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The KSR Mailbag, Vol. 1 No. 5

Welcome to the KSR Mailbag! The idea for this feature wasn’t born from the many, many mailbags associated with sports blogs and TV shows…oh, no, that’s way too cliche. The KSR Mailbag was born from the halftime break in KSR’s live blogs, during which I would take over for the guys while they went to use the bathroom or flirt with the lady in charge of the nacho cheese dispenser. During those halftimes, you and I talked about just about anything: life, love, the pursuit of happiness, Triscuits vs. Wheat Thins…you name it, we covered it. Heck, sometimes we even talked about sports.

So think of this as the “halftime” of your week. Starting on Thursday of each week, tweet your questions to me @MrsTylerKSR with the hashtag #ksrmailbag, and if they’re worthy, they’ll make the cut and will be posted on Wednesday’s KSR Mailbag, along with my response. Leggo!

The basketball non-conference schedule was released this week and–shocker–you guys had some opinions about it. Come on, I promise we won’t talk about Indiana:

The obvious two are Duke and Louisville. Duke is always overrated heading into the season, and the loss of Austin Rivers, Miles Plumlee and Andre Dawkins (redshirt) will really hurt them. They return a lot of post players, but will probably still be as awful as they were last year defensively. Per usual, Kentucky will have a young, fresh roster, and as we’ve seen in seasons past, will spend most of the early non-conference season experimenting with lineups and combinations, but I think Kyle Wiltjer and Ryan Harrow will steady the ship if the game gets close. I think the Cats will win this one because the talent on our roster simply eclipses Duke’s, but don’t be shocked if Duke gets in a few good runs. Regardless, it will be a ridiculous atmosphere in the Georgia Dome for an early season game, and I for one, can’t wait.

The Louisville game is a different beast altogether. Louisville thinks itself mighty pretty this season, with most preseason rankings putting them at the top with Indiana and Kentucky. And, it’s on their turf this year. This is their best chance to beat the Cats, and as always, emotions will run rampant. The game will pit experience (the Cards return Peyton Siva, Chane Behanan, Gorgui Dieng and Russ Smith) verses young talent (the entire Kentucky roster minus Wiltjer and Harrow), and although all signs seem to point to Louisville finally getting a win, I just don’t see it. I have two mottos in life: don’t trust carnies and never bet against Calipari. Cal’s 4-0 against Louisville, and even though I think this will be the Cats’ toughest non-conference game, I don’t see him losing to Rick. The Cards are just too good at choking against us.

I just broke down Kentucky’s odds in each matchup, but if I had to choose between the two, it would be Louisville. It’s a tough call, but my Louisville hate will always eclipse my Duke hate. A win over Duke would be sweeter than pie, but a loss to Louisville would mean listening to the Cards yack about it all year, and I don’t even live in the state. Plus, what better way to get revenge on the Dukies than beating them in the 2013 NCAA Tournament?

Between me and my brother, I was always the bigger Kentucky fan. My advice: get those girls to Rupp, stat. Sure, they may freak out when they see their dad screaming at the TV, but when they’re at Rupp along with 23K+ screaming fans, they’ll get that it’s not just you. As they get older, explain the game to them. If they’re meant to be sports lovers, they’ll drink it in like water. If not, at least they’ll enjoy going to games in the little UK cheerleading outfits. Good luck!

Unless you went to Western and have strong emotional ties to the school, always cheer for the Cats. And, not to sound like a downer, but would a win over Kentucky be that big for them? I guess we “supposed to be SEC.” Call it a hangover from last season’s game in Nashville, but Western has more than a fighting chance against the Cats, even though the game is in Lexington and the Hilltoppers lost Bobby Rainey. I think of the biggest factors in the game will be how Kentucky fares against Louisville and Kent State. If we get a win against the Cards and roll over Kent State, morale will be up and I don’t see this game being a problem for UK. If we lose to Louisville, still beat Kent State and Western gets in a few good punches early on…watch out. I don’t see the Cats losing this game, but a repeat of last season’s bummer of a W in Nashville is entirely possible. So, Donald, I ask you: who really needs your support here?

If we lose to Western, that seat will start boiling. We need all the momentum we can get heading into the SEC slate, which starts with a very unforgiving road trip to Gainesville. Chalk up most of the SEC season as losses, with potential upsets against Mississippi State and Vandy, but even that is a stretch these days. Mock Vandy all you want, but James Franklin put together a respectable recruiting class, and has his kids playing inspired football. I don’t see Mitch firing Joker during the season unless things get really, really bad (like, losing to Kent State bad), but if he comes out of the season with only three wins, which is a very real possibility, I think Joker’s days in Lexington are over. To stay, Joker, his staff, and the players need to give Mitch a reason to keep them. That means a legitimate SEC upset.

