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Ferdinand’s Ball’s Thursday News and Views


Ferdinand’s Ball 2011

Tie those ties, polish those shoes, and get those camera phones out, because Ferdinand’s Ball is back to kick off the Kentucky Derby for the third year in a row. The annual fundraiser put on by sisters Kim Boyle and Aimee Boyle Wulfeck was created in honor of “Ferdinand”, the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner that was sent to slaughter in Japan after being named U.S. Horse of the Year in 1987 and earning almost 4-million throughout his racing career. Ferdinand’s Ball raises awareness and funds so that legacies like Ferdinand can retire in peace and with dignity on a horse farm in Kentucky, instead of meeting a similar fate.

Last year’s ball — hosted by DeMarcus Cousins and my date who didn’t know she was my date, Kate Upton — was a blast and this year’s event is expected to be just as fun with Brandi Glanville of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills among those expected to attend. NFL linebacker Dhani Jones will be back to out-dress everyone in the building (the man knows style) and jockey Kent Desormeaux will be presented with this year’s Ferdinand Award. KSR’s own Matt Jones will also be in attendance, perusing the silent auction for bargains and filling his pockets with finger foods for the road home. (Hopefully, there won’t be another run-in with Pete Thamel by the cash bar this year.) The party gets going Thursday night in downtown Louisville and tickets are still available if you’d like to attend. Just check out the website for more details and we hope to see you there.

 The fine citizens of this beautiful country can sleep a little easier now that Anthony Davis has the opportunity to defend this country from hot-shooting Argentinians and fundamentally-sound Germans. Davis was added to Team USA’s 18-man preliminary roster for the 2012 Olympic Games. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo originally said he wouldn’t make any additions to the group of finalists, but he didn’t have much of a choice after injuries to Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Chauncey Billips and LaMarcus Aldridge. Team USA’s roster will be cut down to 12 on June 18.

 While it is easy to be happy for Anthony Davis, a very big part of me is disappointed that DeMarcus Cousins won’t be going to London. His name was tossed around as a potential finalist for Team USA, but he was added to the select squad that will scrimmage the Olympic team instead. Just the mere thought of Boogie roaming the streets of London and playing against foreign big men in the Olympics is better than anything the team will achieve in the 2012 games. The entire world is missing out on Big Cuz.

 On Wednesday we learned DeMarcus is staying put on U.S. soil; we also learned that Kentucky might be staying put in Lexington when it comes to the rivalry with Indiana. Tom Crean told CBSSports.com that a verdict on the series will be reached very soon, and the news isn’t expected to be good for those who enjoy watching the two teams play annually. Calipari wants a neutral court and he’s made it clear he won’t give in. If Crean stands his ground too, the series is over, at least for the next few years. So much for those Peter Jurkin posters in Rupp Arena next season.

 Knock-knock… Who’s there?… Assembly Hall has a display commemorating a regular season win over UK… Assembly-Hall-has-a-display-commemorating-a-regular-season-win-over-UK who?… That was the punchline.

Hoosier fans can never, ever, ever, ever say Indiana is an elite basketball program. Ever. That went out the window when they framed a Sweet 16 t-shirt and put it in the lobby of Assembly Hall.

  Someone within UK Athletics is getting a raise on Thursday and his name rhymes with “Schmatthew Schmitchell.” There is a news conference scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum with UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell and I assume it’s about a contract extension. Of course, I’m not certain that Mitchell is getting a new contract, but unless they are announcing the release of a Keyla Snowden poster for male dorm students, I don’t know what else would warrant a press conference. And Mitchell certainly deserves a raise.

