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Rodrick Rhodes and Cordia subject of new documentary on racism in high school basketball

Rodrick Rhodes and Cordia subject of new documentary on racism in high school basketball

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.


Denny Crum hospitalized after mild stroke

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.

[WFPL]


Kentucky man hailed as a hero in Houston flood relief

Kentucky man hailed as a hero in Houston flood relief

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.


It’s Rob Bromley bobblehead night at the Legends Game!

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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:

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Very cool. Enjoy your night, Rob!


Johnny Depp’s Lexington horse farm going up for auction

Johnny Depp’s Lexington horse farm going up for auction

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.

[Kentucky.com]


Shocker! The Turtleman Show was Fake

Animal Planet

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.

Herald-Leader: Were rescues staged on Turtleman’s show?


Rob Bromley has his own Bobblehead

@LexingtonLegends

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.


Lexington mayor talks statues on tonight’s VICE News

Lexington mayor talks statues on tonight’s VICE News

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:


Danville man claims casino kicked him out for pooping his pants

Danville man claims casino kicked him out for pooping his pants

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:

[FOX 19]


KSR’s 3rd Annual Restaurant/Fast Food Bracket

KSR’s 3rd Annual Restaurant/Fast Food Bracket

For the third year in a row, KSR is tackling the biggest debate of our generation: What is the best fast food/chain restaurant in America?

Two years ago, Qdoba beat out Subway for the title, and last year, Outback upset Cracker Barrel in a debate that went all the way to the Republican National Convention. This year, we’re doing it all again. Behold the bracket below in all its glory below (click to enlarge):

Let’s take a closer look at each region. On this morning’s show, the guys did round one in the East.

The East Region:

The West Region:

The South Region:

The Midwest Region:

Hear the East Region debate on today’s show, which included former UK football coach Rich Brooks breaking a tie between Cane’s and O’Charley’s.

The entire bracket including the East Region Round 1 results:


Wheels Up: Cheap international flights coming to Kentucky

International travel will soon be much easier on your wallets now that Wow Airlines is coming to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport.

The Icelandic-based airline plans to begin operating in May of 2018 with flights to Amsterdam, London, Paris, Berlin, Dublin and more for as low as $149 each way.

CVG will be WOW’s 12th location in the United States.

I assume WOW will be like most budget airlines and provide the very bare minimum for its travelers. But for that price, you’ll have a hard time keeping me out of Europe next summer. (Who up Galway!)

Poll time: Would you take an uncomfortable flight across the pond for that cost?

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[USA Today]


What food do Kentuckians hate most?

A dating app called Hater pulled all of its data from its hundreds of thousands of users to determine the most-hated food in each state across America. I have no idea how that works or if it is reliable, or why a dating app cares about food, but the results are very interesting.

According to the study, Kentuckians are united in their hatred for hummus, of all things. Other interesting states include New York (ranch on pizza), Alabama (Chipotle), California (Chick-fil-a), and Massachusetts (mayonnaise on fries).

So I’ll ask you, my fellow Kentuckians: Do you hate hummus?

I like hummus, so am I really a Kentuckian?

And what food do you hate most?

[Buzzfeed]


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WATCH: Solar Eclipse pictures and videos from across Kentucky and beyond

@KentuckyMBB

Did you see the eclipse? Me neither. Clouds decided to ruin the historic moment in my corner of Nashville, but thanks to social media, you can see everyone else’s view. Here’s Jarred Vanderbilt, PJ Washington, Hamidou Diallo, and Brad Calipari checking out the eclipse outside the Joe Craft Center in Lexington. The women’s team joined in:

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The view from Lexington, where our own Michael Huang was set up:

The view from Hopkinsville, which experienced totality for two minutes and forty seconds:

Video from Kelly, Kentucky:

Western Kentucky University:

From Washington Post photographer Jonathan Newton somewhere in Kentucky on the path:

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Nashville:

From Titans stadium:

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin:

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney enjoyed it with some SunChips:

South Carolina’s team:

Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh:

Former presidents Bush:

My view:

Whatever. It happens again in 2024.


