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aUKward Fan Photos: Chapter 9


aUKward Fan Photos is only as good as the photos you guys send me. Some weeks I struggle to find one I like. Some weeks I don’t. Sometimes the picture for that week’s chapter comes through at the last minute. But Big Blue Nation ALWAYS comes through for me. And for that reason, your mother and I love you very much.


This week’s picture is the first one featuring a fellow KSR contributor. The contributor I am speaking of is considered by many to be good looking and in some people’s eyes a celebrity. If you guessed Chris Tomlin, it’s a reasonable guess. His “Animal Friends” columns in National Geographic for Kids have made him very well known amongst elementary school students and librarians, but I am actually talking about someone else.


The star of our picture tonight is one of the stars of “Cougartown” on TBS. After you see this picture you’ll wonder how he ever made it to a point in life where he could be married to Courtney Cox (even if it is just on TV.)  Yes, I am of course talking about none other than Josh Hopkins. It was brought to my attention on twitter by my college friend Matt Hardison, an avid KSR reader and radio listener all the way in Houston.  So Josh, if you’re going to get upset at someone, get upset at Matt.


Let’s get to the picture.


If you are having trouble finding Josh in the picture, he is disguised as a dairy cow in the bottom right hand corner of the picture.

I reached out to Josh on twitter and asked him to explain what was happening in this picture and to find out if any animals were harmed in the making of his sweater. I wasn’t certain there was internet access in Cougartown, but apparently there is.

I asked Josh, “Can you explain the sweater?”  

He said, “The 80s? Bill Cosby? I thought Giant polka dots would be cool?”

(WARNING: Josh, I’m about to do the Matt Jones radio thing where I start with “I like you” and then say “but”…)

Josh, I like you. I’ve even watched a few episodes of Cougartown. I enjoyed your story about stalking John Wall. But just because Bill Cosby can make something cool doesn’t necessarily mean you and I can make it cool. In Bill Cosby, we’re talking about a man that made jello pudding cool.  Case closed.

While Josh’s sweater is the main focus and raises even more questions to me than just “Can you explain it?” (Why isn’t he wearing blue? Did he pay real money for it?), there is so much other greatness around him in this photo.


Here is a list of my other favorite things in this photo (in no particular order):

1. The couple to the left of Josh, who got their tickets through the first ever KSR dating game, appear to not be headed for a second date.

2. Blanche from The Golden Girls (bottom left in the pink) was apparently a celebrity fan before being a celebrity fan was cool.

3. Josh’s look is extremely 80’s, but not quite as 80’s as the kid four people to his left who is sporting the sweater/turtleneck combo.  No wonder that kid isn’t standing up. He has to be burning up. Unless it’s a dickie.

4. The suited gentleman in the center of the photo appears to be caught doing The Wobble.

5. The ginger with the mullet in the band (top right) kind of looks like Budnick from “Salute Your Shorts.” Bet you hadn’t thought about that show lately.

6. The mustache belonging to the guy with Blanche.


This picture is filled with greatness. I’m sure I’ve missed some. Share your favorite parts in the comments. And share your own aUKward Fan Photos with me @AFlenerKSR on twitter and [email protected] through email. Include a little bit about yourself and the photo you send. I’m still not receiving a ton of these so it’s a great chance to get made fun of on KSR. A feat which we should all strive to achieve.



Article written by Aaron Flener

John, I was first team All-State. I can put the ball anywhere I want to. I'll make it rain out here.

30 Comments for aUKward Fan Photos: Chapter 9

  1. Walden Schmidt
    8:03 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    That top picture —- Please don’t show that anymore.

  2. Manbearpig
    8:14 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    The only thing the guy in the black suit is missing is MORE COWBELL!! please someone photoshop that in

  3. Jj
    8:18 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Justin bieber in front with turtle neck

  4. imnotthefiveo
    8:20 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    I dunno, ginger mullet looks more like big Pete from Pete and Pete..

