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OH Napier’s Monday News and Views

It was exciting to watch Kentucky’s offense look (or at least in the vicinity of high powered) this weekend versus Kent State. But my enjoyment for the game was muted a bit by the news that one of the first KSR “celebrities”, OH Napier passed away in Breathitt County. Most of you probably don’t know the name OH Napier, and that is understandable. He was once a fixture on this site during its very early days, when most readers were either friends or family of the writers. (For an example of what KSR used to be like in those days, before we became corporate and started working for the man and the establishment, check out one of my favorite posts to ever write, the KSR PEOPLE OF THE DECADE post from Dec 31, 2009. Some great memories in there.) We discovered OH when we heard of a song he had written called “Tubby Can’t Coach.” It was a rant against Tubby and while I disagreed with the premise, I found OH amazingly entertaining. Then I discovered his propensity to make music, YouTube videos, and generally do ridiculous things, and we at KSR were hooked. Our posts about OH became the very first to ever get national attention (thanks to Deadspin and CBSSports.com) and it was conversations about OH that actually began my relationship with a number of national media writers. Over the years we followed OH, as he reported the news from his home, ran for Breathitt County Judge Executive (as a write-in candidate) and always cheered for the Cats, with his wife “Brown Eyes.” He also became a fan of KSR and one day wrote the only KSR theme song we have ever had. It is below, complete with a group of pictures of the site’s early days, and contains the only definitive KSR chorus:

Over the years, OH Napier fell into some bad health, but it didn’t stop him from making videos, including a weekly series on “the news in Breathitt County.” Here is one of his first newscasts, complete with a reference to an “unfortunate accident where a horse ran into a truck”:

In recent years, OH’s life saw its share of tragedy. His son died unexpectedly in a fire and health problems plagued him. But he still would cheer on the Cats and occasionally send me an email about his celebration of big victories. Last night a group of the site’s original writers, including Rob Gidel, Tomlin, Mosley and the Turkey Hunter, all engaged in a large group text about memories of those early days and OH’s carryings on, many of which can’t be repeated here. We all were saddened by his loss and will keep his family in our prayers. As his famous campaign song for County Judge Executive once went, “2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate…O-H, O-H and Lacey Miller.”

To the news:

— While some remain full of negativity, most Kentucky fans considered Saturday night’s 47-14 win versus Kent State to be a huge positive. The offense once again looked explosive, with Max Smith giving signs that he could end up being the real deal as a Wildcat. UK drove the ball up and down the field and found huge success from its playmakers. Raymond Sanders (who was baptized today) broke a long run, Demarcus Sweat showcased his huge playmaking ability and some old names from the past, Aaron Boyd, Gene McCaskill and EJ Fields all made plays. It was an exciting and efficient performance that had Commonwealth buzzing. Defensively, we saw improvement, but still obvious issues that need to be corrected. Two long drives started the first and second half and Kent State was able to run at will. But in the 3rd quarter, Nuclear Minter FINALLY began to bring pressure and there was some signs of defensive life. The win doesn’t assure anything, but considering that Vegas only thought Kentucky would win by 7, winning by 33 shouldn’t be looked at as anything but a positive.

— In the aftermath of the game, the player that was the biggest story was of course, “All of my love, all of my kissin’, you don’t know what you’ve been a missin’ Oh Boyd.” Aaron Boyd has been the poster boy for disappointment for most of his UK career as he came in with a high expectations caused by the combination of a high recruiting ranking, hometown ties and a brother who was a former Cat. Until Saturday night, Boyd had not even come close to meeting the hopes, as he had career totals of 6 catches and 51 yards. But on Saturday, Boyd started and he performed. Double digit catches, over 100 yards receiving and big time plays when they were needed most made Boyd the star of the game. His brother Shane was in attendance, and watched as Aaron had a coming out party four years in the making. For those who have wondered when he would finally take off, it was great to watch Saturday as a feel good story hit Kentucky football.

The crowd for the UK game was highly disappointing. It was announced as 48,000, making it the smallest crowd since 1996 and the smallest home opener since 1976. I will say however that while I am no crowd expert, I feel like I have seen smaller crowds over the years, but we go by the numbers they give us. The tailgate crowd started as SEVERELY disappointing, but got better as the day went on. Tara Bilby and JC Ausmus chronicled the tailgates for KSRCollege.com (you can see the pictures of UK fans doing their thing here and here. A few of the entertaining shots:

Stone Cold Willow and a guy trying to look into your soul:

The replica of Memorial Hall:

Bow ties for everyone!

