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July 4th, 2015

Tai Wynyard says goodbye to social media distractions

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Tai Wynyard left us in the middle of the night. On social media that is. Wynyard made the post around 4:30 a.m., early this morning. I assume he was doing some late night workouts:

 

 

Social media is a habit hard to break, but these kids are stepping up to do what it takes to get rid of the distractions.

Last month Kentucky fans said goodbye to Skal as he made his final social media post with a farewell to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for eight weeks. ICYMI or forgot, here is how he made the break:

 

"The Offseason" is about to be great. I was made for this…#Greatness

A photo posted by Skal Labissiere (@skallywally) on

 

 

It’s great to get rid of the distractions. The players aren’t forced to do this, they make the choice on their own and I think it shows dedication to the sport and program. At the same time, it is also unfortunate the players feel a need to leave when positive tweets are outweighed by the negative.

@Hessler_KSR

 


Fourth of July Morning Links

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Happy Fourth of July, everyone. Like Drew said, it’s going to be a busy one with the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Live Blog at noon and the Kash pick at one. So make sure to stick around for a festive holiday at KSR.

First. Here are some links to start off your day:

 

–          KSTV caught up with Sam Malone last week at the BBN Legends camp in Somerset. Here is  a video of what Malone has been doing since his career with the Cats ended.

 

–          UK swimmer Christina Bechtel will make her USA Swimming National Team debut this week at the World Games in Gwangju, South Korea. This marks the first international competition for the five-time All-American.  Bechtel will compete in the 50 and 100-meter butterfly at the World University Games. Her personal best in the 50 is 26.72, while she posted a 59.05 in the 100 butterfly.

 

–          KSR made a Holiday tour stop in Hopkinsville and the local media did a nice report of it. My favorite part is the picture which looks like Drew is really mad at Matt.

 

–          I didn’t even want to post this Tim Sullivan column, but I guess it’s best you see it now rather than in the middle of when you are grilling. I just saved a few steaks. You’re welcome. Maybe it’s just me that doesn’t get it?

 

–          Cal and Coach Stoops are both ‘taking over’ the SEC Network twitter and will be twitting from here all day.  Better yet, follow along with ‘Kash Watch’ here.

 

@Hessler_KSR 

 


Happy 4th of July!!!!

Great Americans, good morning!!!

Today is a HUGE day, and not just because it’s our Independence Day. Sure, signing that document some 239 years ago was pretty important, but Kash Daniel will announce his college decision later this afternoon and I would argue that’s of equal importance, assuming he picks Kentucky.

Daniel’s announcement is scheduled for 1:00 pm and we’ll have plenty of coverage here on the website for you UK football fans. I canceled a trip to Lake Barkley to make sure everything goes swimmingly here on KSR. I won’t be in the best of moods if things don’t go the way we anticipate.

Let’s also not forget today is the UK takeover on the SEC Network. The complete schedule is as follows:

Mark Stoops and John Calipari will serve as hosts on the SEC Network throughout the day to add to your viewing experience.

And if that’s not enough for you, Dakari Johnson and the Harrison twins Andrew will make their NBA Summer League debuts today. First up, Aaron against Dakari and Marquis Teague at 3:00, followed by Andrew at 5:00. All games can be streamed through the Summer League Live online service for a one-time fee of $14.99. Well worth it, in my opinion.

Plus, the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Live Blog!

Happy Fourth!!!


July 3rd, 2015

Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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Summer’s here and so is the perfect summer salad—Wendy’s Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad. Made with hand-sliced strawberries and crisp Romaine chopped right in our kitchens. All topped with warm, freshly grilled chicken. It’s only here for summer and it’s only at Wendy’s. At participating Wendy’s for a limited time


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:

#10 Justin Sizemore


Canadian Football isn’t that bad. We need to embrace Canada more as Kentucky fans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9 Seth Wolf


I want a shirt that says “long time, first time”. I’ll let the reader interpret it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8 Kige Ramsey


You told them, Kige.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7 Lily Anderson


It’s always a good day when you make friends this way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#6 Brandon Metts


Forget his behind-the-scenes Kentucky book. I want this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Tuckasee


Ouch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Harrison Spires


All of them are dirty if you think hard enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Wildcat Statue


This is the hardest question I have ever had to think about. Also, who would be Voldemort?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Ben Goldey


Accurate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1 Matthew Mahone


Dear lord, please let this not be the case.

