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:
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:
By Drew Franklin on ©August 23rd, 2017 @ 6:01pm
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?
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?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 21st, 2017 @ 4:45pm
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:
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:
– Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 21, 2017
Video from Kelly, Kentucky:
– World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) August 21, 2017
Western Kentucky University:
– Ry Crist (@rycrist) August 21, 2017
From Washington Post photographer Jonathan Newton somewhere in Kentucky on the path:
– Zack Massey (@zackmassey) August 21, 2017
From Titans stadium:
– Ashley Strauss (@AshleyStrauss) August 21, 2017
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin:
— Kevin Sumlin (@CoachSumlin) August 21, 2017
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney enjoyed it with some SunChips:
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) August 21, 2017
South Carolina’s team:
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) August 21, 2017
Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh:
Harbaugh checking out the eclipse outside Michigan Stadium pic.twitter.com/nPPKwUynuh
— angelique (@chengelis) August 21, 2017
Former presidents Bush:
Four generations of family taking in the partial eclipse today. Already looking forward to the next one in Texas in 2024! pic.twitter.com/3iSPh9iydA
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) August 21, 2017
Whatever. It happens again in 2024.
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.
By T.Walters on ©August 18th, 2017 @ 1:30pm
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):
UPDATE: More pictures of tiny Dicks have been found at WKYT!
There are over 40 lakes in the state of Kentucky; which is the best?
After spending last weekend on Center Hill Lake, my dream of one day owning a lake house is back in full force. After scrolling through lake houses on Zillow yesterday, I put out a Twitter poll asking you guys what the best lake in Kentucky is. Not surprisingly, it sparked a very lively debate. Lake Cumberland won by a lot, but Twitter only let me list four options, so let’s carry that fun over to today with an expanded version.
Vote for what you believe is the best lake in Kentucky below:
My criteria: clean water, pretty scenery, and nice marinas. Boat drivers that aren’t assholes are a plus. Be ready to defend your pick in the comments.
Let the debate begin…
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 18th, 2017 @ 9:00am
It’s Friday, and just the mere mention of that probably made some of you throw up your hands in joy like that fan up there. Here’s what you can expect from the world of UK Sports before you take off for the weekend.
We’ll hear from the football team
The football team got a well-deserved break from the media yesterday, but select players will be back in front of the mics today. TE Greg Hart, CB Zy’Aire Hughes, LB Courtney Love, CB Kendall Randolph, WR Tavin Richardson and OG Logan Stenberg are all scheduled to speak to reporters around lunchtime, so check back this afternoon for a full rundown. I’m most excited to hear from Stenberg, whom Denzil Ware called that “Big Dude with a Ponytail” on Wednesday:
Denzil Ware making a push for best UK football interview. Great stuff here about OG Logan Stenberg pic.twitter.com/1l7isMNbfz
– Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) August 16, 2017
The radio crew will draft the Legends Game teams (for real)
Yesterday, Drew and I did a mock draft of the players participating in the Legends Game and UK liked it so much that they’re letting us do it for real on the radio. Yet another reason to tune into today’s show, right? Here’s the list of players the guys will choose from:
Honestly, I think my Blue Team from yesterday will be hard to top. I was happy to see that over 60% of you agreed, picking my squad to beat Drew’s:
Drew was so bitter over the poll results that he wrote a whole post about it last night, so let’s hope he drafts a better team today.
Council votes unanimously to relocate Confederate statues in Lexington
Mayor Jim Gray’s quest to relocate two Confederate statues in Cheapside Park took another step forward last night when the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council unanimously approved the resolution. Now, it will be presented to the Kentucky Military Heritage Commission, who must approve it before any action is taken.
Earlier this week, reports came out that a white nationalist group was planning a rally in Lexington to protest the removal of the statues, but yesterday, Lexington Police said, thus far, there has been no indication that such a protest will take place:
Statement regarding potential protests in Lexington. There is currently NO SPECIFIC EVENT planned. pic.twitter.com/yeVQRC9trc
— Lexington Police (@lexkypolice) August 17, 2017
Freakishly Tan Calipari is back
August means two things: endless first day of school pictures on Facebook and Calipari getting his tan on. Fresh off a family vacation, Calipari showed up at a corporate event in Vegas yesterday looking like Magda from There’s Something About Mary. Usually Tan Calipari is also Swaggy Calipari, so you won’t hear me complaining.
“They’re all grown up” Moment of the Day
A post shared by Malik Monk (@ahmad_monk) on
Last night, Malik Monk shared this picture from the Panini NBA Rookie photo shoot, and I’ll be honest, it made me a little nostalgic for last year’s squad. I know we’ve got a great new group to look forward to, but the run Monk, Bam, Fox, and the Cats made in March was such a sweet surprise. And now they’re millionaires…
Happy birthday, Ryan Lemond!
Our favorite KSR sidekick/real estate agent turns the ripe age of 51 today, but after partying in Madisonville last night, he may feel a whole lot older. Tune into the show to check on his condition.
Summer Tour Stop of the Day: Madisonville
The gang is at Watermark Toyota in Drew Franklin’s hometown to draft the Legends Game and get you ready for the weekend.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 17th, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Either the Courier-Journal’s preview of Louisville’s receiving corps contains a typo or it is way too much information for the reader.
We’re a family site, so I won’t elaborate, but check out what sophomore wide receiver Seth Dawkins could be for the Cardinals, per the story:
A viable what?