On Friday and Saturday, the SEC Nation crew will be set up in the Purple →
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 5:00pm
I’m starting to think the folks at UK have been listening to KSR. Among this week’s Fans’ Choice music options are Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” which Matt has been lobbying for UK to play before third downs, and Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” which is a nice nod to Kevin Richardson, who attended the South Carolina game.
Here are all of the options:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 4:30pm
2015 power forward Ivan Rabb narrowed his list to five today, and according to ESPN, the Cats made the cut, along with Arizona, California, Kansas, and UCLA. Rabb is ranked the second best power forward and the sixth best player in the 2015 class by 247 Sports Composite, but Kentucky hasn’t been considered a major player in his recruitment. Rabb hails from Oakland, California, and most expect him to stay on the West coast. Cal(“ifornia,” no “ipari”) leads in his Crystal Ball with 48% of predictions.
The Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones is reporting that Rabb will take an official visit to Kentucky this weekend. This is the first official visit he’s taken so far.
Work your magic, Cal.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 4:00pm
Our friends at CoachCal.com gave us a Friday afternoon treat by releasing footage from a recent practice. The practice was cut short by a gas leak, which Cal called a gift from “the basketball god,” DeWayne Peevy. LOL. We can’t embed the video here, but click on the pic or this link to watch it on CoachCal.com.
Andrew’s dunk at the 1:20 mark is ridiculously impressive, but the highlight for me was when Coach Robic put his nose inside his shirt and asked “What are you two guys doing up in that dark room”. Don’t believe me? Go to the 0:25 mark.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 3:32pm
The SEC Nation set is assembled and the crew has started taping segments for the SEC Network. Check out the view from the set with Marcus Spears above. Here’s the bus:
AJ Reed is being interviewed by Kaylee Hartung. He’ll be honored at the baseball team’s Homecoming tailgate tomorrow:
Nick Jourdan took this picture of a release taped to the gates encouraging “proper behavior”:
Pfffft. Whatever. Go, be loud, and bring hilarious signs. Like this one:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 3:00pm
KSR’s 2014-2015 basketball previews roll on as we continue to unveil the players’ answers to Ryan Lemond’s ten questions. Next up:
What celebrity would you take to the CATSPYs?
Trey Lyles: Jessica Alba
Dakari Johnson: Iggy Azalea
Marcus Lee: Jessica Alba
Devin Booker: Beyonce
Alex Poythress: Beyonce
Jennifer Love Hewitt Jennifer Aniston
Aaron Harrison: Beyonce
Andrew Harrison: Aaron Harrison
Tyler Ulis: Lauren London
Karl Towns: Alicia Keys
Sam Malone: None…he claims he doesn’t know any celebrities
EJ Floreal: Beyonce
Dominique Hawkins: Beyonce
Brian Long: Scarlett Johansson
What’s your dream foursome in golf?
Who’s the best singer on the team?
What character did you play in a school play?
What’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught?
Who’s the best NBA2K player on the team?
Who’s the best player you’ve ever played against?
Which coach would you take on a cross-country road trip?
What’s your Coach Cal impersonation?
Who’s the biggest slob on the team?
Next: What’s your craziest fan interaction?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 2:30pm
By Aaron Perkins on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 2:00pm
With the Kentucky equipment staff showing off Kentucky’s new KD7 PE, it sparked my interest on what other shoes we will see Kentucky players wear this upcoming season. Last year proved that we have a lot of sneakerheads on this team, so the possibilities are endless on what shoes we could see. Here are a few that are almost guaranteed:
Air Jordan 11 “Legend Blue”
We saw several players, especially Aaron Harrison, wear the “Gamma Blue” colorway last season. When these release around Christmas, expect several Wildcats to be sporting these.
Kobe 9 “Brave Blue”
If you paid close attention, you may have seen Trey Lyles wearing these at Big Blue Madness. Julius, as well as Willie, wore this model throughout the tournament last year in non-Kentucky colors.
While no colorways resembling Kentucky have been announced, expect a Kentucky PE just like the KD when the shoe is officially released later this month. The Lebron 11 was Alex’s go-to shoe last year, so I expect him to do the same with the Lebron 12.
Air Jordan 29
This is the newest model from Jordan Brand, and supposedly one of the top performance shoes on the market.
