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Goodwin + Poythress = Goodness

Pictured: Me and some girls. Finally.

Pictured: Me and some girls. Finally.

So, the observant among you might notice that I’m new.  No big deal.  The really observant among you might remember that I had one unofficial post regarding a football practice toward the start of this past season.  Good for you.  Really, that’s impressive; I’m not being sarcastic at all.  However, the astoundingly astute will scour the site history and recall that I was once a participant (read: victim) of the now-ancient “Who Wants to be  a Blogger Contest” from almost a year and a half ago.  Things didn’t work out then, but it just goes to show that if at first you don’t succeed, continue to pester and beg and eventually, if you’re lucky, you’ll be rewarded with a hard-earned “Fine, if you’ll shut up.”  And that, folks, is how to succeed in life.  If by “succeed” you mean “become the new BTI”, which most people don’t.

But what’s important is this: I’m not cool enough to be part of the KSR College crew.  Twenty-five is apparently too old.  They kicked me out.  Also important: I’ll be taking care of your 9 a.m. posts for the foreseeable future, so settle in, drink your coffee, and let’s do this.


Weekend Games/Notes:


(1) UK/South Carolina

We all liked what we saw from Jones, finally, and Teague had a very quiet 17 points (honestly, look it up) with a healthy 2-1 assist/TO ratio.  Davis got another double-double (nearly a triple-double with a man’s stat of seven blocks).  Our shooting percentages were high (59% and 45.5%), and our defense did work, holding USC to under 40% overall.  Really, we didn’t see any bad performances throughout, minus maybe an occasional lapse in rebounding here and there.  With so little intriguing gameplay to comment on, the real story of the game, as far as I’m concerned, was just how fast it went by.  Seriously, did you watch it?  It came and went quicker than Kris Humphries’ and Bruce Jenner’s father-and-son retreat plans (Are we still making Kris Humphries jokes? Gosh, I hope so).  I went to the grill for a kabob and missed an entire five minutes of the second half.  With UK and USC averaging 5.5 and 9 fouls per half, respectively, there were very few minutes played in the bonus, and it led to one of the quickest NCAA basketball games I’ve ever seen at an hour and fifty minutes.  Honestly, I didn’t know what to do with myself afterward.  I guess it’s got to be a good thing when your takeaway from a game is just how quickly your team dismantled a conference opponent.  Well done, Cats.


(2) Lexington Catholic Games

With all the time leftover after South Carolina, I was able to watch Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress play in one of the more strangely sponsored high school basketball events I’ve seen.  Lexington Catholic played host to the “Dunkin’ Donuts Shootout”, and, in addition to the above-mentioned talent, it featured an extremely creepy Dunkin’ Donuts coffee cup mascot that spent the entire evening standing in corners and waving at no one in particular.  I didn’t like it.

But as far as basketball is concerned, I gotta say, I had a good time watching the two games.  If you didn’t go, you missed out.  Goodwin and Poythress are great, as we all know (and will be described in the podcast, no doubt), but I was pretty impressed with the Knights in their at-home efforts against Goodwin’s Bears.  Maybe it was the crowd, maybe it was Cal showing up, or maybe it was the dead-eyed stare from that awful coffee cup, but Catholic played much better than I anticipated, winning in overtime.  Particularly impressive were #00 Dillon Avare (who absolutely shot the lights out) and #41 Jack Whitman (more than once made me shake my head with great fakes and post moves).  I see  you, Lexington Catholic.  Nice work.

Also, I noticed Matt Jones’s Poythress/Mashburn comparison from the night post, and raise him David freaking Robinson.  Even the old guys behind me were asking who “that guy that played for Navy” was, because Alex looked so much like the Admiral.  Between the flat-top and almost breaking the rim on a dunk (literally almost happened), Poythress is Robinson-esque terrifying.  In a good, good way.


(3) I Told Eloy Vargas a Joke

…while we were standing in line for the restroom.  It wasn’t even funny.  It was maybe the worst thing I’ve ever done in my life.  Sorry, big guy.

(4) Tim Tebow is the Man.

There, I said it.


Stick around, we’ll have more (Podcast!) for you throughout the day.  Maybe.  I still don’t know how this works.

Article written by Corey Nichols

33 Comments for Goodwin + Poythress = Goodness

  1. Bulldawg
    9:04 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome word play with the title…I like it!

  2. manbearpig
    9:11 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    What was the joke?

  3. bung
    9:15 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    u left a uk game for 5 minutes?

  4. Uk4life
    9:20 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    I like this post, much better than the old BTI 9:00 post(not really saying much, a monkey and a keyboard could bang out better). Good job

  5. Monkey
    9:23 am January 9, 2012 Permalink


  6. wilDCat
    9:25 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Good play Mr. Nichols, I like you already. Got me actually chuckling at my desk a few times, and for that, my good sir, I commend you.

  7. Ugly muffin
    9:28 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Nice post. I am also curious as to what the bad joke was.

  8. Remember Cliff Hawkins?
    9:38 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Well done new guy, well done.

  9. Uk4life
    9:47 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    5: looks like BTI is back!

  10. Laker Cat 18
    9:51 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll bet Vargas laughed at your non-funny joke didn’t he?

  11. BTI
    9:52 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    So nw we have the 9AM post by someone that did not make the cut for the excruciatingly bad KSR-U?

    Is Jones just pulling people off the street now for this site?

  12. John Wall
    9:54 am January 9, 2012 Permalink


  13. Al's IndiCats
    9:55 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    A very nice start of the day Cory. Keep it going!

  14. Well
    9:55 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    If only you didn’t use comic sans….

  15. Corey Nichols
    9:58 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    2. You’ll never know.
    11. Keep it up, and they may ask you to join. Not really. That’d be stupid.
    14. Trust me, if i could avoid it, i would. it’s preformatted.

  16. brew
    10:00 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    comic sans is my favorite font. i read the post just for that. great stuff.

  17. Corey Nichols Agent
    10:10 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    This work does not directly reflect my clients real potential. He was obviously intoxicated by the mix of Matt Jones Mania and being Tebowized. Please overlook this obvious departure from talent. He will try to do better next time. He really does know a thing or two about basketball and will make every attempt to prove that on the next one.

  18. Comic Sans
    10:14 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    i’m here to stay … deal with it

  19. Zac
    10:26 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    The MSG Network is in HD – It looks great compared to the others

  20. Zac
    10:26 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    From the 30 would be a 47 Yarder … GOOD LUCK!!
    Lones only made those 30% of the time

  21. The Cheese
    10:32 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Wtf are you talking about? When, I was 25, I was in my seventh year of college.

  22. KY Gal
    10:34 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    I was at Lex Cath Sat night and I thought the coffe cup was awesome! It made me laugh.

  23. Axe Cop
    10:48 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Is that ironic Comic Sans or just Comic Sans?

  24. Lou eaton
    10:49 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    When I was 25 I was still stuck in the 6th grade……………….

  25. cats11
    10:51 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Never use comic sans again. Don’t be that guy.

  26. Chris Jones
    10:51 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Congratulations Corey. Looking forward to reading your posts.
    By the way, BTI is my idol.

  27. Friends of Coal Arena
    11:08 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Good post, but I got visibly pissed halfway through reading about your Eloy joke because I caught #4 out of my peripheral vision. Seriously, STFU about MF’ing Tim Tebow. In case you forgot, WE ARE UK, not Florida or Denver. Tim Tebow is the Kim Kardashian of the NFL.

  28. road_warri0r
    11:09 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Great job Corey !!! You actually have some creative writing skills which grab the readers’ attention. It is refreshing to see people write who can use phrases and terms not associated in 3rd grade English. Keep up the good work!!!!

  29. ChicagoCat
    11:57 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Wait, Poythress has a flat top now?!? Awesome. Let’s hope he keeps it.

  30. Chief McHeath
    12:11 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Comic Sans MS, really?

  31. Monstermash
    1:26 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    You lost me at #4. WTH?

  32. BigBlueWestCoast
    1:30 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Solid. Nice work, Corey.

  33. kat1
    1:33 pm January 9, 2012 Permalink

    Good post Corey! Keep it up.