Today on KSR: Total Eclipse of the Site

Today on KSR: Total Eclipse of the Site

Well, guys, we made it. After months of anticipation, the total solar eclipse is finally upon us. Around 1:30 p.m. CT/2:30 p.m. ET this afternoon, the moon will slide in front of the sun, completely covering it up for up to two minutes and forty seconds in some communities, such as Hopkinsville.

If you’re like me, you’re over the eclipse hype, but it is a big deal. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire United States was 1918, and a total eclipse hasn’t been visible from anywhere in the mainland United States since 1979. The path of totality is 67 miles wide and goes through 14 states, starting in Oregon and ending in Charleston, South Carolina. Here’s a map of the path in Kentucky, along with totality times:

While totality will only last a few minutes for those in the path, the eclipse will actually take almost three hours. The moon will start to move in front of the sun around 1 p.m. ET and finally leave it around 4 p.m. ET. WEAR YOUR ECLIPSE GLASSES while staring at the sun during this time. If you’re in the path, you can take them off during totality.

The weather looks pretty promising

Fortunately, it seems the clouds will stay away for the most part in Kentucky and Tennessee.

I have eclipse glasses, but are they real?

Because some people suck, a big batch of fake eclipse glasses were sold. How do you know if yours are real? Real ones have a designated ISO 12312-2 icon and the manufacturer’s name and address printed somewhere on them. Legit eclipse glasses are meant to block out all but the very brightest light, aka the sun or something comparably bright like a bright light bulb or LED flashlight. If you can see anything other than that, DON’T WEAR THEM DURING THE ECLIPSE.

I don’t have eclipse glasses. What do I do?

Grab a cereal box and follow these instructions:

Can I take a picture of the eclipse with my phone?

Yes, just don’t point your phone at the sun for too long or it could damage the image sensor. If you’re really worried about it, you can make your own solar filter for your phone; definitely use one for a nice camera. And again, never look at the partially eclipsed sun without eclipse glasses on!

I have a feeling that eclipse photos are going to be like firework photos: everyone takes them thinking they’re awesome and they all kind of suck. I’m sure I’ll post one on Instagram regardless.

The site will also be dark for a bit

Nashville’s in the path, so I’m going to take a break to go watch this historic event at a friend’s house. Nobody break anything while I’m gone.

This footage of the eclipse in 1979 is cool

Please stop talking about the eclipse. What else is going on?

Honestly, not a ton. There’s no football availability today, but word may leak out about the severity of Dorian Baker’s ankle injury. If you were offline this weekend, the senior wide receiver suffered a “substantial” injury to his ankle that we’re hearing could keep him out the entire season. Obviously, that’s a huge blow to Kentucky’s receiving corps, which is now in “next man up” mode. Like Landon Young in the wake of Cole Mosier’s injury last week, I expect Kayaune Ross to receive a lot of attention tomorrow when the offense addresses the media.

In other news, with class starting this week, the basketball players are back on campus. Additionally, former Cats will converge on Lexington later this week for the Alumni Game on Friday night. According to his Snapchat, Anthony Davis is already here:

The guys are in Hopkinsville for the festivities

At two minutes and forty seconds, Hopkinsville will have one of the longest totalities in the country. In turn, the KSR crew arrived in Hoptown last night to witness all the excitement. Over 200,000 people are expected to descend upon Hopkinsville, so if you’re there and looking for a way to pass the time, come on out to Main Street Tavern to watch the show.


Someone uploaded a bunch of tiny dick pics to the WKYT website

Someone uploaded a bunch of tiny dick pics to the WKYT website

WKYT should have known that allowing viewers to upload their own photos to its website was a bad idea.

Scott Jones of FTVLive.com discovered that someone has been uploading pictures of tiny penises to the station’s “Artistic Photos” photo gallery (thankfully, he blacked out the actual pictures because nobody wants to see that):

Photo via FTVLive.com

Whoops.

UPDATE: More pictures of tiny Dicks have been found at WKYT!