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Kentucky volleyball ranked No. 3 in the nation

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Don’t look now, but the Kentucky Wildcat volleyball team is one of the best in America.

After a blazing hot 14-2 start to the season, the latest RPI lists the Cats at No. 3 in the nation, behind only Penn State and Florida.

The AVCA poll currently lists Kentucky at No. 8 in the nation, as well.

(We’re going to say the Cats are No. 3 though.)

Leah Edmond won SEC Player and Offensive Player of the Week honors this afternoon, and Madison Lilley took home the SEC Setter of the Week award, as well.

Keep balling, girls!


KSR featured on the front page of Reddit

KSR featured on the front page of Reddit

We’ve officially hit it big time.

Last night, our friends at the Harold Leeder of the New Circle Circular wrote an absolutely hysterical piece on KSR that makes fun of Florida fans. This morning, that Harold Leeder post was featured on the front page of Reddit.

For those who don’t know, Reddit is one of the most popular websites on the internet right now, featuring comments, upvotes/downvotes (likes/dislikes), etc. on any topic imaginable. Sports teams, musicians, news source, etc., all have different subreddits for fans of any subject to tune into.

Here’s the headline, now up to 8534 upvotes and 646 comments at the time of writing this post.

The top two comments on the post just add icing to the cake.

You can read the whole comment thread featuring some pretty priceless stuff here.

In case you missed it, here’s the link to the original KSR article:

Doctors Discover Gene That Makes Someone A Florida Fan Is The Same One That Makes People Think It’s Ok To Go Shirtless To An Olive Garden

Now, who is going to make us a r/KentuckySportsRadio or r/KSR?


UK Hoops to play three games in Rupp Arena; one part of double-header with men’s team

UK Hoops to play three games in Rupp Arena; one part of double-header with men’s team

For the first time in over ten years, UK Hoops will play THREE regular season games in Rupp Arena: Tennessee on December 31, South Carolina on January 21 and LSU on February 4. The Tennessee and LSU games will be televised on the SEC Network, while the South Carolina game will be shown on ESPNU. 

The Tennessee game on New Year’s Eve is part of a doubleheader with the men’s team, who will play Georgia at 6 p.m. Both games will be ticketed separately.

“We are very excited to be playing three games inside Rupp Arena this season,” UK head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “The atmosphere we’ve had in past games we’ve played there has been incredible and I know the Big Blue Nation will give us a great advantage again this year. There are few venues in the world with more history and tradition than Rupp Arena and I know our team will be excited to hit the floor.”

This will mark only the sixth time in program history and the first time since the 2007-08 season that the Wildcats have played three or more regular-season games inside Rupp Arena. Check out there complete, updated schedule below:

 


Kentucky Volleyball sweeps Louisville 3-0

Clean. Sweep.

The UK Volleyball girls just defeated the Louisville Cardinals in the Battle of the Bluegrass by a final score of 3-0.

Avery Skinner led the team in total points (15.5) and kills (15). Emily Franklin finished the day with 12.5 total points and nine kills.

The outcome was just about set in stone when KY Wildcats TV crew released this crazy hype video before the match:

With the victory, the Wildcats move on to 8-2 on the season.

UK will play Kennesaw State tomorrow night at 6 p.m. ET before kicking off SEC play against Missouri next Wednesday.

Well done, girls. Well done.


Former Wildcats heavily involved on NFL transaction wire.

All NFL teams had to have their rosters cut down to 53 players by yesterday afternoon, and some familiar names are trickling out in the transaction wire.

As of now, six former Kentucky players have been waived by their respective teams.

Here are the list of former Wildcats involved:

Boom Williams was waived by Denver:

Farrington Huguenin was released by the Steelers, but then signed back to the practice squad:

Receiver Chris Matthews was waived by the Ravens:

Marcus McWilson was released by Oakland:

Josh Forrest has been waived by the Los Angeles Rams:

As we told you guys a few days back, JD Harmon was released by the Browns:

Tough day for NFL Cats… Hopefully they all find new homes sooner rather than later.

We’ll keep you updated if any more names of interest have been released.


Pikeville Chinese Restaurants in Epic Fight… Cockroach Sabotage Alleged

Pikeville Chinese Restaurants in Epic Fight… Cockroach Sabotage Alleged

If you read one thing today, make it this.

Pikeville’s Peking Buffet and China King Buffet are in the most epic feud imaginable, as China King is claiming Peking has planted cockroaches in their restaurant.

“They put a lot of cockroaches to our back door,” China King said. “We are complained by the customers.”

Take a look at the note on the front door following the sabotage:

“We have to close again because of the Peking restaurant make trouble to us.”

This brings back beautiful memories of the City Wok vs. City Sushi rivalry in South Park. (If you haven’t seen that and don’t mind NSFW language, follow this link. )

I’m definitely #TeamChinaKing in this battle.


Mitchell Robinson is officially back on campus and enrolled at WKU

It was reported yesterday that five-star big man Mitchell Robinson was on his way back to Bowling Green to make up with Rick Stansbury and WKU about returning to campus.

This morning, Robinson enrolled back in classes and is officially a Hilltopper…. again.

Just as a refresher, here are the timeline of events for Robinson’s ridiculous recruitment that has (hopefully) come to a close:

He shocked the world by committing to WKU in the first place, and surprised no one when he packed up his bags and left.

Then he was a lock to attend Kansas, then he was going to head home and play at New Orleans or LSU, and then rumors spread that he was just going to wait it out a year and work toward entering the NBA Draft in 2018.

Now here we are, back to square one.

Here was the official release from WKU this afternoon including quotes from Stansbury and Robinson:

Teammate Jordan Brangers will not be there with him this year, as he has decided to transfer from the program.