 

@Hessler_KSR


From their old Kentucky home to Commonwealth Stadium, Part Four: The road to Tim Couch Pass

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As a UK fan, I have three all-time favorite players: Derrick Ramsey, Bill Ransdell, and Tim Couch. With these fellow has-beens, K-Club conversations can be awkward. During alumni functions, I’m torn between asking about their families and requesting an autograph.

Generationally separated, I hold the quarterback trio in high regard. Growing up in the 70’s, Derrick Ramsey was my first sports hero. For two seasons, I literally scored his autograph after every home game. I would fist fight coal camp kids to be number 12 in sand-lot football games. Bill Ransdell is arguably the toughest Wildcat to ever tattoo a Power K on his calf. How tough? Legend has it that Dollar Bill played against Clemson with a broken jaw and a punctured lung. And won. Then, along came Tim Couch.

Not since Harlan’s Wah Wah Jones had a mountain athlete generated such buzz. From London to Pikeville, the Leslie County star captured the region’s headlines and imagination. As a quarterback, Couch revolutionized the position by breaking nearly every state and national passing record. On the basketball court, he averaged over 30 points a game. The legend of The Deuce stood taller than the mountains he called home. On any given fall Friday, it was common to see a Bowden in the Hyden Hardee’s drive-thru. Phil Fulmer earned a ton of frequent driver points from his recurrent trips down the road that is now appropriately named Tim Couch Pass. At the time, Bill Curry’s seat was hot. A year later and an irrational Couch option play into the boundary, his toasty seat exited the Nutter Center. Here are Tim’s words on why he chose to stay home and sign with the University of Kentucky.

Q: You were offered my several traditional football powers. Which teams made the final cut?

Couch: I was fortunate enough to be recruited by numerous schools and heavily considered several of them: Tennessee, Florida, Auburn and Ohio State. Initially I verbally committed to Tennessee and ended up backing out on the last minute and signed with Kentucky.

Q: At that time, the Cats were struggling. With all those options, why did you sign with Kentucky?

Couch: I signed with Kentucky mainly because it was my home state school. My dad really pushed me to come to Kentucky. He was a huge Kentucky fan and a big part of me playing here was because I wanted to do that for him.

Q: Going into Stoop’s third year, tell us your thoughts on Kentucky Football in 2015.

Couch: I think the football program is at an all-time high right now. It’s been tremendous to watch Coach Stoops and his staff change the culture of this program in such a short period time. It’s not resulting in a ton of wins on the field as of yet, but those are soon to come. The commitment the University has made to the football program with the upgrades in our facilities and with the stadium and the level that Coach Stoops and his staff has been recruiting at, it will eventually result in wins on the field. The future of Kentucky football is going to be very exciting to watch. I don’t think there could be a better fit for this program right now then Coach Stoops.

Q: You are a Kentucky legend and provided the BBN with so many great memories. What is your personal favorite?

Couch: I think my best UK memory would have to be our victory over Alabama in 1997. I was fortunate enough to throw Craig Yeast the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime to beat Alabama. Our fans rushed the field and tore the goalposts down. It was one of those moments that you live for as a college quarterback.

Imagine if Tim Couch would have turned his back on his home state and signed with Tennessee. The legend of Tim’s Kentucky escape would be mentioned in the same lore as Bear Bryant’s cigarette lighter. I’m glad he stayed home.


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from this Week

50 points to Gryffindor for this fantastic photo that will adorn the cover of this year's Cats' Pause football yearbook.

50 points to Gryffindor for this fantastic photo that will adorn the cover of this year’s Cats’ Pause football yearbook.

The Good

–  Kash Daniel will announce his commitment to Kentucky tomorrow.  I shouldn’t count my chickens before they hatch, but when Kash says that his primary recruiter and friend, Drake Jackson, “Could sell a Bible to an atheist,” I’m confident Kash will be a Cat.

–  Anthony Davis  signed a deal for $1 million-billion-faffilion-kazillion $145 million dollars to kick off NBA free agency with a bang.  He’s just one of many former Cats getting rich this offseason.  Along with the six draft picks, Brandon Knight signed a 5-year $70 million dollar deal with the Suns, there are rumors Enes Kanter could be cashing in with the Knicks, and Rajon Rondo could be joining Boogie and Willie in Sacramento.

–  Kentucky fans worried about finding a compatible date now have a solution.  BBNMeetup.com is here to help Willie Cauley-Stein men meet up with their Big Blue Fan in the Morning.  #BBNMeetUpDotCom was a hit, but not as nearly as successful as UofLHookups.com.

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–  We’re only two days through the Greenbriar Classic, but there’s already been enough good news for four bullet points.

1.  Governor Steve Beshear was paired with Tiger Woods in Pro-Am, shooting -9 on the day.

2.  Governor Beshear must’ve had some good pointers, because Tiger responded by shooting an opening round 66.  After an abysmal U.S. Open and rumors swirling about an affair with Jason Dufner’s ex-wife, Tiger showed us he’s still got it.

3.  Louisville native and St. X grad, Justin Thomas, finished his first round with an ace.  It was Thomas’ first EVER during competition, and he was awarded $25,000 to give to a charity of his choice.  Thomas’s ace was the second of the day.  The first gave all the fans on the 18th grandstand a $100-bill, Thomas’ gave them $500 more.  I do not feel sorry for the Country Club.

4.  Shaq was a terrible free throw shooter during his playing days, but that’s all changed in retirement.  Better late than never.

Shaq’s free throw percentage is improving.

Posted by PGA TOUR on Wednesday, July 1, 2015

 

The Bad

–  The poor Lakers and Knicks just aren’t getting ANY better during NBA free agency.  Greg Monroe picked MILWAUKEE over the traditional powers because the Bucks were more playoff ready.  Chew on that one for awhile.

–  Raffy Nadal doesn’t have much left in the tank.  He lost to Bob Marley’s German dreadlocked doppelganger, Dustin Brown.  But I guess you can’t blame him, this look is pretty intimidating.

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BPI | Rex Shutterstock

–  Last Saturday I had my five year high school reunion.  My reunion was much better than this awkward middle school reunion in a Miami courthouse.  When the judge asks if the alleged burglar when to Nautilus middle school, the orange-clad inmate burst into tears.

–  Episode 2 of True Detective took a page out of Game of Thrones book.  I guess I can’t be THAT mad, but (Spoiler!) why must HBO insist on killing off main characters?

The Ugly

The women’s World Cup Semi-Finals had two of the biggest blunders in professional sports history.  Which was worse: the German missed PK, or England’s own goal in stoppage time?

Via USA Today | FTW

Via Vice Sports


Rondo signs with the Kings

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Apparently Sacramento wants to compete with Phoenix for the BBN’s loyalty. Rajon Rondo will reportedly be signing a one-year deal with the Kings worth up to $10 million.

 

Rondo joins Boogie and Willie Cauley-Stein in Sac-town – which should be a really fun mixture of personalities.


Hear Kash Daniel one last time before tomorrow

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Erin McLaughlin of the Herald-Leader has a brief video of Kash Daniel chatting about football and his recruitment in front of his Paintsville High School locker.

It’s the perfect nightcap for those of you still on the internet this holiday as we await tomorrow’s big decision.

Check it out…


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

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

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

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

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Contest History

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

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

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

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

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

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Meet the Contestants

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

Joey Chestnut

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut

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

– 14lbs of Boysenberry Pie in 8 Minutes

– 2.1875 Galons of Chili in 6 Minutes

– 103 Krystal Burgers in 8 Minutes

– 24lbs of Poutine in 10 Minutes

– 121 Twinkies in 6 Minutes

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Matt Stonie

Matt “Megatoad” Stonie

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

– 14.5lbs of Birthday Cake in 8 Minutes

– 182 Strips of bacon in 5 Minutes

– 34 Pepperoni Rolls in 10 Minutes

-20lbs 13oz of Pumpkin Pie in 8 Minutes

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Tim “Eater X” Janus

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

– 141 Pieces of Nigiri Sushi in 6 Minutes

– 4 lbs. of Tiramisu in 6 minutes

– 10.5 lbs. of Ramen in 8 minutes

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Miki Sudo

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

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Erik Denmark

Erik “The Red” Denmark

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

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

– 9.75 Native American Fry Breads in 8 Minutes

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Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan

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

– 20 Hard Boiled Eggs in 84 Seconds

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Here’s a schedule of who plays when:

 

Saturday, July 4

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

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

Sunday, July 5

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

Monday, July 6

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

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

Tuesday July 7

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, July 8

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

Thursday, July 9

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

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

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

Friday, July 10

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

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

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

Saturday, July 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, July 12

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 13

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 14

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

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

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

 

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


From Couch to Daniel: Kash Daniel Prediction

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

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

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

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


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

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

Some excerpts:

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

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

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

Another one:

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

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

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

[Kernel: Calipari would be wise to leave UK]


Georgia, good job, good effort, but no.

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

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

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


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