After waiting until the very last minute in the process, we now know that Hamidou →
By Drew Franklin on ©May 23rd, 2017 @ 9:55am
Ready for the first of many hours with Matt Jones today? He’ll do two hours of KSR this morning as a warm-up for his Finebaum gig later today. The rest of us will be on to give him a good pep talk.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 23rd, 2017 @ 9:00am
For round seven, the American Flat Track series heads to unchartered territory. For the first time ever, American Flat Track will race in Lexington, Ky. at the Red Mile on Saturday, June 3. Kentucky fans will get to witness a new level of excitement as the best riders in the world mount their fire breathing AFT Twins, along with the future of the sport in the AFT Singles class, duke it out for bragging rights as the first winner on the Red Mile.
The last time the series raced in Kentucky was on June 8, 1991 in Louisville. Scott Parker secured the Half-Mile victory on a Harley-Davidson, on his way to claiming the fourth of his nine Grand National Championships, over eventual seven-time champ Chris Carr.
This new stop on the schedule is familiar, as the circuit is primarily used for a unique style of horse racing called harness racing, where horses pull a two-wheel carriage around the Mile circuit. Now, the track will experience a new-style two wheeled experience with a lot more horsepower.
Get your tickets today at https://www.showclix.com/event/red-mile.
1. [Insert mandatory Hamidou Diallo update]
Hamidou Diallo. Decision. Hamidou Diallo. Hamidou. Diallo. NBA. Diallo. Return. Diallo. Brooklyn Nets. Diallo. Hamidou. None-and-done. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Hamidou Diallo. NBA draft. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Where you going, Hami. Diallo. Diallo. Second-highest vertical. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Diallo. Hamidou Diallo. Decision. Hamidou.
For what it’s worth, Adam Zagoria has heard the wait will go all the way until tomorrow’s deadline. So there’s that.
2. BREAKING: The Golden State Warriors are good at basketball.
Last night Golden State became the first team to sweep its first three best-of-seven series (is series the plural of series?) in the NBA playoffs after beating San Antonio in San Antonio in Game 4. This should not come as a surprise because the Warriors are very good at basketball and it’s really unfair. Save us, LeBron.
3. My Predators are going to the Stanley Cup finals.
As I told you yesterday, I am all aboard the Nashville Predators bandwagon; I even know what icing means. Also, as I told you yesterday, I had a nice ticket to last night’s series-clinching Game 6 and I could not go. Not only do I hate myself for that, I am now determined to go to one of the Stanley Cup games and participate in this madness in Bridgestone Arena and outside of it on Broadway. Go Predators. Let’s do this. Hockey is fun (once you learn what icing means).
4. Former UK players react to Craft Center locker room renovation.
They seem jealous:
I'm BIG mad 🙃 https://t.co/3TIubFivNv
— De'Aaron Fox (@Swipathef0x) May 22, 2017
Spoiled… Back in the old days we didn't have all that. 😂 https://t.co/4gr8AqHsIY
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) May 22, 2017
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) May 22, 2017
— Trey Lyles (@treylyles) May 22, 2017
Click here for the renovation photos.
5. The Ringer: “De’Aaron Fox Would Have a Shot at Being Drafted No. 1 … If He Had a Shot.”
Here’s a fun read for you from Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer, who dug deep into De’Aaron Fox’s shooting woes and what it means for his NBA future. Tjarks believes Fox’s shot, or lack thereof, will ultimately decide “the fate of an entire franchise.”
Read it here.
6. Quade Green working hard before his freshman season.
See some of what he is doing here in this workout video from Full Court Solutions:
Speaking of Green, did we ever get a comment from him regarding Mohamed Bamba’s decision? He must be heartbroken.
7. UK Softball knows its Super Regional schedule.
The NCAA released its Super Regional schedule on Monday, and Kentucky will meet the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Oregon at 7 pm ET, Friday night. Here’s the full three-game series schedule:
8. UK’s Honor Flight was a huge success.
Aside from some minor travel complications beyond their control, UK’s Honor Flight to Washington D.C. went very well as the university’s veterans visited the memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifices.
