By Nick Roush on ©August 01st, 2018 @ 3:00pm
The Papa has left the building.
Today the University of Louisville officially changed the name of its football stadium to “Cardinal Stadium.” Cranes removed the Papa John’s logo from the stadium’s facade two weeks after President Neeli Bendapudi decided to cut ties with John Schnatter after he used the N-word in a company conference call.
There she goooooooes pic.twitter.com/c3KFNniOIj
— Rachel Bailey (@dailymissbailey) August 1, 2018
Removing the other gaudy sign won’t be as easy.
Louisville fans will have fond memories of the last time Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium hosted the Battle for The Governor’s Cup.
Kentucky is a miserable place to live. It’s one of the most miserable places to live in the entire county, according to a study. (I respectfully disagree.)
Over 160,000 human beings were interviewed to determine the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, which reviews how people live their lives. The index consists of five categories: sense of purpose, social relationships, financial security, relationship to community and physical health.
24/7 Wall Street then broke down the index’s findings by state, and found that Kentucky is the 45th most miserable state in America.
Here’s what it says about the Bluegrass:
Residents who like what they do every day: 70.6% (2nd lowest)
Residents w/ a strong social relationship: 76.0% (12th highest)
Residents in near perfect physical health: 48.4% (3rd lowest)
Poverty rate: 18.5% (4th highest)
Violent crime rate: 232.3 per 100,000 (7th lowest)
Using your strengths and enjoying what you do every day can greatly contribute to a sense of purpose — one of the most important pillars of personal well-being. In Kentucky, just 70.6% of adults like what they do every day, and 63.3% use their strengths to maximize their potential every day — the second smallest and smallest shares of any state, respectively. The relatively weak sense of purpose may partially explain the prevalence of depression in the state. Some 23% of respondents in Kentucky have had a depression in their lifetime, the fourth largest share of any state.
In addition, many also likely suffer from poor physical health. Only 48.4% of respondents in Kentucky assess their own physical health as near-perfect, the third smallest share of any state. Suboptimal health, for many, may be attributable to unhealthy habits. For example, just 57.4% of adults in the state eat healthily all day, the third smallest share of any state.
South Dakota ranked first on the well-being list with the highest percentage of residents who like what they do everyday and residents in near perfect physical shape.
Only Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas and West Virginia are worse than Kentucky.
By Hey Kentucky! on ©July 26th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
Tragedy struck Marshall County in January when an active shooter terrorized the high school, leaving dozens injured and two dead.
In the months since, the community has come together to heal as one. Hey Kentucky’s Chris Tomlin spoke to community leaders, students and survivors to see how they will move ahead with the start of a new school year.
Click here to see the rest of today’s episode in Madisonville with Drew and Matt.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 25th, 2018 @ 5:45pm
Thanks to your online participation, the Kentucky State Police took home the trophy for “Best Looking Cruiser” in 2018.
The American Association of State Troopers (AAST) announced its champion on Wednesday after a week of online voting on Facebook. In the end, Kentucky edged out Georgia with 29.9k likes and 1.9k loves to Georgia’s 29.k likes and 1.3k loves.
We’re proud to say we helped make the push for voters and we too feel like we’ve won. I have no idea what the KSP actually wins for claiming the title, but you better believe I’ll have this in my back pocket if I ever find myself pulled over for speeding.
Congrats to the KSP!
Justify is hanging it up.
It was announced Wednesday afternoon that the Triple Crown winner will no longer race again, not even in the upcoming Breeders’ Cup. Trainer Bob Baffert had hoped to get him ready for that one, but he is not responding to treatment and will instead retire for good.
Justify leaves racing with a perfect 6-0 record in his short career. He will now focus on fatherhood, having lots of sex, and playing football for Louisville.
By Nick Roush on ©July 25th, 2018 @ 10:30am
The Kentucky State Police needs your help.
The American Association of State Troopers’ annual police cruiser contest ends today. Thanks to the BBN, the Kentucky State Police has almost taken the lead, but they still narrowly trail to Georgia.
Here’s Georgia’s submission:
There’s no denying Kentucky > Georgia. Now, it’s time to prove it. Click here and “like” the Facebook page with the picture of the Kentucky police cruiser.
Voting ends today at 5:00 p.m. Kentucky currently trails by less than 1,000 votes. With the power of the BBN, the Kentucky State Police can make a late push to win the coveted contest. You got this, BBN.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 24th, 2018 @ 12:30pm
The Berea Police Department has gone viral for its #LipSyncChallenge video, in which members of the Berea police force can be seen lip syncing the words to George Strait’s “Fireman” and the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way.”
