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Alabama’s Tuesday News and Views

(This picture says it all.)

Well, that was fun to watch.

Kind of.

Not really.

Alabama won its 14th National Championship over LSU, 21-0, in a snoozefest of a game in the Superdome. Neither team even scored a touchdown in the game until Trent Richardson broke loose late in the fourth quarter to put the game away for the Crimson Tide. LSU’s offense hung a goose egg on the scoreboard and only managed to pick up five first downs and less than 100 yards of total offense in the game. It was the first shutout in BCS title game history.

For Alabama, Jeremy Shelley kicked five field goals in Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….


College football is over. Let’s move on.

— Monday marked the last day of ‘Camp Cal’ basketball practices for the team. With school starting back on Wednesday, and Tuesday being a travel day, Monday was the last day of rigorous, unrestricted practicing during the winter break. Cal has been practicing his guys two and three times a day since the fall semester ended, with a three-day break for Christmas after the Loyola game. Things will return to a normal, balanced schedule for the players when they return from Auburn.

— If basketball practices are your kind of thing, you can read Calipari’s practice report on There is a lot of insider info in it, including what exactly the team has been working on and Eloy Vargas nearly throwing up. It’s a very good read from the always well-dressed Eric Lindsey.

— Alabama just kicked a field goal.

— It really is a shame that the local media still hasn’t mentioned the controversy surrounding the halfcourt shot from Saturday’s UK game. It’s all over the Internet and even popped up as a topic of discussion on Monday’s episode of Around The Horn when JA Adande and Woody Paige both agreed Vincent deserved the money. So, if this story is so big, why is there no mention of it in the Lexington Herald-Leader or the Courier Journal? How can a story that made Headline News and the front page of Yahoo! news not even get a mention in the two newspapers that cover the team and had multiple writers in the building that day? I’m baffled. We like to kid the newspaper guys for their ancient ways and being oblivious to the change in media, but this is pitiful and likely because of KSR. You see, Wes (bearded guy) came up to us during the game and asked for help getting the word out that Vincent might not get his money. We put it on Twitter, therefore, breaking the story and killing any chance it had of making the locals news. The newspapers would have to credit us if it was published, and we all know the LHL and CJ would post a photo of Jerry Tipton sawing off Scratch’s head with a pistol sword before they’d even mention KSR on any format. It’s sad, not for us, but because newspapers really don’t get what people want these days. It was one of the biggest sports stories of the weekend and it went unmentioned in the two biggest media outlets that cover UK. They still don’t have a clue.

— LSU just punted.

— Coach Cal picked up his phone and talked to the media during Monday morning’s SEC teleconference. Listen to the 6-minute, 54-second phone call here.

— We posted a KSTV Skype interview earlier with ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski about his new book, “The Last Great Game.” If that wasn’t enough to whet your whistle for the book about the 1992 Regional Finals, Wojciechowski posted an excerpt from the book on his blog. I’ll give you an excerpt from his excerpt:

“On Monday, May 22, Pitino flew to Lexington. While at dinner at the city’s well- known Coach House, he was approached by Jerry Tipton of the “Herald-Leader.” Would Pitino care to comment on a 1977 NCAA report implicating him in eight of 64 rules violations that led to two years of probation for the University of Hawaii?

 Uh, oh.

At 10 o’clock that night, Newton knocked on the door of the condominium where Kentucky officials had hidden Pitino for the trip (no more Radisson hotels for candidates). He had heard about the incident at the restaurant and was aware of the Hawaii/ NCAA story that would appear in the next day’s “Herald-Leader.” He was there to cut his losses.”

We honestly don’t mean to keep picking on Tipton; he just makes it so easy! (Read more here.)

— Julius Randle, the No. 2 player in 2013 according to, visited all of North Carolina over the weekend. You can read about his crazy weekend in the First in Flight state on his ESPN blog, but the abbreviated version is that he visited NC State on Friday and did a lot of bouncing back and forth between Duke and North Carolina on Saturday. Randle wrote that he plans to visit Kentucky and Ohio State, and he can’t wait to do so. “I hope those fans are ready to see me,” he said. Randle is an absolute freak of an athlete at 6-foot-8, 235 lbs. He’s one of the most sought after high school recruits in the nation right now, regardless of class.

— Alabama just kicked a field goal.

— In other recruiting news, Khem Birch will transfer to UNLV. Birch decommitted from Pittsburgh in mid-December and was rumored to be considering Kentucky. We learned a few days after he decommitted that UK did not an option for the 6’9 power forward, and now we know he’ll end up with the Runnin’ Rebels. Birch was also considering Florida. (This shouldn’t affect Shabazz Muhammad. We hope.)

