By Drew Franklin on ©July 18th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
The “Best Looking Cruiser Contest” contest is back and the Kentucky State Police needs your votes so it can win the title for the second year in a row.
The KSP won last year’s title for best looking whip by edging out the fine men and women of the Georgia State Police in a Facebook poll. Kentucky had 29.9k likes to Georgia’s 29k likes, a narrow victory for the Bluegrass.
This year, the poll moved to its own website where you can see all 50 cruisers and place your vote for your favorite at the bottom of the page.
Do so right here. It is very important and maybe it will get you out of a ticket one day, should you ever find yourself on the wrong side of the law (which you shouldn’t).
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 17th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
Does the KSR curse carry over to seismic activities?
This morning, a 3.0 magnitude earthquake was reported along the Kentucky/Tennessee border near, of all towns, Middlesboro, the site of yesterday’s radio show. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake happened at 11:23 a.m. about six miles west of New Tazewell, Tennessee, which is approximately 12.5 miles south of Middlesboro, Matt’s hometown.
— Chris Bailey (@Kentuckyweather) July 17, 2019
Apparently, you’ll only notice a 3.0 magnitude earthquake if you’re sitting still or lying down. Hanging objects may sway a little. If you did feel something, you can report it here.
Even the ground’s got something to say about Matt potentially running for office.
A section of I-65 in Louisville shut down this morning due to runaway pigs on the I-64/I-71 ramp.
Yes, runaway pigs.
A semi carrying a load of pigs overturned, sending the adorable little animals into traffic. The interstate had to be closed in that area to round them all up. You can catch a glimpse of the scene in this screen grab from a TRIMARC camera, via Wave 3 News.
If you were one of the many who were late for work due to the spill, how in the world did you explain that one to the boss?
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©July 14th, 2019 @ 11:00am
University of Kentucky graduate Steve Flesch will play in the PGA Barbasol Championship Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club.
A total of 132 golfers was announced on Friday, which includes John Daly.
Flesch played at Kentucky from 1986 through 1990. While at Kentucky he was a two-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and named to the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame.
Flesch turned pro 1990 and has won more than $17 million as a professional. He has four PGA victories; the 2003 HP Classic of New Orleans, the 2004 Bank of America Colonial, the 2007 Reno-Tahoe Open and the 2007 Turning Stone Resort Championship.
By Nick Roush on ©July 13th, 2019 @ 11:00am
Unfortunately, Jared Lorenzen’s likeness was not doing victorious donuts at Kentucky Speedway after the Alsco 300.
B.J. McLeod donned a Jared Lorenzen Memorial Fund decal during Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Starting from pole position No. 24, McLeod could not make the climb to the top, ultimately finishing No. 20. The race was won by Cole Custer, No. 00’s fifth Xfinity victory of the year.
Even though we did not get to celebrate a Lorenzen victory last night, Jared’s giving us a few reasons to cheer at KSBar and Grille. His classic games will be airing all weekend long, with 22% of sales going directly to the Jared Lorenzen Memorial Fund. After 48 hours online, more than $56,000 has been raised, and that does not include donations made in-person.
The Big Blue Nation’s generosity never ceases to surprise.
By Nick Roush on ©July 12th, 2019 @ 11:00am
One Kentuckian is returning home from Spain with a scar and a story to tell.
Aaron Froelicher, a 23-year old from Florence, and his brother Andrew attended the annual festival of San Fermin to run with bulls through the streets of Pamplona, Spain. One beast took Aaron by surprise. He thought the group of bulls had passed him by, but he was wrong.
“I ain’t never been hit by a 2,000-pound bull so I guess I learned my lesson there,” Froelicher told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The bull’s horn dug six inches into Aaron’s hamstring, lifted him off his feet and threw him into the air. He landed on his head and was immediately knocked unconscious. Aaron’s wounds are not life-threatening. The trip to the hospital only delayed their return back to the states for two days.
Aaron dropped another line to the Enquirer that is an all-timer: “You never you really plan for something like this to happen.” Well, when you’re running alongside a bunch of 2,000-pound bulls, that’s a likely outcome.
