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Kentucky’s Evan White earns his second Gold Glove award

Evan White has another Gold Glove award to go with his other Gold Glove award.

Now a two-time winner, White was named the Rawlings Sports Collegiate Gold Glove First Basemen for the 2017 season. He took in the prize for the first time around this time last year following the 2016 season.

White is considered one of the most accomplished players in Kentucky baseball history and he recently became the fifth Wildcat to be selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft when the Seattle Mariners picked him at No. 17. He’s also a three-time member of the All-SEC Defensive Team in only three seasons at UK, as well as Second Team All-American and two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member.

Go Cats.


Three former Wildcats join many others with Nike

Nike has three new Kentucky Wildcats to represent the swoosh now that UK’s top three NBA draft entrants have signed with the brand.

Darren Rovell reported De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo all signed their first shoe contracts with Nike. We told you about Adebayo’s deal last week, but I think this is the first we’ve heard of Fox and Monk joining the team.

Other NBA Wildcats with Nike sponsorships include DeMarcus Cousins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis, Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, Patrick Patterson and Julius Randle, among others.

Jamal Murray and Brandon Knight are the lone Adidas endorsers, while John Wall remains a free agent in the shoe game.


P.J. Washington injured in USA training camp

First it was Kevin Knox, now it is P.J. Washington who has gone down to injury at the USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team training camp in Colorado.

According to Kyle Tucker, who made a special guest appearance on this morning’s show, Washington “vanished” from the floor before the team’s Wednesday morning practice. He has since reappeared and was spotted courtside with a trainer  working out his left leg:

Hot take here: With Knox and Washington both dealing with minor injuries, any chance this is their out to avoid the trip to Egypt?

I’ll hang up and listen.

And hopefully neither injury will linger on into the summer.

 

UPDATE

Washington told Fletcher Page his lower back got tight in shooting drills and he probably won’t practice tonight.

https://twitter.com/FletcherPage/status/877592495709863936


Malik Monk says go to Kentucky if you want to go to the NBA

The good people over at Sports Illustrated shared an interview one of its NBA writers, Andrew Sharp, had with Malik Monk recently as Monk gets ready for the draft.

Monk’s responses were short and sweet (if you heard his interview with KSR, you know he’s not a big talker) but he dropped some nice lines in there about his time at Kentucky, his relationship with other Wildcats, playing for John Calipari, what he expects in the NBA, wearing JCPenney, and more.

Maybe the best of Monk’s quotes came when he was asked about his one year at UK, to which he said, “If you want to go to the NBA and you want a career as a basketball player, if you’re getting recruited by Kentucky, go there.”

I’m also a fan of his answer when asked who he patterns his game after: “Malik Monk.”

For more from Monk, including Trump vs. LaVar Ball and Twitter vs. Instagram, check out SI.com’s Q&A here.


Mountain Dew truck catches fire in Kentucky #Pray4BullittCounty

Mountain Dew truck catches fire in Kentucky #Pray4BullittCounty

A semi-truck carrying 4,400 pounds of Mountain Dew caught fire on the Carroll Cropper Bridge in Boone County. The fire shut down all lanes of Interstate 275 in both directions on Tuesday afternoon.

There’s no word on what ignited the flame that ruined the multi-ton load of the sugary, citrus soda, but I can assure you the people of Bullitt County will not rest until justice is served.

For more on the story, read Fox 19’s report here.


Kevin Knox pulls out of USA training camp with minor injury

Kevin Knox is on his way back to Lexington, his head coach, John Calipari, announced Wednesday morning.

According to Calipari, Knox tweaked his hamstring out in Colorado, so he is pulling out of training camp and going back to UK to rest up; therefore he will not be on the U19 World Cup team.

“My suggestion was that he go back to Lexington to rest it and focus on class, which he is,” Cal tweeted. “But he was great this week at USA Basketball training camp. Proud of him.”


VIDEO: Portrait time at the NBA Draft for Monk and Fox

VIDEO: Portrait time at the NBA Draft for Monk and Fox

While you and I are chugging coffee and trying to overcome another Wednesday morning, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are taking their portraits for tomorrow night’s NBA draft.

