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The Mystery of Flight 370’s Friday News and Views

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Matt has talked about it a lot on the radio this week, but there is perhaps no more fascinating, sad, and strange story than that of Flight 370. Flight 370, a Malaysian airline, has been missing since Saturday. The longer the investigation goes on, the more puzzling the story becomes. New reports state that the plane could have flown for hours after the last transponder reading, making it difficult to narrow the search to a specific area. In one of the more confusing twists, an emergency beacon that should have sent data upon impact did not go off, according to officials. This leads many to believe that the plane did not crash. Distress signals were not send either. The failure of the beacon though, could mean that either the plane didn’t crash, the transmitter malfunctioned, or that it’s underwater somewhere.

New leads and sources have leaked the information that officials now believe the plane might be at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. Bursts of data from that area have led officials to believe that the location is likely somewhere in the Indian ocean, but the area has not been narrowed much further than that. The fact that almost 6 days later, the questions are coming faster than the answers, is bizarre and hard to believe. CNN’s Don Lemon put it best when he said, “The sad thing here is, we don’t have enough information to say, ‘It’s not this, it’s not that.’ We’re still at the point, six days later, it could be anything, and that’s the frustrating thing.”

To read more about the crash, the mystery and the investigation, click here. 

And now on to the news and views from around Kentucky sports from today….

 

Kentucky vs. LSU: ROUND 3

When the SEC tournament brackets were finalized and Kentucky appeared to be on a collision course with LSU, a team that the Cats have split results with this season, many worried about the match-up difficulties the Tigers give Kentucky. LSU seems to have Kentucky’s number, thumping Kentucky at LSU and nearly nipping the Cats again in Rupp Arena. Johnny O’Bryant always plays like an All-American against Kentucky, and a few other LSU players such as Kentucky’s own Anthony Hickey always play as if they have something to prove against the Cats. Quick guards and physical big men cause trouble for Kentucky, and the grudge match tomorrow night at 7 p.m. should be a good one.

 

LSU isn’t afraid of Kentucky… at all

“We’re not scared of nobody,” Johnny O’Bryant III told the Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker in the LSU locker room following the Tigers’ win over Alabama. “We don’t care who they are.”

LSU has reason to feel confident against Kentucky, having matched up well against Kentucky twice already this season. LSU looks at its best when playing Kentucky, and the Tigers are looking forward to another opportunity to settle the score.

“I like the big stage,” O’Bryant III told Tucker. He then went on to talk about how his teammate Anthony Hickey, who was never offered by the Cats despite winning Mr. Kentucky basketball, wants to make the Cats pay every time they play against the player they once snubbed.

 

LSU has something to play for… 

LSU is still probably on the outside looking in when it comes to the NCAA tournament, but the Tigers seem to think if they can put together a few wins here in the SEC tournament, including a win over Kentucky– they might be able to sneak in. Teams with a fighting chance to punch a ticket to the Big Dance are always, always dangerous to face in conference tournament play.

 

Other SEC results from the day…

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— Missouri topped Texas A&M in double overtime. Everyone loves extra basketball…. except when it means watching Missouri and Texas A&M play. Florida should benefit from an exhausted Missouri team tomorrow afternoon.

— South Carolina likely ended any Arkansas hopes for an NCAA tournament berth by upending the Razorbacks in a tight game. South Carolina has quietly been on a bit of a tear lately since beating Kentucky. The Gamecocks might be the sleeper of this whole tournament.

— LSU had a convincing 12-point victory over Alabama.

— Ole Miss and Mississippi State are currently still playing in Atlanta…

 

Speaking of Ole Miss, enjoy this “The Legend of Marshall Henderson” video before we have to say goodbye to Henderson in the SEC forever…
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Other interesting results from around the country

Well, for starters…the only nets Indiana will be cutting down this season will be in the NIT. I know Kentucky was in the NIT just last season, but it’s still fun to make fun of the Hoosier woes.  The biggest upset of the day occurred when Villanova, a team destined for a #1 seed, lost a head-scratcher to the 8th seeded Seton Hall. The upset did nothing to make believers out of the many who thought Villanova was the most overrated potential 1-seed in this year’s tournament. Louisville pounded Rutgers, 92-31. But hey, the AAC is a good league. Baylor, a team Kentucky lost to earlier this season, looked to keep its NCAA hopes alive with a big win over #17 ranked Oklahoma in Big 12 action. One of Louisville’s big wins on the season doesn’t look as good, as SMU dropped out of the AAC tournament with a loss to a 17-15 Houston team.

