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Turner Field Waffle House’s Thursday News and Views


The Atlanta Braves opened up a new scaled-down version of Waffle House in Turner Field last month and the team has been scattering, covering, smothering, dicing and chunking opponents ever since. The hottest team in baseball and the No. 1 team in KSR’s heart has won 13 consecutive games since the franchise started slanging its waffles and hash browns at the ballpark on July 26. Another road win over Washington on Wednesday clinched a three-game sweep of the Nats and bumped the Braves into a 15.5 game lead in the NL East. Atlanta returns home next for a nine-game home stand with series against the 43-68 Marlins and the sub-.500 Phillies and Nationals. Waffle House better double its inventory.

Before all you Cincinnati fans head to the comments section to hate on the Braves, and I know you will, keep in mind that Atlanta travels to St. Louis later this month for four games against the Cardinals. Atlanta could do you a big favor in the NL Central race if you order your hash browns right. Also, don’t forget, we can hate the Cards together in baseball too, ya know.

And for you radio show listeners, yes, FEMA measures local disasters by calling the local Waffle House. It’s true.

Let’s get to the News and Views. I’m hungry all of the sudden.

 The UK football team had its third practice under Mark Stoops on Wednesday and the most encouraging news of the day is how impressive some of the freshmen have been early in camp. Stoops said he’s very pleased with his new wide receivers and he singled out Jeff Badet as one of the guys who jumped out at him during Wednesday’s practice. “I just noticed him, just a couple balls,” he said of Badet. “He’s got some juice. He can run a little bit and he made a couple nice catches.”

Stoops was also high on Jaleel Hytchye. He said he thinks Jaleel is going to be a good player once he gets a little more work with the secondary. “I think he’s got the talent and I know he’s got the great ethic and he’s a great kid. I’m pleased with his talent,” he said.

 Of course the quarterback situation was a hot topic after practice and will be until a starter is named. Offensive coordinator Neal Brown said they were all “decent” on Wednesday and that’s he not concerned by Max Smith’s health. The concern with Smith, if any, is more about his history, nothing current, Brown said. The staff had Smith sit out the last week and a half of summer workouts so he’d be ready to go this week. “His reps are decent but we threw the ball more than most people so that’s why we’re gradually building him up,” he added.

 As Nick pointed out in his practices report, the staff is splitting the team in half, on two different fields, to give each player as many reps as possible as they compete for starting roles. Stoops said the expanded practice is helpful because they have so many new guys and it’s important to maximize their opportunities so they can be seen. Coach Brown said it means a little more work in the film room for the coaching staff but the video crew is good and everyone is getting evaluated.

 UK football still awaits a ruling on the academic standing of newcomers Nate Willis and Melvin Lewis. Willis recently finished all his summer classes and should receive his final grades by Friday at the latest. Lewis, on the other hand, has an English class through next Wednesday so it’ll be a little longer before we hear from him, but he tweeted that the class is going “very well.”

Willis is the most important of the two as he is expected to move into a starting cornerback spot as soon as he arrives on campus. Redshirting is a possibility for Lewis, especially considering his late arrival to campus, if and when he makes it to Lexington.

 Congratulazioni and buona fortuna to Julius Mays, the newest member of Mobyt Ferrara in Italy’s Legda Due Silver. Mays agreed to a deal with the Italian basketball club and he is already listed as the team’s starting point guard. Ferrara could use his help, too; the team finished the 2012-13 season in 12th place in the 18-team league with a 16-18 record overall. broke open a could-be controversial story Wednesday morning when it discovered a large quantity of signed NCAA football memorabilia listed on one eBay store, The Hub Collectibles. Listed items include several Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, Braxton Miller and Teddy Bridgewater items, which makes you wonder how an autograph dealer could obtain so many signatures without there being any funny business going on. The University of Louisville was quick to respond, though, releasing a statement saying, “We have spoken with Teddy Bridgewater and we are comfortable that no violation has occurred.”

That may be true in Bridgewater’s case, but new leaked photos of Clowney signing 8×10 photos in a hotel room make it a little harder for the South Carolina star to shrug this one off.

The photos, submitted by @ChesterKSR, ironically, are very similar to the photos of Johnny Manziel signing autographs in a hotel room, an odd place for a young student-athlete to sign photos and memorabilia in bulk. However, Steve Spurrier quickly jumped to Clowney’s defense once the photos hit the internet, telling ESPN on Wednesday afternoon, “I really believe Jadeveon has never accepted anything for signing an autograph.”

We haven’t heard the last of this story but it’s unlikely any punishments will be handed out in the end. Not only does the NCAA not have any proof the student-athletes received money in exchange for autographs, but the student-athletes in question are college football’s biggest stars. The only thing that’ll come from this is just further confirmation that the NCAA’s system is flawed and, hopefully, we’re one step closer to change.

 UK 2014 running back commit Stanley “Boom” Williams announced on Twitter that he received an official offer from West Virginia on Wednesday. The problem for the Mountaineers is, Boom followed that tweet up with one reading, “#blueandwhite are the colors I believe in”. Early football commitments — especially from studs like Williams — are rarely solid, but Drew Barker is doing a good job of keeping this class glued tight by constantly engaging with them on social media and through text messages. I don’t think we have anything to worry about from this group.

 In basketball recruiting news, Myles Turner is down to Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Louisville, Arizona, Ohio State, Texas and Oklahoma State. That leaves three teams in play for the potential Mudiay-Turner package deal: Kentucky, Kansas and Oklahoma State. Mudiay trimmed his list down to five on Monday.

 Because Kentucky does it every season now, Indiana and Louisville have agreed to play in New York City in 2014. The schools’ first meeting since 2003 will take place in Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic on December 9, 2014. But Tom Crean doesn’t want to play at neutral sites, remember?

 Hey, country music fans… J.D. Shelburne will be opening for Montgomery Gentry at the State Fair on Friday August 23rd at old Cardinal Stadium.


J.D. is a diehard UK fan and a loyal KSR reader so show up and throw him your three-goggles from the crowd. He’ll appreciate it, especially since he’s playing in the former home of the birds.

 Last but certainly not least, James Young’s high school coach removed any doubt surrounding Young’s arrival when he told Tom Leach that everything is fine and Young will be ready to go this fall. He reiterated his point to The Herald-Leader later in the day, telling Ben Roberts, “There is no question whatsoever.”

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

45 Comments for Turner Field Waffle House’s Thursday News and Views

  1. u
    11:21 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    Go Braves, have been a Braves fan since 1960, when they were in Milwaukee and their triple A farm team was the Louisville Colonels. Tommy Aaron, Hank’s younger brother and Phil Niekro played for the Colonels.

  2. ushouldno
    11:24 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    Tommy and Hank Aaron hold the record for most homers by brothers 768, Tommy 13 and Hank 755.

  3. Sean D
    11:34 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    Ive got an empty box of chablis signed by Billy G.

  4. whywhy
    12:13 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Jay Bilas rocks! He has a valid point in the NCAA exploitation of individual atheletes for profit..Will the NCAA admit fault?

    I am looking forward to getting free autographs and pictures this Friday Evening for UK Football Fan Day! Go Cats!

  5. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    12:16 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    So will Mudiay be able to actually play if he signs with us? A number of players out of that prep school have been ruled ineligible and while he says he’ll be fine, that really makes me nervous.

  6. Ridge Runner
    12:29 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Big Braves fan here as well. Putting Heyward at the top of the lineup, and sound starting pitching overall two big keys with this current streak.

  7. SeaCat
    12:41 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Great work Drew!
    Bball recruiting news!!

  8. RegularFan
    12:41 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    What do the braves have to do with KY sports?

  9. SeaCat
    12:45 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Nice to hear about Julius Mays.
    Maybe they will sign up Jon Hood next?
    This is so exciting!!!

  10. Rei
    12:54 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    someone should delete that picture at the bottom left of this site. That Santa pic is disturbing.

  11. Jen
    1:03 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    10. Install Adblock Plus and block it. This site isn’t worth looking at unless Adblock Plus is blocking all of the ads.

  12. !!!!?
    1:04 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    How dare you disrespect the Kige!

  13. HendoUKFan
    1:05 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry but a majority of your WKY Big Blue fans are St Louis Cardinals fans as well. So …. no I will not cheer for the Braves.

    And I agree with 8 – who cares about the Braves?

  14. Blazer85
    1:17 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Braves fans should hate the Cards. The Cards know how to actually win World Series.

  15. Larry Linebeard
    1:43 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares about baseball

  16. Matt
    2:47 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    #5: The two players who attended Prime Prep and were initially ruled ineligible appealed and it was overturned. They will be able to play this year. Prime Prep had to get some things in order but the school is fine now. Wouldn’t worry about Mudiay being ineligible. Sure Cal and Mudiay both have done their due dillegence and it shouldn’t be a problem moving further.

  17. bandit
    3:41 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    listen to 16. Buford, your always running behind.

  18. holler baller
    5:51 am August 8, 2013 Permalink


  19. Brow
    6:34 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Just saw that the tards picked up their second 4 star tackle in two days. Picked the dirty birds over us and Nebraska.

  20. Eric Bledsoe
    6:39 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder if any of those Prime Prep players need any help with algebra. I good in the class.

  21. Michael F. Jox
    7:19 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    #20 – That was pretty funny.

    F the Braves! Go Redlegs!

  22. KentuckyHouse
    7:42 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    13) You should be sorry because all you sellouts should be Reds fans, not Cards fans. I never understood how UK fans can cheer for ANY team called the Cardinals.

    14) Yeah, they know how to win a World Series…on the backs of steroid-fueled morons who disgrace the game. Call me when you don’t have a guy that’s doping.

  23. Seriously?
    7:51 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Gosh, #20-Your post is hilarious. I wonder if you will ever be as successful in your job as Bledsoe is in his.

  24. Wi Tu Hi
    8:07 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Why would these dealers tell on the players that they are doing business with? I hope that they are not surprised when the IRS wants to look into their cash business.

  25. Chipper
    8:14 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Go Braves

  26. dropping this site
    8:18 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Why do I have to see political adds when I come to this website? I have no interest in signing a petition to drop Mitch and I regret that KSR is now in the field of politics. I’ll find another site to visit for sports.

  27. Beetlejuice
    8:22 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    What’s wrong with the guy in the Braves jersey? Is it me or is his head extremely small?

  28. RahRah
    8:22 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Good to know all Bridgewater has to do is say he did nothing wrong (again) and it all goes away (again). Sure wish it worked that way for Coach Cal’s kids. Takes us months to get kids cleared to play. Ugh.

  29. Reality
    8:29 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA did UK a big favor on Bledsoe. Everyone knows that kid had no business in college and his high school teachers fixed his grades. He is a functional illiterate and uk somehow got him eligible. I am sure he really got an A+ in algebra 3 before taking algebra three. So, unless you were upset that Bledsoe was eligible, STFU #28.

  30. [email protected]
    8:34 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    29 lol you mad bro?

  31. Teddy Bridgewater
    8:36 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    I’m using all the money I get for autographs to buy new dresses and heels. Maybe some makeup too.

  32. tom
    8:37 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Making blanket statements like ‘everyone knows’ and teachers ‘fixed his grades’ means nothing. Show some proof before making those allegations…not hearsay. In the meantime #29…you STFU.

    Love, Tom

  33. Strong
    8:41 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t wait to beat your freckled, overweight coach. Will give Teddy the night off after the first quarter.

  34. Policy
    8:43 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    JD Shelburne – Ford’s fitness center says Hello!

  35. Catlover
    8:49 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Ricky P. was told to “Lockup not Knockup’. He He He

  36. Al/in/Indy
    8:59 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Damn 29, did we forget to take our Xanax this morning with your bowl of “Cheaties”?
    Go talk to Hurtt, I heard he’s back on the field at Uvel, Old Charlie gave him a big LIP LOCK when he arrived.

  37. Rockfield, KY
    9:23 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    29. Dude, you’re totally right. EVERYONE knew it, but the NCAA is so accustomed to doing UK and Cal favors (enes kanter, derek rose) that they just over looked it and moved on. I’m sure you had the best inside info of anyone, and that’s how you know it for a fact.

    20. I’m sure you’re a UL troll, but that was really funny to me. A+

    And for everyone else, Fuq the Cards and fuq the Reds. I’m going to see my Bravos Tuesday night and I’ll be having some Waffle House while I’m there. 15 1/2 games

  38. HendoUKFan
    9:30 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    22 HAHA!!! First off i lived closer to St Louis than Cincy .. I’m not a sellout. I was born and raised a StL Cards fan. Why is it being a sellout? That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. I shouldn’t cheer for St Louis because their mascot is a Cardinal? Umm … last I checked the St. Louis Cardinals were around long before UL sports. Neither is even related.

    Second, the Cards winning a WS with steroid players? What the crap you talking about? No one on either the 2006 or 2011 team was implicated in any of the steroid accusations. Get your facts straight

  39. J in Orlando
    9:56 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Broker: “Teddy, would you mind spending 4 hours signing autographs by the hundreds so I can make money off of your name. Of course, you will get nothing in return.”

    Teddy: “Why, of course my good man. Anything to help a fine, upstanding member of the community such as yourself. I’ll stay for 5 hours. And, of course I do not care about money so consider this a favor.”

    **THIS is the scenario every UL fan has convinced themselves is exactly what happened #ULOL

  40. yevkazim
    10:14 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    26. A lot of the ads are not selected by KSR. By use of things like Cookies and adsense, your browser tracks what sites you go to. Based upon that, you will see targeted ads, not selected by KSR, but automatically by a computer algorithm. So you have yourself to blame.

  41. Young Gun
    10:56 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    @ J in Orlando: Well put, sir.

  42. Cats
    11:54 am August 8, 2013 Permalink

    38, totally agree. Im an STL Cards fan, growing up in Louisville when they were the minor league team to the Cardinals (Louisville Redbirds anyone) before the Reds. There are actually a lot of STL Cards fans in the Ville. That steroids comment shows a lack of knowledge on subject, McGwire was long gone when they won their WS. Game 6 against the Rangers is still the best game of baseball I have ever seen.

  43. CatsFanFrankfort
    12:01 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    #26. You clearly do not understand how the internet works these days. As mentioned above, any ads you see are targeted to you based on your own browsing history. If you read many political articles, that’s what you’re going to see in the advertising space on other sites. In that same vein, Im surprised you don’t drop any site you visit, since those same or similar ads are probably there too.

  44. on the other hand drew
    12:22 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    drew …are u forgetting the fact that calipari said no home and homes but yet we just did a contract with north Carolina for a home and home…remember??? im a Kentucky fan that lives in Indiana and want to play the hoosiers badly but have to admit we partially seem to be ducking them and it pisses me off

  45. JD
    3:47 pm August 8, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks Ford Fitness Center! Great memories throughout college!