The draft’s Twitter account shared some behind-the-scenes shots of the Wildcats’ photoshoot this morning and it looks like they’re having lots of fun today, the last day before they become millionaires.


KSR is in Louisville! (Wednesday Show Thread)

Today’s stop on the KSR Summer Tour is in Louisville at Academy Sports + Outdoors. The gang is at Academy’s Outer Loop location (not the other one) to talk about the NBA draft, Coach Cal’s U19 team, thew new football commitment and more, so stop by if you can or tune in on your radios.

Tour schedule:

06/12/17: Prestonsburg – StoneCrest Golf Course
06/13/17: London – Sleep Outfitters
06/14/17: Russell Springs – Lawless-Smith True Value Supply
06/15/17: Somerset – Ashley HomeStore
06/16/17: Lexington – Don Franklin Auto Mall

06/19/17: Danville – Dexter Insurance
06/20/17: Leitchfield – Future Designs Building Materials
06/21/17: Louisville – Academy Sports + Outdoors
06/22/17: Henderson – Sleep Outfitters
06/23/17: Owensboro – Don Moore Automotive Group

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

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1. Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox and P.J. Washington named finalists for Calipari’s U19 World Cup team.

In the least surprising news of the week, all three of Calipari’s current players and all of his current recruiting targets made the cut when the USA U19 team field was trimmed to 18 on Tuesday.

Here’s the full list of finalists:

Bol Bol
Jordan Brown
Hamidou Diallo
Carsen Edwards
Kevin Huerter
Louis King
Kevin Knox
Romeo Langford
Brandon McCoy
Chuma Okeke
Josh Okogie
Payton Pritchard
Immanuel Quickley
Cameron Reddish
Mitchell Robinson
Quinton Rose
PJ Washington
Austin Wiley

“I think we’ve got a good group of finalists,” Coach Cal said in a news release. “We’re pretty long and athletic. It looks like we’re going to be somewhat positionless and we’re going to have some 6-8 guys that can play point guard, bring it up and make plays.

“We’re young, there is a group of six rising (high school) seniors that now, in this setting, it’s a little different. Now you’ve got some cagey veterans that have gone through a college season and played, some of them started for their teams or were significant players, and you’re a high school rising senior playing against that kid, now you see where you are as a player.”

“I told some kids in our meeting (after naming the finalists) that if you want make this team you’re going to have rebound, and show us you’re going to rebound; if you’re going to make this you’re going to have pass the ball, you can’t be trying to shoot every ball. You’re responsible for you.  I went around the room, not every guy, but I wanted to let them know I’m going to keep it real. I’m going to be real about what we have to do. The reason is we don’t have time, we have three practices and then we’ve got to make another cut and get it to 12.”

2. The fun continues today in Colorado Springs.

Now that Calipari has his finalists, the work will continue at U19 training camp out in Colorado. And if things continue as they’ve been going, we’ll continue to hear nothing but good things about Diallo, Knox and Washington, as well as some of the high school guys.

Plenty more U19 talk to come.

3. Kentucky got a big football commitment last night.

The Cats stole one from the Cards as three-star Florida wide receiver Akeem Hayes flipped his commitment to the good side. Hayes originally pledged his commitment to Louisville back in April, but after talking it over with his family, he decided Lexington is the place for his college football career.

Suck it, Petrino.

4. Blue will get in at the NBA draft.

Kentucky leads the way with three invites to the NBA draft room:

Bam Adebayo, Kentucky
Jarrett Allen, Texas
OG Anunoby, Indiana
Lonzo Ball, UCLA
John Collins, Wake Forest
Zach Collins, Gonzaga
De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky
Markelle Fultz, Washington
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
Josh Jackson, Kansas
Justin Jackson, North Carolina
Luke Kennard, Duke
T.J. Leaf, UCLA
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville
Malik Monk, Kentucky
Frank Ntilikina, France
Justin Patton, Creighton
Dennis Smith, N.C. State
Jayson Tatum, Duke

Consider me surprised by Bam Adebayo’s invite. I hope it doesn’t turn into one of those awkward, lonely moments in the green room

5. It looks like former KSR writer Hayley Minogue is enjoying her reporting gig down in Florida.

Your cubicle is always open here at KSR if the tropical storms get too intense down there, Hayley.

