With Tiger Woods out of golf to take care of that addiction of his, the playing field in the PGA is wide open and everyone has the opportunity to win. This weekend at Pebble Beach, two Kentucky boys made the best of that opportunity and made a run at the title. J.B. Holmes was a birdie on 18 away from forcing a playoff and a name you might not be so familiar with, Josh Teater, finished in fifth. Teater was born in Danville, KY, graduated from Morehead State, and is an avid KSR reader. He finished 7th on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2009 earning him a 2010 PGA Tour card. The fifth place finish over the weekend in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am earned Josh a cool $226,000 and the honor of being Kentucky Sports Radio’s favorite golfer. So, take off your hat and give Josh a golf clap as we get to the news and views. Just remember, quiet please…
– The UK Hoops team took their 8-game conference win streak down to Nashville but our women came up short in a 68-55 loss to the Lady ‘Dores. The Hoops team remains in second place in the SEC with a 9-3 conference record (21-4 overall) but will drop from their #16 spot in the national rankings. Up next for the girls is Florida at Memorial on Thursday night and you better be in attendance with a UK Hoops headband on or Matthew Mitchell will come to your house and punch you in the face.
– The men’s basketball team got a little help from the kid brother Sunday as Louisville knocked off #2 Syracuse 66-60 in the Carrier Dome. The Cards trailed by 11 in the first half but somehow managed to get the win. I only caught the last few minutes of the game and it looked like Louisville was trying to lose. I don’t know how they pulled it off. If you or someone you know can tell us how Louisville was able to get the win, please use the comment section to do so. Otherwise, it will remain a mystery.
– While we’re on the subject of teams that aren’t very good at sports anymore, former Louisville football head coach Steve Kragthorpe is taking over as the wide receivers coach at Texas A&M. The hire enables Krags to get back to his offensive expertise and away from things he is not good at like being a head coach.
– The Daytona 500 was Sunday night. That’s all I got.
– In an interview with CBS sports writer Dennis Dodd, Joker Phillips said he was in a bathroom with Rich Brooks when he found out he was next in line to be the coach at Kentucky. We can only hope this was a public bathroom and that Joker and Papaw were standing over the urinals when the torch was passed. You can read the entire interview here to find out more about that story and Operation Win.
– With every hustle play he makes, DeAndre Liggins is becoming one of my favorites on this team. In Saturday’s game against Tennessee, Liggins dove on a loose ball and called a timeout (his specialty) to keep from losing possession. He was met with a Brooks/Seiber-like chest bump from Coach Cal as he returned to the bench. Cal said after the game that he wanted the players to know that the hustle plays mean more to him than the highlight reel plays. If this is true, Liggins means more to Cal than anyone on the team.
– Another star from Saturday’s game is Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe’s back-to-back three pointers gave Kentucky their first double-digit lead of the night and essentially put the game away. Tennessee’s zone defense was slowing down the Wildcat’s offense but The Eric Bledshow got hot at the perfect time. Unfortunately, six points doesn’t change the fact that Kentucky struggles against zone defense but it does show that Bledsoe has the confidence to knock down a big three pointer when we need it.
– The East beat the West in the NBA All-Star game by a score of ‘who cares’ to ‘why is Zach Randolph in the game.’ Dwyane Wade was the MVP because he took the most shots. Rondo finished with a solid 4 points and 5 assists. More importantly, he didn’t fight Chris Paul.
– KSR Podcast #15 from College Gameday is up and you should listen to it. We were joined by President Lee Todd and ESPN personalities Jay Bilas, Howie Schwab, and Jenn Brown. Jenn was definitely into Matt. (Edited by a jealous Matt Jones.)