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Stephen King’s Full Dark, No Stars Wants Afternoon Notes and Podcast

Yeah, I know these pictures were already on the site. Don’t even pretend like you’re upset about us using them again. I’m not opposed to posting them everyday for the next year. I think they’re that funny.

So how ’bout those notes?

— Multiple internet reports are saying Khem Birch has left the Pittsburgh basketball team and is on his way home to Canada today. Others say Birch’s return to Canada is for Christmas break, but that doesn’t add up considering Pitt has a home basketball game tomorrow and two more game before Christmas Day. Even if Birch does indeed leave the Panthers, a transfer to Kentucky isn’t a lock so don’t roll out the welcome mats just yet. He’d likely reopen the recruiting process all over again before making any decision on his next destination.

— We’re still getting questions about how to watch tomorrow night’s game. Here’s the television coverage, via Cat Scratches:

Insight – Channel 505 throughout Kentucky with digital cable or mini-box
Dish Network – HD channel 429, non-HD channel 420
DirecTV – HD channel 631 (YESHD)
AT&T U-verse – YES (channel 702 in most Kentucky markets)
Wazoo Sports

I hope that helps.

— In Orlando, Daniel Orton is getting healthier but coach Stan Van Gundy said Orton is too inexperienced and isn’t ready to be thrown in the game right now. Vandy Gundy said his second-year center is looking trim and mobile but “he needs a lot of learning time, another learning year.” One guy in Orlando who won’t be using this season as a learning year is DeAndre Liggins. Dwight Howard said after practice yesterday that he really likes the way DeAndre is playing. That’s great to hear because an endorsement from a team’s star player is always a good thing for a rookie. DeAndre should see a lot of clock for the Magic this season.

— According to the smart people in Sin City, Kentucky is now the favorite team to win the title. Oddsmakers bumped UK ahead of North Carolina to +300. That’s 3-1 in sportsbook terms.

— A reader sent me this story about a Kentucky high school football player who lost his battle with cancer over the summer. The sad, inspiring story was sent to Russell Athletic’s “Fight Like Dylan” contest. Please take five minutes out of your day to read about Jacob Irwin and the legacy he left behind in Edmonton County.

I was on the radio with Matt this morning. I don’t want to brag but it was one of KSR’s five best shows this week. Take a listen…

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

16 Comments for Stephen King’s Full Dark, No Stars Wants Afternoon Notes and Podcast

  1. Bill Self
    3:06 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

  2. uklumpy
    3:08 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    I’m still waiting for the pictures of Kemba Walker reading Stephen King.

  3. Big Daddy
    3:25 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Isn’t it Edmonson County?

  4. UKFanInCincy
    3:27 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    1. That was just wierd

  5. Porcino's
    3:30 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    That’s actually a damned good book. Dark as hell, though…not much to laugh about.

    3:35 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Unbelievable story about Jacob. 5 minutes to read lifetime to ponder.

  7. swivelhips
    3:42 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    (1)I think I just peed a little

  8. bigblueblitz
    3:50 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    It is Edmonson County…Edmonton is a city in Metcalfe County.

  9. Wildcat
    4:04 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    The jacob Irwin link should say edmonson county not

  10. nolablue
    4:24 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Please do not say “lost his battle with cancer”. It’s not respectful to the families of the deceased,
    or to people who are dealing with cancer now. When you have cancer, and you hear people
    say things like, “He lost his battle with cancer”, it makes you feel like if you die, you’re a loser.
    And it’s all in God’s hands, man. It’s not something anyone has CONTROL OVER. Please
    don’t make the brave human beings who fight cancer, into “losers”, no matter if they live or die.

    If you’ve ever had cancer or known anyone who has had to take treatment for it, you will know
    THE BATTLE TO CANCER. EVER. Please learn to say, “He died from cancer” or “He passed from
    complications related to cancer” or anything but making the patient a loser.

    It’s kind of like the Viet Nam war, okay? Maybe we “lost the war”. But do we go around
    saying Viet Nam vets “lost their battle with Viet Nam?” No, if you lived in that war at
    all, in any war at all, you’re a hero and a warrior. Cancer is the same. If you lived
    one day with cancer, you won. PERIOD.

    Thank you,
    A Survivor, and A Friend Of Someone Who Just Did Chemo Again Yesterday.

  11. scoretowin
    4:33 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t believe you guys didn’t list what channel the game would be on with Brandenburg Telecom in Hardinsburg. And, you call yourselves a fan site. It’s no wonder this is a free site.

  12. IMG is turrabowl
    4:45 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like Douche Network is not playing along. UK game not on anywhere except on ESPN Full Court.

  13. Real Cats Fan
    4:45 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    #10, I hear you brother! My wife, sister, and best friend are all cancer survivors (wife was pregnant when diagnosed), and my brother was just diagnosed in October. Every day, every holiday and milestone that I have with these folks is a gift from God. Prayers to you and your loved ones who are dealing with it.

  14. Real Cats Fan
    4:47 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Back to basketball, what would keep Birch from simply leaving Pitt and then submitting his name to the draft next year without playing college? Wouldn’t he be 1 year removed from HS at that point, and hence eligible for the draft?

  15. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    4:53 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink

    Stephen King: For the Discerning Horror Fan

  16. emmert's gay
    6:14 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    10.. cmon really? Don’t be petty. That is extremely petty. Do you think anybody in the history of the world, outside of Satan himself, would actually want someone to feel like a loser who is dying or has died of cancer? I would think life is too short to fret about word choice as opposed to simply extracting the well-intentioned consolation? With that said I literally just said a prayer for your friend. This topic is one of very few that I feel strongly about… because easily offended people are slowly ruining our society which I have no choice but to be a part of.