— On the basketball side of things, the recruiting period is heating up for John Calipari. He said on the football game telecast (which by the way, looked to be recorded on a 1982 Betamax player) that he would be visiting 10 recruits over the next three days…a pretty amazing haul. We know he starts tonight with Julius Randle, who he was scheduled to visit at 8 pm. Calipari is getting the chance to do in-home visits for what may be the last time for a while (most of the future visits will be on campus) for the period that is known as “winning momma time.” Calipari is the best at this skill and the next three days will go a long way to determining if the Dream 2013 class can come to fruition.

— The UK NBA ALUMNI GAME is starting to take shape. We learned this weekend that Demarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Darius Miller and Nazr Mohammed all will be there. Also Doron Lamb and Eric Bledsoe are now likely to play, while John Wall will probably be in the building but unable to play. Plus Drake is a coach and there are other surprises to be seen. The 1996 team reunion is going to bring legends back to campus and the entire day should be a celebration of UK basketball, all the proceeds of which, will go to charity. John Calipari said today that tickets sales were a little slower early on than he had hoped, but was confident they would rise this week. I expect a good crowd by game time and a fun afternoon in Rupp this Saturday. For tickets click this link.

— Hats on Nerlens Noel make me laugh:

— Finally, Randall Cobb is a star. 224 all purpose yards, a punt return for a Touchdown and announcers praising his every move. The prettiest eyes in football also may be one of the more explosive players in the game in this his second season. I hate the Packers (Bears fan here), but love watching Cobb do his thing. Just as we were proud when Anthony got the gold medal, watching Cobb get stardom is a great thing for a UK fan to see.

We get back to it with radio in the morning. I start the John Calipari Fantasy Experience Camp on Thursday and we will have reports and more from the camp here this week. Until then, one final picture in tribute of OH, his most famous look, doing his thing while pickin’ and grinnin’.

Article written by Matt Jones

37 Comments for OH Napier’s Monday News and Views



  1. #Rise
    11:01 pm September 9, 2012 Permalink

    Was it blue skirt and brown cowboy boot night for the chicks in lex? Every college chick was wearing it.



  2. TheProfessor
    11:16 pm September 9, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t believe no one has reported anything on the Lance Thomas/Duke Basketball story!



  3. cgivens21
    11:22 pm September 9, 2012 Permalink

    OH was one of the all-time KSR greats…I suggest that his picture be forever pinned to the front page, along with the Bill Keightly report and the Kige Ramsey Santa Claus.



  4. theSkinny81
    11:24 pm September 9, 2012 Permalink

    1 – i know right? it seemed every other girl had on the same attire.



  5. iknowher
    11:54 pm September 9, 2012 Permalink

    whats up vaughn haha



  6. tyson
    12:02 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, I would love to get a UK Pro Cats football roundup every week if possible. Looked like Woodyard had a pretty good game tonight. What about the rest of the Pro Cats?



  7. Stitch Rivet
    12:08 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    OH was a true Rivet Head. So sorry to hear of his passing. He helped make Stitch Rivet a household name throughout Eastern Kentucky. His believe in our music fueled the Rivet Head nation. This songs for you wildman!! Just wished we could have played a couple more tumes together buddy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVUkvy32dUk&feature=youtube_gdata_player



  8. SoCal Will
    12:19 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    SF Semi Ojeleye committed to Coach K at tonight’s in home. Is Parker going to Michigan State by default?



  9. njCat
    12:19 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Great day in NFL for former cats. Tamme, Johnson and Cobb played great and all scored. Woodyard had 10 (TEN!) solo tackles, including a sack of Rothlesberger.

    At least these guys are creating positive headlines for UK football.



  10. Shawon
    12:24 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Oh yeah…i remember reading that “KSR People of the Decade” post with the OH Napier KSR Theme Song. I was definitely hammered or something.

    RIP OH



  11. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    12:42 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Horrible news. RIP OH. We lost a good one today.



  12. Jarweed
    12:51 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Got moonshine and a pistol in my pocket and i am southern bound … Walk on Water by OH
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdySSGUevhQ&list=UU4PZblnebOkxu81nNxlE0lg&index=13&feature=plcp



  13. Stitch Rivet
    12:57 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Jarweed, gotta love it. Thanks for sharing!