The veterans received a warm welcome back in Lexington upon returning (late in the night) from their one-day, all expenses paid trip to our nation’s capital.
UK’s inaugural flight marked the first time any university in the country sponsored an honor flight.
9. Matt Jones will make his Paul Finebaum guest hosting debut today.
For the next two days from 3-7 pm, our own Matt Jones will sit in Paul Finebaum’s chair and talk into Paul Finebaum’s microphone as host of the Paul Finebaum Show. Matt is filling in for Paul for two shows and to say the KSR radio host is a little nervous might be an understatement. But he’s a pro’s pro, as you all know, and I’m sure it’ll make for great radio to a newer and wider audience. And if he sucks, we’ll have something to laugh at for years to come. Good luck, Matt. Don’t suck.
10. It’s a full house on today’s KSR as we coach Matt up for Finebaum.
I’ll be in studio with Matt, Ryan and Shannon to go over the final game plan for the Finebaum appearance. I’m sure we’ll talk about a lot of other nonsense, including whatever news is happening, as well.
By Bryan the Intern on ©May 23rd, 2017 @ 8:00am
Throughout the summer, while you wait and wait for football season to arrive (and for some, basketball season is all that matters), I like to find some old games of the past that aren’t mentioned as much in UK lore, but still were classics.
Today is the game that came after the Dream Game. Actually is was the game that came after THE game that came after the game. But nonetheless, many people forget that UK got revenge on UL following the Dream Game loss by beating the Cards in the 1984 Sweet 16. UK has pounded UL by 21 earlier that season but all that mattered was March for that great Cats team and despite a good effort from UL, the Cats would win that game on their way to the Final Four.
Enjoy this forgotten classic:
By Nick Roush on ©May 22nd, 2017 @ 11:00pm
Guy Morriss is fighting a battle he cannot win. In an interview with WKYT, the former Kentucky head football coach revealed he has Alzheimer’s.
“It’s hard to accept,” he said as he fought back tears. “Jackie (his wife) knew it. I just kept denying it.”
Guy Mo had to accept the Alzheimer’s diagnosis nine months ago. An estimated 5.5 million Americans live with the degenerative disorder. Primarily a hereditary disease, Morriss can points to 15 years on an NFL offensive line as the primary reason why he needs help with everyday tasks.
“At first I couldn’t write my name. I could not write my name. I didn’t know my ABCs. I couldn’t do that little rhyme.”
It’s a tough pill to swallow, but that’s not the worst part of the disease.
“I’ve always been a great football player, a coach. I could” — he held up shaky fists, unable to find the right words — “All the world! It’s not that way anymore. You wake up one day and everything connects. The next time you get out of bed, the same problem, then no problem. It’s just day at a time.”
He’s forgotten how to do a lot of things, but some memories are too dear to escape the 66-year old. He still recalls Kentucky’s 2002 Governor’s Cup upset over Louisville at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. He doesn’t remember pre-season Heisman Trophy candidate Dave Ragone’s name, “but he took a beating,” Morriss said with a laugh.
I began this post with a morbid line because it’s the truth. Unlike cancer or any other ailment, you can’t beat Alzheimer’s. It wins every single time. In the early stages a person might forget names, but near the end they can forget everything, from knowing how to put on clothes or how to speak.
Every person in my family that has lived long enough to get Alzheimer’s has got the disease. When one relative passes away, another person develops it. Some are better than others, but all of it sucks. The good news is that research and development, especially at UK’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, are making advances that could slow the disease’s roll, or perhaps even find a cure in the next ten years.
I applaud Morris for sharing his story. Awareness is the best way to help; not the patient, but the patient’s family. The more you understand the disease and how to cope, the better quality of life the patient can live.
To help fight the battle Morriss and Alzheimer’s patients everywhere cannot win, donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, a non-profit that devotes all of its resources to research and support programs for families who are taking care of loved ones.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 22nd, 2017 @ 10:45pm
No one knows the New York amateur basketball scene better than Adam Zagoria, so you have to trust everything he says and reports about anyone from the area, including Hamidou Diallo.