Air Jordan 4 “Columbia”, Air Jordan 7 “French Blue”
Both of these shoes are apart of the “Remasterd” Jordan collection; using more premium materials to make the shoes exactly like the one’s Jordan wore back in the day.
Which shoes are you looking forward to seeing on court this season? What other shoes would you like to see the Kentucky players wear?
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 1:30pm
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 1:00pm
…the last time Kentucky beat the #1 team in the country? It was October 13, 2007, and I was in Nashville watching with friends and lots of bourbon. The bars in Five Points still reportedly still remember it.
Let’s relive it with these videos…
The woman’s face at the 0:17 mark is priceless.
Where were you?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 12:00pm
Kentucky has quite the challenge in front of them tomorrow in #1 Mississippi State. While Kentucky is markedly improved over last season, Mississippi State is rolling behind one of the best quarterbacks in college football. Do the Cats have a shot? Here’s what the national media is saying…
The game: No. 1 Mississippi State at Kentucky
How to watch: This dog-on-catfight commences in Lexington at 3:30 p.m., with television coverage on CBS.
Story line: Mississippi State football is a force to be reckoned with, which is still fun to think about. And now Kentucky is ascendant! Not to say this is going to turn into some kind of unexpected barn burner, given how the Cats staggered around against LSU last week. Still, not too long ago the thought of expending valuable Saturday viewing hours on either of these teams would’ve been laughable, and now one is set up for a run to the playoffs while the other could emerge as a top-tier team in the disarrayed SEC East before too long. The carousel of progress!
No. 1 Mississippi State at Kentucky, CBS: What happened to Kentucky? This game was shaping up to be one of the biggest games in program history – a top-25 matchup, a chance to take down the No. 1 team in the country – and then it all fell apart at LSU on Saturday. Losing close is one thing, but the Wildcats were dominated in Death Valley. The good news is that they can still take down No. 1 this weekend as this will be Mississippi State’s first game since taking over the top spot. For the Bulldogs, it’s a chance to prove they’re worthy of No. 1 and it’s another opportunity for Dak Prescott to shine in front of a national audience.
The No. 1 Bulldogs will be playing their first game in history as the top-ranked team in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. Their 6-0 start has been keyed by QB Dak Prescott, who is clearly among the Heisman favorites with 2,045 total yards and 22 touchdowns, while their defense features a sensational front seven that is allowing just 73 rush yards per game on the road.
On the other side, Kentucky is 5-2 but reeling after losing by 38 points at LSU last week, the same LSU team that Mississippi State led 34-10 in the fourth quarter. Also keep in mind that although Kentucky did pull off a home upset over South Carolina earlier this season, it trailed the Gamecocks by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter — and the Bulldogs are a much better team.
ATS pick: Mississippi State
Score: Mississippi State 38, Kentucky 20
Shock the pundits. Beat State.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 11:15am
DaVon Hamilton is a three-star defensive tackle from Pickerington, Ohio that’s committed to Pitt, but according to 247 Sports’ Josh Edwards, he’ll be taking an official visit to Kentucky this weekend. Hamilton, considered the 49th best DT in the 2015 class, gave his verbal commitment to Pitt back in June, but Vince Marrow has managed to get him to Lexington for an official. Hmm…
Current UK commit CJ Conrad will also take his official visit to Kentucky this weekend, along with Damien Harris, who will attend fifth UK game. This won’t be an official visit for Harris, but having him on campus yet again is another great opportunity for the staff. It doesn’t hurt that he’s buddies with CJ Conrad, whom he played alongside at The Opening.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 9:55am
Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt, Ryan, and Drew are at Keeneland for “see blue” day, which marks the official start of homecoming weekend at UK. Keeneland and UK are throwing a pep rally on The Hill, the tailgating area adjacent to Keene Barn. The rally kicks off at noon with the band and cheerleaders, but before that, fans are encouraged to come out to get an early start on the festivities with the guys, who will be doing the show from the tailgating lot.
Some details on “see blue” day:
— UK students, alumni and faculty receive free general admission to the track and access to reserved Grandstand seating with valid UK IDs.
– Lextran will provide a dedicated shuttle for students between UK and Keeneland at a cost of $1 each way from 11 to 5:00 pm. The first 500 students to ride the Lextran shuttle from campus will receive a commemorative “see blue.” Day T-shirt.
