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September 22nd, 2018

Rick Pitino is Still Tweeting

Rick Pitino’s new soiree into Twitter has been…something.

Since the account’s inception two days ago, we’ve seen a plethora of errors and the creation of the phrase “Pitweetos.”  Folks, the objectively corny phrase is here to stay.

Pitino’s only mistake was trusting his social media account manager too much.


GAMEDAY, Presented by Liquor Barn: Kentucky Hosts Mississippi State

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The bright lights of Kroger Field will be on Kentucky tonight when the Cats host No. 14 Mississippi State for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff on ESPN2.  The nationally-televised audience will be treated to a physical matchup between two of the nation’s best rushing offenses.

Power running quarterback Nick Fitzgerald leads the way for the Bulldogs’ fifth-ranked rushing offense.  Benny Snell’s Kentucky Wildcats are only 29 yards behind, ranked 11th with 284 rushing yards per game.  Each team’s success starts up front.  The interior offensive linemen on both sides are just nasty.  Quinton Bohanna and Co. must bring their A-game or this could happen:

Stopping the run is a numbers game.  The Cats can match State’s physicality inside, but it will put more pressure on the secondary.

“They make you do that, therefore it puts a lot of stress outside,” Mark Stoops said earlier this week. “It creates an opportunity for big plays so we have to match-up and we have to win some of those one-on-ones, because we have to put some pressure on those guys.”

If the Cats can make a few big plays in the passing game, a second consecutive win over a ranked opponent for the first time since 2007 is within reach.  A victory would catapult UK into the Top 25 and inspire fans to dream bigger than ever before.

Get Hyped

The Schedule

  • 3:00 — The KSR Pregame Show Begins on 630 WLAP
  • 4:00 — Downtown Lextran Shuttle Begins; KSBar shuttle starts one hour later
  • 4:45 — The Cat Walk
  • 5:00 — Countdown to Kickoff w/Christi Thomas, Jeremy Jarmon and Dusty Bonner
  • 5:05 — Walker Montgomery pregame concert at the Gate 12 plaza
  • 7:00 — Kickoff on ESPN2

TV, Radio, Vegas

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht and Rocky Boiman are on the call for ESPN2.  If you’re stuck on the road and can’t watch, there are multiple ways to listen to The Voice of the Wildcats.

  • AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
  • FM: 98.1 WBUL
  • Satellite: XM-192 and Sirius-113
  • Online: iHeart Radio

Stripe the Stadium

Before you leave for Kroger Field, make sure you dress accordingly.  Each section has been asked to wear either blue or white to stripe the stadium.  See what color you need to wear below.  Also, it’s probably wise to bring a poncho.  There’s a 50 percent chance of rain in the early afternoon and late night around halftime.

The Honorary Captain

Today UK’s all-time leading rusher will share the field with the man chasing his record.  Sonny Collins will be at midfield to serve as Kentucky’s Honorary Captain.

In Collins’ illustrious Kentucky career he rushed for 3,835 and helped Fran Curci turn around the football program.  Collins, a Madisonville native who now lives in Georgia, told Larry Vaught he sees many similarities from his time at UK and what is happening now with Mark Stoops’s program.

“What is happening now is great. They are moving in the right direction,” Collins told LEX18. “They are giving coach Stoops all he needs to get to this point and I hope he keeps taking advantage of it. He has done a great job recruiting and my understanding is he really has the program back on track.

“If they win Saturday it would send a message to the SEC and everyone else. If Benny (Snell) has a good game, or great game, it would put him to where he could be first team All-American and move him up in the Heisman voting. This is the time to gain more respect for Kentucky football.”

Collins is Not Alone

During tonight’s game Kentucky will take the time to honor many individuals.  Before kickoff, there will be a moment of silence for Marco Shemwell, the four-year old who tragically passed away following an accident during last Saturday’s game.

Once the game begins, Kentucky will celebrate some of the greats from the past.  Members of the 2018 UK Athletics Hall of Fame Class will be introduced to the Kroger Field crowd at halftime.  A KSR Football Podcaster will also have some time to shine.  Austin MacGinnis will receive a football to commemorate his record as UK’s all-time scorer.  Remember the last time MacGinnis was on the same turf as Mississippi State at Kroger Field?

Today’s College Football Schedule

  • Noon: #8 Notre Dame at Wake Forest on ABC
  • Noon: Nebraska at #19 Michigan on FS1
  • Noon: #2 Georgia at Missouri on ESPN
  • Noon: #23 Boston College at Purdue on ESPN2
  • 3:30: #22 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama on CBS
  • 3:30: #3 Clemson at Georgia Tech on ABC
  • 3:30: Kansas State at #12 West Virginia on ESPN
  • 4:00: South Carolina at Vanderbilt on the SEC Network
  • 4:30: #17 TCU at Texas on Fox
  • 7:00: Florida at Tennessee on ESPN
  • 8:00: #7 Stanford at Oregon on ABC
  • 8:30: #18 Wisconsin at Iowa on Fox
  • 10:30: Arizona State at #10 Washington on ESPN

More Grove Street?

More Grove Street. LET LYNN EAT!

KHSAA Football Scores

  • DeSales 38, Lexington Catholic 24
  • Male 30, Butler 12
  • Mayfield 45, Corbin 21
  • Harlan County 22, North Laurel 14 OT
  • Johnson Central 48, Boyd County 7
  • Ashland Blazer 34, Rowan County 6
  • Hazard 44, Prestonsburg 12
  • Pike County Central 49, Floyd Central 32
  • Scott County 57, Bryan Station 18
  • St. X 45, PRP 13
  • McCracken County 55, Daviess County 43
  • Graves County 64, Apollo 49
  • LaRue County 43, Adair County 7
  • Fleming County 47, Lewis County 22

September 21st, 2018

A couple of stats that aren’t a great look for Kentucky’s chances

I don’t mean to be a downer here on Mississippi State Game Eve, but these numbers are worth sharing. And they’re not a boost of confidence.

According to our good friends at ESPN.com, Kentucky is only 4-12 against the spread in its last 16 games as an underdog in Kroger Field. That’s not great.

Across the way, Mississippi State covered the spread with ease in each of its first three games this year, one of which was in an impressive win on the road at Kansas State.

Mississippi State Bulldogs (-10, 55) at Kentucky Wildcats — 7 p.m. ET

  • Kentucky is 4-12 ATS in its 16 games as a home underdog under head coach Mark Stoops.
  • Mississippi State is 3-0 ATS this season, having covered by an average of 11.5 points in those three games. [ESPN.com]

The spread currently sits at 9.5 points after opening at 11 earlier in the week. The great Phil Steele has Mississippi State covering with an 18-point win, while the Odds Shark computer projection has Mississippi State winning by 15.

But what do they know?

Go Cats.


Need To Know: Saturday at KSBar and Grille

Saturday is going to be a great day in Lexington. There is a football game with enormous implications and momentum at stake, plus a brand new sports bar about a mile away that is eager to house Kentucky fans before, during, and after the game.

Many of you have hit us up with questions so you can plan your game day festivities, and I will now answer some of those questions because I am a nice person with your best interests in mind.

 

When will it open?

KSBar and Grille will open at 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

Will the Lextran shuttle be transporting fans to the game?

As a matter of fact, it will. The shuttle will begin transporting passengers two hours before kickoff (in this case, 5 p.m.) and it will take a break 30 minutes after kickoff. However, one bus will continue to operate the Virginia and Downtown Shuttles on a loop during the game.

The shuttle will begin again at the beginning of the fourth quarter and will run until one hour after the game.

How much does the bus cost?

The bus costs $1 per passenger each way and LexTran asks that everyone have exact change.

Will there be any drink specials at the bar?

Why yes, there will. Beginning at 2 p.m., pints of Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite and Yuengling will cost only $3 each. That special will run for three hours until 5 p.m.

But if you’re interested in trying Ryan Lemond’s new “Elemondater” beer from Lemons Mill Brewery, those will be for sale all day for only $5 a pint.

What time should I get there if I want a table for the game?

That one is luck of the draw, my friend. Some people eat and leave, others stay through the whole game. I encourage you to show up early and we’ll do the best we can from there. If you do get a table, though, remember to take care of your server if you’re going to sit there for several hours. Your table is their office for the day and there will be plenty of people wanting it.

Is Kentucky going to win?

Of course. You kidding me?


Liquor Barn Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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You can be a part of  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.

#10 Not Rick Pitino


You’re hired!

#9 capt keg


Well, this is a sight.

#8 Arthur J. Davis II


Thank you!

#7 Ugly Cat Joe


If that’s what’s for breakfast, I’m skipping it.

#6 Brad Pickrell


Adorable!

#5 Terry Hoffman


WE ALL ARE!

#4 Michelle Wilburn


Congrats AD!

#3 Kevin Lee Ormes


My mouth is watering!

#2 Dusty Allen


Enjoy!

#1 Lee Daniel

26 and a Half hours…#BBN #ShockTheWorld

— Lee Daniel (@LeeTheKYFan) September 21, 2018

But who’s counting?


Anthony Davis and Jacob Tamme (among others) inducted into the UK Hall of Fame

Former Kentucky stars Anthony Davis and Jacob Tamme were inducted into the UK Hall of Fame tonight, among several others.

Davis and Tamme are joined by Russ Cochran (men’s golf), Victoria Dunlap (women’s basketball), Dennis Emery (men’s tennis coach), and Eric Quigley (men’s tennis) to finish out the 2018 class.

Here was Davis’ acceptance speech tonight, followed by a brief segment of Tamme’s:

John Calipari also had the honor of introducing Davis, where he talked about his former star’s character both on and off the floor.

Here’s Coach Cal’s full speech:

In a pre-ceremony interview, Davis discussed his shock of being inducted into the Hall of Fame, saying it’s the first time in his life he has received an honor of this magnitude

“It’s such an honor,” Davis said. “Being here for a short period of time and being able to be inducted off the time I was here is great for me and my family. It’s something I never thought would be possible. I kinda had a slight idea when John (Wall) got it last year, I was like ‘well, maybe it is possible.’ It’s huge for me. This is the first I’ve been inducted in any hall of fame. Hopefully it’s not the last.”

Davis also discussed his one (and only) season in Lexington, saying the minor adversities experienced throughout the year allowed for their historic national title run in 2012.

“The ups-and-downs we had, of course, you always go back to the Indiana game and Christian Watford,” Davis said. “And then even Vanderbilt, but I think both of those games helped us get to where we were, which is winning the national championship. For me, it was a fun time. It was time for us to grow up, time for us to play the game we love with no business side of it and just have fun with each other and enjoy college. We were able to do something special that year and everybody went on with their respective careers.”

You can see the whole interview below:

Tamme also discussed his massive honor, saying that as a Kentucky boy, this is the best honor he could ever receive. He also talked about the current team and just how special he believes they can be.

Take a look:

Congratulations to all six inductees on their special night!


Tyler Ulis signs with the Golden State Warriors

(Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Kentucky star Tyler Ulis has found a new home.

And he’ll likely get a championship ring out of it.

Ulis has signed a deal with the Golden State Warriors, joining former Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins in the Bay.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic broke the news:

Devin Booker no longer has his best friend in Phoenix, but the Warriors now have a stud backup point guard for pennies on the dollar.

Congratulations to Ulis on the big signing!


Visitation information released for Marco Shemwell

Visitation information for the four-year-old boy killed outside of Kroger Field last Saturday has been released.

Marco Shemwell’s visitation will be held from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 23 at Calvary Christian Church.

The funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Monday, September 24 at Calvary by Pastor Mike McCormick.  Scobee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and the burial will be in Winchester Cemetery.

Here is the obituary:

“Marco Shemwell, 4, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.  He was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on August 25, 2014, to Benjamin David and Elizabeth Gilpin Shemwell. He attended preschool at Flutterby Discovery Center, and was a member of Calvary Christian Church in Winchester.  Marco had a big personality and smile that wouldlight any room.  His spirit was full of joy and captivated anyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.  His love for life, family and Jesus was infectious. Marco spent most of his time playing Legos and cars with his big brother, as well as dance parties in the kitchen.  Marco enjoyed music, singing and playing his guitar.  He also loved Batman and Kentucky Football, always cheering for the blue team.  He will be truly missed.”

Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops and other members of the team/coaching staff will be honorary pallbearers.

“Honorary pallbearers will be Coach Stoops and the University of Kentucky Football Team and Coaching Staff, officers Montoya and Taylor and other members of the UK Police Department, UK Health Care and PICU team and all other first responders who helped in the families’ time of need. The Shemwell Family would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming response of prayers, support and love during this difficult time.”

Once again, prayers from the KSR family during this absolutely devastating time.


Benny Snell met the man he’s chasing in the record books

(Photo: Twitter/@UKFootball)

The great Sonny Collins will be the Wildcats’ honorary captain tomorrow when Kentucky hosts Mississippi State in a critical game in Kroger Field.

But first, Collins met Benny Snell after Friday’s practice and it made for a great photo of past and present stars.

Collins currently holds the all-time rushing record at Kentucky with 3,835 yards, but Snell is on his heels.  Snell has 2,799 yards to date with nine more games this season. Assuming UK will reach a bowl game, he’ll need 104 yards per game in the remaining 10 games to pass Collins’ longstanding record.

Collins, a Madisonville guy, finished his UK career in 1975 as the SEC’s all-time rushing leader. He was a three-time First-Team All-SEC selection and was the SEC Player of the Year in 1973.

It’s cool to see the two together as Benny chases his title and is on the verge of matching Randall Cobb’s touchdown record, maybe as soon as tomorrow.

Go Benny.