You read KSR everyday. Some of you even like KSR. But most dont know just how much work goes into producing this mediocre writing, poor spelling and horrendous site design on a daily basis. Along those lines, a big (day early) birthday salute to KSR’s Joe Biden without the hair plugs, Thomas Beisner. I often get asked about what made KSR turn the corner and become the site it is today and I always point to two events. First of course is Patterson/Lucas, but the second was when we brought on Beisner into the family from the now defunct Wildcat Blitz. Beginning on that day, KSR took off and Beisner is a huge (and underrated) reason why. Everytime a post needs to be made, a piece of breaking news reported or a BTI/Maggard/TCP/Tennessee/UL joke given, Beisner is the go to man that makes it happen. He is as much of a part of Kentucky Sports Radio as are server crashes and as intregal to its success as Rob Bromley photoshops. On a personal level, Beisner has become a good friend and is an unbelievably good person. He is a wonderful father of two who juggles more balls (thats what she said) than virtually anyone I know, and finds a way to be successful in all of his endeavors. It is not an exaggeration to say that without Beisner, I likely would have stopped the site during the Billy Clyde era. KSR is unbelievably lucky to have him and we will only give him up if you can promise a big name journalist like Pat Forde or Danny Jett in return. I wont write tomorrow night so I had to say it tonight. Happy Birthday Beez….you are the best.
To the news….
— I feel like a broken record, but Demarcus Cousins continues to be the #1 topic in the NBA Draft. Word out of New Jersey is that he took Derrick Favors for a butt whipping in their one-on-one workout and that the Nets are officially torn as to whether to choose he or Favors. He got angry on Twitter today at a Draft Express report saying he didnt want to play in Sacramento, saying that people needed to “get their facts straight” before they talked about him. But everyone is still yapping, including Doug Gottlieb who called him “fat” and a likely bust today on ESPN Radio. I will write more on Boogie tomorrow, but I hope he is taking names of his critics. I truly believe he will prove them wrong and there will be no one I am pulling for more next season than the man who once said of KSR “ya’ll boys are crazy. I wonder where they found you people.” Give em hell Boogie, and if he drops past #4, its absurd.
— Other news that is hopping is that Royce White said tonight it “is a good possibility” that he will join the Cats as part of the 2010-2011 roster. White’s interest in the Cats is high and from what I am told, right now what is being determined is whether all the various conditions are there for him to be enrolled at Kentucky. White coming to UK would only make the team more loaded from a talent perspective, but will shine the spotlight on Calipari and the program again. But at this point, what wont? If Cal wants him, bring him in.
— John Calipari is headed to Haiti on Wednesday as part of the distribution of the Hoops for Haiti funds, when he delivers shoes to needy children in the country. He will go to Haiti with various donors and people from WKYT, who worked with the telethon. He then heads to the Draft afterwards to sit with the record five first round picks that will hear their name called on Thursday night.
— I hope you enjoyed Ramel Bradley’s first post on his love for the Big Blue. He has another coming on Tuesday, in which he gives his rundown and opinions on the UK players in the Draft. Ramel is a good writer and I think you will like what he has to say.
— Patrick Patterson tweets on the World Cup at a high rate, but only to say how much he is cheering for Spain. Anyone with any idea how that happened to be his team?
— The football Cats got a commitment tonight as Riyahd Jones, a speedy Georgia cornerback joined Operation Win. He runs a 4.52 40 yard dash and had interest from Ole Miss, Auburn, Arkansas, Memphis and other Southern schools. He goes to Carver, which famously would not allow Georgia to recruit its players, and is part of the seemingly neverending Georgia to Kentucky football connection. As with all of Joker’s recruits, he is all about speed and if the football team isnt good, the track team sure could be.
— The United States Under 17 national team was announced and future Cats, Micheal Gilchrist and Marquis Teague made the team, along with Tony Wroten Jr and Johnny O Bryant. USA may just want to wait a year and field the UK roster for the next big international event.
— Doron Lamb missed his plane to Lexington tonight according to Terrence Jones. He was probably reading the blogger contest entries about him.
— If you read the great Twitter feed, “Shit my Dad Says”, then you probably know the guy’s dad is hilarious. But it turns out he is also from Kentucky. An interesting article in the Herald Leader (yeah I said it) showcases the Commonwealth roots of the funniest Twitter feed/#1 best selling book/future CBS television show.
— Finally, a great article on Larry Brown in the Charlotte Observer as he talks about the Draft. Among other things, he talks about Wall and Calipari, about whom he says, “He prepares you to play on the next level as well as any coach I know.” Show that to the recruits.
More all day….new post from Ramel, news on the Draft and Blogger contest with Tomlin as the judge. Stay tuned and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BEEZ!