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Hank Aaron’s Tuesday News and Views

With apologies to the Polish Constitution of 1935 and National Talk Like Shakespeare Day, tonight we celebrate the career of Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron. It was on April 23 in the year 1954 when Hammerin’ Hank hit his first home run in Major League Baseball, nine days into his career as a Milwaukee Brave. Vic Raschi of the St. Louis Cardinals, who gave up Aaron’s first career hit eight days earlier, was on the mound for Aaron’s first lap around the bases. Some twenty years later, Hank became baseball’s new home run king when he broke Babe Ruth’s long-standing record of 714 career homers. He would end his career in 1976 with 755 home runs, a record that stood until 2007 when players were putting needles in their asses for an extra edge. Cheaters.

Aaron spent 21 seasons with the Braves, the best organization in all of baseball, where he won three Gold Gloves, two NL batting titles, one NL MVP award and a World Series in 1957. He made the All-Star team every year from 1955 through 1975 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982. The Sporting News ranked him fifth in its “100 Greatest Baseball Players” list in 1999, the same year he made baseball’s All-Century team and the Hank Aaron Award was founded. Today, Aaron resides in Atlanta and does whatever it is Hank Aaron does.

I’ll use this space to remind you that Atlanta is currently tied for the best record in baseball.

Y’all want some News and Views Upton here?

I’m getting a late start so let’s run through it…

 Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress met with some of your favorite media members Monday afternoon to discuss their decisions to return to school for their sophomore seasons. Willie was a quote machine, as he always is, while Alex said he’s out to prove he is more than just potential. Here are some of the quotes via UK…

— Cauley-Stein on the ability to get better because of the players coming in …

“To me, that’s the best thing about next year, is that you’re going against pros every day. This year it was like that until Nerlens got hurt and then it was like playing against Brian Long; and then you’re not getting better. You’d dominate in practice and get to a game and struggle. But next year it’s going to be a lot different. And that’s what I’m going to capitalize on every day. Going at these dudes every day because it’s not only going to make me better, but it’s going to make our team better. And it’ll make them better as well.”

— Poythress on if last year’s success played a role in returning to school …

“We have big expectations for next year. We just want to come prepared everyday. The goal is a championship and nothing less. That is the ultimate goal, and that is what we want so we just have to work hard and try to accomplish that.”

Cauley-Stein on his decision to not enter the draft this year …

“I mean, I go this year and go late first round or come back for another year with the chance of going in the draft a little earlier, so staying was almost a no brainer. Plus I enjoy school. It wasn’t like I was in any rush to leave. I never thought that I’d be a one-and-done anyway so to come back wasn’t that big of a deal.”

Poythress on if he forgets about last year or will use it for motivation for the upcoming season …

“We can use it as motivation. We don’t want next year to end up like this year. With the guys coming in and the people returning, we must have a fire burning in our belly. We don’t want to repeat last year so we have to work hard.”

 In related news, Willie Cauley-Stein wore these glasses while talking to the media:

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And now you want a pair.

 On the recruiting scene, Andrew Wiggins canceled his in-home visits with North Carolina, Kansas and Florida State this week. Kentucky’s three competitors for Wiggins were all scheduled to make appearances in Huntington, but Wiggins will speak with the coaches via phone instead. Though it sounds like excellent news for Kentucky, Rob Fulford told CBSSports.com, “It means nothing. He’s just tired. He doesn’t want to deal with it.”

Wiggins was in Portland all weekend for the Nike Hoop Summit and his trip home was delayed after his flight was canceled. Fulford said his star player is drained from all the traveling over the past couple weeks and “he is shutting it down.”

 The 11th annual CATSPY Awards were presented Monday night at Memorial Coliseum to recognize athletic and academic performance during the 2012-13 year. We’ll have plenty of photos and videos from the event on the website tomorrow, but for now just know that men’s basketball and football went home empty-handed for what has to be the first time ever. Cross country stars Luis Orta and Chelsea Oswald took home Mr. and Mrs. Wildcat, while Gymnastics and Rifle took home Teams of the Year honors. Congrats to them and all the other award winners.

 In the National Basketball Association, Nazr Mohammed played 17 big minutes in Chicago’s road win in Brooklyn. The former Cat scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds for the Bulls in Game 2 of the opening round series. His performance is pretty amazing considering Sunday’s page in the Season Never Ends calendar read, “It Happened This Week In 1995: McDonalds All-Americans Turner & Mercer expected to do big things; 300 lb. Mohammed a ‘project’ with potential.”

