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Ric Flair’s Friday News and Views

Hello there, UK fans and haters. Welcome to the Friday edition of the News and Views brought to you by yet another sad chapter in the book of Ric Flair. The former wrestling superstar and Matt Jones idol is in the news this week for failure to make payments to his estranged wife. Flair is under order from a North Carolina judge to cough up the money or go to jail. The attorney for Jacqueline Beems, Flair’s fourth wife, claims his client is owed $32,000 from her ex-husband, which The Nature Boy has been ordered to pay twice but hasn’t complied.

Flair said on Tuesday he plans to pay up and the reason he got behind is the death of his son back in March and that he spent a month in the hospital with a blood clot. “I didn’t go to work for three months,” he told the Charlotte-Observer.

The order for Flair’s arrest was issued on July 3 but he can avoid money behind bars if he settles up soon. If 32 of us purchase a 5-minute video chat with him tonight, it’ll be enough to cover the tab. So who’s in???

Let’s get to the News and Views first…

 Friday marks the beginning of a huge recruiting weekend for Kentucky football as Mark Stoops and the gang welcome a long list of top recruits to Lexington for the final camp of the summer. The weekend kicks off with the Friday Night Blue Lights camp for members of the 2014 and 2015 high school classes, followed by a 7-on-7 passing camp Saturday and an offensive/defensive lineman camp on Sunday. Among the several expected to attend are Matt Elam, Braxton Berrios, Nick Richardson, Marcelys Jones, Marshon Lattimore and 2015 quarterback target Jarrett Stidham and running back Damien Harris. As many as 50 highly-touted recruits will be in town and at least one Yahtzee is expected to emerge from the weekend.

 SEC Media Days are finally over. Welcome home, Mrs. Tyler. Nice work.

 Also back home: Kyle Wiltjer. A decision could be coming any time now as the fall semester approaches. Maybe it’s tomorrow, maybe it’s next week. It has to be soon, though.

 Karl Towns and Cliff Alexander went head-to-head at the Under Armour Summer Jam Thursday evening and Alexander got the best of the young Kentucky commit. Alexander finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds in the win and dominated Towns athletically throughout most of the game. Towns scored 14 points in the losing effort while battling foul trouble in the second half. Some Kentucky fans wonder why Towns is so low in the 2014 rankings, and the flaws that keep him from being a top five player were exposed against the higher ranked Alexander in this matchup. The skill set is there, but Towns needs to hit the weight room a little harder before he can become a truly dominant player down low. It’ll come in time, though. Don’t worry.

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 On a scale of 1-10, how jealous are you of Josh Hopkins after reading his recap of the ESPYs? I’m somewhere around a 37. Knowing Josh and his love for sports, I’m absolutely positive he didn’t exaggerate his excitement at the event. Josh, though a celebrity himself, has yet to master the art of not-geeking around sports figures, and who can blame him? I would’ve passed out as soon as Katherine Webb agreed to take a photo, assuming Katherine Webb would ever agree to take a photo with me. It looked like a great night for Josh and he provided an entertaining perspective from someone who acted the way all of us would in that situation. Now if we can only get him over the loss of Andrew Wiggins.

 Your NBA Summer League stats for the evening: Archie Goodwin: 10 points (1-for-6 shooting), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 turnovers…. Marquis Teague: In progress…

 Six BCS level institutions were recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for academic excellence on Thursday and the University of Kentucky was one of them. The Wildcats received the inaugural Team Academic Excellence Award, given for outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2012-13 season. Kentucky has tallied a 3.0 or higher cumulative team GPA during the spring semester in each of the last three seasons including during the 2012 National Championship run. Twany Beckham and Jarrod Polson were honored individually by the NABC for excellence in the classroom.

 We have three notes from the world of golf this evening:

Josh Teater shot a 72 in Thursday’s opening round of The Open at Muirfield Golf Club in Gullane, Scotland. He is tied for 27th place heading into Day 2 of the tournament. The diehard UK fan will tee off at 10:51 a.m. ET on Friday in one of the final groups to go. Follow the coverage on ESPN.

