By Nick Roush on ©July 09th, 2019 @ 12:20pm
Who up Turkey?
Former Kentucky shooting guard Doron Lamb is taking his talents to the Middle East. Eurobasket reports Lamb has signed to play for Darussafaka Istanbul. Last year the team finished sixth out of 16 in the country’s top basketball league.
Lamb most recently spent two seasons in Greece, playing against Rick Pitino’s team in the country’s top league. He earned Honorable Mention all-league honors after averaging 14.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Istanbul, Turkey isn’t exactly the safest place in the world, just ask Enes Kanter. It’s quite a bit different than New Orleans, the site where Lamb led UK in scoring in the 2012 National Championship game.
By KSR on ©July 09th, 2019 @ 12:00pm
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.
Get the podcast delivered directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app. You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. Don’t forget to follow the show on Instagram too.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©July 09th, 2019 @ 11:00am
This morning, former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath announced she would be taking on Mitch McConnell in the 2020 U.S. Senate race.
Just a few hours later, KSR’s own Matt Jones said on the radio show that despite his great respect for McGrath and the National Democratic Party openly favoring her, he is still undecided on whether or not he will be running.
“I very much like Amy McGrath,” he said. “I wish her nothing but the best. … But I’m still considering running.”
Jones says that while he is still uncertain, the time is coming very soon for an announcement.
“I’ll be making my decision in the coming weeks,” he said.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 09th, 2019 @ 10:45am
KSR is still in the process of setting up the Jared Lorenzen Memorial Fund, which will collect donations in memory of our good buddy Jared Lorenzen that will go straight into a college fund for his two children, Taylar and Tayden. We are still working out the specifics on the back end, but plan to launch the fundraiser during Thursday’s show at Lorenzen’s old high school, Fort Thomas Highlands. Once the fundraiser is ready to go, we encourage you to make a contribution of any amount — like $22 for his jersey number or $10,354 for his career passing yards.
Then beginning on Friday, KSBar and Grille will be showing Jared’s best games on a loop through the weekend. In addition to the Jared tribute on the televisions, 22 percent of all sales will go directly to the fund for his children.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 09th, 2019 @ 10:10am
Former Open champion John Daly has withdrawn from The Open, only days after committing to play in The Open without his cart. Daly, who has approval from the PGA Tour to use a golf cart in PGA Tour events, was denied the use of his cart at Royal Portrush. Once he learned he would have to hoof it, Daly wrote about his disappointment in the decision, but said he would give it a shot anyway.
The 148th Open at Royal Portrush…… pic.twitter.com/RAOLQUmfLY
— John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) July 6, 2019
His plans have since changed, due to an unexpected turn of events. Daly suffered a spider bite while vacationing in England, and says he underwent surgery to remove a major infection in his abdominal area, and was treated for early sepsis. The bite came from a brown recluse, he said.
Now Daly has backed out of his commitment to The Open and our friends over at LEX18 are reporting he will play in the Barbasol Championship here in Kentucky instead. The Barbasol is considered an “alternate event,” played opposite of The Open.
John Daly on his golf cart at a PGA Tour event in Lexington????
By Drew Franklin on ©July 09th, 2019 @ 9:55am
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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By Nick Roush on ©July 09th, 2019 @ 9:00am
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.
Yeah the Home Run Derby is cool, but nothing is more electric than the Korean bunting contest. pic.twitter.com/h5Acu4o34O
— Jacob Resnick (@Jacob_Resnick) July 9, 2019
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.
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.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 08th, 2019 @ 11:00pm
Former Louisville offensive lineman Jamon Brown, now a member of the Atlanta Falcons, never met Jared Lorenzen. Brown and Lorenzen played on opposite sides of the state’s big rivalry, almost a decade apart, and grew up in different parts of Kentucky; Brown from Fern Creek in Louisville, Lorenzen a Highlands star from Northern Kentucky.
But Brown respected his fellow Kentuckian and felt compelled to help out once he learned of Lorenzen’s passing last week. According to Forbes’ SmartMoney, Brown, through his Jamon Brown Foundation, donated $5,000 to Lorenzen’s family to help cover funeral costs.
