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May 24th, 2018

More information on Marcus Walker’s arrest

This morning, we shared the news that Kentucky backup safety Marcus Walker was arrested on drug trafficking charges. Details of that arrest continue to trickle out.

According to Tanner Hesterberg of WKYT, police were called to a residence on Unity Drive for reports of disorderly conduct. Through the course of their investigation, they obtained a search warrant which led to Walker’s arrest. Photos from the scene, which include a broken window:

According to Walker’s arrest citation, he was in possession of over five pounds of marijuana, four or more grams of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. Police also found a large amount of cash and a cash counter during their search. He pleaded not guilty in Fayette District Court this afternoon and is being held at the Fayette County Detention Center on a $1,000 surety bond.

Walker’s attorney, Abe Mashni, had this to say to KSR: “Marcus Walker is presumed innocent. What we saw today was the court acknowledging that fact and setting an appropriate bond. Marcus will be home soon and ready to aggressively fight these charges.”

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Kentucky Basketball’s 2018-19 Schedule As We Know It

This morning, Kentucky announced it will play Kansas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge at Rupp Arena on January 26, 2019, giving us a clearer picture of what is shaping up to be an absolutely loaded 2018-19 schedule.

Here’s the schedule as we know it:

Bahamas National Team (Foreign Exhibition)
Paradise Island, Bahamas | The Atlantis 
Wednesday, August 8
San Lorenzo de Almagra (Foreign Exhibition)
Paradise Island, Bahamas | The Atlantis 
Thursday, August 9
Mega Bemax (Foreign Exhibition)
Paradise Island, Bahamas | The Atlantis 
Saturday, August 11
Team Toronto (Foreign Exhibition)
Paradise Island, Bahamas | The Atlantis 
Sunday, August 12
Big Blue Madness
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
TBD
Blue-White Game
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
TBD
Kentucky vs. Duke
Indianapolis, IN | Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Champions Clasic
Tuesday, November 6
Monmouth
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Wednesday, November 28
UNC Greensboro
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Saturday, December 1
Kentucky vs. Seton Hall
New York, NY | Madison Square Garden
Citi Hoops Classic
Saturday, December 8
Utah
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
Saturday, December 15
Kentucky vs. North Carolina 
Chicago, IL | United Center
CBS Sports Classic
Saturday, December 22
Kentucky @ Louisville
Louisville, KY | KFC Yum! Center
TBD
Kentucky vs. Kansas
Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
SEC/Big 12 Challenge
Saturday, January 26

We’ll bring you more games as we know them.


Kentucky to host Kansas in Big 12/SEC Challenge

Kentucky will get another shot at Kansas in Rupp Arena this upcoming season in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, UK announced Thursday morning.

The fourth-ranked Cats hosted the second-ranked Jayhawks in the 2016-17 edition of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. ESPN College Gameday was in town for that one, as was Michael Buffer, but UK lost on its own floor, 79-73.

The entire schedule looks like this:

Alabama at Baylor

Arkansas at Texas Tech

Florida at TCU

Texas at Georgia

Kansas at Kentucky

Iowa State at Ole Miss

South Carolina at Oklahoma State

West Virginia at Tennessee

Kansas State at Texas A&M

Vanderbilt at Oklahoma

All games will be played Saturday, January 26.

 


Marcus Walker once tweeted a photo of lots of cash

Photo: Twitter | @prim3tim3jr4

I’ve never sold drugs before so I don’t know a lot about building a drug-dealing brand to increase a client base while maintaining anonymity and staying out of the watchful eye of law enforcement. I have a marketing degree from the prestigious Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, but the next drug I sell will be the first drug I sell.

With that being said, I am fairly confident this is a tweet one should not send if participating in drug trafficking-related activities. I think it’s an even worse idea if said person is a student-athlete on a student-athlete budget.

Marcus Walker, though: he wanted his 2,500+ Twitter followers to know that he’s two-stepping counting paper; it’s his money dance, he says.

In my opinion, the photo was a pretty poor PR move by the young man who likely saw his college football career come to an end with a Thursday morning arrest for trafficking more than five pounds of marijuana and four grams of cocaine.


Luke Maye to return to fake college for senior season

Photo: Joshua S. Kelly, USA TODAY Sports

I need to clarify something real quick. I am not returning to North Carolina for a senior season. The stories you’re seeing online are about Luke Maye, a young man who shares my likeness, and hit that lucky shot to beat Kentucky in the 2017 NCAA tournament.

Maye tested the NBA waters this spring but decided he wanted one more year of not taking classes. He announced his return to fake college this morning, saying he wants to “finish the right way.” He added the hashtag #RoadtoMinneapolis as a sign of his hopes to return to the Final Four.

Maye will likely be a preseason All-American and one of the faces of college basketball in 2018-19.

Again, it’s not me.


