Last year I gave you 100 Great Americans on the 4th of July; this year I’m adding 50 more. Enjoy…
Cpl. Matt Bradford
Matt Bradford is an American hero right here in Big Blue Nation. He was wounded in Iraq in 2007 by a roadside bomb, costing him both of his legs and his eyesight, and then he re-enlisted into the Marines three years later.
Bradford now lives in Kentucky where he, like you, spends most of his time rooting for the Kentucky Wildcats.
Starring alongside Chuck Norris as Barry Gabrewski in Sidekicks, Brandis taught young kids in the 90s that bullying will not be tolerated and asthma can’t stop you from reaching your kung-fu dreams.
Rest in peace.
Davis recently held an 11-hour long filibuster to block Senate Bill 5, legislation that would create new abortion regulations in Texas. She did it without peeing, amazingly.
Please, tell us how you feel about it in the comments section. We’d all love to read your opinion.
Anthony Davis Sr.
Thank you, sir. Thank you.
The daughter of two mentally unstable parents, baby North West is destined for a life of celebrity. One day she’ll look her parents in the eyes and ask what the #%^& they were on when she was named.
It’s going to be awkward when she sees that sex tape, too.
“Mama, who is Ray J?”
KSR fell in love with Slim Whitman at the SEC Tournament in Nashville earlier this year, long before we learned his country music was used to kill the aliens in Mars Attacks. He’ll forever be linked to anything we do.
Rest in peace.
UK’s new head football coach and avid letter-sender. Stoops saved the program from the fiery depths of suck in his first few months on the job, and in turn, woke up a sleeping Big Blue Nation.
“I’m highly motivated to build this program to national prominence.”
He opened the door but couldn’t get in that way. He kicked the bottom. Now Amanda Berry and two other missing Cleveland women are home, ten years after their kidnapping.
He was just eating his McDonald’s, too.
By giving away billions of dollars he made with Microsoft, Gates has saved millions of lives across the world. He has promised to donate half of his wealth to charitable organizations over the course of time.
The Combs Brothers
Oscar and Ira Combs from Hazard, Ky. know more about Kentucky basketball than you and I could ever attempt to learn. Spend one hour with either of them and you’ll walk away with stories you’d never hear anywhere else.
Spencer sat out the 2013 PGA Tour season with an injury (and to party with us at the Maxim Clubhouse) but he’ll be back in 2014 to dominate the game. #TeamIZOD
Win ’em now, Tiger. Your time is almost up.
Longtime tennis commentator for NBC Sports and ESPN. You’ve heard his voice during every Wimbledon since 1972.
Shut up, haters. Just shut up.
Born in rural Indiana, Saul Berenson has spent over 35 years with the CIA. He recruited, trained, and placed Carrie Mathison in the field, now he leads the manhunt for whoever is responsible for (insert Homeland ending).
Ebert continued to work and review movies while battling cancer. In 2012, when he relied on tubes for his daily meals, he watched over 500 movies and wrote reviews for half of them.
Rest in peace.
The single most important football recruit in UK history? The way he’s keeping this class together and recruiting others to get on board, that may not be too farfetched.
Oh yeah, he’s a KSR blogger, too. Bonus points.
Because Adele is from England.
George W. Bush, magician
We recently learned George W. Bush would occasionally perform magic tricks in The White House.
“Hey Condoleeza, look, I’ve got your nose! Looky-there, it’s right there in my hand!”
“Dick, it looks like you’ve got something behind your ear. Yup! It’s a quarter!”
The asshole credited for creating the oh-so delicious Fireball whiskey. We owe him a thank you, and he owes us an apology.
Sen. Francis Underwood
If you have Netflix, stop what you’re doing and start watching House of Cards. If you don’t have Netflix, stop what you’re doing, purchase Netflix, and start watching House of Cards.
He invented stuff like the light bulb and the phonograph. And auto-tune, I think. Maybe not.
This should be fun.