 The Kentucky Derby’s Pegasus Parade will hit the mean streets of Louisville on Thursday with Cyndi Lauper and John Vincent Calipari leading the way. Louisville radio host Tony Vanetti is quick to point out that Lauper will receive a plaque as the official Grand Marshall of the parade, while Cal is just an honorary Grand Marshall, but that doesn’t change Louisville basketball fans’ thoughts about the rival coach taking part in the festivities. Many Cards fans are threatening to boycott the Derby’s kickoff event — your attendance will be sorely missed in the crowd of ten of thousands — and some who are still planning to go say they will boo Calipari as he passes. Someone should remind these “butt-hurt” individuals that this is an event for the state, and like it or not, Kentucky won the national title and Calipari is the biggest name in the Bluegrass. He should be celebrated for his accomplishments. It’s not the Louisville Derby. It’s not held at L1C4 Downs. Your Cardinals didn’t win anything. Sit down. Grin. Bare it. Happy Derby.

 The news on Anthony Bennett is there is no news on Anthony Bennett. The wait continues…

 Two of Kentucky’s incoming stars got some love from The Sporting News in the magazine’s player rankings by position for next college basketball season. First, Archie Goodwin made the top ten in the shooting guard category:

5. Archie Goodwin, Kentucky

Goodwin is pretty clearly the most athletic shooting guard entering college basketball as a freshman next season. And no one has more success converting freshman potential into college success than John Calipari.

It’s a bit tricky placing Goodwin this high because he hasn’t yet proven to be a consistent long-range shooter; Scout.com evaluated that as a weakness in its evaluation of him, and he was only 1-of-5 combined in three postseason high school all-star games. If he starts making shots regularly, he could end up traveling the road blazed by Anthony Davis and his classmates: over the Final Four podium and into the NBA.

Followed by Alex Poythress, the second-ranked small forward for next season:

2. Alex Poythress, Kentucky

There are three things to love about Poythress: 1) His uncommon power; 2) his sweet shooting touch; 3) his decision to attend Kentucky, which had a desperate need for a versatile scorer who can contribute from long range and around the rim.

Kentucky coach John Calipari knows how to extract the most from gifted freshmen. With the Wildcats set to play a center with limited offensive skill and a point guard who has not shown himself to be a shooter, they’ll need Poythress to be exceptional.

Ryan Harrow was left off the point guard rankings on Monday. The power forwards and centers will be released on Thursday and Friday.

 Terrence Jones made his way around Louisville on Wednesday, including stops at the KSTV studio for an interview with Beisner in the afternoon and Wick’s Pizza for a rap concert at night. We’ll have video from both appearances on Thursday. Both are great, although Beisner’s interview was much more entertaining and easier on the ears. It had a lot more swag, too.

 On a non-UK note, please take a minute to vote for the Klare family in the Life Moving Forward contest. Brothers Nicholas and Nathan Klare of Ft. Wright were both diagnosed with Charcot-Marie Tooth disease, a degenerative neuro-muscular disease which affects the muscles and nerve function in the arms and legs, within a year of each other and now they’re in wheelchairs. With your support, they can win a custom wheelchair accessible van through the Mobility Awareness Month online contest. Take a second to read their story and then give them a vote.

That’ll do it for now. Corey Nichols will be droppin’ knowledge on fools at 9:00 a.m.

 

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

25 Comments for Ferdinand’s Ball’s Thursday News and Views



  1. GrumpyOldDude
    12:30 am May 3, 2012 Permalink


  2. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    1:20 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    people that continue to complain about autograph/appearance prices for the players……you wasn’t with them shootin’ in the gym



  3. Jesse Travis
    1:30 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    Please everyone vote for Nathan Klare! This is my girlfriends cousin! She along with her family has been doing everything they can for Nathan to win! So lets go BBN, please show your support and vote! #GONATHAN #GOCATS #BBN



  4. BPsycho
    3:02 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    “Corey Nichols will be droppin’ knowledge”

    Droppin’ knowledge, daggers, whatever the case it’s goin down at 9 a.m.