Tune in to KSR now! (Thursday Show Thread)

On today’s exciting edition of your favorite radio show, Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will discuss Marcus Walker’s off-the-field activities and other happenings around UK athletics. They’ll also recap Day 1 of the Finebaum show and take your calls throughout the morning.

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UK Football’s Marcus Walker arrested on drug charges

Kentucky football’s Marcus Walker was arrested early Thursday morning in Lexington on drug trafficking charges. Those charges include drug paraphernalia, trafficking marijuana (over five pounds) and trafficking a controlled substance (four or more grams of cocaine):

#1 DRUG PARAPHERNALIA – BUY/POSSESS
#2 TRAF IN MARIJUANA ( > 5 LBS.) 1ST OFF
#3 TRAFF IN CONT SUB, 1ST DEGREE, 1ST OFF – (> OR = 4 GMS COCAINE)

Walker was set to be a part of UK’s defensive back rotation in 2018 as a junior safety. He signed with Kentucky in 2015 as a four-star recruit out of Florida, and played in 12 of 13 games last year as a sophomore with five total tackles.

He was really expected to provide depth and see even more playing time this fall, but it’s safe to say that has changed with his arrest.

See the report here.


May 23rd, 2018

Some misinformed neighbors are trying to stop Topgolf in Louisville

Folks, Topgolf in Louisville is an absolute must and we shouldn’t let a few neighbors in Hurstbourne stop progress.

Some Hurstbourne residents are making a big stink about Topgolf possibly interrupting their quiet neighborhood. They don’t want Topgolf near them. Maybe they don’t want Topgolf entirely.

They clearly don’t want fun or more money for Louisville. These people would rather support tumbleweeds and an apocalyptic Sears building.

And if there’s one thing that Topgolf is it’s fun. It’s a mix of a bar with a driving range. A place to watch important games while also being able to enjoy quality food and have servers wait on you while you hit golf balls. Maybe someday you will be able to legally bet on UK games while at Topgolf?

Not if some in Hurstbourne have it their way. They will want you to travel to Cincy, Indy or Nashville to have your fun.

Tonight at 5:45 p.m. a group of Hurstbourne haters are meeting at the corner of Lyndon Lane and Oxmoor Woods Parkway to protest the proposed Topgolf entertainment center that is set to open at the Oxmoor Center in the coming years.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Oxmoor Center (mall) in Louisville it’s on the other side of the Watterson Expressway from Mall St. Matthews. The proposed Topgolf  facility would be built where the vacant Sears building is currently located. It would also take up some of an abandoned parking lot. You would have to walk a few hundred yards before getting to a road. You would then cross said road and walk another hundred yards or so before getting to a tree line. Once you walked through the tree line you would eventually stumble upon a neighborhood, assuming you can make it there without being too fatigued from such a long journey.

The Topgolf isn’t being built in a residential area. It’s somewhat near a residential area. It’s a quarter-mile to the closest house but 90 percent of homes are a half-mile or farther away.

I’m sure the majority of Hurstbourne residents have never been to a Topgolf but gossip around the neighborhood has spiraled out of control. I spoke with a buddy who lives in Hurstbourne who said a neighbor approached his house to discuss Topgolf.

“Yeah, she basically came over and told me that Topgolf would ruin the neighborhood,” he said. “She said there would be rock concerts every night, our neighborhood would be blocked off because of traffic and the lights they use will be seen for miles.”

Sadly I can’t say I’m surprised.

Let’s clear the air here:

  • Some Topgolf locations may have live bands (it’s a rarity), but the ones that do almost always play their music inside.
  • Topgolf will play stereo music outside but it’s never too loud. Remember, people are there to talk, hangout and hit golf balls. They’re not at a Mason Ramsey rager.
  • The best comparison for Topgolf is bowling. Bowling on Barry Bond’s steroids. It’s a somewhat athletic social event. Bowling alleys maybe aren’t the best place to practice Sunday School, but it’s far from the infield at the Derby.
  • Anyone in Louisville knows that traffic in that area absolutely sucks. Topgolf won’t help the traffic in that area but it really will only have an impact during evening rush hour, probably just on Thursdays and Fridays. It’s a bummer but you don’t turn down a guarantee moneymaker because your evening commute becomes 10 minutes longer.
  • I’m not an electrician, but it seems like those concerned about the lights from Topgolf are once again misguided. Here’s what Topgolf had to say on its website: In response to concerns from neighbors, our engineers developed a completely new lighting scheme for Topgolf Oxmoor Center. Instead of outward-facing, halogen-powered, “stadium-style” lighting that people may be familiar with from other facilities, Topgolf Oxmoor Center will utilize downward-facing LED installations built inside, instead of on top of the facility.
  • Topgolf isn’t just for golfers. A recent Topgolf study indicated that 51 percent of players aren’t golfers in the slightest. 27 percent of customers play just 1-7 rounds of golf per year.
  • 69 percent of Topgolf players are aged 18-44. That shows that Topgolf likely will be around for a longtime, but you don’t have to be a college student to enjoy it. Let’s not have Louisville miss out on something that could be a staple in the city for decades.
  • The Oxmoor Center is dying. Shops are closing and fewer people actually go to malls. This will bring life back into a hurting part of town and will allow those near Lyndon and Hurstbourne to punch back at nearby St. Matthews and the Highlands.
  • Topgolf is expected to bring in nearly $300 million to Louisville over the next 10 years while adding a proposed 500 jobs. Do you hate money? Do you hate jobs?

