As we continue to honor our inaugural KSR Hall of Fame class, today we celebrate the induction of Kige Ramsey. Kige was the leading vote getter in the class and is the face of the lower left hand corner of KSR. He has been mentioned in 219 total posts, falling just shy of the record of 876 mentions, shared by Justified and Matt’s hair. I have the honor of honoring the honorable Kige Ramsey and before we begin I would like to remind you that if you think you have anorexic, go get tested and get help.
It was created in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees as a video-sharing website on which users can upload, share, and view videos. Dancing babies, singing fat kids, crashing skateboarders, and phalluses in gift-wrapped boxes became internet sensations overnight on the now Google-owned website. Users can upload footage of absolutely anything and share it with the world. The popular site thrives as an enormous video database for the independent musician, the lonely virgin, the up-and-coming athlete, the clinically insane, and everyone in between. And it’s all for the joy and satisfaction of the viewers.
But one man saw something different in this YouTube. One man saw it as more than a platform for sharing video online. One man saw YouTube as an opportunity to do bigger and better things than to upload home footage of Mr. Jangles chasing a ball of yarn on the freshly mopped kitchen floor or Mamaw’s reaction to 2 Girls 1 Cup. One man saw YouTube as a dream. A dream to share with the world his opinions on sports, entertainment, gardening, and Nicole Richie, and to film these opinions on site from the laundry detergent aisle at Wal-Mart. One man chased this dream. One man lived this dream. That one man is Kige Ramsey. And Kige Ramsey is the most popular member in KSR’s inaugural Hall of Fame class, as voted by you, the people.
It was a slow July afternoon in 2007 when the good people of KSR first heard that unforgettable phrase, “Arrrite YouTube viewers.” At the time, it was just another filler post to keep the blog moving. Little did we know that a seed had just been planted and a flower of SEC previews, relationship advice, and free throw demonstrations would blossom over the next three years. Since that introduction to Kige and YouTube Sports, we’ve learned to plant sunflowers, throw footballs, prevent that embarrassing acne, and how to save money on gasoline. We’ve seen UK game summaries, Super Bowl predictions, back to school tips, and breaking news around the SEC. Do you know that fishsticks taste better when cooked in the oven? Of course you do. Because you watched ‘Cooking with Kige.’ Do you know that girls are turned off by goofy faces? Of course you do. Because you watched ‘What Not To Do On A Date.’
While it’s hysterical to watch Kige knock over the camera as he chases after a rebound or look out for passing customers as he recommends Lean Cuisines from the frozen food aisle, Kige is more to KSR than a viral video star. He has been an avid reader of the site since it started, he has participated in countless live blogs, and even made the trip from Russellville to Louisville to appear on Matt’s late night, Emmy nominated The Freak Show. But most importantly, Kige is a kind, genuine person with an unparalleled passion for all things UK. And for those of us that have had the privilege of meeting him, we are proud to call Kige our friend.
So here’s to you, Kige Ramsey. You received more votes than anyone on the KSR Hall of Fame inaugural ballot and you are a legend on this poorly designed website. Keep the YouTube videos coming for all of us to enjoy and hopefully one day we’ll figure out the logistics to get you on a podcast. Until then, we’ll settle for more YouTube Demonstrations, Rewinds, Rankings, and Ramblings.
Oh, and a lot more of this.
*** I spoke with Kige earlier this week to let him know that I would be writing his induction piece and he told me to be sure to give a shoutout to the Kige Ramsey Show/YouTube Sports fans, his family, and his church family. Also, a special shoutout to his late father, Butch Ramsey, who passed away in April. Kige said that without his Dad, the show would not have been possible.