The video picked up even more online traction when Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys fame tweeted, “These NEVER get old! Thanks, guys for your love and service.”
It has now been viewed over 300,000 times on Facebook.
See for yourself:
Now “Tell my whyyyyyy” will be stuck in your head all day. Sorry about that.
A crowded field at the top could not stop Troy Merritt from winning the first Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club.
The Boise State alum shot a final round 67 to finish the tournament 23-under par. It’s just Merritt’s second PGA Tour victory. The win earns him a spot in next month’s PGA Championship, a two-year PGA TOUR exemption, 300 FedEx points and $630,000.
Merritt set the tone on day one at Keene Trace by shooting a 62. Billy Horschel, Tom Lovelady and Richy Werenski fought to get within one stroke, but the gap was too wide to close. This putt and a “come on” were enough to keep the contenders out of reach.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 23, 2018
A few others with local connections came up just short.
JT Posten, caddied by former KSR writer Aaron Flener, shot 66 in each of his final three rounds to finish just two strokes behind Merritt. Josh Teater started the final round with a chance to make a run, but produced a two-over 73, his worst round of the tournament. UK graduate Chip McDaniel finished six-under in his first PGA start, while fellow alumnus Cooper Musselman was one shot better at seven-under.
Even though Mother Nature refused to cooperate, the first Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace was a success. The event will only continue to improve as it calls Lexington home for (at least) the next four years.
By Nick Roush on ©July 21st, 2018 @ 8:30pm
For most of its existence, Kentucky Sports Radio’s footprint has remained entirely online. Now you can feel KSR’s presence across the Commonwealth.
Our four fearless KSR college interns — Payton, Courtney, Donovan and Chris — have already made their way to different corners of the state. The goal is to have three #KSR120 signs in each Kentucky county. Even though the project is not yet complete, many of y’all have already spotted the signs.
Tweet us using the #KSR120 hashtag and you might find yourself on the site. For more on the #KSR120 project, let Matt explain.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 19th, 2018 @ 1:30pm
You know what’s a bad idea? Feeding bears. A Harlan County man learned that lesson the hard way earlier this week.
Jonathan Shelton decided to test his luck on Black Mountain recently, opening his car door as a bear walked by and asking if it wanted food. Not surprisingly, the bear did, lunging at Shelton as he extended his hand. Luckily, he was able to get the car door shut just in time:
Shelton told WYMT he filmed the incident to bring awareness to how comfortable bears have become around people and didn’t actually have any food with him. Except, you know, his flesh.
However dumb this attempted PSA was, it is a good reminder NOT TO FEED BEARS. Not only is it dangerous, it’s actually against the law in Kentucky, with fines up to $1,000.
The Barbasol Championship is underway at Champions at Keene Trace. You should make the trip out there to see the action, but before you do, let’s get you some names to watch.
The casual fan will recognize some of the bigger names from the golf world — Davis Love III, Stuart Appleby, Billy Horschel, to name a few — but these are some of the competitors many of you may not know. We will be keeping an eye on this group all weekend and we hope to see all of them toward the top of the leaderboard.
Poston’s caddie, Aaron Flener, is a former KSR writer and a very good friend of ours. We always root for Flener, so Poston has become one of our favorite golfers since Flener got on his bag back in May.
Tee Times: 8:42 am, Thurs. / 1:42 pm*, Fri.
Before Flener was with Poston, he caddied for Stephen Jaeger on the Web.com Tour and then the PGA TOUR. The two went separate directions earlier this year, but Jaeger remains one of our favorites. We had some fun on a bachelor party last year.
— Drew Franklin. (@DrewFranklinKSR) May 20, 2017
Tee Times: 3:10 pm, Thurs. / 10:10 am*, Fri.
Also a friend of the KSR program, Josh Teater is the player most Kentuckians should follow. He’s currently competing to regain his PGA Tour card on the Web.com Tour, but he’s no newcomer to the PGA. The Danville native has made millions in over 150 PGA events over his career since turning pro after a great career at Morehead State.
Fun Fact: He and former UK football coach Rich Brooks are great friends.
Tee Times: 2:26 pm*, Thurs. / 9:26 am, Fri.
Chip McDaniel and Cooper Musselman
Two former Kentucky Wildcats will be making their professional debuts this weekend after leading UK to an NCAA Championship appearance for only the 10th time in program history. McDaniel holed out from the fairway on the 18th hole to punch the Cats’ ticket.
Tee Times: 9:59 am, Thurs. / 2:59 pm*, Fri.
Tee Times: 10:10 am*, Thurs. / 3:10 pm, Fri.
