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Ben Rothenberg’s Friday News and Views


As some of you know, Drew and I have spent the week in Cincinnati covering the Western and Southern Open for Tennis Channel. The trip has included some great tennis, beautiful weather and my toes being introduced to America in HD. However, the real lesson of the week has been the chance to learn of the New York Times’ tennis writer, Ben Rothenberg. For those of you who aren’t listeners to the radio show (and honestly, shame on you…at least go now and subscribe on iTunes and fix this discrepancy), you may have not heard us talk about Rothenberg as a reporter. He has a huge tennis knowledge base (much more than us, but that says little), wears bright colored shoes and runs the Straight Sets Tennis Blog (which is really quite good). But he also has a great voice and speaking style that drives Drew insane, but I love…it is…well I can’t do it justice. The best way to describe it is to hear this audio clip of him talking about an announcement concerning his tennis podcast. As you can hear, it is awesome and if you don’t come away from that talking about peeing in your tuxedo and saying “SLASH/SLASH”, then I don’t know what to tell you. We salute Ben Rothenberg for being a good sport (he came up to us today, not all together happy but also not necessarily angry…somewhere in the middle) and for actually providing some knowledge and entertainment during these long tennis rallies. Next time you are in Kentucky Rothenberg, the BBN will treat you to a drink and a sparkling good time.

To the news of the day, interspersed with a couple of non-UK things:

— It was a slow day in UK news today, in large part because the UK football team had a day off from practice. As the posts below showcase, they used that time to have a pool party and do their own thing, but this represents close to the halfway point of fall camp before they start the season at Western. As Nick Roush noted last night, a number of storylines have developed throughout the course of the camp, but the two most important have been with the QBs and WRs. At this point it seems almost impossible to imagine anyone but Jalen Whitlow being the starting quarterback. At all opportunities for people to see practice, Whitlow has looked the best and when the coaches talk, they make clear that he will be playing in some form, even if he doesn’t get the starting job. The issue with Whitlow has only been one of accuracy and by all accounts he has improved on it greatly. His athleticism gives the offense some more options and as Johnny Manziel showcased last year, being in this offense and being able to move can create huge opportunities. The surprising positive has been that UK has some Wide Receivers stepping up in a position that was thought to be weak. As the caller “Kelly” said today, it could be the case that the system can make Wide Receivers, and if so UK has a lot of candidates. Most surprising has been the play of Freshmen Alexander Montgomery and Jeff Badet. While Javess Blue and Ryan Timmons got the preseason publicity, these two newcomers have also come in blazing and will likely see significant time in the opening game. What once was considered a weakness, now looks like a position with not a lot of star power, but potentially 8-10 deep of solid guys who could make an impact. That is new, and a positive.

This compilation of the best Vine videos is really funny actually…although I just cannot believe how long it must have taken this person to do it:

— On the basketball side of things, all anyone wants to talk about is the Harrison Twins and James Young and I understand that. But at this point, there is nothing left to say. I am told they will be in Lexington by the end of next week. When they arrive you can tell all of your Louisville friends to shut up. For now, they are going to whisper, mostly as a counter to all the Kevin Ware rumors. What is much more important is just how amazing Julius Randle is going to be. I have talked about this on radio, but not on here and it is worth repeating. I have talked to a couple of people around the program who have been here since Calipari’s first year…all tell me the same thing. In terms of being ready to play at this point in his career, they say Randle is the best player Calipari has had at Kentucky. Think about that…it means better than Wall, Cousins, Davis and Gilchrist. That is absolutely amazing. But when you see his body type (honestly built like Lebron…not comparing him to Lebron but build like a baby Lebron), with amazing dunking ability and a pretty decent outside game) and you can’t help but be excited. When Demarcus Cousins gave that smirk and just said, “Randle is damn good”…well that was all I need to know. Julius Randle is going to be the kind of player you don’t see very much…well at least you don’t see very much at any place outside of Kentucky. I hope you are as excited as I am…at least you should be.

You may not have seen this last night on “Colbert Report”, but it has taken the internet by storm. The show took its satire to Vicco, Kentucky and in the process made an internet hit about how Vicco has been a pioneer in a new “Fairness Ordinance.” Regardless of your political stance, I actually found this very sweet and showcasing how the people of Eastern Kentucky, defy the stereotypes so many want to give and have some of the biggest hearts you can imagine. This video of Perry County has gone viral so you will see it again:

— Finally, are you upset that UK is not playing Tennessee twice this season? UK has played the Vols twice every year since the 1940s but that all changes this season with the new UK basketball schedule…under its terms, the Cats will only play Tennessee once a year (this year in Rupp, but next year in Knoxville), and the only permanent twice a year game is Florida. Does that make sense to you? Tennessee is the more traditional rival, but Florida is the 2nd best team in the conference (most years) and a much better nationally marquee game. Which would you pick? I love playing the Vols but take Florida because UK needs more marquee games in conference play when the lack of power teams sometimes pushes the Cats slightly to the side. But I wonder the view of others on this…would you rather play UT or Florida twice. Vote and let me know:

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We have a big day tomorrow…more radio here from Cincinnati, we will do a LIVE BLOG at 1 pm around a tennis match (Djokovic vs Isner) but also use it as a chance to answer any questions you have about UK sports in football and basketball…and we will keep you up on the news on one of the last free Fridays for some time before we get going in sports. Check it out…and we at KSR continue to be firmly behind Ryan Lemond’s Godson Zack Hodskins, the one-handed basketball player Florida has offered as a preferred walk-on. Our story about him was up earlier, but it didn’t include the below highlight video…check it out. He is something else and a huge UK fan. Great kid and a great story

Article written by Matt Jones

60 Comments for Ben Rothenberg’s Friday News and Views

  1. daveragonsucks
    10:58 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink


  2. ukfan
    11:07 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    I voted for Tennessee simply because I get more pleasure out of beating them over anyone else in the conference.. but if we are talking about strictly helping our RPI then obviously I give Florida the edge.

  3. Louisville Fan
    11:10 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Duh Harrison Twins iz not gunna play. Kevin ware is a sante.

  4. CLASS OF 2014
    11:16 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Sooo Nick Glass just de-committed from Georgia and it looks like the cats are going to be a major player…BBN. STOOPS.

  5. Chris
    11:28 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, is it true that your favorite pizza topping is nuts?

  6. Victor Hill
    11:47 pm August 15, 2013 Permalink

    Yessuur… I am Mr Big.

  7. Kali Yuga
    12:04 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Kalki’s flight has been delayed for now, but you Vine users are really edging. Maybe trying something constructive would enhance your Karma.

  8. You're the punchline.
    1:03 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Go Big Blue!!!!! Colbert is a moron elitist. And whether you LIBS realize it or not,…..he is making fun of Kentucky!!! The deal is,..Colbert is not and was never FUNNY. Same is true for Bill Maher and Jon Stewart. But the media tells you they are hip,..and you continue to fall for it. You want to be hip! No,..Colbert is a twerp. He is NOT hip. Now,..Cal and my Cats are hip!!!! Randle is da man!

  9. Chris
    1:09 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    #8 is gay.

  10. ukfastcat
    1:39 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    What is Dexter doing covering tennis?

  11. Fake Barney.. Yea that's neat
    1:40 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    #8 gay or not … Your right

  12. Rats
    2:00 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, it is Ok
    Come out of the closet
    We will still love you!!

  13. You're the punchline
    2:04 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    #12,..heh heh

  14. LexCathCat
    2:19 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    The whole point of the feature was to defeat the stereotype. Shut up.

  15. Awesome...
    2:24 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    He was asked to speak at a Bush Jr. Dinner:

  16. hype
    2:27 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Love my cats just hope all these dudes live up to all the hype. More than I can ever remember! Julius looks like a young lebron! GO BIG BLUE!!!

  17. Huh
    2:29 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Well #14,..if that’s what they were trying to do, it looks like they failed miserably. The audience was laughing at everyone in the video,..both sides,…i.e. the folks from Vicco. Looks to some of us like Colbert was the one doing the stereotyping. Huh?

  18. Rebecca
    2:36 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    *Video if vines

  19. henry earl
    2:56 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    conservatives are like walking caricatures of themselves

    #8 he is not making fun of ky

  20. Buckets
    3:20 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    8 – Hey, You’re the punchline, Cal is a DEMOCRAT. Looks like the joke’s on you.

