We are still on the road, traversing this great state as part of the KSR Radio Tour. Today we were at the Farm Boy Restaurant in Morgantown, Kentucky for what was an absolutely great time. First of all, the crowd in Morgantown was amazing, especially considering that the show does not usually even air there until 5 pm. We also had great food, and some of the best catfish I have ever eaten, for lunch and met Miss Catfish herself. Raven Brooks, pictured above, won the prestigious award, which by rule must go to a citizen of Butler County. She was nice enough to come and talk to us and allow Drew the Employee to wear the crown. All in all, it was a fun time and a great second stop on the trip. We thank everyone in Morgantown for their hospitality and Ryan Lemond thanks Farm Boy for their homemade coconut pie. Some thoughts from the day…..
— The biggest story of the last few months is the revelation about the Yum Center lease today by InsiderLouisville.com. UL is scheduled under the lease to take over the building and own it, assuming it defaults due to lack of revenue (which by now seems very likely). The revelation is one I had heard speculated upon for some time, but now that it has been verified, this should serve as a bombshell. What we have set up is a public building, funded by state and local taxpayers, entering into a contract with a University in which the University essentially controls the building for six months, thus preventing it from maximizing revenue. That same University admits that its intention is to not allow an NBA team into the building (which would be a huge economic boom for the state) and instead it will control the building under the lease’s terms. Now we find out that if the lease fails due to these terms, UL can own it so as to ostensibly “have a place to play.” The entire lease is a shameful dereliction of duties by the Arena Authority and when it comes out (and it surely will) that the Arena Authority was stuffed with UL/Jurich/Pitino cronies…well there should be hell to pay for those people. We shall see if there will be.
— It is time for Big Blue Nation to be on the lookout. Sports Illustrated has hired “Team TH” to be its new “Investigative Team” and without question, UK will be on their target list. I will write more about this later, but the combination of Pete Thameltoe and Thayer Evans as the two hires at SI means that clearly the magazine will come after Kentucky and Calipari. We all know about Thameltoe and his writings in the past, but Thayer Evans has the same amount of Calipari hate. You may remember that he basically followed UK around for the last two weeks of the season, at the Mississippi State game and at the SEC Tournament, and wrote three columns that were each arranged on the “UK won’t win the title” theme. Thayer Evans was originally a protege of Thameltoe, working with him at the NY Times and the two are now reunited at Sports Illustrated. Add in that both are Syracuse grads AND Nerlens Noel picked UK over Syracuse…and well, I am certain that an SI investigation of Noel is coming. You can count on it. Their obsession will continue.
— Remember that we will have a “no holds barred” interview with Joker Phillips on Friday at 11:30 am live on the radio show. It will occur at Media Day and will be a chance for some questions that many have wanted to know the answer to for some time, to all get answered. If you have (serious) questions that you want to have asked, put them in the comment section. I have told UK that I will be aggressive in the questioning, which I think will be good for Joker as well. Along with that, remember that Fan Day is Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium. I think that is one of the best events of the year and definitely worthy of attendance, especially if you have kids.
We will see everyone tomorrow in Bowling Green at Olde Stone Country Club for the show. The public is welcome and I even hear that Kige Ramsey will be in attendance. How can you miss it? The rest of the tour stops are below. See u in the AM!
Thur Aug 2: Bowling Green Old Stone Golf Course
Fri Aug 3: UK MEDIA DAY
Mon Aug 6: Columbia Burger King
Tues Aug 7: Morganfield Verlie’s Restaurant
Wed Aug 8: Madisonville Hudson Toyota Chrysler
Thur Aug 9: Monticello Conley Bottom Resort
Fri Aug 10: Jamestown Jamestown TV Station
Mon Aug 13: Paintsville TBA
Tues Aug 14: Somerset Gatti’s Pizza
Wed Aug 15: Lexington TBA
Thur Aug 16: Middlesboro Cracker Barrel
Fri Aug 17: West Liberty