LPGA professional Brittany Lincicome accepted a Sponsor Exemption to compete in the 2018 Barbasol Championship. In doing so, Lincicome is only the fifth female in history to compete in a PGA event.
Tee Times: 9:59 am*, Thurs. / 2:59 pm, Fri.
Lovelady is the longest hitter in the tournament. He roomed with Justin Thomas at Alabama in college, and then again in Thomas’ home after he turned pro.
Tee Times: 2:37 pm, Thurs. / 9:37 am*, Fri.
Billy Hurley III
Hurley’s caddie, Clay Duerson, is a Lexingtonian and was once the Wildcat mascot for UK. So that’s neat.
Tee Times: 1:53 pm, Thurs. / 8:53* am, Fri.
A Pikeville native, Justice is a former UK golfer with five wins on his college resume. He is now a golf instructor in Lexington and earned his entry as the Kentucky PGA Section’s Player of the Year.
Tee Times: 2:48 pm*, Thurs. / 9:48 am, Fri.
Earlier this year, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz proposed to his girlfriend on top of the Kentucky Castle in Versailles.
They’re now married.
Wentz and Maddie Oberg, a Lexington native, tied the knot in a lakeside ceremony along Lake Nockamixon in Pennsylvania. Wentz took to Twitter afterward to share a few photos and to say, “Such a blessing to finally get to marry my best friend! It was an incredible day and God has his fingerprints all over our story! I’m a lucky man with one amazing wife #WentzUponATime.”
Such a blessing to finally get to marry my best friend! It was an incredible day and God has his fingerprints all over our story! I’m a lucky man with one amazing wife ?? #WentzUponATime pic.twitter.com/6N99DgQ3NV
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) July 16, 2018
2018 is a big ring year for Wentz’s hand. First the Super Bowl, then this.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 12th, 2018 @ 1:13pm
Build-A-Bear held a “Pay Your Age” promotion in its stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom today in which customers only had to pay the cost of the age of their child for the popular stuffed bears, which normally start at $30. Not surprisingly, it did not go well.
Lines were so long that the company was forced to cancel the promotion, forcing employees to turn away hundreds of customers, some who had been waiting for hours. Some customers in line did receive a $15 coupon, but most went home empty handed. Build-A-Bear posted this message on their website:
Per local authorities, we cannot accept additional Guests at our U.S. Build-A-Bear Workshop locations due to crowd and safety concerns. We have closed lines in our U.S. stores. We understand some of our Guests are disappointed and we will reach out directly as soon as possible.
Here’s footage of the crowd at Fayette Mall this morning from our friends at LEX18:
Hello everyone! It’s Claire Kopsky – LEX 18. I’m here at Fayette Mall where hundreds are lined up for Pay Your Age Day at Build-A-Bear! Some have been camped out and waiting since 7:00 this morning!
Posted by LEX 18 on Thursday, July 12, 2018
And the line in Louisville:
Take a look at that line! Thousands of people are in line at Louisville's Build A Bear at the Paddock Shops for the "pay your age" promotion http://www.wlky.com/article/build-a-bear-lets-customers-pay-your-age-for-just-one-day/22096528
Posted by WLKY News on Thursday, July 12, 2018
Build-A-Bear pay your age promo backfiring at Paddock Shops. Louisville authorities now requiring the store to limit the line because of safety concerns. One viewer says at least 1,000 are already waiting. pic.twitter.com/QayNrVasO7
— Jen Keeney (@jenkeeney) July 12, 2018
This promo is problematic for many reasons. First, Build-A-Bear should have known this would happen. People will do ANYTHING to save a buck, including standing in line for hours on end. There’s no way supply could ever meet demand, resulting in an inevitable PR nightmare.
Secondly, unless you were one of the first 50 or so people in line, you probably should have known this would happen too. The offer said children must be present to get the special discount, so, you have to stand in line with your kid for hours knowing you might not get a $20 or so discount on a stuffed animal. I’m not a parent, but that doesn’t sound worth it. I’d fork over the extra money and spend my Thursday morning at the pool.
One of the most famous Kentuckians was in a very scary scooter accident and he is lucky to be alive.
George Clooney was riding along a road on the Italian island of Sardinia when he collided head-on with a blue Mercedes. The car veered into oncoming traffic, which resulted in Clooney crashing into the front of the car at a high speed and then flying into the air and onto the asphalt.
The actor could not move his head or legs as his bodyguards rushed to his side, according to reports. He was hospitalized but then discharged two hours later with injuries to his pelvis, leg and arm.
Surveillance video was released today:
As you can see, that could’ve been much, much worse for the Oscar-winning Kentuckian.