 

Less than 24 hours until the Tweak is revealed

Kentucky fans are still anxiously awaiting this much-talked about “tweak” that John Calipari made to this Kentucky team. Calipari said the tweak “changed everything” for his team. Many have speculated about what this said tweak might be, but tomorrow night the truth (or lack thereof according to the Drew Franklins of the world) will come out. For what it’s worth, Orlando Antigua downplayed the tweak when talking to the media tonight. Antigua said he had “no idea what you guys are talking about,” when asked about the tweak.

 

Happy start of the SEC tournament for Kentucky-eve, folks. Sweet dreams of buzzer beaters and tweaking. I’ll leave you with a bit of nostalgia courtesy of former Wildcat Patrick Patterson.


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The tweak will be revealed in 24 hours…


Tigers, one more time

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You ready for Anthony Hickey? Johnny O’Bryant Part III? You better be, because the Tigers are coming back for more in a third game. Tomorrow we get a rubber match with a spot in the SEC tournament semi-finals on the line. Last time we saw LSU, Andrew Harrison tackled Julius Randle after Randle’s putback won the game in OT. Tomorrow, we get __________.

Discuss.


Get to know the Wildcat

Got a second during halftime of the UK play-in game? Check out this video from UK to get to know the Wildcat.

And, um, go Alabama.


Devin Booker has one more billboard than you do

Devin Booker has one more billboard than you do

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Shout-out to UK signee Devin Booker for his new billboard in his hometown of Moss Point, Mississippi. Now’s not the time to look ahead to the next group, but that’s a big deal to a high school senior. Just ask Matt about the time Middlesboro put up his debate team championship billboard next to Bobob’s restaurant. That’s a huge honor.

Congrats to Devin and to his fellow signees for earning a spot in the Mickey D’s game.


"SEC Tourney Time #BBN #TBT | Image via facebook.com/OfficialJohnWall

Read about how John Wall turned the Wizards’ season around as he prepares the BBN for SEC Tourney time

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“SEC Tourney Time #BBN #TBT” | Image via facebook.com/OfficialJohnWall

 

About an hour ago, 2010 SEC Tournament MVP John Wall posted the above photo to his official Facebook page in honor of Throwback Thursday, with the caption, “SEC Tourney Time #BBN #TBT.” Wall, who has adamantly supported his alma mater since leaving school early as the first No. 1 overall selection in the NBA Draft in program history, has made a name for himself in the professional ranks by appearing in his first career All-Star Game and winning the 2014 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. More importantly, however, his Washington Wizards are on their way to their first playoff appearance since 2007-08.

 

Yesterday, Dan Feldman of NBC Sports wrote an article chronicling the reason for the Wizards’ recent success, aptly titled, John Wall turned around Washington Wizards’ season once teammates demanded he lead [LINK]. Per probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com:

 

“Essentially, teammates gave Wall the room, centered him in a classroom setting and asked: What should our roles be? You’re the heralded franchise star, the organization’s maximum salary designation. How about you tell us?

‘From that day forward, I knew I was the guy, the leader, and I knew that they trusted me,’ Wall told RealGM. ‘I let everybody know what I thought about our state. I think we were passing the ball, but when you’re not playing good for a stretch, frustration sets in. So guys find a way to blame it on somebody else or something else. Nene told me to stand up in front of the whole team and told me, ‘You’re our leader, you’re our franchise guy, so tell us what you think everybody’s roles are.’”

 

Feldman goes on to further praise Wall, as well as validate Washington’s reasoning for signing the 23-year-old guard to a maximum contract last July. The Raleigh, North Carolina native is averaging career highs in points (19.6 PPG), assists (8.7 APG), and steals (1.9 SPG) this season.

 

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Go 'Cats

Go ‘Cats!

 

@Condre3000_KSR


Cats Wrap-Up Non-Conference, Look Forward to SEC Play

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With yesterday’s game vs NKU rained out, the Cats wrapped up their non-conference portion of the with a loss to #16 Indiana on Tuesday.  After 17 games and a month of play, the Cats sit at 13-4 and in the Top-25 of most of the polls.  I’d thought it be a good time to look back at the highlights and lowlights of the first month of the season before UK opens up SEC play against the Tide in Tuscaloosa this weekend.

