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Matt’s Monday Notes: Spray-On Hair, Dads in Uniforms and Cats Improve


Picking my least-favorite Trump Administration official is a little bit like picking my least-favorite Reba McEntire song…there are many terrific choices but only one Stephen Miller or “Fancy.” In addition to his hideous policy views, he seems to be one of the more unlikeable people in public life in my lifetime. But after this past weekend, I must say that I have a newfound respect for his gumption. It takes a certain type of person to go on national television with spray-on hair, and Stephen Miller is just that type of person. He went on “Face the Nation” this weekend to debate immigration and rather than simply facing what life has given him, or combing it over like his boss, he went with the spray-on look…a decision that simply doesn’t work in the era of HD television. It was shocking, it was hilarious and it was a highlight of my weekend. Look I know my hair isn’t great and it is thinning as I get older…but if I ever choose spray-on hair and am painting my head, you have my permission to hold me down, shave my head and commit me to a rehab institution. I am holding all of you to this.

With that said, a few thoughts on a Monday:

— I was really pleased with the Cats’ performance vs Utah. Yes, I know Utah isn’t very good and I realize that UK faces a much taller order next week versus North Carolina. But Kentucky needed a good game against a team that can shoot from deep (the one thing Utah can do) and they needed to show they could play after the departure of Quade Green. Both things occurred on Saturday and thus I was pleased. Keldon’s threes were a great addition, but what most pleased me was the improved play of PJ Washington/Tyler Herro, the terrific perimeter defense from the UK guards and the continued beast mode of Reid Travis down low. For Kentucky to be successful, all of those things have to occur regularly. Keldon won’t shoot 8-9 every game, but if the four big players (PJ, Keldon, Reid and Herro) bring it every night, Kentucky can beat most anyone in the country.

— Vegas casinos today released Conference Tournament odds (when did this start being a thing?) and the SEC is fascinating to me. Auburn is the favorite at 2-1 (Why?) followed by Tennessee at 3-1 and UK at 4-1. I LOVE the bets of Kentucky and Tennessee…first I think right now the Vols are the best team in the conference and playing in their home state, while Kentucky has shown under Calipari that they will win 75% of the SEC Tournament titles and will have a home court advantage throughout the Tournament. I would (if in Vegas) immediately place bets on BOTH Tennessee and Kentucky and feel very good about one of them hitting. As a matter of fact, I am calling someone in Vegas to do that right now. I will see you to cash out in March.

— For the record, I really hated the Calipari “we will act like we won” comments from after the Seton Hall game. I know that Calipari is trying to motivate his team, not bog them down with stress, etc. But this is Kentucky…we don’t do moral victories. And if ANY other coach in America had said that same comment, we would torch them on here. I remember the famous Butch Jones “Winners in life” and Bill Self “we didnt lose, we just ran out of time” nonsense and this felt like it sat somewhere in the same ballpark as those nonsense feel-good moments. I like my Calipari swashbuckling and with confidence, not handing out orange slices after losing to an unranked Big East team. The Seton Hall game wasn’t the end of the world, but we didn’t win, so we shouldn’t act like it. Saturday’s game was much more our speed.

— I have decided Jemarl Baker is the best shooter of all-time. IF you disagree, I don’t care. The evidence I have is substantial…he is 2-2, his first shot didnt make the net move and Shai Alexander told me he was the best shooter on the team last year. That is really all the evidence that a human being should require. Calipari hinted tonight on his radio show that he would play more over the next couple of weeks…I hope that is the case because if he can shoot like that and be serviceable on Defense, Kentucky won’t miss Quade very much at all.

Benny Snell and Josh Allen playing in the Citrus Bowl is a really a terrific development for this program and says a lot about those young men as people. I would have totally understood if either didn’t play…Josh Allen is a top 10 pick and the risk he is putting forth is substantial. Benny Snell plays the most demanding position in sports and risks injury every single time he takes a hit. Both guys could have made the decision not to play and it would have been rational. But the fact that both are playing, giving up their body and letting it go for the team…well it is exactly why we love them so much.