  21. Buckets
    3:23 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    8 – And who the hell says “hip?” I mean seriously. Republican party = old, rich white dudes who are completely out of touch. And they probably all use words like “hip.”

  22. Old white guy use these words
    3:33 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    “da man”

  23. Big Bill
    5:44 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    #4 nick glass de committee due to academics. He’s also not ranked all that high. I don’t see the point in taking him when we have some big named players still on the board and starting to run out of scholarships.

  24. tuxedo park
    7:22 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Not sure if you guys understand that Colbert is a satirist.

    and that is a great video. The last scene is wonderful.

  25. kes
    7:30 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    jesus, we have some ignorant fans

  26. Mike Damone
    7:38 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    21- the reason they are old and rich is because they are not many rich people left. They are no longer hip just as this country is no longer rich or hip. You guys are now hip and they country is poor.

  27. Joanne
    8:03 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Them greasy Italians is everyware
    We is surrounded by them greasy Italians
    Stoop is way better then Petriner
    Is Western better then UK? Hell no

  28. Shut up
    8:06 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Reading these comments reminds me why anything that could be politicized needs to be left OFF this website. We are here to see the latest news about UK not debate gay rights. Matt you should know better. Oh and your comments yesterday left no doubt about which side of the political fence your on. It doesn’t matter to me, I just feel politics should be left for other shows/websites. Ok, I’m done. GO CATS!!!

  29. Meh
    8:11 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    The “republicans are rich old white people” line always cracks me up.

    Sadly, those “young” folks have no understanding of the fact that Democrats perpetuating our fiscal imbalance means they will be footing the bill down the road.

    Just ironic to see folks think democrats are helping the young (burdening then with debt) and middle class (with their job growth deterring policies)…and sad.

  30. Dick Pitino
    8:14 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Did Ben “come out” yet?

  31. Rockfield, KY
    8:31 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    23. Check out his offer list on Rivals. His ranking might not be that high, but schools like Alabama, Auburn, South Caroling, Notre Dame, Ohio St, and Clemson have all offered him. I’ll take Saban’s word over any recruiting analyst.

  32. Rockfield, KY
    8:34 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    To all of the political analysts on here, if you refer to yourself by your party affiliation, you’re a complete idiot. The two party system, along with ignorant voters on both sides, has ruined the American political system.

  33. Turd Burglar
    8:54 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, did you put up the Vicco video because your trying to tell us your gay?

    Hillbilly things I noticed in the video:
    The need for subtitles on a couple of people.
    The kid with Meth Mouth
    Smoking in a city hall meeting.
    They guy named “Coon”
    The oxygen tank

  34. sjaiofe
    8:59 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    “unique voice and speaking style”? His speaking style I would call monotone and boring. His “unique voice” is something I like to call a lisp. I’m going to have to agree with Drew, I would blow my brains out if I had to listen to that guy for more than 90 seconds.

  35. mike
    9:11 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Matt has the right to post anything and everything that has to do with Kentucky, especially stuff that makes a national stage.

  36. Laughable
    9:15 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    And the modern world has the right to make fun of third world Kentucky.

  37. BAdams
    9:52 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Dems and reps are all the same. The sooner people realize that, the sooner they will realize they all suck. In good news, camping for BBM is gettin closer!

  38. BAdams
    9:53 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Also, I agree there is nothing funny about Colbert. He’s as lame as Jerry Seinfeld, whose show was terrible!

  39. ME
    10:14 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    I used to suspect that Matt said things just to get people riled up – now I have no doubt haha, that video has absolutely nothing to do with anything on this site and he just puts it up to see what the comments section will do. It also appears that he is becoming more bold with his political views on the site and uses it as a platform to advance them. I guess that’s one of the perks to having your own site that a bunch of people read, but it really is starting to come off as some sort of crusade to see “progress” in KY

  40. Really?
    10:17 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    38. Anything you say from now on is discredited. Anyone who thinks Seinfeld was terrible has no sense of humor.

  41. PuhLease
    10:21 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    36 the “modern world” can make fun of KY if they want but I’m sure every state you consider to be in that modern world has its own set of issues worse than the state of KY.

  42. Cats
    10:48 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Hopkinsville is literally 15 minutes away from Hopkinsville. Oak Grove, which is in Christian County, boarders Ft. Campbell which runs into Clarksville. It is one continuous stretch of commercial business.

    And Drew Franklin, KY is not close to Clarksville. It is an hour away.

    Hopkinsville is actually included in Clarksville’s metro per the US government.

  43. Cats
    10:48 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    I mean Hopkinsville is fifteen minutes from Clarksville.

  44. Who's
    11:52 am August 16, 2013 Permalink

    We’re doomed as a nation.

  45. Terry Blue
    12:46 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Matt is bound and determined to make Jalen our starting qb. Truth is it’s neck and neck with Max right now and I wouldn’t be surprised if they both played against Western

  46. Jon Stewart
    12:55 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Colbert is a lib weenie,… and I don’t think he is over his sister getting thumped when she ran for congress in South Carolina yet.

  47. Jim 1
    1:04 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Colbert, like all the liberals of the media, are using and stereotyping the ignorance of a few of the people who live in small towns across America to push their liberal agenda.

    In truth he is using these people to mock God and the Bible. I will not waste my time trying to explain God’s creative order on KSR and neither should Matt use KSR (sports radio) to engage in matters that can only lead to divisiveness to the followers on KSR.

    Matt needs to stick to UK sports which made KSR #1 in Ky.

  48. usux
    1:04 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    It’s elitist to know the difference between your and you’re. Displaying poor grammar means you’re The Salt of the Earth, not stupid white trash.

  49. usux
    1:10 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    It was god’s plan to put you here to test our faith in human intelligence.

  50. Smoov
    1:17 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    its nice to see dexter doing normal things like enjoying sports

  51. Teachable Mo'
    1:35 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    I believe in a God who has only revealed himself through the 2000+ year old ravings of desert schizophrenics, but who — if you don’t follow his commands exactly to the jot and tittle — will punish you infinitely for eternity. Even if you were a miscarried baby born 30,000 years ago.

    After that, why should my politics don’t make sense?

  52. Ziggy_Etown
    1:56 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    If you have trouble watching the Colbert video, go here:

  53. Jim 1
    2:37 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    To usux: I have tried twice to answer you but my post has not been printed. I’ll try once more.

    Human intelligence is not necessarily God’s wisdom. Trust in God and not your own understanding is in the book. Look for it.

  54. Fleurdilisa
    4:07 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    My daughter received full ride D1 volleyball scholarship, and had to pay her own housing and food expenses the summer before her freshman year because she was not enrolled in summer school. Since volleyball is a fall sport as soon as preseason started they could essentially start the scholarship. Since basketball does not start til October, Young and Harrison twins cannot move in until all other students report for classes which is usually the weekend before which would fit with what Matt said!

  55. richard after
    4:19 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    why way my post deleted after moderation matt?

  56. Arthur Midgette
    4:50 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Advice to Matt: Mocking Christianity is not the way to build a loyal following, and if another piece of stupid filth like the Vicco spot finds its way onto this site, I will be finding my way off. And don’t think there aren’t a dozen other sites that give out the same stuff you do now, without overtly mocking Christianity in the process. There is nothing the slightest bit funny about that video. It is a sad commentary on the people of eastern Kentucky that they can be so easily taken in by such depravity.

  57. Burmese Cat fan
    4:53 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    The pagan video was not amusing. I kept waiting for the part that supposedly showed that the people of eastern KY had “big hearts,” but it never came. Just saw a video that made the people of Vicco look like they were twenty years ahead of the cultural decline that is rotting the guts of this once great country. It makes me sick to see you all trying to mix UK sports with sexual perversion. Wow.. Just…wow.

  58. Yep
    5:00 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    Yep Arthur. I concur. Colbert and his ilk are elitists. They think they are so very cool and funny, but they are neither. Truth be told, they are merely a bunch of spineless little wimps.

  59. YSR2KSR
    5:32 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    matt PLEASE talk to ur new pal ben and have him visit vicco with u.

  60. jhnny
    11:26 pm August 16, 2013 Permalink

    #56- Thank you for existing.

    I mean, I think you are a right wing nut job, but thank you for existing.

    P.S. “Matt” was not mocking Christianity. Nor was Cobert, who is a practicing Catholic.

    And to all those who have posted that Colbert was making fun of Kentucky: The entire thing went over your head. I’m sorry it did, but that is not what the video was about, at all. Try watching it again and then ask someone to explain it to you.