Highlights

UK over #1 Virginia

Easily the high point of the year so far, came on opening day as the Cats took down the preseason top team, 8-3 in the first game of the season in Wilmington, NC.  The Cats will very likely get the chance to beat the top team in the nation again next weekend when the Cats host current #1 South Carolina in the SEC home opener.

A.J. Reed

The junior lefthander, DH, and First-Baseman has certainly lived up to the preseason hype, both on the mound and at the plate.  Reed is batting .414 (second to only Austin Cousino) and leads the nation in both homeruns (8) and RBI (28).  Reed, along with right fielder Kyle Barrett, also had an 18 game hitting streak that dated back to last season until it was snapped at IU on Tuesday.  As the Friday night starter, Reed leads the pitching staff with a 1.38 ERA and has three wins in four starts.

After the series finalie against Ball State, head coach Gary Henderson said, “It’s been really fun to see A.J. have a real good run at the plate” and that he is “really pleased with how many RBIs he’s got and how he’s played defensively at first base, as well as what he’s done on the mound. ”

Micheal Thomas

The career arc of Micheal Thomas has been remarkable.  The E-Town native and fifth year senior had one career start entering last season when he won a three way race to become the opening day starter. Last season, Thomas batted just .239 with 3 homeruns and 21 RBI in 49 games.  This season in just 15 games, Thomas is batting .400, has 2 homeruns, and 20 RBI.  Thomas had a career weekend against Ball State last week as he hit .615 (8-13), his two homeruns of the season (both three run shots), and drove in 13 runs.

As good as Thomas has been at the plate, he has been even better behind it, both defensively and helping the young pitching staff.  Henderson said that Thomas success is due to him “competing at a really high level once he gets to two strikes and that he is “managing the pitching staff well.”

Lowlights

The Bullpen

At media day Henderson said the development of the bullpen would be his “primary job throughout the early part of the year”.  As of now, it continues to be a work in progress.  The bullpen is responsible for three of UK’s four losses and in two of  those games (VMI and Ball State), the Cats carried leads into the ninth inning only to allow the tying or winning runs to score.  Henderson is still trying to find a replacements for lock down closer Trevor Gott, who was a sixth-round pick by the Padres after last season, and long-reliever Chandler Shepherd who has moved to the weekend rotation.  So far JUCO transfer Spencer Jack has been the only reliable arm out of the bullpen, with 12 shutout innings in 8 appearances.

The Weather

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last four months (or in Florida), you know that this has been one of the worst winters in recent memory.  After not being able to practice outside with any regularity in the preseason, the Cats have had two games postponed to a later date, two games moved to double-headers, and the start times for two games adjusted.

 

Alabama Series

Now on to the task at hand.  While most of the attention will be on Atlanta this weekend, the Cats will begin the first of ten SEC series against the Tide in Tuscaloosa.  ‘Bama is 10-5 on the season, are on a six game winning streak, and were ranked 21st in the preseason by Baseball America.

The Cats will go with the first two-thirds of their regular rotation in juniors A.J. Reed and Chandler Shepherd with Sunday’s start to be announced.  Reed is 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA in four starts.  He will face Spencer Turnbull who is 1-1 with a 0.42 ERA in four starts.  Turbull started the series opener in Lexington two years ago and was hung with the loss after giving up four runs in less than three innings.  Shepherd, 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four starts, has not allowed an earned run in the last 16.2 innings he’s pitched.

Offensively, the Cats are led by junior Austin Cousino who has a team high .432 and nine doubles while Reed leads the team and the nation in homeruns with eight and RBI with twenty-eight.  Alabama is led by first baseman Austen Smith with a .362 average and 11 RBI.

The Cats and Tide last met two years ago in Lexington when UK swept the series on the second to last weekend of conference play, while ‘Bama swept the Cats in the last time they played in Tuscaloosa in 2011.

The three game series kicks off tomorrow night at 7:35, with Saturdays game at 7:05, and the series finale at 2:05 on Sunday

 

Go Cats

@DMulloyKSR


KSR SEC TOURNAMENT LIVE RUNNING DIARY (PART 2)

KSR SEC TOURNAMENT LIVE RUNNING DIARY (PART 2)

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Round 2 of the running diary, hit refresh for updates…

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6:44 PM (DREW) Sooooo maybe that South Carolina team Kentucky lost to isn’t as terrible as we assumed? Frank Martin’s team, the same group that lost to Manhattan and South Carolina Upstate earlier this season, is now in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament. The 12-seeded Gamecocks defeated Arkansas to earn a shot at Tennessee tomorrow at 3:30ish. Frank Martin almost smiled. Almost.

6:31 PM (FLENER) Please no more overtime.

6:00 PM (T. WALTERS): Ordering more Chick-Fil-A from the upper level. The vendor has a cannon for an arm and Johnny Bruce has some hands on him. Nice teamwork, boys.

 

5:30 PM (DREW): It’s clear the crowd is losing its energy here in the second game. That double overtime opener took the wind out of everyone’s sails, I suppose. But as Matt mentioned below, blue is still the dominant color. A fun example: Arkansas’ Bobby Portis dove out of bounds after a lose ball, forcing a 10-second call on South Carolina, and as he got up to celebrate the turnover, he waved his arms to the crowd to get on their feet. No one got on their feet. No one got on their feet because everyone here is killing time until Kentucky plays, tomorrow night. You people, I mean, seriously. You people are crazy.

5:15 PM (Matt): Just a moment ago I was asked what the score of this Arkansas/South Carolina game was (I haven’t really been paying attention) and I guessed Arkansas was leading 28-20.  In case you wondered, the score was South Carolina 32, Arkansas 26…so following this game has not been my strength. What has been my strength is having fun here today and with the relative lack of sights and sounds (there is literally no one here), we are left with fans who are sending us pictures of them watching the SEC Tournament (tweet them to #KSRPicture).  Here are a few:

 

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from the front row…as you can see, there aren’t many people here

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From a College Class

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Sleeping from the stands

5:05 PM (Turkey Hunter):  Well folks…things are definitely about to get weird up in here. For mid thirties, white professionals, I think we are about to get “crunk”.  The powers at be, for some reason, decided to play yet another stupid game not involving our beloved wildcats, which people give zero s@!ts about and they did so at the most perilous time-we are almost out of chicken wings. When I glanced at the floor for a moment, the badass from Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels apparently still coaches the gamecocks.  The most important thing I can tell you from our adventure thus far is that purchasing the unlimited popcorn package was the best investment KSR has ever made (sorry Tyler Thompson). Until UK plays, my goal in life is to make a Texas A & M dance team member a baby mama.  Other than that, other highlights from the day are the following: Chik Fi La does deliver in Atlanta; UK fans will watch anything that involves a round object going into a hole; there is a last call for the first session; and almost no one that I am here with will remember that there is a Thursday of this tournament. Drew is holding baptismals with Fireball in the next room so I have to run. If you aren’t in Atlanta, that is on you. Take a sick day. Lie to your boss. Do whatever it takes, but you aren’t gonna want to miss the turnaround of UK, scheduled to roughly take place 28 hours from now. Go Cats. Also, if you’d like to meet me, I’m just Matt Jones writing under another name. Luda!

4:45 PM (Matt): I know we have said this a lot, but it is worth repeating just how much of this crowd is Kentucky fans…I mean it is literally everyone. If it weren’t for Kentucky fans, it would be a completely empty arena…there also aren’t a lot of younger Kentucky fans here…most of whom I assume are coming at a later time. We do have some UK fans here though and after sending Tall and Brian out looking for them, here is what we came up with:

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Barry Booker sitting in the crowd with the peeps

4:30 PM (FLENER) A couple vodka infused thoughts: What Drew didn’t tell you was that I requested a picture of her nipples first. She didn’t oblige (The last sentence may or may not be true, Mom). After all, they’re just nipples. Everyone has them.

Alright, I”ll stop milking this nipple talk. Let’s talk about this exciting game that is underway. The Fighting Pig Souie’s or Arkansas against the Cocks of Game. I have Arkansas -7.5 against Johnny Bruce. I’m 2-0 so far against him. Missouri (-5.5) had a miracle cover in double overtime. It did not please him.

In closing, I’d like to thank the Chick-Fil-A vendor who walked up to our suite and sold us roughly $55 worth of chicken sandwiches. He’s a gentleman. And a scholar. Go Hogs (-7.5).

4:15 PM (Drew): This Arkansas fan wanted a picture with Flener’s nipples. He obliged.

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Then a fight broke out over who had better boots…

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I vote B.

4:00 PM (Drew): We’re starting anew for the second game of the day, the game I was certain was the third until Tall corrected me. That’s how much I’ve been paying attention today. I don’t know a single thing that happened in that Missouri-Texas A&M game except for the fact it went on too long. I hope it was fun to watch.

Now I’m up in the suite with the rowdy KSRers after bouncing around the dome looking for crazies and running into Mr. “KRS,” the one and only World Wide Wes. The man is literally everywhere.

