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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 19th, 2017 @ 4:00pm
Remember us telling you about “Us Against The World,” Uproxx’s documentary series about Rodrick Rhodes and the Cordia High School basketball team? All ten episodes of the docuseries dropped today on Watchable.com and are free to stream.
The documentary tells the story of how Rhodes rebuilt the Cordia High School program with transfers from across the country, which created tension with rival programs in Eastern Kentucky and led to racist acts and hate-mongering. In May 2016, Rhodes was removed as coach after the program was slapped with several KHSAA sanctions for violations ranging from recruiting to providing illegal benefits to players. Earlier that year, Cordia won its first ever All “A” Basketball Championship.
In the opening scene of the first episode, Rhodes recalls a conversation he had with former teammate Jeff Sheppard about taking the job back in 2011 and Sheppard’s initial concerns about the reception Rhodes would receive in Eastern Kentucky. Sheppard eventually reasoned that people would accept Rhodes because he was “blue,” aka a former Kentucky player, but in the documentary, Rhodes said that he found out his friend was right to be worried.
“To be honest with you, I think that wore off. The blue wore off,” Rhodes said.
All ten episodes are available now for free on Watchable. Drew Franklin will have a review of the series for you tomorrow.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 16th, 2017 @ 4:40pm
A Kentucky football fan in South Carolina for Saturday’s game has been hospitalized after she was struck with a stray bullet in a shooting that injured eight people in Columbia’s Vista entertainment district Friday night.
Denise Massey and her boyfriend, Jimmy Brannon, made a spontaneous Friday afternoon decision to travel from Paris, Ky., where they live, to South Carolina to watch the Wildcats. As Brannon put it, “It was really a spur of the moment thing. I had a wild hair about coming down here, so I called her at 2:00 and told her if she can be ready by 2:30, we can be down there by 9:30. She said, ‘Sure! We can do it.'”
The couple got to Columbia as planned, Brannon said, and had a great time meeting new people and socializing around the popular Vista area of town. Then the shooting occurred as they were walking back to their hotel room for the night, and Massey, an innocent bystander, was wounded in the gunfire.
Brannon recounted how it happened on Facebook:
I spoke with Brannon via phone on Saturday and he told me the bullet stuck Massey’s cheek area and exited through the back of her head; but, miraculously, did not strike the spinal column.
“She has no neurological dysfunction,” he said. “She can move all extremities, everything works, all that. So that’s great news.”
UK president Eli Capilouto, athletic director Mitch Barnhart and South Carolina’s school president have all reached out. Mark Stoops is also aware and very concerned, as well as some of the UK players, who Brannon said were very touched once they heard the news.
Police are still investigating, but no arrests have been made at this time.
Here are 2 vehicles of interest in connection w/the Vista shooting. A Mustang & BMW. The passenger (s) may have info that can help us. pic.twitter.com/2Uit1i0c3x
— Cola Police Dept. SC (@ColumbiaPDSC) September 16, 2017
Massey remains in ICU in Columbia with Brannon by her side, wondering how someone so innocent could get caught on the wrong end of something like this.
“It’s a shame these things seem to always happen to good people,” he said. “Nobody wants it to happen to anybody, but it seems it always happens to somebody that would never do anybody wrong over anything. And that breaks your heart.”
“Denise is one that, just everybody likes her. She’s wouldn’t do anything wrong to anybody, period. It’s a shame that somebody like that has to go through this.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 15th, 2017 @ 3:30pm
The Bluegrass and its famous bourbon are headed to network primetime.
According to Deadline, NBC is developing a half-hour sitcom about a bourbon distiller from Brooklyn that moves to Kentucky to take over a family-owned distillery. The comedy, entitled Sour Mash, is the brainchild of Michael Gagerman and Andrew Waller, who teamed up to write the 2014 buddy comedy Search Party. Here’s the series description from Deadline:
“Sour Mash is about a brilliant Latina chemist from Brooklyn with a passion for making bourbon who is tapped to become the master distiller at a failing family-owned distillery in Kentucky. She finds that making great bourbon is easy compared to dealing with the eccentric family that hired her.”