— LSU just punted.

— A lot has been mentioned of Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin’s performances at Lexington Catholic over the weekend, but I’d like to throw my two cents out there as well. First, Archie Goodwin did exactly what fans expected to see out of him. I didn’t arrive until late in the second half, but Archie showed me enough to know that he is going to be a great scorer at Kentucky. And then there is Alex Poythress. Get out of his way. Poythress dunked all over anyone and everyone who got in between him and the goal. It’s one thing for a big, athletic guy to dunk on undersized opponents, but it’s another thing for a big, athletic guy to have his chin above the rim or to throw one down after leaving the ground from just inside the foul line. I knew he was good, but I had no idea he was this good. He should climb up the rankings this season. Beisner will have more from the two tomorrow.

— LSU just punted.

— Stick around tomorrow when we release the KSR podcast from the Lexington Catholic game. It has been over a year since we did one of these so it’s long overdue.

Go Cats.


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

49 Comments for Alabama’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. Calipari'sInYourEar
    12:37 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Yes the local newspapers in Kentucky are a poor representation on what’s going on.

    But don’t be suprised here Drew.

    1. They aren’t interested in publishing what’s going on.
    ….. They publish just what they want you to know about

    2. There are bigger things involved than not giving credit to KSR for a story.
    ….. Kroger is one of their biggest revenue generators with weekly advertisements.

    Why would they shine a negative light on one of their largest advertising customers?

    You might say, “because they shine a negative light on everything. That’s what they do.”

    Although that is correct, the one thing they will protect is their advertisers.

  2. Calipari'sInYourEar
    12:42 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Last year I had a discussion with the head of the largest newspaper in the United States about their responsibility to their customers to publish something other than consistent negative slanted daily news. In my question, I was implying us, the readers.

    He responded that his customers, the advertisers, are very happy.

    I realized who was valued in the newspaper game (and it was an eye opening perspective that I would have never concluded was so one sided). Even though they get revenue from buyers of the paper, it’s the advertisers that pay their bills.

    They don’t care about us.

  3. Catlanta
    12:58 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Am I the only one who thought it was a fairly exciting game?

  4. David from San Diego
    1:15 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Drew…. missed a note. Barry Larkin -HOF. That should lead tomorrows headline.

  5. robshairgel
    1:16 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    1- very well said! Never thought about it liked that.

  6. Doylerules27
    1:30 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Courtney Upshaw gets defensive MVP for 7 tackles, 1 sack. What a joke. Somewhere in Florida, Danny Trevathan is training and getting better, and laughing to himself knowing that he would have had at least 15 tackles.

  7. B. Hicks
    1:54 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    I think you guys don’t get enough credit.
    This is the best media outlet (besides sketchy
    Pictures) for KY Sports….hands down. I know
    You guys talk a lot about the KY effect, but I
    also think there is a KSR effect that gets a guy
    10 stacks that he would have lost otherwise
    and gets Tony Delk a landslide vote for favorite
    Sacramento King!!!

  8. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    2:04 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    6…. Courtney Upshaw is a beast. Trevathan’s good but he’s not THAT good. Upshaw is a first round pick.

  9. Reed Rothchild
    3:21 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    #7, pardon me, but you have something on your nose…

  10. UKGrad04
    4:10 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    whet your whistle…I swear to god I only do this so we all look better.

  11. FranklinHater
    4:18 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Quit hating on 2 football teams that are clearly head and shoulders above all the other teams out there. I guess that’s the attitude to have when all you have is UK and Joker. And if anyone uses the argument that OSU would have been more exciting, get your head out of your ass. Those were 2 of the greatest defenses. Those guys are men playing amongs boys and would”ve shut down either OSU and Stanford.

  12. Raazoul
    4:56 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    All the local talk shows talked about it. Including Leland Conway and Matts favorite, Chris Cross. Maybe Tom Leach as well. Only the HL ignored it, but who reads that anyway? Also to be fair, Kroger never said they wouldn’t pay, it was an insurance rep who told Ref guy he stepped on the line. Kroger didn’t have to pay, but the did. So by the time the HL ran they would of been just making up stories.

  13. Jim
    5:48 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Was Brandon Knight’s mother arrested Saturday in the Hyatt lobby??

  14. BFrey
    5:55 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Agree with #13. Nice job by the KSR crew, but biggest story of the weekend? There’s Tebow, 832 miles, then every other story this weekend. Then again, I guess it’s a matter of perspective.

  15. tdogg4033011
    6:02 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    3) I thought it was an exciting game myself.

  16. Hoss
    7:41 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    3 and 17- it was a great game. Just b/c we didn’t see 100 points of offense and the A.D.D. crowd had to find something shiny to occupy their thoughts doesn’t change that.

    Yeah, the football hate around here is getting pretty childish.

  17. Mr Schwump
    7:44 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    The NC game was big time football. Typical ignorance from Franklin. Stick to something you know if such a topic exists.

  18. barn
    7:46 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    joker will have us playing on monday nite 9-10 years down the road

  19. Hoss
    7:46 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, Drew… did you notice how Bama took the option COMPLETELY away from LSU after it beat them earlier in the year? Did you notice how Saban targeted just his TE’s for passes in the first half, then transitioned to strictly WR’s after half, which had LSU grabbing for their ass?

    Missed those subtle cues of the game, did ya? I’m not surprised. Feel free to run more trap about things you fail to understand.

  20. not jerrys smith corona word processor
    7:46 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Yep, without a doubt the old HL won’t bite the hand that feeds them by even putting into question Kroger, one of the larger contributors of advertising dollars, moral dilemma to pay the man. Sad but true

  21. old_school
    7:47 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Agree with 21 and 22 – it was a good game and evidence that at the highest levels – football is indeed won in the trenches. The team with the best line won the game last night.

  22. Al B. Sure
    7:48 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    This is another reason why college football is stupid. Without taking anything away from the tremendous defense of Alabama, this is the first game either team has played in over a month. LSU’s last game was 12/3 … and then they are expected to play the biggest game of the season over a month later on 1/9. I’m no LSU fan, I just think the whole system stinks.

  23. Hoss
    7:49 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    27- Bama had 44 days off… LSU had 37 due to SECCG.

    Holds no water.

  24. whoooa
    7:53 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry drew,
    I like you but this is pretty dumb statement:
    “Wes (bearded guy) came up to us during the game and asked for help getting the word out that Vincent might not get his money. We put it on Twitter, therefore, breaking the story and killing any chance it had of making the locals news.”

    If bearded guy (love him) tells you something and Kroger denies it, all you have is hearsay. The sports reporters are pretty bad in this state, but even they realize is that all you’ve got is a ‘he said, she said’ story. Think you need to step off your pedestal. You and Matt spend too much time bashing other media outlets when you guys tend to be hacks at this journalism thing yourselves. They may deserve bashing, but you guys look pretty petty doing it…constantly.

    Other than that, love the Cats. Love KSR.

  25. RicksAuntWithGoodEyes
    7:59 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Please don’t look foolish and make fun of that football game last night. Gimme a break! I wish UK had that kinda talent for fools to make fun of. That defensive performance last night was incredible, give it up to the Tide. If you werent impressed by that, then you must be a UK football fan. Get over it, our football team sucks and always will.

  26. TV watcher
    8:14 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    WKYT mentioned the story last night on the 6 o’ clock news.

  27. Wes Taylor
    8:16 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    You look like an idiot making fun of the game last night. It clearly shows what a bunch of non-sports playing geeks are truly working here. You know nothing about the sport of football and cannot recognize when it is actually being played at the highest level. Alabama played a nearly perfect game last night and they should be given the credit they are do.

  28. Al's IndiCats
    8:24 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    The fact that the game made history was pretty amazing in itself, with two teams from the same conference playing for the national title. I’m also happy with the out come, like someone else eluded to earlier, was Jefferson getting his ass handed to him in several avenues on the field. Thirdly, Bama’s Chick picture is WAY hotter than the LSUs on a previous post.

  29. nolablue
    8:43 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    JJ and LSU ganged up on two Marines? The way it was reported down here in New Orleans,
    JJ and teammates were protecting a woman who was being stalked/harrassed by a former
    boyfriend. The “Marine”had absolutely no physical damage, and when the news caught up
    with him the next morning, he was sleeping off a hangover and the young lady who
    answered his phone said he was fine. The LSU men got into the wrong thing for
    the right reasons, and, “Semper Fi” aside, that “Marine” was not in the right
    any more than the football players were as far as how he acted; the “Marine” was
    acting in violation of a restraining order.

    All that said, there is no doubt LSU did not show up for that game. But to misrepresent
    the events that happened before the season even started as some sort of karma or payback,
    completely disregards the excellence of the season in the interim.

  30. Hoss
    8:46 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Drew runs off to fap to #31’s post.

    Mission complete. Life fulfilled.