Up next on the court is Arkansas vs. South Carolina for all the glory of playing Tennessee tomorrow. Things are getting sloppy in the suite — someone just threw a Chik-fil-a sandwich at me as I write this — so I have a feeling the players will catch some absurd heckling in this one. I’ll keep you updated. Cats.

 


KSR SEC TOURNAMENT LIVE RUNNING DIARY

KSR SEC TOURNAMENT LIVE RUNNING DIARY

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Back in the day, KSR started with coverage of only one event…the SEC Tournament. There was a time that the only entity that would credential us was the SEC and thus our first press credential came at this event. So we hold a fondness in our heart for this Tournament, especially in its terrible early rounds. So as an homage to the past, we will be doing the SEC TOURNAMENT KSR LIVE DIARY all day today for the Thursday session. We are coming to you live from the KSR Suite, where 14 of us are packed with unlimited chicken wings, popcorn and a stocked bar. It will be a fun day of nonsense so we hope you will keep checking in as Drew, Aaron Flener, Turkey Hunter, Hubby and me all check in throughout the day. Stay tuned…

3:48 PM (Drew): Ugliest jacket ever? Ugliest jacket ever.

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Look how happy he is that his team just beat Texas A&M in double OT.

3:45 PM (Matt): It looks like Missouri is going to win the game that would never end, over Texas A&M. The two overtime game ensures that Florida will play a tired team, which is good for no one. Kentucky fans are still BY FAR the biggest group of fans here, so there is that. We are starting something new here for the second game…send us a picture of you watching the SEC Tournament this afternoon by tweeting #KSRPicture and we will use the best ones on the site. While you get ready, here is a real tattoo sent to us from Z. Cronin. This is real folks…for real:

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3:30 PM (Hubby): The game that will never end just got exciting! Texas A&M with the steal to tie the game late now with seven seconds to go. All that is left to do is get Miley Cyrus to twerk on the UK Wildcat

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3:20 PM (MATT): Jerry Tipton quotes Seth Greenberg on what Kentucky’s problem may be:

 

2:50 PM (DREW): I used my dashing good looks and charm* to get back to the SEC hospitality area, where big shots like Joe Craft and Kenneth Harris live it up behind the black curtain. It’s a pretty fancy area with several open bars, ping-pong tables, cornhole boards and many other amenities you won’t find anywhere else in the Dome. They have white couches with SEC pillows, too!

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Meanwhile, Missouri leads Texas A&M with five to play. Not that anyone cares.

*I don’t have dashing good looks or charm.

2:35 pm (MATT): I have watched very little of this game (as of right now Missouri is up seven 49-42) and instead have focused on the games on the television. Some great results that make me very happy:

Illinois 64 Indiana 54: When Tom Crean loses, an angel gets its wings

Seton Hall 64 Villanova 63: If you listened to the morning show, I was ranting about how Villanova would have been the worst #1 seed in the history of the NCAA Tournament. Thanks to the Hall, we now don’t have to worry about that after Nova got upset by the 8 seed in the Big East Tournament.

Florida State 77 Maryland 75: The rare “white boy” dunk to end a game…a phenomenon we almost never see but like the bald eagle, is shocking in its surprise. Maryland leaves the ACC a loser, which seems appropriate. Here was the final play

As we speak, three of our KSR crew is walking around taking pictures of UK fans for the Running Diary. Two of them are wearing feather earrings like Lou Diamond Phillips. Say hi if you see them.

 2:20 PM (Turkey Hunter) Well the atmosphere here at the tourney is electric-and by that I mean most fans here are old and have pacemakers. If UK was somehow banned from this event, I can’t imagine they would still try to have it. The few fans sprinkled through the stands are all clad in blue and any that have Smartphones are  quickly draining the battery in an attempt to forget that the Cats don’t take the floor for another day and a half. I’ve heard there is a game being played in front of me but I refuse to acknowledge it as our liquor cabinet isn’t drained and the in-suite television plays anything else. The KSR group is quickly passing “turnt up” status and for those of our crew knocking on the door of 40, things will turn disastrous soon. I cannot wait. When you give up on having Spring Breaks, life is no longer worth living. We do have a member who will bank bets on anything, from sports to hook ups, and it is stimulating a very interesting day of degenerate gambling. Our in house bookie gets it naturally though, as his father used to bet that he, when he was around two, could pee further than any grown man and cashed a lot of tickets that way. I will keep ya’ll posted as our shenanigans get us closer to being asked to vacate the Georgia Dome prematurely. Should be a great day. Go Cats.  