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Yet here he is, 18 years later, playing key minutes for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Playoffs.

You’re the man, Nazr.

 You know who’s not the man anymore? Richie Farmer. A federal grand jury indicted the former Mr. Basketball and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner for allegedly misusing property and over $450,000 during his time in office. The grand jury charged Farmer with four counts of misappropriating property and money, and one count of soliciting property to influence agriculture department business. Each charge has a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He is scheduled to be arraigned April 30 in Lexington.

 According to our friend Jen Smith over at The Herald-Leader, UK has already sold 35,342 season football tickets. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s more than twice as many sold at this point last season and just 3,133 season tickets fewer than it sold all of last season. The hype is real.

 This photo of Johnny Manziel and his Heisman trophy with a blunt in its hand isn’t real, according to Johnny Manziel:

The Texas A&M star claims it is photoshopped.  Ummmm, yeah, right. We’ll believe that.

That’ll do it for now, friends.

See you back here at 9:00 a.m. with a Pulitzer-worthy post from Corey Nichols.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

52 Comments for Hank Aaron’s Tuesday News and Views



  1. Boogie
    11:12 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Damn Johnny can roll nice blunts too? kid is talented



  2. Sandy
    11:24 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Gig’em.



  3. C'mon Y'all
    11:27 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    You can see where the color of separate objects are similarized and the defining line is thinned so its clearly photoshop but I applaud the deviant.



  4. Mike
    11:35 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Man, Willie cauly-stein could be a character if he knew how to channel it. He needs to do the shimmy or something lol.



  5. ASf345
    11:42 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    With photoshop you could put a blunt in anyones hand. If its controversial then its probably photoshopped.



  6. MadionsvilleKY
    11:42 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Well, big guy, that was ‘interesting’



  7. DB11
    11:47 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Corey nichol



  8. DB11
    11:47 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Corey Nichols slam!!!*



  9. BigBlueKermit
    11:54 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    Any one up watching Tayshaun on TNT? Go Memphis…



  10. Indeed
    11:58 pm April 22, 2013 Permalink

    9) I am! But watch Bledsoe on the other side too! Bledsoe is playing well other than foul trouble. TP solid and steady as always.



  11. specs
    12:10 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, Willie, don’t you mean “it’s like playing against NATIONAL CHAMPION Brian Long?”



  12. BigBlueKermit
    12:12 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    10) he is indeed! I just have a soft spot for Tayshaun
    cause I met him at Tubby’s Camp back in the day. A real
    nice dude. Never got to meet Bledsoe. Good to see our Cats
    battling it out though!



  13. SadCat
    12:16 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Hank? Who? Who cares?
    Let the dead bury the dead…



  14. Boyd Crowder's Barber
    12:21 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    No offense to Mr. Aaron or Talk Shakespeare Polish Day(Why Doth Thee Have A Screen Door On Thus Submarine?), but it’s also the birthday of the “Konami Code.” Now’s a good time to plug in the old NES, insert Contra game, remove Contra game, blow on Contra game, reinsert Contra game, smack the top of NES, and screw this I’m downloading the ROM. Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A START! Game Over Baby.



  15. Tylr
    12:23 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    WCS wishes he was as good as Brian Long



  16. Britney Griner
    12:38 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    I am……. Juwanna Mann!!!!!!!!!



  17. Duke Sucks
    12:52 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry but the Yankees are the BEST organization in baseball, not even a contest! The Yankees are probably the best organization in all of sports!



  18. STL fan
    1:11 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    The Braves aren’t even the best organization in the National League. That’s the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Enjoy your one World Series title, Atlanta!

    Geez, that’s one less than the mighty Miami Marlins. LOL. But the Braves can always claim to be the third or fourth best organization in the NL East (current members only).



  19. VinnyCent
    2:01 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares legalize it.



  20. Dr. Funke
    2:09 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    The braves just got swept by the pittsburgh pirates. Even though they are tied with the best record, outside of the nationals they have played some really bad teams this year so far.



  21. ricky williams
    2:36 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Pass that



  22. tyrann mathieu
    2:37 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    pass that!



  23. Weed Is Awesome
    3:00 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Pass that S**t this way johnny boi.



  24. jetblue
    4:54 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Ugh those glasses. I remember my Dad wearing those in the eighties.



  25. Wildcatsteeler
    5:37 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Hank Aaron and 1954? That’s still the future for this redneck, rightwing ignorant state.



  26. Mike
    5:52 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    The Braves suck.



  27. ArchieWon2
    5:57 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Not sure of many people that hold a blunt or anything with the top of their hand…



  28. tdogg40330
    6:09 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    WCS line about playin against Brian Long and Sam Malone every day in practice
    might be one of the best but most truthful comments ever ….



  29. yousuck
    6:23 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    The blunt is in the trophy’s hand genius.



  30. 9in14
    6:38 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Fat Howie is saying Russ Smith to rturn to uofl next year.



  31. Kramer
    6:44 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    That is a crepe. John rolling with the Dominicans.



  32. Michael F. Jox
    6:54 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Uh, don’t you mean now you want some, drew? I seem to remember you jocking the hipster glasses look for a bit…and, oh, how sad that was. Johnny Football’s the man!!



  33. Buckets
    7:18 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    All this Braves talk on a Reds blog offends me. Bill Keightley and I demand satisfaction.



  34. Chipper
    7:24 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Go Braves



  35. Chipper
    7:29 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    This is far from a “Reds Blog”. Best outfield in baseball and the best rotation. GBTO. Translation: go back to Ohio. Please. Go Braves



  36. Matt
    7:30 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    The Braves are barely even one of the top 10 organizations in baseball. Winning an a$$load of division championships in a terrible division for most of the streak doesn’t mean much when you don’t come away with at least a few championships in that stretch. Blatant homerism Drew! How dare you?



  37. Buckets
    7:40 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    35 – It’s called sarcasm, moron. I got jokes; jokes that obviously are way over your head.



  38. Buckets
    7:48 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    35 – Also, I was born at UK Hospital and graduated from UK. I have never lived in Ohio. So you just go back to Georgia! If you’re a Braves fan you have to be from Georgia, right? At least according to your logic. Wait, no, Chipper is from Florida. What a conundrum… I guess I’ll just go back to Ohio, where I never lived in the first place. But I do live in Florida now. Hey, I live where you’re from, but I’m a Reds fan. How is that possible?



  39. DEASY
    8:06 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Braves fans are annoying.



  40. Chipper
    8:26 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    38. You are right, I can not dissect your overly witty sarcasm. It was just too good. Where do you come up with this stuff? Your whole argument is irrelevant. I was born and raised in Lexington so lets pump the brakes. Try not to get your panties in a wad next time someone disagrees with you. A sign of weakness. I guess we can’t root for the Cats next year because the Harrison twins and Julius are from Texas? Great argument dude. Go Cayts, go Braves, Go back to Ohio.



  41. Krispy Kreme
    8:28 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder if Brian Long appreciated that comment by Willie!?



  42. Vladimir
    8:31 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Марк Ступс должен кушать селедку



  43. Let me clear this up for you
    8:35 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    40. You said “go back to Ohio” just because he is a Reds fan so he came back with “go back to Georgia” because you’re a Braves fan. Not sure why that is so hard to understand. The Braves will flame out in the playoffs just like last year anyway but enjoy the hot start against an incredibly weak portion of the Braves’ schedule. Go Cards! (StL Cards not the Louisville Dirty Birds btw)



  44. BUCats
    8:49 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Willie wearing Dwight Schrute glasses?



  45. Stalin
    8:51 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Мать Россия любит #BBN



  46. CATandMONKEY
    8:58 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Brian long should appreciate KSR and all off US, for giving him more publicity-per-minute-played than perhaps anyone who has ever worn the Blue.

    Who knows what, or if anything, is even within that blunt…and honestly no one should even care. He isn’t driving so no ACTUAL issue.



  47. The russian
    9:00 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Bot Mat



  48. Still braves fans in Kentucky??
    9:27 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    The braves were the redneck bandwagon team in the 90’s. I guess a few stuck with them



  49. matt from union
    11:23 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    heat was ashly judd’s last great movie!



  50. JayDee
    11:34 am April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Reds/Bengals/Cats all day err’day.. (NKY fan) Went to Uk (before anyone has anything to say bout my fandom



  51. Kevin C.
    12:58 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Brian Long and Brian Malone should challenge WCS to a FT shooting contest…



  52. Buckets
    6:41 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    40 – see 43. Wow, you are dense. Great argument? You told me to go back to Ohio because I’m a Reds fan, so I said go back to Georgia because you’re a Braves fan. See how that works? Moron.