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Murray’s Thursday News and Views

For many, being a sports fan goes far beyond just the game or the team or the particular sport you choose to follow.  In a lot of ways, being a sports fan serves as an escape from the monotony of regular life and our fanhood allows us to connect on a deeper level than our spouses would care to admit.  We remember where we were for our team’s biggest moments (no matter good or bad), we have drawers full of gear containing varying amount of “luck” and the great sports venues are treated as magical places many hope to visit just once before they die.

Places like Murray State.

As you might have heard, the KSR/KSTV crew of Matt Jones, myself and our buddy Bradley McKee will be packing up and heading in whatever direction will lead us to Murray this afternoon.  Our goals are simple:  avoid driving off the bridge that collapsed, break Matt’s Jason Mraz tape before we hit the highway and experience Murray State University (and the Rrrrrracers!) in the most ridiculous manner possible.  If we happen to stumble across three Emmy’s worth of footage, so be it.  So, Murray State friends and family, let’s make this an evening worth remembering.  Or, at least decent enough to justify the money we’re spending on gas.  No pressure.

A few UK notes…

 – The calendar said February 1st, which meant it was “The Day After The Tennessee Basketball Game” to some Kentucky fans, but it was National Signing Day to the rest of the world and Joker Phillips and Tee Martin put together a 2012 class that was pretty solid from top to bottom.  The star, of course, was Highlands quarterback Patrick Towles, but the overall group appears to be about as good as Kentucky could have hoped for.  The Cats are either 31st or 52nd in the country, depending on which service you choose to trust, but as many doom and gloomers are quick to point out, they’re still near the bottom of the SEC.  But that’s the reality of life in the SEC.  Kentucky is not in a position to contend with the Alabamas and Floridas on the recruiting trail, but they’ve done a good job the last few years of picking up solid prospects and developing them into contributors.  This class appears to be full of guys who have potential to develop nicely and the strategy of taking so many commitments early allowed them to go after bigger fish late and add Khalid Henderson, Justin Taylor and Jalen Whitlow in the final days.

 – My son is crying.  Hold on for a few minutes.

 – Ok, I’m back.  We talked with Tee Martin Wednesday for KSTV and he was, as expected, quite excited about Kentucky’s incoming class.  Matt asked Martin about specific players he believes can make an impact next season as freshmen and he mentioned a number of guys.  Martin said wide receivers AJ Legree and DeMarcus Sweat have the ability to find the field as freshman and Jalen Whitlow, while still slotted for an undetermined position, is someone they’re going to look at to play in the Wildcat formation.  Martin also mentioned linebacker Khalid Henderson, offensive lineman Jordan Watson and defensive tackle Thomas Chapman.  Did I mention he was excited?

 – Kid is crying again and mom didn’t even cook tonight.  Hang tight for another minute or two…

 – Over the past few years, part of Kentucky’s recruiting press has involved locking down the city of Louisville or at least giving the Cards all they can handle in pulling the best players out of Jefferson County.  But there might be a new enemy in Louisville for the Cats as Willie Taggart’s Western Kentucky Hilltoppers made a big splash.  WKU pulled in defensive tackle Tyrone Pearson and running back Ace Wales, who declared that Western was the school du jour for kids in the city of Louisville.  They’ll join former Seneca quarterback DaMarcus Smith in the class and could signal the start of a new contender for Jefferson County’s best football prospects.

 – However, it almost seems fitting that on National Signing Day, the biggest piece of recruiting news in the state of Kentucky had to do with basketball.  Nerlens Noel, regarded by some as the best defensive player of the last 15 years, finally did something that was rumored a few months ago and reclassified to the 2012 class.  ESPN has already moved him ahead of Shabazz Muhammad as the nation’s top player in that class and he’s expecte to choose between UK and Syracuse.  If Noel picks the Cats, along with Muhammad and Anthony Bennett – something that remains a very likely possibility – the class that appeared at one time to be good, but down in comparison to 2011 and potentially 2013, could end up historically good again.  In ESPN’s rankings, UK would have the #1, 2, 7, 15, 16 and 40 players.  Not bad for a down year.