By Nick Roush on ©July 12th, 2019 @ 10:30am
The most electric golfer in the world is officially coming to the Bluegrass.
Daly initially planned on playing in The Open at Royal Torbrush. His osteoarthritis has forced him to play in a golf cart on the PGA Tour, but the R&A isn’t so lenient. Once they ruled the winner of the 1995 Open Championship could not bring cart onto the Northern Ireland course, and after he suffered another medical setback, Daly withdrew from the tournament.
Daly can use the golf cart at Keene Trace. Golf.com reports he’s been granted a sponsor’s exemption to play in Barbasol Championship next weekend in Nicholasville, Ky. The colorful two-time major champion swings a big stick and packs some powerful pipes.
Daly has a tradition unlike any other at The Masters. Each year he sets up at the Hooters’ parking lot to sell merchandise. Let’s bring that party to the parking lot outside of KSBar and Grille next weekend.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 11th, 2019 @ 10:00pm
It’s no secret that Kentuckians are passionate about their towns and individuals pronouncing them the correct way. If you don’t believe me, just drive to Louisville and pronounce it “Looey-ville,” see what happens.
On Sunday, It’s a Southern Thing on Facebook released a video of individuals outside the state trying to pronounce towns inside of Kentucky, which has instantly gone viral from locals making fun of them.
Just a few of the horrendous errors? “Ver-say-lays,” “Critt-uh-deen,” “Cricket-deen,” and “Leech-field.”
Now with nearly 650,000 views, join them in seeing some of the hilariously horrible pronunciations below:
By Drew Franklin on ©July 09th, 2019 @ 10:10am
Former Open champion John Daly has withdrawn from The Open, only days after committing to play in The Open without his cart. Daly, who has approval from the PGA Tour to use a golf cart in PGA Tour events, was denied the use of his cart at Royal Portrush. Once he learned he would have to hoof it, Daly wrote about his disappointment in the decision, but said he would give it a shot anyway.
The 148th Open at Royal Portrush…… pic.twitter.com/RAOLQUmfLY
— John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) July 6, 2019
His plans have since changed, due to an unexpected turn of events. Daly suffered a spider bite while vacationing in England, and says he underwent surgery to remove a major infection in his abdominal area, and was treated for early sepsis. The bite came from a brown recluse, he said.
Now Daly has backed out of his commitment to The Open and our friends over at LEX18 are reporting he will play in the Barbasol Championship here in Kentucky instead. The Barbasol is considered an “alternate event,” played opposite of The Open.
John Daly on his golf cart at a PGA Tour event in Lexington????
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 03rd, 2019 @ 8:48am
I hate to start the morning off on a bad note, but two barrel houses at a Jim Beam warehouse in Woodford County caught fire last night, putting 45,000 barrels of bourbon in danger.
Officials told LEX18 that the fire, which may have been caused by a lightning strike, started in one rickhouse and eventually spread to another:
MASSIVE FIRE ENGULFS JIM BEAM FACILITY IN KENTUCKY:
— WLWT (@WLWT) July 3, 2019
At one point last night, crews believed they had one fire put out, but it reignited. The fires are still burning this morning:
8+ hours later, the fire continues to burn at this Jim Beam property in Woodford County. Emergency Management officials tell me they expect it to last for several more hours. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/RHqJrQ36xd
— Alex Valverde (@AlexValverdeTV) July 3, 2019
Now I am officially depressed.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 02nd, 2019 @ 7:00pm
We did it, Lexington! We did it!
According to WalletHub, lovely Lexington, Ky., the Horse Capital of the World, is one of the best-run cities in the United States. Lexington ranked fifth among the 150 largest cities across America, trailing only (1) Nampa, Idaho; (2) Provo, Utah; (3) Boise, Idaho; and (4) Durham, North Carolina on the best-run list. (Good for you, Nampa.)
Mayor Linda Gorton had this to say on Twitter about the city’s ranking: “In Lexington, our city government is efficient and productive thanks to the hard work of our employees. I’m proud to be the Mayor of such a remarkable, well-run city!”