6. Longtime UK equipment manager given a brand new car.

Tom “TK” Kalinowski has worked within the UK football program for over 40 years and this week the K Club (with help from Paul Miller Ford) surprised him with a brand new Ford Escape for his hard work and commitment to the Wildcats.

I hope to get a new computer and long-term benefits when I hit the 40-year mark with KSR here in about three decades.

7. I need some advice on traveling to Ireland (and England and Scotland).

Friends, I’ll be landing in lovely Dublin, Ireland in a little over three weeks with a couple of days to kill before traveling over to Manchester for the Open. I am just now beginning to plan the Ireland leg of the trip, so, please, if you have any, send me your recommendations for places to visit, places to stay, things to do and things to know. Any rental car/Ryanair and other advice will also be greatly appreciated. Really anything you would like to share will be very kind and helpful. I’ll also listen to advice on Manchester/Liverpool (most of my trip will be spent there) and Scotland (couple days there before traveling home). E-mail me: drewfranklin@kentuckysportsradio.com. Thanks in advance. You’re the best.

8. Tristan Pompey to compete in College Home Run Derby.

UK outfielder Tristan Pompey has been selected to the roster for the eighth annual College Home Run Derby at the College World Series in Omaha. The Derby is set for Saturday, July 1 and will air live on ESPN2 at 9 p. ET. Pompey will be going up against five other power hitters from college baseball; the full list will be announced at a later date.

9. Get signed up for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass golf scramble!

Golfers, there is still room to get in the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Golf Fore Kids’ Sake at Keene Run Golf Course on July 24, 2017 at 1 p.m. The golf scramble is open to anyone and everyone interested in participating, and all proceeds are invested in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass’ mentoring programs. Prizes will go to the top three teams along with other giveaways and fun activities throughout the day. Plus this year they will have a list of VIPs and celebrities that teams can privately bid on to gain as a fifth player on their team. Everything will wrap up with an awards presentation and dinner catered by Johnny Carino’s.

Click here to sign up.

10. The KSR Summer Tour is in Louisville today.

The KSR caravan will make its way into Louisville today for another stop on the summer tour. Matt, Ryan and the gang are at Academy Sports + Outdoors (Outer Loop location) for two hours of exciting KSR radio. Get in there.


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Why Are We Like This?

No matter if you are a fan of UK or a fan of a rival school, you have to admit that UK fans are some of the most unique in the country in their fanhood.  They go to greater lengths and at greater costs to learn everything they can, and feel a part of the program.  Some people would call that insane, and we call it passion.  But why exactly are we the way we are?  What has made this fanbase so passionate about the college team we follow?  I have knocked it down to 4 major and 1 minor thing:

1) THE STATE ITSELF

-Let’s be honest, in the grand scheme of the 50 states, Kentucky has very little going for it compared to most.  We basically have two “major” cities in Lexington and Louisville, zero professional sports teams, a declining horse industry, and a large chunk of the state is rural.  Point is, there is not a lot of things to get involved in with the state of Kentucky.  Which is why so many people turn their attention to UK sports.  It is there year-round, if you included recruiting.  It really has no competition inside state borders (besides UL) sports-wise.  The state is a perfect scenario for extreme passion of one major school, and Kentucky happens to be it.

2) THE OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE STATE

-Yes, WKU and EKU and Morehead State and Murray State are Division-1 programs.  But in reality, Louisville is the only program that can even sniff the fanbase that Kentucky has.  And even for that program, the fanbase is basically confined to 1 county.  The other 119 counties are dominated by Kentucky.  Even in North Carolina, there is UNC, Duke, Wake Forest, and NC State all there to split the population.  Indiana has IU, Purdue, and Notre Dame, not to mention to expanding Butler fanbase.  Point being, there isn’t any serious competition to the actual number of UK fans.