Sounds like a recipe for laughs! Hopefully the writers don’t dip too much into stereotypes (hillbilly jokes and banjo music) with that “eccentric family.” (Looking at you, Vanderplump Rules: Jax & Brittany Take Kentucky)
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 15th, 2017 @ 10:00am
Soon, the state of Kentucky will have two new racetracks. Churchill Downs and Keeneland just announced plans to open two new racetracks/gambling parlors, one in Corbin off I-75 and the other in Oak Grove, off I-24 near Fort Campbell.
The venues will feature live horse racing as well as “historical racing machines,” which are similar to slot machines. According to the initial renderings, the Corbin facility will be called “Cumberland Run” (pictured above), while the Oak Grove facility will be named “Twenty-Four”:
Churchill Downs and Keeneland are teaming up on the venture, which they hope will bring plenty of new jobs and revenue to the Corbin and Oak Grove communities.
“Horse racing is a $4 billion industry in the Commonwealth that creates thousands of jobs, strengthens our statewide economy and attracts millions of visitors from around the globe,” Churchill Downs Inc. Chief Executive Officer Bill Carstanjen said in a release. “Churchill Downs and Keeneland share a deep commitment to making Kentucky’s horse racing industry the very best version of itself, and the new racing facilities in Corbin and Oak Grove will help us achieve this by generating much needed funds to increase purses and breeders’ incentives.”
More details in the video below:
By Drew Franklin on ©September 14th, 2017 @ 12:22pm
The KSR Curse strikes again, this time in downtown Lexington.
One week after we did our morning show at the LexTran headquarters and Ryan Lemond rode the bus around town, a van has crashed into the transit center.
At this time there are no details outside of the photo below — and we hope no one was injured in the accident.
— Josh (@JofSteele) September 14, 2017
We joke about the KSR Curse all the time, but is it real?
And if it is, how do we stop it???
UPDATE: New photo via LEX 18 shows crash aftermath:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 13th, 2017 @ 10:51am
Murray State defensive lineman Bishop Woods went to practice on Tuesday thinking it was just another day; he left a married man, thanks to one of his coaches.
After finding out that offensive line coach Brian Hamilton was an ordained minister, Woods called his fiancée Caitlin Myers and told her to come to the field. The couple, who welcomed their first child four months ago, was married on the 50-yard line at Roy Stewart Stadium after practice, Woods still in his pads and another member of the Racers’ coaching staff holding an umbrella over Myers’ head:
Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Woods! pic.twitter.com/bQCMT7fwgM
— MurrayStateFootball (@racersfootball) September 13, 2017
Hamilton put his own spin on the ceremony, asking Woods if he promised to protect Myers from all of life’s terrors, including “spiders and all other insects, including ones that fly,” and through health and sickness, “even if that sickness is caused by mimosas or margaritas.” He asked Myers to promise to have a solid answer as to what she wants to eat “at least 50% of the time.” With little notice, the offensive line coach absolutely killed it. Both bride and groom were in tears by the end of the ceremony.
Both Woods and Hamilton told ESPN that the impromptu ceremony was perfect.
“We kind of made it up on the fly,” Woods said. “Coach Ham is one of my favorite coaches. He’s been teaching me a lot of about fatherhood and other things.”
“Life of being a college football coach,” Hamilton said. “You get to be a part of kids’ lives. It was fantastic for me to share that with them.”
Just awesome. Congrats, guys.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 12th, 2017 @ 10:00pm
Believe it or not, the CentrePointe development in downtown Lexington is still expected to be completed. It’ll probably be hundreds of years from now and we’ll all be dead when it’s finally done, but developers insist it will one day be open for business.
A commercial real estate development group called the Webb Companies, the mastermind behind the whole thing, gave us a look at what to expect when it shared a fly-by video on its Facebook page showing what CentrePointe will look like when it is no longer a big hole in the ground.
And I must say: it looks like a nice downtown development for Lexington.
Our grandchildren are going to love it.
By KSR on ©September 08th, 2017 @ 5:43pm
The Pulaski County Detention Center’s website lists a new inmate in its current population, and that inmate has one hell of a UK tattoo on top of his head.