  5. Magloire the Professor
    8:21 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    …unless it’s a dickie…..nice.

  6. shields eyes
    8:22 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink


  7. spookykim
    8:24 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    That sweater is so hideous, it had to have been bought for him by a creepy Aunt, who then gave him the game ticket, so he felt obligated to wear it! But why choose the green hat to go with it??? Oh Josh, you’re killing your image with the BBN, tsk, tsk.

  8. annoyed
    8:26 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    love the site, love the radio show, but can u please start putting this awkward fan photo in the main post. It’s not that big a deal, but it’s annoying.

  9. But It's So COOL
    8:31 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    No! Don’t take the header photo away! I laugh every time I see it!
    If I could remember the 80s, I am positive I partied with that guy.
    You can just tell from his smile, he’s one of the kindest human beings
    you could ever hope to meet.

    Moustache Man looks like Mr. D from Oldham County Middle!

  10. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:34 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Fox South is showing the Blue-White game replay tonight from 8pm-10pm est.

  11. SayHarrowToTheRepeat
    8:38 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Hornets vs. Heat on ESPN2 right now.

  12. Strategicallyplacedpompom
    8:42 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Hmmm…can’t believe you missed that.

  13. Isitjustme
    8:43 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Is it just me or is “The couple to the left of Josh, who got their tickets through the first ever KSR dating game” not Josh’s Parents. Sure looks like Larry Hopkins to me.

  14. ChiCat
    9:03 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    That picture is my new background.

  15. CPACAT
    9:04 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Guy about two rows back right over Josh’s right shoulder…I see you Wes Olds!!

  16. Grayinrichmond
    9:07 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    It is Larry Hopkins, the former congressman.

  17. MoonDAWG
    9:07 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    A young Denzel Washington right behind the cowbell. Didn’t know Denzel was a UK fan!

  18. Steve Dungan
    9:10 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    #13 – Yes, that is Josh’s father, former Congressman Larry Hopkins.

  19. bluebiscuit
    9:20 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    13, I agree, that’s Larry Hopkins next to Josh Hopkins. Not sure what his mom looks like, but that could be her next to his dad. They probably wanted Josh to wear a blue sweater that matched theirs, but he was in his Jackson Pollack phase.

  20. French
    9:34 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Rugby shirts

  21. Henrycocat
    9:36 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    There are more bangs in this picture than the west end of Louisville.

  22. Van Gundy's Brother
    9:57 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Jeff Van Gundy gushing over UK, and Darius on the Hornets game.
    Spent time talking about how great All Access is on TV, how Cal should get more credit
    for coaching (he quoted the famous “Anthony took the 5th most shots on the team. Micheal took the 4th most shots…)

    Then he went on about how much he likes Darius Miller as a pro….

    JVG – my new favorite NBA guy….

  23. Van Gundy's Brother
    9:58 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    …..and note that Rivers just entered the game….drove the lane and threw up a wild, no chance shot.


  24. Bluemister
    10:25 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    In blue sport coat is Dale Warren who directed pep band. I went to school with him from 2nd grade through high school. He’s now a prof at Arkansas.

  25. Bluemister
    10:27 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Is Josh sporting a high top fade or a Gomer Pyle cap?

  26. wccpro
    10:30 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    great piece flener…u do the second best job on this site only behind drew… keep up the good work and ull get somewhere some day kid

  27. Kermit
    11:35 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Dang Louiville just barely escaped.

  28. Stmitch
    6:07 am October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Blue and White Pom Pom and the only one standing in his section “below the rail”. Yep…that’s a fan.

  29. Douggercats
    1:46 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Nice to get some run on KSR, but I am too old. I have never heard of Big Pete nor Budnick. Shout out to KT, Kim W, Wes, turtle, and all my peeps.
    And I bet most of you clowns have never heard of the Red Head Kingpin.

  30. Swanman
    2:00 pm October 27, 2012 Permalink

    Poodle Hair