Therefore, we must listen when Zagoria says a source told him Diallo’s decision may not come until Wednesday, the deadline for making that decision.
“It’s going to the wire on Wednesday,” Zagoria’s source told him. “A decision could be made before Wednesday but right now it’s looking like Wednesday.”
That may be the case, but we’ll keep refreshing the Diallo newswire every minute between now and Wednesday at midnight, just to be safe.
By Haley Simpson on ©May 22nd, 2017 @ 10:30pm
The one and only Big Mick is a meaty masterpiece in its
own right. Composed of two quarter-pound patties* of never-fresh, frozen,
mostly beef raised close to the processing plant. Only McDowell’s
has the frosted beef and processed cheese to give you a major reason for
the afternoon trip to the secret bathroom only you and Debra know about on the 9th floor that is under construction.
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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Now. On to the tweets:
#10 Donald Bolin
@KySportsRadio Only better if she went by: Ripe Tomato
— Donald Bolin (@goalsetter21) May 22, 2017
Papa Brooks would be so proud.
#9 Rich Madky
@KySportsRadio don’t forget, Brooks had the rap “Kragthorpe, How’s My A$$ Taste”.
— Rich Madky (@RichMadky) May 22, 2017
The best rap of all.
#8 Jared Lee
@KySportsRadio earned not given… Can I get a Snell yeah
— Jared Lee (@jlee35jl) May 22, 2017
They’re just asking for it now.
#7 Andrew S
@KySportsRadio somewhere Kentucky Joe is revving up his pen and pad
— Andrew S (@turkishshepherd) May 22, 2017
This is exactly what we need.
#6 Tony Ray
@KySportsRadio if they don’t like the fight song then get KY Joe to rewrite it! And Ryan most of us football fans like the fight song!
— Tony Ray (@TDKYRay) May 22, 2017
I would honestly love to see what he comes up with.
#5 A Proud Rhino
— A Proud Rino (@AProudRino) May 22, 2017
The #FreeMattt movement will be lit.
#4 Coach Salyers
— Coach Salyers (@CoachSalyersLC) May 22, 2017
This is every Kentucky fans religion.
— DorothytheDude (@YourUKCATSfan) May 22, 2017
That’s not how that goes.
#2 Dan Sigler
— Dan Sigler (@d_sig) May 22, 2017
You’ve definitely left your mark on the Kentucky football team.
#1 Carrie Sweeney
— Carrie Sweeney (@cysweeney73) May 20, 2017
Hey, gotta do what you gotta do.
By Nick Roush on ©May 22nd, 2017 @ 10:23pm
We often share songs dedicated to Kentucky basketball. For the first time in my five-year history at KSR, we have an entire mixtape dedicated to Kentucky basketball. More specifically, we have an entire mixtape dedicated to Wenyen Gabriel.
New Hampshire native RCG Melo starts the mixtape Ballin’ Like I’m Wenyen with “Upman,” named after Wenyen’s Twitter handle. As you’ll see, there are other basketball-themed songs like “2nd Half” and “Overtime.”
There are 11 songs with high quality production dedicated to the soon-to-be Kentucky sophomore, Wenyen Gabriel. Listen to them all below, but beware of explicit lyrics.
By Nick Roush on ©May 22nd, 2017 @ 10:00pm
After laying off hundreds of personalities last month, this month the four-letter network is extending Dick Vitale’s contract through the 2019-20 college basketball season. That year will mark Dickie V’s 41st college basketball season.
“Dick Vitale is an ESPN PTPer – our signature college basketball voice for 38 years,” said ESPN President John Skipper in a statement. “He has grown the sport and the place of ESPN in the sport. He is, literally, a Basketball Hall of Famer who has augmented a remarkable on-air career with a tireless passion for helping others, highlighted by his remarkable work on behalf of The V Foundation.”
Even though many hate to hear his voice during Kentucky games, there are few personalities in this world as big as Dickie V. He’s no longer on ESPN’s A-Team of broadcasters, but when he’s in the building you know it’s a big game. One of the nicest human beings on the planet, the KSR family will be happy to see Dickie V through 2020.
Now watch this painfully awkward technical difficulty-filled morning interview from 2012.