Matt Bevin calling a legislative session the week before Christmas with 4 hours notice, in order to pass a Pension Bill, rather than waiting for the new Legislature to take office and doing it in two weeks is so perfectly him (if I write more, you just have to deal with some politics…sorry). I wish political parties could come to an agreement amongst themselves to simply not do shady stuff and be transparent….neither of which are political, but are just good for government. Doing a one-week session with no notice to pass a bill that will dramatically effect the lives of millions in the state, and doing it in a way that will probably still be Unconstitutional is insanely stupid and bizarrely arrogant. But here we are, face to face, a couple of Silver Spoons, waiting for Bevin screw up again.

— Have you seen the new trend of having recruits take pictures with their fathers in the gear of the teams they are visiting? It is apparently happening everywhere and the pictures are all over social media. But I want to focus on one player with Kentucky whose father took a picture in the Big Blue…my only question is, does he have eligibility left? Seriously those arms on a dude that age? That is Vince McMahon-esque, without the 5 thousand dollar suits. If I were on Instagram, I would #LifeGoals

Go watch “The Green Book”. It is a feel-good, crowd-pleasing movie that many woke folks on social media are blasting for being simplistic about race relations. Be that as it may, it is very well-done and I found it a great way to spend two hours. The two main actors are terrific in telling the true story of a white Italian driver in the early 1960s who drives a black musician around the South, so he can play classical music in order to break the stereotypes of the day. Their relationship is sweet and regardless of whatever faults one can find (which is true of most movies), I think the message is a positive one and in a time of great divide, it would bring most everyone together. The portrayal of a night in Louisville isn’t great for our state, but truth is truth and I didn’t let it get in the way of what was otherwise a great movie…plus its a movie you can see with your family over Christmas and everyone will be entertained and not offended (which we all know is really hard to find). Go see it. Its worth it.

— The KSBar $5,000 Hammer Bowl Challenge is underway. If you forgot the rules, they are simple:

1. Come in KSBar any day there is a Bowl Game…pick the Final Score. If you get the closest for that game, you a finalist for $5,000

2. All Finalists come the night of the National Championship game and one person wins during the game…its that simple.

3. During every game, whichever person is in the Bar and has picked the score the closest when the game ends, wins $100 on the spot.

We have three Finalists already:

Cure Bowl — Mark Garrison (who got the Cure Bowl score exactly right)
Las Vegas Bowl — Eric McCorkle
New Orleans Bowl — Tim Beaven

It’s easy and its fun….we have games every night this week starting with the CheriBundi Bowl tomorrow night (UAB and Northern Illinois). Come in any time before 7 pm tomorrow and make the pick. Watch the game and win the $100. Its simple, its easy and you can get semi-rich. The schedule is below.

— I would like to finish with this. This weekend we lost one of our most loyal KSR Fans. Rose Lykins of West Liberty has been with us since the early days of KSR. She would call in with updates about life on Caney Creek and stories about the adventures of her and her dear husband, Chubb. They traveled all around Eastern Kentucky to see us on our tour stops, often bringing jars of moonshine to the crew and always full of happiness and joy. When West Liberty was hit with a tornado, she became the impetus for KSR coming to town for a fundraiser and that show ended with John Calipari making a surprise appearance via helicopter to help raise money for the town. She was giving in all that said she did, a person who lived life to the fullest and a model for keeping a positive attitude even during life’s struggles. We will miss her a great deal on KSR and we want to give our prayers to her family and friends. Her official obituary is below. We love you Rose.

Rose Anne Lykins, resident of West Liberty, KY, passed away on December 16, 2018 at St. Claire Medical Center, Morehead, KY, at the age of 64. Born on February 10, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, a daughter of John Hermon Stumbo and Helen Marie Bliffen Stumbo. She was a member of the Christian Church of West Liberty, KY. She was a regular lister and caller of KY Sports Radio, an avid U.K. fan. She was a retired court recorder for the state. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Hermon Stumbo and Helen Marie Bliffen Stumbo and one sister Linda Marie Hill. Surviving is her husband Mark Lykins of West Liberty,KY. One daughter Ashlee Jo Stumbo of West Liberty, KY and one son Jeremy Alexander Stumbo of Ashland, KY. Two sisters, Sallie Jo and Phillip Nickell of Grassy Creek, KY. Karen Lou and Cecil Daniel of Paintsville, KY.