The site does not say what the inmate, Annual Flinchum, did to land himself in the Pulaski County jail; but it’s clear he is a big fan of the Kentucky Wildcats, so we’re giving him this week’s UK Tattoo of the Week Award.
I guess it could be the case that he lost a bet, but it’s safe to assume Flinchum is a proud member of Big Blue Nation.
That thing is incredible.
By Drew Franklin on ©September 08th, 2017 @ 3:54pm
We have some very sad news this afternoon as Troy Gentry, one-half of the popular country music group Montgomery Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash Friday, along with one other person.
The accident happened around noon at Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey, per LEX 18 in Lexington. Eddie Montgomery was not on board.
The duo was set to play at Flying W Airport & Resort at 5:00 pm today.
Gentry, 50, was a Lexington native and the father of two children.
Earlier this week, Aaron Torres joined the KSR family, and to continue his initiation, Tyler invited him on The OTT Podcast, sponsored by DRAFT. Get to know Aaron in this candid interview, which includes…
— How a lifelong UConn fan started writing about Kentucky Basketball
— The latest on UK’s 2018 basketball recruiting, and whether or not Bol Bol is out of the picture
— How an outsider views Kentucky football
— His time at Fox Sports and our thoughts on the future of sports media
— Why it’s perfectly acceptable to list “children” as a pet peeve
You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 06th, 2017 @ 3:27pm
There are people who enjoy high school sports, and then there are people who take them waaay too seriously. This next guy I’m about to tell you about is definitely the latter.
Wilford R. Shell, 61, is (was?) the equipment manager for the Middlesboro High School football team, and on Friday, he was arrested after he allegedly kicked a player from Clay County in the nuts. According to WYMT, the incident took place after Clay County beat Middlesboro in overtime, 30-29.
Shell was charged with fourth-degree assault with minor injury. He was booked into the Clay County Detention Center Friday night and released Tuesday evening. Something tells me he’s still not over the loss.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©September 05th, 2017 @ 9:30pm
In 2013, the Cordia High School basketball team and its head coach, former Kentucky Wildcat Rodrick Rhodes, found themselves victims of racism and hate-mongering as they vied for the state title. That story is the subject of a new docuseries by Uproxx entitled “Us Against The World,” which debuts September 19:
The trailer is a little jarring, so here’s some background. Rhodes took the job at Cordia in 2011 and in February 2013, two players on his team, Canadians Emmanuel Owootoah and Marlon King, were tagged in Facebook and Twitter photos depicting a noose and a flag burning. Both were also the subject of “USA!” chants at games, which may seem harmless until you consider the social media posts and that their guardians reported multiple attacks on the boys, including gunshots at their door.
In May 2016, Rhodes was removed as coach after the program was slapped with several KHSAA sanctions for violations ranging from recruiting to providing illegal benefits to players. Earlier that year, Cordia won its first ever All “A” Basketball Championship.
The 10-episode docuseries will debut September 19 on Watchable, a streaming service. Something tells me it will get people talking.
Some sad news to report from our friends down I-64. Legendary Louisville coach Denny Crum has been hospitalized in Alaska after suffering a mild stroke yesterday.
Crum’s wife, WFPL host Susan Sweeny Crum, said the 80-year-old coach became ill while fishing and was airlifted to Providence Hospital in Anchorage. Thankfully, Crum is said to be doing well and could be released from the hospital as early as this weekend.
Crum was the coach at Louisville from 1971-2001, leading the Cards to two national championships and six Final Fours. Even though he coached Kentucky’s arch rival, Crum is a lovable and well-respected figure all across the Bluegrass, and hosted a radio show with former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall for a decade. It takes a mighty big man to bridge the gap between two bitter rivals, but somehow, Crum did it, and with class. I know I’m not alone when I wish him a full and speedy recovery.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 31st, 2017 @ 10:15am
John McGinnis of Grayson County felt a calling to hitch his bass boat to the back of his truck and drive 18 hours down to Houston to help out with the flood relief.
Now he’s being called a hero.
McGinnis drew attention after ABC 13 in Houston tracked him down for an interview on live television as he motored through the flood looking for anyone in need.
“There’s a lot of good people down here,” McGinnis told ABC 13. “I’ve never seen so much love in a place in my life.”