3) WINNING

-Simply put, if UK hadn’t won so big for so long, the fanbase wouldn’t be there.  We don’t just follow the program because of pride of our state school.  We follow because they reward us with wins.  Now, if Kentucky went on a 10-year long string of missing the NCAA Tournament, would the fanbase leave?  I don’t know.  The fanhood might be too embedded in the people for that to happen, but what built this fanbase so large and passionate was wins and more wins.

4) FAMILY

-Families take pride in their UK fanhood in this state.  When Kentucky wins, fans feel like they win and their life is better.  When Kentucky loses, fans feels like their life is a little worse.  It is an extreme passion, but with that passion also comes the act of passing down and teaching that passion to the children.  The love of UK is a family trait in this state.  I know for a fact there are fathers (and mothers) out there who will, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE, allow their children to support any team other than Kentucky.  I can’t tell you how many stories I had emailed to me that started with “my grandfather took me to see Player X or Coach X”.  I just don’t know if other fanbases have that kind of family heritage that Kentucky has.

5) KSR

-That’s right.  Without KSR, there would be no fanbase.

OK, there are my five/four criteria for what makes UK fans the way they are.  What other keys am I missing?  Or can it be pinned down to just a couple points?  Does everybody have their own reasons for being as crazy and passionate as they are?


The Top 10 NBA Draft Moments of the Calipari Era

The Top 10 NBA Draft Moments of the Calipari Era

On June 24, 2010, five Kentucky players were drafted in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, a night Calipari dubbed the greatest in the history of Kentucky Basketball. That statement raised plenty of eyebrows at the time, and seven years later, it continues to rub some fans the wrong way; however, there’s no denying that the draft has taken on a whole new meaning in the Calipari era. Over seven seasons, Kentucky has produced 28 NBA Draft picks, more than double any other school. All 18 of Kentucky’s one-and-done players have been drafted in the first round. The milestones continue to mount: three number one picks (all freshmen), the first and second picks in 2012, fourteen lottery picks, four players in the lottery in 2015. When you sit back and reflect on it all, in less than a decade, Calipari has put more players in the league than most programs will in their entire existence.

With three more players expected to join the ranks on Thursday night in De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Bam Adebayo, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the best draft moments since Cal came on board. There are certainly plenty to choose from.

In chronological order…

2010: John Wall goes #1

Wall was Kentucky’s first ever #1 draft pick, a fitting end to the program’s meteoric rise from the ashes in Cal’s first year. Wall was a huge part of making Kentucky Basketball cool again, and when his name was called first, you couldn’t help but swell with pride.


2010: Five players drafted in the first round

After Wall went #1, the night just got better. DeMarcus Cousins was drafted 5th by the Kings, Patrick Patterson 14th by the Rockets, Eric Bledsoe 18th by the Thunder/Clippers, and Daniel Orton 29th by the Magic. That’s five players in the first round, which, of course, was an NBA record. Watch all five picks below:


2011: Jorts and DeAndre Liggins drafted

Brandon Knight and Enes Kanter being drafted wasn’t surprising, but the Big Blue Nation jumped for joy when Josh Harrellson’s name was called at #45. Through a trade with New Orleans, Jorts became a New York Knick, proving to boys and girls around the world that with a lot of hard work and some serious denim, anything is possible. Another cool moment came minutes later when DeAndre Liggins was drafted 53rd by the Orlando Magic. Under Calipari, Liggins found his role as a lockdown defender and left school early due to his family’s financial situation. After some ups and downs, he continues to find opportunities thanks to his hard-nosed defense, playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, and now, the Dallas Mavericks.


2012: Anthony Davis and MKG go 1-2

Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went 1-2 in the 2012 NBA Draft, the first time in draft history two players from the same school have done so. Everyone knew Anthony Davis would go first, but MKG was a bit of a surprise at #2, making the shock and emotion on his face once his name was called even more moving:


2012: Six players drafted

Six Kentucky players ended up being selected in the 2012 Draft, the most from one school in NBA history. Sadly, Darius Miller didn’t make the photoshoot above, but his selection at #46 by New Orleans was heartwarming in its own right.