Lexington performed best in the “Total Budget Per Capita” category, where it ranked fourth. To a see a complete breakdown of WalletHub’s findings, check out the rankings page here.
As a partner is one Lexington’s most famous institutions, KSBar and Grille, located at 1030 South Broadway with daily specials and a great family-friendly atmosphere, I would like to say thank you to WalletHub for its spreadsheets; to this community for being awesome except for on Nicholasville Road when it is raining; and to Mayor Gorton for her leadership.
Next year let’s get first.
The Barbasol Championship is coming back to Kentucky in a couple of weeks and there are some great volunteer opportunities for the fine people of the Bluegrass who are interested in helping show the PGA Tour what this community can do.
If you’re up for it, click right here to throw your name in the mix for one of the many positions needed throughout the tournament. No golf knowledge is required to help out and you will receive some very cool stuff for your time.
All volunteers will receive one of the following packages in exchange for their support:
Volunteer Package with Golf (approximately $460 value)
— Barbasol Championship Dri-fit Golf shirt
— Barbasol Championship Dri-fit ball cap
— Volunteer Credential-tournament access on days not volunteering
— Two Complimentary Good-Any-Day Ticket(s) to the Barbasol Championship
— Continental breakfast and lunch provided on the day(s) you work
— Golf Voucher to play Keene Trace (non-transferrable – 3 shifts required)
Volunteer Package without Golf (approximately $310 value)
— One (1) Barbasol Championship Dri-fit shirt Golf shirt
— One (1) Barbasol Championship Dri-fit ball cap
— Volunteer Credential- tournament access on days not volunteering
— Two (2) Complimentary Good-Any-Day Ticket(s) to the Barbasol Championship
— Continental breakfast and lunch voucher provided on the day(s) you work
There is a small fee to cover the cost of your uniform, should you decide to do this. The first option with the free golf is a $50 fee; the second option without the golf is a $35 fee. (Well worth it in my opinion.)
Volunteer positions range from on-course marshals to TV spotters to shuttle drivers to merchandise tent cashiers and much more. To sign up and learn more about it click right here.
The tournament will played July 18-21 at Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club.
I highly recommend getting involved because it is a great way to experience the event while helping out to make it all possible.
By Drew Franklin on ©June 28th, 2019 @ 1:00pm
It’s almost time for us to hit the road to travel the state for the KSR Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass Summer Tour!
This year’s tour will begin the second week of July with an entire week of stops on the far western side of the state, followed by four more weeks around various parts of Kentucky.
A list of the dates/locations can be found below with a few stops left to finalize. Some new ones have been added since we first posted.
Week 1 – presented by Gencanna
7/8 – Munfordville @ Hart County High School
7/9 – Russellville @ Roy’s BBQ
7/10 – Central City @ Stellian’s
7/11 – Kevil @ West Kentucky Technology Park
7/12 – Murray @ Tap 216
7/15 – Barbourville @ Appalachian Children’s Home
7/16 – Middlesboro @ JR Hoe
7/17 – Pikeville @ Buffalo Wild Wings
7/18 – Ashland @ Blazer’s Restaurant and Bakery
7/19 – Lexington @ Douglass HS for The Tournament
7/22 – Somerset Golf Outing @ Woodson Bend Resort
7/23 – Somerset @ Associates in Eye Care
7/24 – Monticello @ Conley Bottom Resort
7/25 – Campbellsville @ Mr. Gatti’s Pizza
7/26 – Lexington @ Lexington Legends
8/5 – Bowling Green @ Overtime Sports Bar and Grill
8/6 – Hopkinsville @ Hopkinsville Sportsplex
8/7 – Benton @ CFSB Bank
8/8 – Paducah @ Royal Oaks Chevrolet
8/9 – Louisville Golf Outing @ Glen Oaks Country Club
8/12 – Elizabethtown @ Kentucky Jeep and Truck
8/13 – Danville @ The Discount House 2.0
8/14 – Fort Wright @ Dickmann’s
8/15 – Lexington @ TBA
8/16 – Louisville @ TBA
We hope to you see along the way!