— Teater wasn’t the only member of Big Blue Nation to compete in the PGA’s third major championship of the season; UK senior golfer Ben Stow is tied for 92nd place at 5-over-par after Thursday’s round at Muirfield. Stow won a local qualifier tournament to punch his ticket to the tournament as an amateur. Go Cats.

— And KSR’s best professional golfing friend, Spencer Levin, returned to competition Thursday on the Web.com tour. Our #TeamIZOD teammate shot even par in his first round back since undergoing surgery on a torn ligament in his thumb last fall. Spencer plans to return to the PGA in October and we expect him to dominate the tour.

 If you weren’t at the Charlotte Hornets name-changing party in downtown Charlotte Thursday afternoon, you’re no different than any of the team’s fans:

You’re looking at the entire party there, folks. That’s a clown on stilts in the middle of the photo and a couple pedestrians passing through. [via Deadspin]

 Have you seen/heard the new song from Derek Anderson’s “Stamina” soundtrack?

It makes me want a Victory water.

 Our thoughts and prayers go out to a young UK fan recently diagnosed with cancer. Seven-month-old John Ryan and his family learned he has rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of cancer in which the cells are thought to arise from skeletal muscle progenitors. Doctors believe the tumor is solely behind his eye and cannot be removed surgically so he’ll undergo a 42-week chemotherapy treatment. #PrayForJohnRyan

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#BeatCancer

 Kentucky Sports Radio radio will be coming to you live from Don Moore Toyota in Owensboro, Ky. for the 15th stop on the affiliate tour. I will be joining Matt and Ryan in Owensboro tomorrow morning and my hope is Ryan will share the second microphone with me.

Go Cats, y’all.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

32 Comments for Ric Flair’s Friday News and Views



  1. VinDatuk
    11:30 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Is it me or does the info on Towns/Alexander discredit the entire ranking system? Either Towns has the early Kentucky effect or the discrepancy between the #3 and #9 players in the class is alarming.



  2. Kev
    11:41 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    D.A.



  3. Durrrrrrr
    11:44 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Those stupid Bobcats’ fans. What could they POSSIBLY be doing at 12:45 on a Thursday afternoon that’s more important than being at the name changing party?!?

    Here’s a different look at the party when people weren’t in the middle of their work day: http://instagram.com/p/b7WTKFLwNR/

    Facts are kind of important when you’re trying to report news here guys…



  4. Nature Boy
    11:52 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!



  5. Ferd-soceles
    11:54 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

    Glad to hear about ole’ Nature boy being in trouble. He’s a real D-Bag. I ran into him at a night club in Charlotte, NC. I told him I was a fan and asked if he’d take a pic with me. He said no, so after I nearly chest slapped him I took pics of him standing by himself because I knew it would annoy him. Good times.



  6. Eden Ahbez
    12:01 am July 19, 2013 Permalink


  7. Prayers
    12:07 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Praying for John Ryan. Looks like such a happy kid. Some things you just can’t explain. Count your blessings. Bless his heart.



  8. Catlogic15
    12:14 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    #7. Very well said.



  9. Jason
    12:28 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Is there a place to donate for John Ryan or anything?



  10. SeaCat
    12:55 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Towns will be a 3 or maybe 4.
    No way is he a 5.
    He is no Cousins or Shaq.
    Alexander is a dwarf 5 in the NBA.
    So, the Towns vs. Alexander analysis is odd…



  11. Shorty
    12:58 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Eat at Old Hickory, order the mutton!



  12. sunnycat
    1:05 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Hang in there and fight John. I will be praying for you.



  13. Award Winning
    1:34 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Damien Harris may be the top prospect in the country by this time next year. Kid is a beast, doubt UK will get him, he should go to Texas. We should all go to Texas. Hook ’em.



  14. James
    1:40 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    We got your back John!



  15. will
    1:54 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Thinking and praying for John and his family. BBN is behind you!
    !



  16. Iucansuckabigblue....
    2:58 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Cutest lil Wildcat ever. Hang in there lil guy. We are with you.



  17. wedding planner
    4:27 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Best wishes for John. Such a happy kid deserves happiness.



  18. St Michael
    6:31 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Firmly believe if there was one player in the class of ’14 who would be perfect to play at UK it would be Cliff, but as consquence of this we likely will not land him ala Shabazz Wiggins. Here’s hoping he will want to start at UK with one of the package big men (Turner Okafor) and have Towns nipping at minutes all year (maybe lee too) that way we’d end up with at least one of Mudiay (who’d be Kentucky’s 2nd perfect ’14 player) or Jones. Cal would be able to work magic around that 3 center 1 pg core getting the right contributing wings to play alongside. Hope the pieces start falling soon, Love BBN. God bless young John Ryan!



  19. stix
    6:59 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    10- Towns can’t be a 3 he doesn’t have the speed or athleticism to play there. He is skilled, his problem is his skill set doesn’t match up well. He has good touch and a good shot but not quick enough to play outside. He has really good height but isn’t really strong enough to play with the best down low. He’s a 4 in the NBA but could be a 4 or a 5 in college, it depends on who the other big playing next to him is. If it’s Lyles, he’s a 5. If it’s Turner he’s a 4, and if we get both guys Towns comes off the bench. One thing for sure, he isn’t a 3, not quick enough to play it on offense or guard it on defense.



  20. Canadian Mountme
    7:38 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    How F’ing tall is the lady in the middle of that “Charlotte Celebration” picture??? That’s a BIG B****



  21. BBN
    7:59 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like troubled running back, Michael Dyer is transferring to uofl. He has issues but is a future pro. The kid has two years left and can play right away. He was a 5 star and the number 11 recruit in the country according to rivals.



  22. Get real
    8:05 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t understand why a 7 month old would get cancer. I love Kentucky basketball, but at the end of the day there are more important things. This makes you want to hug your kids a little bit tighter. My hope is that everyone that hears of John’s story says a prayer for him.



  23. PrayForJohnRyan
    8:28 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Support for John Ryan can be given at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/prayforjohnryan



  24. DT in DC
    8:33 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    As the mother of 6 month old and 2 year old sons, this has made me almost ugly cry this morning. Prayers are with you Wild-kitten!



  25. CLT Cat
    9:16 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Love that Deadspin took a pic of the set up of the party so of course no one was there… I was there last night at 5:30 and it was packed… also met Rex… which was the only reason I was there really…



  26. 3fan
    9:34 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    As a parent my heart breaks for John Ryan and his parents. KSR show the power you have by adopting John Ryan and have a fundraiser at every remote stop left. Lets show some BBN pride and help take care of one of our own!!!!



  27. Shaffer
    9:44 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Sad to hear about Ric. Hung out with him while we were both on vacation 2 summers ago. Met the woman who is requesting the money. She was a complete b*****. Flair on the other hand was great and took pictures w whoever wanted but he is a normal guy who doesn’t want to constantly talk work. Completely understandable



  28. PRAYINGforJR
    10:03 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Little John Ryan is my cousin and he needs your thoughts and prayers. He’s going to fight, fight, fight, ’till the battle is won, I promise you that. Just keep sending those positive thoughts! Thanks #BBN for all your support, you truly are the best!



  29. @KrisShera
    10:50 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Heart breaking that such a young child is in this fight. #prayforjohnryan



  30. jhnny
    11:09 am July 19, 2013 Permalink

    Not a charlotte fan, but that photo was taken hours before the event started.



  31. Mike
    1:15 am July 20, 2013 Permalink

    My thoughts and prayers for little John Ryan.



  32. PrayForJohnRyan
    9:00 pm July 21, 2013 Permalink

    Here is a way you can help support the family.

    http://fundly.com/john-ryan-harris