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Jimmy Dykes’s Monday News and Views


It has been an action-packed weekend in Big Blue land with lots of news, most of it good. But the one downside to an otherwise weekend full of bliss, was the utter train wreck of an announcing performance on Saturday by Jimmy Dykes. Up until this weekend, I had nothing against Dykes. I have always found him to be relatively well-informed on the status of Kentucky basketball, full of insight into the Xs and Os of the game and of a generally positive disposition. He has always found himself to be a little too cute, but when his observations were limited to “the nail”, “violent cuts” and “getting on the plane”, they were harmless diversions from an otherwise sufficient announcing performance. Not anymore. For reasons that only he knows. Dykes has suddenly transformed into “Jimmy the Clown”, making all games his personal opportunity to divert into nonsensical remarks rattled off with Dr. Seuss-like rhyming patterns. We now “clip hips”, “guard yards” and “house the mouse” with such frequency that one imagines Brad Nessler (whose skin tone is hitting John Boehner levels of orange at this point) feels the need to consult Shel Silverstein just to keep up.

The problems had been bad up until Saturday, but then Dykes took it to a whole new level with his Jarnell Stokes obsession. Correctly noting that Stokes had only practiced four times and was in his first game in college, Dykes then took to acting as if the Tennessee Freshman was a basketball version of “Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer.” Apparently not familiar with our basketball ways, Dykes proceeded to (with increasing volume), tell us that Stokes didn’t know the plays or defensive sets, where things were on campus and (most bizarrely), “how to even stretch.” Dykes yelled, “I saw him yesterday and the guy couldn’t even stretch…can you believe that?” No Jimmy, we can’t. The former UK assistant seemed just one step away from trumpeting Stokes’ inability to properly conjugate a verb, warm up a Hot Pocket or breathe through his nose while sleeping. He turned the headbanded youngster into a walking basketball Frankenstein, unable to form basic human tasks, but able to “score the ball.” It became so bad that I had to not only turn the television off, I had to delete all phone numbers in my phone of people named Jimmy, on the off chance that I might accidentally dial Dykes and hear more of his rambling nonsense. Look, I am all for entertainment and making the game fun. I am an unabashed Dick Vitale fan and would watch Charles Barkley read the phone book for entertainment. But I simply cannot take anymore of Jimmy Dykes. His role as the lead announcer for the SEC coverage on ESPN means he will return multiple times, but when he does, I will instead simply blast Four Non Blondes’ “What’s Up” on repeat over the game. Even it won’t be quite as mind-numbingly hideous.

And with that, the ten takeaways from the weekend:

1. Cats Win a Gutsy One: If we wanted to, there would be much to critique about Saturday’s win in Knoxville. Kentucky started slow, played without toughness in the first half and still can’t consistently make shots. But that would miss the point of what may be the most resilient win Kentucky has had all season. Playing on the road, with most of their attempted offensive scheme thwarted, Kentucky gritted their way to a victory in a game that easily could have gone the other way. The second half saw all six of the main players make key contributions and the ability to close down the stretch was the best of the season. Tennessee with Jarnell Stokes all year might have been an NCAA Tournament team, and to win against them on the road after a poor first half, is quite impressive.

2. MKG is MVP : It is becoming difficult to think of more superlatives to put on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He is the unquestioned leader of this team and is the most consistent performer amongst all the top players. But more importantly, he is the heart and soul of the program right now and the one individual who unites all types of fans. Kids and old codgers all can agree that MKG is their favorite player and whether it is his hustle on defense, ability to grab all the important loose balls or infectious smile, he holds the current Kentucky group together. We learned on Sunday that at halftime in Knoxville, MKG yelled at his teammates to focus and gave an impassioned plea to play like they were capable. They did for much of the second half and Gilchrist was front and center throughout. No player has risen more than MKG this season and he is headed on a collision course with UK legend status very shortly.

3. Davis/Teague/Witljer: I was also impressed with the other three Freshman on Saturday, as each gave important contributions to the overall victory. Davis was once again a defensive stud and he will likely break the blocks record next week. But his ability to make a key late post-move could have given the team one of its most important shots. Teague shook off some early turnovers to once again make big plays down the stretch and he ran a much better floor game than many have given him credit for up to this point. And Kyle Wiltjer had one of his best stretches in a UK uniform, nailing a three, blocking a shot and coming up with an aggressive rebound. The Freshmen showed toughness in a hostile road environment and one has to like that result.

4. SEC Putrid Officiating: If not for the moronic comments of Jimmy Dykes, most of my ire tonight would have been for the officials Saturday. The crew missed nearly every close call of the night, and found a way to blow 8-10 crucial whistles throughout the game. Most were against UK, but all were consistently awful, with the worst offender the perpetually underachieving Roger Ayers. You may remember Ayers as being part of the crew that could not count to 6 in the Western Kentucky game and you might have assumed he would be under some sort of suspension. No dice. Instead, Ayers went to Tampa on Friday night and called the South Florida game (which ended at 9 pm) and somehow found himself in Knoxville at noon the next day for the UK-UT tip. He missed virtually every close call he made, most famously on the Marquis Teague charge call late in the first half. Not only did he get the original call wrong, he then grew rabbit ears long enough to call a Technical on Calipari from the opposite side of the court, turning a potential three point play for UK into a three point play for UT. That six point swing could have cost the Cats the game, but instead only served as a reminder that members of Congress are the only individuals able to keep their jobs while consistently performing worse than college basketball officials.

5. Cats Get a Good FB Commitment: There was good football news today as former Illinois commit Cody Quinn announced a verbal to Kentucky. Quinn is a 3 star DB from Ohio who is considered to be a borderline 4 star talent and may end up one of this classes top recruits. Quinn had offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Purdue, West Virginia and Cincinnati and had received some late interest from Michigan and Michigan State. His verbal gives a shot in the arm to the UK football recruiting class and his impact on the field could be seen very soon.

6. Derek Willis: Mark your calendars for next Friday when Bullit East’s Derek Willis has announced that he will give his college decision. Willis is part of the 2013 class and his father stated this weekend that Derek had essentially made up his mind as to where he wants to go to school. With the terrible week that just finished for Louisville, one has to assume that the news could be positive for Kentucky, an assumption made more plausible by some internet reports suggesting Kentucky is the leader. I spoke with a source on Saturday who said that while Willis’s dad is a Louisville fan, most everyone believes Kentucky will be the pick and that if he went anywhere else, “all those around him would be shocked.” We shall see on Friday, when we learn if the Cats will get their first 2013 commitment from right under the Cardinals’ nose.

7. Nerlens Noel/Amile Jefferson: Two other UK targets were in television action on Sunday, when 2012 recruit Amile Jefferson and 2013 recruit Nerlens Noel both played in Springfield, Mass on the ESPN networks. Jefferson, who may have faded a bit to a secondary option for UK in recent weeks, says he will make a decision very soon and if that happens, I would be surprised if it is UK. The Cats are focused heavily on Shabazz and Anthony Bennett, as showcased by the fact that Calipari did not to arrive to the tournament until after Jefferson played. Still, UK is in the mix and may still play a role in the final pick. The bigger news is Noel, who is the best shot blocker I have ever seen in high school (including Anthony Davis) and who told reporters today that Kentucky has come to stand out a little bit in his recruitment. He is my favorite player in the 2013 class and one of my favorite in watching high school basketball period. If Calipari gets him, the 2013 class could become legendary and he might be the one person who could challenge the block record that Anthony Davis is about to set.

8. Cheerleading Dynasty Continues: The Cats won their 19th National Championship in cheerleading tonight, besting all the other schools that cheer in ways that surely left them quaking in their boots. I admit that I don’t know how cheerleading is scored or what makes a cheerleading team good, but I do know that UK is dominant and will continue its reign. Much props go out to the coaches and young men and women who work so hard to bring consistent success to the program. They sit right in front of us at games and no group works harder. We give them hearty congratulations and hope they will celebrate doing the Blue and White proud once again.

9. UK Women’s Team in First Place: Kentucky’s women’s basketball team is in sole possession of first place in the SEC after today’s road victory at South Carolina. Watching this team play over the past few weeks suggests that the notion that the program could have two Final Four teams in the same season is not farfetched at all. Matthew Mitchell’s group continue to play not only an exciting style, but they represent the new wave for women’s basketball. After beating Tennessee and with a loss by LSU today, the chance of Kentucky getting its first conference title since the 1980s becomes more real every day.

10. KSR Uncensored Podcast: On Friday night, Drew Franklin, Beisner, Turkey Hunter, Tomlin, Hubby and I spent the evening taping a two-part podcast on the 50 Greatest UK Players since probation. The final product is 2 1/2 hours and may be the most fun we have had as a group in the last few years. We basically passed on analysis to essentially share personal stories of the players and address some of the rumors that have surrounded the program from the past. We tell you which player finally helped Gillispie get the boot, the truth (or not) of some supposed chemistry killing stories of the past and we finally tell the Brassow story. It is a must get for any KSR fan and we will release it on Wednesday for 2 dollars. If you are a fan of KSR, you will like it. If you dont like us, you will hate it. Either way, it was much fun to do.

The radio show will be going in full effect in the morning as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr day, review the weekend in news and look towards our future together when little black boys and girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and girls as brothers and sisters and scream in unison, “BTI SUCKS!”

Article written by Matt Jones

118 Comments for Jimmy Dykes’s Monday News and Views

  1. Hawk8
    11:10 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I assume the Podcast will be on iTunes? I’m looking forward to it!