“I guess you can say he was a legend in the state of Kentucky, and for me, it’s important to pay respect to those who came before me, whether they played for the University of Kentucky or Louisville,” Brown told Forbes.
A very kind gesture by a rival.
The two do have one common bond, though: they both played for the New York Football Giants. Lorenzen of course won the Super Bowl with New York during his three years as Eli Manning’s backup. Brown spent half of last season with the Giants, starting at right guard from Week 10 through the end of the season. He signed a three-year, $18.75 million deal with the Falcons this past spring.
UPDATE: Danny Mosby, executive director of the Jamon Brown Foundation, told the Courier-Journal that former Louisville players Deion Branch and Chris Redman will also be donating an unspecified amount toward Jared’s funeral costs. Good on them. [Courier-Journal]
By Nick Roush on ©July 08th, 2019 @ 10:45pm
Block or charge?
Mychal Mulder has an answer to Rex Chapman’s favorite question. As usual, it produced an unfortunate result.
Playing in the Las Vegas Summer League Monday night, Mulder found himself face-to-face with the eighth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Jaxson Hayes. The athletic 6’11” New Orleans Pelican did not hesitate when he saw Mulder square up in the paint. Hayes went up, over and through the former Wildcat.
WARNING: The following clip contains extreme violence. Viewer discretion is advised.
WE INTERRUPT THIS PROGRAM TO BRING YOU AN ABSOLUTE HAMMER BY JAXSON HAYES pic.twitter.com/NFJsryE7N6
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) July 9, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to Mr. Mulder.
By Hayden Hooper on ©July 08th, 2019 @ 10:30pm
KSBar and Grille is the place in Lexington to catch University of Kentucky games (pre and postgame too) as well as other events such as the NBA Playoffs, UFC fights, the World Cup, MLB games, PGA tour events, and more.
KSBar might be known for their smoked wings but don’t miss out on the brisket platter, fried katfish, chicken and waffles, and the great assortment of burgers. Start off with the house chips loaded to the ceiling smothered with pulled pork or chicken straight off the smoker topped with the house BBQ sauce.
Head to the KSBar and Grille website ksbarandgrille.com to see a full menu and drink list.
Be on the look out for different specials and events.
KSBar and Grille is located at: 1030 South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504
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#10 Josh Edwards
— Josh Edwards (@JEdwar247) July 8, 2019
I need NCAA Football back ASAP.
#9 Funny KSR Quotes
I’m not gonna transcribe any of @ryanlemond’s speech in the first segment, but do yourself a favor and be sure to listen to it and you can tell how much Jared meant to him and his family.
— Funny KSR Quotes (@bewhoyouself) July 8, 2019
If you not have gotten the chance to listen to KSR today, do what you can to do. What a powerful segment from Ryan today.
#8 Josh Thacker
— Josh Thacker™ (@_joshthacker_) July 8, 2019
I do not think this would happen but man, that would be crazy.
— @ARho34 (@arho35) July 8, 2019
What a glorious basketball!
#6 Kyle Newsome
Since Wednesday evening after hearing of the passing of Jared Lorenzen I have been fighting back tears every time I’d see a tribute video but I’m too macho for tears ? then 5 minutes into #KSR today @ryanlemond had me balling like a baby. It was like therapy. #MissYa22 #BBN
— Kyle Newsome (@KyleNewsomeBBN) July 8, 2019
Brought me to tears too.
#5 Danny Palmer
— Danny Palmer (@palmer102) July 8, 2019
I need to see the finished copy. Looks perfect already!
#4 Andrew Saettel
— Andrew Saettel (@Drew5456) July 8, 2019
This needs to be changed. Right now.
#3 Not Jerry Tipton
Today is Ashton Hagans' birthday.
Whatever gifts he gets today, none of them will be as cool as the shoes he wore for Louisville game last season.pic.twitter.com/Yiu578Kb0i
— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) July 8, 2019
I need a pair, now.
#2 Michael Rains
— Michael Rains (@RuppArenaMike) July 8, 2019
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ASHTON!!!
#1 KY Clips
— KY Clips (@KY_Clips) July 9, 2019
First play of the season next year?
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By Nick Roush on ©July 08th, 2019 @ 9:30pm
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.
Oregon Head Coach Mario Cristobal was asked about the opener vs Auburn, & said that Auburn would be just another team in the PAC-12 and that they weren't worried about the matchup.
He also talked up his squad and claimed that his team was the fastest & strongest in the nation. pic.twitter.com/ZtgNAjDSY2
— College Football Quotes (@cfbquotes) June 30, 2019
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.
Did Michigan QB Shea Patterson mean to tweet this from his burner account? ?
Patterson referred to himself in 3rd person and threw shots at both Ohio State QB Justin Fields and Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh in a tweet response to a fan in a now-deleted tweet. pic.twitter.com/msdIba0Wix
— College Football Quotes (@cfbquotes) July 7, 2019
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.
We caught up with senior defensive end @TjCarter_ who is interning at @centralbankKY. He is majoring in information communication technology with plans to one day be in the cyber security field. See how this summer internship is helping him accomplish his career goals.#4for40 pic.twitter.com/bZXDxVsZVs
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) July 8, 2019
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!”
By Nick Roush on ©July 08th, 2019 @ 9:00pm
KSR is en route to Russellville. Logan County will never be the same.
Day two of KSR’s Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass tour is Tuesday morning at Roy’s BBQ, beginning at 9:00 a.m. central time. The Gencanna leg of the tour got off to rough start on the technological difficulties front, but I have a feeling that will all change tomorrow.
If you can’t make it to Logan County Tuesday morning, you have more than five weeks of shows to find the KSR crew throughout the Commonwealth.
Week 1 – presented by Gencanna
7/8 – Munfordville @ Hart County High School
7/9 – Russellville @ Roy’s BBQ
7/10 – Central City @ Stellian’s
Kevil Jared Lorenzen Tribute at Ft. Thomas Highlands High School
7/12 – Murray @ Tap 216
7/15 – Barbourville @ Appalachian Children’s Home
7/16 – Middlesboro @ JR Hoe
7/17 – Pikeville @ Buffalo Wild Wings
7/18 – Ashland @ Blazer’s Restaurant and Bakery
7/19 – Lexington @ Douglass HS for The Tournament
7/22 – Somerset Golf Outing @ Woodson Bend Resort
7/23 – Somerset @ Associates in Eye Care
7/24 – Monticello @ Conley Bottom Resort
7/25 – Campbellsville @ Mr. Gatti’s Pizza
7/26 – Lexington @ Lexington Legends
8/5 – Bowling Green @ Overtime Sports Bar and Grill
8/6 – Hopkinsville @ Hopkinsville Sportsplex
8/7 – Benton @ CFSB Bank
8/8 – Paducah @ Royal Oaks Chevrolet
8/9 – Louisville Golf Outing @ Glen Oaks Country Club
8/12 – Elizabethtown @ Kentucky Jeep and Truck
8/13 – Danville @ The Discount House 2.0
8/14 – Fort Wright @ Dickmann’s
8/15 – Lexington @ TBA
8/16 – Louisville @ TBA
By Nick Roush on ©July 08th, 2019 @ 8:30pm
The fine folks at Hey Kentucky found the perfect place for Ryan Lemond to spend an afternoon, a Renaissance Fair.
Ryan traveled to Eminence, Kentucky to spend a day swinging swords and sipping absinthe. He learned how to play music with an ax and where to find the best jousters. It’s five minutes of Hey Kentucky footage you cannot miss.
Click here to see more of today’s show with Matt and Ryan from Hart County.
By Nick Roush on ©July 08th, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Keldon Johnson got hot once again in Las Vegas.
The 29th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft made 6-of-10 shots to score a team-high 19 points in a 106-96 Sunday afternoon victory over the Hornets. He also grabbed four boards, dished out an assist and blocked a shot.
Johnson produced points by playing physical and finishing at the rim. He went to the free throw line seven times and made every single attempt.
His best moments are much more entertaining when the former Wildcat is providing commentary. How does Keldon put an exclamation point on an And One? By flexing and screaming, “BIG BODY!”
Keldon was mic'd up during yesterday's game ? pic.twitter.com/92a0RS5k70
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 8, 2019
By Nick Roush on ©July 08th, 2019 @ 7:00pm
Before Jager Burton was a four-star prospect with a treasure trove of scholarship offers, the Lexington lineman was a Kentucky football camper.
In the summer of 2018, Jager (pronounced Jagger, as in Mick) had just finished his freshman year of high school football. He spent his day working out in front of UK coaches as a defensive lineman. It would be his last day on that side of the line of scrimmage.
Burton quickly caught UK offensive line coach John Schlarman’s eye. Once drills wound down, the former UK offensive guard pulled Burton aside and suggested a switch. Five months later, Kentucky became the first school to offer the talented hometown kid a scholarship.
Burton’s sensational sophomore season at offensive guard for Frederick Douglass High School did not go unnoticed. Now a four-star prospect by Rivals and the No. 6 offensive guard in the 2021 class, he has more than a dozen offers from the likes of Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and Oregon. He’s acquired plenty of attention, but the rising junior has no plans to pick a school anytime soon.
“I honestly think about it, but I wouldn’t do it until before senior year at the earliest,” Burton told Larry Vaught during an appearance on the Leach Report. “I definitely don’t want to decommit. I don’t like how that looks I guess. Whenever I make a decision I want to be 100% sure that’s where I want to go and start getting other guys to go there.”
Things will begin to clear up this fall. As of now, players can only reach out to coaches, who cannot reciprocate until September 1. Once that stage of the recruitment begins, Burton will have a better idea of who is making him a priority.
Up until this point, UK’s campus is the only place Burton has visited more than once. Proximity certainly plays a factor. It also doesn’t hurt that he grew up cheering for the Cats, and surprisingly, Oregon. The extravagant uniforms caught Burton’s eye at an early age. They’ve also provided a cautionary tale on the recruiting trail. Luckily, one of his closest friends has already been through the recruiting process, future Clemson offensive tackle Walker Parks.
“I’ve heard people who committed to Oregon will commit there just for the uniforms,” Burton said. “He’s (Parks) helped me stay away from the hype stuff which is something me and him don’t really like. I mean, I really like it, but people get so absorbed taking pictures of the uniforms and posting them on Twitter and getting likes. He’s helped me stay away from that and keep doing the same stuff we were doing before it all happened.”
Burton attended a Clemson camp this summer with Parks and another one of their talented Douglass teammates, Dekel Crowdus. The incredibly fast 2021 wide receiver (4.34 40-yard dash, no big deal) has received just as much attention on the recruiting trail and the two have talked at length about playing together at the next level.
Much will happen between now and Burton’s decision day. As he sorts through all of the madness, only one thing is certain — he does not want to play for a loser. Luckily for Kentucky, things have changed quite a bit over the last seven years.
“Really what they’ve done, I think Kentucky will be able to change up their recruiting pitch a lot throughout the next three years as they keep improving and winning more games, it’s a lot easier to get players. I think that helped a lot with John Young, Andru Phillips, Jordan Watkins, Izayah, all those guys, Beau. I talk to those guys a lot.
“Being able to stay home and win games is really important. I don’t know about a lot of other people, but I hate losing, whatever it is. I don’t think I’d want to go somewhere and lose. Kentucky is not like that at all anymore. You have the opportunity to compete for pretty much everything you would to compete for in college football now, especially as the years progress. I think that’s really important and I think that is a big reason why they’ve gotten a ton more high-level recruits, four and five-stars, even Justin Rogers. I think that’s really cool to see being from here, still being a Kentucky fan. It’s cool to see the progression of the program from Joker to Stoops.”
Hear more from Burton’s discussion on the Leach Report below.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 08th, 2019 @ 6:15pm
A former Cat is getting a fresh start in the major leagues. The Chicago White Sox picked up AJ Reed off waivers today, ending his disappointing run with the Houston Astros. He’s been assigned to Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 8, 2019
Reed was drafted in the second round by the Astros in 2014 after a standout career at Kentucky. During his time in Lexington, he won all five national player of the year awards, including the Golden Spikes, and became the first player in SEC history to lead the conference in home runs and pitching victories.
Reed’s pro career actually got off to a great start. In 2015, he led the minor leagues in home runs (34) and did it again in 2017 (34). Unfortunately, he didn’t have much success when called up by the Astros, and therefore, didn’t get called up much at all, appearing in only 48 major league games.
Here’s hoping a fresh start makes all the difference.
By Adrian Bryant on ©July 08th, 2019 @ 5:44pm
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.
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 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.
– 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.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 08th, 2019 @ 5:22pm
Another day, another former Cat turning heads in the NBA Summer League. Today, 2019 Slam Dunk Contest Champion Hamidou Diallo showed off his athleticism with three big dunks in the first half of Oklahoma City’s game vs. Philadelphia:
Dunk Champ Hamidou Diallo 3 Monster Dunks in 1st Half vs 76ers ??? pic.twitter.com/LJ9DU9dPak
— Dawkins (@DawkinsMTA) July 8, 2019
This steal and score was nice as well:
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) July 8, 2019
Hami had ten points in the first half and finished with fourteen, along with four rebounds, three steals, three turnovers, and a block. His plus/minus was a team-high +10. At one point late in the second quarter, the Thunder were up by 31 points, but the 76ers stormed back to take the game to overtime before eventually losing 84-81.
Meanwhile, Wenyen Gabriel has eight points and six rebounds in 23 minutes for the Sacramento Kings, who are currently leading the Dallas Mavericks in the fourth quarter. You can watch the end of that on NBATV.
Here’s the Summer League schedule for the rest of the day:
5:30 pm | NBA TV | Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets
7:00 pm | ESPNU | San Antonio Spurs (Keldon Johnson) vs. Toronto Raptors
7:30 pm | NBA TV | Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics (Aaron Harrison)
9:00 pm | ESPNU | Milwaukee Bucks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
9:30 pm | NBA TV | New Orleans Pelicans vs. Chicago Bulls (Mychal Mulder)
11:00 pm | ESPNU | China vs. Charlotte Hornets (PJ Washington — Not playing)
11:30 pm | NBA TV | Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers
By Drew Franklin on ©July 08th, 2019 @ 5:00pm
Are you one of the bajillion Marvel Universe fans out there?
If so, we invite you to KSBar and Grille this Wednesday night for a special Marvel Studios-themed trivia night. Hosted by Hey Kentucky’s Daniel Dunston and Noah Day and friends, the Marvel trivia night will be based around the movies, not the comics, so get to re-watching all 22 of them now to be ready by Wednesday. (I think there is enough time for that if you start right now. But I’ve only seen one of them so what do I know?)
Trivia will begin at 7 pm, and if it is anything like the crowds for KSBar’s other themed-trivia nights, you will need to be there early to grab a spot.
Good luck. Don’t cheat.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 08th, 2019 @ 4:00pm
Don’t get too excited about Rajon Rondo guiding the Lakers just yet. Turns out, he might not be the Lakers’ starting point guard next season after all.
According to a new story from Yahoo! Sports, LeBron James will move to point guard next season and the plan is for him to run the Lakers’ offense, not Rondo, who reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Lakers over the weekend.
James is expected to share the starting backcourt with newly-acquired Danny Green, formerly of the world champion Toronto Raptors, alongside Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and, most likely, Kyle Kuzma on the wing.
PG – LeBron James
SG – Danny Green
SF – Kyle Kuzma
PF – Anthony Davis
C – DeMarcus Cousins
Rondo would then share the backup PG responsibilities with Quinn Cook and Alex Caruso, who I can’t believe is a legit NBA player out of Texas A&M.
For what it’s worth, the Lakers still haven’t announced Rondo’s new deal.