Listen, I understand people may not want this close to their homes. You may be thinking it’s easy for me to write this article when it won’t be near my front porch. I won’t live far from the Topgolf, but I understand some of these concerns. Hell, I once suffered a broken foot playing Topgolf. Ignore the fact it was my bachelor party and the injury was suffered because I tried to do a Happy Gilmore swing, but I understand there are concerns about this money and memory making machine.

The good news is that Topgolf executives have already heard dozens of complaints and has already made changes with more to come in the future. There willing to do what they have to do to make this happen at the Oxmoor Center.

I would suggest reading all those changes here, but here are some highlights:

  • Further away: The actual Topgolf building has been moved to the north and west—toward the highway—increasing the distance between the facility and nearby homeowners.

  • Redesigned lighting: Topgolf at Oxmoor Center will now have LED lights on the third level of the hitting bay, below the roof line, facing down, instead of the large, outward-facing halogen installations common at other Topgolf facilities.

  • Traffic Control: Proposed plan changes would further discourage Oxmoor Center guests from taking the slower and less-efficient route through the Hurstbourne neighborhood.

No word on preventing foot injuries from inebriated bachelors.

Don’t allow Nancy from down the street tell you how bad Topgolf will be for your neighborhood. Nancy is out of touch, hasn’t done her research and hates fun.

Topgolf will be great for Louisville and its success could lead to other cities in Kentucky to follow its lead.

The plan still needs to get approval from the city so hopefully you will reach out to your City Council member that represents you and advocate for Topgolf at the Oxmoor Center that stuff actually helps. You can do that here.

Or maybe show up tonight at the corner of Lyndon Lane and Oxmoor Woods Parkway at 5:45 p.m. and show that the majority of people do support revitalizing the Oxmoor Center and helping Louisville continue to grow. Maybe bring this article and some Denny’s coupons to persuade the opposition?

I’ll be the LouCity match supporting other cool stuff in Louisville, but if you go send me pictures because I would love to see the crowd at this rally. Maybe in five years I’ll miss an anti-NBA to Louisville movement because I’ll be getting down at Topgolf. Support your cities. Support your Commonwealth. Oppose Nancy.


KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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They should change the name of the place to “Jones”

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Do you think our promo code works there?!

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That’s what we’re here for!

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Typical.

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Worst color ever.

#3 Erin Waggoner


Sounds about right.

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That’s what I’m saying!!!!


LISTEN: KSR takes over The Paul Finebaum Show

Kentucky Sports Radio’s three-day invasion of The Paul Finebaum Show got off to a hot start.

Drew Franklin and Ryan Lemond joined Matt Jones for four hours of radio that touched on a variety of topics.  They broke down a potential SEC Royal Rumble, the NFL’s new National Anthem rule, what SEC teams could make the CFP Playoff in the next 20 years and Cole Cubelic joined the crew in the first hour.

All of that was great, but nothing can top this quote from one caller: “If you can’t make it through high school, drop out and enroll at Tennessee.”  You’ll find many more golden quotes below:


Sydney McLaughlin joins Matt Jones on Hey Kentucky!

You’ve heard the name Sydney McLaughlin.  Now get to know Kentucky’s world class track star on Hey Kentucky! 

After running in the Olympics, she’s shattering records at UK.  McLaughlin explains why she decided to go to college, what her experience has been like on UK’s campus, and she admits that she’s not the biggest basketball fan.  Watch her conversation with Matt Jones before she competes in the upcoming National Championships.


The Funkhouser Situation E29: Lady Psycho Killer

Royal Wedding Fever wrapped up The Funkhouser Situation so much, the guys needed a brief break to soak in all of the euphoria.  Now Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse are back to talk about their ridiculous watching rituals, and…

—  Chris corrects Lee’s awful Animal House memory.

—  Lee’s side of the story from the KSR Bowling League Debacle.

—  How HBO’s Barry is the perfect combination of comedy and violence.

—  There’s a new mesmerizing Elvis documentary.

—  SO. MUCH. EXCITEMENT. FOR. SOLO.

—  Is John Krasinksi in every Disney movie?

—  Questions about The Quiet Place.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to The Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

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