You’ll have to ask Drew about his relationship with Ms. Upton, but you bring up a good topic. For obvious reasons, I’m not as enthusiastic about Kate Upton as the rest of you, but I do give the girl props for being “real.” Yesterday, one of my favorite sites, Jezebel, posted a piece about Upton and the fashion world’s view that she is “fat.” Are you kidding me?! The piece linked an article by the blog SkinnyGossip (you can see where this is going) that called Upton “a squishy brick” with “Huge thighs, NO waist, big fat floppy boobs, and terrible body definition.” Without getting too preachy, let me just say: if Kate Upton is fat, there is no hope for the rest of us. Further, if she wants to get out of a pool with only a white t-shirt on, or do a silly dance wearing only dental floss, more power to her. If I were a guy, I’d take that over Kate Moss any day.

I’m afraid so, but it’s okay! The lineup for this year’s state fair is worth at least a few buckets of kettle corn: Hank Williams, Jr., Journey with Pat Benetar and Loverboy, RASCAL FLATTS (Ryan Lemond just squeed), and The Band Perry. And we haven’t even gotten into the agricultural barns, or my favorite ride, the Zipper. Just stay away from the carnies…

Jax, you’re a #ksrmailbag reg, and I was hellbent on getting some new voices in, but this is just…wow. Considering that your boss put in enough time and effort to rewrite “Hey Jude” for your coworker coming back from maternity leave, I think he/she is entirely serious. My advice? Step away from the computer and get out. Yikes.

Phew. Great questions this week. Keep them coming…@MrsTylerKSR.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

44 responses to “The KSR Mailbag, Vol. 1 No. 5”

  1. Stan W

    1st on Tyler’s post! 🙂

  2. SexnNursinHomes

    1- you seem like a really nice guy, all smiley faced. A real pleasant sunshine. You do know Mrs TT will drink your blood don’t you? Will suck it right outta your neck vein.

  3. Stan W

    Sorry for my over enthusiasm but I really love this site Matt created to get the best UK news possible. Then add people like Drew and the others! But in my book Tyler’s writings are the cream of the crop, informative and funny at the same time! 🙂

  4. Randy

    1 & 3 – You do know she is married, right?

  5. TimeFor9

    It’s okay, Stan. I remember my first time being first on a KSR post. It’s quite a moment, enjoy.

  6. SexnNursinHomes

    3- Stan W- no need to be sorry guy. Sorry implies guilt. We don’t need that kinda thinkin’ around here. My advice, go stab someone today. Anybody.

  7. Do What

    Stan is one, some, or all of the following: legally blind, legally retarded, or Mrs TT posing as someone else. I wish she would incorporate a 3rd motto – “I suck at writing so I should stop doing it”

  8. Stan W

    Very funny guys! I know she’s married and my intent is not come off as trying to court Tyler. I assure you that I am not legally blind, retarded or posing as Mrs Thompson! KSR is just a great place for like minded people to enjoy themselves 🙂

  9. NKY_UK_fan

    The championship game DVD is in full screen and no blu ray version? What year is it? 1995? No widescreen or hi-def? Looks like I’ll have to keep the game on my DVR.

  10. Stan W

    The thing about IP addresses is that if your using a wireless device the addresses can constantly change. 🙂

  11. Will S

    “Duke is always overrated”. Yeah, all we do is win 25+ games every season for the past 15 years. 2 national titles in the past 11 years…. yeah, “overrated”.

    The addition of 6’8″ Alex Murphy, 6’8″ Amile Jefferson, and 6’4″ Rasheed Sulaimon will GREATLY help our defense. They provide much needed quickness, length and athleticism on the perimeter.

    “If this one gets close”…. are you kidding me?! You really think a bunch of freshman, in a crazy environment, are just going to walk over 3 senior starters and COACH K of all people? Wow, you really are delusional.

  12. Will S

    I cannot wait to cite this article out of the Archives on November 14th…. “if this one gets close”… that is absolutely HILARIOUS! Yeah Kyle Wiltjer is such an imposing offensive force, how are we going to deal with him?!?

  13. gossie21

    11. Did you miss the Lehigh game? Coach K and those 3 senior starters couldn’t beat a team from the Patriot League in the NCAA tournament. Oh and let’s not forget they also had 2 first-round NBA draft picks.