Rick Stansbury gave him an indefinite suspension after he left the first time, but who knows what the new punishment will be now that he has returned.

I think the Battletown, KY native is just happy he got his five-star back on the team.


Matt Jones and Chris Tomlin visit the Ark Encounter on Hey Kentucky!

The famous Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky has been open for just over a year now, and the Hey Kentucky! crew wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

This afternoon, Matt interviewed one of the founders of the Ark about why they set up shop in Williamstown, the daily crowds, and the controversy surrounding all of it.

Watch the interview below:

You can watch the entire episode after the jump:

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Chris Tomlin explores Eclipseville on Hey Kentucky!

Today was the famous solar eclipse, and the state of Kentucky was one of the few states in the path of totality.

Thousands of people gathered the streets of Hopkinsville for the rare phenomenon, and Hey Kentucky’s own Matt Jones, Chris Tomlin, and Drew Franklin joined in on the fun.

Tomlin put his boots on the ground and talked to those in attendance about their time in beautiful Hop-town.

See for yourself:

Here’s the Hey Kentucky! crew during the actual time of darkness:

You can watch the entire episode after the jump:

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Solar Eclipse could cost businesses roughly $700 million

The entire solar eclipse is expected to last just 20 minutes, but the lack of productivity in that time is expected to cost businesses a fortune.

According to Forbes, the rare phenomenon will cost American businesses nearly $700 million in productivity.

And because this ultra-rare celestial moment is happening on a work and school day we can count on thousands of people to take the day off, call in sick, or skip their regularly scheduled duties to watch the moon’s shadow block out the sun’s rays for a few minutes. And those minutes, when added up, will likely cost American businesses nearly $700 million in productivity, according to an estimate by outplacement company Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

In total, the company estimates that the U.S. economy will lose $694 million during the approximately 20-minute eclipse process. And that number, Andy Challenger, vice president at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, told Forbes via email, could be conservative.

Additionally, states and cities in the path of totality could see an even greater financial setback.

According to a report by Challenger, because the state of Kentucky, and more specifically, Hopkinsville, is in the path of totality, we could be seeing almost $200 million in lost productivity alone.

These few minutes of darkness are going to cost a pretty penny.

And Kentuckians are going to love every second of it.


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Former UK golfer Mark Blakefield wins National Capital Open

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It looks like Justin Thomas, Kenny Perry, and J.B. Holmes aren’t the only Kentuckians making names for themselves on the links.

This afternoon, former UK golfer Mark Blakefield won the National Capital Open on the PGA’s Mackenzie Tour in Canada.

The PGA Tour Canada is considered one of the last stops before making it onto the official PGA Tour scene.

Here he is celebrating his victory with his fiancée:

Congratulations to the former Wildcat, and Go Big Blue!


Cincinnati Bengals release RB Boom Williams

Bryan Lynn | USA Today

According to several reports, former Kentucky star running back Boom Williams has been released from the Cincinnati Bengals.

With an impressive stable of backs already in Cincinnati, we all knew it was going to be difficult for Williams to make the 53-man roster.

After the former Wildcat managed just one carry for four yards last night in the Bengals’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, his release seemed all but certain.

Hopefully Boom can find a new home and keep his professional career afloat.


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WATCH: Little League World Series outfielder makes catch of the year

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The Little League World Series is an awesome time of year where we find some of the most talented youngsters in the world fighting for a title.

Today, we saw one of these competitors make the most ridiculous catch of the week, and quite possibly, the entire year.

See for yourself:

To add to the drama, the catch was initially ruled an out, then a home run, and then eventually (and correctly) overturned.

That kid just reached celebrity status, and he hasn’t even hit puberty yet.


Madisonville Mayor declares August 18th Drew Franklin Day on Hey Kentucky!

It’s official: Drew Franklin has hit it big-time.

This afternoon, the Mayor of Madisonville officially declared August 18th as “Drew Franklin Day” while KSR was in town for the radio show.

As you guys probably know, Drew was born and raised in Madisonville, and shows his city love and support as often as possible.

Read the Mayor’s entire Proclamation here:

Take a look at Drew’s big day on Hey Kentucky!

For more Hey Kentucky!, head on over to HeyKentucky.com

 


Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium has a Chic-Fil-A… but they won’t open on Sundays

Similar to the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of Super Bowl LI, the newest Chic-Fil-A restaurant located in Mercedes-Benz Stadium will not operate on Sundays.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Chic-Fil-A was happy to open a store in the new home of the Falcons, but will not make any exceptions to their six-days-a-week schedule implemented at all stores across the nation.

The company’s Christian beliefs are well known, with their policy posted all over the official Chic-Fil-A website.

‘‘Having worked seven days a week in restaurants open 24 hours, Truett saw the importance of closing on Sundays so that he and his employees could set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose – a practice we uphold today,” the site reads.

Seven of Atlanta’s eight regular season home games will be played on Sunday this season, with the exception being a Thursday night matchup against the Saints in December.

So why open a restaurant that doesn’t open on Sundays in a building that operates (for the most part) exclusively on Sundays?

Chic-Fil-A’s headquarters are located in Atlanta, and the owner reportedly wanted to make his mark on the new stadium.

There will also be various events such as concerts, college football games, and soccer games every once and a while, but nothing on a remotely consistent basis.

But what if you’re craving a chicken sandwich during a Sunday game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium? Former ‘‘Top Chef’’ contestant Kevin Gillespie has you covered.

Gillespie will be selling a sandwich called the COS (closed on Sunday) at a food stand in the concourse.

Regardless, the popular chicken sandwich restaurant chain has closed its doors on Sundays since 1946, and they sure aren’t changing the rules for a fancy-schmancy NFL stadium.