Funeral services will be 11:30am Thursday December 20, 2018 at Herald & Stewart & Halsey Chapel with Bro .Danny Collins officiating. Burial in DeBorde Cemetery, Malone, KY. Visitation will be 6:00pm Wednesday at Herald & Stewart & Halsey Funeral Home, West Liberty, KY. Pallbearers will be Shannon Burke, Blake Burke, David Easterling, Mike Lykins, Charles Cain and David Osborne.

Article written by Matt Jones

90 responses to “Matt’s Monday Notes: Spray-On Hair, Dads in Uniforms and Cats Improve”

  1. Wakecrash

    It takes a special kind of juvenile to focus on someones hair.

    1. calcat

      Why read it then

    2. BigBlueMeade

      Lighten up bud

    3. Wakecrash

      calcat, LOL, you dont know what you are going to read to after you read it roflmao.

    4. calcat

      Did you not see the headlines?

    5. abobicesaevior

      Wakecrash, you are a snowflake!

    6. Wakecrash

      oh my abob, that originality hurt me bad, You a purty smart dude to come up with that one. So I got one for ya,,, no you are a snowflake!!

    7. abobicesaevior

      You just validated your snowflake status! Congrats!

    8. RealCatsFan

      When you draw attention to it by doing something ridiculous like this, it becomes fair game. I am fortunate to have a full head of hair, but I will never understand guys who try to hide the fact that they are getting thin on top with “heroic” measures like combovers, plugs, weaves, and, ahem, this. Just accept that this is the way The Almighty created you and rock it! Most guys look much better if they just crop it short or shave it altogether. Doing stuff like this just invites ridicule.

    9. catdaddyd

      By that rational women shouldn’t color their hair or wear makeup..

    10. ksrbluesbrother

      Matt Jones has the right to post what he wants here. IMO, he is massively stupid for doing so. With ALL THE [email protected] going on in this country today to divide us, This pinheaded dumbass wants to pile on. The truth is, like all leftist liberals, he’s a narcissist, which is a sickness. He uses UK sports to preach to a somewhat captive audience that visits this site for sports and then springs his political views on all, which is disrespectful and abusive. He holds himself out as a business proprietor with KSBar and, I’m sure would like to build that business. His truly stupid decisions and behavior to divide the UK fanbase over f**king politics is moronic. I come here for nothing more than UK sports news…that’s it. I will go elsewhere for UK gear, I will visit other eating establishments, sportsbars for no other reason because of my dislike for his arrogant ass who is someone who laughs “at” others and not “with” others. I will always remember him for the sad sack of [email protected] that he is.

    11. Johnny C

      I completely agree. Mixing sports with politics is a recipe for disaster. I’m a little shocked that Matt is so willing to disregard and disparage a massive portion of his audience. At this point if there were an alternative I would be more than happy to move on.

    12. Luether

      ksrbluesbrother – a bit harsh, don’t you think?

    13. ksrbluesbrother

      Luether…”a bit harsh”? It’s true and it’s how I feel about it. I prefer my sports without his political view nor his warped view of the political world. I don’t need his view to form my own independent opinions concerning politics, unlike others. I am a business owner and to divide those who are potential customers is moronic…beyond stupid but that is who he is. He’s the guy who farts in the elevator…every time he gets the chance because he thinks it’s funny. It gets old and I really couldn’t care less about his feelings…at all. Like I said earlier, Matt laughs “at” people not “with” them because he respects no one and those who defend him are sad. He is a massive punk and dumbass. Harsh? At this point, WTF cares?

  2. goose2

    I can see why you never married, very childlish comment. Matt you must love ruinning our evenings with your political bias, every f****ing day..

    1. abobicesaevior

      Another snowflake, lol!

  3. not

    Keep up the posts, Matt! Always enjoy when you write and takes me back to the early days.

    1. DelrayCat

      Must get Ryan some of that hair stuff and do a whole episode on the hilarity of it all!

  4. zoupman

    My comment in support of Gov. Bevin quickly got deleted?

    1. 4everUKblue

      Good! Bevin is not a Kentuckian, can’t believe that jack[email protected] got elected.

  5. peaches76

    Transparency in Govt….just like Obamacare. The whole political system is a joke. Bunch of money-grabbing crooks regardless of party. Ridiculous.

    1. zoupman

      So why does Matt need to feel need to talk down to us on a sports page? That’s the way liberals work. Blame others.

    2. katfan33

      Yawn…

    3. 4everUKblue

      Peaches nailed it, they’re all criminals, makes no difference Dem or Rep.

    4. Irish son

      Frigging crybaby. It’s HIS website, if you don’t like what he writes, go back to info wars and pound your pud while reading it

    5. 4everUKblue

      Sorry son, infowars is controlled opposition and so is Alex Jones.

  6. Sin The

    Matt may want to be careful ragging on people’s hair, his looks like crap.

    1. ukkatzfan

      Hahahahaha

    2. 4everUKblue

      What you don’t like the Moe haircut?

  7. Mike Honcho

    After some scientific research I found that Justin Fields name spelt backwards is “QB1 at Kentucky Wildcats let’s go win the SEC”.

    1. cats646

      This made me laugh

  8. Sin The

    I think Matt should cover the pension gap with his newfound wealth.

  9. blues77

    Matt just ignore those cottonheaded ninny muggins with their comments. As a teacher in this great state, thank you.

    1. zoupman

      Blues77, you mean thank you Gov Bevin for cleaning up Brashears mess?

    2. katfan33

      Hahaha!!! Wow, yeah ok…

    3. 4everUKblue

      Put down the crack pipe zoupman!

    4. Irish son

      Jesus, what a delusional twit

  10. Cole28

    Matt…. thanks for your quarterly report, but this is UK sports. Let’s keep it that way. You write so rarely anymore, why make it about anything other than what we all come to read about? This should be a “no spin” zone, Dinsmore.

    1. collierwireman

      Don’t read it then

  11. Underdog

    Stephen Miller is one of the most brilliant people in Washington DC. The fact that he is ridiculed here not on any principle or position but instead on his hair is indicative of the critic’s lack of acumen, and transparent immaturity.

    1. DelrayCat

      Calling the Santa Monica Goebbels brilliant is laughably absurd. The man is a racist troll, worthy of ridicule and scorn. Granted, he may not be an unabashed grifter like so many around him, yet, but his views and policies are so outside the mainstream it isn’t surprising the crime boss loves him.

    2. katfan33

      “Stephen Miller is one of the most brilliant people in Washington, DC.”
      That statement says a lot about you as a person…

    3. Mathlete

      @Katfan – what if Miller IS one of the smartest people in DC? What does that say about DC?

    4. henderblue

      That comment by DelrayCat is spectacular and spot on!!

    5. 4everUKblue

      If we’re being honest here what is there good to say about what goes on DC in general? And if you find something good to say about DC maybe you need to wake up.

  12. binarysolo

    Miller must’ve gone to Carlos Boozer’s hairstylist.

    1. Skooms

      His or Saul Smith’s! I think Saul is actually shaving his now, but man it looked pretty bad while at Minnesota.

  13. Han

    The Republican fans are all pretty disappointed you’re ragging on their team, Matt. They’re sunshine pumpers of the highest order and defend their leaders more than the Cards defended Pitino for years, no matter the lies, mistakes and scandals.

    Personally, I wish my fellow Republicans would spend less time defending their team and calling everyone else stupid liberals and more time reading about what their representatives are actually doing in Frankfort and Washington. Here’s a hint: They’re screwing you.

    1. peaches76

      Unlike the rich Dems and their plan for staying in office/power…..open the borders and let ‘em in. There’s still 51% of the population paying taxes. We’ll let them cover the cost of the welfare state we hope to create…which is close to fruition. Nothing shady there. You believe everything you read about what’s going on in Frankfort and DC? You think the C-J and H-L report fairly? Hmmmm

    2. katmandue2you

      Wish Matt would hurry up and become a politician so Kentuckians can show him where they draw the line. Suffice to say it is true that Trump derangement syndrome drives everyone on the left. What’s most funny is they’re incapable of seeing just how much the support of Trump is a testament to how completely misguided the left’s agenda truly is. It’s not that we love Trump. It’s that we understand how completely misguided liberals are!

    3. 4everUKblue

      Does everyone believe anything you read or see in the mainstream media? A little investigating will reveal that the MSM is owned by people who have no interest in reporting the truth about anything and it really makes no difference what party you belong to. The different parties give the illusion that we have a choice. Before gang up on me do some research.

    4. 4everUKblue
  14. notFromhere

    Say goodbye to your hair, Matt. Say hello to the Miller-do you will have in just a few years. You heard it here first

    1. henderblue

      I lost my hair quite some time ago. I’m never have and never will spray any on. It looks absolutely ridiculous..

  15. bpisforuk

    Matt is talking about things that people are or should be talking about. People around the country are talking about why SM choose a Sunday morning national show to debut the new do(n’t) and people in KY should be talking about why Bevin chose now to call a session that is costing taxpayers money instead of taking it up in the last session or new session.

  16. A_Blue_Wildcat

    That father is in the gear and on the gear, jesus.

  17. kentucky1998

    Matt Bevin is trying to fix a Democrat mess.
    The fact he’s getting ridiculed is stupid yeah let’s wait like we have the past 40 years. No let’s do it today like he is.

    1. Mathlete

      The pension is self sufficient until 2040. It’s not THAT urgent that he needs to call a special session. He just knows that in two weeks they won’t have the votes

  18. kuhlkat

    Never understood why douchebag Jones thinks we want to hear or read his or anyone else’s politics.
    Supposed to be a sports site but he can’t resist trying to teach us simpletons. What a douche

  19. Gazza

    Even spray on hair can’t save the KSR Bar’s future and the career of Alison Lundergan Grimes. lol

  20. W1ldCats4Life

    It boggles my mind that so many readers act like they were forced in some fashion and held to the screen to read any post on this sight.

    Once you start reading and it’s not what you want to read about, why not just stop? MJ has always from day one interjected things on the site that are not always sports related. Has everyone forgotten “facts are optional” and “brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible” for something’s? C’mon people, see the reality and understand what is there before you start typing.

    1. Cole28

      Most of that “facts are optional”, “he can right about whatever he wants”, once the source of information becomes so big and “reliable” that there’s a radio show, TV show, restaurant, and Matt is even calling games on the UK Sports Network with Tom Leach…. Yes, this changes what’s expected of the site. You don’t expect to see political posts on ESPN – we shouldn’t expect them here either. Yes, KSR is not nearly as big as ESPN, but it’s bigger than ESPN to UK sports.

      Great power, great responsibility… yada yada. Haha

  21. Blue Bill

    Maybe Bevin can have the vote on Christmas Eve like Obamacare.

    1. Kerosenerag

      Now now bluebill…you know your not allowed to speak truth on here. That was a good one bill.

  22. Steady

    ksr = salon.com.

  23. ukisgr8

    Would never vote for the democratic socialist party. The world had one in the 1930s, we don’t need another

  24. ukcats1776.90

    nancy pelosi at the oval office meeting – “we will be more transparent; now let’s get the media out of the room so we can talk.” democrats are brainwashed

    1. cats646

      Careful. Stating obvious facts nowadays turns the democrats against you. And you don’t wanna be on their bad side. They’ll call you mean names like a racist, or sexist. You know, some made up BS that stirs people up and blinds them from the fact that they’re trying to rob us.

    2. 4everUKblue

      They’re not trying to rob us…..THEY’VE BEEN ROBBING US FOR DECADES!

    3. Irish son

      You probably voted for Trump, if you did you ARE a racist. He was the only candidate endorsed by the head of the KKK

    4. 4everUKblue

      I didn’t vote for ANY of the criminals and anyone who did must believe there is such a thing as a politician who has our best interest….from any party!

    5. cats646

      I voted for Trump, I know by doing so you all just slap the label “racist” on me, even though I’m not. You think Trump reached out to the KKK and asked them to endorse him? No. He openly stated that the KKK is terrible.

  25. Tango98

    Aaaaand this is what you get when posting political BS, UK fans turning on each other. That’s why many of us can’t stand the political posts (regardless of party).

  26. Kerosenerag

    Be careful 646, you know deplorables have no say on this site or any other for that matter. Everybody knows if the guy was in the Obama administration his hair choice would have been brilliant. Stick to the sports topics Matt…we love ya for it.

  27. Trevor

    It’s funny when I see people say this is a sports site. Who owns it? As far as I know, Matt does. So you know what. Matt can post whatever he wants. Let’s take that stance the opposite way. The next time ANY news agency says a word about sports, I want to see these same people trash THEM. This is a message board. If you don’t like the content, there are plenty more out there. Matt, you do you!!

    1. Kerosenerag

      Trevor you need to wipe the brown your nose.

    2. Trevor

      Being a black man, my nose is already brown and being a man with a brain…I realize that I am on an essentially “free” sight so I don’t whine about its content sine 99% of it is sports…I seriously doubt Matt is changing who he is…so there is that! Use you time to read the content and skip what you don’t like. Simple enough, isn’t it!

    3. Tango98

      Of course it’s Matt’s right, he has built a great company/product and this is America. It’s also our right as consumers and customers to call him out when not happy. The political posts just turn our fan base against each other which i hate. I also hate news agencies that do sports!!?

    4. Trevor

      I sed your point, but the fact that we don’t pay for this makes us lurkers on his thought bubbles. So I still feel he has the right to talk what he wants. If he wants to talk cooking…go for it. I will just skip that pist. Easy enough….

  28. Matt10

    I’m not a Trump supporter but I guess Mr Jones preferred Obama’s Goldman Sachs packed administration who did all their crimes and murdering with dignity and statesmanship. Lol

    1. Kerosenerag

      So true, so true.

  29. shepdog3720

    Matt, have you seen your teeth? I mean close up, have you really seen your teeth?

  30. Sentient Third Eye

    Look, I enjoy busting leftist chops as much as anyone, but is it really appropriate in a column containing an obituary?

    RIP Mrs. Lykins, and let’s save the politics for another day.

  31. clarks

    Hell yeah I voted for trump dang sure wasn’t voting for Hillary. If it wasn’t for Twitter he would be better off.

    1. DelrayCat

      That’s a common theme around Kentucky, and I admit she was a terrible candidate. As bad as Trump is, it would have been horrible to have Hillary and a Republican Congress constantly having more bogus investigations into her that yield nothing (unlike Robert Mueller’s). And now with Trump, the world sees the republicans for what they are, raging hypocrites. And now his sham presidency has re-invigorated the left into getting younger and more diverse. In 5-10+ years…we will look back and say Trump was not only the worst president in American history, but also the best thing to happen to the democratic party in our lifetimes.

    2. cats646

      Hypocrites? “Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, unless it’s different than mine, then they’re a racist pig and I will riot in the streets because of a few fuking words someone said” -every liberal ever. Hypocrisy at its finest. Smh

  32. clarks

    Maybe we will get the wall out of him.

  33. Tom Bombadil

    Matt stfu! Good Lord i cant wait till you run for office. What a sissy

  34. orcat

    Matt, way too difficult to add this comment. Makes me wonder if someone at KSR is playing fast and loose with the process. I hope not. I come to KSR for Kentucky Basketball and Football news, not for political commentary. Please post your political views on a political blog. You indicate in your column that you are against divisiveness, yet a few paragraphs earlier you make divisive comments. Please STOP.

  35. kentuckyrld

    Another idiotic article written by an idiot.