By Drew Franklin on ©June 25th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
If you haven’t heard by now, an EF1 tornado mowed over a boat dock at Moors Resort & Marina on Kentucky Lake this past weekend. Wind gusts hit up to 100 mph around 5 p.m. on Sunday, destroying two of Moors’ docks in Marshall County. Photos of the damage looked bad, but this new video from KFVS News shows just how bad it was, and how lucky this group of people were to get away unscathed:
— KFVS News (@kfvsnews) June 25, 2019
There are no reported injuries from the tornado, but several boats (as many as 40) were damaged.
See photos of the damage here.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 24th, 2019 @ 6:30pm
Yesterday, another series of powerful storms made their way through the Bluegrass, and the damage was so bad it’s making national news.
A tornado with 100 mph winds touched down near Moors Resort & Marina on Kentucky Lake in Marshall County around 5 p.m., damaging two docks. It’s hard to believe from the pictures, but no one was hurt:
— ABC News (@ABC) June 24, 2019
Moors Campground boat docks photos from Mark Vincent, Vitas Patel and Marshall county responders #KYlake #KentuckyLake
Moor's Resort & Marina. Approx 5:15 PM on June 23, 2019, a possible tornado or high winds caused significant damage to…
Another tornado touched down in Carlisle, Ballard, and McCracken counties on Sunday, causing widespread damage. Kentucky Dam Marina also got hit hard Friday night:
Outstanding response support tonight.Lots of trees down throughout the county and in Calvert City, semis blown over on…
Here’s hoping for a calm week of weather and some actual sunshine on the weekend.
By Drew Franklin on ©June 17th, 2019 @ 2:00pm
After a ton of speculation it would happen in the very near future, Bellarmine University is moving to the Division I level in the NCAA.
The news will be made official in a press conference at the university on Tuesday. WDRB’s Eric Crawford already has the story though, including details on the switch.
According to Crawford, the Knights will join the Atlantic Sun Conference for the 2020-21 athletic seasons. Crawford also noted it is a four-year process to move up to D-1, so Bellarmine will not be eligible for postseason play right away, but can contend for its league’s regular season championships.
Bellarmine will join Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Liberty, Lipscomb, New Jersey Institute of Technology, North Alabama, North Florida and Stetson in the Atlantic Sun.
By Drew Franklin on ©June 17th, 2019 @ 10:00am
A popular bourbon distillery in western Kentucky may have lost a big chunk of its bourbon supply last night.
The O.Z. Tyler Distillery in Owensboro, Ky., suffered a rickhouse collapse sometime around midnight. The distillery’s master distiller, Jacob Call, told WEHT Eyewitness News the early estimate of fallen barrels is in the neighborhood of 4,500 barrels of bourbon.
The rickhouse held around 20,000 barrels prior to the collapse, Call said.
No one was hurt by the fall — at least not physically. Many are hurt by seeing the photos, myself included.
If it weren’t Monday morning at 10 a.m., I’d pour up a glass of O.Z. in memory of the barrels lost.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 13th, 2019 @ 4:30pm
If you’ve spent any time in the Corbin area, you know about the Root Beer Stand. The simple drive-in restaurant has been serving footlong hot dogs and root beer floats to patrons since 1956, and earlier this week, they received a visit from the most famous man in the state. After his team hosted a satellite camp at the Corbin Arena, John Calipari stopped by the Root Beer Stand for some grub, and today, the manager, Robert Champlin, otherwise known as “Root Beer Stand Robert” to KSR listeners, called in to tell us about it.
“One of our waitresses came in and said, ‘That’s John Calipari.’ I said, ‘There’s no way that John Calipari is at our restaurant.’ And I walked outside and sure enough, it was him.”
Robert went over to say hello, but made sure to give Cal his space.
“I told him, ‘We’re honored to have you, but we’re just gonna leave you alone and let you eat your meal’ and I thought that was going to be it.”
It wasn’t. After Cal finished his meal, he came up to the window to order a root beer float.