– You have to be kidding me.  Crying again?  I bet Drew Franklin doesn’t have to deal with this nonsense…

 – In other news, Terrence Jones is a better player today than he was yesterday and that should give 341 head coaches nightmares tonight.

 – Richie Farmer filed for unemployment benefits, meaning it’s only a matter of time until he’s writing on KSR and sporting the staff’s second-best facial hair.

 – Kentucky plays South Carolina Saturday.  South Carolina fans will still be talking about National Signing Day.

 – Make sure you check out for the latest on Langston Newton’s turtleneck situation and the Today Show’s feature on former KSR writer Alex Kline.

See you in Murray.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

35 Comments for Murray’s Thursday News and Views

  1. uk
    12:15 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    If you ain’t first your last!

  2. Boyd Crowder
    12:17 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    What does coach Cal have against Miller? He was playing as well as anyone, then doesn’t get in the game until half way through the first half.

  3. Ugh...
    12:22 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    It speaks volumes that we’re competing for recruits with WKU…..

  4. tdogg4033011
    12:31 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    2) you cried in the last post, Miller gets plenty of minutes …. can you
    not see that?? They started the game 11-11 and playing nasty defense vs UT, why
    would Cal substitute??

  5. BigBlueFan31
    12:37 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    #3. If by we’re you mean Louisville…Wales was a Louisville recruit and is too small to play in the SEC. I’ll take the 250lb back from GA over Wales all day long.

  6. SagaciousMind
    12:40 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    You wont drive off the bridge, you wont be anywhere near 68. Also, go to Nick’s and have some Stawberry LIT’s, they are awesome!! As for Wales, dont need him. I’ll take a Bama commit any day. And for real 2 quit complaining! Miller plays a lot. It’s like 4 said, why would you sub when you’re playing that great to start the half? Normally he’s in by media timeout but it wasnt necessary that game. Miller isnt complaining so why are you?

  7. Michael Kidd-Langford
    12:47 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I, for one, appreciate the Murray Hewitt photo up top. Flight of the Conchords was an awesome show.

  8. CWCapp2
    12:57 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I’m from Murray… Nothing to see there lol sorry to burst your bubble. Pretty good basketball though. Eat at Jasmine’s for some good asian food or The Big Apple for the “local cuisine.”

  9. CWCapp2
    1:03 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Also, Archie Goodwin retweeted me about him and Nerlens pairing up to hang banners next year. And they were tweeting back and forth about playing NBA 2K12 together… I like where we are with Mr. Noels.

  10. mores
    1:06 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    #3 – Sorry to undermine your whining, but we never competed with Western for any recruits. Pearson was cut loose when the staff decided his grades weren’t worth this risk. His academic issues have been known for a year now, and under the new 25-max signing rule, you can’t oversign and expect a few casualties before fall camp; you can only sign up to the 25-max. Wales held at most a conditional offer last summer when he was starting to go from a state recruit to a regional recruit, but any interest we had evaporated when we got Mobley.

    So no, we didn’t compete with Western for any recruits, they got our leftovers. You could’ve learned all this if you had spent five minutes researching, but hey: why do that when you can publish an idiotic, uninformed opinion bashing your team?

  11. Murray State Rayceerrrrrrr
    1:21 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    dont listen to these fools. Jasmines?? seriously, What group of guys goes out for sushi after the game. Go to nicks, matt b’s, or el mariachi loco. Look forward to seein yall. come join the student section.

  12. Sam Samsonite
    1:30 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Hello fellow Kentucky Wildcts fans. It hs been a jolly day today as I plan on going to my bunker and laying down( maybe play with meself). I love me Wildcats as those other shall too. I enjoy hot cup of tea while watching me Basketball wildcat team. I get thy neighbors mad because of me cheering. It is a glorious day today as me Logs I layed were fairly large and almost clogged my plumbing up. Go cats

  13. Cking98
    1:35 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Check out zags blog!!!!!! Check out Aaron’s blog!!! It’s on!!!

  14. MacGruber
    1:49 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I am “tea bagging” this post.

  15. Murray State Fan
    1:54 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Murray is a great town, if you want good food go to either Jasmine’s or Los portales, but if you want to drink go to the Apple late that night and ask for Craig Nunnelley

  16. Al Purnell here
    2:04 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Currently a student at Murray and you will not be disappointed for the basketball game. For good places to eat go to either Nicks, Jasmine’s, Los Portales or Muggsy’s

  17. Hoss
    3:29 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Man up, Thomas. I have 2 that are less than 2 years apart. They were once both wee at the same time.

    Sleep? Crying? LMAO, Boy please. It’s 2:30am. I’m up looking for a lost teddy bear that doesn’t even belong to me.

  18. Donald0551
    3:37 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Yay welcome to Murray ky! I’m from Lexington but go to college down here. (wanted to get away from home) I’m a huge uk fan and obviously a MSU fan!!! Hope you enjoy your stay!!! Def check out Nicks guys!

  19. Woodpecker from Mars
    3:39 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    I would LOVE to get Noel at UK, but I just don’t think he picks us. I just get the feeling he goes elsewhere. Nothing to base it on, just a hunch. Hope I’m wrong.

  20. Chi-TownCat
    5:08 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    go back to Mars with that thinking woodpecker positive thoughts yield positive results

  21. The Cheese
    5:34 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Farmer on unemployment? What a complete loser. This is the man that aspired to be governor one day?

  22. Driving to Lex this weekend!
    6:36 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, you guys need to go to The Big Apple and get a Bean Roll while in Murray. Fantastic!!
    Also, check and see if Pollyeyes (sp?) is still open.

    GO CATS!!

  23. NL
    6:39 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Why is it “reality of life in the SEC” that we are near the bottom? I love basketball more than any other sport, just like the rest of the people on here. But if you ask me to accept that my second favorite program at UK is destined to being the runts of the SEC, then something has gone wrong. We could and should be better. Doesn’t it feel wrong to some extent to say we’re destined to be at the back of the pack in the SEC? We wouldn’t take that BS in basketball, so why do we accept it in football?

  24. John O
    7:36 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Matt and guys, I think you are more around my age and I wish you were in town for bracketbuster weekend because Im coming in then and you could hang with us guys that are coming in. Ignore all the Jasmine stuff…foo foo place. los is the best Mexican food but best small town drinking and chilling is the Apple. It was the original bar that we had to drive to the tn border to for drinks before Murray was wet and so the older crowd goes there for old times sake. Have a beanroll and either a pitcher for $5 or bourbon for 3.50. plus it is thursday and after 9 a band starts up for $5 cover. Enjoy your time with great folks.

  25. Union Farmer
    7:41 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Go to Nick’s or The Big Apple. I would say go to Nick’s for pregame and definitely The Big Apple for postgame.

  26. stonecutter
    7:55 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    get a plastic bag for your child

  27. Han
    7:56 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    What are the odds that we add Noel, Muhammad and Bennett? With Poythress, Goodwin and Cauley, plus Harrow, Wiltjer, Hood and the walkons, that would be the most insane team yet, and that says a lot after this year and Wall & Co.

    But if both Teague and Lamb were to go pro, who will be the backup point next year to Harrow? Polson? Beckham? Do any of Muhammad, Goodwin, Poythress or Bennett have the handles to be a PG/Point-forward?

  28. kentuckyjoe
    8:01 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Beis, always great to see you here.

  29. Simple
    9:08 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Please let Beisner write more. As a parent, I can SO relate to this post.

  30. jq
    9:38 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Well damn the “horde” is comiing to the STEP-CHILD region of Kentucky! Do you have valid “GREEN CARDS”?

  31. JPhelps
    9:42 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Drew Franklin owes MILLIONS… In Child Support!

  32. yeah first
    9:45 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    @ 1 – damn it!

  33. bmack
    9:50 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Boy do I miss Murray Hewitt. Thanks for the memories. “Murray? Present. Bret? Present. Jermaine? Present.” Funnier on the show than in print.

  34. The Outlaw Josey Wales
    9:56 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    BREISNER!! Awesome post as always. Wish you were able to write more often. Gonna start watchin Justified soon.. u have me sold on it.

  35. cateyedoc
    5:07 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink