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December 17th, 2014

George Asafo-Adjei signs with Kentucky

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Mid-year Signing Day rolls on, and four-star offensive tackle George Asafo-Adjei is the latest UK commit to make it official today. The West Chester, Ohio native will join his former teammates Mikel Horton and Kyle Meadows at UK in January, along with fellow early enrollees CJ Conrad and Kengera Daniel.

Welcome aboard.


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With a week between games and the offensive coordinator search still ongoing (for now), it seems like we’re all in standby mode here at KSR. Fortunately, we’re hearing that the search is wrapping up, and hopefully, we’ll know who UK’s new offensive coordinator is by the time Mark Stoops comes on KSR tomorrow morning. Until then, Drew and I will be watching the Twittersphere like hawks, only taking bathrooms breaks every five hours and wearing wrist supports to prevent carpal tunnel. Blog so hard.

Some notes to keep us rolling…

@WYWH_Daniel22

Today is mid-year signing day, and three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel wasted no time in making his commitment to Kentucky official. The 6’6″, 245 lbs. Daniel picked UK over Alabama, Louisville, NC State and Virginia in October, filling a big hole left by Darius Fullwood’s decommitment. He’ll enroll at Kentucky in January to get a head start on his freshman year. Congrats on signing, Kengera. Get on up to Lexington.

@vaughtsviews

Damien Harris is currently receiving the Paul Hornung award, given annually to the best high school football player in the state of Kentucky. In a cool moment, Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers called to speak to Harris, the picture of which you can see above, thanks to Larry Vaught. And before you call out Harris for still having a flip phone (although I hear those are making a comeback), that’s Paul Hornung’s phone, not his.

Auburn plays Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day in a game I normally wouldn’t care much about, but apparently, if Auburn wins, Outback will give away free Bloomin’ Onions nationwide on January 2. If Wisconsin wins, they’ll give away Coconut Shrimp.

War damn Eagle, right?

Finally, this is the best letter to the tooth fairy I’ve ever seen:


Updated construction pics of Commonwealth Stadium

The folks over at UK Athletics shared some pictures of the ongoing construction at Commonwealth Stadium with us today, and whoa, things are looking different. Just look at how much work they’ve done to demo part of the lower bowl for the new Field Club level.

That press box that used to hold all our media friends and Alan Cutler’s farts? Gone:

What will be the team’s new facilities in the east end zone:

Check out all of the pictures of the progress at TheNewCWS.com.


Orlando Antigua held his radio show in a UK-themed bar last night

@USFCoachO

Our ole pal Orlando Antigua is doing his thing in South Florida, and last night, he did the USF weekly radio show in front some familiar decorations. Check out this picture Antigua posted on Twitter with the caption “At my radio show and look at the the back ground #BBN.”

Hat tip to Jon Hale, who found this funny nugget in South Florida’s game notes:

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Well played, Antigua. Well played.


JuCo DT Marcus Swain picks Auburn

@SwainEra90

It looks like an official visit to UK this past weekend wasn’t enough to sway JuCo DT Marcus Swain from the Plains. Swain announced his commitment to Auburn a few minutes ago, choosing the Tigers over Mississippi State and Kentucky.

Ah well. On to the next.


The Funkhouser Christmas Album: Part 3

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Happy Christmas, Gang. As you are likely aware by now, this week at Funkhouser has been dedicated to building the Ultimate Funkhouser Christmas Music Playlist — culminating in your very own, very perfect and comprehensive Spotify playlist on Friday.

On Monday, Kalan Kucera decked the halls with his Top Ten Christmas Songs.

Then on Tuesday, Richmond Bramblet kissed you consensually under the mistletoe with his very own list of groovy yuletide tunes. 

Today I’m happy to provide Part 3 of the list to get a holiday party going. Here they are, in no particular order — click on the link to take you to the song in question.

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Let it Snow – Luscious Jackson
While it’s true that this four-girl nineties alt-group’s day in the sun effectively ended with the ringing in of a new millennium, you have to enjoy the poppy goodness of Luscious Jackson’s winter cover tune, especially the groovy breakdown in the final third.

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Mr. Heatmiser – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
The swing revival may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean that this brassy, almost Dixieland-esque cover of a 1974 tune from Rankin & Bass’ A Year Without Santa Claus — in which the heat does battle with the cold — doesn’t kill it. It’s so much damn fun and definitely worth seeking out for something a little different.

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Frosty the Snowman – Man or Astroman?
You gotta love Alabama surf-rockers and perennial cult favorites Man or Astroman? covering the children’s fave, even if it strikes more than a passing musical resemblance to The Champs’ “Tequila.”

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Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight) – The Ramones
The closing track off Joey & Company’s 1989 Brain Drain pops up every now and again on Christmas channels, but not nearly enough. The Ramones couldn’t get any airplay even by writing a Christmas tune, which should have guaranteed that. Oh well. It still exists, and it’s still wonderful.

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Santa’s Beard – They Might Be Giants
It may or may not be an actual Christmas song, but for all intents and purposes it belongs in this compilation. A cautionary tale about a man whose wife may or may not be shacking secretly up with the man with the bag, and a pitch-perfect example of TMBG in the late eighties.

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You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Deanna Kirk
In what may well be the running for one of my all-time favorite Christmas tunes ever, Ms. Kirk’s almost free-form jazz cover of the Dr. Seuss classic swings wildly from the slide of a clarinet and the thump of an upright bass to the choral intonations of all the Who’s down in Whoville. Tons o’ fun.

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Merry Christmas – Wesley Willis
Yes, yes. I know. It sounds just like all Wesley Willis tunes. And yes, I know, it mostly consists of a 30 second repetitive musical break and Willis shouting “Merry Christmas” over and over. But as Willis himself says, “that is what it is all about in a mix,” and that’s why it’s here.

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I Wish it Was Christmas Today – Julian Casablancas
The Strokes frontman covered this tune, from many the finale of an SNL Christmas episode, on an episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as a surprise to Fallon. If there’s any such thing as a new Christmas carol, this should be considered one.

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Fairytale of New York – The Pogues (with Kirsty MacColl)
An anti-carol about a bickering couple who alternately hates and loves one another, this Pogues masterpiece remains a holiday tribute to a punk-era Big Apple. Nothing says Christmas like the timeless lines “Merry Christmas your arse/I pray god it’s our last.” And yet, it’s a stunningly beautiful tune. Hands down my favorite modern Christmas song ever.

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Merry Christmas from the Family – Robert Earl Keene
A lovely, lazy tale of a trailer-park Christmas, the rowdy denizens of a family which may have problems but no lack of love, and a fitting closer to this list. Hallelujah, everybody say cheese.


Yet another big night for the NBA Cats

In what is becoming a familiar refrain, it was another big night for our NBA Cats. John Wall, Anthony Davis, and Enes Kanter all had monster performances. Let’s break them down.

John Wall

21 points, 17 assists, 4 rebounds in Washington’s win over the Minnesota Timberwolves

On the heels of being named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, Wall put in another big game, with 21 points and 17 assists. More impressively, 10 of those points and 6 of those assists came in the first quarter. Per ESPN Stats & Info, Wall now has two games this season with 20 points and 17 assists. The rest of the NBA? Zero. Afterwards, Wall told reporters “This is the best basketball of my life.”

Anthony Davis

31 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks in New Orleans’ win over the Utah Jazz

This was Davis’ first game back from the mysterious chest injury that held him out of games over the weekend. The injury is being described as a chest contusion, and kept Davis in the hospital overnight for tests. “I couldn’t really breathe and I had a sharp pain in my chest, so I was trying to see what was going on,” Davis told reporters. “It was an unusual pain I never had before and it was very uncomfortable.”

In his first game back, he rebounded pretty well, putting up 31 points and 9 boards. Just another Tuesday night in Davis’ book.

Enes Kanter

29 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 2 steals in Utah’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans

Kanter’s been on a tear lately, averaging 17.6 points on 52% shooting, 9.5 rebound, 1 assist and 1 block per game in the month of December. Last night, he put up a career-high 29 points in the Jazz’s loss to the Pelicans. After a slow start and some injuries in the league, Kanter is finally rolling.


Anthony Davis Christmas Tree Wants today’s Show Thread

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Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt and Ryan are in studio to get you through the long week between games and give you the latest on UK’s search for an offensive coordinator.

Hopefully, they’ll talk about this tree too, because it’s kind of awesome.

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

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Relive the Most Famous UK-UCLA Meeting

Talk to an older UK fan and they always have interesting feelings when it comes to the 1975 NCAA Championship game.  And really, I have always found that game had a more important factor on UK history than people would like to admit.  First off, just take the overall titles.  If Kentucky had been able to win that game, the overall count would stand at UCLA 10, Kentucky 9.  And with a very likely title this year, UK could have been tied in that category in March.  But also think about what that game meant for the individuals involved.  For John Wooden, it allowed him to go out a winner.  I would tend to think that part of his narrative is constantly mentioned and UK had a chance to damage that.  Sounds a lot different to say Wooden went out a runner-up over a champion.  How about Joe. B Hall?  He would have had 2 titles in his career, instead of just the 1.  Pitino, Smith, and Calipari haven’t been able to win a 2nd title, so Hall could have separated himself from everybody but Rupp.

And then there is Kevin Grevey.  His stats would merit him in consideration for one of the 2 or 3 best UK players of all-time.  But he doesn’t have a title.  Neither does Issel, but his stats were so astronomical that it didn’t matter.  Grevey needed that title.  And if he had won it, I think he would have been in the same breath as Goose Givens.

But what people often talk about is simply how UK was the better team that night.  There might have been some questionable foul calls in favor of the Bruins, in hopes of giving Wooden his last title.  I don’t know.  But I actually found footage of that 1975 championship game for your viewing pleasure.


KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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(Darrell Bird | Catpause)

It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the Day. We will focus most of our attention on Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as usual, there are no limits to our madness. You can participate by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTop10 or just by simply tweeting @KYsportsradio.

#10 Mark klein

Thanks for the warning. We more of those.

 

 

 

 

#9 Patrick Towles

No judgement. Okay, maybe a little. Because of the Christmas music, not Sinatra.

 

 

 

#8 Ky-YULE Mann

I don’t think its working, Kyle.

 

 

 

#7 Marcus Lewis

Quit teasing and commit already. (please)

 

 

 

#6 DeuceNine

What is this? Summer of 6th grade?

 

 

 

#5 Aaron Huff

Thanks for the image in my head now, Aaron.

 
#4 Marcus Lee

Well that’s good. I guess it works then.

 

 

 

#3 Donnie

We will have to get back to you. Still putting the KSR search team together.

 

 

 

#2 Darrell DJ Warren

You did it. Didn’t you?

 

 

 

#1 Chuck Gray

If it weren’t safe for work, they would block it by now. Right?

@sealey_KSR


December 16th, 2014

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Good evening, friends. I trust everyone’s well? No complaints here, or at least, nothing Amazon Prime can’t fix. Seriously, thank God for Amazon Prime.

Things were once again quiet in the Big Blue Nation as finals week rolls on. Thankfully, Kentucky basketball never stops, so let’s start with John Calipari’s trip to the Tar Heel state…

Calipari was in North Carolina tonight to watch Brandon Ingram

With a week between games, John Calipari is doing as John Calipari does and hitting the recruiting trail. Tonight, Cal is in Kinston, North Carolina to check in on 2015 small forward Brandon Ingram. Assistants from UCLA and N.C. State are also in the house. The 4th best shooting guard in the 2015 class is down to Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and UCLA and will commit in the spring. Duke and UNC are currently the favorites for Ingram in 247 Sports’ Crystal Ball, which would make his commitment especially sweet.

WITN Sports caught this pic of Cal tonight. Best caption in the comments gets free KSR for life:

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Dan Dakich had some more nice things to say about Kentucky

Dakich continues to be on the Kentucky train this season, telling ESPN 99.1 FM in Sioux Falls that he still believes the Cats will go undefeated. “I don’t think anything can trip them up. Calipari has everything he could want and I see them going undefeated,” Dakich said; however, he added that he doesn’t believe Cal will retire at Kentucky. “I don’t think he stays at Kentucky forever. If it happens it will come out of the blue.”

Shh. Let us enjoy this, please.

This picture has been around for a few days, but I still really like it

(Photo by Britney Howard | UK Athletics)

(Photo by Britney Howard | UK Athletics)

That’s Karl Towns’ enormous shoe, with “My brother’s keeper” and Alex Poythress’ initials on it. Several players wrote AP on their shoes in honor of Alex, including Aaron Harrison:

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I hope this continues all season.

Your offensive coordinator search update…

…is that there’s still not an offensive coordinator; however, we’re hearing there’s a strong possibility the search will be wrapped up this week, possibly by Thursday. That makes total sense because Mark Stoops has agreed to come on the radio show Thursday morning to talk about the season, and I’m sure he wants to announce the hire before then to ward off questions. To add further fuel to the fire, UK pushed the closing date of the job posting back to Thursday, and other sites are reporting that Stoops has spoken to his candidates in person and is now on his way back to Lexington. Bum bum bum?

Yahtzee watch: Maurice Swain

Swain is a JUCO defensive tackle from Lagrange, Georgia, and will announce his college decision tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. ET. He’s down to Auburn, Mississippi State, and Kentucky, which is nice enough company to be in, but Swain visited UK this past weekend and it sounds like he enjoyed himself. While I think it’s safe to say that Auburn and Mississippi State are still the favorites, we’ve learned you can never count Mark Stoops out these days. Will early playing time be enough to lure the 6’5″ 300 lbs. tackle to Kentucky? We’ll find out in the morning.

Meanwhile, Marcus Lewis is still feeling the #BBN

The four-star safety also visited this past weekend and plans to announce in January after taking an official to Miami. Over the weekend, he bonded with Damien Harris, and if both pick the Cats, it will be a MAJOR boost to the program. Keep bonding, boys.

We’ll be back in the morning to entertain you and keep you up on the latest in the search for the new offensive coordinator. Until then, enjoy the latest and greatest Elf on the Shelf idea:

@mill22eric


The Top UK Players in the NBA, Week 7

The former Cats continue to get things done around the NBA. Nerlens posted 19 and 8 against his hometown Celtics. Rondo continues to be a hot topic in trade scenarios. Tayshaun and the Grizzles have won four straight. Were those outputs good enough to make the top 5? Read on and find out:

5. Jodie Meeks

Jodie Meeks played his first games of the season and the Pistons won back-to-back road games in Phoenix and Sacramento. Coincidence? I think not. Jodie put up 20 last night against the Clippers in a losing effort which should have him taking over the starting shooting guard position before the first of the year. Welcome back Jodie.

4. Anthony Davis 

Davis’ amazing year hit a slight snag this past week after suffering a chest injury early in a win over the Cavaliers last Friday. That injury kept him out of action Sunday against the Warriors but the Browed one will return to action tonight in Utah. Ant posted a line of 43 and 14 when the Pelicans took on the Jazz earlier this season and I wouldn’t be surprised so see a similar performance in his return to the game.

3. Patrick Patterson

Patman Throwing The Three-Goggles

Over the past week Patrick has caught fire from beyond the arc as he shot 8-13 and the Raptors won three of four. Toronto has led the East for the past month but the Wizards, Hawks, and Cavs are closing fast. Can former Cat Dwayne Casey keep his team in the top spot with the all-star break two months away? Or have the Raptors bolted out of the gate only to fade into the pack as the season progresses?

2. Brandon Knight

Knight and the Bucks had a solid week, going 2-1 with wins over the Suns and Clippers. In the two wins BK poured in 22 and 20 with a combined  11 rebounds and 9 assists. Milwaukee is currently 1 game above .500 but it looks like Jabari Parker could miss a few games with a knee injury. That means Knight will need to shoulder even more of the scoring load. So far this season he’s proven he can do just that.

1. John Wall

Wall has the Wizards just one game back from the East’s top seed and on a 4 game win streak which has launched him to the top spot for the first time this season. Over the past week Wall posted 2 double-doubles and got close to a triple double against the Jazz. Look for Wall and the Wizards to keep the win-streak going tonight against the Timberwolves.


Which UK Basketball player are you?


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How excited are you to have Greg Anthony again on Saturday?

Greg Anthony will call a second consecutive Kentucky basketball game when the Cats take on UCLA on Saturday, this time with Verne Lundquist as his play-by-play captain. I was at the North Carolina game so I couldn’t hear Anthony’s analysis but Twitter tells me it wasn’t his best work.

Allie LaForce will handle the sideline duties and now nothing else in the world matters.

I can’t wait to not talk to her at the game.