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You might know Pablo Torre from his articles in ESPN the Magazine or ESPN.com. You also might know his face from Around the Horn. Now you can know him as a guest on The Matt Jones Podcast. Highlights from today’s episode:
— Where do all of the giants in the NBA get their clothes?
— Why Torre believers a 16-seed can beat a 1-seed.
— How politics and sports are intertwined with one another.
— Things in sports media that irk Matt.
You can have every podcast delivered straight to your phone by searching for “The Matt Jones Podcast” on iTunes and clicking “subscribe.” It doesn’t get much easier than that. If you aren’t an iTunes person, you can also stream every podcast on Podbay.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 10th, 2016 @ 6:00pm
If you live in Lexington, you know the CentrePointe hole has become part of the downtown landscape. Originally scheduled to be completed in 2010, the CentrePointe project has struggled to get off the ground for several years, and there’s no more poignant reminder than the hole the size of a full city block that’s been sitting empty since 2014.
Today, the CentrePointe project was dealt another blow when the newest developers to get involved announced they are pulling out. A lawyer for the developers sent the Lexington Urban County Council a letter this afternoon withdrawing from the project, which was slated to include a hotel, apartment building, restaurant, and retail shops.
The move comes one day after city officials were given a report about possible sites for a new city hall and ruled the CentrePoint project area one of the top three possible sites. When the city sent the developers a letter proposing that the city rent space from CentrePointe for a new city hall, the developers decided to pull out. Mayor Jim Gray said in a statement that the proposal from the developers asked too much from taxpayers.
At what point does the city just fill it with water and make it part of the Town Branch Creek?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 10th, 2016 @ 5:00pm
The guy on the left is former Auburn basketball star and current ESPN analyst Daymeon Fishback, and right now, he’s the only one of ESPN’s 27 college basketball experts that thinks Kentucky can still make it to the Final Four. Today, ESPN revisited its preseason picks for the NCAA Tournament, and Fishback was the only one to stick to his pick that the Cats would make it to Houston. In fact, Fishback kept all of his picks the same, including Kevin Stallings as Coach of the Year, which honestly has me a little worried that he forgot to update them altogether:
Final Four: North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Maryland
National champion: North Carolina
Player of the year: Ben Simmons, LSU
Coach of the year: Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt
Before the season started
Final Four: North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Maryland
National champion: North Carolina
Player of the year: Ben Simmons, LSU
Coach of the year: Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt
Regardless, it’s good to see someone still has faith in the Cats…maybe. The rest of ESPN’s experts are split, six picking UNC to win it all, six picking Maryland to win it all, and six picking Michigan State to win it all, further proof that with this season, who knows.
Today in “As the Cardinal Turns”: could UofL athletic director Tom Jurich be headed for sunnier shores? Tony Vanetti is reporting that Jurich has been offered the AD job at University of Southern California, and he’s considering it. Vanetti says that Jurich is reportedly upset with UofL president James Ramsey for not including him in the decision to self-impose a postseason ban and is unhappy with the current power struggle in the midst of the sex scandal.
Could Jurich, Ramsey, and Rick Pitino all be gone after this season? If so, will Floyd Street self-destruct upon their exits?
Meanwhile, which do you think would upset Louisville fans more: losing Pitino or losing Jurich?
Which would upset Louisville fans more?
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) February 10, 2016
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 10th, 2016 @ 3:45pm
Today’s WTF headline comes to us from Whitesburg, Kentucky, where a drunk man was caught trying to shoplift Legos and dolls from a Wal-Mart by an off-duty Kentucky State Trooper.
According to WYMT, KSP Trooper Scott Caudill caught James Penrod, a 51-year-old from North Dakota, stuffing Legos down his pants. After alerting Wal-Mart employees, Caudill caught Penrod putting pink dolls in his jacket pocket. Caudill wrote in his citation that Penrod smelled strongly of alcohol and Legos could be heard rattling around in his pants. After Penrod became hostile and spit in Caudill’s face, additional police officers were called in to help detain him.
Penrod was taken to the Letcher County Jail, where he faces charges of resisting arrest, assault of a police officer, criminal abuse 3rd degree, fleeing or evading police, tampering with physical evidence, shoplifting, alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct and menacing. Also, stupidity (although that one’s not on the citation).
It’s been over a week since Lamar Thomas left Louisville to accept the wide receivers coaching position at Kentucky, and today, UK released his contract. Thomas will make $275,000 this upcoming season and $300,000 for the 2017-2018 season, quite a bump from his $200,000/year contract at Louisville.
Like the rest of UK’s coaches, Thomas will receive bonuses if Kentucky wins the SEC East, the SEC Championship, or makes it to a bowl. To read the specific breakdowns of those bonuses, check out his contract on UK’s website.
