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Day 1 Day 2 at the SEC Tournament

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We’re courtside for the afternoon session of basketball at the 2013 SEC Tournament in the city of country music and hot chicken.  The KSR crew set up shop in the Hawgs Illustrated and Arkansas News Bureau seats for a running diary of the first two games of the day.  Arkansas and Georgia just tipped off in the Thursday opener and the crowd is electric — that’s a lie — in Bridgestone Arena for some good ol’ SEC basketball.

Join us as we write whatever comes to mind during these first two games…

 

(2:12 p.m.) Mrs. Tyler: LSU wins 68-63! Buh-bye Georgia. We’ll be starting a new thread for the Tennessee/Mississippi State game in just a minute.

 

(2:05 p.m.) Drew: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is keeping Georgia in this game.  He currently has 32 of the Bulldogs’ 61 points.  It’s a two-point game with a minute left.

 

(2:03 p.m.) Drew: Matt is taking photos underwater, apparently.

 

(2:01 pm) Matt: There is an old saying that goes “hell hath on fury like a woman scorned.” And I am reminded of this each and every year at the SEC Tournament, when the various SEC dance teams arrive to place their wrath upon each other. Without question, there are no more catty group of women than one dance team watching another dance team perform. They snicker at the choreography, critique the makeup jobs and mock the “not classy” outfits. It happens every year and I always look forward to it.

Case in point, this year. The LSU dance team (always one of the best in SEC play, along with Mississippi State and South Carolina), was doing its cowgirl performance (I was a fan) and this was their look (from afar)

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The regular cowgirl look, with a bit of a bumblebee twist (sorry about the fog on the lens…I have since cleaned it). But the Georgia dance team was having none of it…and standing five feet from us during the performance, they mocked the LSU group endlessly.

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One said, “I wouldn’t be caught dead in those outfits” and another said, “they dance as good as they look”…all while snickering under their breath. It was grade A cattiness and a wonder to behold. When LSU finished, the Georgia girls clapped on cure and smiled, but deep down we know they hated them and wanted them thrown off the court. Say whatever you want about trash talk on the court…the trash talk in dance team world is much worse.

 

(1:57 p.m.) Drew: LSU leads Georgia, 63-54, in case anyone is interested.

I do not fall in that category.

 

(1:54 p.m.) Mrs. Tyler: It looks like LSU will advance to play Florida tomorrow at noon central. The most interesting thing about their team to me is that after two years, the Johnny O’Bryant jokes haven’t gotten old yet. Maybe it’s because we’re so close to St. Patrick’s day? Either way, the fighting Kentavious Caldwell-Popes are headed back to Athens, which has made the band geeks seriously depressed.

 

(1:43 pm) Matt: It really is embarrassing that we lost to this Georgia team. They are terrible…I know they have been playing better, but the Cats should have absolutely destroyed those guys…and they got out-physicaled and outplayed. Beating Florida helped a lot, but the memories of that Thursday night game still sting.

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(1:30 p.m.) Mrs. Tyler: Shannon Spake is sitting in front of us, which has reduced Drew to one syllable words and googly eyes. She left to go film a segment for ESPN, and before she went, turned and smiled at us and said she’d be right back. Drew and the guy next to him are still recovering.

 

(1:20 p.m.) Drew: Let’s play a fun game of “Which One Is Johnny O’Bryant?”

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You get two guesses!

 

(1:16 p.m.) Mrs. Tyler: I can’t believe we lost to a Georgia team that is currently losing to LSU by 21 points. Yeesh.

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1:10 pm Matt: One of my favorite parts of being in the arena for these early games (and it certainly isn’t seeing the games) is running into our friend Barry Booker. The pic above shows Booker getting ready for his halftime work. We met the Book man eight years ago at the SEC and have been friends ever since. He watched the site grow and has always been available over the years. He also survived the most awkward encounter with a KSR member when he met my friend Corey saw him for the first time. Corey heard the Book Man talk about Lamar Alexander and being a Republican. Corey then looked at him (a man he didn’t know) and said, “you are a Republican? Don’t you know you are black?” The room got quite awkward as we all wondered what Booker would do, but he handled it with class, inspecting his hand and saying, “really…I had never noticed.” That is when I knew the Book man was awesome…even though he did play for Vandy.

 

(1:00 p.m.) Drew:  Some media member just tackled Tyler and me with his ass.  This media seating makes us a tight-knit group.  It’s like going through a jungle gym to get to these seats, that aren’t ours.

 

(12:59 p.m.) Drew: Can we get a KSR comments section round of applause for Geert Hammink?

Hammink is LSU’s 2013 SEC Legend.  Hooray.

 

(12:57 p.m.) Mrs. Tyler: Our current view:

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Don’t say I never give you guys anything.
(12:48 p.m.) Mrs. Tyler: The Georgia pep band is RUTHLESS in their cheers this afternoon. Perhaps overcompensating for their lack of fans in the stands, the band geeks routinely stand and hurl insults at the LSU team, including “Your parents don’t even love you!” Harsh.

 

(12:42 p.m.) Drew: There have been many terrible ideas over the years — the solar powered night light, submarine screen door, and Louisville basketball trophy case are a few that come to mind — but no idea in the history of ever is as bad as the one Matt and I made just over an hour ago.  For reasons no one will truly understand, Matt suggested we eat lunch at 400 Degrees Hot Chicken in Nashville prior to coming to the arena. You feel our pain already, I know.

The chicken comes in 0 degrees, 100 degrees, 200 degrees and 400 degrees, with 400 degrees being hotter than Tom Crean in a Jordan Hulls blowup doll factory.  Matt, being the overachiever he is, went with the 400 degrees option.  I, knowing my stomach and the cleanliness of the media room restroom, went with the 100 degrees.  Both ends of the spectrum have us sweating grease bullets and popping Altoids like tropical Skittles on press row.

Sorry, Tyler.

 

(12:38 p.m.) Mrs. Tyler: I’ll be honest, I’m focusing more on the pep band and dance team than the game right now. Is that because LSU is currently up by 12 and things are a bit slow? Yes, but I’m also very distracted by the Georgia pep band and dance team, who are directly in front of us. With few Georgia fans here, it’s up to the pep band to cheer, and it’s a little sad and hilarious. They just did this cheer: “You ain’t got no suitcase but you travel, you travel.” Wow.

Also, I miss Trent Johnson’s sweater vests.

 

(12:37 p.m.) Matt: After spending a good deal of time watching the SEC gutter-dwellers yesterday, today is a step up in game quality. Currently we are sitting courtside for Georgia and LSU, hoping that no one will notice that we don’t have assigned seats. Currently we are sitting in the Arkansas media seats (I am a member of the Arkansas News Bureau) and hoping that no one makes us move. I always enjoy these Thursday day sessions because it is packed with more UK fans than any other team. There are small pockets of Orange in the building, but the Cats’ presence is the greatest, followed by the ego of Doug Shows, who is officiating this game. Most importantly, we are doing an OLD SCHOOL KSR RUNNING DIARY, which was one of the first parts of coverage that KSR did in its formative years. All in all, I promise mirth, hilarity and pictures of silly looking band members that are everywhere.

 

(12:29 p.m.) Mrs. Tyler: Does anyone want some Golden Flake? BFVV3d1CYAEdZcM

 

(12:27 p.m.)  Drew:  Until I walked in and saw LSU and Georgia on the court, I had no clue who was playing today.  This should be a lot of fun.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

53 Comments for Day 1 Day 2 at the SEC Tournament



  1. How Long Until Sunday?
    1:33 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s just skip this part and move on to Selection Sunday.



  2. Wilder Treadway
    1:35 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Golden Flake has THE weirdest flavors in chips..I ate pickle chips in Duluth this weekend



  3. Mr. President, dis DeMarcus Cousins
    1:37 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, how ’bout grabbing some of those free Golden Flake chips and BC powders for me.



  4. Conference Tournaments
    1:38 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA will allow basketball to play a million games, have a conference tournament, then the NCAA Tournament and they argue that there is not enough time in the year to throw together a Football Championship? We have to have time to let those “student athletes” study. What’s up with that?



  5. Willis talkin bout..
    1:44 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone have a link for a stream of the games?



  6. BAC05
    1:48 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Where can one find Golden Flake Chips? I haven’t been able to find any? PS: Does anyone remember the Keebler Pizza Chips (Pizzarias)? Those were awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4ZL7cqt83U



  7. btowncatfan
    1:48 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink


  8. Electric Mayhem
    1:49 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Can we have the second half of the top 10 KSR stories of the SEC tournament we were promised 3 years ago?



  9. Sin The'
    1:53 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    How hot is 400 degree chicken? Is it 400 degrees?



  10. Mr. President, dis DeMarcus Cousins
    1:53 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Was the thermodynamic chicken hotter going in or coming out?



  11. Fake Madison
    1:55 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Do you think you would be sweating more bullets if you ate the hotter chicken?



  12. Rockfield, KY
    1:55 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    “hotter than Tom Crean in a Jordan Hulls blowup doll factory”

    That one made me make the weird sound of trying not to laugh out loud in an office because you’re reading a blog, but not being able to control it.



  13. Catsantonio
    1:56 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Names of Cincy players include: Cashmere, JaQuon, Cheikh, Titus, Shaquille, and Ge’Lawn

    What in God’s name are they doing in the queen city?



  14. Catsantonio
    1:59 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, and there is a Sean also….but he is 1-10 today so he will probably get beat up by his own team after the game.



  15. UKlove
    2:03 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    clap clap clap clap clap.



  16. Mr. President, dis DeMarcus Cousins
    2:06 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Geert Hammink? Legend?



  17. UKlove
    2:07 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    That’s why he only got 5 claps.



  18. B-man
    2:08 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    In case anyone is wondering how “down” college bball is this year. Minnesota’s loss today means they have now lost 11 of their last 16 games and finished with a conference record of 8-10…and they are apparently “shoe-in” for the tournament.



  19. Mr. President, dis DeMarcus Cousins
    2:09 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    17. Nice. Good work.



  20. What?
    2:10 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Is that one Georgia cheerleader trying to pat her stomach and rub her who-ha at the same time… now that’s talent.



  21. Nick D
    2:13 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Mrs. Tyler hooked you up until the real games start!! Well done..need seats like this..



  22. Roland
    2:13 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Wonder if any of those jawga cheerleaders are named Ruby?
    Kenny Rodgers ref:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TprfUdSAHgM



  23. ARG!!
    2:16 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    How did we lose to GEORGIA???



  24. bigcat76
    2:22 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Anybody else think Geert Hammink looks just like Matt Jones?



  25. my twin in black and white
    2:26 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    so was the logo man on the card modeled after Geert, or was Geert posing as the logo man ?



  26. CalifCatFan
    2:30 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, please, I beg of you, do not post any pics of Macon Vol Fan’s fuzzy navel.



  27. Roland
    2:30 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    23, The kentuckyeffect or maybe it was, a superbowl game for GA.



  28. Brick Tamlin
    2:32 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    On the ESPN3 feed they keep showing the Calvin Klein underwear ad every break. It is making me uncomfortable.



  29. TN Cat
    2:33 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Can we get a side by side of Geert Hammink, Matt Jones, and Dave Flemming?



  30. RealCatsFan
    2:36 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    TT, did you hand Drew a roll of paper towels so he could clean up his act?

    #10, the unwritten rule of thermodynamics – hot wings are always 57 times hotter coming out than they are going in. I recommend an ice cube in the rectum.



  31. PlanoCat
    2:36 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Did the Georga cheerleader eat 400 degree wings also?



  32. RealCatsFan
    2:39 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    18, if that is the case, then how in hades can the leave UK out of the tournament when they finished second in their league? I know the SEC has been awful this year, but come on. Just goes to show how beatable Indiana is outside of Ass Hall.



  33. Nashcat
    2:42 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Shannon>EA.

  34. Ms. Tytler, not only are you one of “IF NOT THE BEST” contributor to KSR but you also throw a few bones to us old dogs (pictures) For that, we thank you.



  35. Bilbo Baggins
    2:50 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Can we get front pic of Spake?



  36. JMFATZ47
    2:52 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    How in the hell is Minnesota still considered an at large bid? Seriously? I know everyone loves the Big Ten but come on…..



  37. WWMKGD?
    2:58 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    I second #8. Where are the Top 10 SEC Tourney moments??? We got #11-20 on two different posts (years ago), but never the Top 10 as promised each time. If this is just some cruel running joke at KSR, then bravo!



  38. RahRah
    3:01 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Ewww, Mrs.TT, between Matt & Drew, their hot chicken and the close quarters, Hope your mom sent you armed with some of her famous antibactrial wipes. You may need them.



  39. Mr Obvious
    3:02 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    If you thought watching the UK-UGA game on tv was bad, you should have been there. I was and it was even worse in person.



  40. tooblueforyou
    3:05 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    lol “hotter than Tom Crean in a Jordan Hulls blowup doll factory.”



  41. Laker Cat 18
    3:06 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    36. They’ve beaten Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Memphis, and Michigan State…all ranked teams at the time. They’ve had some bad conference losses, but have had some pretty impressive wins. Their resume is better than ours honestly.



  42. Laker Cat 18
    3:08 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    33. You’re high.



  43. Han
    3:11 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Lunardi’s current Bracketology has us in a play-in game at the 11 seed. If we win, we get 6 VCU. Win that, and we get freaking 3 Michigan St. Ouch.



  44. Roland
    3:13 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    gallant effort by caldwell-pope.



  45. Brink
    3:14 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    I though that you could not be considered for and at large bid if your conference record was below 500. Minn. big 10 record is 8-10



  46. weeellllllllllllll
    3:15 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Who won?



  47. TylerH
    3:15 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    LSU won by 5



  48. Roland
    3:16 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    that blonde cheerleader in the middle looks like she might have to pick up the kids from child care immediately after the game.



  49. Roland
    3:24 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Lunardi must have a little politician in his DNA.
    Talk for 5 min without really saying anything.



  50. whodat
    3:25 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    Personally… how could anyone find those opaque panty house appetizing in the least? You telling me you cant find some 20 something hotties whose legs havent seen a tanning bed?



  51. JazzyJ
    3:30 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    28: I’ve noticed that too. Don’t they know that it’s mostly guys watching this?



  52. Mc
    4:06 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    I guess Minnesota is considered a lock to get in with some of those wins, but when you start looking at teams like Oklahoma that lost today as a lock I just don’t get it. Yes, they beat Kansas and Oklahoma State when they were unranked, but out-of-conference they were not impressive. Destroyed by Gonzaga and a loss to Stephen F Austin. RPI is flawed, and awful. I’m sure there are plenty teams like this that play no one out of conference, but since the conference is perceived as tough (without great out-of-conference) performance, it doesn’t matter.



  53. IVR
    7:33 pm March 14, 2013 Permalink

    I will always remember Geert . Andre Riddick ate his lunch years back . Had nine blocks against LSU and Mr. Hammick after # eight i think, just looked at the camera and shrugged his shoulders. One of my lasting memories of Big Blue Basketball.