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Ulis and Booker nominated for NBA Awards

Ulis and Booker nominated for NBA Awards

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The NBA has a new awards show this season, appropriately called the NBA Awards, and a couple of former Wildcats earned nominations.

Up first we have Tyler Ulis, who is in the mix for Game Winner of the Year for his buzzer-beater against the Celtics.

You know the one:

He’s up against some tough competition in Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving.

Then Ulis’ teammate, Devin Booker, is nominated for Performance of the Year for his 70-point night, also against the Celtics.

To vote for the former Cats, you can do it online here or by tweeting “#PerformanceoftheYear Devin Booker” and “#GameWinneroftheYear Tyler Ulis.”

Get it done, BBN.

Johnson said his UK visit was really good

Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Michael Reaves/Getty Images

We have an update on Cam Johnson’s visit, courtesy of the well-connected Adam Zagoria.

Zagoria updated his story today to include a quote from Johnson, who said via text, “Just finished up, it was really good.”

So there ya go. It was really good. I know that’s not the greatest update, but it’s an update nonetheless.

Enjoy the rest of your day.


BBNBA: Patterson moving on, Harrison going home


Two more NBA Playoff series came to an end last night. Patrick Patterson and the Toronto Raptors gave up a 25 point lead but managed to squeak out a game 6 win over the Bucks to advance to the next round. Andrew Harrison and the Memphis Grizzlies came up just short of forcing a game 7 against the 2-seeded San Antonio Spurs. Let’s take a look at how the two former Cats did last night.


Patrick Patterson, Toronto Raptors (92-89 win over Bucks)

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Throw up the goggles P-Pat!

Patterson had the game clinching steal as well. Catch Patterson’s post-game comments here:


Andrew Harrison, Memphis Grizzlies (103-96 loss to Spurs)

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One of two back-to-back 3s for Harrison.

Hustle plays are what non-starters need to do in the Playoffs.

Tonight we see some more former Cats take the floor in the NBA Playoffs:

  • Washington Wizards (John Wall) at Atlanta Hawks, 7:30pm ET on ESPNU/TNT
    • Washington leads series 3-2
  • Boston Celtics (James Young) at Chicago Bulls (Rajon Rondo), 8pm ET on ESPN
    • Boston leads series 3-2
  • Los Angeles Clippers at Utah Jazz (Trey Lyles), 10:30pm ET on ESPN
    • Utah leads series 3-2


Tom Jurich: “We’re an easy target for everybody”

Tom Jurich: “We’re an easy target for everybody”


Tom Jurich made me laugh yesterday.

In speaking about his dumpster fire of a university, Jurich said things like “we do it with integrity” and “I wouldn’t trade my coaches for anybody.”

[Pause for laughter]

The UofL AD also said, “We’re an easy target for everybody,” which is the truest thing to ever come out of his mouth. There’s a big ol’ bullseye on that athletic department right now.

Once I got done laughing, hours after the press conference, I thought we’d have a little fun with his comments.


Such an easy target.

Bam Adebayo and Movie Madness (Friday Show Thread)


It’s another big day on Kentucky Sports Radio radio as we welcome Bam Adebayo on for an interview and we try to finish up Movie Madness.

Bam is all set to join us in the second hour. We’ll settle the movie debates whenever we can work them in.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

Listen to Kentucky Sports Radio



Friday Top 10: Hug a Bears fan today

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No matter where you are this Friday morning, you can’t be worse off than Chicago Bears fans. Chicago shook up last night’s NFL draft by trading up a spot to get Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick. Throw in the Bears’ offseason acquisition of Mike Glennon and the franchise has about $47 million in guaranteed money owed to those two quarterbacks. That’s comedy. Trubisky? Bust in the making. And they traded several valuable draft picks to get him!

Hug your Bears friends today!


1. Cameron Johnson did not commit while on campus.

Johnson’s official visit to Kentucky wrapped up yesterday and he left town without pledging his commitment to the Wildcats. (Rats.) That could mean (1) Calipari is holding out hope for Kevin Knox or (2) Johnson wants to wait and take other visits before deciding. Whatever the case may be, I still think he will wear Kentucky blue next season until I hear something that will convince me otherwise. Hopefully we hear something from Johnson about his trip to Lexington soon.

2. KSR Movie Madness continues.

Yesterday we eliminated half of the field by voting our way through the first round. Today we’ll try to declare a tournament champion from the 32 remaining movies:


3. Blue Smith now asking for 10,000 retweets.

Blue Smith, one of the top priorities on Mark Stoops’ board, is now asking for 10,000 retweets from Big Blue Nation. We quickly got him the 5,000 he wanted yesterday and now that number has doubled for a commit (although it’s very unlikely this is serious).

In related news, Smith announced his 10 finalists yesterday. They are Alabama, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee.

4. De’Aaron Fox moved out of the lodge.

Fox flew out to Los Angeles yesterday, leaving Lexington behind. He will spend the next several weeks getting ready for the draft. #HeGone

5. Patrick Patterson is in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Patterson scored a late game-tying dunk to help his Raptors beat the Bucks in Milwaukee in Game 6. The win clinched the series and propelled Patterson and the Raptors to the Eastern Conference semis, where LeBron James and the Cavs await.

John Wall, Patterson’s former teammate at Kentucky, will try to punch his ticket to the other East semi tonight when the Wizards take on Atlanta at 7:30.

6. Andrew Harrison’s playoff run is over; Jerry Lawler hit by chair at the game.

The Spurs took down the Grizzlies last night, ending Andrew Harrison’s first NBA playoff appearance. But the real story here is Jerry Lawler, new friend of KSR, taking a chair to the back from Buff Bagwell.

Buff Bagwell, there’s a name.

7. George Adams’ baby boy went sixth overall in last night’s NFL draft.

Jamal Adams, a Kentucky legacy, is now a multimillionaire and soon-to-be NFL star with the New York Jets. The former LSU safety is the son of George Adams, a football alum of Lafayette High School and Kentucky. The younger Adams had an offer from Kentucky out of high school but never really considered the Cats before he decided on LSU. He’s one of the main reasons Mark Stoops and his staff have made it a priority to get all alumni more active and involved in the program.

8. An update on our friend Radar.

Many of you know Radar and used him to get home a time or two on UK’s campus, and you know he had a severe medical scare over the weekend (story here). Well, Radar called me yesterday and said he is recovering at his mother’s house in Eastern Kentucky and getting better each day. When I asked how long until he’ll be back on his feet, he told me he is already trying to make it to the UK softball games this weekend. My man loves some UK sports. Good to hear he is recovering well.

9. Blue got in on Jeopardy.



Um, what is the University of Kentucky?

10. Ready for more movie talk?

It’s coming your way in one hour.

Keeneland Weekender: 4/28/17

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Image via: Keeneland

Friday is closing day of the spring meet at Keeneland, and the weather forecast looks markedly improved from what was predicted earlier in the week (go figure), so get out and enjoy the final day of thoroughbred racing in central Kentucky until October.  First post is 1:05pm EST.

The 5th race provides a full field of 3yo maiden fillies going a mile on the grass.  Julien Leparoux takes off Mercy Ann (# 5) to ride Game Factor (# 7) who will likely go favored for Christophe Clement.  She ran two very solid races in south Florida over the winter but was out-finished in both going half a furlong shorter.  Auntie’s the One (# 1) ran strongly going an extra furlong here 15 days ago.  She should appreciate the cut back in distance to a mile and will benefit from the previous trip over the course.  Jaunt (# 6) is the only horse in the field to have actually crossed the wire first, having beaten 9 others home at this mile distance back in November at Aqueduct.  She was disqualified from that winning effort and placed 3rd for interference.  She subsequently produced two subpar efforts in south Florida and returns here after a brief freshening for Shug McGaughey.

The featured 9th race is the 56th running of the Grade 3 Bewitch Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile and a half on the turf.  It’s difficult to get past morning line favorite Arles (# 6) for Team Valor, Green Lantern Stables and trainer Graham Motion.  The French import has three straight runner-up finishes against tougher company than this since shipping across the Atlantic late last summer.  She will be forwardly placed, if not at the head of affairs, turning for home and should prove too tough to catch.

Churchill Downs, Saturday, 1st post @ 6pm EST:

The spring/summer meet at Churchill Downs begins with night racing on Saturday, sort of the unofficial kick-off to Derby week.  The 4th race is the Roxelana, a 3/4 mile sprint for fillies and mares on the main track.  Finley’sluckycharm (# 1) is a mortal lock.  She won three straight races at Churchill last fall by open lengths and in very fast time.  Trainer Bret Calhoun then shipped her to California for the Grade 1 La Brea at the end of December where she was just edged in the shadow of the wire by Constellation.  A solid work tab indicates her readiness for this initial effort of 2017.

The 9th race is the 3rd running of the William Walker, a 6 furlong sprint for 3yos.  The race features the return of Syndergaard (# 1), one of the most highly touted 2yos of 2016.  After two complete demolitions of New York-bred company at Saratoga last summer, the son of Majesticperfection put forth by far and away the most impressive losing effort of the year by a 2yo when 2nd by a nose to Derby contender Practical Joke in the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont.  He finished just inside the top half of the field, beaten 13+ lengths by Classic Empire in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.  The Pletcher barn knows how to get horses ready off the bench, and Syndergaard is absolutely the one to beat returning to a sprint distance in this spot.  Two interesting outsiders are The Money Monster (# 4) and Classic Cotton (# 5).  While the other contenders have raced enough to prove they aren’t good enough to beat Syndergaard, both The Money Monster and Classic Cotton are lightly raced with each making just their 4th lifetime start.  Classic Cotton returned in short order from his maiden victory at Gulfstream to contest a Florida-bred stakes race, finishing 4th of 7 in the Sophomore Stakes at Tampa.  He comes into this eligible to improve with a bullet :46 and 3 half mile breeze in tow.  The Money Monster makes his 2nd start for hall of famer Bill Mott after being pulled up in the Tampa Bay Derby.  One of only two stakes winners in the field (he won the 7 furlong Pasco at Tampa in just his 2nd start), he enters this off a blazing half mile drill of his own at Gulfstream Park.  He’s eligible to improve markedly, having spent the last six weeks in the Mott barn.

Apologies are due for the amount of chalk served up in this edition, but there’s something to be said for taking a free space when it’s offered.  Next week we will tackle the Oaks and Derby cards from Churchill Downs, where there will certainly be more opportunities to unearth some value.


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Will Calipari’s Seat Ever Not be Ice-Cold?

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No coach will ever have a 100% job approval rating at the University of Kentucky considering the passion of the fanbase.  But John Calipari’s seat has only been even luke warm one time and I think that was headed into the SEC Tournament in 2014.  Coming off an NIT year and then having the “best class in basketball history”, the Cats that year vastly underperformed and I think some wondered if the Cal-system really worked long term or not.  Of course, that team ended up making it to the national championship and everything has been smooth sailing since.  Calipari’s seat has NEVER been warm and he’s never been under any serious fan pressure to move aside, retire, be fired, etc.  But right now UK is actually in a strange period of time because for the first time in the Calipari era the Cats have missed the Final Four in 2 straight years.  Considering the man has been here 8 years makes that an incredible feat.  

Now we will coming into a season where Cal will, believe it or not, have his most inexperienced team yet.  There will undoubtedly be some growing pains this season and it is possible this will be his lowest ranked team going into the season (12th in 2010-11 the current leader).  So, not many will be picking the Cats back to the Final Four heading into the year.  The team should be very good again but just not the normal level of elite that we have come to expect.  Again, all of this in on paper and I think Calipari has earned our belief that he will figure out a way to make this a national title contender, which he has done in 6 of his 8 seasons.  

But what if it doesn’t happen?  What if, like in 2012-13, the recruits are just good and not great?  So instead of 30-4, the Cats go 24-10 and finish 2nd in the SEC and only make it to the 2nd round or Sweet 16?  Do fans start to get restless at all with 3 straight non-Final Four years?  Let’s not forget Tubby Smith won a national title in 1998, nearly made another Final Four in 1999 and fans were already getting restless in 2001 and never really got off the restless train for the rest of Tubby’s career.  Now, I will grant that was different circumstances because style of play and recruiting were not as appealing as they have been under Calipari, but at the end of the day if the big wins and Final Fours are not coming, fans in this world get upset.  

So my question is this: Is there a realistic scenario of how next season could play out where Calipari’s seat moves from ice cold to luke warm?  Where fans begin to get just the slightest bit uncomfortable with where the program is?

I certainly hope not but in this fanbase, you just never know.

The Ones That Got Away: Checking In On The Recruits Calipari’s Missed On Over The Years

The Ones That Got Away: Checking In On The Recruits Calipari’s Missed On Over The Years


Earlier this week, a KSR caller gave us a great research topic: the recruits that John Calipari wanted but didn’t get. I spent the past few days making a list of the top recruits Cal’s coveted and missed on, and what they’re doing now. Join me as we take a stroll down memory lane…

2009: Xavier Henry


Then: Chose Kansas over Kentucky and Memphis

Calipari brought most of his Memphis recruits with him to Kentucky in 2009, but not Xavier Henry, the second best shooting guard in the 2009 class that was committed to Cal at Memphis but reopened his recruitment once he left. After a lot of drama (including a potential last minute change of heart), Henry decided to follow in his father’s footsteps at Kansas.

KSR headlines at the time included:

Now: Plays for the Oklahoma City Blue in the D-League

Henry left Kansas after one season, during which he averaged 13.4 points. He was drafted 12th in the 2010 Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. Since then, he’s spent time on the New Orleans Hornets, the Los Angeles Lakers, and their respective D-League squads. A torn Achilles set him back in 2014, and since then, he’s struggled to find a spot on an NBA roster. He spent this past season playing alongside Dakari Johnson for the Oklahoma City Blue in the D-League.

2010: Josh Selby


Then: Chose Kansas over Kentucky, Arizona, UConn, and Tennessee

Selby decommitted from Tennessee in July 2009 and became one of Calipari’s top targets at point guard along with Brandon Knight. In what would be a blessing in disguise, Selby picked Kansas while Knight chose Kentucky.

KSR headlines at the time included:

Now: Plays overseas in Israel 

The NCAA suspended Selby for the first nine games of the season due to his relationship with Carmelo Anthony’s business manager, Robert “Bay” Frazier. Selby struggled in his one year at Kansas, and apparently, stopped going to class after the season was over, moving to Vegas to prepare for the draft. He was drafted 49th by the Grizzlies and was assigned to the D-League after a few months. He stayed in the D-League until taking his game overseas in 2013. He’s now with Maccabi Kiryat Gat in Israel.

2010: CJ Leslie


Then: Chose NC State over Kentucky and UConn

Power forward and aspiring poet CJ Leslie played alongside John Wall at Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, but unlike Wall, Calipari was unable to persuade him to leave his home state.

KSR headlines at the time included:

Now: Plays for the Raptors 905 in the D-League

Leslie played for NC State for three years before going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft. Since then, he’s been in and out of the D-League and played overseas for a few years before landing with the Raptors’ D-League team, the Raptors 905.

2011: Andre Drummond


Then: Chose UConn over Kentucky, Georgetown, Louisville, and West Virginia

Drummond could have been the best big man in the 2012 class and gone straight to the NBA because of his age, but stunned everyone at the last minute by reclassifying to 2011 and enrolling at UConn. In the 2011 class, he was considered the best player behind Anthony Davis.

KSR headlines at the time included:

Now: Plays for the Detroit Pistons

After a year at UConn, Drummond was drafted 9th overall by the Detroit Pistons and has been there ever since. He was voted an All-Star in 2016 and played for the US in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

2011: Quincy Miller


Then: Chose Baylor over Kentucky, Duke, Louisville, and Oklahoma

Miller was a top 10 player in the 2011 class and even though he enjoyed doing the John Wall dance, passed on an offer from Kentucky in part because they wouldn’t offer his close friend, Deuce Bello. Also courted by Louisville, Miller was so bitter that Bello didn’t get an offer that he flashed the Louisville “L” at the UK Football team and stared down Calipari while on a recruiting visit to the UK/UofL football game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in September 2010. Ultimately, both Miller and Bello ended up at Baylor.

KSR headlines at the time included:

Now: Plays overseas in Israel

After one year at Baylor, Miller was drafted 38th by the Denver Nuggets and was in and out of the D-League until he was waived in 2014. After stints with the Reno Bighorns, the Sacramento Kings, and Detroit Pistons, he moved overseas, where he now plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.

2012: Shabazz Muhammed


Then: Chose UCLA over Kentucky and Duke

Shabazz and Nerlens Noel were considered the best two players in the 2012 class and buzz was that both would land at Kentucky; however, Shabazz elected to stay on the west coast and chose UCLA over Kentucky and Duke.

KSR headlines at the time included:

Now: Plays for the Timberwolves

Oh boy, where to begin with Shabazz? Muhammed’s year at UCLA was mired in scandal, from his suspension for the first three games of the season for receiving illegal benefits during his recruitment to his father lying about how old he was to pouting when his teammate hit a game-winning shot. Shabazz was drafted 14th by the Utah Jazz and quickly traded to the Timberwolves. After being sent home from the NBA rookie transition program, Muhammed spent time in the D-League before returning to Minnesota, where he’s been ever since.

2012: Alex Oriakhi (transfer)


Then: Chose to transfer from UConn to Missouri over Kentucky

With UConn facing a postseason ban in the 2012-13 season, Alex Oriakhi decided to transfer for his senior season to be able to play in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. With most of the 2012 National Championship team out the door, Calipari was in hot pursuit, but the day before he was scheduled to visit Lexington, Oriakhi decided to go to Missouri instead.

KSR headlines at the time included:

Now: Playing overseas in Spain

Oriakhi did get to play in the NCAA Tournament, but the Tigers lost in the first round to Colorado State. He was drafted 57th in the 2013 Draft by the Phoenix Suns, fizzled on their Summer League team and rotated between overseas pro teams and the D-League. He’s now with Vaqueros de Bayamón in Spain.

2013: Andrew Wiggins


Then: Chose Kansas over Kentucky, Florida State, and North Carolina

Ah, the recruiting saga to end all recruiting sagas. Kentucky was considered the favorite for Wiggins for most of his recruitment along with Florida State, but he surprised us all by picking Kansas. Did landing Julius Randle scare him off?

KSR headlines at the time included:

If you’re curious, 812 posts have been written about Andrew Wiggins on KSR, which has to be a record. Bamba’s recruitment is nothing compared to his.

Now: Plays for the Timberwolves

After a year at Kansas, Wiggins was drafted first in the 2014 Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and traded two months later to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He’s one of the Timberwolves’ young stars alongside our own Karl Towns, with whom he actually shared a room at the Nike Hoop Summit back in 2013.

2013: Aaron Gordon


Then: Chose Arizona over Kentucky, Washington, and Oregon

Gordon was one of Kentucky’s top targets in the 2013 class along with Wiggins, but like many West Coast recruits, couldn’t tear himself away from that side of the country, not even for Calipari.

KSR headlines at the time included:

Now: Plays for the Orlando Magic

After a season at Arizona, Gordon was drafted fourth in the 2014 Draft by the Orlando Magic, whom he’s been with ever since.

2014: Emmanuel Mudiay


Then: Chose SMU over Kentucky, Kansas, Baylor, and Oklahoma State.

Emmanuel Mudiay was poised to be the next great Calipari point guard, but surprised everyone when he picked SMU.

KSR headlines at the time included:

Then: Chose China because of eligibility problems

In many ways, not getting Mudiay was a blessing in surprise. Eligibility problems forced him to forgo his college career and play in China for a season. Meanwhile, Kentucky went after Tyler Ulis, now considered one of the greatest point guards in school history.

Now: Plays for the Denver Nuggets

After earning over a million dollars playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China, Mudiay was drafted seventh in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. Now, he’s the backup behind Jameer Nelson, and is losing minutes to another Wildcat, Jamal Murray.

2014: Cliff Alexander


Then: Chose Kansas over Illinois and DePaul

Kentucky was high on Alexander early on, but backed off once they got a commitment from Trey Lyles. From there, Alexander cut the Cats from his list and committed to Kansas, making his dad the happiest person in the world:

Confession: That video is the only reason I kept Alexander on the list.

KSR headlines at the time included:

Now: Plays in the D-League

Alexander averaged 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in his freshman year at Kansas until he was suspended in late February over an NCAA investigation. After claiming he “got dealt a bad deck of cards” at Kansas, Alexander entered the 2015 NBA Draft and was undrafted. He signed a training camp deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, but struggled due to injury and was waived. Since then, he’s been in the D-League.

2015: Stephen Zimmerman


Then: Chose UNLV over Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, and Arizona

2015 was a tough recruiting year for Calipari because many of the players he wanted most decided to stay home instead of coming to Lexington. Stephen Zimmerman was one of those players. Calipari made it clear Zimmerman was one his top targets, but Zimmerman couldn’t bring himself to leave Las Vegas, choosing UNLV instead.

KSR headlines at the time included:

Now: Plays for the Orlando Magic

After one year at UNLV, Zimmerman was drafted 41st by the Orlando Magic in the 2016 NBA Draft. He was in and out of the D-League in his rookie season.

2015: Malik Newman


Then: Chose Mississippi State over Kentucky and Kansas

Kentucky was considered the favorite for the top point guard in the 2015 class for most of his recruitment, but Newman shocked everyone by choosing to stay home and play for Mississippi State instead.

KSR headlines at the time included:

Then: Transferred to Kansas

Newman’s decision to stay home and play for Mississippi State came back to bite him. After averaging 11.3 points in his freshman year, he tried to go pro but discovered his stock wasn’t high enough, so he withdrew his name and returned to school. Unfortunately, he had a bad habit of skipping classes, so he wasn’t exactly welcomed back with open arms, so he decided to transfer.

Now: Plays for Kansas

Newman had to sit out the 2016-17 season, but will suit up for the Jayhawks this fall.

2015: Antonio Blakeney


Then: Chose LSU over Kentucky and Missouri

Blakeney was one of the top shooting guards in the 2015 class and in September 2014, committed to Louisville only to decommit eleven days later. We didn’t know it at the time, but that’s because UofL tried to woo him with prostitutes, which you know, is pretty disgusting, so after the grossness of it all sunk in, he got the heck outta there. From there, it looked like he would come to Kentucky, but he elected to join Ben Simmons at LSU instead.

KSR headlines at the time included:

Now: Preparing for the 2017 Draft

Blakeney’s freshman year at LSU with Ben Simmons didn’t exactly go as planned (JUST LIKE THAT RECRUITING VISIT TO LOUISVILLE, AMIRITE), with the Tigers failing to make the NCAA Tournament and turning down the NIT. It didn’t get any better in his sophomore year, with the Tigers finishing 13th in the SEC behind Missouri. Now, he’s signed with an agent for the 2017 Draft even though he’s barely in Draft Express’ ranking of Top 100 prospects.

…However, he did help expose the Louisville sex scandal and for that reason, will forever be in our hearts.


KSR Top Ten Tweets of the Day


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You can be a part of McDowell’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day.

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#10 Jarrod Early

Who knew people had such strong opinions about movie brackets?

#9 Jeff Pile

Matt’s new motto.

#8 Scott Darst

I mean, the resemblance is pretty spot on.

#7 Casey Miller

Hopefully, Papa’s not the only thing coming down from the rafters.

#6 Mark Cornette


#5 KSR Commenter

Well well well how the tables have turned…

#4 Dylan Cornett

It was only a matter of time before we got this tweet out of the movie bracket.

#3 Derrek Barkley

Come on guys, it’s rule number one.

#2 Brett Winston Strong

Dumb and Dumber remake?

#1 Brandon Grachek

Never forget the Lamar fumble.

Mark Stoops Offers Bear Bryant’s Kin

*30 for 30 voice* What if I told you, it was time to reverse the curse?

Sixty-six years after Bear Bryant left Lexington, his great-grandson could return to the University of Kentucky.  Earlier today, Mark Stoops extended a scholarship offer to 2019 quarterback Paul Tyson.

The 6’4″ 210-pound pro-style quarterback hails from Trussville, Alabama.  The offer from Kentucky is just Tyson’s second scholarship offer, following Jacksonville State.  The junior-to-be has also received some early interest from Clemson and, of course, Alabama.

If there is some kind of curse since Bryant left, here’s Stoops’ chance to change the program’s fortune forever.  If not, he’s still a pretty good QB who could blossom into a star at UK.

Share Your Kentucky Derby Story

Jamie Rhodes | USA Today

Jamie Rhodes | USA Today

There are Kentucky Derby people, there are people who could not care less about the Derby and there are Derby Week freaks.  I subscribe to the latter group.  Accomplishing anything down the stretch is a chore because the most wonderful time of the year is almost here.

It’s difficult for outsiders to comprehend why there is so much passion for a horse race.  It’s because the Kentucky Derby is so much more than a horse race.

To help others understand that the Derby is not just Mint Juleps, big hats and sprinting horses, I am asking the most passionate fans to share their stories.  You probably have many, but usually one comes to mind when you think about the “Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.”   Many have tales of sneaking kegs into the infield, fighting in the mud or scoring $100 from a celebrity for a can of Grizzly.

Whatever your story is, I ask that you share it with KSR by e-mailing  I’ll share the best on the site over the next ten days.

If you need any inspiration, my story as an infant with Pat Day is why I’m a Derby fanatic.  If you want more, the tale of my weekend as a Millionaire’s Row security guard is worth your time.

Isaac Humphries joins Hey Kentucky!

Isaac Humphries joins Hey Kentucky!

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Kentucky forward Isaac Humphries took some time out of his busy schedule to join Matt Jones on Hey Kentucky!  Come to hear about how he discovered Kentucky basketball, what it was like when he got to Lexington and what’s next.  Stay to see Isaac almost take a tumble in the middle of the interview.

Watch today’s entire episode after the jump.


Two NFL Draft Prospects are Using their Unique Names to Make Money



Before top draft prospects make money off NFL contracts, they’re using their names to sign endorsements.  Deals with shoe companies are inevitable, along with some from local businesses.  Two draft prospects are using their unusual names to their advantage.

WKU offensive lineman Forrest Lamp will likely be selected in tonight’s first round.  You might remember him from his touchdown catch in the WKU bowl game, but if you don’t, you probably remember Brick Tamland’s famous quote, “I love Lamp.”  Forrest is sharing his love for lamps by promoting Lamps Plus, the nation’s largest specialty lighting retailer.

Michigan tight end Jake Butt is expected to be selected in the second or third round tomorrow night.  Undoubtedly the best name in the draft, Butt is using it endorse Charmin toilet paper, a match made in heaven.



The NFL Draft begins tonight at 8:00 in Philadelphia.

Jarren Williams told he still likes Kentucky

Justin Rowland over at has some excellent news for Kentucky football fans.

Rowland caught up with Jarren Williams, the rising high school quarterback who decommitted from UK last week, to gauge Williams’ interest in the Cats since re-opening his recruitment.

Williams told him,  “UK is number one.”

That is great to hear considering most decommits rarely jump back on board with their original schools. Many fans considered Williams to be long gone once he backed out of his Kentucky commitment, but it’s comforting to hear he still has his old team above the rest.

This recruitment still has a long way to go and there are a ton of big-time programs on Williams’ offer sheet, Alabama being the most intimidating. But the Cats are still in it, at least for now.

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Get back in here, Jarren.