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July 9th, 2019

Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 163: Kawhi Kraziness + Bud Selig

After a week away, Aaron has a lot to talk about. The newlywed is back and ready to talk all things sports. He jumps from the NBA to college football and college basketball before answering your questions and welcoming former MLB commissioner Bud Selig to the show. Here’s a rundown:

How Kawhi Ruined Aaron’s Wedding: Aaron talks about how his wedding night was blown up by the announcement that Kawhi Leonard would be signing with the LA Clippers and Paul George would be joining him. How did Aaron’s new wife react? And what does it mean for the NBA going forward? Also Aaron explains why he believes Kawhi is now the “alpha” of the entire NBA and why he feels bad for Russell Westbrook.

Urban Meyer’s new podcast: Aaron discusses the announcement that Urban Meyer will be starting his own podcast. While the internet cracked jokes at Meyer’s expense, Aaron explains why it could actually be insightful.

Former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig joins the Show: Aaron is joined by former MLB commissioner Bud Selig. The two talk about his new book “For the Good of the Game,” his relationship with Barry Bonds and the best and worst decisions of his career. Also, Bud argues against the idea that baseball has taken a hit in popularity these last few seasons.

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KSR Show Thread, 7/9: Russellville Tour Stop

KSR is at Roy’s BBQ in Russellville this morning for the second stop on the summer tour. Matt, Ryan and Shannon are at Roy’s for two hours this morning to talk UK football, some former UofL football players we have to like now, how to contribute to the Jared Lorenzen fund and Matt’s thoughts on that big political news that broke this morning in Kentucky.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (772) 774-5254.

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Today on KSR: What a Weird Home Run Derby

@sn_mlb

Each summer baseball has an opportunity to captivate a nation. More times than not it fails. Last night, it did both.

For almost 15 minutes, every person in America who cared about sports changed the channel to ESPN to see Joc Pederson and Vlad Guerrero Jr. duel. Facing off in the semifinals of Derby’s bracket format, the two could not stop hitting bombs. After Vlad Jr. hit a record 29 home runs in the first round, he replicated that performance in the second round. Pederson did not back down, tying Vlad in the final seconds.

The two entered a one-minute tiebreaker that needed a tiebreaker. Back and forth they went into a swing-off, the first in this format’s history. With only three swings, Vlad hit just one home run. Pederson hit one, but could not find a second. Vlad made strides with two bombs in the second swing-off, one too many for Pederson, ultimately advancing by a 40-39 margin.

Guerrero did not slow down after hitting 69 homers in just two rounds. He hit 22 more home runs in the final round to finish with a record 91…but the rookie who will make $555,000 this year did not take home the $1 million prize. Instead, another rookie who had more gas left in the tank, Pete Alonso, took home the top prize after a 23 in the final round gave him a total of 57 home runs.

Something great happened for baseball. A rising star hit a record 91 home runs, but the stupid rules got in the way. Baseball is dumb. Next year, I’m tuning into the Bunting Derby instead.

BBNBA Summer League Schedule

If you turn on the TV to watch an NBA Summer League game at any time today, you’ll find at least one Wildcat in action. That’s right, there’s a former Cat in every single Summer League game today. Crazy.

  • 3:30: Thunder (Hamidou Diallo) vs. Croatia on NBATV
  • 4:00: Magic vs. Heat (Tyler Herro) on ESPN2
  • 5:30: Hawks (Reid Travis) vs. Pacers on NBATV
  • 6:00: Trail Blazers (Skal Labissiere) vs. Jazz on ESPN2
  • 7:30: Grizzlies vs. Suns (Derek Willis) on NBATV
  • 8:00: Nuggets (Jarred Vanderbilt) vs. Celtics (Aaron Harrison) on ESPN2
  • 9:30: Knicks (Kevin Knox) vs. Raptors on NBATV
  • 10:00: Rockets vs. Kings (Wenyen Gabriel) on ESPN2
  • 11:30: Clippers (Isaac Humphries) vs. Wizards on NBATV

Poor Mychal Mulder

The former Cat got dunked on so hard, I can’t bear to look at it again. If you have the stomach to witness the brutality, you can find it here.

John Wall is Working Out

The former Wildcat is taking his Achilles rehab seriously.