By Nick Roush on ©May 22nd, 2017 @ 9:00pm
Two weeks ago Mark Stoops received a commitment from best player from Michigan, offensive guard Marquan McCall, stealing a prospect from right under Jim Harbaugh’s nose. Now the Kentucky head coach is in a good position to land a four-star linebacker from Jacksonville, Florida that Michigan has been recruiting for over a year.
Last night former Maryland commit Eriq Gilyard released his top six schools: Kentucky, Michigan, Maryland, Virginia Tech, N.C. State and UCF. The Top 35 linebacker in the 2018 class plays for a perennial Florida powerhouse and is the son of a former Auburn defensive back. Gilyard told Gridiron Now he likes what he’s hearing from Kentucky.
“I feel I can go there and be a big-time playmaker,” he said. “I think I would have a chance to make an impact early in my career. I have a good vibe with the coaches and I feel something at Kentucky is big for me. I felt like they needed to be in my top six.”
Gilyard plans on visiting all six finalists this summer before making a decision in the fall. I’m sure Stoops would love to put one in Harbaugh’s earhole, just like Gilyard frequently does to his opponents.
By Nick Roush on ©May 22nd, 2017 @ 8:30pm
Hemp is not the same thing as marijuana, but you still need the government’s permission to grow it. The New Circle Circular explains this conundrum by giving it the School House Rock treatment. They also talked to Kentucky Agricultural Commissioner Ryan Quarles about hemp’s many uses, how it can help Kentucky farmers and much more.
Watch today’s entire episode after the jump.
By Nick Roush on ©May 22nd, 2017 @ 8:00pm
The Los Angeles Lakers weren’t the only team scouting Dominique Hawkins today. Hawkins’ high school coach, Allen Feldhaus Jr., told The Courier-Journal that the Dallas Cowboys were at the Lakers’ facility in Segundo, California to watch Hawkins do work.
A football star in high school with exceptional combine numbers, Hawkins has reportedly received interest from multiple NFL teams, but as of now he’s still focused on playing basketball professionally. Still, our friend T.J. Beisner has a question for D-Hawk: “How bout them Cowboys?”
— TJ Beisner (@tjbeisner) May 22, 2017
By Nick Roush on ©May 22nd, 2017 @ 6:45pm
The month of May began with a change to the name of Commonwealth Stadium to Kroger Field. The 12-year $22.2 million comprehensive sponsorship deal is worth approximately $1.85 million a year.
Just a few weeks later, Kentucky’s lucrative deal with Kroger was dwarfed by USC. According to Sports Business Daily, the naming rights to L.A. Memorial Coliseum have been sold to United Airlines for $70 million over the next 15 years. It’s worth noting the enormous price tag also covers the home field for the L.A. Rams.
USC’s deal with United casts a shadow over Kroger Field, but compared to other colleges, Kentucky’s deal with Kroger is still one of the most valuable in the country.
Of all the sponsored stadium names, Kroger Field is objectively the best.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 22nd, 2017 @ 5:00pm
The Southeastern Conference is going to be loaded with a ton of new individual talent joining the league next season.
Of course you have Kentucky, which is bringing in like 56 five-star All-Americans, per usual. Then there’s Alabama with the sixth-ranked recruiting class and Missouri with the seventh, including No. 1 overall player, Michael Porter Jr.
Now Tennessee is catching up in the name game with the addition of James Daniel III, a graduate transfer who led the entire nation in scoring two seasons ago.
Formerly of Howard University fame, Daniel averaged 27 points per game in his junior season, the nation’s best that year. Last year he suffered an ankle injury and only played two games, which has allowed him to transfer to Tennessee for one more year of basketball.
It’s a big pickup for the Vols and it adds even more potential star power to the league.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 22nd, 2017 @ 4:15pm
Back in February the UK Board of Trustees approved a renovation of the men’s basketball locker room in the Joe Craft Center practice facility. The privately-funded project was said to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $4 million and would include changes to the locker and shower space, the lounge, and meeting rooms.
Well that project is now underway, seen here in these photos from the Kentucky basketball Twitter account:
In the end it will look something like this: