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Doink the Clown’s Monday News and Views


If you are a fan of wrestling, and you most certainly should be, there is a constant struggle you have in order to maintain any connection to the “sport.” While wrestling at its best can be highly entertaining, mostly for its absurdity, but also athleticism and storylines, there is no doubt that it takes a terrible toll on the lives of those involved within it. While a rare few escape the squared circle as big stars capable of a good post-wrestling life (Stone Cold Steve Austin, Jesse Ventura, The Rock), most end up in lives of various shades of pitifulness (Ric Flair, Jake the Snake, Scott Hall). The fact is that there is virtually no profession where individuals die younger and with more tragic causes, a fact highlighted again this weekend with the passing of Doink the Clown. The character “Doink” was used by a number of folks, but most famously by Matt Osborne, who was found dead at age 55 on Friday from an unknown cause. Initially the police thought the death accidental, but it is now being investigated for a possible homicide and the story is becoming more complex. When he was popular, Doink was the epitome of a generation of the WWF that many wrestling fans thought was its worse…stupid cartoonish characters and a set of storylines dominated by an “evil clown.” For me, that made it the best. When wrestling has silliness like a wrestler who is an evil Plumber, Dentist or IRS Agent (all three real WWF characters), I watch for the absurdity. But while I look fondly at that era of my life (high school/college) when wrestling was so entertaining to me, as the bodies keep dropping, it can’t help but be a little sad. From Chris Benoit to Eddie Guerrero to Lex Luger, if you mention a wrestling name from the 80s/90s, chances are 1 in 3 they are dead. Doink’s death is the latest but there will certainly be more to come. I have no idea what it is about wrestling that kills people so early, although any of steroids, substance abuse, heavy travel, concussions and body wear are surely part of it, but as I get older, it does make the whole spectacle more difficult to watch. I may still mark out when Sting comes on the radio show, but it sure would be nice if I could watch an old Royal Rumble (by the way, the best event wrestling has ever produced) without doing a running body count as each wrestler enters the ring.

And with those uplifting thoughts, a couple of notes:

— With the NBA Draft now done, focus has turned over to the 2013-2014 UK team and what the future may hold. The Harrison Twins arrived in Lexington Friday, meaning the whole team except James Young is in the building. The workouts have apparently been going great and a few players (Poythress/Lee primarily) have been exceeding everyone’s expectations. The question for the Cats is how they are going to play. I expect to see a team that is unlike any we have seen from Calipari in Lexington. It will have the awesome athleticism of the 2010 team, but the scoring will not be so focused on the post (as it was with Cousins and Patterson) and thus you will probably see more Dribble Drive than at any time in the Calipari era. With a lot of lineups that can feature four players that are ball handlers (especially when UK goes small and plays Randle/Poythress at the 4), there is going to be a ton of penetration and UK’s best offense will be pushing the pace. With the likely loss of Kyle Wiltjer (not assured, but expected to end up at Gonzaga), the one small worry could be outside shooting. The Cats will have a number of guys who can fill it up from outside (the Twins, Young. Poythress, etc), but not one guy that you would say is a Lamb/Knight/Wiltjer type knock-down shooter. That was a problem for the 2010 team and it will be the development of one guy to play that role that will be a priority for this year’s staff. Still, there is a lot of excitement right now around the Joe Craft Center as everyone associated around UK basketball comes to one generalized conclusion. This is about to be a very special year.

dave baker

Shout out to everyone’s favorite Lexington television personality, Dave Baker, who turned 89 on Sunday. Dave is a good friend of KSR is always full of wonderful stories, solid advice and tidbit as to how to get in touch with dead Presidents. We hope he had a great Birthday!

— KSR reported on Friday that UK is working on putting together a 2010 team vs 2012 team matchup for the UK basketball Alumni Game. The game would likely take place on September 9th, around the Calipari Fantasy Camp and could feature one of the best games we have seen in a long time of this type. The 2010 team will likely have Wall, Cousins, Patterson, Bledsoe, Harrellson, Orton Liggins, Stevenson and Harris, while the 2012 team will consist of Davis, MKG, Teague, Jones, Lamb, Vargas and Miller (probably given to this team to balance it up, even though he played for both). Brandon Knight and Enes Kanter are both invited, even though they didn’t play for either team, and I would expect Knight to probably end up with the 2012 group (Kanter is injured). Other former Cats (like Krebs and Beckham) can’t play because the NBA contracts require those involved in such games to be “pros”, although I would expect both will be involved in the event. While not every player has committed, I am told that many have, and it is setting up to be a special game that puts the “what if” question on the court. For me, I have to go with the 2010 group…the talent is there, as is the experience. But either way, it should be fun to watch.


I admit I didn’t watch a lot of the Nascar Race from Kentucky Speedway, but it did seem to me that (a) the Turtleman was everywhere, (b) the attendance was very light…at least on Sunday during the make-up race and (c) we have entirely too much Papa John at every event involving this state. Oh and the UL Championship car finished prematurely, hit the wall and came in 31st (hides giggles).

— There hasn’t been a ton of news coming out of the UK football side. Fans (and recruiting folks) have taken to Twitter to argue with UL fans (and recruiting folks) over whether a particular player has an offer from UK or UL when they commit…usual fan rivalry stuff. But we have also seen an increase in the attacks from outsiders on UK football recruiting success. Last week of course, Mark Dantonio, the coach at Michigan State, made a comment in which he suggested that kids committing to UK didn’t make sense and that he was going to emphasize the “continuity” of their program versus that of Kentucky. Why does he want to make such an emphasis? Well mainly because Kentucky has beating the Spartans for players these last few weeks. More importantly though, Vince Marrow came with an answer:

While I don’t think that “continuity”, or the lack thereof, from the last few years of UK football really matters to players, the UK staff’s new attitude surely does. The comment above showcases what we have seen repeatedly from these guys. They don’t back down from anyone, any time. Marrow sees another coaching staff taking a shot, and he shoots back. They take the Barney Fife approach of how do you fight fire (not as Gomer says, with a hose), with more fire. That confidence is permeating the entire program and it is why I am totally in line. Vegas says the over/under for wins this year is 3.5. This group has me ready to make up for the mistake of last year, and put the G on the over…stop me now if it’s a bad decision.


The young lady above is Jenna Day, the new Miss Kentucky from Berea. Jenna is a UK student and will be representing the state in the Miss American pageant (that is the one that is not the Trump one, meaning they have to showcase talent (from my experience, usually lots of singing or clogging) and don’t have quite the amount of awesomeness/stupidity showcased in the Q and A session. Jenna is a big UK fan, as seen here by her picture celebrating with the po’ po’ the nite of the national title. Congrats to Jenna and another win for the BBN


— Finally, a big shout out to the great performance of UK QB commit/KSR blogger extraordinaire Drew Barker at the Elite 11 Camp. Barker spent the last three days working with a number of elite QB coaches (and Trent Dilfer) and will spend the next three days working with those same coaches and the nation’s top Wide Receivers (including Thaddeus Snodgrass, a UK commit, and UK recruit Braxton Berrios). Barker received praise from many there and was considered one of the top early performers, with special kudos for his decisionmaking skills, which some say are the best in the camp. We congratulate Drew and look forward to his recap in his next KSR Diary after his return.

The KSR Tour hits the road again in the morning, live from the Columbia Burger King (incidentally, the nicest Burger King in the world). In order to have it your way, you have to tune in and try to win UK basketball tickets from Hope to see those of you around Adiar County tomorrow, Jamestown on Tuesday or Somerset on Wednesday. For the rest of you, tune into the show and check the site tomorrow. See you there… BODRLbqCUAAs_3J.jpg-large

Article written by Matt Jones

45 Comments for Doink the Clown’s Monday News and Views

  1. Colby
    10:24 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Is Dave Baker really 89 years old?

  2. shields eyes
    10:25 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Dave Baker should say he is sorry putting the worst guest ever on the show. RIP Doink…thanks for the memories.

  3. msnthrop
    10:32 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Tyrell: [Tyrell explains to Roy why he can’t extend his lifespan] The facts of life… to make an alteration in the evolvement of an organic life system is fatal. A coding sequence cannot be revised once it’s been established.

    Batty: Why not?

    Tyrell: Because by the second day of incubation, any cells that have undergone reversion mutation give rise to revertant colonies, like rats leaving a sinking ship; then the ship… sinks.

    Batty: What about EMS-3 recombination?

    Tyrell: We’ve already tried it – ethyl, methane, sulfinate as an alkylating agent and potent mutagen; it created a virus so lethal the subject was dead before it even left the table.

    Batty: Then a repressor protein, that would block the operating cells.

    Tyrell: Wouldn’t obstruct replication; but it does give rise to an error in replication, so that the newly formed DNA strand carries with it a mutation – and you’ve got a virus again… but this, all of this is academic. You were made as well as we could make you.

    Batty: But not to last.

    Tyrell: The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long – and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy. Look at you: you’re the Prodigal Son; you’re quite a prize!

    Batty: I’ve done… questionable things.

    Tyrell: Also extraordinary things; revel in your time.

    Batty: Nothing the God of steroids wouldn’t let you into heaven for.

  4. The KSR rapper
    10:35 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Louisville fans minds are feeble, don’t mind me i’m just spittin evil. Indiana thinks they’re the greatest, we know they the fakest. Duke makes us wanna puke, their 2010 “ship” was a fu*king fluke. Syracuse likes them kiddy toys, hell Bernie Fine plays with them lil boys! don’t even get me started on North Carolina, they takin classes that eaiser than your baby momma.

    10:40 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Stevenson is a middle school teacher,how is he a Pro?

  6. KSR Crapper
    10:41 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    #4 I hope that was your first and last attempt at rap. Enjoy retirement!

  7. IAlwaysCheckKRS
    10:51 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    What about Terrence Jones for 2012 team? He not coming?

  8. Lex Luger
    10:56 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, I’m still alive!

  9. Rekjavic Rollo
    11:00 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Any word on the new KSR writers??

  10. Chris Crouch
    11:02 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    I think Dave is 53…

  11. Hicks
    11:04 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    I think Young is that shooter. Darius and Doron combined.

  12. Lance Russell
    11:18 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Ric Flair “seemed” to be doing pretty good for himself these
    days on tonight’s Celebrity Wife Swap (swapped with Roddy Piper).

  13. wtf
    11:36 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Dave Baker 89??? Are you guys getting paid to write this BS???

  14. cm punk
    11:41 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    RIP Doink. Where is James young? Turtleman rules and Miss Kentucky is smokin hot!! That’s what I took from this. Where iz James young??

  15. dude
    12:04 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Anybody have any idea what Matt meant by his last tweet?: “Big things coming…some folks’ eyes going to be opened”

  16. bill
    12:14 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Lex Luger is still alive….and dave baker is not 89.

  17. James
    12:23 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Doink was one of my favorite bad guys just because of how absurd he was. Really sucks that a lot of these guys from my youth and childhood are dying out.

  18. SouthBeachWildcat
    12:44 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    WOW ole Buzz looks great for his age…………….and Lex Lugar does for a dead person as well.

  19. ukfaninohio
    1:21 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    I have all my life wondered where all the ultimate warrior died rumors came from.I don’t think i know any wrestling fans who didn’t know about them.

  20. SeaCat
    1:37 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, very odd…
    Wrestling clowns??
    Did you grow up in Neverland?

  21. Platinum Unis
    2:19 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Yep, Luger is still alive. Paralyzed, but alive.

  22. Special
    2:28 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

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  23. SeaCat
    2:34 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    22) Special, we appreciate special new info

  24. a ol scool wwf fan
    2:52 am July 1, 2013 Permalink


  25. Male High
    3:06 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    I miss that girl, very impressive Jenna.

  26. Steve
    5:26 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Adair Co.

  27. kentuckyjoe
    6:44 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with Hicks (11). I think Young is that shooter.

  28. RealCatsFan
    6:55 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Gotta hand it to Turtleman for enjoying his fifteen or so minutes of fame to the max. BTW, it looks like the girl on the left is intending to give him the shocker.

  29. Randy moss
    7:00 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    It’s goin be a fun ride

  30. jpizzle
    7:27 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    I’m liking this 2010 v. 2012 matchup. I too think 2010 wins, but I’m most interested to see who matches up with Bledsoe. Wondering if MKG might check him. I love Lamb, but I don’t think he can check Bledsoe.

  31. bleedblueky
    7:50 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Morning Matt – My guess is it’s a typo and you do mean 59 but not 89 for Dave Baker’s age 🙂

  32. HenryvilleCat
    7:53 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    James Young is an excellent outside shooter, not sure why so many think he is just above average. JY is a sniper.

  33. Matt
    8:08 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Miller should play for the 2012 team not the 2010. I think he had more of an impact with that team than he ever did with the 2010 team. I think people also remember him more the 2012 year.

  34. TheBurghCat
    8:34 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, pro wrestling is completely ridiculous and to say that anyone should watch it is ludicrous. However, listening to you and the crew talk about it on the radio is a little funny. I have to admit.

  35. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:35 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wrong Doink.

  36. Eric
    8:52 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    I keep hoping Dave Baker will move on somewhere to bigger and better things the way Kenny Rice and others have done. But then I realize we are stuck with Baker because he’s not good enough to go big time. /most annoying cadence and delivery around. Cornpone style annoys the hell out of me.

  37. Earache
    9:07 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    No way Dave Baker is 89.

  38. Big Blue Coming At You
    9:14 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    I stopped watching wrestling by the mid 90s. It was just getting dumb by then and there was less wrestling and more dumb story lines and talking. By the late 90s, it was all about showing T&A than wrestling and at that point wrestling was dead. There will be nothing like the mid to late 80’s wrestling. The wrestling, the characters and story lines were all far better.

  39. Chad in Evansville
    9:28 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Matt,

    When you are posting a long treatise, such as the first segment of this post. It is very hard to read without line breaks between paragraphs, or having very long paragraphs. Having such a long section of text is hard for the eye to follow and can cause eye strain even migraine headache in extreme cases.

    Just a little FYI to help out KSR’s fellow readers.


    Chad in Evansville

  40. Chicago Chris
    10:55 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Folks, I think the Dave Baker 89 thing is probably just a joke. You know, making fun of friends for being older than they are.

  41. Gotta say it
    11:00 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    If you are a fan of wrestling and/or NASCAR that tells me just about all I need to know.

  42. Jen
    11:03 am July 1, 2013 Permalink

    It’s absolutely obscene that a picture of a militarized thug armed to handcuff dozens can be posted without comment. “Land of the free.” Oh, yes. Let the pretty little girl (she’s not all of that) make her cute little hand gesture in a picture with them. How whimsical and delightful! The terrorists have already won.

    We simply don’t need that level of militarization walking our streets.

  43. Gary
    12:08 pm July 1, 2013 Permalink

    Do they have to wait for 15 other clowns to die before they can fill Doink the Clown’s coffin and bury him?

  44. Jaybird
    3:49 am July 2, 2013 Permalink

    42) You are dead on. Know way these “militarized thugs” should be walking around armed to the max with plastic flex cuffs! And to think, vests and helmets with shields? You’d think they were in a crowd of drunken people that were throwing things, setting furniture on fire in the streets, and flipping over cars! Oh, wait a second……..

  45. Jaybird
    3:51 am July 2, 2013 Permalink

    42) You are dead on. No way these “militarized thugs” should be walking around armed to the max with plastic flex cuffs! And to think, vests and helmets with shields? You’d think they were in a crowd of drunken people that were throwing things, setting furniture on fire in the streets, and flipping over cars! Oh, wait a second……..