  14. What the?
    1:13 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody watch sportscenter tonight? That idiot Tom Jackson said, in reference to Cobb standing in the end zone to try and return Akers 63 yd fg attempt “he got a lot of practice at that during his time playing for Louisville”. BLASPHEMY!!!!!!!!



  15. What the?
    1:13 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Probably ruined cobb’s entire day



  16. Women Everywhere
    1:18 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Great game for Cobb. Congrats also to David Akers



  17. Drew
    1:20 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    14. Tom Jackson was referring to David Akers (the kicker) who played for UofL who kicked the field goal. I think referring to the fact that uofl didnt score touchdowns often so he got a lot of practice kicking field goals.



  18. carnifex
    1:56 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Jacob Tamme had a catch to keep a crucial drive alive. Had to come back for the ball, and go to the turf to catch it. He then gets back to his feet to run for the first down. Tamme also had the catch for the go ahead touchdown for the Bronco’s. Wesley Woodyard I noticed had the last sack of Big Ben to turn the ball back over to Denver on downs.(I just caught the tail end of the game so only saw those heroics)

    I’m glad the offense showed something,even if it was just Kent. Las Vegas however, doesn’t set the line by how many points they think a team is going to win by, it’s set to get people to bet one way or another to balance out the betting. For example, UK playing Bamma, with no line, no one is going to bet on the Cats. With a line of say 35 points, 50 percent roughly, of the people will bet on the Cats to cover the spread. That way Vegas recoups the money it looses on the winners. To get really technical, they don’t try to reach the 50 % mark, but overweight teams so that they make money when people take the sucker bet.

    Yeah it’s nice to see Aaron Boyd finally decide to play. If he keeps it up, I’ll be slightly more impressed, but really, he has just been a zero ’til now. If this was a flash in the pan game, then he gets a “F” for his time here. If it’s not, a “D”.

    Speaking of “D”…still waiting. 400 yards to Kent State. Lattimore is gonna’ have that by himself. And who thinks Floridas’ backs aren’t circling the day we come to town. They’ll be in the Heisman running after 1 game. Tyler Bray too.

    So we should beat WKU(should), and we will beat Samford and son. Maybe, just maybe, if Vandy gets beat up enough, discouraged enough(because they ain’t sneakin’ up on anyone this year) we take Vandy(I really don’t see it, but it could happen). Only a punchers chance in any other game. Best case I see is(best, not likely) we go 5-8, and Joker will get his fourth year. If he does get his fourth year he will also get an extension. It is that simple.(Notice I didn’t call him Mushmouth. He has earned a reprieve with the offensive turnaround this week. It was still Kent though) There will be another 10,000 season ticket sales lost if Joker is retained.

    Joker goes 4-9 Barney is in a quandry. Actually having to do something, anything, to look like he cares(he doesn’t), or stand pat with Joker. Doing something means spending money, Barney would rather sell his children than spend money but he may not have a choice, because of the season ticket loses. I believe Barney follows his little penny pinching heart and retains Joker, with an extension. Ticket sales loose 20,000 instead of 10,000.

    Joker only wins 3 games this year, and he’s Mushmouth for the rest of his life. Barney will say after the last game he and Mushmouth will have a meeting about the season etc. We’ve all been here before.(he and Mush will laugh about all the money the make from UK for doing nothing). But Barney WON”T retain Mush with just 3 wins. There would be death threats, cross burnings, and effigies hanged.

    Where Barney will jump then is unknowable, like which way the grease spatters while frying bacon. You just know you don’t want any on you.



  19. CalifCatFan
    3:26 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    OH my. Sad day in Breathitt County.



  20. UKGrad04
    6:24 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Hearing from a good source that we will hear how many games Noel has to sit very soon. Could be this week.



  21. SexnNursinHomes
    6:39 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    11- and 19- agreed. Terrible news. R.I.P OH



  22. Briar Gates
    6:55 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    WTF, I can’t believe O H passed. I remember his son passing, but hell, I didn’t know he was ill. Sorry… He was of great character, and a true member of the BBN. Loved the video of him sittin’ in the creek singing and shooting at the butterfly. Rest in Peace brother. You are already missed.



  23. Cal Purnell here
    7:13 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    RIP OH Napier



  24. barn
    7:51 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    has anybody else looked at the box score from the kent st game? i know we won on the scoreboard which is all that matters, but in most other stats they played us pretty close–kent state.



  25. OppositeKSR
    7:58 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    It was exactly the opposite for me. Most heard of OH via KSR. The first time I ever heard of “Matt Jones and Kentucky Sports Radio” was when I was watching OH’s videos. He was definitely an original. RIP OH Napier.



  26. Yabba Do
    8:11 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    You really have to wonder about a dude’s sexual orientation when he complains about a hot chick in a sundress and cowboy boots. Hell, I hope all of them wear that exact same thing for my viewing pleasure. Neverless, something tells me that we’re dealing with a couple of guys that spend too much time in Banana Republic.



  27. knightynight
    9:05 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    18- really? no chance i read that.



  28. asdf
    9:19 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    The blonde in the bowtie picture is cute, but I wonder how she lost her left arm?



  29. classof68
    9:33 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Enjoyed talking to O.H. on the old LHL basketball chat board 6 or 7 yrs. ago. He was definitely not a Tubby fan.



  30. Fred
    9:44 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    From SECSports:
    Top Performances from Saturday, Sept. 8
    Rushing
    115 yards (13 carries, 1 TD) — Raymond Sanders, Kentucky vs. Kent
    113 yards (13 carries) — Jeff Scott, Ole Miss vs. UTEP
    101 yards (14 carries, 1 TD) — Alfred Blue, LSU vs. Washington

    Passing
    354 yards (30 of 39, 4 TD, 0 INT) — Maxwell Smith, Kentucky vs. Kent
    330 yards (21 of 37, 3 TD, 0 INT) — Dylan Thompson, South Carolina vs. East Carolina
    310 yards (18 of 20, 4 TD, 0 INT) — Tyler Bray, Tennessee vs. Georgia State
    269 yards (25 of 41, 2 TD, 1 INT) — James Franklin, Missouri vs. Georgia
    242 yards (22 of 35, 3 TD, 1 INT) — Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. Missouri
    222 yards (20 of 29, 3 TD, 0 INT) — Tyler Russell, Mississippi State vs. Auburn
    219 yards (14 of 19, 4 TD, 0 INT) — A.J. McCarron, Alabama vs. Western Kentucky
    217 yards (17 of 33, 1 TD, 0 INT) — Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt vs. Northwestern

    Receptions
    11 catches (100 yards, 1 TD) — Aaron Boyd, Kentucky vs. Kent
    8 catches (146 yards, 3 TDs) — Justin Hunter, Tennessee vs. Georgia State
    8 catches (106 yards, 2 TDs) — Marlon Brown, Georgia vs. Missouri
    8 catches (79 yards) — Michael Bennett, Georgia vs. Missouri
    7 catches (60 yards) — Mike Evans, Texas A&M vs. Florida
    6 catches (88 yards, 1 TD) — Marcus Lucas, Missouri vs. Georgia
    6 catches (45 yards) — T.J. Moe, Missouri vs. Georgia
    6 catches (50 yards) — Quan Bray, Auburn vs. Mississippi State
    6 catches (76 yards) — Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt vs. Northwestern
    6 catches (75 yards, 1 TD) — Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt vs. Northwestern



  31. classof68
    9:55 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    All that effort Fred? They were only playing Kent State.



  32. Fred
    11:35 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    @31 – cut & paste from secsports.com, though I did add the bold tags – exhausting…



  33. barn
    11:48 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    it’s Kent State dude. mac weakling



  34. SeoulCat
    11:57 am September 10, 2012 Permalink

    How did he die? He seemed relatively young.



  35. Litig8tr
    12:22 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    I met OH online when the furor arose over my “Fire Tubby” Petition and was on the radio with him (over the phone) once in Breathitt County. A cool guy. I didn’t know he was ill or had passed.

    RIP OH.



  36. BigJohn
    12:30 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like OH was the creator of the 3 sign.

    R.I.P OH.



  37. Ryan
    12:38 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    RIP, OH…Three summers ago, my grandfather, a native of Breathitt County, and I spent two days visiting family and friends in Jackson. As we were leaving town, we drove past a small strip of apartments, and, to my surprise, there was OH Napier sitting on the curb. By that time (2009), I had become familiar with OH and his “Headlines from the Hills.” My grandfather also knew of him, as he was somewhat of a local legend in the small town of Jackson. I suggested that we stop and chat with him, so we did. He was incredibly friendly, and he promptly invited us into his home (the set of “Headlines from the Hills”), where we talked for a bit, and also were able to meet “Brown Eyes.” OH liked his liquor and other substances, and he surely could cuss up a storm, but he was a kind soul and a great man. Again, RIP.