2:11 PM (FLENER) When it comes to dance teams, Texas A&M has one. And it one that must be considered.  As the kids say, they make me feel some type of way. I just went down into the arena to visit my Meemaw. I would’ve invited her to the suite, but there are two grown gentlemen in here with feather earrings on. She would’ve had a lot of questions. I wouldn’t have had answers. Since I failed to do so earlier in the week, I guess we should wrap up the Bachelor. SPOILER ALERT: Nikki technically won, but I’m of the belief that no one wins on reality dating shows. It’s been a real hot button issue in the suite today, possibly hotter than the guys with feather earrings. I think the lesson we learn from the Bachelor this season is that if you are going to cast someone to go on a reality dating show that has english speakers as their main audience, you should put more of a premium on that person being able to speak english.

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2:00 pm (MATT): This picture of Tom Crean today encapsulates everything I believe about him…it is creepy, bizarre looking and seems to showcase a person completely out of his league. I sense a number of Hoosier fans are turning on Crean but from my perspective, I hope they never do. I can’t imagine a scenario where Indiana is a consistent power with Dwight Schrute at the helm.

In other news, two members of our suite are comparing and contrasting the various benefits of heating and air service providers. It isn’t exactly “turnt up” yet in the KSR suite.

1:50 PM (DREW): Missouri leads Texas A&M with two minutes left in the first half of a game I have watched approximately zero minutes of while sitting with Mike Pratt in the media area. I’m posted up directly across from the KSR suite in the opposite end zone and things are looking aggressive up there from my vantage point. I think the Turkey Hunter has his shirt off. Or maybe that’s Hubby, I can’t tell. Whoever it is, it’s going to be a fun day in the Dome. I’ll be joining the mayhem soon, so wish me luck.

1:30 PM (DREW): A common misconception at the SEC tournament is that it is all about Southeastern Conference basketball. Yes, Southeastern Conference basketball is the headlining act at the event every year, but that’s not why we’re here. We’re here for the potato chips. The Golden Flake potato chips. And I’m happy to tell you I found an oasis of the tasty snacks while I was exploring during the first half of Missouri and Texas A&M:

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Remember the reason for the season: the annual celebration of Golden Flake, the “South’s Original Potato Chip.”

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1:13 PM MATT: I wouldn’t exactly call this a capacity crowd today to tipoff Session 2 of the SEC Tournament. While I love being in Atlanta and enjoy the huge amount of Kentucky fans that make the trip, the reality is that the Georgia Dome is way too big to host this event. The crowd right now is downright embarrassing and there may be a grand total of 20 Texas A&M fans in the building. This is actually an old Big 12 battle and at this point, there is very little to draw anyone here. We do have Barry Booker and Dari Nowkhah about 50 feet from our suite and taunting them from afar is about the best this Tournament has to offer at this particular moment.

 


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Redshirts to Keep an Eye on

While we wait on Drew to get the SEC Tournament Diary up and running from the Georgia Dome, let’s take a look at some of Kentucky football’s redshirt players to keep an eye on. Last week I tried to convince you that giving Drew Barker a redshirt wouldn’t be a bad idea.  I like the idea of having a year to transition without any judgment, just work; kind of how Mark Stoops got a pass on his first season as he adjusted to head coaching.  The following few players have learned how to practice while focusing primarily on High Performance training and should be a joy to watch develop this Spring.

The Quarterbacks

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Patrick Towles finally got a redshirt year after somewhat of a wasteful freshman year.  Pat’s first drive as a quarterback showed flashes of greatness, but the injury bug bit down hard and quick.  Reese Phillips has always been “the forgotten one” on the depth chart, which made for a pleasant surprise when he played as good, if not better than every quarterback in front of a record Spring Game crowd.

Pat has used the year to improve his release time while Reese has gained strength and improved his footwork.  With experience in the playbook, the quarterback competition is about as even as it will ever get.  Early talk from their Spring workouts has Reese as the top performer, but it will not be long before we can see all of the quarterbacks’ progress.

