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!
— Donald Leathers (@don_wheezy) July 10, 2012
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.
— Matt Fields (@rabbithimself) July 11, 2012
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.