2013: Nerlens Noel’s suit

It was tough to see Nerlens, the projected number one pick, slide to sixth, but he took it in stride, proudly showing off the Kentucky jersey sewn inside of his jacket lining when his name was called by the New Orleans Pelicans. For a brief moment, fans rejoiced at the thought of Nerlens and Anthony Davis teaming up to make Nola Block City, but the Pelicans quickly traded Nerlens to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday. Unfortunately, Nerlens never really clicked in Philly, but now he’s getting a fresh start with the Dallas Mavericks.

Speaking of Nerlens, this GIF of him waving at the camera at the 2013 Draft Lottery is still a classic:


2014: Julius Randle vows to make teams that passed on him regret it

Amid rumors about his foot, Randle slipped to the Los Angeles Lakers at seventh, and afterwards, vowed to make the six teams that passed on him regret it; with the exception of Cleveland (who traded #1 pick Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota), Milwaukee (#2 – Jabari Parker), and Philly (#3 – Joel Embiid), I’m sure they do.


2015: Karl Towns goes #1

By 2015, two Kentucky players had been picked first in the draft in John Wall and Anthony Davis. That didn’t make it any less awesome when Karl Towns heard his name called first on draft night. The months following Kentucky’s loss to Wisconsin weren’t easy for Cats fans, but watching one of the program’s most likable players go first was a sweet, sweet moment. Even Karlito got to come:

Counting Karl, Calipari has coached four number one draft picks, twice as many as any other coach.


2015: Four players drafted in the lottery

Six Cats were drafted in 2012, tying the record Kentucky set back in 2012. The program made more history with four lottery picks: Karl Towns at #1, Willie Cauley-Stein at #6, Trey Lyles at #12, and Devin Booker at #13. The only downside to the 2015 Draft was Aaron Harrison not hearing his name called, but by the next morning, word broke that Aaron had signed with the Charlotte Hornets, making it an incredibly sweet night for the program.


2016: Tyler Ulis reunites with Devin Booker

The 2016 Draft wasn’t the most memorable, but one sweet moment came when Tyler Ulis finally heard his name called at #34 by the Phoenix Suns. Ulis slid out of the first round after rumors circulated about a hip injury, but teaming up with his best friend Devin Booker was a great consolation prize. The video of his family’s reaction is still one of my favorites.


BONUS: Joel Embiid’s non-reaction in 2014

This has nothing to do with Kentucky, but I can’t think of the draft without thinking of it. Due to a delay in the broadcast, ESPN’s cameras failed to capture Joel Embiid’s reaction in real time, producing one of the most awkward videos in draft history. That’s probably one reason why Embiid’s reaction to Philly’s draw in this year’s draft lottery was so exaggerated:

Either that or he’s just a goofball. Probably just that.


KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

KSR Top 10 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. Lindsay Spencer

There is no escape from Speedo Shannon.

#9. @Harleycat72

What can we say? At least we’re unique!

#8. Patrick Butcher

Some days are just like that.

#7. “Potweet”

Sorry, they’re a package deal.

#6. @realkynerd

The downfall of Rick Pitino. That’s a 30 for 30 I’ll watch.

#5. Brittany

Can’t argue with statistics.

#4. @ethancredible

Looking at you, Marques Bolden.

#3 @MonroeSm

#LsDown #BannersDown

#2. Dave Ashley

I can definitely think of a few thousand people who would buy tickets to that.

#1. @healthlawatty

Chick-fil-a vs. UK basketball… I’m not sure which one has crazier fans.


@MaggieDavisKSR


YAHTZEE: Florida Wide Receiver Flips Commitment from Louisville to Kentucky

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Three-star Florida wide receiver Akeem Hayes committed to Louisville on April 27.  Today he dropped the Cards to become a Kentucky Wildcat.

Hayes’ timing was impeccable, announcing the decision on Twitter just moments after the Cards lost to Florida in the College World Series.