Meanwhile, nothing new to report on the defensive backs coaching job left vacant by Derrick Ansley. Stay tuned…
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 10th, 2016 @ 2:10pm
Do you love the Lexington Legends? Do you love DeMarcus Cousins? (Of course you do!) Then circle April 22 in your calendar, because the Legends are hosting a DeMarcus Cousins bobblehead giveaway at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on April 22. (It probably won’t look like the one pictured above.)
Sounds like a great excuse to enjoy a night at the ballpark to me.
Speaking of Boogie, he and several former Cats will participate in the NBA All-Star festivities this weekend. Here’s a schedule of when you can see your favorite former Cats on TNT:
Friday’s BBVA Rising Stars Challenge
- Karl-Anthony Towns – Team USA
- Nerlens Noel – Team USA
- Trey Lyles – Team World
Saturday’s Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
- Devin Booker
Saturday’s Taco Bell Skills Challenge
- Karl-Anthony Towns
- Anthony Davis
- DeMarcus Cousins
Sunday’s All Star Game
- John Wall – Eastern Conference
- DeMarcus Cousins – Western Conference
- Anthony Davis – Western Conference
[Ed. Note: Two years ago, my husband found himself with an extra ticket to the UK/Vandy game at Memorial Gymnasium, and instead of selling it, he decided to give it Dancing Guy, who came to Nashville without a ticket in hopes of going to the game. He wrote about the experience at the time, and given all the discussion about Dancing Guy today, I thought it was worth sharing again, as is Mark Story’s profile of him from 2009.]
JANUARY 12, 2014
As Tyler and I headed to Corner Pub to pregame with UK fans before the Vanderbilt game a few weeks ago, little did I know fate was going to deliver upon me the chance to share the experience with UK fan legend “Dancing Guy,” aka Darren Moscoe.
My friend who was originally going to the game with me came down with the stomach flu and had to cancel at last minute, so I was stuck with an extra ticket in hopes of finding another fan willing to pay $40 for some cheap seats. As usual, Tyler had a press credential and Aaron Flener already had a ticket, but I was optimistic someone would be willing to join me on the wooden bleachers of Memorial Gym. As we pulled into the parking lot, who did we spot coming out of Corner Pub but the ever-enthusiastic Dancing Guy! Tyler even joked that I should give him the extra ticket. Should I?
Now, Dancing Guy and I have some history. Tyler’s parents have season tickets in Section 18 of Rupp, and he usually sits one row behind them, waiting anxiously for the second half TV timeout and Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony” to blast through the speakers. Whenever I sit in the Thompson family seats, I always capture his handrail sliding, stair-shimmying routine with my iPhone. He’s even hammed it up a bit more for me at times, knowing I am recording his, well, let’s say, “unique” dance routine. I was also lucky enough to be seated near him in the upper level during this year’s Big Blue Madness. The Big Blue gods clearly had a plan for us.
Back to Corner Pub. As we walked into the bar, we noticed Dancing Guy had already left, going from location to location, hoping to find a ticket to the game. He showed back up at Corner Pub in time for a quick interview with Jennifer Palumbo and to see if he won the raffle for free tickets. Knowing I couldn’t miss this opportunity, I approached Dancing Guy and asked if he was still looking for a ticket. He gave me some short blurb about not having enough money, being unemployed, or something to that effect. I told him I was a big fan, gave him my extra ticket with a handshake, and told him “See you at the game.”
From there, we split ways, but I eventually saw him walking to Vandy’s campus with a few of his friends, with whom I assume he traveled down to Nashville. A few minutes before game time, he showed up at his assigned seat, trying to catch his breath from the climb up the stairs to Section 3L. After he thanked me graciously for the ticket, we introduced ourselves since I never even knew what to call him other than “Dancing Guy.” From that point on, Darren and I were on a first-name basis and having a great time watching the Cats take on the Commodores. Just a few highlights from our conversations:
— He thought the game was going to be downtown at Bridgestone Arena, and wasn’t sure if he had ever been to Memorial Gym, although he did recognize the unique raised floor and bench seating from TV.
— Although he doesn’t have a favorite player on this team yet, his all-time favorite UK player is Kenny Walker.
— His favorite game time chant is “DE-FENSE” which he never stopped yelling when Cats didn’t have the ball, and he plays particularly close attention to post-ups and blocking out in the paint.
— He’s not afraid to take a few friendly jabs at the opposing team, albeit his creativity in name-calling is a little lacking.
— He knows of his popularity in the UK fanbase, and understands people expect him to have some bling in his attire and some soul in his steps.
After the game, Darren and I exchanged a victory high-five and C-A-T-S cheer, then headed our separate ways. As I was walking back to the parking lot, I couldn’t help but remember everyone being a bit worried I was sitting next to him during the game. I have heard people refer to him as “weird” or “creepy,” and how they were slightly disturbed by his crotch-riding handrail slides. And while he is certainly eccentric and maybe a bit socially awkward, he was no more strange than many other dedicated — in some cases obsessed — fans of the Big Blue Nation. I was more than happy to give him a ticket to the game, as he gave me a lifetime of memories I won’t soon forget. Thanks Darren! Hope to see you at a game sometime soon.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 10th, 2016 @ 12:56pm
You’re looking at former Tennessee wide receiver Drae Bowles, who may be one of my new favorite people on Earth. According to a federal lawsuit filed by six unnamed UT female students — five of which are alleged rape victims — Bowles was confronted and assaulted by his Tennessee teammates in 2014 for helping a woman who accused the players — A.J. Johnson and Mike Williams — of rape.
From The Tennessean:
Bowles took the woman to a hospital on the night of the alleged rape in November 2014 and supported her decision to report the incident to authorities, according to the lawsuit.
While the woman, a student-athlete, was meeting with executive senior associate athletics director Jon Gilbert, senior associate athletics director Mike Ward and her coach, she received a message from her roommate “who was witnessing at that moment several football players jumping” Bowles, the lawsuit says. The woman informed the athletics officials of the incident and was told they would “look into it,” according to the suit. The lawsuit says “athletic coaches were present during that altercation.”
Days later, the woman learned that Bowles was assaulted a second time at the team facility by the same players, the lawsuit says. She reported the second assault to university administrators as well.
Bowles has since transferred to UT-Chattanooga, a decision the lawsuit claims he made after being victimized by his teammates. The plaintiffs argue that the incident with Bowles is just one of many that have contributed to a “hostile sexual environment” at UT, one which chancellor Jimmy Cheek, AD Dave Hart, and Butch Jones have failed to address. The lawsuit also claims that former UT linebacker Curt Maggitt admitted to police that the second assault on Bowles took place, adding more smoke to this fire. Williams and Johnson face separate trials set to begin this summer, for which Bowles has reportedly received a subpoena to testify.
All in all, a terrible look for the Tennessee football program. To read more details, check out The Tennessean.
Everyone join me in wishing a big Happy Birthday to John Calipari, head coach of your University of Kentucky Wildcats.
Coach Cal turns 57 years young today and he is celebrating in New York City, according to this tweet from his “favorite child.”
— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) February 10, 2016
Leave him a kind message below and we’ll make sure he sees them.
Jay Bilas updated his ranking of the 68 best teams in college basketball today and he has the Kentucky Wildcats in his top 20.
The Cats rank 19th in Volume VI of The Bilas Index for the 2016 season:
19. Kentucky Wildcats
In 15 games this season, Tyler Ulis has been responsible for at least 10 of Kentucky’s field goals. He did so only once last season. Kentucky gives up an assist on only 40 percent of its opponents’ field goals, the lowest assist rate in the nation.
Bilas has a top five of Oklahoma, Maryland, Villanova, North Carolina and Iowa. What a bizzare year of college basketball.
Darren Moscoe, also known as “Dancing Guy,” had this heartfelt message for the young girl he accidentally dropped while dancing in Rupp Arena last night.
— Vaughts' Views (@vaughtsviews) February 10, 2016
By Drew Franklin on ©February 10th, 2016 @ 10:00am
We may never top yesterday’s interview with Katina Powell, but the show must go on…
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Hello from lovely, freezing Boston, Massachusetts!
I’m up and at ’em after a long night of karaoke with two female Bernie Sanders campaigners I met in my hotel lobby, which was very random and bizarre. They kept me out past my bedtime but it was a fun night in downtown Beantown and I was able to sing Beyonce’s “Halo” to a crowd of uninterested people.
I watched the game at Tavern In The Square outside TD Garden — recommended to my friend by one Walter McCarty — and, honestly, didn’t pay a whole lot of attention because Kentucky was up by a million. But I did see what mattered; at least enough to stay on top of the news for today’s Morning Wakeup on KentuckySportsRadio.com.
So let’s do that, with more notes from Bahston.
People up here hate C-A-T-S cheers and obsess over Tom Brady.
I can confirm the Boston Bruins crowd isn’t a big Kentucky Wildcats crowd. The bar outside the Bruins game was packed with meatheads in hockey jerseys as I tried to watch UK, and they were not big fans of the three of us doing C-A-T-S cheers throughout the night.
It got even worse when one of us — we’ll call her Megan, because that’s her name — proceeded to lecture everyone on Deflategate and how Tom Brady and the Patriots are cheaters. To say I feared for my safety was an understatement, being the only guy in a group that was about to get pummeled for talking bad about their Lord and Savior, Tom Brady.
I guess it’s the same way we would defend Coach Cal if someone were to come to Lexington and curse his holy name.
Yesterday’s KSR was one for the ages. (Not all ages, though.)
You can’t unhear the words Katina Powell said to Matt Jones during yesterday’s interview on KSR. It’s now been almost 24 hours and I still can’t believe her comment about putting body fluids on the ceiling. If you missed it, scroll down (way down) to check out the audio, video, and Mrs. Tyler’s recap of the whole thing. It couldn’t have gone better.
We now know Alex Poythress will be out two weeks.
Though John Robic said he expected Alex Poythress to play against Georgia, Poythress sat out with the knee injury that kept him out of the Florida game. John Calipari told everyone afterward that his senior forward will be out for two weeks.
I was told on Monday that Poythress would miss 10-14 days, but I couldn’t go public with that information because UK wanted Georgia to plan on him playing. It’s a slight tear in his meniscus, not “a hemorrhoid,” as Calipari said last night.
Get better, AP.
Have we seen the end of Dancing Guy?
By now you’ve probably seen the video of Dancing Guy picking up a young girl and dropping her down the steps at last night’s game. It was a very scary situation and may cost us any further performances from one of Rupp Arena’s celebrity fans.
Here’s the video:
Luckily the girl is okay. That could’ve been really bad.
The Golden State Warriors are basketball porn.
I’m off to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.
I’m going to tour the Hall today since I’m in this freezing, angry city with nothing to do. I will give a tour on SnapChat (drew_franklin) with some stuff on Twitter (@DrewFranklinKSR) so check it out if you’d like a look at what’s inside. A full recap of my findings will be on the site early next week.
KSR radio is up next. Tune in to that, although it won’t top yesterday’s second hour.
By Bryan the Intern on ©February 10th, 2016 @ 8:00am
There is a saying that is repeated often by radio talk show hosts and college basketball analysts that in the NCAA Tournament it is the guard position that matters the most. If you don’t have good guards you can’t win because those guys have the ball in their hands the most. If you are, let’s say Purdue, and your team is centered around big guys your chances are much smaller. Teams like UCONN in 2011 and 2014 rode hot guards to titles. But is this really the case year in and year out or are their just exceptional cases where guards have carried their teams.
Looking at each UK Final Four team since 1993, just who has led the team in scoring in the NCAA Tournament those years? Below are the Top 3 scorers in each NCAA Tournament in those FF runs:
1993 (5 games)
FORWARD, Jamal Mashburn: 97 points
GUARD, Travis Ford: 73 points
GUARD, Dale Brown: 63 points
1996 (6 games)
GUARD, Tony Delk: 113 points
FORWARD, Antoine Walker: 88 points
FORWARD, Walter McCarty: 67 points
1997 (6 games)
FORWARD, Ron Mercer: 98 points
GUARD, Wayne Turner: 76 points
GUARD, Cameron Mills: 71 points
1998 (6 games)
GUARD, Jeff Sheppard: 99 points
FORWARD, Scott Padgett: 82 points
CENTER, Nazr Mohammed: 80 points
2011 (5 games)
GUARD, Brandon Knight: 80 points
CENTER, Josh Harrellson: 65 points
FORWARD, Terrence Jones: 52 points
2012 (6 games)
GUARD, Doron Lamb: 99 points
CENTER, Anthony Davis: 82 points
GUARD, Marquis Teague: 80 points
2014 (6 games)
FORWARD, Julius Randle: 89 points
GUARD, James Young: 79 points
GUARD, Aaron Harrison: 79 points
2015 (5 games)
FORWARD, Karl Towns: 71 points
FORWARD, Trey Lyles: 53 points
GUARD, Andrew Harrison: 52 points
Now, a couple things to keep in mind. First, only 3 centers show up on the list, Nazr Mohammed, Josh Harrellson (barely a center) and Anthony Davis (only the best player in UK history). So what you can say is the CENTERS are generally minimized in the NCAA Tournament. Which is good for UK this year because our centers can’t score. We don’t really need Skal, Lee, and Humphries to score for the Cats to win. That’s good.
But, the idea that guards are the key really doesn’t seem to have much proof above. In the 8 Final Fours above you have 12 guards, 9 forwards, and 3 centers. Forwards have led the team in NCAA Tournament scoring in 3 of the 8 seasons, including the last 2. With that said, it’s hard to imagine anybody but Jamal Murray or Tyler Ulis would lead UK in scoring over a 5-6 game stretch, but these stats show that if Derrick Willis or Alex Poythress get hot in late March there is no reason to claim that is a bad thing. I think Murray and Ulis do need to play well for UK to succeed. That really doesn’t need to be discussed.
But do they HAVE TO lead the team in scoring? I’m not so sure.