, was created in a laboratory and cannot be stopped.

A horrifying science experiment gone horribly awry, he is believed to be responsible for the disappearances of over thirty students from the university over the past two years alone. The entire reason UL-Lafayette has a football season at all is solely to lure him to a stadium in hopes of capturing and finally killing him but each year he manages to elude his captors.

As built into UL-Lafayette’s contract, there will be a brief break in the third quarter for their players to take out their trumpets and dance around playing jazz music.

This is a regular occurrence in Louisiana and, as such, Mitch Barnhart’s hands are tied to adhere to it. This fais do-do is not to exceed seven-and-a-half minutes. Every second over this limit will be deducted from UL-Lafayette’s next possession game clock.

The entire football team travels by airboat or, if all airboats are in use, tugboat.

As part of the 1898 UL-Lafayette university charter, “all those to whom travel is an apparency are approved to employ the great city of Lafayette’s robust history of maritime achievements.” The team will moor on the banks of the Kentucky River and travel on foot to the Stadium Saturday morning.

The UL-Lafayette fight song was recently changed. The current incarnation is this:

Fight on, Cajuns, fight on to victory
For the Red and White,
We will sing of triumph and glory,
For our team tonight,
You will hear the rage of the Cajuns,
So let’s give a yell, (AHH-YEE)
Hustle up and bustle up and
Fight on to victory – GEAUX U L!

It was recently changed from the previous fight song, originally written in the early 1900’s, which was:

Dey ‘gon fight, dese Cajuns
Gon’ eat a shrimp
An’ go in to da swamp
For to get a potion for my voodoo
An’ when I get da sportball
I gon’ make it a point for my team (AH-YEE)
So don’ you gon’ talk ‘bout my Paw-Paw
Poo-ye-yi! I’m gon’ smack you in dat mouf!

The student body largely prefers the current fight song over the previous one. PLEASE NOTE: The singing of the fight song can summon Cayenne to come murder you. Please remain vigilant.

Who Wore It Better?


Big Blue Nation, it’s time to decide which popular musician wore UK blue the best this morning.

First, on your left, we have Chris Kael from Five Finger Death Punch sporting a “Kentucky ‘Til I Die” t-shirt at this morning’s KSR remote.

Then, on your right, we have the drummer from Florida Georgia Line wearing a cut-off “UK Kentucky Wildcats” tee on Good Morning America.

So who wore it better? You decide.

And as a bonus, check out Chris’ bass guitar for tonight’s concert in Rupp Arena. It’s a tribute to UK’s five National Championship basketball coaches.

(Don’t let that sway your vote.)

The ULL-UK pump-up video has me ready to run through six walls

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DO NOT watch this if you are in an office setting and you value your job. It’s intense. It will jack you up. I almost put my fist through my coffee table 10 seconds into the video. Dead serious. Don’t tell my mom, but the title of this post originally had two f-bombs in it for no reason. No chill whatsoever after watching this. Where’s my John Legend playlist? I need to calm down.

Again, DO NOT watch this unless you’re prepared to break something. And if you’re ready to make that commitment, good luck to anyone and anything in your path.

I swear I’m good for 15 tackles and a forced fumble if I could throw on the pads right now.


Yahoo! ranked every quarterback in college football

Andy Lyons | Getty Images

Andy Lyons | Getty Images

Yahoo! ranked the starting quarterbacks in FBS football and ABSOLUTELY NO RESPECT FOR PATRICK TOWLES.

Towles is ranked No. 41 out of 128 quarterbacks and seventh among SEC quarterbacks. Go ahead and spit in his face why don’t you, Yahoo.

Patrick, your thoughts?



ESPN projects Kentucky going bowling in Shreveport

ESPN released its final preseason bowl projections and UK football fans better get ready to spend Christmas in Louisiana if the predictions come true.

The masterminds behind the picks–Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy–predict Kentucky to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana. That’s a December 26th, day-after-Christmas contest with North Carolina at 5:45 pm on ESPN.

Kentucky is one of 13 SEC teams projected to go bowling from the SEC, leaving only Vanderbilt behind from postseason play.

I can get down with Shreveport.

One problem: UK hosts Louisville in basketball that day.

Florida Georgia Line’s Drummer Wants The Friday Show Thread

Mornin’ everybody. Did you see Florida Georgia Line’s drummer on GMA? He was wearing a UK tanktop. Pretty cool I guess, although it doesn’t change my opinion of Florida Georgia Line. Still horrible.

What’s not horrible is Kentucky Sports Radio radio. It’s on the air one last time this morning before Kentucky’s football season begins tomorrow. The guys will be previewing the game from Jack Kain Ford in Lexington.

Someone in attendance might even win tickets from:

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

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