Hailing from Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Florida, he is now the third player from the South Florida football powerhouse in UK’s 2018 class, joining defensive end Davoan Hawkins and wide receiver Marvin Alexander.

Considered the No. 65 athlete in the nation, Hayes was offered by Kentucky a month after he committed to UofL.  He camped in Lexington after making a stop in Louisville two weeks ago.  Now he’s a Wildcat.

I’d like to think this poll had something do with it.

See what Hayes has to offer Eddie Gran’s offense.


Calipari Dishes on Diallo’s Decision, P.J. Washington and More at Team USA Training Camp

@USABasketball

The big story from John Calipari’s time as Team USA’s FIBA U19 head coach are the seemingly endless advantages to this opportunity.  A topic once again today, to nobody’s surprise Calipari said he enjoys getting to coach three of his players in June.

“You get a chance to see and learn about your guys before the season starts, which is pretty good,” Calipari told reporters following day three at Team USA Training Camp in Colorado Springs.  “It’s good, just the challenge of it is — I have to be patient.”

It paid off today.  P.J. Washington struggled on the first day of camp.  Stuck playing like a traditional power forward, Calipari wanted to see him do what he recruited him to do: play position-less basketball.

“You think about how we play and how the game where it’s going; we’re position-less.  Play basketball.  Take somebody on the bounce,” he told P.J.  “Get in the lane.  Don’t short-dribble and spin, it doesn’t work.  It might’ve worked in high school, it doesn’t work in college.  It doesn’t work anywhere.  You gotta get by people.  Shoot jump shots.  Go play.”

John Calipari also shared what he told Hamidou Diallo on the day he decided to stay at Kentucky instead of head to the NBA Draft.  They spoke three times, and Cal made sure to point out that Diallo called him twice.

“If there was somebody who would’ve committed to us earlier, he would’ve gone.”  Cal told Hami: “I’m with you, whatever you want to do, but the later you are in that first round or second round, you take all the risk and they take none.

Now Cal is making sure Diallo uses this year to make sure he’s ready to make a big jump into the draft.  So far, Diallo is doing everything Calipari asks.

“He’s got work to do,” Cal said.  “He’s not a finished product and that’s why I love the fact he’s here.  I walk in, he’s out there early working on stuff.”

It appears to be working for his jump shot.  This is one of many Hami hit from long range today.

Cal didn’t spend much time talking about his recruits, but he did briefly mention Bol Bol.  “The first day was ridiculous.  He got a little winded, but he was still good, and I thought this morning he was good. ”

The following USA Basketball video was supposed to feature Cal’s thoughts on his cuts, but I can’t stop watching Bol’s ability to effortlessly dunk.


Herald-Leader Op-Ed Decries Louisville’s Shamelessness

Nearly 30 years after the cover of Sports Illustrated was graced with “Kentucky’s Shame,” a Lexington pastor has a free tip for SI to encapsulate the many scandals surrounding the University of Louisville: “Louisville’s Shame-lessness.”

In a week’s time, the forensic audit detailed extensive corruption in the President’s office, followed shortly after by NCAA infractions stemming from deplorable dorm-room behavior that was instigated by a men’s basketball team staff member.  Penning an op-ed for the Herald-Leader op-ed, Rev. Robert Cunningham of Tates Creek Presbyterian Church in Lexington is less concerned with the actions of UofL’s leaders, but with their reactions to the countless scandals.

So surely this has brought about institutional humiliation and contrition? Surely the fan base has finally had enough and is demanding drastic changes? Surely U of L has responded by taking responsibility and cleaning house?

One would think, but we’ve heard nothing of the sort. In fact, we’ve heard very little from the administration at all. Instead, we’ve heard Rick Pitino deflect the blame, defy the penalties and decry the NCAA (not just for their punishment, but apparently for giving Jimmy V cancer). Also, we’ve heard Louisville fans blindly justify and insanely rationalize.

Not all UofL fans lack this shame, but the overall attitude reflects the leadership.  Rev. Cunningham’s outlook is bleak: “A culture without shame is like a body without pain receptors.”

[Herald-Leader]