  5. GoCats2
    5:24 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    Please understand I hate Indiana and Indiana fans with a passion. I am part of the older crowd that still considers them one of our biggest rivals. However, I think them celebrating this season with a special display is just celebrating their return to national prominence. I compare it to us retiring jerseys of four players after the 1992 elite 8 season. There is always something special about a team that brings you back from the depths of the abyss and I am sure that is the way Indiana feels about this season. All that being said….Indiana sucks.



  6. tdogg40330
    6:16 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    5) I agree with ya, I also agree that IU still sucks



  7. Gogh Big Bleu
    7:00 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    Does Drew ever open his eyes?



  8. Powerlifter165
    7:59 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    7 I agree he looks “baked” in every pic.



  9. Vinny
    8:04 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    Did Calapari get invited to ride in the parade in 2011 when UK made the Final Four? Of course not. You have to win to get in (the parade)!



  10. SexnNursinHomes
    8:18 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    Drew, I could blindfold you with fishin’ line.

    and The Sporting News says Noel has limited skills? That’s news to me. I thought he had developing skills. Watch Kenny Payne do wonders this summer with him. Make Sporting News eat them words.



  11. Big Blue 66
    8:19 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    5. its the very thought that 9 losses and a sweet 16 is considered their return to national prominence. I dont get it, its ridiculous. Need to see a few more years of being ranked in the top 10 and I would never print sweet 16 shirts, good gawd. Butler doesnt print sweet 16 shirts okay.



  12. SexnNursinHomes
    8:24 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    Oh and let iu have their Titantic moment. Let Clappy(Leo) kiss Zeller(Kate) and call it a day.



  13. Al's IndiCats
    8:39 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    SnNH….You never let me down. ha ha ha.
    The way I see it, (I hate IU with everyounce of my being) most of their fans as short memory serves them has forgotten they at one time were a national power. I’ll go so far that, 90% that were in ASS-embly hall that day was still sh!ttin’ yellow when IU won it’s last Championship game, and the going joke of that era was…..”I thought that diaper could HOLD 10 to 12 pounds.” Let it go, who really cares? I mean Looserville made Piteener the honorary Grand Marshall of the new opening of Cappy Dicks Fish Emporium on Dixie Hyway.



  14. bluebiscuit
    8:57 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    Nice to see Drew’s chin without those bristles on it.



  15. Surgeon Michael
    9:01 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    Woah, beardless Drew Franklin



  16. Carl
    9:26 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    From the look on everyones face, either Matt, Drew or both have a firm grip on a DeMarcus ass-cheek and he’s liking it!! Or maybe they just said something disgusting about Kate Upton. We will never know.



  17. Roland
    9:27 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    Very subtle title.



  18. Jax Teller
    10:09 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    Over/under on how many pounds Drew Franklin has gained this year???



  19. Drew Franklin
    10:36 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    18. — 25, easy.



  20. CatGr8ness
    11:33 am May 3, 2012 Permalink

    EVERYONE PLEASE VOTE AT THE LINK AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE.

    I promise it takes less than 30 seconds. In the amount of time it took you to comment on this post, you can vote and potentially change the lives of two fellow Kentuckians.

    LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN, BBN!



  21. Jacob
    1:21 pm May 3, 2012 Permalink

    Has anyone seen jizz in my pants? Drew franklin resembles that in this pic



  22. Dee
    1:37 pm May 3, 2012 Permalink

    I think you are wrong about IU….Do we not celebrate The unforgetables???….The 2012’s IU team was the team…..that “brought” the team back from the ashes…..I am in no way an IU fan…but…I don’t agree with KSR’s statements the last few days about IU remembering last season’s team…..



  23. Dee
    1:39 pm May 3, 2012 Permalink

    11. UK went apeshit over the Unforgetables from day one….and yes…IU sucks.



  24. Dee
    1:40 pm May 3, 2012 Permalink

    5. AMEN….100% spot on.



  25. Nick
    5:03 pm May 3, 2012 Permalink

    How tall is Poythress? I thought he was going to be more of a power forward than a small forward. He has to be bigger than 6’7″.