Along with Russell Simmons, Rubin is the founder of Def Jam Records. You might’ve seen him recently in Jay-Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” promo that ran during the NBA Finals. He’s the bearded guy on the couch.
The 40th President of the United States, the oldest ever elected.
Hunter S. Thompson
An American journalist and author born in Louisville, Kentucky. He challenged boring journalism by involving himself in his stories, often with a little help from his good friends, marijuana and cocaine.
Thompson committed suicide in 2005. His ashes were fired out of a cannon, which is awesome.
I often wonder what YouTube would be today without his contributions. I also wonder if we’d all have acne if not for his discoveries in dermatology. And would any of us know how to kick a soccer ball or do a pushup?
Benny The Jet Rodriguez
Benny was the best player in the neighborhood; he taught Smalls to throw and catch and convinced Squints and the boys to let Smalls play. He went on to play professionally for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Humanitarian; founder of the American Red Cross. She helped others before helping others was cool.
Booige is the best center in the NBA and one of Big Blue Nation’s favorites. He has the opportunity to represent America soon.
The miggida miggida miggida Mac. The miggida miggida miggida Mac Daddy.
Rest in peace.
Known as the ‘Father of American Music’, Stephen Foster wrote “My Old Kentucky Home” in 1852.
Stephen wrote it. Marlana perfected it.
The self-proclaimed ‘King Of All Media’, Howard’s net worth exceeds $500 million. And he only works three days a week!
Whoever keeps watching The Fast and The Furious movies
You’re out there somewhere, otherwise there wouldn’t be a seventh moving coming out next summer. We may never understand you or why you continue to watch, but your dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed.
The first Vice President and the second President of the United States, Adams was a statesman, diplomat, and a leading advocate of American independence. He was once quoted as saying, “Abigail got that good booty.”
OK, I made that last part up.
Four touchdowns in a single game, folks. Four.
Susan B. Anthony
A prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women’s rights movement to introduce women’s suffrage into the United States. She was one of the important advocates in leading the way for women’s rights to be acknowledged and instituted in the American government.
Django is a freed slave who traveled across the country with a bounty hunter to rescue his wife from a cruel plantation owner.
The ‘D’ is silent.
Young Jeezy’s fictional Twitter account.
Anyone opposed to this?
Didn’t think so.
Honey Boo Boo
Because she exemplifies everything America is doing wrong.
When he’s not fighting crime and writing tickets in Chicago, he’s putting up with his pesky and annoying neighbor, Steve. Carl and his wife, Harriette, have three children: Eddie, Laura, and Judy.
Little known fact: Carl is the only character to appear in every episode of Family Matters.
George S. Patton
A general in the United States Army best known for his command of the Seventh United States Army, and later the Third United States Army, in the European Theater of World War II.
He famously told his troops, “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”
Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist, best known for his discovery and development of the first successful polio vaccine.
Rest in peace.
Shannon The Dude
Without Shannon The Dude, all booty shakers would be equal and Big House Bourbon wouldn’t have a voice.
And we can all agree, booty shaking deserves a champion.
Evan Speigel and Bobby Murphy
Co-founders and designers of SnapChat, the single greatest piece of technology the world has ever seen. SnapChat changed the way we communicate forever.
Snap me: drew_franklin
Omar was a renowned stick-up man who robbed drug dealers in Baltimore. He lived by a strict moral code and never deviated from his rules, foremost among them that he never robbed people who were not involved in “the game”.
Known worldwide as The Man With The Golden Hair, Robic is the real ‘John’ on Kentucky basketball’s coaching staff. Calipari has been lucky to have him since 1988.
Murphy was one of the most famous and decorated American soldiers of World War II. He was presented the Medal of Honor for his defensive actions against German troops at the Colmar Pocket near Holtzwihr, France. During an hour-long siege, he stood alone on a burning tank destroyer, firing a machine gun at the enemy. Wounded by enemy fire and out of ammunition, Murphy climbed off the tank, refused medical attention, and led his men on a successful counter assault.
Like a boss.
Happy 4th of July, y’all.