@JohnWall | IG

TopGolf Construction is Underway

After fighting Hurstbourne curmudgeons in court, Oxmoor Mall in Louisville is finally moving forward with plans to construct a TopGolf. Weeks after a circuit court judge ruled in favor of the entertainment complex, fences were placed around the structure to prepare for demolition. WDRB reports there is not yet a timetable on when we could start taking hacks at Louisville’s new TopGolf.

Amy McGrath is running against Mitch McConnell

The former fighter pilot officially tossed her name into the 2020 race for U.S. Senate this morning. Only minutes after McGrath launched her first ad, McConnell had one ready to roll. If you’re not a fan of political ads, don’t worry, the election is only 17 months away.

KSR is in Logan County

Get on over to Roy’s BBQ in Russellville to see Tuesday’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. If you miss your chance, here’s where else you’ll find the crew on the KSR Summer Tour.


July 8th, 2019

Monday Night Football Notes: Fake College Football Quotes

Hello, Big Blue Nation. Nice to see you, in spite of the circumstances. The Fourth of July has past. There’s no more European football, just hot, steamy 90-degree days for the foreseeable future. We must wait 54 days to see the start of the Kentucky football season. It’s going to be brutal, but I’m confident we can power through talking season, one that, like the weather, is off to a hot start.

Deep Fakes Strike College Football

One Twitter account is stirring the pot in the middle of the offseason. @CFBQuotes is a bad parody account that takes itself seriously. The maker of graphics intended to go viral, last week it produced a quote from Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal that was completely fabricated.

After an immediate fiery response from each fanbase, the reporter refuted the quote and the Twitter account responded with some form of, “It was just a joke. Why is everyone so mad? haha”

After successfully stoking the fire, the account brought out the big guns by intervening in the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.  The account shared a graphic of a “deleted Tweet” from Wolverines QB Shea Patterson that appeared to call out his head coach, Jim Harbaugh, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. Upon first glance, it looks like Patterson intended for the Tweet to come from a burner account.

If you look closely, you can see signs of photoshopping in the Tweet near the underscore, as pointed out by Patterson, who avoided taking the typical “I was hacked” approach. Besides, if Patterson did accidentally Tweet the bulletin board material, surely another one of his 50,000 followers would have caught it.

College football fans go to great lengths to terrorize opposing fanbases. Some of it’s good natured rivalrying, while other times it’s downright cruel (see: Harvey Updyke). What makes this development strange is that it’s not one fanbase going after another. This account simply wants to get clicks, follows and create chaos during a slow part of the college football season. Some men just want watch the world burn.

(h/t Awful Announcing)

Official Visit Set

The last domino left from UK’s June football recruiting madness officially fell when Richie Leonard announced his commitment to Florida last Friday. Things will slow down as we near the season, but a few players will still trickle in before Stoops and Marrow host extravagant events on Kentucky football game days.

Ohio defensive back Rickey Hyatt Jr. told Rivals he has tentatively planned to officially visit Kentucky on the final weekend in July. A three-star safety from Benny Snell’s alma mater, Westerville Central, in the month of June the track star camped at nearby Ohio State and took an official visit to Michigan State. North Carolina and Cincinnati are also contenders. Pulling Hyatt away from Ohio State will be no small task.

Category: Ironic Urban Meyer Retirement Plans

Answer for $800: “What is a podcast on elite leadership, culture and behavior?” 

The podcast is not satire. The Focus 3 podcast is a real thing that will debut this Wednesday. If there’s one person who needs to give lessons on how to create a culture where good behavior thrives, it’s the man who constructed the 2007 Florida Gators’ roster.

T.J. Carter: IT Expert

Kentucky’s 4 for 40 series is highlighting summer internships by the Wildcats. This one has got to be the most difficult to date. Dealing with IT issues at a bank? I can’t even get the KSR printer to work. Now we know who to call to get things back in order.

I can almost see Hoover

Next week Hoover, Alabama is the center of the universe. The Wynfrey Hotel will be filled with Sunkist, Dr. Pepper, Belk mannequins, Paul Finebaum, the deep-voiced guy from Touchdown ALABAMA and dozens of sweaty fans screaming “ROLL TIDE!” Folks, that’s what I like to call paradise. Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will not be there till Thursday, but I’ll be there for every single second. As the great Bart Scott once said, “CAN’T WAIT!”