  2. Dykesmustache
    11:13 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Rumor has it that a UK media person has dug very deep and has some dirt on Forde about some infidilities. If and when he releases anything on UK this story will be released. Hopefully word gets back to Forde.

  3. tennessee wildcat
    11:15 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Great news potentially involving our basketball recruiting, but should we expect otherwise with Cal at the helm? This is really getting exciting involving all of the great players we are either really in on or leading with for the remainder of the 2012 and 2013 class. Life is good for us Cat fans thanks to Cal and staff.

  4. wayne from mooresville
    11:17 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Noel was awesome today on tv I agree he would be one of the best at uk

  5. Old Number
    11:17 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Matt- I agree about Dykes- I have had no problem with him in the past (even with the violent cuts)- he always seemed goofy but with a good heart- but Saturday he was awful- the crap about stretching was stupid (the first and the tenth time)- what athlete doesn’t know how to stretch?- yes I get that he was speaking metaphorically but it was insulting to the both kid and our intelligence

  6. skinman
    11:19 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    The only thing worse than Dykes color commentary were all the tweets about it during the game. Come on, it’s a big road conference game that went down to the wire against one of our biggest rivals and I kept getting tweet after tweet about Dykes. Get over it and move forward. You are above that.

  7. Jon
    11:21 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I’d pay $2 for an iPhone app that didn’t constantly crash. Charging for a podcast? KSR is turning into Jim Rome.

  8. Bleed Blue
    11:23 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I went to the game yesterday and afterwards I got to meet and talk to MKG for about 2 mins before he headed in the locker room, and I must just say he is so humble and one of, if not, the nicest person I have ever met in my young life (only 20). He’s slowly making his way up the list as my favorite player to ever wear the blue jersey in my lifetime, as of now it stands at Chuck Hayes with Patterson a close second.

  9. bushwick
    11:24 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    i know several players for BE and they are 100% sure he will commit to kentucky on friday. mark it down the 2013 class will be epic.

  10. Matt Jones
    11:24 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    #6…I am most definitely not above making fun of Jimmy Dykes. In fact, it may be all that I am qualified to do.

    #7…Turning into Jim Rome? We have given free podcasts for 6 years and give a daily one of nearly 2 hours for our radio show for over a year and a half. So we bring the old gang back together and charge the measly fee of #2 and THAT makes us Jim Rome. Ok my man.

    With that said, if people choose not pay for it, I totally understand. It is mostly us laughing anyway

  11. right one
    11:26 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    So let me get this straight… You make fun of those who charge for content/news yet you charge for your uncensored podcast? I’m confused.

  12. Matt Jones
    11:29 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    #11 I make fun of those that charge for news because it is silly…all news is available in other outlets for free. There is simply no reason to pay for it, because it is all available for free. If people want to do it, more power to them, but it strikes me as a waste.

    This podcast contains absolutely no news, no analysis and very little of anything that could be considered informative. Instead it is entertainment and if you like what we do, you will like it. If you don’t (as you likely don’t), then you won’t. Your life will be fine either way

  13. UKJerry
    11:30 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I will buy that for two dollars. Thanks Matt for I hope is. Peak behind the Blue curtain

  14. Tyler
    11:30 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Here is a nice picture my friend took of me during one game when i snuck behing Jimmy Dykes in Rupp Arena …

  15. Ahole
    11:31 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    If two bucks is too much then dont buy it tightass..

  16. right one
    11:33 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Jonesie, I like it. That’s why I’m on the site.

  17. Proof Read UR Sh..
    11:33 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Looking forward to the podcast, what’s two dollars among friends? Hey Matt, check the tape and you’ll see that R. Avery also called the 5th (bogus) foul on TJ, after failing to call the Tenn player for holding him around the waist. Cal should complain to the SEC about him.

  18. WalkerKYRanger
    11:35 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I love all the people getting their panties in a wad over a one (or two?) time charge of $2. TWO dollars!!! Cheaper than a value meal at McDonalds or a gallon of milk.

  19. Mkgistebow
    11:36 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    If you don’t think Davis was the MVP yesterday you have officially lost your mind. The guy makes plays I have never seen made on a basketball court before. MKG was awesome, as usual, but yesterday Anthony Davis took the team, shoved them onto his back, and won a huge game for our cats in Knoxville. Give credit where credit is do, MKG is my favorite wildcat but Anthony Davis let everybody that cared to take notice that he was far and away the best player in america last night. Thank you for the W Anthony, to you alone be the glory.

  20. right one
    11:38 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    #18 – Milk is delicious.

  21. DavisGilliesplit
    11:42 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Davis and Gillie are 50/50 UK players of the year. You can’t give the nod to one or the other right now.

  22. right one
    11:43 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I love the Simpson’s on FOX. Lots of entertainment and funny. It doesn’t cost me $2 however.

  23. PitinoRicky
    11:44 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    #2 It’s true i set him up with all of them.

  24. Matt Jones
    11:45 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    #22..then don’t buy it. We will both be happy.

  25. Corey Nichols
    11:46 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    #21: I wasn’t on it, so you’ll probably like it if you give it a chance.

  26. Bmac
    11:47 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Also should be noted that in addition to being on the other side of the court, Coach Cal also had his back to Ayers and was walking away when Ayers decided to T him up. One of the most absurd technical calls I’ve seen in my life.

  27. Roy Williams
    11:48 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    How can you not include me in your ten takeaways when the entire team left the court early after my UNC team was blown out by an unranked FSU team???

  28. Calipari'sInYourEar
    11:49 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with #18

  29. UKJerry
    11:51 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I like the remind the narrow minds. That even the Great Cawood Ledford. Sold his work on the most advance media at the time. I had the man autograph the CD. Matt ignore this 1% of the fringe. I look forward to buying it when released. Thank you. Go Big Blue.

  30. Amanda Wampler
    11:52 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, next time you see Corey sayre tell him Amanda wampler said he’s the worst history teacher of all time. Thx

  31. Capnmonkey
    11:55 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I just want to point out that two dollars invested now will be worth one million dollars in the year 2232, so everyone think long and hard about such a big expenditure

  32. Matt Jones
    11:57 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    I will tell Corey…he is joining the KSR crew at the SEC Tournament this year…I won’t tell you whatever he does.

  33. Jimmy Dykes
    11:59 pm January 15, 2012 Permalink

    Jarnell Stokes didn’t learn how to chew solid foods until the pregame meal on Saturday!! Can you believe that? Kid has the “bod of a god” and can’t chew food!

  34. EdLover
    12:05 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    What women would cheat with Forde? Dude has a block head.

  35. Calowns3stacks
    12:10 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    What was said when Cal and Rick talked at Willis’ high school game?

    Cal: Hey Rick, who are you here watching tonight? Derek verballed to us when i visited him this afternoon. See you at Rupp.

  36. saki7
    12:11 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I heard that Martin and Stokes will be performing ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ for a select press-row audience auditorium before the next UT game.

  37. Tosis
    12:12 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    What’s going on > What’s up

    12:13 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Dykes hand looks freakishly small and decrepit in this picture

  39. Mr Moneybags
    12:13 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    $2 a person times 10,000 people=money money money, using your big head I see

  40. LarryGloveless
    12:16 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I will be the first one to say this and i actually mean it. UK will be a better basketball team next year if we get Bazz/Bennett and one more of Jefferson/Gathers or what ever other big we are looking at adding. And that is losing everyone except Wiltjer. Harrow,Goodwin,Poythress,Bazz,Bennett,Cauley,Wiltjer,Hood and whoeverelse will be a better team than this year. I truly belive the addition of Bazz and Bennett makes us a top 2 team.

  41. CorinthBrent
    12:22 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    2 dollars sounds like a bargain to me.Thanks to KSR for providing Everything free otherwise.Can’t beat it so join it guys!Thank you Matt Jones!

  42. John Prine
    12:25 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    As an ode to KSR charging for something, Steve Scott should steal it and post a free share link on his blog. It’s only fair.

  43. BEcougar
    12:32 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    This is Derek Willis and I say Kentucky is at the bottom of my list. I’m not good enough to play there. I mean let’s be realistic . Me<<<<<Anthony Davis

  44. BEcougar
    12:34 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Coach Cal must be stupid to go after me. Oh well. I love the big blue nation ! See yall Friday 🙂

  45. Jimmy Dykes
    12:37 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Chill, Matt Jones. Chill.

  46. The White Mandingo
    12:39 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for the laughs about Dykes!

  47. Jimmy Dykes? Nevermore sayeth the Raven.
    12:41 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Bought my dad the Sportsync radio and it works great. Appreciate it even more after seeing that we were able to avoid Jimmy Dykes on Saturday. We realized we may never have to listen to him again. Nevermore.

  48. Bigcaytfan
    12:41 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Love the site an show any plans on updating app so it works write thx keep up great work go cayts

  49. BEcharger
    12:45 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Fbgm til I die

  50. tpb400
    12:54 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Too Matt and the KSR group. I am one of the silent majority of your followers. I post rarely, I never call the radio show, I send a comment or two into the live blog. That being said for almost 3 years now, this group of two bit clowns has entertained me, made me laugh, made me feel about UK sports in a new and improved way. I don’t over analyze and cry about every call…I have learned to enjoy the great UK basketball program. I tell everyone I know about the radio show, the site and how you have even changed a few lives along the way. Yes, I am not a fan of everything Matt does…But I am a fan of Matt and this group of overgrown children who make me laugh on a daily basis. I will gladly pay two dollars just so they can booze it up at the SEC tourney…

  51. Wait a minute
    1:01 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone, Jimmy is CLEARLY pro-UK, so I actually think he is fantastic. He is constantly talking about how great Cal is, which is exactly the message I want broadcasted to recruits. In my mind, Jimmy Dykes is great.

  52. catcrawler
    1:13 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I like Jimmy, but he does tend to beat a dead horse throughout a game.

  53. Eric K
    1:13 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Jimmy Dykes is as goofy as they come,wish someone would choke off his water. GO CATS!! Anyone seen the Willis kid in person?

  54. Travis in California
    1:13 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, This was a great post. Once again, you rightfully agree with all of my correct opinions.

  55. Chickenhead in every pot
    2:07 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with 6.
    Number 7.. I hope you were trolling. If Matt Jones walked up to me and said can I borrow a couple hundred bucks.. I’d give it to him so fast his head would spin.. I come to this site everyday and have for years and I’ve never paid the first dollar. I’m thankful and I will pay.

  56. CatFanInBama
    2:17 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Definitely call the SEC headquarters to complain about the referees. They do make changes based on complaints. We attend to Sunday school with someone who works for the SEC HQs, and he has mentioned on occasion changes that are a result of complaints (the first 15 minutes of Sunday school is sports related – especially in the fall.)

  57. HuntsVegas
    2:20 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Hey I’ll pay 2 and think don’t agree with a lot of things….but the information is free most of the time and whatever. Trevor Lacey comin… Go Cats!

  58. Brad Nessler
    2:32 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    My skin looked orange due to the camera’s white balance setting.

    Just sayin’…

  59. Bulldawg
    3:04 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I got nothin against Jimmy Dykes…if I tuned everyone out that sometimes sounded goofy, I could never listen to anyone. I also love KSR and MJ so I hope this doesn’t mean we have to pick a side or something. I got no dog in that fight…

    as far as the $2 for the podcast, I would gladly pay it. KSR feeds my thirst for blue blood everyday!!!!

  60. thefan
    3:28 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Dykes drove me nuts also, He kept saying how awesome Stokes was and the kid had like 8 points, While our freshman was dunking hitting threes and blocking shots, I didn’t mind Dykes at first, But now I dread listening to every game he does. Also Kyle Macy is terrible, I mean I loved the guy as a player but he bores me to death on the SEC network. I don’t know why its so hard to find good announcers anymore, I am still waiting for Berman and Jackson to please do Monday Night Football so I don’t have to hear John Gruden tell us that he loves every damn player on the field. Good piece Jones, Glad I wasn’t the only one that thought Dykes was over doing it.

  61. Dee W
    3:44 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    “BEcougar” Nice try…Bad mistake…saying you are a “BEcougar” is like saying you are a UK Cardinal. The mascot of BE is the Chargers – the Cougars are BC – their intercounty rival.

  62. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    3:55 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Thinly vailed humblebrag about having Dykes’ phone number?

  63. Ciggy
    3:58 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I just gotta ask, why are you charging for a podcast? That just seems a bit weird man, i don’t mind it, just seems weird is all.

    All i ask, fix it up some way i can get it without having to resort to the utter shit that is itunes and i’d pay five bucks.

  64. Ciggy
    3:59 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’t itunes*, sorry, i just hate apple with a passion and i know they get a cut, even it if’s 10 cents, that’s still 25 more than i would give em.

  65. arch stanton
    4:04 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    If you noticed when the camera was on him, he was really sweaty too. Maybe he got in some night golfing Saturday.

  66. foodstampprez
    4:12 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    This post has more wrinkles than Nancy Pelosi.

  67. Buckets
    5:11 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    $2? I’m in. I bet it will be great to listen to at work. On headphones, of course.

  68. Calipari'sInYourEar
    5:45 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    #63 – Ciggy – You said, “I just gotta ask, why are you charging for a podcast? That just seems a bit weird man”

    It’s the only thing KSR does that has an easy to charge model already in place.

    Since you can’t figure that out, your wierd.

  69. SeoulCat
    6:07 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Hilarious, Matt. That was the funniest bit of writing (bashing of Dykes) that you (or anyone, for that matter) have added to the site in some time. Pleasure to read!

  70. Raazoul
    6:22 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Some of you people should be ashamed of yourself. This generation of whiney bitches who think everything should be given to you. This is KSR, not the Obama administration, they aren’t gonna promise you everything in life will be free! Matt has given me nearly 5 years of free news and podcasts. I’m on the site 10 times a day at least and download every podcast/radio show for free! I would gladly pay more than $2, and can’t wait for Wednesday. Big Thank You to Matt and crew for even doing this, I hope there are more uncensored podcasts coming!!!!

  71. barn
    6:24 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    jimmy dykes is the only announcer who praises UK and coach Cal every chance he gets. let’s all have a j dykes hate week

  72. Mkgistebow
    6:27 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Dykes is talentless but so are the majority of college basketball announcers. Dakich, knight, and gottlieb are the only 1s with half a brain but all 3 are anti- Kentucky for the most part. I usually have to mute the game when I watch it.

  73. Bledsoe's Biceps
    6:49 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Jimmy Yikes is pro UK and pro Cal, but that does not make up for the fact he uses every broadcast as if he is creating an audition tape. I get it. He wants to be different/cute/original and establish his brand. But he let’s that get in the way of just announcing the damn game. He tries to be cute EVERY single time he speaks and just beats it to death. As I said in an earlier post, he is the sole reason I will buy a SportsSync radio. I’m going to order it today. I can’t take it anymore.

  74. bung
    7:16 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    none are better than our announcers, pratt and leach…sport sync radio rules…when i ordered mine the guy said…we seem to sell a lot to people in ky, why is that? LOL

  75. zacraw2
    7:20 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Hilarious and timely post, Matt. Since Cal’s first year it seems that Dykes has announced most of our ESPN games. At first I thought it was cool that UK and the SEC had their own ESPN guy but as you said his announcing has continued to get worse. It’s as if ESPN thinks their increased ratings are because of Dykes announcing and not the excitement of UK basketball. Hopefully someone will show this post to the higher ups and ESPN and see that BBN wants announcers that know the game of basketball and will just call the action on the floor without making up words and sayings every three minutes. UK Basketball is as exciting as it gets, we don’t need the hype man from the AND1 tour to get people into the game.

  76. Defcon 1
    7:21 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    As Michael Bolton described Michael Bolton, J Dykes is a “no-talent ass clown”. I think he is doing the game Tuesday. In a strange kind of way almost looking forward to hearing if he has anymore
    non-sensical gibberish sayings.

    #7. Are you serious? I will give you $2.00

  77. JQ
    7:43 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Your comments about Dykes are in close proximity to those I have heard about you and KSR.

  78. UK&KSR fan
    7:51 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I’m just like #50 but, I don’t write that well.
    Keep up the good work Matt. Can’t wait for the podcast.

  79. kycolonelmatt
    8:07 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Lame post. Dykes is a good guy and his commentary is not that bad. As far as radio/TV talking heads go he is one of the more tolerable. Sometimes people need to drum up something to write/ramble about just for the purpose of having a topic of discussion. This is one of those cases.

  80. Al's IndiCats
    8:15 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    OK, Dykes may have went overboard with the Stokes thing, but in all honesty he’s nowhere the worse when calling the game. He was taking up for UK as well as Cal when he got T-ed up saying that the ref much have his rabbit ears on because he was clearly across the court. He ran replays of the of both Teague and Jones fouls saying the reason Jones was called was because of the arm around his waist. For those of you who have a satellite dish, take a listen to the announcers calling the Pac 10 or Mountain conference games. By far the worse ever.

  81. Eric
    8:16 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, I know you couldn’t list all Dykesisms but one that got on my nerves was his “Rim runs”

  82. CT
    8:35 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Half the money should go to Hubby for a new server. Keep up the good work!

  83. iPhoner
    8:37 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with 7 that I would pay for an iPhone app that didn’t freeze up all the time.

  84. flipisatrip
    8:39 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    are you out of your mind? Dykes is Dykes, been doing this lame ish for years which is why I have hated him for years.

  85. Andrew Lageman
    8:39 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t mind Dykes. He is pro UK and that is fine in my book. Noel was really fun to watch. He has the cool factor of Wall and the blocking ability of Davis. #TeamEraserHead

  86. he says she
    8:41 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I turned the volume off about a quarter of the way through the game — mostly because of Dykes and partly because of frustration with the way Kentucky was playing.

  87. Nerdo
    8:45 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Is ESPN trying to coach Dykes into becoming a “personality” (ala Dickey V)? If so, he doesn’t have what it takes.

  88. Me
    8:47 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I love how Matt get all silly when people criticize him / ksr. Very funny.

    I can’t wait to see how he reacts when we bounce barry and michelle’s badonka donk azz outa the White House.

  89. Tom
    8:49 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I would never pay 2 dollars for anything on this site, i remember when this site made fun of other sites who charged fees, and also made fun of the people that paid the fee. Now I have always been a fan of this site, but my interest in continuing is starting to falter.

  90. Dan DICKitch
    8:50 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    WOW! Ya beat up on Dykes talkn ’bout Stokes and in the same post make MKG a Ky. “legend” LOL! Love MKG but really? A legend already?????

  91. Hoss
    8:52 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I refuse to pay $2 for a podcast unless Matt dresses up as a stripper and I can place it in his G-string.

  92. Bledsoe's Biceps
    8:57 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I’m going to “defend the den” and “save the man cave” from Dykes. The SportsSync radio is on its way.

  93. Dan DICKitch
    9:03 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Gotta love the BBN,rather watch and talk about the 2013 class than enjoy the outstanding class we have NOW! (40) The addition of Bazz and Benett make Ky a top 2 team LOL!!? Uh where are we now? U people create sooooooooo much for Cal to ward off. thank you AD for the W? We don’t win without MKG? Sheesh any of Y’all play tennis? Not doubles of course :)Can you spell TEAM?

  94. SexnNursinHomes
    9:03 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Hilarious post Jones. You summed up Dykes to a nail.

    Stokes should be on his 5th or 6th day of practice by now. From baby steps to man steps, awwww, watching Stokes grow up right in front of our eyes….

  95. Sarah White
    9:07 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Some of this was drivel; but, the worst part to me about the broadcast was the constant mention and showing of the Size 20 shoes. Did anyone else notice that? We talked about the size, we looked at the size, we fantasized about the size! Drivel, nothing but drivel!

  96. he says she
    9:19 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I have to agree with #89. Although I understand the reasoning behind charging $2, this site was built upon the principle that you shouldn’t have to charge $$ to get UK related information. That’s ok Matt. We see how it is.

  97. Rusty Pipes
    9:22 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I dont see what all the hype is surrounding Derek Willis. If he is honestly the 8th ranked PF in 2013, then 2013 class isnt that deep. Ballard HS made him look terrible.

  98. jlragweed
    9:25 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Dykes comments were spot-on. got so tired of stupid phrases, shoe cams, Stokes Stokes Stokes.

  99. Carl
    9:35 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I quit listening to TV a long time ago. That’s what Mike Pratt and Tom Leach are for, although I do get tired of hearing about the 50/50 balls.
    I assume Stokes will not be eligible for the NBA draft this year so Tenn. will have his services for another year. Maybe Coach Cal should try this tactic with some of his elite recruits. Get them to graduate early and join the team mid-season.

  100. Hartcocat
    9:42 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks Matt for what you do! I’ve told several people that you are “Our Generations Caywood”. I will gladly pay 2 bucks. I just hope you are in and around KY Basketball for years to come.

    I like Kyle, Dicky V, Jimmy, The woman, and whoever else that is announcing a Kentucky BB game. I guess its Because IM WATCHING KENTUCKY BASKETBALL, what’s there to bitch about?

  101. TrueBlueBlooded
    9:46 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll gamble $2 on the potential entertainment value of the podcast. If it doesn’t live up to my expectations then so be it, I just won’t buy future ones. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice then I’m a dumbass.

  102. bigcuzzz
    9:47 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Excellent post as usual Matt.

    Only one complaint. Please start editing very person that posts not named Drew or Beisner.

  103. ukalltheway
    9:50 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I can live with one or two bad calls throughout the game. What I can’t stand is inconsistent calls that refs make. For instance, the offensive foul call on Jones when he and Stokes were battling for position. The refs let them battle and then called it on Jones, ok no big deal play on, but the very next trip down the floor Kenny Hall just touched Davis and they call it defensive foul on UT. Are you giving position to the defensive player or is it the offensive players position? The foul on Miller at the end of the game, the ref waited until MK had the ball and was ready for the layup to blow the whistle, I truly believe if UT had intercepted the pass and had the easy layup they wouldn’t have called the foul. Same call at the end of the Indiana game when they said Lamb got fouled when he stole the ball (two points UK) and the player just simply touched his jersey, but when Teague grabbed their players jerseys fighting through a screen on the way up the court it wasn’t good enough for a foul. These are the calls that the refs should have to explain and defend their selves. Like I said before, it’s not just bad calls. I mean if you call it on one end call it on the other end, and if you call it one trip down the floor call it on the next trip.

  104. Dave Montgomery
    9:56 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I couldn’t agree more with your assessment of Jimmy. The only thing I don’t agree with you on is that I couldn’t stand him the first time I heard him, x number of years ago. I don’t even like him saying good things about Ky players, just think how annoying it is to listen to him rand and rave about Stokes forever (in my case I shut him off at about 9 minutes in the first half). I also can’t stand the 20 second differential between the UK radio broadcast and TV. Is there a way to synchronize the broadcast feed?

    I also get a kick about how cheap ESPN is in delivering game statistics – personnel points and fouls, team fouls, timeouts remaining, etc. The fees they’re paying the SEC must have left them with no funds to track the key statistics of the game.

  105. bung
    10:00 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    my delay is 6-12 sec…see#74 for link

  106. hmmm
    10:20 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Think outside the box. No one wants to think it’s possible, but a ref’s job is to make sure the right team wins by the right amount of points, or keep a game close enough to keep a cash cow team ranked. The TV announcers are there to make you forget about questionable calls as soon as possible. Ever notice how a bad call is so often followed by a “Man, these officials are doing such a great job tonight!” Or, talking about how good a player is on the team that is getting bailed out.

  107. BetterOffDead
    10:21 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    2 dollars!!

  108. Nick Humble
    10:28 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Matt the road to the top sometimes includes the bodies you step on to get there. But to verbally assault person after person, while saying, “you know, I like so and so, but…………” eventually begins to wear on your listeners. Jimmy Dykes is a little much, but it is understood and does not deserve to be beat to death over and over. Not just Jimmy Dykes, but anyone who doesn’t fit your idea. Your show is pretty good until you start assaulting individuals.

  109. SweetWm
    10:30 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Matt… serious….Vitale ? He is the worse since Cosell…

  110. Rex's Mullet
    11:20 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I would have to agree with #’s 96, 89, 39, 22, and 7’s reluctance to pay for anything on KSR, but definitely not #91 – Jones in a g-string would be really gross. It’s not the $2, but it’s the principle of not paying for anything on a site that makes fun of Maggard (deservedly), the newspapers, and anyone else who charges for content.

    I too am against paying for content. If you have a good site/product you’ll generate more off of the advertising $’s you get by attracting pageviews with your content than you will by charging your readers/listeners. That’s kind of what’s killing the newspapers, people would read the paper (or at least allow it to be delivered to their home) if it cost $.01 a day or if they gave it away. But when you charge $2 or $3 a day at the news stand people aren’t buying and the papers lose advertising $’s. I worked for a paper for 2 years in the finance department. They were the worst two years of my life, so I know what I’m talking about.

    I’ve been reading the site for 5+ years and still love the site for the news you guys relay and the opinions of Matt and Beisner, but you can’t be against everyone else charging and then charge for content yourself. Put the podcast out there for free like you did in the old days, and I will definitely listen.

  111. FourThinInches
    11:48 am January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Ayers gave Cal a Technical in the NCAA tournament last year against Ohio State. He was also the ref of the UK UNC game last season when we were winning the game and the refs called like 7 fouls in the last couple minutes to give UNC a 2 point victory. He’s definitely a UK hater.

  112. Class
    12:06 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I feel as if KSR represents the Big Blue Nation in many ways. I’ve read this site for sometime now as well as listening to the show on the radio, but recently its been hard for me to be a faithful fan. I respect what your doing Matt and the gang, but constant criticism of Dykes and others are getting ridiculous. People are starting to look at the UK fan base worse than ever before because they read and hear stuff like this. Lets get over this and think about the actual games! Stop making our fan base look like a bunch of douche bags who criticize every thing! Especially you Matt, your from eastern KY, as I am, and we have our fair share of stereotypes and criticisms. Dykes always has good things to say about UK, and you can’t judge him for that. Go Cats!

  113. Mater
    12:24 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    What’s a podcast?

  114. random hero
    1:11 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    It’s also a way of keeping under 18 folks out of a possible adult oriented podcast. In theory you’re supposed to be 18 to have a credit card (I understand debit cards, pay pal etc are diff) but it does allow the ksr staff to say “hey, here is a nugget of uncensored fun, directed at adults” much like my own personal email chain I share with my friends. The old cya theory “cover your own ass”. If you wanna skip two McDonald’s cheeseburgers and get it, do so. If not, don’t. It’s not that big of a deal, I am going to cause growing up Jeff Brassow was my fav player, I wanna hear this story.
    Hell, this is what I like abiut ksr, like my friends are getting me news and personal accounts of the University I love, not some fu with a dead line telling me the box score in so many words.

  115. Chris
    1:37 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Dykes was fine. Stokes’ story was a huge one. I was impressed with the kid and happy for him. He was unassuming, took it right to our big men, and did amazing. These announcers HAVE to be equal in commentary which is really impossible when UK is on the floor – too many big guns to talk about, too many explosive plays and gelling stories. SO STokes gave Dykes a POSITIVE about the pitiful UT program. Big Deal. In the end STokes got spanked. What I loved was how Dykes called out that Cal was changing is offense bringing Davis to the top of the key. And you know what, that Cal adjustment just may have won the game. Great game STokes, great coachng Cal

  116. #1ukfanjh
    1:44 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I like Jimmy Dikes.

  117. Not Joe B
    1:58 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    Matt: Why are you so down on Jimmy Dykes? When he said someone was “Caboosing a shoe thats obout to make a final cut”, I thought “Put that boy in the “Broadcasters Hall of fame”.

  118. Ciggy
    7:14 pm January 16, 2012 Permalink

    I remember how you used to make fun of other sites for charging, and now you are doing the same. Pot meet kettle.