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Kentucky State Police need help defending the title

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).


Earthquake reported near the Kentucky/Tennessee border

Earthquake reported near the Kentucky/Tennessee border

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.

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.


Runaway pigs shut down traffic in Louisville

Runaway pigs shut down traffic in Louisville

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.

(Photo: 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?


WATCH: People try (and fail) to pronounce towns in Kentucky

WATCH: People try (and fail) to pronounce towns in Kentucky

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:

“Mont-jello?” Really?


Marina on Kentucky Lake damaged by tornado yesterday

Photo: @MikePickett257

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:

Moors Campground boat docks photos from Mark Vincent, Vitas Patel and Marshall county responders #KYlake #KentuckyLake

Posted by Kentucky Lake – KentuckyLake.com on Sunday, June 23, 2019

Moor's Resort & Marina. Approx 5:15 PM on June 23, 2019, a possible tornado or high winds caused significant damage to…

Posted by Paducah Drone on Monday, June 24, 2019

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…

Posted by Marshall Co Emergency Management Agency on Friday, June 21, 2019

Here’s hoping for a calm week of weather and some actual sunshine on the weekend.


UK, UL, and WKU Ready for Huge Seasons

UK, UL, and WKU Ready for Huge Seasons

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.

Kentucky

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.

Louisville

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.

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.

Western Kentucky

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.

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.