— The Jordan English Band will be on The Hill from 12:25 to 2:00 pm.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
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By Bryan the Intern on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 9:00am
This is going to be a very interesting final 5 games for Kentucky this season. I would be just as surprised if Kentucky goes 5-0 or 0-5. Every game is winnable, every game is loseable. Certainly after the disappointing effort in Baton Rouge though, expectations have been tempered quite a bit for the year. With that said, I think it’s unlikely Kentucky doesn’t win another game this year. But with that said, this weekend provides maybe the greatest opportunity for Kentucky to make a splash on the national scene. Yes, they get Georgia later in the year, but that game is unlikely to receive the CBS prime slot. The will be Kentucky’s moment in the national spotlight.
Of course, for UK fans, the most “important” game left on the schedule is the final game. And considering that many Kentucky fans think the Cats will beat Louisville this year even furthers that excitement for that game. But this conversation was batted around my office yesterday and I wonder where KSR fans stand:
IF KENTUCKY ONLY WINS 1 MORE GAME THIS SEASON, WOULD YOU WANT IT OVER #1 MISSISSIPPI STATE OR LOUISVILLE?
I think most fans snap judgement would be Louisville. Taking back that rivalry after 3 years of misery and do so against Bobby Petrino would be especially sweet. Having that win and a likely better basketball season would make it even sweeter. And to top it all off, we do it on UL’s home turf. I can understand why a fan would immediately take Louisville in this scenario.
But when I think about it more, Mississippi State is the win I would take this season. First, as already mentioned, it certainly would get more national attention than a win over Louisville. And that’s all fine and good for a couple weeks. If UK wins the MSU game and then loses the rest, the pub garnered will not really be that significant. But what’s more important is recruiting. Let’s be honest, despite the fact that talent in Kentucky high school football has gone up over the last 10 years, the majority of players that Mark Stoops will recruit will be outside of the state. Winning the UL rivalry means nothing to those players. And I am not so sure it means a whole lot to the guys in Kentucky. But beating the #1 team on national television in front of a frenzied home crowd, that is something that attracts recruits. That is something that earns you respect in a league with teams you are recruiting against.
And frankly, it’s just a better win. Rivalries are for the fans, not for the program. The program is better served by beating the #1 team in the country in the SEC than an unranked team in the ACC. Now of course, this is just the scenario I have created. Kentucky can more than win both of these games and others. They could lose them too. But the point of the question is to see which game is of more importance to you as a fan. I think the fan passion side would clearly say Louisville. But I think and hope the fan brain side of you would say Mississippi State. Would you agree?
By Brennan English on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 8:30am
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 Jake Kemp
— Jake Kemp (@NotJackKemp) October 24, 2014
Our honorary Wildcat is in this photo. So it’s kind of Kentucky sports-related. And it’s beautiful.
#9 Josh McCoy
@KySportsRadio instead of talking Carolina scandal. Espn college BB front page is "why Kentucky won't win national title"
— Josh McCoy (@joshmccoy92) October 24, 2014
#8 Enthusiastic Karl
— Enthusiastic Karl (@EnthusiasticKAT) October 24, 2014
Why is there an option? Otherwise, glorious.
#7 Jax Teller
//logs on twitter, scrolls TL complaints about UNC coverage Dak puns .@DLamb20 being softer than Drake UK/UL trolling //logs off twitter
— Jax Teller (@jaxteller_KY) October 23, 2014
If only I could log off Twitter..
#6 John Harris
— John Harris (@JHarris_24) October 24, 2014
#5 Michael Rudolph
— Michael Rudolph (@MRudolphComedy) October 23, 2014
#4 Justin Hokanson
Outstanding timing on this UNC online MBA Facebook ad. The responses are what you think they'd be. pic.twitter.com/iKKR6YqTKv
— Justin Hokanson (@JHokanson) October 24, 2014
Top tweet=degree for sure.
#3 Rene Cornette
@KySportsRadio I will never be the same after hearing KY Joe speak from the bathroom. Thanks, Obama.
— Rene' Cornette (@Rene81) October 23, 2014
Scarred for life.
#2 Allen Skaggs
— Allen Skaggs (@OldKYShark) October 24, 2014
WHAT is that thing?
#1 Bourbon n’ Toulouse
— Bourbon n' Toulouse (@ilovecajun) October 23, 2014
I need in on this.