    Now tell me again, who is delusional?

  14. SexnNursinHomes

    11- Look it’s Will S. Back to tell us how effing great dook is going to be. dook is our lap dog. 8—-over dook’s 4. BTW, your team is full of p***ies Always marshmellow soft. Baby blanket goo goo ga ga. Will S waste your time on unc and kansas, you have to catch up to them before you are even on our page. We stand alone at #1.

  15. Will S

    13 and 14) Did you miss where Kentucky was from 2000-2010? Oh yeah, in the cellar of the SEC. Keep talking about your beloved championships from the 1940’s and 50’s that none of you ever saw. They must be sacred to you.

    Just because we dont recruit THUGS like Nerlens Noel who may or may not be able to play (LOL at that alone) doesn’t mean our team is soft. We have 2 championships this century, to your 1.

    This is a low blow, but you made me do it– Don’t get mad at Duke just b/c we run a classy program and Coach Cal will inevitable DART to the NBA within a few years, leaving your program in the ruins with NCAA sanctions and vacated final fours…. Just ask the good people of UMASS and Memphis, buddy.

  16. Will S

    Oh and by the way, according to your archives:(

    Duke is 6-1 against UK since 1979 (most of our lifetimes). So who is who’s lap dog again?

  17. Jax Teller

    Loving the fact that the identity of the person was blacked out, for anyone wondering let’s just assume they all say Jax. And yes, my boss was serious. Luckily, I had a very important lunch “meeting” that couldn’t get rescheduled so I missed it. Damn. All that said, I love my job and the people I work with, no matter how crazy they are.

  18. Jax Teller

    Will S, after getting word of your comments I hear Coach K is on his way to pick you up in a white limo. Thanks for your valuable time and input into this UK blog, we couldn’t do it without you.

  19. Stick figure

    Anorexia is sexy. Kate Upton is gross. *Said no one ever*

  20. Do What

    Will – seriously, the vacated thing is getting old, just dumb to keep bringing that up when facts of each situation are against you. Don’t make me bring up Corey Maggette
    I agree with what some of your points, but calling our players Thugs (hello! Gerald Henderson – who assaulted Hansbrough during a game!?) Wow

  21. SexnNursinHomes

    18- hahaha classic

    20- He comes here to troll and give out his back-handed compliments.

  22. BBMike

    Easy answer to getting the girls on board-every time the cats get a W they get ice cream!

  23. LittleWillS

    Will, too bad you won’t be here on Nov 14th for us to laugh at you after we’ve beaten your Dook pansies.

  24. Jhohnhathahn


  25. LolatWill

    16 ha ha ha it’s hilarious that you use 1979 as your starting point and use the excuse “most of our lifetimes”. How convenient to leave out the 6 losses in a row for your “boys” leading up to that date. Good grief you’re pathetic. I don’t even know if Duke has a blog like this because I couldn’t care less. Obsessed with UK much?

  26. Will S

    It’s just funny to me that BBN is still so butt-hurt about the Laettner shot that you still hold a grudge 20yrs later. “I STILL hate Christian Laettner” and for good reason.

    How is the vacated thing getting old? It’s a fact. Even your own newspaper writer called him out on it. The fact is, Calipari has made it to 4 Final Fours and HALF of them have been vacated. Coincidence? I think not.

    Side note: Have fun watching Coach K outcoach Calipari tomorrow night, 9pm EST, on ESPNU I believe.

  27. R. Smith

    minor schedule changes in the 2012 UK Basketball Schedule

  28. PuhLease

    Will thanks for showing us how stupid a Duke fan can be. Clearly you are butt hurt or you wouldn’t be here trying to argue with everyone. Who goes to a site of a team they can’t stand just to argue and throw insults? A person with low self-esteem and a little man complex…at least that’s how you are presenting yourself. Is this indicative of the Duke fan base as a whole?

    Side note: the results of tomorrow’s game will have absolutely nothing to do with coaching and everything to do with skill level, moron.

    And how’s waiting for UK to vacate anything Cal has done here working out for you? Every day that passes you just keep hoping and nothing happens. Pitiful Will, just pitiful.

  29. CardsSuck

    27 you mad bro? or just jealous? both?

  30. A Davis

    Hey Russ, how many times did you all beat UK last year? The same amount that you will beat them next year, that’s how many.

  31. SexnNursinHomes

    26- our own newspaper reporter? bawahahah are you talking about known UK hater Jerry Tipton. Hilarious.

    Fact is, Coach K has cheated for YEARS and the NCAA shuts a blind eye to the cheating at dook. Coach K could be caught on camera handing a stack of $100s to a recruit and the NCAA would say “now I know that the individual on video footage appears to be Coach K, but it isn’t- that is an imposter wearing a dook shirt.”

  32. TimeFor9

    31 – Actually, instead of “imposter” they would say it’s just a rat wearing a Duke shirt.

  33. SexnNursinHomes

    32- hahaha! cha-ching!

  34. duhville cat

    26) …. Lehigh.

  35. CL

    26 Fact it, Cal has been to two Final Fours and neither have been vacated. Coincidence, I think not.

  36. CL


  37. CL

    Let me try this again:

    26 Fact is, Cal has been to two Final Fours while at UK and neither have been vacated. Coincidence, I think not.

    Now I will get back to work and stop goofing off. Good day.

  38. Randy Marsh

    I think I’ve figured it out…Will S must be the Dook fan in the picture from Drew’s earlier post!

  39. brianboone99

    Hey Will, UK has won championships in 5 different decades and with 5 different coaches. Talk about 40’s and 50’s all you want. That’s what people with no history like to do, but the fact is, yes UK was great then… and the next decade, and the one after that, and so on. UK keeps piling up wins and championships. It’s more rare when a coach doesn’t win a championship at UK. Duke is a one hit wonder. Once coach K leaves, Duke is back to mediocrity. And convenient you mentioned your 2 championships this century. Twist the time frame to fit your agenda why don’t you. Forget that we won a championship just 2 years before the century and one of your 2 came right at the beginning. Well how about this time frame. In the last 2 years, UK has been to 2 FF’s and won 1 championship. Duke hasn’t been. The thing about UK though, is we don’t have to pick and choose a time frame. We’re always good, which is why when we bring up all time stats, we own your program and everyone else’s. Just accept it. And the way things are going, it looks like UK is going to be on top for a while so try to keep pace!

  40. A century is 100 years

    15 – I love how you say that Duke has 2 championships this century to UK’s 1. You do realize we’re not very far into this century, right? It’s only 2012. Just completely ignore all of the 20th century, since Duke didn’t really exist in college basketball terms until the 1960’s and didn’t win a championship until the 1990’s. I’ll argue like you: UK had 7 championships last century to Duke’s 2. And you’re point about UK being “in the cellar of the SEC” from 2000 – 2010…not sure I understand your point there. UK was SEC regular season champions in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2010. They were also SEC tournament champions in 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2010. I’m not sure how that is “in the cellar”, but don’t let facts stand in your way of trash talking.

  41. Do What

    Will – are you referring to Jerry Tipton?? Seriously? that’s the “homer reporter even calls him out” card you are pulling? your point lost all validity there

    Yes, 2 FF under Cal have been vacated that is factual…and while we are on facts here is one for you– in both cases, Cal has not been implicated in any wrongdoing

  42. bluetooth

    willie is total moron , let him adress the fact that pukes home attendance is in fact decreasing . sounds like the people of dirty durham are finally gagging on ratfaces pathetic bobby knight imitations

  43. Jkwoftw

    Yes, obviously anyone criticizing Upton’s physique is off base. But PLEASE stop linking Jezebel. It’s the most abhorrent site on the internet, filled with a bunch of man hating cat-ladies who would do well to pick up a biology book and read past the second page. They sit there and argue against facts and science with their feelings all day. Every day. And every time you click that link, God kills a kitten.

  44. Jkwoftw

    Seriously, Tyler.. I can’t believe you just admitted that Jezebel is one of your favorite sites. Do you remember the thread where they broke down one of the rare videos of a female beating up a male, which was filled to the brim with celebratory chatter and virtual high-fiving? Next to their (justifiably) disgusted responses when a video is posted of the opposite, you’d think they, oh I dunno, had a huge bigotry problem of their own? Later on in the thread, they were having an argument amongst themselves about men and women in athletics in general. Many were taking the stance that women are only not in the NBA and NFL due to discriminatory policies. I’m not joking. On the other side, you had a few who were in touch with reality, but they would qualify it with things like “I’ve trained with a male before, an inferior specimen, who is still stronger than faster than I am, I’m afraid”. Can you imagine their response if a male talked about “inferior specimens” of the female gender? Get out of here with that awful garbage. Reading Jezebel and mingling with your readership here is like being a regular on Stormfront and hosting the BET awards.