The video has been viewed over one million times on Facebook.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 29th, 2017 @ 6:15pm
Looking for something to do tonight in Lexington? Get on down to Whitaker Bank Ballpark for Rob Bromley Bobblehead Night with the Lexington Legends. If you leave now, you might be able to secure your own “RobbleHead,” which commemorates Bromley’s 40-year broadcasting career, which ends in September when he retires from WKYT.
A closer look at these beauties:
Very cool. Enjoy your night, Rob!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 28th, 2017 @ 2:30pm
Want to own Johnny Depp’s horse farm in Lexington? On September 15, it’s going up for auction.
Depp, an Owensboro, Kentucky native, purchased the 41-acre farm on Versailles Road for his mother back in 1995. It includes a 6,000 square foot house with seven bedrooms, a four-car garage, a guesthouse, and three barns, and is located one mile from Keeneland. Some photos from the listing on Zillow:
The property went on the market back in December for $3.4 million, but was most recently listed for $2.9 million. It was recently assessed for $2.3 million, and is adjacent to the Westmorland subdivision, making it prime for residential development. Depp originally bought it for $950,000 back in 1995, sold it for $1 million in 2001, and then bought it back through a trust in 2005 for $2 million.
Why is he getting rid of it? As you may have seen in the news, Depp’s lavish spending has landed him in an ugly legal battle with his former business managers. While a small horse farm in Kentucky may not seem like a big expense for a Hollywood star, keep in mind this is the same guy that spent $3 million to blast Hunter Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon, $18 million on a yacht, $30,000 a month on wine, and $200,000 a month on private planes. Considering that, this farm may be his safest investment ever.
In news that should shock absolutely no one, a reality TV show was staged. Yes, that’s right. Reality TV, all of it, is staged. Even the “Call of the Wildman.”
The Animal Planet television show that followed around Kentucky’s Turtleman, a Marion County native born by the name of Ernie Brown Jr., has been formally exposed. A show that frequently showed the Turtleman “saving” animals with his bare hands, these animals were often in precarious places that seemed too unlikely to be real. That was exactly the case.
In an investigation by the USDA, they found the show’s producer guilty of animal cruelty for setting up scenes and letting the Turtleman loose. At times they could easily trick the audience into believing it was real. Other times, their own mistakes revealed the fallacy.
The show also came under fire after an episode filmed in Danville made it appear that a water moccasin, a venomous non-native snake, had invaded a city park swimming pool. A Danville city investigation found that the incident was completely staged.
That’s kind of funny. It’s not kind of funny when the show’s actions killed innocent animals. That’s why they producer is facing up to $100,000 in fines.
Before the Hall of Fame broadcaster hangs up the mic, Rob Bromley is getting the bobblehead treatment.
The Lexington Legends have created a “Robblehead” to commemorate a career that’s spanned four decades. Bromley will retire from WKYT at the end of September after 40 years of service.
The bobbleheads will be distributed Tuesday night to the first 1,000 fans through the Whitaker Bank Ballpark gates. A closer look shows they’re spot on.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 24th, 2017 @ 5:30pm
Lexingtonians, you will want to tune in to tonight’s VICE News to hear what mayor Jim Gray has to say about the current state of the city’s statue controversy. VICE sent a correspondent to last week’s city council meeting and to chat with Mayor Gray about the decision.
It will air at 7:30 pm on HBO.
Get a little preview first:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 24th, 2017 @ 10:48am
A Danville, Kentucky resident says security at JACK Casino in Cincinnati accused him of pooping his pants and forced him to leave.
On Wednesday morning, Tyler, who declined to share his last name, went to JACK Casino to participate in a Texas Hold’Em contest and was asked to leave because of a stain on his pants. A casino spokesperson said that Tyler went to the bathroom and three customers saw him throw out his underwear and complained that he smelled. The casino insists they have visual evidence, but aren’t allowed to release it without a court order.
Tyler claims that he did not poop his pants and that the casino really wanted him to leave because he had already won $2,000 and they didn’t want him to win any more. He even shared a picture of his shorts as evidence (although, if he had already thrown his underwear away as the casino alleges, what would that prove?).
Sounds like he really needed a pair of these: