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By Drew Franklin on ©April 27th, 2017 @ 5:00pm
The biggest story of 2017 has its ending now that United Airlines and Dr. David Dao of Elizabethtown, Ky. have reached a settlement.
Dao’s lawyer said the two sides came to an agreement; the details, however, have not been disclosed.
Here’s the news release, courtesy of NBC News:
Do we have any guesses as to how much Dao was paid to move on?
I’m going to guess one million billion dollars.
By Drew Franklin on ©April 27th, 2017 @ 4:00pm
We trimmed 32 of the 64 movies in KSR Movie Madness on this morning’s show as the action moved to the second round. We will be back at it again on tomorrow’s show to (hopefully) complete the tournament and name our winner.
Here’s a look at the updated bracket through one round:
Print it and tune in to tomorrow’s show.
Hello, friends. I hope you’re well. You look fantastic. Would you maybe sometime like to – no? Okay? I’m sorry to have bothered you, I didn’t know that was your boyfriend. Husband? Oh, okay then. You two make a handsome couple.
Friends, if you’ve ever been to the clubhouse at the Kentucky Derby you know that it’s a very classy affair. And if you’ve ever been to the Derby Infield you know it’s decidedly different from that. But how does the Clubhouse translate to the Infield? Let’s have a look, shall we?
CLUBHOUSE: Here, I have a chocolate in my purse.
INFIELD: Here, I have a plastic flask of Fireball duct-taped to my inner thigh.
CLUBHOUSE: I just dropped $300 on an appealing trifecta.
INFIELD: I just dropped my cellphone into a dirty hole.
CLUBHOUSE: I admire your hat and I think it is very fashionable.
INFIELD: I admire your doo-rag and I think it is on fire.
CLUBHOUSE: Excuse me, would you care to join me for a delicious aperitif?
INFIELD: Excuse me, would you care to join me for a joint I’ve been holding in my butt?
CLUBHOUSE: This shirt is linen and it really is a great weight for early May.
INFIELD: This shirt is bothering me and I’m just gonna take it off.
CLUBHOUSE: Bob Baffert once shook my hand at a charity luncheon.
INFIELD: Kid Rock’s drummer once pushed me down a flight of stairs at an Econolodge.
CLUBHOUSE: My father is both the CFO for a Fortune 500 company and has invested well.
INFIELD: My father thinks I am both at work and not-pregnant.
CLUBHOUSE: I would like some more champagne, please.
INFIELD: I would like some more Buck Cherry, please.
CLUBHOUSE: Good day. I am a gentleman; I believe I may have found a handkerchief you dropped.
INFIELD: Good day, I am a gentleman hobo; I believe I may have pooped in your cooler.
CLUBHOUSE: Hi there! I would like $60 on the number four horse to place.
INFIELD: Help me! I would like to dislodge my leg from this portable toilet!
CLUBHOUSE: I have thoroughly enjoyed this day at the Kentucky Derby.
INFIELD: I think I need to probably go to an emergency room.
Jay Bilas was kind enough to call in to KSR today to talk about his tweets and criticisms of SEC commissioner Greg Sankey pulling double-duty as the chairman of the NCAA infractions committee.
In case you’ve missed it, Bilas has been very active on Twitter in voicing his concerns over a conflict of interest with Sankey leading the investigation into the North Carolina scandal. He first made this known publicly when Sankey said he wished there had been more about academics in John Calipari’s One And Not Done.
Like many of you, I don’t understand Bilas’ rationale here. I normally side with him in his assessment of all things, namely hip-hop, but this particular topic is one we don’t see eye to eye on.
Matt Jones also doesn’t see eye to eye with Bilas on this discussion, and that is very clear in today’s interview. They went into lawyer-mode while arguing each of their points and it made for good, intelligent radio (in the middle of our movie debates).
Give it a listen around the 22:15 mark in the second hour podcast below:
Hamidou Diallo should return to school.
He made the right decision by entering the draft; hopefully he will make the right decision and return to school, if the current projections are where he really stands to go.
The latest to project Diallo’s NBA draft future is DraftExpress.com, which released its updated mock draft Wednesday evening. DraftExpress’s new projection has Diallo going No. 33 overall to the Orlando Magic in the second round.
ESPN’s Chad Ford said the same thing about Diallo a couple of days ago, adding that he could climb his way into the lottery by playing one season at UK:
Hamidou Diallo, SG, Fr, Kentucky*
Diallo enrolled in Kentucky this winter and practiced with the team, but never suited up for the Wildcats. He was widely regarded as a top-15 high school prospect thanks to elite athleticism, a strong motor and an aggressive offensive game based on attacking basket. His jump shot is the biggest question mark for scouts. He’d likely be a late-lottery to mid-first-round pick in 2018 after playing at Kentucky next season. If he stays in this draft, he’ll get looks in the late first round and would be a likely second-round pick. [ESPN]
So unless there’s a team out there that tells Diallo they’re willing to gamble with him in the mid- to late-first round, it would be in his best interest to come back and ball out in Lexington next year. Then again, maybe a team will fall in love with him at the combine, who knows.
But for now, the early projections aren’t great for the potential none-and-done Wildcat.
The deadline to return to school is May 24. The combine will be held May 9-14.
Andy Katz is the most shocking name among the ESPN layoffs. Katz covered college basketball for ESPN for almost two decades, and today he is a free agent after the network let him go as part of its massive firing of talent.
Katz took to Twitter to make a statement about his departure Thursday afternoon:
Reading that, along with knowing how well he is respected in the business, makes the news even crazier.
How do you let go of Andy Katz?!
Things will be a little quiet along the football front in the month of May. Players have the option to get away from the game for a while or stay in Lexington and continue to work out. June marks the start of the official summer training program. Let’s take a look at some goings on as the long offseason begins:
The Draft starts on Thursday with first round coverage beginning at 8:00pm. Rounds 2 and 3 are at 7:00pm on Friday. 4th though the 7th round kicks off at noon on Saturday. ESPN and the NFL Network will cover the event in its entirety. Kentucky’s Jon Toth and Boom Williams participated in the NFL Combine and have the highest likelihood of being drafted.
Center Jon Toth’s projection is all over the place. He could hear his name as early as Friday night or on Saturday in rounds 4-7.
-247 Sports 3rd round to the Dolphins
-Fox Sports 5th round to Chargers
-PFF 5th round to Dolphins
-NFL.com 6th round to Browns
-PFF ranks Toth 132nd out of its top 250.
NFL.com’s Bottom Line Analysis
“Toth is a tough, four-year starter. Will appeal to teams looking for centers who can operate in a power-based rushing scheme. While he’s better in a phone booth than on the move, he understands his limitations and does a good job of staying within himself. He’s not the best athlete at the position but his size, arm length, strength and consistency should outweigh that on the next level. Toth has the traits and ability to be an eventual starter in the NFL”.
Boom Williams’ draft status also varies. 23 running backs were selected a year ago. Williams is listed as the 21st best RB according to Mel Kiper and the 150th best available player. That equates to a 5th round selection. No other service ranks Boom in the Top 250 nor do they project him to be drafted.
Williams offers a diverse skill set and the old draft adage is applicable, “It only takes one team to fall in love…”. Will Boom hear his name called? I sure hope so but it wasn’t likely early on in the process. But, the situation appears to be trending up. Latter rounds are possible for Williams. He will certainly be a priority undrafted free agent if his name isn’t called.
NFL.com’s Bottom Line Analysis
“Scat back with outstanding burst who can create for himself in space, but is not about that life when asked to run between the tackles. Williams doesn’t have the blocking or hands to be a full-time third-down back and he lacks the decisiveness and vision necessary to handle snaps as a backup. While he does have plus athletic ability, Williams may be too limited in what he can offer a team from a roster flexibility standpoint”.
Depth Chart Podcast
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We discussed QB Jarren Williams’ decommitment. There were flagrant signs of this happening. In my opinion, “committed” prospects that use social media to enthusiastically announce additional offers and continue to make countless visits to other football programs present giant-waving red flags of uncertainty. We wish the young man the very best in future endeavors, but life and searching for a 2018 quarterback must go on. It’s not personal, it’s personnel is relevant in the Williams situation. As we’ve learned from recent history, quarterback recruiting can be a tricky proposition.
The longest offseason in sports begins now. The quieter the better.
The biggest name in NFL draft coverage has Kentucky’s own Boom Williams moving up his board on draft day.
Mel Kiper, the king of the draft, ranked Williams at No. 150 in his final rankings, which would be a fifth-round selection if the rankings hold up. That’s Williams’ best projection to date and the only one that has him anywhere close to being drafted.
Unfortunately, Kiper lists Jon Toth as his No. 278 overall prospect, which would mean undrafted for the former Wildcat center. Toth’s projections are all over the place, ranging from fourth-round pick to not selected. Toth is No. 169 in Todd McShay’s final rankings.
Neither Wildcat is expected to get picked up tonight or tomorrow, but Saturday is a big day for their football futures.
Papa John Schnatter’s run with the University of Louisville Athletic Association has come to a tragic end. All those better ingredients, all that better pizza — gone from the UofL board.
Details are limited at this time, but WHAS in Louisville is reporting Papa John resigned from his position. Kenny Klein over at UofL confirmed the news.
The resignation came shortly after Papa John blasted Tom Jurich at a Board of Trustees meeting, calling Jurich’s leadership “invisible.”
“The athletics thing scares me,” Papa said. “Because I have met with Greg (Postel) and he goes, the leadership is invisible. I said, get them in front of the trustees (board) so we can know what they’re doing. And he goes, good luck. He’s invisible. So, how do we put that third leg of the stool (athletics, others are university and foundation) on notice? Invisible! Invisible.”
Now Schnatter is the invisible one at today’s meeting in Louisville.
Do you have your bracket ready? If not, click here to view it online and/or print one out.
The rules are simple: A movie needs three votes to advance to the next round. Matt, Ryan, Shannon and I will place our votes and we’ll go to the next caller on the line if a fifth is needed to decide the matchup.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
It’s a busy day here at Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com as I will try to run the website and talk on the radio at the same time. Wish me luck with that this morning and then put your L’s down as we lead off Thursday’s Top 10 with two Louisville haters on camels in Morocco. See, it’s possible to hate Louisville all over the world.
1. You can forget the name Mark Smith.
Once Kentucky’s season ended and John Calipari hit the recruiting trail, Mark Smith’s name came into the picture as a potential replacement at one of the many backcourt spots left open by the mass exodus. Big Blue Nation had never heard of Smith until he popped up on the radar in the spring as a hot name in recruiting. Well now you can forget that name because Smith decided he will stay home and play for Illinois. He announced the news last night. Good luck to him in the Big Ten Confer– Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
2. Today is Day 2 on campus for Cam Johnson.
The grad transfer out of Pittsburgh touched down in Lexington yesterday for his official visit to UK and many people in the know have him on Commitment Watch. Kentucky is rumored to be the leader in Johnson’s recruitment, and if Calipari tells him he is a priority over Kevin Knox while he is in town, he will likely jump at the opportunity to become a Wildcat before flying back home. So keep your eyes peeled for a potential commitment today, which would be outstanding news.
3. The ESPN layoffs are crazy.
Yesterday’s house-cleaning of the World Wide Leader was shocking as several of its employees, many of whom you know and love, were let go after years of excellent work for the company. Some of the names I am sure you recognize: Andy Katz, Jay Crawford, Dana O’Neil, Eamonn Brennan, Brett McMurphy, and Ed Werder, plus many, many more.
The ESPN we once knew is no more.
4. Jay Bilas will be a guest on today’s show.
One of the ESPN personalities who did keep his job, Jay Bilas, will come on KSR this morning to talk about his recent tweets and criticisms of Greg Sankey’s role as the chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions. Bilas usually speaks the truth and we all stand behind his every word, but his latest opinion has many of us scratching our heads wondering what he means. He’ll be on today to explain, so tune in.
5. Today is also Movie Madness on KSR.
Be sure to print out the bracket and follow along as we name our favorite movie from the field of 64 in this year’s summer radio tournament. I predict Shannon The Dude and I will not agree on one single matchup.
6. Mrs. Tyler has a great piece of literature coming your way today.
Tyler has the day off to do something important — I think she is getting her hot air balloon pilot’s license — but she did take the time to write a fantastic piece of work before she left that will go up later today. It’s a look at the recruits John Calipari really wanted but did not get, and how their careers have been since shunning Kentucky for another school. I think you’ll like it.
7. Blue Smith said he will commit to Kentucky if this gets 5,000 retweets.
— Andrew Marrs (@andrewmarrs) April 27, 2017
Smith is the No. 29 player in the class and No. 1 athlete, according to Rivals. You know what to do, BBN.
8. 247Sports writer picked Mohamed Bamba to Texas yesterday.
Andrew Slater is one of the top pickers in 247’s Crystal Ball and yesterday he picked Texas for Mohamed Bamba.
WHAT DOES HE KNOW
9. This elementary school class in Texas want Devin Booker to read to them.
I love their hashtag to get his attention: #DEVINreadsaBOOKERtwoinATX
I’m also glad that teacher is alive after trying to dunk off the stool at the end of the video. That could’ve gone very, very poorly.
10. Get those movie brackets out.
KSR Movie Madness is coming your way in one hour…
Download the bracket and tune in to Thursday’s show for the new movie version of our annual KSR summer tournament. We’re calling it KSR Movie Madness and we hope you will follow along at home or at work as Matt, Ryan, Shannon and I decide our first annual movie champion by voting in each matchup throughout the bracket. You, the callers, will be the deciding vote in any tiebreaker situations.
See your 64 non-comedy movies and the tournament bracket below, decided on by our selection committee; then tune in to KSR for the madness.
[Download the .pdf version here.]
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# 10 Chris Gray
— Chris Gray (@ChrisGray110) April 27, 2017
It’ll be like the movie The Intern but Hey Kentucky style.
#9 Colby Shaw
— Colby Shaw (@Colby_Shaw) April 27, 2017
We’re just trying to stay true to the real selection committee
#8 Michael Rains
— Michael Rains (@RuppArenaMike) April 27, 2017
Blue gets in. Everywhere.
#7 Donnie Renn
— Donnie Renn (@DonnieRenn) April 26, 2017
I may do the same – but include Harry Potter. Always.
— Dylan (@dteague23) April 26, 2017
NO ONE IS SAFE
#5 Mikey Miley
— Mikey Miley (@theOGm2) April 26, 2017
Again, blue gets in.
#4 Alyson Morris
— Alyson Morris (@alysonmorris) April 26, 2017
I mean it wouldn’t be the worst thing.
— LCE (@healthlawatty) April 26, 2017
Yeah, it’s a mystery to us too.
#2 Casey Miller
@KySportsRadio This is the kind of matchup the NCAA would have waiting for a #1 Kentucky
— Casey Miller (@cmills005) April 26, 2017
Would rather play Fight Club than Gladiator tbh.
#1 Chris Nickell
@KySportsRadio Wouldnt it be the ultimate finger to UL if Papa Johns pulled their sponsorship and it becomes Papa Johns Commonwealth Stadium
— Chris Nickell (@Hoss423) April 26, 2017
Leave a school and go to the in-state rival…sounds like someone else I know at Louisville.
By Drew Franklin on ©April 26th, 2017 @ 9:30pm
The Louisville football program is in search of a new graphic designer and I really think you need to apply. To do so, follow these simple instructions found in an ad for the position on FootballScoop.com:
The football department has an opening for the best digital design person in the Nation. Great job opportunity. The creative director for football is responsible for determining the best ways to visually represent the football programs identity through media such as mail, digital media, video, posters, in-house branding, and other forms of media. Email ULCardsFootball@gmail.com with your resume and and three pieces of work.
I’ve also thrown my name into consideration, although I am not willing to relocate to the Louisville football offices. However, that small caveat didn’t keep me from submitting three pieces of work from my portfolio, which I threw together at the last minute in hopes of getting a call back for an in-person interview with Tom Jurich and/or Bobby Petrino:
The following are three base graphics for which I think Louisville could create its 2017 schedule posters:
If you think you can do better, go ahead and chase this opportunity with the Cardinals.
By Nick Roush on ©April 26th, 2017 @ 9:00pm
Now injury-free, John Wall’s resurgence in the 2016-17 season has received plenty of hype since the start of the playoffs, and for good reason. He’s doing everything for the Wizards.
Tonight’s pull-up jumper with 47.5 seconds remaining stopped an Atlanta run and gave the Zards a 103-99 lead, the game’s final score. Washington now has a 3-2 advantage, on the precipice of reaching the second round. Before you see highlights from Wall’s 20-point, 14-assist and 6-rebound performance, learn how Brooks’ coaching-style has taken Wall to new heights in this Sports Illustrated feature.
Wall has flourished under Brooks for some of the same reasons Westbrook did. As a player, Brooks was loyal to coaches like Jim Lynam in Philadelphia and Rudy Tomjanovich in Houston, who made him their cause. “They had a chip on their shoulder for me,” Brooks recalls. “It was like, ‘Oh, you don’t think Scott should be out there? Well, watch this.’” He was the same way with Westbrook. You think he’s a shooting guard? Watch this. And now, with Wall. You don’t think he’s one of the best point guards in the league? Watch this.
Wall is averaging 31.0 points and 10.0 assists in the playoffs, plus he provided the highlight of the first round in Game 3, a coast-to-coast sprint in which he covered the court with four dribbles, bypassed five Hawks and shuttled the ball behind his back for a dunk (going from left to right and back to left). Brooks is demanding in practice and film sessions, but come tip-off, he lets his floor generals loose. Under Brooks’s predecessor, Randy Wittman, Wall reflexively looked to the sideline for play calls. Brooks makes him run the team. “I’ve learned how to talk to people,” Wall says. “Some you can yell at. Some you have to baby.” Asked how he tells the difference, Wall replies, “Cuss at everybody once and see how they react.”
Online SI articles can be annoying, and long, so if you prefer videos, Watch Wall throw lobs:
John Wall sees everything 👀 pic.twitter.com/bgcjETrJ99
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) April 26, 2017
Watch Wall run the fast break:
John Wall is TOO FAST. pic.twitter.com/VOcf74RS4B
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) April 26, 2017
Watch Wall dunk on this dude’s face:
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 27, 2017