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Horseshoe Cincinnati’s Tuesday News and Views

You hear that? That’s the sound of hard earned money pouring into the Cincinnati economy from the area’s unluckiest of gamblers. It’s all coming in through the Queen City’s new Horseshoe Casino, which opened its doors for the first time at 8:30 p.m. Monday night.

According to local news outlets, over a thousand people lined up outside the $400-million facility to be among the first group of visitors to squander away this month’s mortgage at the tables, slots, restaurants and bars. Those restaurants and bars include Jack Binion’s Steakhouse, the Rock Bar and Lounge and, my favorite, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Mmmmm, Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes. Let’s go right now.

Located downtown near the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, Horseshoe Cincinnati, the last of the four casinos authorized by Ohio voters in 2009, also features the goods: 2,000 slot machines, 31 poker tables and 87 other table games. There’s a little something for everyone, from blackjack to roulette to Keno to the new local gaming craze, “Guess-Which-Pit-Boss-Will-Have-To-Throw-Pacman-Jones-Out-Tonight.” There are so many ways to play, and so many ways to lose. It’s fun for the whole family!

But, no, seriously. Let’s go right now. I’ll run through the News and Views and meet you wherever. Let’s do this.


After a pretty slow Monday on the newswire, we were hit with a bombshell Monday evening when Julius Randle announced that he’ll be announcing his college decision on March 20. Randle’s decision will go public on a special edition of ESPNU Recruiting Nation at noon on the Wednesday before the NCAA Tournament. He’s deciding between Kentucky, Kansas, NC State, Texas and Florida, although he recently said only two or three of the remaining five are in serious consideration.

Over the weekend, Ben Roberts of The Lexington Herald-Leader asked five national recruiting analysts where they believe Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon will end up, and only one of the five experts — we’re using that term very loosely in this discussion — believe Randle will attend UK. Jerry Meyer of is the lone advocate for Kentucky because of Calipari’s style of play and the NBA pipeline, while Jeff Borzello of, Jason Hickman of, and Adam Zagoria believe Randle will choose Kansas. Brian Snow of is all alone out in left field with Texas.

You can read their predictions for the other two prospects, plus why I think they’re all wrong in a post I wrote on the website Monday afternoon. Just scroll down or click here if you need a shortcut. (SPOILER: I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t pick Kentucky.)

Andrew Wiggins is currently in Lawrence on his official visit to Kansas. Bill Self’s hair piece will grow wings and fly into space before Bill Self gets a commitment from Wiggins.

Before we get ahead of ourselves and start picking out which cars to burn in April 2014, the 2012-13 Kentucky Wildcats need our full support down the final stretch. The Cats must win two of the next three games to feel comfortable going into Selection Sunday, and that starts with the final road test of the season against Georgia on Thursday. The Bulldogs have won the last four meetings at home, most recently with a double-digit victory against a very hot Tennessee team, and there’s no doubt Mark Fox will have his team fired up on Senior Night against the defending national champions. You could say Georgia has no motivation going into the game, considering there’s no hope for an NCAA tournament invite, but I believe it’s actually the opposite. Georgia can still improve its position in the SEC Tournament seeding and it needs a win to get back to .500, a requirement to qualify for an NIT invite. They’ll be ready.

A look at the SEC Tournament bracket if it were to start right now…



Kentucky is currently the three seed and a win in one of the last two games will keep UK from dropping below there, as the Cats hold the tiebreaker over Missouri and Ole Miss, the four and five seeds. For Kentucky to have a shot at moving up to the two seed, Alabama needs to drop at least one of its last two games, either on the road at Ole Miss or at home against Georgia. Alabama would need to lose both if Kentucky only manages to split the final two games.

It’s important for Kentucky to leap Alabama in the seeding to avoid playing in that 10:00 p.m. game Friday. Not only does that game cut our night out in Nashville down immensely, it leaves a very short turnaround before the 3:30 p.m. semifinal on Saturday. I’d rather see the Wildcats head back to the hotel at 9:00 p.m. local time Friday night instead of closer to midnight, assuming they win. I also want Big Blue Nation to be merry and enjoy the all that Nashville’s nightlife has to offer.

Speaking of partying, here’s the first look at the 2013 Keeneland Maker’s Mark bottle featuring Dan Issel, courtesy of…


Maker’s Mark hasn’t announced Dan Issel as this year’s label boy, but there’s talk in Kentucky bourbon circles that Issel will be the guy and this label supports the rumor. I’m a fan of the look and will be in line bright and early at Liquor Barn with everyone else to purchase one.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt took an image hit on Monday when Coach Cal missed the SEC teleconference with his second dental procedure in the last week. UK has not released the details of the operation on Calipari’s pearly whites, but one would imagine his molars and incisors are weakening after four years of chewing up the SEC and eating Rick Pitino’s lunch in Kentucky. I’m sure Alex Poythress and Ryan Harrow are thrilled to have a few days of a muted Calipari.

I think Rick Pitino wants Russ Smith to wake up.

You should probably wake up, Russ. Rick looks like he means business.

Tickets for Kentucky football’s Blue/White game are still flying off the Ticketmaster shelves. Almost 32,000 seats have been reserved as of Monday night. Coach Stoops is excited about your excitement and he said recruits are beginning to notice that Big Blue Nation loves football too.

On a related note, I saw Vince Marrow at Malone’s on Sunday and it took everything I had to not run up and hug him and thank him for all he’s done in his few months in Lexington. Looking back, I kind of wish I had dropped the chopsticks and gone in for it.

Tuesday will be the last time you hear from Matt or me on or on the radio for a while as we head out west to tackle a new venture. We’ll be contributors on the Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel website at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. We will try to check in on here as much as we can, but we’re taking our new roles as professional tennis experts analysts bloggers very seriously. Tyler Thompson will guide the online ship and Ryan Lemond has the radio show’s reigns while we’re away. You probably won’t even realize we’re gone.

That’ll do it for tonight. See you all back here in the morning for Corey Nichols in-depth look at Obama’s sequester and how it will affect you and the ones you love. Just kidding.


Article written by Drew Franklin

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

44 Comments for Horseshoe Cincinnati’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. Kentucky14
    11:19 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    Baylor just lost to Texas…bad loss that should drop them. Helps the Cats.

  2. bmt22033
    11:23 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    “I’m sure Alex Poythress and Ryan Harrow are thrilled to have a few days of a muted Calipari.”

    LOL! My thoughts exactly. Probably a few other guys who aren’t complaining about it, either…

  3. red headed step child
    11:32 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    Notice how the casino opened so close to the third of the month?
    Your tax dollars at work. Be very careful Drew if you go to casino, the Over the Rhine area is not a nice place to the tax payer. I certainly would wait until I got inside to use the ATM.

  4. dude
    11:36 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    I think ole Rick is trying to push Smith and Behanan out the door.

  5. yevkazim
    11:42 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    Casino actually opened for preview Wednesday of last week. I was there and it was chaotic, and disorganized. But casino is very nice. One huge problem, they only have 1 bar in the whole place.

  6. Just Saying
    11:43 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    Do you or Matt know what BNP stands for?…Probably should find out before the French Open.

  7. leedee
    11:51 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    I think Rick said a naughty word.

  8. this guy
    11:59 pm March 4, 2013 Permalink

    how could you two leave us at this crucial time?

  9. Apologist
    12:23 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Press guy behind pitino says “I will not speak until I wiping the Mike Martz look-a-like contest”

  10. Check your suitcase
    12:30 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    I would check to make sure Lemond doesn’t stow away. Better yet, don’t check. I will have hard time listening to him anyway.

  11. TravisC
    1:39 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    6: According to Wikipedia, BNP stands for Banque Nationale de Paris. The more you know.

  12. Usernametaken
    1:56 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    More potential Kentucky tax dollars going to other states’ casinos. Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio welcome it with open arms. Casinos in this area were going to happen regardless. Kentucky, being its usual progressive self, refused to accept it. Now our surrounding states have cornered the market and the game is over. Good luck with the dying horse racing industry.

  13. Wildcatsteeler
    3:52 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    He’s not even looking at Russ you f’n morons. Jesus how dumb do you gotta be?

  14. Wildcatsteeler
    3:53 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, nm this is Kentucky.

  15. Josh
    4:09 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    My girl is a louisville fan, we were watching that gane. Gorgui made a dumb play(imagine that) and rick said “gorgui, wake the… Up”

  16. Randle'sMOM
    4:48 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    I said Kansas fans are the loudest and the best. Now, do you really think I would attend a game at Rupp Arena or send my son to UK after making such a statement?

  17. sleepy
    5:36 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Who is the F___?…and why are they sleeping at a basketball game?

  18. SexnNursinHomes
    6:50 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    $400 million casino. The customers waiting to get in look sane and classy.

  19. obama dollars
    7:13 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Gotta love casinos. Just like our country right now. The only people that win at casinos are ‘the house.’ The only person winning in the current economy is the president, since the media wont admit the sequester was his idea / plan in the first place. I would also bet (get it), that 75% of the money that flows through a casino comes from the government – which means it comes from us actual tax payers – you know, the people that are smart enough to stay away from casinos.

  20. Terry
    7:47 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Sequestration….sounds like castration…..Not all Obama’s fault….but…people…talk to your congressman….Sequestration….will cost millions of people their job. Our Government is broke. Not even joking. People wake up….our military is the weakest it has been since WWI….don’t believe me….don’t believe Fox News…Don’t believe CNN….look it up for yourself…don’t believe unless you do your own research….don’t be Thamel.

  21. barn
    7:47 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    historic over the rhine. lol. yeah, historically the most crime ridden place in s ohio.

  22. BBB
    7:54 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Obama’s sequester is right! Our King blaming Republicans for the sequester is like someone $hitting their pants and blaming someone else. (If its mentioned by the author of the article…then I think its fair to comment on it)
    Wow Ricky P……you are so intense! Those veins in your head must be inflamed! I need him to come to my house in the morning to wake my teenager up! That would do it!
    32000 and counting for the spring game! So much for the idea that cat fans only want to be competitive and go to a bowl every couple of years. Cat fans are the best in the country…basketball or football. The true nature of the cat football fan is just beginning to come out of the closet. Go Cats!

  23. ohio
    8:09 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    They are trying to renovate over the rhine, but its still ghetto AF

  24. JustSayin
    8:16 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    If the sequestor was Obama’s idea and the Repubs signed it who is the bigger dumb*ss? Maybe BO thought it was such a bad idea what not even this version of the Repubs would let it actually happen. Boy did BO underestimate the Repubs.

  25. Man
    8:38 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Please take Jonathan Schuette with you, he sucks.

  26. GoForIT
    8:40 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Can someone explain to me why Vegas is the only casinos where you can bet on sports at casinos?

  27. Rockfield, KY
    8:41 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    If, when talking about politics, you do so by describing everything as Democrat or Republican, then you are a brainwashed fool who should probably be quiet. Political parties are created to divide the country and you’re playing right along. Determine your morals (if you have any), read our Constitution, and then make your own informed decisions. Quit checking to see what party someone is in and making your decision based of that alone.

  28. KB
    8:45 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    The NIT doesn’t require teams to have a .500 record anymore to qualify.

  29. JTack
    8:47 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    I’m willing to bet Pitino doesn’t catch the hell Coach Cal caught when he dropped the F-bomb on T Jones…

  30. inlinefor9
    9:08 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Casino to boost the horseracing industry, MLB team, NFL team, larger metropolis. Cincy – A look at the economy Louisville could have had… The Louisville – So Indiana area is like little brother to Cincy – No KY. Thank you KY government for letting the KY horse racing industry, specifically Churchill Downs and the Derby, fall further behind and jeopardizing it’s future.

  31. Jenny Craig Pitino
    9:16 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    The Horseshoe casino in Cincy cost about the same as the YUM center in Louisville. One big difference is the Horseshoe will make million of dollars, while the YUM center will cost the tax payers of Kentucky millions each year.

  32. thank you!
    9:18 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    27: Thank you for pointing that out about the political party! If you make your own opinion and do your own research, you will see that the parties are dividing the country, and that most people only vote to get THEIR guy. Everyone voting just loves to say “guess what our guy won yours didnt”, completely ignoring we are in a depression and only recreating more money from debt! Trying to take our right to bear arms, doing unjust and unlawful killings by drones and using preemptive war tactics, is not what this country was built on. But, this is a sports site and people will bash a logical statement only because they are guilty of ignoring the facts. blah blah blah long hair on Gillespies nipple

  33. My Money
    9:24 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    #24 – Good question, who’s smarter… However, barry can’t be all over the media slamming republicans for what ‘they’ are doing to our economy and individuals – considering HE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA. Dude is in over his head and we are seeing that his 2 main purposes in being president are redistribution of wealth and growing the democrat party by giving away as much stuff as possible.

  34. WombatTaints
    9:24 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    if you make a political comment on KSR, then you are a toolbox. except for Rockfield, KY. that actually made sense.

  35. ktmiln2
    9:52 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    I’m pretty sure that the political posts agreeing with each other are just the same guy replying to himself

  36. Jackie H
    10:01 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Agree w/ 25

  37. Turfway Park
    10:15 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks Western Kentucky and Appalachia ( and hypocrtical Republicans) for sealing my fate…and the fate of the rest of the horse racing industry in the state. Why is it still ok for you to buy lottery tickets, drink moonshine and throw around eastern diamonbacks in ” church”. God respects honest gamblers more than you.

  38. MustacheMan
    10:35 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Seriously the Adam Jones jokes are getting old. He hasn’t been in any trouble in over 3 years – can’t a guy ever turn his life around?

  39. crackerhillbilly
    10:48 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, when you land at Palm Springs airport, do not head to Indian Wells (amazingly nice place) until you visit Woody’s Burgers. It is a hole-in-the-wall a couple miles from the airport that has the BEST – I mean THE BEST – cheeseburgers and sweet potato fries (with syrup drizzle). You can even catch a jazz show in the back in the evenings.

  40. Billy Joel
    11:05 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    “I’d rather die with the sinners than live with the saints…”

  41. jeff
    11:09 am March 5, 2013 Permalink

    I was at the game with Cuse and the funniest moment was when Pitino ripped off his coat in a frenetic rage over a call that didn’t go his way!! lol

  42. BillyGsEarWax
    1:02 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    And of course Rick was yelling at Karen to get out from under the table it’s time to go home…

  43. Matt Jones Bunghole
    4:08 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    Where is the Bachelor rundown????????????????

  44. BBB
    7:22 pm March 5, 2013 Permalink

    27,32. If you were referring to my well thought out old fashioned conservative approach comment….It would be assanine to say it any other way since out King is the one who IN PUBLIC blamed the other party. I simply quoted what King O said. I can make my own decisions and you obviously can pervert the facts like any liberal.