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KSR Trend Watch: December 21st

It can be hard to keep up with all the changing trends in Kentucky sports these days. Therefore, in order to keep you informed on the latest happenings in the Big Blue Nation, I chart the trends of the week, from basketball to football to every ridiculous little thing in between. Keep up with what’s hot and what’s not with KSR’s Trend Watch!

Rising faster than Kevin Stallings’ cholesterol count

Ryan Harrow — Harrow put together his third impressive game in a row against Lipscomb, scoring a UK career high 12 points and even more importantly, looking like a leader on the court. Cal has been on Harrow to be more vocal during games, and on Saturday, he was just that (even if he was yelling just to yell). He also showed off an impressive layup that harkened back to Cal’s claim that Harrow could be the best layup-shooter in the SEC this season. Keep it up, Ryan.

Kyle Wiltjer — The other star of Kentucky’s win over Lipscomb was Kyle Wiltjer, who finally shook off a shooting slump with 23 points, including seven threes. He also grabbed twelve rebounds, making it his career first double double. With each three, Wiltjer exorcised some demons and brought the crowd to its feet, bringing back some memories of another lanky forward with a sweet shooting stroke.

Jon Hood’s face — Welcome back friend, it’s nice to see you. RIP lake neard. Don’t come back.

Healthy eating habits — Cal posted an article on his website yesterday discussing the importance of healthy eating habits for athletes. The NCAA restricts the number of meals the players can get from the school, and since most don’t have a ton of spending money or extra time, they’re forced to get by on snacks and fast food. During Camp Cal, the team has focused on eating better, starting with a solid three meals a day, which is helping the players put on weight. It’s a good thing that Ellen’s salad is both nutritious and delicious.

Kentucky football — For the fourth week in a row, Kentucky football is trending up. The buzz surrounding the program may be at an all-time high, especially after the Cats landed four-star DE Za’Darius Smith, an SEC level talent who picked Kentucky over Miami, Florida State, Texas, and other schools we previously had no business getting recruits over. Za’Darius committed to Kentucky without even stepping foot on campus, which shows 1) he has some serious faith in Stoops’ vision; and 2) Stoops has a pretty convincing sales pitch. With other recruits like Franklin County’s Ryan Timmons, lining up in the wings, Stoops and his staff are changing the attitude surrounding the program and making the most of a late start to the recruiting season.

Coach O’s swag — I see you on that Coach Cal-edition hog, Coach O.

Sting — The former WCW wrestler just became a lot more popular in the state of Kentucky. Sting’s son, Steven Borden, committed to the Cats earlier this week, and says that his father will attend every home game. Preferably in face paint.

The Air Raid Siren — One of the most asked questions in this new era of Kentucky football is whether or not they’ll bring back the old Air Raid siren. Offensive coordinator Neal Brown, a disciple of Mumme’s Air Raid offense, says he’s all for it, but ultimately, it’s Mitch’s call. Make it happen!

Falling like snow on cedars

Mayans — It’s looking more and more like the Mayans gave up on making their calendar in favor of some corn and tequila. Speaking of, thousands of people across the world now have an ancient civilization to blame for their end-of-the-world hangovers.

People who believed the Mayans — Hundreds of Russians shelled out over $1,000 per person to secure a spot in Stalin’s old nuclear bunker to survive the Apocalypse. I hope they had one hell of a party in there.

Rick Pitino’s credibility — Surrrrre Rick, we believe you that Gorgui Dieng won’t play against Kentucky. I believe that just as much as I believe you’d buy box wine.

Cuffing — Earlier this week, Doron Lamb called some of his former teammates out on Twitter for “cuffing,” or spending too much time with their lady folk and not enough time in the gym. The guys don’t have many cuffing opportunities right now because of Camp Cal, but when they do, they better not post any pics on Instagram. Doron’s watching.

North Carlina governor Jim Martin — Governor Martin released the findings of his independent investigation into UNC’s academic fraud scandal, which, shockingly, absolved the athletic department of any wrongdoing. Martin threw the school under the bus in order to protect the basketball and football teams, but the NCAA likely won’t blink an eye. Yet, athletic programs can only provide their players with one meal a day? Can someone explain that logic to me again?

TREND OF THE WEEK: Calipari’s musical taste
On the radio show this morning, Erin Calipari told listeners that her father’s favorite song was Train’s “Hey Soul Sister,” and that he has listened to the song on his new iPad over 100 times. Does this mean we can’t make fun of Pitino liking Pitbull anymore?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

13 Comments for KSR Trend Watch: December 21st

  1. nassau65
    1:17 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    I believe tricky Rick when he says Dieng won’t play. (About as much as i believe Rick gets his italian restaurant meals to go).

  2. UKBlue1!
    1:30 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    UNC/DUKE both are protected by the NCAA. Quit kicking a dead horse. It’s not going to happen. Just like Miami football. In the end they will get a slap on the wrist. Miami has been in trouble 3 times in the last 30 years for major violations. Two more times for minor situations. I am sure the ACC commissioner has already had a talk to the NCAA. UK football has only one way to go…UP!

  3. Jim Martin...
    1:33 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    is a former Governor of North Carolina. Pat McCrory is the current governor.

  4. I Say
    1:38 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Za’Darius Smith commited because we hired his coach lol thats why he didnt even take a visit. Either way, it doesn’t matter how we get our recruits, as long as we get them.

    And hell yea we should bring back the air raid siren!

    1:41 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, if Cal is thinking of his wife when he’s listening to that song……..more power to him!

  6. Mayans
    1:41 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Do you predict the end of the world when your calender ends on December 31st? No? That’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever heard? OK, just checking.

  7. Dear IU and UL, We are National Champs; you are not. The end.
    1:50 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Need to add Erin Calipari to trending upward.

  8. Brandongy
    1:56 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Julius Randle tells Dave Telep that if he could take any player from high school to school to play with, it’d be Andrew Harrison. Insider membership required to watch the vid, but this is really the only important thing he says:

  9. Cobalt Cat
    2:17 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    FORMER NC Governor Jim Martin.

    He’s been out of office for nearly 20 years (Jan 1993)

  10. Cobalt Cat
    2:19 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    #3 Beverly Purdue is current NC Governor…. McCrory not yet inaugurated (Jan 5, 2013)

  11. Swag
    3:19 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Coach O may be the coolest person on the planet.

  12. Larry
    3:46 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    Worst. Apocalypse. Ever.

  13. Old Cat
    4:24 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    The Air Raid sirens were great but we must also include the aircraft missile launches which vaporizes the enemy.