“You always imagine what it’s going to be like meeting someone like John Calipari but he was absolutely as nice as anyone could possibly be to me, the staff, everyone. He finished his meal and I thought he was just going to go on his way and he got out of his car and came up to the window and said, ‘Hey, I want to try a root beer float, and do you want to do some photos?’ I said, ‘Well, you know if you start taking photos, what’s going to happen.’ He said, ‘I’m prepared for it. Let’s do it.’ And sure enough, he took photos with me and my father, our staff, and immediately everyone started getting out of their cars, wanting to take photos and he stood there and took a photo with every single person. He was just incredibly nice to everyone.”
Stopped at the Root Beer Stand in Corbin. Unbelievable hamburger and hot dog, and you know I had to try the root beer float. It’s so good it’s worth driving to Corbin to try. Thanks to owners Robert and William Champlin and the staff for letting us come by. Great place! pic.twitter.com/1iKHLDLK9k
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 11, 2019
As for that photo, Robert wants to clear one thing up: the socks he was wearing are compression socks, which help the circulation in his legs since he’s on his feet all day every day.
“If I hadn’t been in the process of completely fanboying out about him being here, I probably would have taken the time to take them off before taking a photo that three million people are going to see. That slipped my mind at the time. That wasn’t a priority.”
You can hear Robert’s call halfway through Hour 1:
Our favorite seven-footer, Lukasz Obrzut, went on a hunt for Bigfoot at Wildman Days in Anderson County this past weekend. The “Hey Kentucky” cameras were there to follow him around while he was Gone Sasquatchin’ so we can hear all of the local stories of Bigfoot sightings.
Woo is the best.
Tune in below:
The state of Kentucky will be the epicenter of college basketball next season as Kentucky, Louisville, and yes, Western Kentucky University are all set for great seasons thanks to some talented players taking their names out of the NBA Draft. What follows is a breakdown for why each team will be successful, and the biggest roadblocks in their way for the 2019-2020 season.
As long as John Calipari is the head coach at Kentucky, the Wildcats will enter each season with a great deal of hype thanks to a great recruiting class. The 2019-2020 season will be no different. Even with losing its top four scorers from a year ago, Kentucky will enter next season as a consensus top-5 team.
This is in most part thanks to the fact that the Wildcats will return Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery. Both considered entering the NBA Draft, but they pulled their names out of the process earlier this week right before the deadline.
The biggest reason why Kentucky will be great once again is that the Wildcats will be two players deep at every position. Hagans and Quickly also return at the point guard spot, and they will be joined by five very talented freshman who help make up the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation. Add in experienced transfer Nate Sestina from Bucknell and you have one of the deepest teams in the nation. A more precise breakdown looks like this:
PG: Ashton Hagans/Immanuel Quickley
SG: Tyrese Maxey/Johnny Juzang
SF: Kahlil Whitney/Dontaie Allen
PF: EJ Montgomery/Keion Brooks
C: Nick Richards/Nate Sestina
Of course, Kentucky’s 2019-2020 roster is not set in stone just yet. Virginia Tech forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. is still rumored to be considering a possible transfer to UK where he will be eligible to play immediately. If that happens, be prepared to see the Wildcats as a possible preseason No. 1 in some polls.
Also, Dontaie Allen is still a possibility to redshirt his freshman season. If Blackshear comes and Allen redshirts, I would expect Brooks to slide down as the backup small forward (yes, he is versatile enough to play there) and Blackshear to possibly start at either center or power forward.
As far as roadblocks, I see three possible ones for the Wildcats. First, they really need Blackshear to transfer. There is a lack of high-end talent in the frontcourt right now and he would fix that need. Secondly, can the trio of Maxey/Whitney/Juzang provide UK with at least two players who will be stars in March? Finally (and more importantly), can Hagans take that next step as the lead point guard? As we all know, he didn’t exactly end the season great back in March. If Hagans improves and the other potential problems are fixed, then this might be the team cutting down the nets in 2020.
Tyrese Maxey pull-game is certified pic.twitter.com/bhbbp3OYb5
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) September 26, 2018
Somebody pinch me. Its starting to feel like a whole lot like 2013 all over again as the Louisville Cardinals are set to have one of college basketball’s best teams this upcoming season. Yes, this is admittedly a team that just lost 14 games and fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to *checks notes* Minnesota.
However, never underestimate a team that returns the vast majority of its production from the previous season. The Cardinals are returning three starters, 76% of their scoring, and 80% of their rebounding. Add in the fact that they will also be adding Saint Joe’s transfer Fresh Kimble (15.6 ppg) and a top 10 recruiting class and you got a preseason top-10 (possibly top-5) squad.
Chris Mack has done a truly amazing job getting the Cardinals back on track so quickly after just one year at Louisville. I think he is a legitimate top-15 coach on the college level, and this program is back in business as long as he is there.
But what does all this mean for next season? Quite frankly, I still don’t think this roster is as talented as Kentucky’s, but that’s a pretty high bar to meet. On most nights this Louisville team will straight up have the more talented team than anyone else they play. After Virginia, the Cardinals are probably going to finish second in the ACC if they can overcome another talented Duke team.
However, I still have questions about how talented their frontcourt is. While Steven Enoch returning was huge, no other big man stood out last season. Plus, how good will Kimble be? Their depth at point guard seems a bit questionable so it will largely be on his shoulders to lead Louisville far into the postseason. Also, who will step up ad be that true No. 2 option after Jordan Nwora? Will it be Kimble or freshman Samuel Williamson? Who knows.
Louisville commit Samuel Williamson has shown flashes these last two days at 6-7 with polished footwork and soft touch. Strong skill foundation. pic.twitter.com/wJ3xmLR681
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) March 26, 2019
While a Championship or Final Four run still seems unlikely to me, I think this is absolutely a roster that can (and should) make the Elite Eight in 2020.
Surprised by this? You shouldn’t be. Believe it or not, the Hilltoppers will have a genuinely good roster next season that has borderline top-25 talent.
Like Louisville, WKU will be returning just about everything from last season. Not only do the Hilltoppers return four starters who all averaged figures in scoring, but overall WKU will be returning six of its top eight players.
Most importantly, rising sophomore big man Charles Bassey took his name out of the Draft just minutes before the deadline. Make no mistake about this: Bassey is a first round talent. The only reason he fell in the eyes of many scouts is because of his durability. Injuries throughout last season slowed down Bassey and made him look slower and less athletic then he really is. If he can stay healthy and improve upon averaging a double-double and 2.4 blocks per game, then he will be a lock for a top-20 pick.
Charles Bassey flexin’ pic.twitter.com/uUWWqeRQCo
— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) November 17, 2018
The hype does not end there for the Hilltoppers. They will also be adding two transfers who both averaged double figures in scoring for their former Division I teams. First is Cameron Justice who last played for IUPUI where he averaged 18.6 ppg. He is considered the favorite to start at point guard. Carson Williams is also now eligible after sitting out last season. Williams last played for Northern Kentucky where he averaged 12 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. In case you didn’t notice, the addition of both of these players means that the Hilltoppers now have three former Kentucky Mr. Basketball winners on one team: Justice, Williams, and Taveion Hollingsworth.
Point Guard Kenny Cooper from Lipscomb also transferred to WKU in the spring. Cooper started the last two years for Lipscomb as he managed to average 9.8 points 4.5 assists, and 2 steals a game last season. As of now, Copper is still applying for a waiver to play this season as he currently has to sit out this season due to transfer rules.
Also, 4-star and top-100 recruit Jordan Rawls is still considering reclassifying to WKU’s 2019 class. The possibility of either Cooper or Rawls (or both) being able to play in the 2019-2020 season would be the cherry on top for the Hilltoppers.
Considering that WKU will have all of this talent in the relatively weak C-USA, this should be a team that wins around 25 games in the regular season. Can coach Rick Stansbury get this team to finally win the C-USA Tournament and win a game in the NCAA Tournament? Well, if its not this team then I don’t think any squad Stansbury puts together will do it. The pressure is on in Bowling Green to finally deliver.
Overall, the biggest reason why this article exists is to showcase the very real chance that all three of these teams could be ranked in the top-25 at some point during the regular season. Yes, this depends on WKU finally meeting expectations under Stansbury. But I think there is a very real chance that by mid-February the Hilltoppers will join both the Wildcats and Cardinals in the top-25.