Regie Meant

The Cats lost their two anchors in the middle of the defensive line, but Mean Regie Meant is more than capable as a replacement.  Regie came to campus listed as 6’4″ 275 pounds.  Not only has he bulked up near the 290-300 lb. mark, but a lot of it is muscle.  He has a very agile lower body, giving him explosiveness inside, however most of that is because he’s one mean SOB.  In one of Stoops’ first practices last fall, the team was going through the Oklahoma drill when he saw Regie’s ‘mean streak’ for the first time.  Meant had just arrived on campus and wasn’t even fully dressed for practice, but as the environment became intense Regie wanted in on the drill.  Of course Stoops held him back, but he was given a look, “like he was going to rip my head off.”  Stoops’ grin was reminiscent of an evil villain as he told the story and since then I have been sold on Regie Meant.

Braylon Heard

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A product of Stoops and Marrow’s Cardinal Mooney High in Youngstown, Ohio, Heard was 247’s #3 athlete in the nation in the class of 2010 after rushing for nearly 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns as a Senior.  Heard played a limited role in his two seasons at Nebraska (462 yards and 4 TDs), before following Coach Marrow to Kentucky.  Heard is an athletic specimen that prides himself on running between the tackles, yet is agile enough to to be a playmaker returning kicks on special teams.  Jojo Kemp was effective as a true freshman, with another similar player added to the depth chart, Kentucky should have a powerful running game with plenty of options.

Kyle Meadows and Ramsey Meyers

Offensive linemen probably have more effective redshirt years than any other position.  In high school they were usually the biggest guys on the field, needing little technique to master simplified blocking schemes.  Having a year to improve fundamentals while learning how to block on the fly in the no huddle is probably more important than adding muscle, but these guys sure did add a lot of muscle.  The new diets and High Performance weight lifting has turned a lumpy 290-pound Ramsey into a 330 lb. rock.  At the end of the year, the coaches started using more redshirts in practice, with both receiving high praises from Mark Stoops and Neal Brown.  Stoops believes that both will contend for starting spots this fall, “Ramsey’s a guy that jumps out right away. He’s got good size to him. I want to say he’s in the 330 range right now. And again, he plays very hard. He’s nasty and athletic. He’s a guy that can help us inside definitely. Kyle Meadows. I like Kyle and all those guys, really.”


Fear The Tweak!!!

Fear The Tweak!!!

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These guys brought their “Fear The Tweak” t-shirts to Atlanta, making them our early front-runner for Fans of the Day at the SEC Tournament. Don’t forget: KSR will have a running diary of today’s action beginning in about an hour (or whenever I get to the Dome) with plenty more from the scene.

FEAR THE TWEAK.


Tigers and Tide — Who ya got?

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Will Kentucky get a third look at LSU this season? Or will it be Alabama in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament against the Cats? The Tigers and Tide will do battle tonight at 7:00 pm in the third of the game of the day with a spot against Kentucky on the line. LSU opened up as a two-point favorite out in Vegas, but ‘Bama owns the win in the teams’ only meeting in 2014.

Big Blue Nation would like to avoid another round of Johnny O’Bryant so Alabama will have a lot of extra fans in the Dome tonight. I think the Tide could roll (#puns) and knock out LSU for UK.

Your thoughts?

Discuss.


#TBT Photo Gallery: Cats in the SEC Tourney

#TBT Photo Gallery: Cats in the SEC Tourney

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In honor of Throwback Thursday and on the eve of Kentucky’s 2014 SEC Tournament opener Friday night, CatsPause.com takes you on a trip down memory lane with 81 years worth of Wildcats history at the SEC Tourney.

To view the full gallery, click HERE [FREE]

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Tony Delk and Coach Cal going over the “tweak”

Here’s a photo of Tony Delk and Coach Cal from UK basketball’s official Twitter account at this morning’s walk-through in the Georgia Dome. Think Cal is telling him about the tweak?

Caption it.


Will Shailene Woodley be Lynched (Yes) & What of this ‘Divergent?’

Will Shailene Woodley be Lynched (Yes) & What of this ‘Divergent?’

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Kidding about the lynching…kind of. She could also be tarred and feathered.

Folks, it’s budget week here in the Commonwealth’s capital meaning–ain’t nobody got time for keeping up with Young Adult fiction and their subsequent film adaptations quite as much as a 20-something would like (wait, am I still a young adult?)

And as if the world of dystopian/fantasy/female-centric young adult, film and fiction couldn’t get any more bloated, we welcome another newcomer into the fold–Divergent, coming to theaters March 21st.  

Even after watching various clips and trailers for Divergent, I still have legitimately no idea what it is about. The trailer feels like a mix of The Hunger Games meets Minority Report. Not sure how I even recalled there’s a film entitled Minority Report…

Even with a bestseller book series , a lead in Shailene Woodley on the cusp of mega stardom, and some super stud blonde dude with Bieber tats, (and Ashley Judd, remember her!?) Divergent cannot escape comparisons to the two most successful YA film adaptations of the past decade. Can you guess what they are?

When asked about the comparisons to the vampire chick flick nightmare hellscape, Twilight, the teen mom actress had this to say:

Twilight, I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. [The protagonist Bella] falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she’s going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve.

RUH-ROH

Who am I kidding, basically 90% of Hollywood has said the same thing, but with a rather homogenous fan following across the angst-ridden, Young Adult novel landscape–the Twi-hardiest teens among them are quite displeased with Shailene. Check Twitter.

I guess Ms. Woodley won’t be inviting Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson to her favorite ethically sourced coffee shop anytime soon, but what about J Law? She’s a positive role model for young women, isn’t she?

Shailene, this month’s Teen Vogue cover girl, (every vogue teen’s favorite magazine) told the magazine:

I said no to the role at first, and everybody was shocked. I asked Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Are you happy with your choice to take on ‘The Hunger Games?’ And she said she wouldn’t change it for the world. She told me, ‘There are some things – don’t make a sex tape, don’t do drugs, don’t do things in publicthat you wouldn’t want other people judging you for. But this is the best decision you’ll ever make.

You heard the goddess girl! Don’t make a sex tape, unless you have the opportunity to do so with Jennifer Lawrence herself–obviously.

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We’ve had a period, highly saturated with other, far less successful fantasy films targeting young women, starring young women, and the men they’re chasing after (despite being “about” female empowerment)–Beautiful Creatures, The Host, The Moral Instruments: City of Bones, Vampire Academy. 

Let’s ignore those irrelevant movies and take a closer look at the Twilight and Hunger Games of it all shall we? That’s what you’re here for.

The 4-film Twilight series grossed $1,363,537,109, averaging $272,707,422 per film. The Hunger Games hath kicked its ass thus far, reeling in $408,010,692 for the first film and $424,112,127 for Catching Fire–even beating out Tony Stark in 2013.

The Twilight books were, in my opinion, the most popular books as stand alones (prior to the announcement of a film adaptation) of the three, leading to almost guaranteed financial success at the box office–despite the casting of relatively no name leads in Stewart and Pattinson.

The timing of The Hunger Games movie release was just the ideal-iest, coming on the heels of the success of the Twilight films, the ending of the Harry Potter film series, and the dizzying rise of Jennifer Lawrence, post-Winter’s Bone, pre (and post) Oscar and Buzzfeed stardom. Add in the backlash a la Shailene Woodley directed towards the patently anti-feminist, religious message sent to young people via Twilight, and The Hunger Games was destined for wide-reaching success outside its previously assumed target demographic.

Basically, everyone wants to be J Law’s BFF–not K Stew’s.

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But Shailene Woodley and the Divergent crew have a markedly different set of circumstances, namely, a star with a strange mix of street cred:

— Starred in 2 very successful indie films–The Descendants and The Spectacular Now

— Got all sixteen and pregnant in ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager

— Cast as Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel…and subsequently dumped

— Starring in the June 2014 YA film, The Fault in Our Stars, about teen lovers–with cancer

Add in the fact that unlike with Twilight and The Hunger Games, who knows an actual “adult” who’s read this trilogy, Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant? (Not kidding, those are the titles.)

Additionally, it’s March–not exactly blockbuster month, with some exceptions such as the first Hunger Games film’s March release–basically, I have NO idea what to expect from Divergent this spring.

Aside from a boycott by Taylor Lautner and his abs.

But other than the shared wide release with The Grand Budapest Hotel, what the hell else is there for us to do in this hot/cold/snow/sun/acid rain/horsemen of the apocalypse month of March but see Divergent? Oh yea, March Madness….

We’ll close out this speculative rambling with yet another quote from Shailene Woodley. Totally irrelevant, but this girl is certainly unique.

I think it’s crucially important for us as human beings to remember that we are nature and that we’re not separated or divided from it. If I’m living and breathing and gaining the respect and the generosity of trees, pumping oxygen into the air then I feel like I should respect them and do everything I can to make sure that I’m living with integrity.

I suggest we all work on earning the respect and generosity of the Ent community. It will come in handy someday you need a ride to Mordor.

#TeamTreebeard

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@BrennanKSR