The Best Movies of 2019 That You (Probably) Haven’t Seen

Poster for “Alita: Battle Angel.”

Even though 2019 is being bemoaned for its low box-office sales due to a hard case of “franchise fatigue” with all of the sequels and spinoffs hitting theaters, the year has seen strong outings from Hollywood’s biggest properties in terms of both box office and quality. Avengers: Endgame is approximately three inches away from taking the Highest Grossing Film title away from Avatar, and is also among the MCU’s best films. Shazam!, a terrifically cute superhero re-imagining of Big, did surprisingly well at the box office given DC’s lackluster filmography. While films like X-Men: Dark Phoenix and MIB: International make the franchise pool look murky, Endgame, Shazam!, and non-superhero fair like Toy Story 4 have made 2019 a decent year for franchises so far.

But this article isn’t about those movies. Shazam! doesn’t need my help in getting people to see it (although you definitely should). While my Top Ten of 2019 holds several big-name blockbusters, there are a number of small movies that were quietly uploaded to Netflix or did not attract the audiences at the box-office that they deserve. I would like to give a shout-out to the little guys of 2019 who deserve as much attention as the likes of Toy Story 4.

Her Smell

Alex Ross Perry’s film Her Smell is filthy. Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss), the lead of both the film and its fictional punk band Something She, is rancid. Her messy mascara overcoats the cocaine-dust foundation she applies before every gig. Becky’s band mates, ex-husband, and manager attempt to babysit her while she disappears, with or without her neglected child, to snort God-knows-what or perform an impromptu seance with her “spiritual guide.” Her Smell uses the Steve Jobs approach of using five long, frantic scenes across backstages and recording studios to track the rise and fall of Becky Something as she succumbs to drug addiction, the loss of fame that plagues all musicians, and her own refusal to live on other people’s terms.

Her Smell’s scenes put the viewer in the place of her band members and friends trying to keep her in line. We go through the ebb and flow of “she’ll get better, just wait,” “I can’t deal with her bullshit any longer,” and “I think she may just be lost.” People who have experienced addiction themselves, or have loved ones who have struggled with addiction, will likely relate to the stress that Her Smell swims in by imbuing Becky with such unreliability and instability ­– while still making her engaging and funny enough to see why people stick around, despite the heartless way she treats those around her. Even though the film ends on a largely hopeful note, the journey to Becky’s resolution is gruesome. Despite terrific performances from supporting players Agyness Deyn and Eric Stoltz, Her Smell is Moss’s movie: our connection to Becky Something rests on her shoulders, and Moss is unhinged and charming enough to make Becky a character worth dedicating our time to.

Her Smell can be rented digitally on Amazon Prime, or can be streamed through Kanopy. (Kanopy is a streaming service that you can access through your public library. It has a terrific selection of documentaries and independent film. On top of its quality, it is free through your library. Support your library and yourself and use Kanopy!).

Paddleton

Paddleton centers on the friendship between Andy (Romano) and Michael (Mark Duplass). Their lives in their shitty apartment complex is highly routine: they eat lunch together, go behind a billboard to play a racquetball-like game called Paddleton, and return to Michael’s apartment to eat frozen pizza and watch the same kung-fu movie every night. The routine is jeopardized once Michael is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Rather than living his last six months in pain, Michael decides to purchase assisted suicide medicine, which ends up being the central conflict of the film. Andy, largely in denial that Michael will die at all, tries to hide the medicine from Michael – despite the fact that Michael is mostly okay with dying.

Paddleton is so affecting because Romano and Duplass sell the friendship. The film is fairly simple thematically, but it feels more dense than it actually is because Andy and Michael are such a lovable pair. Even in their most heated arguments, the bond between the two never breaks. Paddleton is a straightforward tale about what it’s like to lose a friend, and the friendship at its center makes the loss heartbreakingly poignant.

Paddleton can be streamed on Netflix.

Alita: Battle Angel

I have been accused – by readers online and friends in life – that I am too pretentious with my film taste. I only like “high art” that makes me think; I am incapable of “turning my brain off.” I argue that is not the case, but because I don’t like half the MCU movies nobody ever believes me. So here is my retort: the love that I have for Alita: Battle Angel runs deep. In my veins courses affection unfettered for this Robert Rodriguez sci-fi action movie that has almost nothing on its mind. Critics were mixed on it, as it got an overall 60% Rotten Tomatoes score. But I don’t care. Of the thirty-four 2019 releases I have seen, it is number five on my ranking.  It slaps, as the kids say.

Alita: Battle Angel’s titular character is a cyborg found in a scrap heap by Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz). After Ido restores Alita’s wrecked body, she admits that she has no recollection of who she is nor where she is from. Alita then follows the template of an action video game. Alita explores the city, meets friends like love-interest Hugo (Keean Johnson), takes out Iron City’s miniboss criminals one by one, gets a suit upgrade, uncovers more about her backstory, fights more people, lather-rinse-repeat. It’s script lends itself well to Robert Rodriguez, whose career has been one large attempt to make dazzling action in digitally rendered environments (see Sin City and, oddly enough, all of the Spy Kids movies). But with the aid of producer James Cameron, Rodriguez uses the massive 200-million dollar budget to achieve his long sought after goal. The action in Alita is bananas.  The Motorball sequence, which follows Alita’s playing of a NASCAR/soccer hybrid against giant-weaponized robots, is the most visceral action I have seen on-screen in years. Alita promises nothing more than incredible fights and set-pieces, and it absolutely delivers them.

Alita: Battle Angel can be rented digitally on Amazon Prime.

Knock Down The House

2018 saw a record amount of women (and more broadly non-politicians) seeking local, state, and national government offices. It was a year when voters saw more everymen on the ballot than they likely ever had before. Knock Down The House follows four such women – Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, Paula Jean Swearengin, and the now-ubiquitous Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – as they join the national trend and run their respective political campaigns.

By mentioning this movie I assume countless people will call me a radical socialist cuck for even thinking to mention a documentary that focuses largely on AOC. And it is worth mentioning that this documentary follows only Democratic candidates. But Knock Down the House really is not that concerned with policy – the most political it gets regarding legislative action is examining the various reasons each of the women ran.  Swearengin has seen her state of West Virginia destroyed by mountaintop removal mining and is seeing countless neighbors die from its affects; Vilela is running after the death of her daughter, which was the result of the family’s inability to cover the medical bills. These women want to fix the issues through liberal policy, sure, but Knock Down the House isn’t as concerned with their agenda as it is with their desire to do good for their constituents. All of the four women’s campaigns are rooted in a deep love for their communities and a want to better them, which makes Knock Down the House one of the most optimistic portrayals of American democracy’s future that currently exist. All Knock Down the House asks is that you believe that America is worth fighting for and that the grassroots citizenry are the people to do that fighting.

Knock Down the House can be streamed on Netflix.

Honorable Mentions

Glass: This movie joins the Alita club of Movies I Like that Critics Hate. M. Night Shyamalan’s follow up to Unbreakable and Split is a very quiet movie where all of its superpowered characters sit in a mental hospital and talk about their emotional problems. It is very subdued and very slow, but its unique portrayal of the characters’ traumas is worth staying for. Glass can be rented digitally on Amazon Prime.

Anima: Paul Thomas Anderson’s collaboration with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke is a treat (and my second favorite film of the year), but is perhaps not the best viewing for a casual movie watcher. Anima is a 15-minute experimental short film set to the music of Yorke’s newest solo album of the same name. It looks like a dream, as the physics of its dancers feel impossible and the projection-art that decorates the scenery feels aquatic and ethereal. It it a very out there film, but at such a short run-time it is worth watching if you’re feeling adventurous. Anima  can be streamed on Netflix.

Midsommar: Perhaps including Ari Aster’s follow-up to Hereditary on this list is a cop-out, since it just opened last week. But it opened against (and was demolished by) Spider-Man: Far From Home so I don’t feel too bad. Midsommar is a hilarious break-up movie that is every bit as disturbing and gruesome as the last 20 minutes of Hereditary. It is not a horror movie, per se, but it is one of the most unsettling viewing experiences I have had. The cultish practices of its Swedish community are chilling, and the terrible deeds of its douchebag boyfriends are infuriating. It is my favorite of 2019 so far and I implore you to see it while it is still in theaters (it is great to watch with a big crowd).

For more of Adrian’s reflections on cinema in 2019, follow him on Twitter @APBryant32.