  31. knightynight
    8:46 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    WHET your whistle. I didn’t know this until not long ago and I don’t get this opportunity to correct often, so I had to take it. Sorry.

  32. Hoss
    8:54 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    You know who’s hating life right now?

    Barn fan. They finally, FINALLY, get a ring and that sucker is sandwiched right between 2 Bama titles. LMAO. I hate Auburn.

  33. lldjr
    8:58 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Did LSU use UK’s playbook last night ?

  34. Hoss
    9:02 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    37- LSU had more negative yards off the option than they did positive yards… yet they kept trying to run it. Didn’t look like UK’s playbook… looked more like UK’s coaches.

  35. Dee
    9:05 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    That was a great game last night….just because there was no offense….does not mean it was boring….*SMH*….and Krogergate was a nice story…but BIGGEST story….Really??!!??….REALLY!!??!!….C’mon MAAAAAAN…..

  36. Carl
    9:23 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Alabama has the best defense I’ve seen since Mike Singletary, Otis Wilson and “the Fridge” were doing the Super Bowl shuffle. LSU is not far behind. They are physically head and shoulders above everyone else. LSU’s mistake was coming in with the same offensive sets against a team that had 44 days to prepare..and McCarron played a much better game than he did the first time the two met. Games are more exciting when every play means something and that’s how it was last night. I thought OK St or Stanford might have been deserving but after watching last night, either of those teams would have been crushed.
    I need to find someone to read that actually understands sports and looks beyond who scored the points.

  37. Roll Tide
    9:47 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Screw the Honey Badger!

  38. Drew Franklin
    9:58 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    28. — Alabama played a perfect game and completely shut LSU out. That’s exactly why it was so boring. National Championships shouldn’t be so lopsided.

  39. Me
    10:14 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Thin skin, huh ksr?

    Funny that you guys want to act like you are the ‘new’ media in the state and take every chance to run down the ‘old’ media – yet when some of your followers question you, you delete their posts. That is about how my 6 year old would react to negativity. Just stick his fingers in his ears and act like the comments aren’t acutally there. This site was good once, when it stuck to UK sports. Now the $$$ has changed ya, ksr, and you are more about self promotion that your ‘mission statement.’ KNOW YOUR ROLE!

    PS, matt, yer boy obummer is gonna lose – start preparing yourself for it…

  40. JA Brooks
    10:42 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    am I the only one that’s a little shocked that this is around the eighth KSR writer to say “I didn’t know poythress was this good” ?

    Maybe I just follow recruiting closer than most but the tapes on this kid have always shown some amazing talent…

    and BTW the honey badger didn’t “give himself that nickname” …. he apparently didn’t even know what it meant when his coaches kept calling him that.

  41. JA Brooks
    10:51 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    40) you would like that for sure …. after all, isn’t that how Republicans always get away with it? your guy spends 8 years putting the economy in the shitter then you get your rocks off by blaming the Democrat that couldn’t fix it in 4. What’s great tho… is if a Republican wins this year his entire first term will be a complete pass from Republicans because he’s just “fixing” Obama’s mess…

    According to Republicans Bush’s 8 year terror was Clinton’s fault, Clinton owed his success to the first bush, and the first Bush only sucked cause he had to follow Regan… you can’t make this shit up.

  42. Megan
    11:06 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Newspapers generally require confirmation. They don’t normally go to press based solely on some bearded guy telling them to “get the word out.” And it appears that Beard Guy was wrong. At least Kroger says paying was never an issue. That’s what makes newpapers different, you see. They don’t like having egg on their faces.

  43. chris
    11:47 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    I’m tired of hearing about the half court shot, it was by far the least important sports story of the weekend. I don’t really like calling it a sports story either.

  44. SpanishSpellingPolicia
    11:51 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    the correct translation of 85 into the Spanish equivalent is : ochenta y cinco , no es “ocho cinco”

  45. Andrew
    11:53 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Did the live stream practice ever get posted anywhere?

  46. americanpolitics
    11:55 am January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Democrats blame republicans and vice versa, neither side is objective in self-assesssment. Politics has boiled down to one thing these days: getting re-elected

  47. NBA league pass
    12:06 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    I thought last night’s game was badass. Hell, I liked watching the first one too and it was 9-6. Like what was said earlier, that was bigtime, big boy football right there.

  48. UK Law
    1:31 pm January 10, 2012 Permalink

    Did anyone read the Pitino excerpt?

    My favorite line was the Pitino quote: “One thing you won’t have to worry about is cheating with Rick Pitino.”